Premium Japan

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Ancient culture, celebrated cuisine and stunning scenery come together in Japan

Experience Japan’s perfect harmony of ancient tradition and modern way of life on a 12-day Premium adventure through the cultural heart of the country. Tokyo’s soaring skyscrapers give way to Hakone’s mountainous hot springs, while Takayama delights with its Edo-era beauty and Shirakawa-go immerses you in charming countryside life. Discover the intriguing cultural diversity of Kyoto and a passion for peace in Hiroshima. Travel with a local leader who will share the rich variety of their country as you visit temples, castles, shrines and holy mountains while mixing with locals and experiencing the real Japan

Why you’ll love this trip


Our best accommodation and highest level of service.


Unusual, exceptional and authentic on-trip experiences.


Led by our most experienced and highest rated local leaders.

  • Marvel at the city lights of Tokyo during a guided tour, visit the sobering Hiroshima Peace Park and trace the steps of the Geisha around the alleyways of Kyoto.
  • Soak up Japan’s natural beauty in mountainous Hakone and catch a glimpse of Mt Fuji, stroll around the stunning island of Miyajima and be amazed by the Japanese alps in the ancient village of Shirakawa-go.
  • There’s no better way to get around Japan than the country’s famous railway system. Be impressed by the efficiency and ultra-modernity as you zip from place to place with your included 7-day Japan Rail Pass.
  • Enjoy unforgettable Exclusive Experiences, including a sushi making class with a family who have been making the beloved dish for generations, and a guided meditation session with a Zen Buddhist monk.
  • Unwind among the beauty of nature at your Feature Stay accommodation, with mountain views, a traditional ryokan design, modern comforts and a private onsen (thermal pool) for each room.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Eden Reforestation Projects. Donations help them provide local employment opportunities and tackle climate change one tree at a time as they restore forests across 10 different countries.


Map of Premium Japan including Japan

Day 1: Tokyo

Day 2: Tokyo

Day 3: Tokyo

Day 4: Hakone

Day 5: Takayama

Day 6: Takayama

Day 7: Hiroshima

Day 8: Hiroshima

Day 9: Kyoto

Day 10: Kyoto

Day 11: Kyoto

Day 12: Kyoto




11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners


Boat, Public Bus, Cable Car, Ferry, Metro, Bullet Train, Train


Hotel (10 nt), Hakone Feature Stay (1 nt)

Premium Inclusions

  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
  • Luggage transfer
  • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
  • 24/7 on-ground support


  • Tokyo – Welcome dinner
  • Tokyo – Sensoji Temple
  • Tokyo – Shibuya walking tour
  • Tokyo – Meiji Jingu Shrine
  • Tokyo – Yoyogi Park
  • Tokyo – Shibuya Sky with Drink
  • Tokyo – Tsukiji Outer Market
  • Tokyo – Sushi Making Class
  • Hakone – Cable car/Ropeway
  • Hakone – Lake Ashinoko boat cruise
  • Takayama – Leader-led walking tour (with street food sampling)
  • Takayama – Showa Museum
  • Takayama – Shirakawago Village
  • Takayama – Morning Market visit
  • Hiroshima – Okonomiyaki dinner
  • Hiroshima – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Hiroshima – Miyajima Island day trip
  • Miyajima – Itsukushima-jinja Shrine
  • Hiroshima – Peace Park & A – Bomb Dome
  • Hiroshima – Peace Museum
  • Himeji – Himeji Castle
  • Kyoto – Gion District walk
  • Kyoto – Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion)
  • Kyoto – Daitokuji Temple
  • Kyoto – Zen Buddhism meditation session
  • Kyoto – Fushimi Inari-Taisha
  • Kyoto – Sake Brewery & tasting
  • Kyoto – Final dinner

Add on activities

  • Tokyo – Tokyo National Museum – JPY1000
  • Hakone – Open-Air Museum – JPY1600
  • Hakone – Karakuri Secret Box Museum – Free
  • Miyajima – Mt Misen Cable Car – JPY2000
  • Kyoto – Nara Tour – JPY10000
  • Kyoto – Cooking Class from – JPY7150
  • Kyoto – Kiyomizu-dera – JPY400
  • Kyoto – Nijo Castle – JPY800
  • Kyoto – Arashiyama Bamboo Forest – Free
  • Kyoto – Tenryuji Temple – JPY600

Images courtesy of Intrepid Group