Japan

Ultimate Japan 20 days

Explore this extraordinary country in detail on our Ultimate Japan holiday, which takes you from urban buzz to historic mountain towns, taking in volcanic hot springs, samurai castles and ancient shrines as well as fantastic food and fine sake.

At a glance

  • Walk Tokyo’s most historic streets
  • Marvel at the eye-popping Robot Restaurant
  • Soak in Hakone’s hot springs
  • Ride the ropeway up volcanic Mt Owakudani
  • Marvel at the shrines of Kyoto
  • Learn to cook a Japanese meal
  • Feel inspired by Hiroshima’s Peace Park
  • Visit the 1,500 year old shrine of Miyajima
  • Indulge in Osaka’s streetfood scene
  • Explore the samurai warlord fortress at Kanazawa
  • Stroll around a perfect Japanese garden
  • Admire historic wooden architecture in Takayama
  • Wander in the mountains of Matsumoto

Our tailor-made service costs you no extra

This itinerary is designed to work straight off the peg, but we'll happily tailor it until it's a perfect fit for you, to ensure we’re making the absolute best of your time and funds. All you need to do is ask...

Your own private guides & drivers

You'll typically have your own private guides & drivers throughout your trip. When you will be sharing a service (eg a boat cruise) with others, we'll always let you know. 

We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.

Hotel Class

Price per person (based on total # travelling)

 2 3-45-6
First Class$6,515$5,962$5,518

Hotel Gracery Shinjuku

A brand new hotel addition in the heart of the up-and-coming, lively Kabukicho area of Shinjuku, the Hotel Gracery has the advantage of a wide and varied range of shops, bars and restaurants on its doorstep.…
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Hakone Pax Yoshino

Against a backdrop of densely forested hills, the Hakone Pax Yoshino combines the best of Japanese and Western hotel traditions to create a modern ryokan-style experience…
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Hotel Vista Hiroshima

Opened in August 2018 Hotel Vista enjoys a convenient location just one mile from the Peace Memorial Park. Whilst rooms are on the compact side they offer all the facilities needed for a comfortable stay.

Cross Hotel Osaka

This modern urban property sits plum in the centre of Osaka, making it perfect for exploring Japan’s second largest city, with popular locations like Dotonbori and Osaka Castle within very easy reach...
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Hotel Vista Premio

When it comes to city hotels, it’s all about a central location and the Hotel Vista Premio certainly ticks this box. Tucked away in a quiet side street, just off the main Kawaramachi Dori road, the city’s highlights are on the doorstep...
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Resol Trinity

In a convenient city centre location, the Resol Trinity offers good value accommodation with a simple contemporary aesthetic, just a stone’s throw from Kanazawa Castle Park, Ozaki Shrine...
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Ryokan Asunaro

Centrally located in downtown Takayama, within 10 minutes’ walk of the train station and a short stroll from the Sanmachi Suji quarter, the Ryokan Asunaro follows the traditional Japanese inn style, with considered modern touches...
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Hotel Buena Vista

Plum in the middle of Matsumoto, with excellent public transport connections and within walking distance of several of the city’s attractions, the Buena Vista is a good option for those who value comfort and convenience over...
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Superior$8,427$7,830$7,391

Park Hotel

As much of an art gallery as a hotel, the Park Hotel is a ‘Design Hotel’. Thought-provoking design and architecture are an essential element of the property.…
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Aura Tachibana

Nestled in the hills above Hakone (15 minutes uphill walk from the station), this contemporary ryokan boasts amazing views over the surrounding forest clad mountains: views that can be enjoyed from the rooms and the open-air onsen...
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Sheraton Grand Hiroshima

When it comes to location you really can’t get more convenient than the Sheraton Grand Hiroshima. Occupying a prime spot next to the train station, with direct access to the bullet train, bus terminals and the city’s tram lines...
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Swissotel Nankai

A well-received and smartly presented hotel with superb views across Osaka, the Swissotel Nankai offers reliable, good value accommodation within easy reach of the city’s many attractions...
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The Celestine

Located in the Gion district of Kyoto, the Celestine is a modern boutique hotel which combines chic interiors, well-designed facilities and high traditional service standards…

Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel

A slick, contemporary hotel in a great position right next to Kanazawa Castle Park, the Tokyu mixes a long-standing tradition of Japanese hospitality with a modern aesthetic, and is very well placed for visiting the must-see sights...
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Ryokan Asunaro

Centrally located in downtown Takayama, within 10 minutes’ walk of the train station and a short stroll from the Sanmachi Suji quarter, the Ryokan Asunaro follows the traditional Japanese inn style, with considered modern touches...
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Hotel Buena Vista

Plum in the middle of Matsumoto, with excellent public transport connections and within walking distance of several of the city’s attractions, the Buena Vista is a good option for those who value comfort and convenience over...
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Deluxe$11,773$11,059$10,537

Palace Hotel

Originally built in the early 1960’s and an iconic property of the time, the Palace Hotel was razed to the ground in 2009 and completely rebuilt, re-opening in 2012 with a more up-to-date look...
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Gora Kadan

Enjoying an idyllic setting in harmony with the natural surroundings of Hakone National Park, Gora Kadan was formerly the summer residence of the Kaninnomiya Imperial family and it’s easy to see why they chose this picturesque spot...
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Sheraton Grand Hiroshima

When it comes to location you really can’t get more convenient than the Sheraton Grand Hiroshima. Occupying a prime spot next to the train station, with direct access to the bullet train, bus terminals and the city’s tram lines...
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The St. Regis Osaka

Boasting the largest hotel rooms in Osaka, some of the best views over the city and an enviable location in the heart of Midosuji, Osaka’s most exclusive neighbourhood, The St Regis is arguably the most sought–after property in town...
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Hyatt Regency Kyoto

Situated in a secluded old district in central Kyoto, the stylish Hyatt Regency is conveniently close to several important temples and the National Museum, as well as key transport hubs for exploring the city and beyond...
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Hotel Nikko

Hotel Nikko’s location directly in front of Kanazawa Station means the journey from Tokyo aboard the Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train, a swift 2.5 hour service, is virtually door to door. It couldn’t be more convenient...
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Hidatei Hanaougi Takayama

Hidatel Hanaougi is located in a nature rich area with stunning seasonal views offering exceptional Japanese hospitality...
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Tobira Onsen Myojinkan

Set in a remote forested National Park near Matsumoto, the beautiful Myojinkan is deceptively minimal, and perfect for finding the deep tranquility inherent in onsen culture, as well as enjoying Japan’s shifting seasonal colours...
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Solo travellers are always welcome - please contact us for a tailored quote.

These prices are shown in USD.
Selective Asia is a UK-registered company, but our client-base spans the globe, so we bank in both GBP and USD and can therefore provide a fixed price in either currency.
We also have payment facilities in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the EU, and can typically offer better-than-bank exchange rates on the date of payment in these currencies (against a booking priced in GBP).

  • Extend your holiday with a few days on the coast, climbing Mount Fuji, or a hike along the Edo-era track that once connected Tokyo and Kyoto.

At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.

While many clients are happy with of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.

Please note: During high season periods (such as Christmas, New Year and Cherry Blossom) hotels often levy a surcharge and these are not included in the above prices. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.

Inclusive:

  • English speaking, local guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • All train tickets and rail passes as listed
  • Luggage forwarding service as listed
  • 4G Wi-Fi To Go Package
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals listed
  • International flight reconfirmation.

Exclusive:

  • Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination.
  • Entry visas
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
  • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

Please note

All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.

 

Flights

We will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.

Visa

You will not require a visa to enter Japan. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.

Passport

Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.

Insurance

You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.

Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention

You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.

Booking Procedure

Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.

Travelling Responsibly

We care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.

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Nick - Selective Asia consultant

‘Does our Ultimate Japan tour showcase the very best of this fascinating country? We like to think so – hence the name!'

Nick - Japan tailor-made specialist
Ultimate Japan