Day 1 Tokyo We highly recommend booking pre- or post-accommodation in Tokyo to take full advantage of this spectacular city.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Tokyo/Kanazawa-shi Take a short train ride to Kanazawa. In the 17th century, this beautifully preserved castle town was Japan's wealthiest, and it became a thriving center for culture and arts.
Higashi Geisha District Visit
Bullet train (2.50-3.00 hours, 400km)
Day 3 Kanazawa-shi In the Teramachi Temple district, visit the famous Ninja Temple. Designed as a hideout in case of attack, it contains hidden doorways, passages and escape routes.
Another highlight of any visit to Kanazawa is Kenrokuen Garden. After strolling through the expansive gardens, stop at the massive Kanazawa castle next door.
Kanazawa is also home to many interesting museums, opt to visit one or learn more about local crafts. Loving the food in the city? Take a trip to the local seafood market to see where some of the fresh, tasty ingredients come from.
Ninja Temple Visit
Kenroku-En Garden Visit
Kanazawa Castle Visit
Nagamachi Samurai District Walk
Day 4 Kanazawa-shi/Takayama Arrive in Takayama in the afternoon and begin taking in the beautiful scenery of this traditional city.
Bullet train (2.00 hour(s))
Day 5 Takayama Enjoy free time to explore this beautiful landscape. Discover traces of a feudal past in the thatched houses and rice fields. Opt to visit one of the markets or rent a bike and cycle out of the town centre and into the countryside.
Hida no Sato (Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village) Visit
Day 6 Takayama/Hiroshima-shi The large Peace Park in the centre of the city is an extremely moving place dotted with memorials of those killed by the atomic bomb and others who subsequently died. The burning flame in the park will only be extinguished when all nuclear weapons in the world have been destroyed. Take a tram ride through the city to reach Peace Park.
Hiroshima Park and Peace Memorial
Bullet train (5.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Hiroshima-shi Take a short ferry ride to Miyajima Island, not far from the coast.
Here, view one of the most photographed sights in Japan— the floating Torii Gate. The shrine itself dates back to the 6th century and is designed in a pier-like structure.
Enjoy time to explore the island and its many shrines and temples. Sample local treats like maple leaf shaped cakes, and opt to hike up to the peak of the island, Mt Misen, to see spectacular views of the surrounding islands.
Please note the floating Torii Gate will be under construction from June 2019 to August 2020.
Miyajima Island Visit
Day 8 Hiroshima-shi/Kyoto Continue on to Kyoto, the former imperial capital and home of the country's most treasured remnants of Japanese imperial life.
Walk around Gion and perhaps catch a glimpse of a geisha going from teahouse to teahouse.
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Visit
Bullet train (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 9 Kyoto (1B) Visit the impressive Nijo Castle and gardens, the famous Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion, and Daisen-in's zen rock garden.
Nijo Castle and Gardens Visit
Daisen-in Zen Rock Garden Visit
Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion Visit
Days 10-11 Kyoto Spend a full day discovering the Zen gardens, huge wooden temples, pagodas and shrines of Kyoto. Opt to enjoy the Zen gardens of Ryoan-ji and the Silver Pavilion, and take a leisurely stroll down the lovely Philosopher’s path to Nanzen-ji.
Day 11 Kyoto/Fujikawaguchiko (1B, 1D) Leave Kyoto and travel to Kawaguchiko arriving mid afternoon. Take the rest of the afternoon to visit the Onsen Spa before dinner.
Onsen Spa Visit
There are multiple train changes during this ride and a short taxi ride at the end.
Bullet train (5.50 hour(s))
Day 12 Fujikawaguchiko/Tokyo Enjoy a morning in Kawaguchiko exploring the Five Lakes region on foot. Later, travel to Tokyo by train.
Five Lakes Region Walk
Bullet train (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 13 Tokyo Opt take in some more sights, visit the museums and gardens, or do some shopping. Meet with the group later tonight for our final dinner together.
Day 14 Tokyo Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.