21 day escorted tour of Japan
Tokyo, Osaka, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Himeji, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Takayama, Hakone, Sendai, Hakodate, Sapporo
|Duration||20 nights and 21 days|
|Departs||March – May and September to November (selected dates)|
|Price||From $9,350 per person (based on twin share)|
If you have a bit more time to explore, the 21 day escorted tour of Japan could be just what you are looking for. Travel the length and breadth of Japan using planes, trains and shinkansen as you take in the riches and excitement from big cities to sleepy fishing villages to historical samurai and castle towns.
Day 1: Tokyo
Upon arrival at Narita/Haneda Airport, clear customs and immigration before boarding the Airport Limousine Bus to your accommodation in Tokyo.
*We can arrange for early check-in or prior accommodation and any other arrangements before the tour begins.
Accommodation: Tokyo – 2 nights
Day 2: Tokyo (B, L, D)
After breakfast your Japan journey begins with a full day of sightseeing in Tokyo. Your guide will take you to some of the major sights including the Tokyo Sky Tree with 360 panoramic views of the city, the Tsukiji Outer Fish Market, Sensouji Temple – Tokyo’s most famous Buddhist Temple – and Nakamise Shopping Street for those little souvenirs. Drive by some famous shopping districts such as Ginza and Akihabara. Enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 3: Tokyo – Osaka (B)
After breakfast, depart for Osaka on a Japan Airlines domestic flight. After arrival at Itami Airport, visit one of Japan’s most famous castles, Osaka Castle. Then onto the Floating Garden Observatory to enjoy a 360-degree view of the city. Finally visit the Namba district of Osaka, known as the entertainment district, hosting many of the city’s most popular shopping arcades, department stores, restaurants and bars.
Accommodation: Osaka – 1 night
Day 4: Osaka – Nagasaki (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Osaka Itami Airport by bus for a domestic flight to Nagasaki. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to downtown Nagasaki. Your escort will help you validate your Japan Rail Pass for use.
Accommodation: Nagasaki – 2 nights
Day 5: Nagasaki (B)
Optional sightseeing with your tour escort: Visit some famous spots in Nagasaki including Glover Garden, an open air museum that exhibits beautiful gardens and the mansions and related buildings of several of the city’s former foreign residents built between 1868-1912. Also visit Dejima, an artificial island that was built during the Edo period to accommodate Portuguese Christian missionaries.
Day 6: Nagasaki – Hiroshima (B)
Travel to Hiroshima by Shinkansen bullet train.
Optional Sightseeing with your tour escort: Witness and learn of the tragic results of war and heartbreaking stories at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Visit the Atomic Bomb Dome, the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded in 1945.
Accommodation: Hiroshima – 2 nights
Day 7: Hiroshima (B)
Optional Sightseeing: Visit Miyajima Island and the World Heritage listed Itsukushima Shinto Shrine. This famous icon is known for its floating red torii gate in the water and is one of the most famous views in Japan.
Day 8: Hiroshima – Himeji – Kyoto (B, D)
After breakfast, depart for Kyoto by Shinkansen Bullet Train. Stop by Himeji on the way to see Himeji Castle, a World Heritage listed site, and Koko-en Garden. Continue on to Kyoto and enjoy a special dinner at a local temple
Accommodation: Kyoto – 3 nights
Day 9: Kyoto (B, L)
Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Kyoto visiting some of the most famous shrines and temples including the Golden Pavilion, Heian Jingu, Sanjusangendo and Yasaka Jingu. Lunch is also included.
Day 10: Kyoto (B)
Optional Sightseeing: Indulge yourself in the rural atmosphere of Arashiyama, just a short train ride from Kyoto station. With Mt Arashiyama as the backdrop, take a walk through the Bamboo Forest, visiting Zen temples along the way. Marvel at Togetsukyo Bridge, where you can view some of Kyoto’s iconic scenery and visit the many shops and cafes. You will have the rest of the afternoon free.
Day 11: Kyoto – Kanazawa (B)
Depart for Kanazawa by limited express train.
Optional Sightseeing: Visit some famous spots in Kanazawa including the Higashi Chayagai geisha district, Kenroku-en Garden (one of Japan’s 3 most beautiful gardens) and an old Samurai House in the Nagamachi samurai district.
Accommodation: Kanazawa – 1 night
Day 12: Kanazawa – Takayama (B, D)
Depart for Takayama by JR limited express train.
Optional Sightseeing: Visit some famous areas of Takayama including Kamisanmachi (where traditional samurai houses and old wooden merchant buildings have been converted to sake breweries and museums) and Takayama Jinya (a former government outpost).
Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Takayama – 2 nights
Day 13: Takayama (B)
Optional Sightseeing: Visit the Hida Folk Village, an open air museum exhibiting over 30 traditional houses from the region, Matsuri-no-mori Festival Floats Museum and Takayama Jinya (a former government outpost). Explore the historic area of Takayama’s old town, Kamisanmachi – a small 3 lane area filled with old wooden buildings consisting of sake breweries, small boutiques and some larger merchant houses which are now museums.
Day 14: Takayama – Hakone (B, D)
Depart for Nagoya by JR limited express train, then continue onto Hakone by Shinkansen. Dinner is a Japanese meal at your Ryokan accommodation in Hakone.
Accommodation: Hakone – 1 night
Day 15: Hakone – Tokyo (B)
After breakfast, embark on a full day sightseeing tour of the Hakone and Lake Ashi region. Take a cruise on Lake Ashi, then ride the Hakone Ropeway, stopping at Owakudani Valley for a spectacular panoramic view of Mt Fuji and the surrounding area. In the afternoon travel to Tokyo by bullet train.
Accommodation: Tokyo – 1 night
Day 16: Tokyo – Sendai (B)
In the morning depart Tokyo and board a bullet train to Sendai.
Optional sightseeing: In the afternoon take a Matsushima bay cruise and then visit Zuiganji Temple.
Accommodation: Sendai – 1 night
Day 17: Sendai – Hakodate (B)
In the afternoon depart for Hakodate by bullet train and experience the 53.85km long Seikan Tunnel crossing under the Tsugaru Strait.
Optional Sightseeing: In the evening visit Mt Hakodate which is renowned for its splendid night view of the city and surrounding bay. This spectacular view is a must see!
Accommodation: Hakodate – 1 night
Day 18: Hakodate – Sapporo (B)
Optional Sightseeing: Visit some famous places in Hakodate which include the Waterfront Warehouses overlooking Hakodate Port, Old Churches of Hakodate and Daisanzaka Slope.
In the afternoon, board a limited express train to Sapporo.
Accommodation: Sapporo- 2 nights
Day 19: Sapporo (B, D)
After breakfast, enjoy the sights of Sapporo, visiting Lake Shikotsu, Shiroi Koibito Park and Okurayama viewing point. On your tour you will have the chance to visit the famous Sapporo Beer Museum. As your journey nears its end, enjoy a group farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 20: Sapporo – Tokyo (B)
You’ll have the morning free to explore more of Sapporo city or do some last minute shopping. In the afternoon transfer to Shin-Chitose Airport by local train for your domestic flight to Tokyo with Japan Airlines. This last evening of the tour is free in Tokyo.
Accommodation: Tokyo – 1 night
Day 21: Tokyo (B)
Your 21 day rail journey concludes today after breakfast at your hotel. Included in this tour is an airport transfer service to Narita or Haneda Airport.
We can also arrange late check out, post-tour accommodation and any other arrangements if you wish to extend your stay in Japan after the tour concludes.
– Tokyo, Hakone and food and culture city Osaka
– Historic samurai towns Takayama & Kanazawa
– Ancient cities Kyoto & Nara
– Peace city Hiroshima & Shrine island Miyajima
– Minimum 10 / Maximum 21 people
– Enchanting night view in Hakodate
– Lovely northern city Sapporo
|Duration||20 nights and 21 days|
|Departure Dates||Available March – May and September to November (selected dates)|
|Route||Tokyo, Osaka, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Himeji, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Takayama, Hakone, Sendai, Hakodate, Sapporo|
|Tour Type||Fully escorted|
|Price (land fee)||Twin share from $9,350 per person
Triple share from $8,780 per person
Single from $11,420 per person
|*Seasonal fees apply|
– An experienced escort and local guides (where applicable) who will assist with the entire trip from sightseeing to shopping and dining.
– 20 nights accommodation
・ 4 nights in Tokyo – Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa
・ 1 night in Osaka – Hotel Granvia Osaka
・ 2 nights in Nagasaki – Hotel New Nagasaki
・ 2 nights in Hiroshima – Hotel Granvia Hiroshima
・ 3 nights in Kyoto – Kyoto Century Hotel
・ 1 night in Kanazawa – Hotel Nikko Kanazawa
・ 2 nights in Takayama – Associa Hotel/Best Western
・ 1 night in Hakone – Yoshiike Ryokan
・ 1 night in Sendai – Hotel Metropolitan Sendain
・ 1 night in Hakodate – Lavista Hakodate Bay Hotel
・ 2 nights in Sapporo – JR Tower Nikko/Keio Plaza Sapporo
・ 2 lunches (days 2 & 9, 5 dinners (days 2, 8, 12, 14 & 19) and daily breakfast
– Airport transfer to your hotel upon arrival
– Departure transfer to Haneda or Narita Airport after the tour concludes
– Rail station to hotel transfers (if required)
– Tokyo 1 day tour
– Osaka afternoon tour
– Himeji half day tour
– Kyoto 1 day tour
– Hakone and Lake Ashi tour
– Hokkaido Lake Shikotsu & Sapporo full day tour
– Japan Rail Pass 14-day (Ordinary)
– Domestic flights from Tokyo – Osaka, Osaka – Nagasaki, Sapporo – Tokyo
– Luggage transfer services (Tokyo – Nagasaki – Kyoto – Takayama – Tokyo – Hakodate – Tokyo)
– Meals: Except as mentioned in the Package inclusions.
– Personal expenses
– Travel insurance (contact us for a discounted rate)
– All other expenses unless mentioned in Package inclusions
– Optional sightseeing (as stated on the daily itinerary) with the tour escort – Local transfer costs, entrance fees and lunches on these tours are NOT included in the advertised tour price. The additional cost is approximately $200 per person. This is payable in Japan at each sightseeing spot before entry. Your tour escort will be with you to assist.
*A fair amount of walking is involved on this tour
*Hotels are subject to change of the same category
*Daily schedule is subject to change due to weather, transport or any other unforeseen circumstances
*Minimum 10 persons for the tour to operate, maximum 20
*Child reduction prices are also available, please contact us
*Double rooms can be requested upon booking. Request-based only
*Single supplement has been calculated based on Single Room use. Twin room single use will require an additional charge
*The locations visited during a Fully Escorted Tour may involve a considerable amount of walking and climbing stairs. We recommend that travellers with disabilities be accompanied by their own assistant, capable of providing all necessary assistance. Fully Escorted Tours do not include special assistance to participants with disabilities. We reserve the right to refuse participation in Fully Escorted Tours if it considers that such participation is reasonably likely to impose an unjustifiable hardship on us or our escorts. Alternatively, we would be happy to organise independent tours for travellers with special needs.
*Optional sightseeing (as stated on the daily itinerary) with the tour escort – Local transfer costs, entrance fees and lunches on these tours are NOT included in the advertised tour price. The additional cost is approximately $200 per person. This is payable in Japan at each sightseeing spot before entry. Your tour escort will be with you to assist.
*Please read our term and conditions.