Ultimate Japan

Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima & Hakone
12 nights private tour from $7,500 per person

Japan is one of the most fascinating destinations in Asia and this classic itinerary is perfect for those wanting to experience the delightful diversity of the country, with stops at the main highlights of Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Hakone.

Ultimate Japan
At a glance
  • Taste some of the world's freshest and most amazing sushi in Tokyo

  • Miyagima is one of the crown jewels of Japan

  • Chance to explore over 2,000 temples and shrines in Kyoto

  • Spend the day climbing Mt Misen on Miyajima Island, one of Japan's most beautiful destinations

Journey highlights
  • Taste some of the world's freshest and most amazing sushi in Tokyo

  • Miyagima is one of the crown jewels of Japan

  • Chance to explore over 2,000 temples and shrines in Kyoto

  • Spend the day climbing Mt Misen on Miyajima Island, one of Japan's most beautiful destinations

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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Japan has four seasons and is best visited in spring from March to May and autumn from September to November. December to January can be cold with snow and the summer is hot and humid. The end of March and early April is a particularly good time to visit as this is the cherry blossom season as is October for the autumn colours.


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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
  • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
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May $8,100 $2,000 plan your trip
June $7,500 $1,900 plan your trip
July $8,100 $2,000 plan your trip
August $8,400 $2,100 plan your trip
September $8,400 $2,100 plan your trip
October $8,600 $2,200 plan your trip
November $8,600 $2,200 plan your trip
December $8,400 $2,100 plan your trip
January $7,500 $1,900 plan your trip
February $7,500 $1,900 plan your trip
March $8,100 $2,000 plan your trip
April $8,600 $2,200 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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $8,100
    Deposit from*
    $2,000
  • 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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $7,500
    Deposit from*
    $1,900
  • 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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $8,100
    Deposit from*
    $2,000
  • 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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $8,400
    Deposit from*
    $2,100
  • 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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $8,400
    Deposit from*
    $2,100
  • 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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $8,600
    Deposit from*
    $2,200
  • 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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $8,600
    Deposit from*
    $2,200
  • 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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $8,400
    Deposit from*
    $2,100
  • 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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $7,500
    Deposit from*
    $1,900
  • 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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $7,500
    Deposit from*
    $1,900
  • 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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $8,100
    Deposit from*
    $2,000
  • 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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $8,600
    Deposit from*
    $2,200
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Itinerary

Day 1-4

Tokyo

Begin your exploration of fascinating Japan in the exciting capital, Tokyo. We have included three nights for you to explore the city, however you could spend three weeks in this sprawling metropolis and still have new sites to see. During your time in Tokyo we have included a full day tour of the city with a private guide, using the super-efficient public transport system. This is a brilliant way to see the city, beating the traffic, and having a local show you how everything works for when you want to venture out on your own. There is so much to do and see in the city but as a start we have included visits for you for the Imperial Palace Gardens, the exclusive shopping at Ginza and the bright lights of Shinjuko.

Accommodation: Mandarin Oriental Tokyo ( 3 nights )
Day 4-7

Kyoto

From Tokyo, take the world-famous bullet train to Kyoto, just over two and a half hours away and where you will be spending your next three nights. Japan’s cultural centre, Kyoto, has hundreds of Shinto and Buddhist shrines and temples to explore, a beautiful Geisha district and Japan's ancient culture. As there is so much to do and see in Kyoto we have included a full day guided tour of the city so that you get the most out of your time here, as there are over 2,000 temples that can be visited!  Temples are not the only thing to see in the city, as Kyoto is famed for its foodie scene and culture and we have included a visit to the buzzing Nishiki Market for you, full interesting market stalls to stop in at.

Accommodation: The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto ( 3 nights )
Day 7-9

Gora, Japan

From Hiroshima, you will head back up the island of Honshu to Hakone. Again, using the bullet train you’ll connect in Nagano and continue on to Odawara Station where you will be met by your chauffeur and driven up to near Lake Ashi for two nights to experience a traditional ryokan. Known for its onsens, or natural hot spring baths, Hakone has long been known as an area for relaxation and over your two nights here spend your days exploring the surrounding countryside with some beautiful hikes or visiting one of the many fantastic art museums in the region. Each evening, you will be treated to incredible multi-course Kaiseki cuisine with each course beautifully presented with amazing detail.

Accommodation: Gora Kadan ( 2 nights )
Day 9-11

Hiroshima

After Kyoto, head south to Hiroshima, again by bullet train, for your next two nights. Famous for the Atomic Bomb Museum, we very much suggest a visit to this humbling site on the day that you arrive in Hiroshima. The following day, head further south by train and ferry to the picturesque Miyajima Island for a wonderful day of sightseeing. Feeling like you have stepped back in time, Miyajima is a lovely area to explore and this Unesco World Heritage site boasts one of Japan’s most photographed shrines, the red floating Tori Gate.  

Accommodation: Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel ( 2 nights )
Day 11-12

Tokyo

For your final night in Japan, you’ll head to Tokyo at just a short 45-minute bullet train transfer from Odawara. Here visit sites that you missed on your first stay in the city and allow us to recommend one of our favourite restaurants for you, as your grand finale on the journey before heading home the following day.  

Accommodation: Peninsula Tokyo ( 1 night )
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

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

Japan has four seasons and is best visited in spring from March to May and autumn from September to November. December to January can be cold with snow and the summer is hot and humid. The end of March and early April is a particularly good time to visit as this is the cherry blossom season as is October for the autumn colours.

Ultimate Japan
Ultimate Japan

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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