Self Guided Adventure


Best of Japan

14 Nights: from US$6345 per person (twin share) Trip Code: BOJS

This trip showcases the striking contrasts to be found throughout Japan, taking you from vibrant modern cities to charming market towns, up into mountainous rural countryside and through the varied coastal regions. Read more >

Beginning in the modern megalopolis of Tokyo and travelling south on the bullet train to the Fuji-Hakone National Park, you will be amazed by the surprises and contradictions to be found in such a small area of this diverse country. As far as we're concerned, there are few things more impressive than the sight of Mount Fuji emerging from the clouds, or more relaxing than soaking in a soothing hot spring bath.

After visiting Hakone you will spend the next three days exploring the historic temples, shrines and gardens in the cultural heart of Japan: Kyoto. Continuing west from here you'll then travel west to Miyajima, an island just across the water from Hiroshima and one of the most scenic places in all Japan.

Although Miyajima is always thronged with tourists during the day, most visitors head home by late afternoon leaving a wonderful after-dark atmosphere for the lucky few who remain. Make sure you take this chance to stroll down to the shrine and the illuminated torii gate in the early evening.

Your next destination will take you deep into the Japanese Alps, where you'll be exploring the picturesque historical town of Takayama. Here the old streets have been carefully preserved to show off the original architecture of this old artisanal centre to its best advantage, and the spectacular festivals held here every spring and autumn are justly famous throughout Japan.

Over the course of your trip you will also have endless opportunities to sample the local Japanese cuisine, explore a fantastic array of shopping opportunities and perhaps even test your vocal cords at a karaoke venue!

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • First class (green) 14-day Japan Rail Pass
  • 14 nights' accommodation (six nights Japanese style)
  • Breakfast every day and five evening meals
  • All transport between destinations
  • Airport transfers by private car
  • Hakone Free Pass for local transport in the Hakone region
  • Manaca transport card with 2,500 yen credit for city transport
  • Eight-hour private guide service in Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima including lunch and entrance fees
  • Private guided walking tour of Gion
  • Half-day cycle ride 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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