Japan Uncovered

Tokyo, Hakone, Takayama, Kanazawa, Hiroshima, Kyoto
13 nights private tour from $6,900 Per person

For those wanting to get under the skin of Japan and explore this captivating country in depth, this is the itinerary for you. Let us take you on a journey through Japan showcasing the traditional, contemporary, historical and rural delights of this enthralling country. This itinerary is ideal for those wanting some independence as you travel through Japan on high-speed bullet trains.

Japan Uncovered
At a glance
  • Glide through Japan on high-speed bullet trains, zipping past staggeringly beautiful scenery

  • An all-encompassing tailormade trip through Japan, showing you the highlights and lesser explored regions of this magical country

  • Sink into tranquillity in an open-air hot spring during your stay in Hakone

  • Enjoy a private tea ceremony through the eyes of a Geisha in Kyoto

Journey highlights
  • Glide through Japan on high-speed bullet trains, zipping past staggeringly beautiful scenery

  • An all-encompassing tailormade trip through Japan, showing you the highlights and lesser explored regions of this magical country

  • Sink into tranquillity in an open-air hot spring during your stay in Hakone

  • Enjoy a private tea ceremony through the eyes of a Geisha in Kyoto

  • Uncovered itinerary:Designed to immerse you in a destination, our Uncovered Journeys take you off the beaten path, with boutique hotels and cultural insight
Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

When to visit

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Best time to visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit

As Japan is made up of a series of islands, the weather varies greatly across the country. The best time to visit is generally in the spring; which takes place in March and April, or in the autumn; which is in October and November. The spring is characterised by the famous cherry blossom, and the autumn by the spectacular colours of the leaves. Both seasons are warm, often sunny with little rain.

November to December is fairly quiet but can get a little chilly. January to March is also cold in Japan, but little rainfall makes it a good time to see Mount Fuji clearly. During the colder months expect snow in Japan’s mountain ranges and in some cities. In May and June, the weather is pleasant and there are fewer tourists, so we feel this is a very good time to visit. Between July and October, the weather can be very hot and humid.


Price Guide: (Per person based on double occupancy and excludes international flights)

Departing Price from*
  • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
  • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
  • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
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May $7,100 $1,800 plan your trip
June $6,900 $1,700 plan your trip
July $7,100 $1,800 plan your trip
August $7,300 $1,800 plan your trip
September $7,300 $1,800 plan your trip
October $7,400 $1,800 plan your trip
November $7,400 $1,800 plan your trip
December $7,300 $1,800 plan your trip
January $6,900 $1,700 plan your trip
February $6,900 $1,700 plan your trip
March $7,100 $1,800 plan your trip
April $7,400 $1,800 plan your trip
  • May
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $7,100
    Deposit from*
    $1,800
  • June
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $6,900
    Deposit from*
    $1,700
  • July
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $7,100
    Deposit from*
    $1,800
  • August
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $7,300
    Deposit from*
    $1,800
  • September
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $7,300
    Deposit from*
    $1,800
  • October
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $7,400
    Deposit from*
    $1,800
  • November
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $7,400
    Deposit from*
    $1,800
  • December
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $7,300
    Deposit from*
    $1,800
  • January
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $6,900
    Deposit from*
    $1,700
  • February
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $6,900
    Deposit from*
    $1,700
  • March
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $7,100
    Deposit from*
    $1,800
  • April
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $7,400
    Deposit from*
    $1,800
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Itinerary

Fly to Tokyo
Day 1-4

Tokyo

This action-packed itinerary begins in Tokyo. After settling into the Conrad Tokyo hotel, your base for the next 3 nights, your private guide will ease you into this enthralling city, first taking you to the station to activate your rail pass and pre-booking your train seats for your journey across Japan. Begin your tour this afternoon exploring Meiji Jingu, a very popular shrine and a sanctuary of calm, surrounded by lush green vegetation and towering trees. Stroll down the ancient Japanese gardens of Imperial Palace and then let your senses guide you down Takeshita Street in Harajuku, a fascinating melting pot of cultures, fashion and tastes. Your guide will take you to a traditional restaurant for the evening before you head back to your hotel. The following days you can explore this city at your own pace; embark on an anime or pop culture tour or spend an afternoon exploring Old Tokyo and meander down it’s cobble streets, observing preserved ancient shrines. 

Accommodation: Conrad Tokyo ( 3 nights )
Day 4-6

Takayama

Today you will make your way back to Odawara where you will take your bullet train to Takayama via Nagoya, arriving in the heart of the Japanese Alps. Takayama is nestled in the verdant mountains and has a wonderfully preserved old town that you can explore. You’ll also get the chance to visit the World Cultural Heritage site of Shirakawa-go, an astonishing Japanese mountain settlement made up of traditional style houses, designed with steep thatched roofs. Visit a local brewery and sip on sake, which is highly regarded in this region due to the pristine waters from the mountains. 

Accommodation: Hotel Associa Takayama ( 2 nights )
Day 6-8

Kanazawa

This morning you will take a direct coach to Kanazawa, passing beautiful, remote scenery on the way. For the next two nights you will stay in Kanazawa on Honshu’s northern coast, otherwise known as “little Kyoto”. Famed for delectable sushi, charming geisha and samurai districts and a distinctive arts and craft scene, Kanazawa is one of our favourite cities in Japan. Don’t miss a stroll through Kenrokuen; meander through these gardens, observing intricate structures and staggeringly beautiful scenery.

Accommodation: Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel ( 2 nights )
Day 8-10

Hiroshima

This morning you’ll take the bullet train across the country to Hiroshima via Kyoto and Shin-Kobe. Your base for the next two nights is the Sheraton Grand Hiroshima and during your time here you will explore the city and the captivating island of Miyajima. Take a ferry over to this island and enjoy this astonishingly beautiful area and the peaceful shrines encased by the forests surrounding you.  At high tide, gaze out across the river as the spectacular torii gates of the Itsukushima Shrine appear to be floating out to sea.  

Amble down the treelined avenues of Hiroshima and go on an emotional journey through the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, as you learn about the nuclear bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima. 

Accommodation: Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel ( 2 nights )
Day 10-13

Kyoto

This all-encompassing journey ends with three days in Japan’s cultural melting pot, Kyoto. Steeped in mystery, the city is brimming with traditional architecture, geisha districts and nature trails leading to intricate shrines. Enjoy your time in Kyoto at your own pace. Stand amid the towering Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and take one of the paths leading to secluded viewpoints of the forested valleys surrounding you. Meander through thousands of vibrant orange torii gates encasing a network of trails in the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Let us book you an expert guide in Geisha culture to explore the enthralling streets of Kyoto and top off your adventure in Japan enjoying a private tea ceremony through the eyes of a Geisha.

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Kyoto ( 3 nights )
Fly home from Osaka
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you.
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

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When to visit

  • J
  • F
  • M
  • A
  • M
  • J
  • J
  • A
  • S
  • O
  • N
  • D
Best time to visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit

As Japan is made up of a series of islands, the weather varies greatly across the country. The best time to visit is generally in the spring; which takes place in March and April, or in the autumn; which is in October and November. The spring is characterised by the famous cherry blossom, and the autumn by the spectacular colours of the leaves. Both seasons are warm, often sunny with little rain.

November to December is fairly quiet but can get a little chilly. January to March is also cold in Japan, but little rainfall makes it a good time to see Mount Fuji clearly. During the colder months expect snow in Japan’s mountain ranges and in some cities. In May and June, the weather is pleasant and there are fewer tourists, so we feel this is a very good time to visit. Between July and October, the weather can be very hot and humid.

Japan Uncovered
Japan Uncovered

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itineraryis a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

Plan your trip

Why Scott Dunn?

At Scott Dunn, we live and breathe travel. An insatiable appetite to discover the world runs through everything we do. We relish the planning and revel in the detail. We know it’s the smallest touches that make the biggest difference, and we stop at nothing to make every trip not only exceptional but totally unique.

  • Every itinerary is crafted from scratch, based around exactly what’s important to you
  • Packed full of unique experiences, hand-picked by our journeys team
  • Expert local guides enrich your experience in every destination
  • Your own dedicated Travel Specialist who will take care of every detail of your trip
  • We have a 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • We offer flexibility and financial protection to give you total peace of mind

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