Self Guided Adventure


Golden Route

9 Nights: from US$4602 per person (twin share) Trip Code: GRS

The Golden Route traces the path of the ancient Tokaido Highway, starting with the skyscrapers of ultra-modern Tokyo, stopping at the hot spring town of Hakone and traversing the country to Japan's cultural heart at Kyoto. Read more >

With a total of four nights in Tokyo you'll have plenty of time to experience what this eclectic city has to offer - from the historical Asakusa district to the towering high-rises around Shinjuku - as well as a potential day trip out of the city to coastal Kamakura or Mount Takao.

A stark contrast to the capital, the beautiful hot spring town of Hakone is only a short Shinkansen ride from the city and boasts some stunning mountain scenery, relaxing onsen hot spring baths and a collection of excellent museums. Keep your camera handy and your eyes peeled for a glimpse of Mount Fuji, Japan's tallest and most sacred mountain - visible only in good weather!

Moving down the east coast on the world famous bullet train, you will arrive at the magnificent Kyoto Station - one of Japan's largest buildings and a real feat of modern architecture. Here, in the "City of Ten Thousand Temples," you will find the country's most famous shrines, temples and gardens - as well as the mysterious world of the geisha.

The Japan Rail Pass included in your trip offers you lots of flexibility, meaning that you can easily plan a day trip from Kyoto to vibrant Osaka, magnificent Himeji Castle or the fascinating Peace Park and Museum in Hiroshima - to name but a few possibilities.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • Nine nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast every day, two evening meals and two lunches
  • All transport between destinations
  • Airport transfers by private car
  • Seven-day Japan Rail Pass
  • 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 and Kyoto including lunch and entrance fees
  • Private walking tour of Kyoto's Gion geisha district
  • Pocket WiFi device
  • Your personalised InsideJapan Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

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

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the Golden Temple and Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto
  • Enjoy hot spring baths at your authentic Japanese ryokan inn
  • Take a day trip to Nara, Osaka or Hiroshima
  • Discover Tokyo with a private local guide
  • Travel first class on the iconic Shinkansen bullet train
  • Enjoy views of Mount Fuji from Lake Ashi

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

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Golden Route - 10 Days

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