Great Trail of Japan

17 DaysThree geishas walking on a street of Gion, Kyoto

from £4599

Journey through Japan, taking in some of the best scenic locations. Visit the modern capital Tokyo and stay in a ryokan during your time in Hakone. See the famous snow monkeys in the hot springs resort of Yudanaka. Take the train to the mountain city of Matsumoto, then spend time in the scenic and traditional  locations of Takayama, Shirakawago and Kanazawa. Enjoy 3 nights in the cultural city of Kyoto then take the Bullet train to the historic city of Hiroshima.  Your last night is spent in the port city of Osaka.

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2016 – 17

Day 1 Fly to Tokyo Great trail of japan
Take a scheduled flight from your regional airport to Tokyo.

Day 2 Arrive Tokyo
Arrive at Narita International Airport. You will be met by our representative and helped to board an airport bus. Transfer to accommodation by Airport Limousine Bus (Travel Time 85min).

Day 3 Tokyo Morning City Tour (B)
Today, you will be picked up from your accommodation to join Tokyo Morning Tour. An English speaking guide will lead the tour and visit Meiji Shrine, Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace East Garden and Ginza. Tour ends in Ginza at approximately 1 pm. The tour guide will inform you how to go back to your accommodation. Afternoon is free at leisure.

Day 4 Mt. Fuji and Hakone (BL)
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your accommodation to join Mt. Fuji & Hakone Day tour. Tour includes Mt. Fuji 5th station, lunch at Hakone Lake Hotel, Hakone Ropeway, boat cruise on Lake Ashi. Back to your accommodation in Tokyo (return service to your accommodation available).

Day 5 Tokyo / Nagano / Yudanaka (BD)
Your main suitcase will be transferred directly from Tokyo to Takayama. You will need to keep an overnight luggage for your nights in Yudanaka and Matsumoto. Make your own way to Shinagawa station. Take a bullet train to Nagano. English speaking assistant will meet you at platform and assist boarding local train to Yudanaka. Upon arrival, make your own way to your accommodation. Visit Snow Monkey Park (Jigokudani Yaenkoen) and enjoy walking in the mountain. Free shuttle bus is available to the park (10mins).

Day 6 Yudanaka / Nagano / Matsumoto (BD)
Take local train to Nagano (60mins). Upon arrival, free time until departure. Take limited Express train to Matsumoto (50mins). Upon arrival, proceed to your accommodation.

Day 7 Matsumoto / Takayama (B)
Proceed to Matsumoto bus terminal by free shuttle bus. Board Nohi bus to Takayama (140mins). Upon arrival at Takayama, make your own way to your accommodation.

Day 8 Takayama / Shirakawago / Kanazawa (B)
Free time until departure. Your main suitcase will be transferred directly from Takayama to Kyoto. You will need to keep an overnight bag for your night in Kanazawa. Take Nohi bus to Shirakawago. Free time until you depart for Kanazawa. Upon arrive, make your own way to accommodation.

Day 9 Kanazawa (B)
Day is at leisure. Located in the central part of the mainland of Japan, the city offers many historical attractions, historical houses, traditional handicrafts, as well as modern museums. It also boasts one of the best and visited landscape gardens in Japan called Kenrokuen.

Day 10 Kanazawa / Kyoto (B)
Free time until departure. Early afternoon, take an express train to Kyoto (travel time120mins). Upon arrival, make your own way to your accommodation.

Day 11 Kyoto and Nara Day tour (B)
Today, you will join a full day walking tour of Nara & Kyoto (Return train rides between Kyoto and Nara and a bus ride in Kyoto included). You will be met by a tour guide in front of NTA Kyoto station office. In Nara, you will visit Todaiji Temple with Great Buddha, Nara Park and Kofuku-ji Temple. In Kyoto, you will visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kodai-ji Temple and Yasaka Shrine.Tour disbands in Gion district.

Day 12 Kyoto (B)
Day is at leisure. Optional tours available to pre-book. Home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, Kyoto was the centre of politics for 1,100 years. This culturally rich city offers many interesting places to visit including museums, art galleries, shrines and temples. Popular historic sites include the Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. You will also discover an exciting food culture with a variety of amazing food on offer including Sushi, Kaiseki-ryori, tempura and noodles. During your time in Kyoto you may come across a Geisha and Maiko (apprentice Geisha) wearing traditional kimono.

Day 13 Kyoto / Mt. Koya (BD)
Your main suitcase will be transferred directly from Kyoto to Osaka. You will need to keep with you the luggage that you need for your nights in Mt.Koya and Hiroshima.You will be met by an English speaking assistant at accommodation, and transfer to Shin-Imamiya. Leave Shin-Imamiya for Mt.Koya by train and cable car via Gokurakubashi by yourself. Afternoon is free at leisure.

Day 14 Mt. Koya / Hiroshima (B)
Leave Mt. Koya for Osaka by cable car and train via Gokurakubashi. Take Bullet train to Hiroshima from Shin-Osaka. Afternoon is free at leisure.

Day 15 Hiroshima (B)
Day is at leisure. Optional tours available to pre-book. Here you will find the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome), which symbolizes the importance of world peace. Adjacent to the Genbaku Dome, which has been inscribed as a World Cultural Heritage Site, is the Peace Memorial Park. Itsuku-shima-jinja, the shrine inscribed as a World Cultural Heritage Site along with the Genbaku Dome in 1996, is located on Miya-jima Island. It is said to be one of the three most beautiful sights in Japan.

Day16 Hiroshima / Osaka (B)
Leave Hiroshima to Osaka by Bullet train by yourself (100mins). Afternoon is free at leisure. Osaka, and in many ways like Tokyo, is a large port city and commercial powerhouse on the Japanese island of Honshu is known for its modern architecture, boisterous nightlife and hearty street food. In the heart of the city is the perfectly restored, and very impressive, Osaka-jo castle. Osaka’s north gate, Umeda, has a gigantic stretch of underground mall that houses many restaurants, fashion and sundry goods stores. Osaka is also widely known as the Nation’s Kitchen, offering an incredible array of tasty Japanese dishes.

Day 17 Fly to UK (B)
Day at leisure until your transfer to Kansai international airport by airport shuttle bus. Fly to your regional airport in the UK.

Your Hotel Accomodation
Tokyo: Shiba Park Hotel 3★
Yudanaka: Issa no komichi Biyu no Yado, Ryokan
Matsumoto: Myojinkan, Ryokan
Kanazawa: Kanazawa Miyako Hotel 3★
Kyoto: New Miyako Hotel 4★
Mt. Koya: Shukubo Fukuchiin
Hiroshima: Hotel New Hiroden 3★
Osaka: Cross Hotel Osaka 2★

Tokyo: Shiba Park Hotel 3★

Just a 5-minute walk to two subway stations and the JR Hamamatsucho train station is a 10-minute walk away. The hotel offers 2 restaurants and a bar. The spacious rooms include a flat-screen TV and free WiFi is available at all areas.

Yudanaka: Issa no komichi Biyu no Yado, Ryokan

Ryokan Biyunoyado offers public indoor/outdoor hot-spring baths and colorful Japanese Yukata robes for all guests. Guests can request relaxing massages or reserve private hot-spring baths for an extra cost. Karaoke rooms and a souvenir shop are available. Free WiFi is available.

Matsumoto: Myojinkan, Ryokan

Located in the Tobira hot-spring area, Myojinkan features spacious indoor/outdoor public hot-spring baths and refreshing massages. The spacious Japanese-style rooms come with large windows and a carpeted seating area. Bicycle rentals are available.

Kanazawa: Kanazawa Miyako Hotel 3★

Kanazawa Miyako Hotel is directly connected to JR Kanazawa Station. It offers spacious, modern accommodation with 3 dining options, a shopping arcade and rooms with free internet. A convenience store is located on the 1st floor.

Kyoto: New Miyako Hotel 4★

Right in front of Kyoto Station, New Miyako Hotel features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. The hotel offers a beauty salon, a convenience shop and 6 dining options.

Mt. Koya: Shukubo Fukuchiin

Located at the heart of Mount Koya, Koyasan Onsen Fukuchiin Shukubo offers Japanese-style accommodations in a historical Buddhist temple. Guests can refresh in the public hot-spring baths, experience Shakyo Sutra transcriptions or attend Buddhist morning services.

Hiroshima: Hotel New Hiroden 3★

Located 3 minutes to the West of JR Hiroshima Station South Exit and a 15-minute walk from the Hiroshima Castle, the hotel stands out elegantly beside the banks of Kyobashi River. It features 3 dining options, massage services and rooms with free WiFi.

Osaka: Cross Hotel Osaka 2★

Recommended by the Michelin Guide, Cross Hotel Osaka is just a 5-minute walk from the Dotonbori area and JR Namba Train Station. The stylish rooms include free WiFi, a complimentary bottle of water and private bathrooms.

Tour Name: Great Trail of Japan

Tour Code: GTJ17
17 Day

Departures are available everyday

Prices from £4599 per person

Single supplement from £850

Land only from £3799

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure.

Please call 020 8543 8133 for more information or to make a booking.


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