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Japan From Kyushu to Honshu

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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: Welcome to Japan

Take the train from Fukuoka Airport to Hakata Station, where you will exchange your JR Pass voucher for a JR pass and buy a Fukuoka Tourist City Pass. Have the evening at leisure – we recommend enjoying dinner at one of the many yatai (Food Stalls), a trademark of Hakata city.

Visited:
Fukuoka Hakata-ekimae
Accomodation
Night at APA Hotel Hakata Ekimae (Fukuoka)

Day 2: Fukuoka day trip

Today you will use the Fukuoka Tourist City Pass to visit the various sights around Fukuoka: Fukuoka Castle, Ohori Park, Shofukuji Temple, Momochi Seaside Park. If there is time, we recommend going to the Dazaifu area too.

Visited:
Fukuoka Dazaifu
Accomodation
Night at APA Hotel Hakata Ekimae (Fukuoka)

Day 3: Visit the Nagasaki peace park memorial

From Hakata station take the JR Kamome Line (Kamome 21 Limited Express Nagasaki) towards Nagasaki station and head towards your hotel. We recommend getting two one-day passes to travel around Nagasaki by bus. After checking in, visit the Nagasaki Peace Park memorial, and take the ropeway to the top of Mount Inasa to check out the night view.

Visited:
Hakata-ekimae Nagasaki
Accomodation
Night at JR Kyushu Hotel Nagasaki (Nagasaki)

Day 4: Discover Nagasaki and the area

Today, use the second One-Day Pass to visit some of Nagasaki’s other famous places of attraction: Nagasaki Chinatown and nearby Dejima, then head towards the Dutch slope, Glover Garden and the Oura Church, to get an idea of how the Dutch left their influence on what once used to be the most cosmopolitan city in Japan.

Visited:
Nagasaki
Accomodation
Night at JR Kyushu Hotel Nagasaki (Nagasaki)

Day 5: From Nagasaki to the hot spring town of Beppu

From Nagasaki Station take the JR Kamome Line (Kamome 34 Limited Express Hakata) towards Hakata Station and transfer here to the JR Sonic-Nichirin Line (Sonic 51 Limited Express Oita) to Beppu Station. Alternatively, take a bus from Nagasaki station to Beppu station, head to your hotel and check in. After arriving the rest of the day can be spent at leisure at the beach Sand Bath or Onsen to relax.

Visited:
Nagasaki Hakata-ekimae Beppu
Accomodation
Night at Yamada Bessou (Beppu)

Day 6: Visit Beppu​’s famous sights

Using a One-Day Unlimited Bus Pass, visit some of Beppu’s famous sights: view the town’s famous hot springs at Jigoku (Hells), take the ropeway up Mount Tsurumi to enjoy the view, and maybe take in a cooking class steaming your own meals using smoke generated by the natural onsens in the area!

Visited:
Beppu
Accomodation
Night at Yamada Bessou (Beppu)

Day 7: Explore Hiroshima city

From Beppu Station take the JR Sonic-Nichirin Line (Sonic 48 Limited Express Hakata) towards Kokura Station and transfer here to the Sakura 568 Shinkansen to Hiroshima Station. Head to your hotel and check in for abit, before heading out to see the various Hiroshima attractions - Shukkeien Garden, Hiroshima Peace Park and the A-Bomb Dome, all using a one-day streetcar pass that can be bought at Hiroshima station.

Visited:
Beppu sakura Hiroshima
Accomodation
Night at APA Hotel Hiroshima Ekimae (Hiroshima)

Day 8: Discover the top three sights of Japan

Use the JR Railway Pass to travel to Miyajima Island today. Explore one of the top three sights in Japan, Itsukushima Shrine, and feed the free-roaming deer around the island. If there is time, we recommend taking the ropeway up to Mount Misen. Head back to Hiroshima city in the evening.

Visited:
Hiroshima Miyajima
Accomodation
Night at APA Hotel Hiroshima Ekimae (Hiroshima)

Day 9: Stunning view on Kyoto east part

From Hiroshima Station take shinkansen towards Shin-Osaka Station, transfer here to the Kodama Shinkansen to Kyoto Station. Head to your hotel and check in, then get a Kyoto Sightseeing Pass (Two-day) and visit some of Kyoto’s most famous sights - Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kiyomizudera Temple, then head to the Gion District at night.

Visited:
Hiroshima Kyoto Fushimi Inari Gion
Accomodation
Night at Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo (Kyoto)

Day 10: Enjoy a geisha performance at Gion

Use the Two-Day Pass bought from the previous day, visit Arashiyama at western Kyoto - Togetsukyo Bridge, Monkey Park, Tenryuji Temple & Bamboo Forest, via a rickshaw! Then, head to Kinkakuji Temple. At night, have dinner then enjoy a geisha Performance at Gion Corner (Yasaka Hall).

Visited:
Kyoto Arashiyama Kinkaku-ji Gion
Accomodation
Night at Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo (Kyoto)

Day 11: The beautiful city of Nara

Today you’ll explore the beautiful city of Nara on a day trip from Kyoto! Taking the train from Kyoto Station, you will visit Todaiji Temple, Isuien (a beautiful Japanese gardenscape), and get to feed free roaming deer at Nara Park!

Visited:
Kyoto Nara Todaiji
Accomodation
Night at Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo (Kyoto)

Day 12: Traditional Japanese tea ceremony

Attend a traditional Japanese tea ceremony in the morning, then start heading towards Takayama. From Kyoto Station take the shinkansen to Nagoya Station, and transfer here on the limited express train, and head to Takayama Station. Walk to your hotel, check in and have dinner at the ryokan.

Visited:
Kyoto Takayama Nagoya
Accomodation
Night at Best Western (Takayama)

Day 13: A day in Takayama

Spend the day exploring the quaint old town of Takayama, buying a one-day bus pass around Takayama, use it to visit the attractions: the morning markets, Higashiyama Walk, and the old town area. If time permits, you can even head to the Hida Folk Village.

Visited:
Takayama
Accomodation
Night at Best Western (Takayama)

Day 14: Explore the thatched roof houses of Shirakawago

Getting a round trip-ticket from Takayama station to Shirakawago, you’ll be visiting this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site, exploring all the thatched roof houses around this ancient village. After that, take the bus from Shirakawago to Takayama Nohi Bus Center and from here take the bus to Matsumoto.

Visited:
Takayama Shirakawago Matsumoto
Accomodation
Night at Premier Hotel Cabin Matsumoto (Matsumoto)

Day 15: Visit Matsumoto by bike

At the Matsumoto Station rent the free bikes from Sui Sui Town to visit: Matsumoto Castle, Daio Wasabi Farm and the old shops along the Nakamachi alleyway.

Visited:
Matsumoto Matsumoto Castle
Accomodation
Night at Premier Hotel Cabin Matsumoto (Matsumoto)

Day 16: Kamikochi, the great outdoors

Purchasing a round-trip ticket from Matsumoto to Kamikochi, explore this wonderful part of Nagano prefecture that takes you straight into natural delights! Kamikochi overlooks the Japanese Alps and is one of the most beautiful places in Japan. From Kamikochi Bus Terminal take the bus back to Matsumoto Bus Terminal and from here take the Ltd. Exp. Train from Matsumoto to Shinjuku station.

Visited:
Matsumoto Kamikōchi Nagano Shinjuku
Accomodation
Night at Premier Hotel Cabin Matsumoto (Matsumoto)

Day 17: Tokyo exploring day 

Today is dedicated to exploring Tokyo, via public transportation. We recommend either going towards the area around Shibuya, comprising of Omotesando, Harajuku, Meiji Shrine and Shinjuku, or towards the Northeastern area, consisting of the Imperial Palace Hamarikyu Gardens, Tokyo SkyTree and Asakusa.

Visited:
Tokyo Shibuya-machi Shinjuku Asakusa
Accomodation
Night at APA Hotel Kabukicho Tower (Shinjuku)

Day 18: Nikko coach tour

Today you will join a group tour towards Nikko in Tochigi prefecture. Famous for its lavish fall colours, you will get to see many beautiful sights on this tour that includes the UNESCO World Heritage Toshogu Shrine, the beautiful Lake Chuzenji and the mysterious Kegon Falls. Arrive back in Tokyo in the evening.

Visited:
Tokyo Nikkō
Accomodation
Night at APA Hotel Kabukicho Tower (Shinjuku)

Day 19: Last day in Japan

Free time in the morning, then departure from Tokyo. We hope you have enjoyed your trip in Japan!

Visited:
Tokyo

Fukuoka Hakata-ekimae Dazaifu Nagasaki Beppu sakura Hiroshima Miyajima Kyoto Fushimi Inari Gion Arashiyama Kinkaku-ji Nara Todaiji Takayama Nagoya Shirakawago Matsumoto Matsumoto Castle Kamikōchi Nagano Shinjuku Tokyo Shibuya-machi Asakusa Nikkō

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. £1,630 / 19 days
Excluding international flights
2 pax 4 pax 6 pax
Price per person in double room £1,690 £1,680 £1,680

Included in price:

  • 18 nights of accommodation including breakfast on all nights for 2 people
  • 14-day JR Pass
  • Tea Ceremony Experience in Kyoto on Day 12
  • 1-day Tokyo Combination Ticket for travelling around on Day 17
  • Day Tour to Nikko including lunch, transportation and English-speaking guide on Day 18
  • Narita Express train tickets from Shinjuku station to Narita Airport on Day 19

Not included in price:

  • International and domestic flights
  • All entrance and admission fees
  • Transport Passes listed in the itinerary other than JR Pass and Tokyo Combination Ticket (only available to be purchased on-site)
  • Meals, Guides or Assistants other than mentioned as included
  • Tipping for a guide or assistant
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone, and other expenditures of a personal nature)
  • Guides or Assistants and transports of your free days other than mentioned above
  • Remittance charge
  • Travel insurance (e.g. cancellation, delay, interruption, repatriation, legal assistance and/or medical, loss of personal effects, etc.)
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above

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