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.

IMPORTANT UPDATE ABOUT JAPAN: it’s essential that you read ‘Passports, visas and entry requirements’ section in Essential Trip Information first before booking your trip so that you fully understand the current requirements in place for travelling to Japan.

Why you’ll love this trip

PREMIUM ACCOMMODATION

Our best accommodation and highest level of service.

PREMIUM EXPERIENCES

Unusual, exceptional and authentic on-trip experiences.

PREMIUM KNOWLEDGE

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.

Itinerary

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

 

Inclusions 

Meals

11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners

Transport

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

Accommodation

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

Included activities

  • Tokyo – Welcome dinner
  • Complimentary airport arrival shared shuttle bus
  • Tokyo – Sensoji Temple
  • Tokyo – Shibuya walking tour
  • Tokyo – Meiji Jingu Shrine
  • Tokyo – Sumida River Cruise
  • Tokyo – Yoyogi Park
  • Tokyo – Hama Rikyu Garden
  • Tokyo – Tsukiji Outer Market
  • Tokyo – Tsukiji market cooking 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 – Gekkei-kan Sake Brewery & tasting
  • Kyoto – Final dinner

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

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