Elegant Japan 21 Days
Tokyo, Hakone, Nikko, Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Mt Koya, Hiroshima and Okayama
|Duration||20 nights and 21 days|
|Price||From $4,183 per person (based on twin share)|
If you have a bit more time to spend exploring Japan, this holiday package includes all the features of the Jewels of Japan tour plus more.
Travel to the seaside castle town of Kanazawa to see a culture seeped in Samurai history. The sacred Mt Koya is a must-do trip with an overnight stay in a temple. Experience the food and culture city of Osaka and stroll around the beautiful garden town of Okayama.
Day 1: Tokyo
Upon arrival in Tokyo, commence your exploration of the city.
You may like to visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Building in Shinjuku. Enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of Tokyo from the free observation deck.
Accommodation: Tokyo – 4 nights
Day 2: Tokyo
Take the Tokyo (Cityrama) Morning Tour (9:00 – 13:10)
After the tour, discover the Ueno area including the Ameyoko Ueno Markets, Ueno Park and Ueno Zoo – famous for its giant pandas.
Day 3: Tokyo
Visit Tsukiji Fish Market in the early morning, then spend the rest of your day exploring Odaiba, Tokyo’s modern entertainment and amusement district located on an artificial island.
Take a day trip to Kamakura, a beautiful coast side city that was also the former capital of Japan from 1192-1333.
Day 4: Tokyo – Nikko – Tokyo
Get aboard the Nikko World Heritage 1-Day Tour (9:00 – 20:00)
Day 5: Tokyo – Hakone
Hakone is one of Tokyo’s most popular getaways and offers plenty of activities and a spectacular view of Mt Fuji.
Accommodation: Hakone – 1 night (Dinner, Breakfast)
Day 6: Hakone – Takayama
Head off to Takayama, a charming little samurai town in the heart of the Japanese Alps. Explore this lovely historic town at your own pace.
Accommodation: Takayama – 2 nights
Day 7: Takayama
Stroll through the morning market along the Miyagawa River. Then wander around Kamisanmachi to view the traditional samurai houses, Takayama Jinya (a former government outpost), the Festival Floats Museum and more.
Day 8: Takayama – Shirakawago – Kanazawa
Stop by and savour the idyllic scenery of Shirakawago on the way to Kanazawa. This World Heritage listed village contains many traditional thatched-roof farmhouses. In the early afternoon move on to Kanazawa, a beautiful seaside castle town famous for its Kenrokuen Garden, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan.
Accommodation: Kanazawa – 2 nights
Day 9: Kanazawa
Explore Kanazawa; Kenrokuen Garden, Nagamachi samurai district, Higashi Chayagai geisha district, and more.
Day 10: Kanazawa – Kyoto
Complete your sightseeing in Kanazawa, then board a train to Kyoto and discover the local food culture at the Nishiki Food Market. Then explore the Kyoto Station area. The free observation deck provides you with a sweeping Kyoto city view.
Accommodation: Kyoto – 4 nights
Day 11: Kyoto
Join the Kyoto Morning Tour (8:35 – 13:00)
After the tour, marvel at the wooden structure of the Kiyomizu-no-Butai (Kiyomizu Stage) at Kiyomizudera Temple. Then, visit Gion, one of the largest geisha districts in Kyoto.
Day 12: Kyoto – Nara – Kyoto
Be captivated by the thousands of vermillion torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine and the seasonal garden and coloured leaves at Tofukuji Temple. Continue your journey to Nara. Visit Todaiji Temple, then walk through Nara Park and visit Kasuga Taisha Shrine. On the way back to Nara Station, stroll around Naramachi, the former merchant district of Nara.
Day 13: Kyoto
Explore more of Kyoto. Visit Ginkakuji Temple then savour the elegance of Kyoto while meandering through the “Philosopher’s Walk” towards Nanzenji Temple and Heian Jingu Shrine.
Day 14: Kyoto – Hiroshima
Catch a train to the peace city, Hiroshima. Witness and learn of the tragic results of war and heartbreaking stories at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum.
Accommodation: Hiroshima – 2 nights
Day 15: Hiroshima – Miyajima Island – Hiroshima
Board a ferry to the shrine island, Miyajima, where the giant floating tori gate on the sea is waiting to greet you. You will be fascinated by the sublime, vermillion Itsukushima Shrine, a world heritage site that floats with the rising tide. Stroll around the island and Mt Misen before returning to Hiroshima.
Day 16: Hiroshima – Okayama
Take a train to Okayama, famous for its beautiful, manicured garden, Korakuen, and Okayama Castle, known as ‘Crow Castle’ because of its black appearance.
Accommodation: Okayama – 2 nights
Day 17: Okayama
Take a day trip to Kurashiki. Wander through the historic Kurashiki ‘Bikan Chiku’, lined with old style houses and traditional white walled warehouses along the picturesque canal.
Day 18: Okayama – Osaka
Relish the bustling, friendly, food-lovers city of Osaka. Enjoy the panoramic city view from the floating observatory in Umeda district. Discover your favourite local street food in Dotonbori and don’t miss the impressive Osaka Castle.
Accommodation: Osaka – 1 night
Day 19: Osaka – Mt Koya
Make your way to the sacred Mt Koya, one of the Three Holy Mountains of Japan. Experience the majestic Okunoin and stay overnight in a temple lodging (Shukubo) with authentic Shojin-ryori – Japanese Buddhist vegetarian cuisine for dinner and breakfast.
Accommodation: Mt Koya – 1 night (Dinner, Breakfast)
Day 20: Mt Koya – Osaka
Participate in Buddhist Morning Mass, then explore the holy Mt Koya. Visit the Danjo Garan temple complex and Kongobuji Temple. In the afternoon, depart for Osaka.
Accommodation: Osaka – 1 night
Day 21: Osaka – Kansai/ Narita International Airport
Depart Japan or head to your next destination.
*The order of the tour can be changed and the length increased or decreased to match your requirements.
– Tokyo, Hakone and food and culture city Osaka
– Historic samurai towns Takayama & Kanazawa
– Traditional farmhouses in Shirakawago
– Ancient cities Kyoto & Nara and Sacred Mount Koya
– Peace city Hiroshima & Shrine island Miyajima
– Garden town Okayama
|Duration||20 nights and 21 days (travel order can be changed, length of tour can be extended or decreased)|
|Departure Dates||Available all year round|
|Route||Tokyo, Hakone, Takayama, Shirakawago, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Nara, Mt Koya, Osaka, Okayama, Hiroshima, Miyajima Island.|
|Tour Type||Self guided package: pick up/drop off service is not available|
|Price (land fee)||Twin share from $4,183 per person
Triple share from $3,871 per person
Single from $4,806 per person
|*Seasonal fee may apply (arriving in March, April, May, October and November)|
– 19 nights accommodation in a standard room in 3-4 star hotels, 1 night in a Temple
・ 4 nights in Tokyo – Shiba Park Hotel or similar
・ 1 night in Hakone – Hakone Hotel or similar
・ 2 nights in Takayama – Takayama Ouan, Hida Hotel Plaza or similar
・ 2 nights in Kanazawa – Kanazawa Miyako Hotel, Hotel Kanazawa or similar
・ 4 nights in Kyoto – Kyoto Tower Hotel, New Miyako Hotel or similar
・ 2 nights in Hiroshima – Hotel New Hiroden, Granvia Hiroshima or similar
・ 2 nights in Okayama – Granvia Okayama or similar
・ 2 nights in Osaka – Hearton Hotel Nishi Umeda or similar
・ 1 night in Mt Koya – Fukuchiin, Henjokoin or similar
・ 1 lunch in Nikko
・ 1 dinner and 1 breakfast in Hakone
・ 1 dinner and 1 breakfast in Mt Koya
– Tokyo Morning Tour with local English-speaking guide
– Nikko World Heritage 1 Day Tour (includes lunch)
with local English-speaking guide
– Kyoto Morning Tour with local English-speaking guide
– Flights: We can assist with your flights to match your itinerary.
*If you have already booked your flight, please provide us with your flight details or send us copies of e-tickets when you book/enquire.
– Travel expenses (unless covered by the Japan Rail Pass).
– Meals: Except as mentioned in the Package inclusions.
– Activities or tours: Except as mentioned in the Package inclusions.
*You can add any day tours or activities you like, we can arrange this for you.
– Admission fees: Except as mentioned in the Package inclusions.
– Personal expenses
– Travel insurance
*Non-smoking rooms may be available on request. We book non-smoking rooms when available.
*Please read our term and conditions.
*Package inclusions are subject to availability.
*Prices are subject to currency fluctuations.