Self Guided Adventure


Best of Japan

14 Nights: from US$12028 per person (twin share) Trip Code: BOJD

The perfect itinerary for first-time visitors to Japan: cities, countryside, hot springs, great food, history and culture. Locations you will visit include Japan's historic capital, Kyoto; Tokyo with its bright lights and excitement; the Fuji-Hakone National Park; Takayama in the Japanese Alps; and Hiroshima. Read more >

You will begin and end your adventure in Tokyo, a teeming metropolis that encapsulates the diversity of Japanese culture and history.

A visit to the lively and traditional Asakusa district contrasts sharply with the über-modern skyscrapers of Shinjuku and Shibuya, whilst the new and ever crazier trends that continue to spring up provide yet another dimension to the melting-pot. Tokyo is organised chaos at its best, with a curiosity around every corner.

Kyoto is the country's other must-see city: capital of Japan for over a thousand years and thoroughly steeped in traditional arts and history. Here you'll find seemingly limitless temples, shrines and gardens rubbing shoulders with high modernity in the form of buildings such as Kyoto Station.

After your dose of culture you will be heading westwards along the coast to Hiroshima, where a vibrant and cosmopolitan atmosphere belies the destruction once wrought here by the atom bomb dropped in 1945. You will spend the night on the nearby island of Miyajima - home to the famous "floating" <i>torii</i> gate of Itsukushima Shrine.

Carefully woven between stays in the big cities you will be travelling deep into the Japanese Alps to explore the traditional farmhouses surrounding Takayama, and eastwards to Hakone to relax in a hot spring in the shadow of Japan's most iconic symbol - Mount Fuji.

If you still want to see more, why not take a day trip from Tokyo to the ornate temples and shrines of Nikko National Park, or visit Nara's Great Buddha statue and resident deer population just a short hop from Kyoto?

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • 14 nights' accommodation (six nights Japanese style)
  • Breakfast every day, six evening meals and four lunches
  • All transport between destinations
  • Airport transfers by private car
  • Transfers between train stations and accommodation by private car
  • First class (green) train tickets
  • Hakone Free Pass for local transport in the Hakone area
  • Manaca transport card with 2,500 yen credit for city transport
  • Eight-hour private guide service in Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima including lunch, entrance fees and driver
  • Afternoon tea with a maiko in Kyoto
  • Private driver and guide for Fuji Five Lakes trip
  • Guide for Tsukiji Fish Market tour including breakfast
  • Sake tour in Takayama
  • Your personalised InsideJapan Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Local transport (buses, subways, taxis) at any destination unless otherwise specified
  • Any entrance fees including those for shrines, temples and museums unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage handling and luggage forwarding

What, where, when and how...

Best of Japan - 15 Days - Accommodation

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