Self Guided Adventure


Golden Route

9 Nights: from US$9620 per person (twin share) Trip Code: GRD

Following the path of the old Tokaido Road, the Golden Route will take you from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo to Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital and the true cultural heart of the country. With the hot springs of Hakone in between, this itinerary is a perfect introductory taste of Japan. Read more >

Home to 35 million people, Tokyo is one of the world's largest urban centres. Yet alongside the throngs of commuters at Shinjuku Station and the glaring, neon signs of Akihabara's electronics stores, the city has more to tranquillity to offer than the first-time visitor might expect.

Based in Tokyo's premier accommodation, you will be perfectly placed to get to know the many faces that Tokyo has to offer.

Leaving the metropolis behind, you will be whisked away to fill your lungs with mountain air in Hakone National Park, with its steaming volcanoes and picturesque Lake Ashi presided over by the iconic (but notoriously shy) Mount Fuji.

After sweeping down the coast on the world famous Shinkansen bullet train you will glide into Kyoto, a modern city with a thoroughly traditional heart. Despite its contemporary façade, this city offers a window to the majesty of old Imperial Japan and is the epicentre of Japanese history and culture.

Venturing into the traditional districts you will discover cultural treasures at every turn, and during a private audience with a maiko (apprentice geisha) you will be offered a privileged look into one of the world's most secretive communities.

Combining world-class super-deluxe hotels, Japan's most luxurious traditional ryokan inns, first class travel and exclusive cultural experiences - the Golden Route is sure to be a trip to remember.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • Nine nights' accommodation in deluxe hotels and ryokan
  • Breakfast every day, three evening meals and two lunches
  • All transport between destinations (first class where available)
  • Airport transfers by private car
  • Tour the Fuji Five Lakes region with a private driver and guide
  • 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 and driver in Tokyo and Kyoto, including lunch and any entrance fees
  • Tokyo izakaya dinner experience with an InsideJapan tour leader
  • An audience with an apprentic geisha
  • Pocket WiFi device
  • Your personalised InsideJapan Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Local transport (buses, subways, taxis) at any destination unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage handling and luggage forwarding

Trip Highlights

  • Get to know Tokyo by night with one of our "Insider" experts
  • Relax on the banks of the Kamagawa River in the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto
  • Speed across the country on the iconic bullet train
  • Spend an evening with an apprentice geisha
  • Stay at the world-class Gora Kadan ryokan inn
  • Explore the ancient temples of Kyoto

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