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Japan Full Discovery Highlights Tour

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Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the land of rising sun! Immerse yourself in a totally different culture over this 16-day journey of exploration.

Customisable trip itinerary

This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Start off your journey with a pleasant greeting


- Arrive in Tokyo (Narita / Haneda)

- Meet & Greet your driver

- Enjoy door-to-door private transfer to your hotel

Visited: Tokyo / Accommodation in Tokyo (Breakfast Included)

Visited:
Tokyo
Accomodation
Shinjuku Washington (Tokyo)

Day 2: Explore the beauty of Tokyo


- Visit Asakusa Sensō-ji, Tokyo’s Oldest Buddhist Temple.

- Delight your taste buds with local pufferfish cuisine.

- Continue your journey towards the iconic Tokyo Tower and enjoy a panoramic view of Tokyo.

- Catch a glimpse of the vibrant nightlife in Shinjuku Kabukicho Street.

Visited: Asakusa, Shinjuku / Accommodation  in Tokyo (Breakfast Included)

Visited:
Tokyo
Accomodation
Shinjuku Washington (Tokyo)

Day 3: Feel the true Japan spirit


- Expose yourself to the real culture of a professional sensei.

- Spend the day experiencing one of these cultural activities: Waso (Kimono Dressing) / Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) / Sado (Tea Ceremony) / Batto (Sword).

- End your day with a stroll along the most famous upmarket Ginza district.

Visited: Ginza / Accommodation in Tokyo (Breakfast Included)

Visited:
Tokyo Ginza
Accomodation
Shinjuku Washington (Tokyo)

Day 4: Travel back in time to ancient Edo


- Experience the Little Edo that you can’t see in Tokyo.

- Hear the echo of an ancient bell tower which chimes four times a day.

- Discover the candy alley lined with stores selling traditional Japanese sweets and cakes.

Visited: Kawagoe / Accommodation in Tokyo (Breakfast Included)

Visited:
Tokyo
Accomodation
Shinjuku Washington (Tokyo)

Day 5: Make your own home in Japan


- Hop on the bullet train and make it to Sakudaira Station

- Meet and greet your local host

- Enjoy a wholesome home-cooked Japanese meal

Visited: Sakudaira / Accommodation at Local Homestay (Breakfast & Dinner Included)

Visited:
Sakudaira-eki

Day 6: Meet the local families


- Get to know more about the local lifestyle

- Brush up on your Japanese skills to communicate with the locals

- Live the Japanese life!

Visited: Sakudaira / Accommodation at Local Homestay (Breakfast & Dinner Included)

Visited:
Sakudaira-eki

Day 7: Strolling amidst the temples & samurai


- Amaze by the Zenkoji Temple which has been revered for over 1400 years.

- Visit the only Matsushiro Samurai School which retains all of its original structures and dojo training schools.

- Slurp local speciality; handmade Nagano soba noodles.

Visited: Nagano / Accommodation in Nagoya  (Breakfast Included)

Visited:
Nagano
Accomodation
Night at Nagoya Tokyu REI Hotel (Nagoya)

Day 8: Wandering the largest wasabi farm


- Feel the wide variety of culinary delights made with this popular Japanese condiment at Daio Wasabi Farm.
- Challenge yourself with food creation such as wasabi ice cream, wasabi beer or even wasabi chocolates!

- Enjoy the nostalgic scene of old-fashioned, wooden water wheels alongside the walking trail (even if you are not a wasabi fan!)

Visited: Nagano / Accommodation in Nagoya (Breakfast Included)

Visited:
Nagano
Accomodation
Night at Nagoya Tokyu REI Hotel (Nagoya)

Day 9: A picturesque town, Takayama


- Take a train to Matsumoto Station and hop on a direct local bus to Takayama.

- Explore the Takayama Jinya, a historic government house that was built by the central government in the 17th century and the only remaining office of it's kind in Japan.

- Learn more about Japan's most beautiful festival, Takayama festival at the Hida Takayama Matsuri no Mori Museum, with local artistry and performance on offer.

Visited: Takayama / Accommodation in (Breakfast Included)

Visited:
Takayama
Accomodation
Night at Takayama Washington Hotel Plaza (Takayama)

Day 10: Depth discovery of Takayama


- Visit the Takayama morning market which runs along Miya River; selling everything from vegetables to traditional carvings.

- Continue your journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Shirakawa-go Village

- Leap into a fairy tale and experience the picturesque harmony between the village and nature!

Visited: Shirakawa-go / Accommodation in Takayama (Breakfast Included)

Visited:
Takayama Shirakawa-go
Accomodation
Night at Takayama Washington Hotel Plaza (Takayama)

Day 11: To the ancient capital, Kyoto


- Recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site, visit the most representative historical Golden Pavilion temple.

- Continue your journey to the most celebrated Kiyomizu-dera Temple with over 1200 years of history.


- Drop by the busy Higashiyama District which is lined with small shops, cafés and restaurants.

Visited : Kyoto / Accommodation in Kyoto (Breakfast Included)

Visited:
Kyoto
Accomodation
Night at Dormy Inn Premium Kyoto (Kyoto)

Day 12: Enrich your Japan experience


- Experience truly authentic Japanese culture in Kyoto.

- Matcha Grinding & Tea Ceremony / Lunch Session with Maiko / Ramen Making.

- Pick up one of your favorite activities and enjoy yourself there for the afternoon.

- End your day with a stroll in the famous Geisha Gion district.

Visited : Kyoto / Accommodation in Kyoto (Breakfast Included)

Visited:
Kyoto
Accomodation
Night at Dormy Inn Premium Kyoto (Kyoto)

Day 13: Arashiyama, a pleasant district in Kyoto


- Enjoy some peace of mind in one of the city's best Zen temples; Tenryu-ji Temple.

- Enjoy shojin ryori (Zen vegetarian cuisine) at Shigetsu; a large temple-style restaurant surrounded by the natural beauty of Tenryu-ji's World Heritage gardens, which recently covered the 2017 Michelin Guidebook.

- Stand amongst the mystical stalks of Sagano Bamboo Groove.

Visited: Arashiyama / Accommodation in Kyoto (Breakfast Included)

Visited:
Kyoto
Accomodation
Night at Dormy Inn Premium Kyoto (Kyoto)

Day 14: The Nation Kitchen, Osaka


- Finish your journey with a bang on the last stop; the ‘Nation’s Kitchen’ of Japan.

- Fill your belly in one of the main food markets in Osaka, Kuromon Ichiba Market.

- Take a picture with most famous Glico Signboard at Dotonbori.

Visited: Osaka / Accommodation in Kyoto (Breakfast Included)

Visited:
Osaka
Accomodation
Night at Dormy Inn Premium Kyoto (Kyoto)

Day 15: Final ‘to-do’ list in Japan


- Complete your Japan bucket list with some hands-on experience.
- Takoyaki DIY Experience / Bento Cooking Class

- Pick up one of your favorite activities and enjoy doing that for the afternoon.


Visited: Osaka / Accommodation in Kyoto (Breakfast Included)

Visited:
Osaka

Day 16: Departure

- Private Chartered Transfer to KIX International Airport

Enjoy your trip home! 

Visited:
Kyoto

Tokyo Ginza Sakudaira-eki Nagano Takayama Shirakawa-go Kyoto Osaka

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. £2,140 / 16 days
Excluding international flights
2 pax 4 pax
Price per person £2,160 £2,130

Included in price:

  • Accommodation with meal
  • Shared Shuttle Round-trip Transfer from Airport to Accommodation
  • 14 Days JR Railway Pass
  • One excursion on choice (Day 3) / (Day 10) / (Day 13)
  • Travel Lite Insurance

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