Grand Tour of Japan 15 Nights

Comprehensive Japan tour package visiting the key sites not easily accessible for foreign guests. See the snow monkeys and one of top three gardens in Japan, bathe in hot spring baths, stay in monasteries, traditional Japanese inns and a night in a traditional housing dating back to 16th century.

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Cities visited
Tokyo, Nagano, Matsumoto, Takayama, Shirakawago, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Koyasan, Osaka

 

Highlights

  • Snow Monkeys in Yudanaka
  • Ryokan stay (traditional Japanese Inn)
  • Temple stay in Koyasan
  • Stay in traditional thatched roof housing in the World Heritage site Shirakawago

 

Package inclusions

  • 3 nights accommodation at Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa or similar in Tokyo
  • 1 night accommodation at Issanokomichi Biyunoyado in Yudanaka
  • 1 night accommodation at Myojinkan in Matsumoto
  • 1 night accommodation at Hida Hotel Plaza in Takayama
  • 1 night accommodation at Koemon (Gasshozukuri) in Shirakawago
  • 1 night accommodation at Kanazawa Miyako Hotel or similar in Kanazawa
  • 3 nights accommodation at New Miyako Hotel (Main) or similar in Kyoto
  • 1 night accommodation at Fukuchiin in Koyasan
  • 2 night accommodation at Hotel New Hiroden in Hiroshima
  • 1 night accommodation at New Hankyu Osaka or similar in Osaka
  • 18 meals: (daily breakfast, 3 x dinners)

Transport:

  • Transfer from Narita Airport to your hotel by airport shuttle bus
  • Bullet train to Nagano in ordinary class
  • Express train to Nagano from Yudanaka
  • Express train to Matsumoto from Nagano
  • Bus trip from Matsumoto to Takayama
  • Bus trip from Takayama to Shirakawago
  • Bus trip from Takayama to Shirakawago
  • Bus trip from Shirakawago to Kanazawa
  • Express train to Kyoto from Kanazawa
  • Express train and cable car to Koyasan from Kyoto
  • Cable car and express train from Koyasan to Osaka
  • Bullet train from Shin Osaka to Hiroshima in ordinary class
  • Bullet train from Hiroshima to Osaka in ordinary class
  • Airport transfer to Kansai International Airport from your hotel in airport shuttle bus

 

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Itinerary

Day 1: Tokyo
Arrive at Narita (Tokyo International) Airport. You will be met by a tour representative and helped to board a shuttle bus to your hotel

Accommodation: Tokyo

Day 2: Tokyo
Tokyo Morning Tour
Return to your accommodation on your own.
Accommodation: Tokyo (B)

Day 3: Tokyo
Whole day free at leisure

Accommodation in Tokyo (B)

Day 4: Tokyo – Nagano – Yudanaka
Today, you will stay overnight at Yudanaka, traditional hot spring resort surrounded by mountains and also a place famous for the snow monkeys, bathing in hot spring baths.

Your main suitcase will be transferred directly from Tokyo to Takayama for easy travel on train. Please leave your main suitcase with bell desk by 7:30 am. Make your own way to Shinagawa station.
Board local train to Tokyo, then a bullet train to Nagano. English speaking assistant will meet you at platform in Nagano and assist you in boarding a local train to Yudanaka. Upon arrival at Yudanaka, transfer to your ryokan (traditional Japanese Inn). Upon check in, free at leisure.
Accommodation: Yudanaka (B, D)

Day5: Yudanaka – Nagano – Matsumoto
Today, make your way to Matsumoto, prospered as a castle town is situated almost right in the centre of Nagano and known as the gate to the Northern Alps’ climbing routes.

Catch the local train to Nagano, then a limited express train to Matsumoto. Upon arrival, make your own way to your accommodation. After check in, why not visit the popular sites?
The most famous site is the Matsumoto Castle, a 5-story, 6-layer tower built in the Bunroku Period (1593-1594) is Japan’s oldest existing castle tower and is designated as a national treasure.
Along the Nakamachi-dori Street to the south of the castle are many old merchant houses built in the ‘kura-zukuri’ style and warehouses built with ‘namako’ walls covered with square tiles jointed with raised plaster.
To visit these places, you may want to take a Matsumoto city loop bus called ‘Town Sneaker’ which charges you a fixed fare to go to any of the stops along the route.
Accommodation: Matsumoto (B)

Day 6: Matsumoto – Takayama
Make your way to Matsumoto bus terminal, either on foot or hotel free shuttle bus. Luggage transfer (limited to one bag per person) from Takayama to Kyoto is included for your convenience during travel. Catch the Nohi Bus to Takayama. Upon arrival, make your own way to your accommodation. Takayama is a walking town and is very easy to get to your accommodation. There is also an English speaking tourist centre at the bus terminal in Takayama.

Takayama is a beautiful historical castle town, called the little Kyoto. Step back in time by strolling through the shops and tea houses. Great place for traditional Japanese souvenir shopping.
Accommodation in Takayama (B)

Day7: Takayama – Shirakawago
Free time until departure. Visiting the morning markets is recommended, where the wives of local farmers sell fresh mountain vegetables that were harvested that day as well as homemade miso and folk-art goods.

Catch a bus to Shirakawago.
After arrival at Shirakawago, proceed to your accommodation by yourself.
Shirakawago is extremely unique, the whole living village being the UNESCO World Heritage site. There are approximately 110 traditional thatched roofed houses dating back to the 16th century, some of them available to view as a museum, some used as a traditional tourist accommodation but most of them are still used as housing for the locals.
Tonight, you will get a rare chance to stay in traditional thatched roof housing
Accommodation: Shirakawago (B, D)

Day 8: Shirakawago – Kanazawa
In the morning, take a local bus to Kanazawa. After arrival at Kanazawa, proceed to your accommodation by yourself. There is an English speaking tourist information centre at the train station.

Kanazawa has been the prosperous castle town and the centre of economy and commerce and culture for the Hokuriku region for over 300 years. It is a great place to visit for people interested in landscape and gardens as well as history.
The most famous place to visit is Kenroku-en Garden, one of top three gardens in Japan. Construction of this 105,000 square metre garden started in 1676 and took approximately 170 years to complete.
For a smaller garden, why not visit the Nomura residence? Traditionally a private residence, the house has a coffered ceiling totally made of Japanese cypress and fusuma-e (paintings on sliding-door panels) created by the family’s personal painter. The garden inside the residence has a Japanese bayberry over 400 years old and a meandering stream surrounded by ancient and strangely shaped rocks.
Another place recommended to visit is Higashi Chaya-gai, a traditional place of feasts and entertainment, where geisha have been entertaining people since the 16th century. The district includes facilities where you can see the interior of a chaya house that was built 180 years ago. A lot of old buildings have also been renewed into restaurants, teahouses, and souvenir shops. Kanazawa City Tourism Association holds a geisha performance show every Saturday.
Accommodation: Kanazawa (B)

Day 9: Kanazawa – Kyoto
Free at leisure until late afternoon. Catch the express train to Tokyo.

Upon arrival, make your own way to your accommodation.
Kyoto is the former capital of Japan and the centre of politics and culture for 1,100 years, also famous worldwide for its temples and shrines.
Accommodation: Kyoto (B)

Day 10: Kyoto
Nara & Kyoto Full Day Tour On Foot
Accommodation: Kyoto (B)

Day 11: Kyoto
Whole day free at leisure

There are many more sites in Kyoto than the ones you’ve seen the day before. For more sightseeing, or cultural experience information, please ask our friendly consultants for more details.
Accommodation: Kyoto (B)

Day 12: Kyoto – Koyasan
Today, you are off to the spiritual Koyasan

Koyasan is home to an active monastic center founded twelve centuries ago by the priest Kobo Daishi for the study and practice of Esoteric Buddhism. It is the headquarters of the Koyasan sect of Shingon Buddhism, a faith with a wide following throughout Japan.
Luggage will be transferred to Osaka for your travel convenience. Please leave your luggage at bell desk by 7:30 am. You will be met by English speaking assistant at hotel, and transferred to Shin-Imamiya. Leave Shin-Imamiya for Koyasan by train and cable car via Gokurakubashi by yourself. English speaking assistant will go through how to do this before parting.
Afternoon is free at leisure. Walk around the monasteries, meditate, and relax in the only natural hot spring bath. Tonight’s dinner is traditional vegetarian monk’s cuisine.
Accommodation in Koyasan (B, D)

Day 13: Koyasan – Hiroshima
Today, leave Koyasan for a city, symbol of world peace, Hiroshima.

Catch cable car and train to Osaka and catch the fast speed bullet train to Hiroshima. Afternoon is free at leisure. Why not try the Hiroshima style okonomiyaki for dinner?
Accommodation in Hiroshima (B)

Day 14: Hiroshima
Whole day free at leisure.

The most famous site to visit in Hiroshima is of course the Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb dome. This is a World Cultural Heritage site, focusing on peace, but at the same time retelling of the horrors of atomic bombs.
Another recommended site is Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima, a unique shrine that looks as if it is floating in the sea.
If you prefer to do a day tour visiting the sites above, we can organize a day tour for you. Please speak to our friendly consultants for more details.
Accommodation: Hiroshima (B)

Day 15: Hiroshima – Osaka
Leave Hiroshima today for the city of Osaka. Catch the bullet train from Hiroshima. Afternoon is free at leisure.

Osaka is the smallest prefecture land area in Japan but has the highest population density second only after the capital, Tokyo. Famous for its gastronomy, this place truly is a foodie’s dream. Try the famous okonomiyaki and takoyaki. You can also give your credit card a workout in one of the longest shopping street in the world in Namba.
Accommodation: Osaka (B)

Day 16: Osaka
Transfer to Kansai international Airport by airport shuttle bus. (B)

 

Terms and Conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit is required within 7 days of booking
  • Full payment is required 45 days prior to travel
  • Minimum of 1 person is required to operate
  • B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner
  • Booking code: JV-10
  • Credit card fees apply
  • Cancellation fees apply