based on 11 nights inc. flights & selected experiences
* 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.
International economy flights and taxes from the UK
Bullet Train Transfers
Stays Along the Nakasendo Walking Trail Included on a Half Board Basis
The Sekitei Included on a Half Board Basis
Please note if travelling during Japan's popular Cherry Blossom season prices can increase considerably.
A chance to see Japan off-the-beaten-track and enjoy its incredible scenery
An incredible journey from nearly the north to south of Honshu taking in a huge amount of the island
Amazing adventure and chance to explore a more rural side of Japan on the Nakasendo Walking Trail
The temples and shrines of Miyajima Island are a must see attraction, especially with the 'floating' Tori Gate
Staying in two different areas of Tokyo providing a brilliant feel for the city
The best time to visit Japan is in the spring from March – May with pleasant warm temperatures and autumn from September – November when days will still be warm and the leaves will start to change. The summer months from mid-June to early July can be very wet with torrential rain and July - August are the hottest months with high humidity. December – February is usually reasonable but temperatures can drop below freezing with snowfall.
Japan is most often praised for its incredibly rich culture and history with its natural beauty often being overlooked. This itinerary shows you a different side to Japan, taking in the best of country's most inspiring cities and combining them with the Nakasendo Walking Trail, an ancient postal route through wild forests, and the beautiful surrounds of Miyajima and Lake Kawaguchi.
Starting in Tokyo, for three nights you’ll be treated to an urban jungle at its best with skyscapers as far as the eye can see. You are sure to get your cultural fill whether you are interested in modern living or delving into the country's rich heritage. In Tokyo we have included a full day of guiding with a private car so that you can enjoy exploring the city in complete comfort, saving your energy for the next portion of the trip.
From Tokyo you will venture a little more off the beaten path as you take the bullet train to Nakatsugawa with a connection in Nagoya. From Nakatsugawa you will take a short bus of just over 30 minutes to Magome where you will begin your trek along the Nakasendo Walking Trail. Taking just light packs for the walk, your luggage will be sent ahead for you and will meet you at the end of your trek in Kyoto. In Tokyo, before you depart on the trek we will provide you with detailed maps and guiding instructions, everything you need from start to finish.
Over the next two nights and three days along the walking trail, you will venture from Magome to Narai taking the most beautiful parts by foot and using short train transfers to bypass the more developed and less scenic portions of the journey. Along the way you will stay overnight in small guesthouses in Tsumago and Kiso-Fukushima, making you really feel like you have stepped back in time. The route that the Nakasendo Trail follows is that of the ancient road that Samurai used when travelling between Tokyo and Kyoto and today it is a beautiful trail through the mountains and beautifully preserved villages, giving a unique taste of the country.
At the end of your three day walk you will take the bullet train from Kiso-Fukushima to Kyoto, with a change of train in Nagoya. In Kyoto you will be reunited with your luggage and have two lovely nights in the city. There is so much to do and see in Kyoto and as a city is quite rightly known as the capital of ancient culture in Japan. Kyoto is a great city to explore on foot, especially if you venture out to the bamboo groves of Arashiyama and along the beautiful Philosopher's Path within the city. During your time here we have included a full day of guiding with a private car so that you can fit in all the highlights, take time to enjoy the more scenic parts of the city alongside and enjoy a traditional tea ceremony which is an exquisite way to immerse in a traditional Japanese art form.
After two nights in Kyoto it is on to Miyajimaguchi, which you will reach after a bullet train transfer of just over one and a half hours to Hiroshima followed by a private car transfer to Miyajimaguchi. Here you’ll have one night to enjoy the indulgent service of a ryokan to relax after the walking trail. However, if you want to keep exploring we very much suggest visiting Miyajima Island which is just a short car and ferry ride away and famed for one of the most beautiful views in the entire country with its famous 'floating' Tori Gate. The island of Miyajima is covered with beautiful shrines and temples dotted throughout the rural landscape and can easily be explored on foot.
Next on the journey is two nights in the surrounds of Lake Kawaguchi. From Miyajimaguchi you will be driven back to Hiroshima station where you will take a bullet train to Mishima station, with a change in Nagoya, followed by just under a two hour car transfer. It is a longer journey but well worth the effort as over your next two nights you’ll be treated to a unique and luxurious camping experience with plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy such as horseback riding, canoeing on the lake and mountain trekking with incredible views of the surrounding mountains and Mt Fuji.
For your final stop in Japan you will head back to Tokyo for one night which you will reach after a car transfer to Mishima Station and a direct bullet train into Shinjuku in the heart of Tokyo. Spend your last night overlooking the bright lights of this incredible city, with a constant and vibrant energy before saying goodbye to this beautiful country and heading home the following day.
Trek from Magome to Tsumago today, a beautiful part of the Nakesendo Highway and arguably the most famous route.
Today you have two options for your route, either a 1-2 hour trek from Tsumago to Nagiso and from there a train to Kiso Fukushima. Alternatively, opt for a longer trek from Tsumago to Nojiri. You can decide on the way depending on the weather.
After a comfortable night in Kiso Fukushima, enjoy a short train ride to Yabuhara this morning. From here you'll trek to Narai via the Tori-touge pass.
A full day tour of the highlights of Tokyo with your English speaking guide, exploring the Meijijingu shrine, Roppongi Hills where you'll go up to the observation deck for 360 degree views of the city, and the areas of Omotesando, Aoyama and Ginza.
Suitable for both older families and couples, this guided Samurai Experience offers guests the chance to learn more about this ancient art. Learn the skills required to draw, sheathe and wield a katana, the traditional swords used by samurai.
Hakone have some beautiful hiking trails which provide stunning, scenic walks to many of Japans lofty or snowy peaks. Some of the original stone pavements remain which take hikers past tea houses, waterfalls and through overgrown forests.
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Lake Kawaguchi (Mount Fuji), Japan
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