Discover Japan

Tokyo to Osaka

13 days from 6,390 per person

Overview

Japan is a country of captivating contrasts, where ancient gods rub shoulders with modern technology, skyscrapers give way to lush paddy fields and bustling crowds disperse into the tranquillity of a classical garden. This tour is the perfect introduction to this fascinating archipelago.

14 days Tokyo to Tokyo

From €3,619 per person

Day 1-2: Arrive Tokyo anytime

Fly overnight to the neon-lit metropolis of Tokyo, Japan’s capital city.

Day 2: Tokyo/Kanazawa-shi

Arrive in Kanazawa and explore the city’s well-preserved geisha district.

Take a short train ride to Kanazawa. In the 17th century, this beautifully preserved castle town was Japan’s wealthiest, and it became a thriving center for culture and arts.

Day 3: Kanazawa-shi

Get lost in the Ninja Temple before visiting Keroku-en garden, Kanazawa Castle, and the Nagamachi samurai district.

In the Teramachi Temple district, visit the famous Ninja Temple. Designed as a hideout in case of attack, it contains hidden doorways, passages and escape routes.

Another highlight of any visit to Kanazawa is Kenrokuen Garden. After strolling through the expansive gardens, stop at the massive Kanazawa castle next door.

Kanazawa is also home to many interesting museums, opt to visit one or learn more about local crafts. Loving the food in the city? Take a trip to the local seafood market to see where some of the fresh, tasty ingredients come from.

Ninja Temple Visit
Kanazawa-shi

Visit the famous Ninja Temple. While there’s no evidence linking the temple to ninjas, the hidden doorways, passages and escape routes seem designed for stealthy attackers. Please leave all nunchucks with security.

Kenroku-En Garden Visit
Kanazawa-shi

Walk around this breathtaking garden, ranked one of the top three in Japan. With unique bridges, ponds and fountains, pagodas and tea houses there’s lots to see here in any season.

Kanazawa Castle Visit
Kanazawa-shi

Visit the massive castle located beside the Kenrokuen Garden. At over 400 years old, the castle has a great history and is the perfect place to wrap up exploration of the gardens.

Nagamachi Samurai District Walk
Kanazawa-shi30m

Step back in time with a visit to the Nagamachi Samurai district of Kanazawa. Take a walk through the historic samurai district located just below the Kanazawa Castle, where traditionally samurai and their families lived in mud huts.

Day 4:Kanazawa-shi/Takayama

Arrive in picturesque Takayama and relax in the traditional Japanese inn.

Arrive in Takayama in the afternoon and begin taking in the beautiful scenery of this traditional city.

Bullet train
Kanazawa-shi – Takayama2h

Get to your next destination faster than the speed of flight (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.

Free Time
TakayamaAfternoon

Explore this charming town with a free afternoon.

Day 5: Takayama

Explore the Hida No Sato traditional folk village, and walk the quaint streets of the old town – lined with sake breweries and craft shops. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore the area.

Enjoy free time to explore this beautiful landscape. Discover traces of a feudal past in the thatched houses and rice fields. Opt to visit one of the markets or rent a bike and cycle out of the town centre and into the countryside.

Free Time
TakayamaFull Day

Use free time to enjoy the area, sample sake or visit a nearby hot spring for a soak.

Hida no Sato (Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village) Visit
Takayama

Visit the Hida Folk Village, an outdoor museum where various buildings from the 1600s are open to tour. The steep, thatched roofs of the farmhouses are said to resemble praying hands. Take a peek inside to see tools and furniture from the original village.

Day 6: Takayama/Hiroshima-shi

Arrive in Hiroshima and visit the Peace Park and Museum to learn more about the tragic history of this city.

The large Peace Park in the centre of the city is an extremely moving place dotted with memorials of those killed by the atomic bomb and others who subsequently died. The burning flame in the park will only be extinguished when all nuclear weapons in the world have been destroyed. Take a tram ride through the city to reach Peace Park.

Bullet train
Takayama – Hiroshima-shi5h

Get to your next destination faster than the speed of flight (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.

Hiroshima Park and Peace Memorial
Hiroshima-shi

Walk through the Peace Park in the centre of Hiroshima, a living memorial dedicated to the tens of thousands who died from the atomic bomb blast in 1945. Visit the statue of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who died of leukemia as a result of the bomb blast, despite folding 1,000 origami paper cranes to appeal to the gods to make her well. See the frame of the Gembaku Dome, the sole building to withstand the explosion. Reflect, remember, and be reminded of the power we all hold to create peace.

Accommodation

Hotel New Hiroden (or similar)
Day 7: Hiroshima-shi

Take a ferry to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating torii gate and meet the friendly local deer.

Take a short ferry ride to Miyajima Island, not far from the coast.

Here, view one of the most photographed sights in Japan— the floating torii gate. The shrine itself dates back to the 6th century and is designed in a pier-like structure.

Enjoy time to explore the island and its many shrines and temples. Sample local treats like maple leaf shaped cakes, and opt to hike up to the peak of the island, Mt Misen, to see spectacular views of the surrounding islands.

ree Time
MiyajimaAfternoon

Spend free time however you choose. Opt to hike, try the region’s famed oysters, or check out the important sights and museums.

Ferry
Miyajima – Hiroshima-shi

Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

Miyajima Island Visit
Miyajima – Hiroshima-shi

Take a trip to Miyajima Island, famed as one of Japan’s most scenic spots, with a free afternoon to explore. See the famous floating Torii Gate, set out in the bay, which glows extraordinarily at sunset. The island is dotted with shrines and temples, populated by deer and monkeys, and traversed with hiking trails for those who want to get some exercise. There are also lanes full of souvenirs and tasty treats. Visit Miyajima at your own pace, and have the option to hike up to the peak of the island, Mt Misen, to see spectacular views of the surrounding islands.

Ferry
Hiroshima-shi – Miyajima

Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

Day 8: Hiroshima-shi/Kyoto

Travel to historic Kyoto. Explore the marvellous Fushimi Inari shrine and walk under thousands of torii gates.

Continue on to Kyoto, the former imperial capital and home of the country’s most treasured remnants of Japanese imperial life.

Walk around Gion and perhaps catch a glimpse of a geisha going from teahouse to teahouse.

Bullet train
Hiroshima-shi – Kyoto1h30m-2h

Get to your next destination faster than the speed of flight (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Visit
Kyoto

Pay a visit to Fushimi Inari shrine, located just outside of Kyoto. Walk under the thousands of iconic torii gates (as seen in the film Memoirs of a Geisha) and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. The shrine itself is at the base of the Inari mountain but includes many trails up to smaller shrines in the area.

Accommodation

Ibis Styles Kyoto Station (or similar)
Hotel

Day 9Kyoto

Visit the impressive Nijo Castle and gardens, the famous Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion, and Daisen-in’s zen rock garden.

Nijo Castle and Gardens Visit
Kyoto

Visit the Nijo Castle, the residence of the first shogun of the Edo Period built in 1603. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the property is divided into three areas: the Honmaru (main circular fortification), Ninomaru (secondary circle of defense), and the gorgeous gardens that surround both.

Daisen-in Zen Rock Garden Visit
Kyoto

Take a walk through the gardens around Daisen-in Temple. This zen garden uses gravel, sand and stones to recreate a river and ocean, symbolizing the Buddhist journey through life.

Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion Visit
Kyoto

Explore Kinkaku-ji or the Golden Pavilion, named for the temple’s top two floors that are covered in gold leaf. The temple is surrounded by trees and sits on a reflective pond, making this must-see in Kyoto a perfect place for photos. While the temple can be busy, there are gardens around the area to explore once you’ve had enough of the view.

Accommodation

Ibis Styles Kyoto Station (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 10Kyoto

Day 9: Kyoto

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Visit the impressive Nijo Castle and gardens, the famous Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion, and Daisen-in’s zen rock garden.Nijo Castle and Gardens VisitKyoto

Visit the Nijo Castle, the residence of the first shogun of the Edo Period built in 1603. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the property is divided into three areas: the Honmaru (main circular fortification), Ninomaru (secondary circle of defense), and the gorgeous gardens that surround both.Daisen-in Zen Rock Garden Visit

Take a walk through the gardens around Daisen-in Temple. This zen garden uses gravel, sand and stones to recreate a river and ocean, symbolizing the Buddhist journey through life.

Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion VisitKyotoExplore Kinkaku-ji or the Golden Pavilion, named for the temple’s top two floors that are covered in gold leaf. The temple is surrounded by trees and sits on a reflective pond, making this must-see in Kyoto a perfect place for photos. While the temple can be busy, there are gardens around the area to explore once you’ve had enough of the view.

AccommodationIbis Styles Kyoto Station (or similarMeals included: Breakfast

Day 10: Kyoto

 

Spend a full day discovering the Zen gardens, huge wooden temples, pagodas and shrines of Kyoto. Opt to enjoy the Zen gardens of Ryoan-ji and the Silver Pavilion, and take a leisurely stroll down the lovely Philosopher’s path to Nanzen-ji.

Day 11: Kyoto/Fujikawaguchiko

Travel to the Mt Fuji region and enjoy optional walks around Lake Kawaguchi. Savour an amazing multi-course Japanese kaiseki dinner.

Leave Kyoto and travel to Kawaguchiko arriving mid afternoon. Take the rest of the afternoon to visit the Onsen Spa before dinner. Bullet train

Kyoto – Fujikawaguchiko5h30m

There are multiple train changes during this ride and a short taxi ride at the end.Your Wellness Moment: Onsen Spa VisitVisit the natural hot springs in traditional style and soak in the waters and feel all your troubles float away. oike Hotel (or similar) inc Breakfast

Day 12 - 14: Fujikawaguchiko/Tokyo

Enjoy a morning in Kawaguchiko exploring the Five Lakes region on foot. Later, travel to Tokyo by train.Five Lakes Region Walk

Mount Fuji2hWalk around the region to get the best view of the beautiful landscape. Depending on the weather, capture a glimpse of the snow-capped summit of Mt Fuji. Bullet train Fujikawaguchiko – Tokyo3h-4h.Get to your next destination faster than the speed of flight (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.

Explore buzzing Tokyo with a free day.

Opt take in some more sights, visit the museums and gardens, or do some shopping. Meet with the group later tonight for our final dinner togethe

Day 14Tokyo

Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.

Departure Day
  •  From the towers and gadgets of Tokyo to the serenity of sacred shrines and the soaring beauty of Mt Fuji, this tour provides the perfect blend of guided excursions and free time to explore this fascinating region at your own pace. Linger in the gardens of Kyoto, shoot through the mountain air on a Shinkansen bullet train, and stay in a traditional ryokan for the ultimate in Japanese luxury.
Visa

A visa is not required to travel to Japan for Irish passport holders. Should you hold any other passport then please contact us for more information.

Communication

Phone Calls: 
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call Ireland the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 353, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call us at TravelAgent.ie it is 00 21 432 0710.

Mobile Phones: 
You will find high quality coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.

Internet & Email:
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies.

Tipping

Tipping is not obligatory or expected  in Japan is no exception.

Shopping

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.

Included are visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off.

Food

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.

Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.

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