Self-Drive Holiday

15 DaysSelf Drive

from £3,399

Hiring a car to get around Japan is a fantastic way to explore the country, especially as they drive on the left. All major road signs are in English, the well-kept roads are comfortable and easy to  drive on, and when refuelling your car, you will receive first class service at petrol stations.  By taking to the road, you have the freedom to explore the country at your own pace, seeing the diverse scenery and witnessing local life you wouldn’t encounter by another mode of transport. We have put together this sample self-drive itinerary to give you an idea of one of the many routes available. Please contact us now for your own self-drive holiday of Japan, tailored to suit your specific requirements.

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2018 – 19

Day 1 UK to Tokyo
Take a scheduled flight from your regional airport to Tokyo.Self drive holiday

Day 2 Arrive Tokyo
Arrive at Tokyo International Airport, where you will be met and assisted to board an airport bus for the transfer to your hotel.

Day 3 Tokyo (B)
Day at leisure to explore Tokyo.

Day 4 Tokyo to Hakone (BD)
Make your way to the car rental office to pick up your hire car.  From there, travel to the Mt. Fuji area using the expressways, which should take approx. 2 ½ hours. Discover Mt. Fuji and the surrounding area, such as Kawaguchi Lake, and in the evening, continue to Hakone for a night at a ryokan, where your dinner will be served.

Day 5 Hakone to Hamamatsu (B)
From Hakone, drive to Hamamatsu, approx. 2 ½ hours, and marvel at the Hamana Lake and Nakatajima Sakyu, sand dunes.

Day 6 Hamamatsu to Nagoya (B)
Your next destination is Nagoya and a day there at your leisure. There are many sites to see, for instance Nagoya Castle, the aquarium, Tokugawa Art Museum, Osu Kannon Temple and Korankei Valley. Stay in Nagoya for one night.

Day 7 Nagoya, Hongu and Yunomine Onsen (BD)
After a night in Nagoya, travel to Hongu to walk some of the Kumano Kodo and visit the Hongu Taisha, Kumano Nachi Taisha and Seigantoji. Once you are done, continue onto Yunomine onsen for an overnight stay in a ryokan.

Day 8 Hongu to Shirahama (B)
The next day sees you make your way to Shirahama. Once you have arrived, check into your accommodation for a night, and spend the rest of the day discovering Shirahama and its onsens.

Day 9 Shirahama to Osaka (B)
From Shirahama, travel to Osaka using the expressways, check into your accommodation where you will stay for
two nights. Osaka, is a large port city and commercial powerhouse, is known for its modern architecture, boisterous nightlife and hearty street food. In the heart of the city is the perfectly restored, and impressive, Osaka-jo Castle. Osaka’s north gate, Umeda, has a gigantic stretch of underground mall that houses many
restaurants, fashion and general stores. It is also widely known as the Nation’s Kitchen, offering an incredible array of tasty Japanese cuisine.

Day 10 Osaka (B)
Explore Osaka at your leisure, visiting places such as the sky Observatory, Osaka Castle, the Namba area, Dotonbori and more. Maybe visit Mt. Koya to see the cemetery and temples. This takes approximately 2 hours by car from Osaka.

Day 11 Osaka to Kyoto (B)
Travel from Osaka to Kyoto in the afternoon, which should take under an hour. Arrive at your accommodation and check in for two nights.

Day 12 Kyoto (B)
Explore Kyoto at your leisure. Visit places such as Ryoanji, Fushimi Inari shrine, Kinkakuji Temple, Nijo Castle and more. You can travel to Nara or even Arashiyama by car or public transport.

Day 13 Kyoto to Matsumoto (B)
From Kyoto, travel to Matsumoto by car, which takes approximately 4 ½ hours. Once you arrive, check into your accommodation to stay for a night.

Day 14 Matsumoto to Tokyo (B)
Leave your accommodation in the afternoon and travel back to Tokyo. Return your car to the Car Hire Office and check into your accommodation for one night.

Day 15 Fly to UK (B)
Day at leisure until your shuttle bus to the airport and your flight back to the UK.

Note: Self-drive itineraries also available for the islands of Hokkaido and Kyushu, where exploring by car is the best way to cover the vast distances. Please contact us for further details.

Your Hotel Accomodation


Tokyo: Shiba Park

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 Wi-Fi is available at all areas.

Hakone: Nanpuso

Overlooking woodland, this relaxed hotel in a hot-spring resort town is 2 km from Hakone-Yumoto train station and 7 km from Odawara Castle.  Informal rooms come with free Wi-Fi; some have open-air soaking tubs, traditional short-legged tables and/or woodland views. There’s no air-conditioning.

Hamamatsu:  Hotel Concorde

Situated just a 1-minute walk from Hamamatsu Castle, offers comfortable guestrooms and Free Wi-Fi. Fitted with elegant décor, each room comes with modern facilities like a flat-screen TV with satellite channels.

Nagoya:  Nagoya Ekimae Montblanc Hotel

Located just a 1-minute walk via underground walkway from JR Nagoya Train Station and is surrounded by many restaurants and shops, including Bic Camera electronics store. Hotel provides modern rooms with free WiFi, a restaurant and a 24-hour reception. Rooms come with air conditioning, a desk, a flat-screen TV, a refrigerator and an electric kettle. The en-suite bathroom includes a bathtub, toiletries and a hairdryer.

Yunominesou Onsen:  Sansuikan Kawayu Midoriya

Yunomine Onsen is one of the oldest Onsen, Hot spring, in Japan and is located in the middle of Kumano-kodo, a World Heritage site. It has two types of outdoor baths as well as the large indoor bath in the onsen area, and three private baths for family use.

Shirahama:  Kisyu Shirahama Onsen Musashi Ryokan

Located on the beach, located within 1 mile of Shirahama beach and Engetsu island. Offering Japanese style rooms, facilities include hot spring baths, spa, sauna and restaurant. Free Wi-Fi available in all rooms.

Osaka:  Osaka Castle Hotel

Located next to Tenmabashi Subway Station and a 15-minute walk from Osaka Castle. The lively Umeda area and Temmangu Shrine are both a 10 minute walk from Hotel Osaka Castle.  Offers rooms with free wired internet and an en suite bathroom.  Stay in air-conditioned rooms with a fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags.

Kyoto: New Miyako Hotel

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

Matsumorto:  Matsumoto Tokyu REI Hotel

Located only a 3-minute walk from JR Matsumoto Station and just a 15-minute walk to Matsumoto Castle. It offers modern rooms with a flat-screen TV and an attached bathroom. Offering free WiFi in public area, the hotel features a massage service and a Japanese restaurant.

Tour Name: Self-Drive Holiday

Tour Code: SDH15
 15 Days

Departures are available every day.

Prices from £3,399 per person.

Land only from £2,599 per person.

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
  • Accommodation
  • Car hire
  • Transfers
  • Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)


  • Local tips
  • Local parking
  • IDP
  • Personal spending
  • Travel insurance.