Self-drive Holiday

15 DaysSelf Drive

from £3,299

Hiring a car to get around Japan is a fantastic way to explore the country, especially as driving is on the left. You will see that all major road signs are in English and the well-kept roads are comfortable and easy to drive on. When needing to fill your car with additional petrol, you will receive first class service at filling stations. By taking to the road, you have the freedom to explore a country at your own speed, seeing diverse scenery and witness local life you wouldn’t encounter by other modes of transportation. Japan Links Travel has put together a sample self drive itinerary to give you an idea of one of the many routes available. Please contact us now for your self-drive holiday of Japan. We can tailor make an itinerary to suit your specific requirements.

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2018 – 19

Day 1 Fly to TokyoSelf drive holiday
Take a scheduled flight from your regional airport to Tokyo.

Day 2 Arrive Tokyo
Arrive Tokyo International Airport. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

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

Day 4 Tokyo / Hakone (BD)
Travel to the car rental office to pick up your hire car. From there, travel to the Mt. Fuji area using the expressways. This takes approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Explore the Mt. Fuji area such as Kawaguchi Lake. In the evening, travel to Hakone and stay for one night at a ryokan, traditional Japanese accommodation. Dinner to be served at ryokan.

Day 5 Hakone / Hamamatsu (B)
From Hakone, travel to Hamamatsu. This takes approximately 2 hours 30 minutes. Visit places such as Hamana Lake and Nakatajima Sakyu (sand dunes).

Day 6 Hamamatsu / Nagoya (B)
Travel to Nagoya from Hamamatsu and spend a day there at your leisure. This takes approximately 1 hour 45 minutes by car. Visit places such as Nagoya Castle, the aquarium, Tokugawa Art Museum, Osu Kannon Temple and Korankei Valley. Stay in Nagoya for one night.

Day 7 Nagoya / Hongu/Yunomine Onsen (BD)
From Nagoya, travel to Hongu to walk some of the Kumano Kodo and to visit the Hongu Taisha, Kumano Nachi Taisha and Seigantoji. This takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes. Once you are done, continue onto Yunomine onsen (12 minutes) and stay in a ryokan.

Day 8 Hongu / Shirahama (B)
From Yunomine onsen, travel to Shirahama by car. This takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Once you have arrived, check into your accommodation and stay for two nights. Explore Shirahama and its onsens during the day.

Day 9 Shirahama / Osaka (B)
From Shirahama, travel to Osaka using the expressways. This takes approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Check into your accommodation and stay for two nights. 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 10 Osaka (B)
Explore Osaka at your leisure, visiting places such as the sky Observatory, Osaka Castle, Namba area, Dotonbori and more. If you wish, visit Mt. Koya to see the cemetery and temples. This takes approximately 2 hours by car to reach from Osaka.

Day 11 Osaka / Kyoto (B)
Travel from Osaka to Kyoto in the afternoon. This takes under 1 hour. Travel to 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 / Matsumoto (B)
From Kyoto, travel to Matsumoto by car. This takes approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes. Once you arrive, check into your accommodation and stay for one night.

Day 14 Matsumoto / Tokyo (B)
Depart from your accommodation in the afternoon and travel back to Tokyo. From Matsumoto, this takes 3 hours. Return your car to the rental shop and check into your accommodation for one night.

Day 15 Fly to UK (B)
Day at leisure until you transfer to Kansai international airport by airport shuttle bus. Fly to your regional airport in UK.

Your Hotel Accomodation
Tokyo: Shiba Park Hotel
Hakone: Nanpuso
Hamamatsu: Hotel Concorde
Nagoya: Nagoya Ekimae Montblanc Hotel
Yunomine Onsen: Sansuikan Kawayu Midoriya
Shirahama: Kisyu Shirahama Onsen Musashi Ryokan
Osaka: Osaka Castle Hotel
Kyoto: New Miyako Hotel
Matsumoto: Matsumoto Tokyu REI Hotel

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 £3,299 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.


  • Return international flights
  • Airport Taxes
  • Car rental of class (7-seater, Alphard or similar), English speaking GPS-navigation system are included
  • Return transfers from Tokyo Airport to Tokyo by reserved taxi
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Meals as Specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)


  • Local tips
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance
  • Local parking
  • IDP