Japan Uncovered

Tokyo, Hakone, Takayama, Kanazawa, Hiroshima, Kyoto

From £5200 Per person in low season
From £5600 Per person in high season

based on 13 nights inc. flights & selected experiences

Price Guide:

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • International economy flights and taxes from the UK

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Selected experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

Please note if travelling during Japan's popular Cherry Blossom season prices can increase considerably.

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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

  • Learn about the distinctive arts and crafts scene in Kanazawa, otherwise known as “little Kyoto”

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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.

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Insider's View

From the futuristic architecture and technology on the Tokyo horizon, to the ancient Shinto spiritualism of mountain temple enclaves, Japan is the most epic and beautiful country I’ve ever been to

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 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday.

Itinerary

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.

  1. Days 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)

  2. Days 4-5: Hakone

    Now for a change of pace to board a high-speed bullet train to the city of Odawara where you will change to the local Hakone-Yumoto line for a short 20-minute journey to Hakone. Arriving in Hakone, you will find yourself encompassed by verdant forests and be astonished at the spectacular views of the iconic, snow-capped Mount Fuji. Crossing over a suspension bridge, you’ll arrive at the remarkable Yama No Chaya inn, standing amongst bamboo thickets. This afternoon you can head up to Mt Owakudani by cable car, and as you glide up you can observe the sulfuric hot springs beneath you. Take to the water on Lake Ashinoko onboard a pirate ship, a very quirky experience cruising through this stunning lake. In the evening head back to your hotel and plunge into tranquillity in the open-air hot springs and then relish on mouth-watering cuisine.

    Accommodation: Yama No Chaya (1 night)

  3. Days 5-7: Takayama, Kanazawa & Around, Japan

    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)

  4. Days 7-9: Kanazawa, Kanazawa & Around, Japan

    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)

  5. Days 9-11: 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)

  6. Days 11-14: 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)

Location

Tokyo, Hakone, Takayama, Kanazawa, Hiroshima, Kyoto

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