Itsukushima Shrine through the trees - Japan Essence - 10 days private escorted tour of Japan
Dotonbori - Namba Osaka - Japan Essence - 10 days private escorted tour of Japan
Hiroshima A-bomb dome - Japan Essence - 10 days private escorted tour of Japan

10 day private escorted tour of Japan

Tokyo, Kamakura, Hakone, Okayama, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka

Duration 9 nights and 10 days
Departs Any day that suits you
Price (land only) From $4,280 per person (based on twin share – 4 or more travellers)

From $5,598 per person (based on twin share – 2 travellers)

*Price is determined by the time you visit and hotel availability.

The Japan Essence 10 day private escorted tour of Japan is ideal for first time visitors wanting to see the major sightseeing spots. You’ll be able to enjoy the experience of staying in a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn) and savour the kaiseki dinner (full course Japanese cuisine).

You can customise this itinerary to suit your wishes.


Day 1: Tokyo
Upon arrival at Narita/Haneda Airport, clear customs and immigration. Your meeting assistant will escort you to your private taxi with chauffeur to take you direct to your accommodation in Tokyo. Hotel rooms will be available from 3pm. For early arrivals, you can store your luggage at the hotel and have a look around Tokyo.

Accommodation: Hotel in Tokyo – 3 nights

Day 2: Tokyo (B)
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 Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku, the Imperial Palace Plaza, Sensouji Temple – Tokyo’s most famous Buddhist Temple – and Nakamise Shopping Street for those little souvenirs.

Day 3: Tokyo – Nikko – Tokyo (B)
Enjoy a private guided sightseeing tour of Nikko by public transport (8am – 7:30pm). Visit the intricately decorated Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Shinkyo Bridge and the Tamozawa Imperial Villa. Find the famous three animal carvings (sleeping cat, three monkeys and imagined elephant)!

Day 4: Tokyo – Kamakura – Hakone (B, D)
Take a private guided sightseeing tour of Kamakura and Hakone by public transport (8am – 6pm). In Kamakura, visit the Great Buddha at Kotokuin Temple and Hase Kannon Temple before taking a leisurely cruise at Hakone’s Lake Ashi.
*Note, that heavy luggage is transferred from your accommodation in Tokyo to Kyoto. Please pack your clothes and toiletries for a two night stay into an overnight bag or backpack.

Accommodation: Ryokan in Hakone– 1 night

Day 5: Hakone– Okayama– Hiroshima (B)
Transfer to Odawara Station by public transport with your guide. Travel to Okayama by bullet train with no escort on board. Upon arrival at Okayama Station, meet up with an English-speaking guide. Take a short sightseeing trip to Okayama Korakuen Garden, one of Japan’s 3 most beautiful gardens. Your guide will then travel with you to Hiroshima by bullet train.

Accommodation: Hotel in Hiroshima – 1 night

Day 6: Hiroshima – Miyajima – Kyoto (B)
Take a private guided tour of Hiroshima and Miyajima (8am – 4pm). Witness and learn of the tragic results of war and heartbreaking stories at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum and the Atomic Bomb Dome. Continue with your guide to Miyajima and take a private guided tour of Itsukushima Shrine. You’ll then travel by bullet train to Kyoto with your guide.

Accommodation: Hotel in Kyoto – 3 nights

Day 7: Kyoto (B)
Private guided sightseeing tour of Kyoto (9:30am – 5pm) by public transport. Explore Kinkakuji Temple (the Golden Pavillion), Ryoanji Temple, Nijo Castle, then stroll around Nishiki Market and the Gion District.

Day 8: Kyoto (B)
Full day of personal free time in Kyoto.

Day 9: Kyoto – Nara – Osaka (B)
After breakfast, depart for Nara on a private guided excursion (9am – 6pm). See the world’s largest wooden building at Todaiji (which houses the great bronze Buddha). Walk through Nara Park, home to over a thousand friendly deer, and visit Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Head next to Osaka where your guide will take you to the Namba District. Discover your favourite local street food in Dotonbori.

Accommodation: Hotel in Osaka – 1 night

Day 10: Osaka – Kansai International Airport (B)
Your escorted tour finishes after breakfast. Transfer on your own to Kansai International Airport and head off to your next destination.
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.


– The majestic architectural structures of Nikko
– Ancient cities Kyoto & Nara
– Peace city Hiroshima & sacred island Miyajima
– Modern mega cities Tokyo & Osaka

Package Details:

Duration 9 nights and 10 days
Departure Dates Any day that suits you
Route Tokyo, Kamakura, Hakone, Okayama, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka
Tour Type Fully escorted private tour of Japan

Package inclusions:

– 8 nights accommodation in a standard room in 3-4 star hotels, 1 night in a Ryokan
・ 3 nights in a hotel in Tokyo
・ 1 night in a ryokan in Hakone
・ 1 night in a hotel in Hiroshima
・ 3 nights in a hotel in Kyoto
・ 1 night in a hotel in Osaka

– Guide – English-speaking guide except for Day 1, Day 8 and Day 10

– Meeting Assistant – English-speaking meeting assistant on Day 1

– Transport – Private taxi from Tokyo airport to Tokyo accommodation. Bullet trains on Days 5 and 6, public transport (such as local trains, subway and buses) on Days 2 – 7 and Day 9.

– Meals
・ 9 breakfasts (daily)
・ 1 dinner (in Hakone)

– Luggage Delivery
・ 1 piece per person from Tokyo to Kyoto
・ 1 piece per person from Kyoto to Osaka

Package exclusions:

– Flights: We will book 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.
– 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


*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.
*Child reduction prices are also available, please contact us.
*Double rooms can be requested upon booking. Request-based only.
*Non-smoking rooms may not be available at some properties, in which case the rooms will be deodorised.
*Please note that some of the properties/restaurants on this tour may not be able to cater for special dietary requirements.
*The locations visited 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.

*Please read our term and conditions.