Great Trail of Japan

17 Days

from £4,699

Journey through Japan, taking in some of the most picturesque locations. Visit the modern capital Tokyo and enjoy a tour to Mount Fuji and 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 traditional villages of Takayama, Shirakawago and Kanazawa. Enjoy three nights in the cultural city of Kyoto before catching the Bullet train to the historic city of Hiroshima. Your last night is spent in the vibrant port city of Osaka.

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Day 1 UK to Tokyo

Take a scheduled flight from your regional airport to Tokyo.

Day 2 Arrive Tokyo

Arrive at Narita International Airport where you will be met by our representative and board an airport bus transfer to your accommodation, and check in for a three night stay.

Day 3 Tokyo Morning City Tour (B)

Today, join the Tokyo Morning Tour, and an English speaking guide will lead you to the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace East Garden and Ginza, where the tour ends. Afternoon is free at leisure.

Day 4 Mt. Fuji and Hakone (BL)

Your day trip to Mt. Fuji and Hakone starts after breakfast. This includes an excursion to Mt. Fuji’s 5th station, a Japanese style lunch, the Hakone Ropeway, and a relaxing boat cruise on Lake Ashi.

Day 5 Tokyo to Nagano and Yudanaka (BD)

Your main suitcase will be transferred directly from Tokyo to Takayama, and you will need to keep an overnight bag for your nights in Yudanaka and Matsumoto. Make your way to the station for your bullet train to Nagano, where an English speaking assistant will meet you at the platform and assist with boarding a local train to Yudanaka. Upon arrival, check in at your accommodation, and make your way to the Snow Monkey Park (Jigokudani Yaenkoen) and an exhilarating mountain walk. Return to your accommodation for dinner.

Day 6 Yudanaka to Nagano and Matsumoto (BD)

Catch a train to Nagano, where you will have some time to discover the local area before continuing to Matsumoto for an overnight stay.

Day 7 Matsumoto to Takayama (B)

Maybe explore the city’s imposing Matsumoto Castle or a former Samurai residence. Your tour continues to Takayama, home to a twice-yearly festival celebrating spring and autumn.

Day 8 Takayama to Shirakawago and Kanazawa (B)

Uncover the fascinating history of the Edo period on view in the wooden merchants’ houses in the Sanmachi Suji district. Keep an overnight bag for your nights in your next destination, as your main luggage will be
transferred directly to Kyoto. Make your way to Kanazawa via the traditional thatched houses of Shirakawago.

Day 9 Kanazawa (B)

Day at leisure. Enjoy your day using your Kanazawa Casual Package which includes a Loop Bus one day pass and a visit to the fabulous Kenrokuen Garden. Also enjoy tea at Kikantei and a gold leaf art experience.

Day 10 Kanazawa to Kyoto (B)

Free time to admire the gardens and museums, until your express train to Kyoto. Upon arrival, make your way to your accommodation to check in.

Day 11 Kyoto and Nara Day tour (B)

Today, you have a full day walking tour of Nara and Kyoto. In Nara, you will visit the Todaiji Temple with Great Buddha, Nara Park and the Kofuku-ji Temple, and in Kyoto, you should see the Tenryuji Temple, Sagano Bamboo Grove, Jojakkoji Temple and Togetsu Bridge, before finishing at Kyoto Station.

Day 12 Kyoto (B)

Day is at leisure, with 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. You will also discover an exciting food culture with a variety of deliciously tempting dishes on offer including Sushi, Kaiseki-ryori, tempura and noodles. During your time in Kyoto you may spot Geisha and Maiko (apprentice Geisha) wearing traditional kimono.

Day 13 Kyoto to Mt. Koya (BD)

Once again, your main suitcase will be transferred on and you will need to keep an overnight bag for your nights in Mt. Koya and Hiroshima. Make your way to Mt. Koya by train and cable car via Gokurakubashi. This is one of Japan’s most sacred mountain’s, where you will stay and dine in the temple lodgings.

Day 14 Mt. Koya to Hiroshima (B)

Leave Mt. Koya by cable car and train via Gokurakubashi. Today’s travelling ends with a bullet train to Hiroshima and an afternoon at leisure.

Day 15 Hiroshima (B)

Another day at leisure. Perhaps spend time at the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome) located in the Peace Memorial Park, and a symbol of world peace, or the Itsuku-shima-jinja. Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the Genbaku Dome in 1996, it is located on Miyajima Island and is said to be one of the three most beautiful sights in Japan. Enjoy your free day using your 1-Day Tour voucher, which also includes a night cruise.

Day 16 Hiroshima to Osaka (B)

Following breakfast, catch a bullet train to Osaka for an afternoon free at leisure. Osaka is a bustling port city and commercial powerhouse known for its modern architecture, boisterous nightlife and tasty street food. There are many sites to see and shops to visit including the impressive Osaka-jo Castle and a gigantic underground shopping centre beneath Umeda, that houses many restaurants, fashion and general 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 shuttle bus transfer to the airport. Fly to your regional airport in the UK.

Your Hotel Accomodation

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: Marunouchi Hotel

Located in this interesting castle town with over 400 years of history, the Matsumoto Marunouchi Hotel is just a 2-minute walk from the famous castle.  Comfortable guestrooms at the hotel have modern amenities including TV, fridge, free wired internet and tea/coffee making facilities.  There is also an on-site restaurant serving a selection of Japanese cuisine.

Takayama: Hida Plaza Hotel

Just a 5-minute walk from Takayama Station, Hida Hotel Plaza boasts a rooftop spa with mountain views, a heated swimming pool and 7 dining options. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Most tourist attractions, such as the old streets of Takayama, the Higashiyama Walking Course, the morning market along the Miya-gawa River, the Hida Kokubunji Temple, and the Takayama Jinya (a historical government house), are within a 15 minute walk from the hotel.

Kanazawa: Hotel Kanazawa 3★

Hotel Kanazawa is conveniently located a 1-minute walk from JR Kanazawa Train Station and the bus terminal. It offers modern accommodation with 3 dining options and free internet in rooms. Kanazawa Hotel is a 10-minute drive from Oumicho Market and a 15-minute drive from Kenroku-en Garden. Pico Restaurant serves Western buffet dishes for lunch. Japanese cuisine can be enjoyed at Kitano Shoya restaurant. Guests can enjoy drinks and light snacks at the Raspberry Bar.

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: Elsereine Osaka 3.5★

Located in the Umeda city centre, Hotel Elsereine Osaka features stylish accommodation and plenty of fresh flowers. This completely non-smoking hotel offers 3 dining options. JR Osaka Train Station is a 10-minute walk, and the JR Kita-shinchi Train Station is a 5-minute walk away. Free WiFi.

Tour Name: Great Trail of Japan

Tour Code: GTJ17
17 Days

Departures are available everyday

Prices from £4,699 per person

Single supplement from £899

Land only from £3,899

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.


  • International flights
  • Transfers
  • Bullet train
  • Luggage transfers for one piece
  • Accommodation
  • English Speaking Guides
  • Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)


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