Self Guided Adventure


World Heritage

17 Nights: from US$6709 per person (twin share) Trip Code: WHRTGS

Discover Japan's most important cultural and historical monuments as you visit the temples of Nikko, the Peace Park at Hiroshima, and Himeji Castle, staying in outstanding accommodation - including a thatched farmhouse in Shirakawago and a temple lodging on Mount Koya. Read more >

Your adventure begins and ends in Tokyo, a beacon of modernity whose radical architecture and irrepressible pop culture provide a fascinating counterpoint to the rich historical monuments that provide the inspiration for this itinerary.

Just a short journey from Tokyo lies Nikko, home to the mind-bogglingly intricate temple complex that serves as the final resting place of the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu: one of the most important figures in Japanese history.

Mount Koya provides a link to another celebrated personage, the monk Kobo Daishi, who introduced Shingon Buddhism to Japan. Here you'll stay in a shukubo temple lodging, eat vegetarian shojin ryori cuisine and watch as monks perform their solemn morning rites.

The cities of Kyoto and Hiroshima harbour a diverse array of remarkable historical gems. In Hiroshima visit the atmospheric Peace Park, where the tragic events of 1945 come hauntingly alive. Kyoto is home to no less than 17 World Heritage locations, from much-loved Kiyomizu-dera Temple to the "nightingale floor" of Nijo Castle, and offers the chance for a day trip to another World Heritage hotspot: the ancient capital of Nara.

Shirakawago, a peaceful village amid the bucolic scenery of the Japanese Alps, offers a very different experience: a stay in a traditional thatched-roof farmhouse with an included meal of locally sourced cuisine.

Finally, crowning your World Heritage trip is a visit to Himeji Castle. Recently renovated, Himeji is by far the largest and most spectacular of all Japan's castles - there really is nothing else like it!

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • 17 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast each morning, three evening meals and four lunches
  • Airport transfers
  • All transport between destinations in Japan
  • Six-hour private tour in Nikko including lunch and entrance fees
  • Eight-hour private guide service in Tokyo, Kyoto and Mount Koya including lunch and entrance fees
  • Visit to Saiho-ji's moss garden temple
  • Manaca transport pass with 2,500 yen credit for city transport
  • Nikko Free Pass for transport in the Nikko region
  • Kansai Thru Pass
  • First class (green) 14-day Japan Rail Pass
  • 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 unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage handling and luggage forwarding

What, where, when and how...

World Heritage - 18 Days - Accommodation

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