Central Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto & the Japanese Alps

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Japan’s distinct culture, futuristic cities and striking natural landscapes make it one of our most rewarding destinations. While the lifestyle may seem intimidatingly different, our specialists have spent time living, and often working, in the country and can help you navigate the cultural idiosyncrasies. With their expert guidance and help in planning your ...
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Trip type
Private Guided
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Full schedule

What's this trip about?

    Japan’s distinct culture, futuristic cities and striking natural landscapes make it one of our most rewarding destinations. While the lifestyle may seem intimidatingly different, our specialists have spent time living, and often working, in the country and can help you navigate the cultural idiosyncrasies. With their expert guidance and help in planning your tailor-made itinerary, experiencing a culture far removed from your own is part of the country’s charm. In one sleek bullet train journey, you can travel from the dense, neon-lit streets of Tokyo to the fresh, clean air of the Japanese Alps. Buddhist temples dot the country, and in rural areas you can stay in traditional ryokan inns for a taste of Japanese life from a bygone era. Our specialists can advise on everything from the best local festivals to attend, to which local delicacies to try during your holiday to Japan.

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIntimate group - 12 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityTokyo
End CityTokyo

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • Train & Rail Journeys

Destinations

  • Asia
  • Japan

Attractions

  • Kyoto
  • Tokyo

Activities

  • Culture
  • Hiking
  • History
  • Nature
  • Relaxing Retreat

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Itinerary

Day 1 : International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Tokyo.

Day 2 : Tokyo

Arriving in Tokyo, you're met by an airport representative then shown to the correct limousine bus to take you to your city centre hotel. Spend the rest of the day resting after your journey or exploring at leisure. A good way to spend your first few hours in Tokyo is to visit the Imperial Palace Gardens or the futuristic man-made island of Odaiba.

Day 3 : Tokyo

A day at leisure in Tokyo. We recommend starting with an early morning trip to the Tsukiji fish market, Asia's largest. Another good way of getting a different perspective of the capital is by taking the ferry from Hamarikyu Gardens - beautiful traditional landscaped gardens with a teahouse - up to the district of Asakusa to see the Buddhist temple of Sensoji.

Day 4 : Tokyo

Another day at leisure in Tokyo. We suggest actually using this day to get out of the city and make a day trip to the seaside town of Kamakura. The train journey takes an hour and a quarter and trains leave regularly. At Kamakura, visit the temples and shrines speckle...

Day 5 : Matsumoto

Leave Tokyo and, using your Japan Rail Pass, make the two and a half to three hour journey to Matsumoto in the Japanese Alps. Here you can explore independently the famous 'Crow Castle' with its black and white exterior, and wander around the city's characterful old m...

Day 6 : Tsumago

Make your way to the train station to catch a train to Tsumago, a traditional post town. The journey lasts one to two hours. After arriving in Tsumago, we recommend you go for a hike on the Nakasendo Highway, an ancient route that tradesmen and samurai used to take in...

Day 7 : Kyoto

Travel by local bus then bullet train to Kyoto, Japan's cultural heart. The journey takes around three and a half hours. After checking into your hotel, you have the afternoon at leisure. We recommend that you set out to visit some of the sights in the northwest of the city, including the Golden Pavilion or 'Kinkakuji' as well as 'Ryoanji', famed for its beautiful zen gardens.

Day 8 : Kyoto

A full day at leisure to explore more of Kyoto's highlights. You could visit Nishiki market with its hundreds of artisan shops and restaurants. In the evening your local private guide and Geisha expert, Duncan, will collect you for a tour of the Geisha district of Gion. As you walk around this traditional entertainment district, your guide will help you spot these elusive ladies.

Day 9 : Kyoto

A day at leisure. Our recommendation is to take the train to nearby Nara, Japan's ancient capital, celebrated for the Giant Buddha and Todaiji Temple. The journey takes just under an hour. Return to Kyoto via Fushimi Inari Shrine for its stunning 'tunnels' of red torii gates that dot the hillside. Try to visit this shrine in the evening - it's quieter and more atmospheric.

Day 10 : Tokyo

On your final morning in Kyoto, take part in a shared cultural activity. Make your way to the Women's Association headquarters in Kyoto where you can learn about the craft of calligraphy (shodo), origami, or the traditional tea ceremony. All activities last for around an hour.In the afternoon, catch the bullet train to Tokyo (which takes around two and a half hours) for your final night in Japan.

Day 11 : International return flight

Take the shared airport bus service to the airport in time to catch your flight home. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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