Self Guided Adventure


Golden Route

9 Nights: from US$2275 per person (twin share) Trip Code: GRC

The Golden Route showcases the very best of Japan, combining the fascinating and disparate cities of Tokyo and Kyoto with the beautiful countryside of Hakone National Park near Mount Fuji. This flexible itinerary is ideal for the first time visitor. Read more >

Tokyo is a modern phenomenon. Beneath the famously space-age aesthetic, jam-packed trains and notoriously eccentric youth culture, the perceptive visitor may be surprised to realise how much of the soul of this age-old city has remained intact. Despite its many facelifts Tokyo has held on to its culture and traditions, and this melting pot of sights and smells is where you will begin your adventure in Japan.

Just a short journey on the bullet train but truly worlds away from Tokyo is Hakone National Park, an outstanding example of some of the natural beauty to be found in Japan. Famed for its bubbling volcanic hot springs, superb museums and picture-perfect views of Mount Fuji (when weather permits!), in Hakone you will be following in the footsteps of the first Shogun who rested his troops here in preparation for battle!

Having been swept down the coast on the Shinkansen, you will glide into Kyoto: a modern city that offers a tantalising window to the past. Here you will find a glimpse of the historic majesty of Imperial Japan, in a city where exquisite gardens lie hidden behind sliding doors and every corner conceals unknown treasures.

With your included Japan Rail Pass, you will have the option to take a day trip from Kyoto at no extra cost. The stunning castle at Himeji, the historic temples and deer park in Nara, and the World Heritage Site of Byodoin Temple in Uji are just some of the many possibilities.

Whether you travel for the cherry blossoms of spring, the buzzing summer festivals, the blazing colours of autumn, or the crisp clear skies of winter - the Golden Route is a trip to savour, and has plenty to offer for every season.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • Nine nights' accommodation in Japan
  • Breakfast every day and two evening meals
  • Airport transfers
  • All transport between destinations
  • Seven-day Japan Rail Pass
  • Manaca transport card with 2,500 yen credit for city transport
  • Insider sightseeing tour in Tokyo
  • Eight-hour private guide service in Kyoto
  • Pocket WiFi device
  • Hakone Free Pass for local transport in the Hakone region
  • 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
  • Baggage handling - you will be expected to carry your own bags for the duration of the trip

Trip Highlights

  • Marvel at stunning mountain scenery in Hakone
  • Discover the sights of Tokyo with an Insider expert
  • Whizz through the country on the Shinkansen bullet train
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage temples in Kyoto
  • Stay at a traditional ryokan inn
  • Take a day trip to one of the many attractions near Kyoto

For more information email us: [email protected] or call: 303 952 0379

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Golden Route - 10 Days

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