Discover Japan & Hike Mt Fuji

Classic, Tokyo to Tokyo

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From the towers and gadgets of Tokyo to the serenity of sacred shrines, this trip provides the perfect blend of guided excursions and free time to explore this fascinating region at your own pace. Linger in the gardens of Kyoto, shoot through the mountain air on a Shinkansen bullet train, and stay in a traditional ryokan for the ultimate in Japanese luxury. The adventure culminates with a two-day ascent of sacred Mt Fuji – reaching the nation's tallest peak just in time for an unforgettable sunrise.

What’s included

  • Your Discover Moment: Kyoto Your Wellness Moment: Onsen Spa Visit, Kawaguchiko
  • Higashi Geisha District visit (Kanazawa)
  • Kenroku-en garden visit
  • Nagamachi Samurai District walk (Kanazawa)
  • Hida No Sato folk village visit (Takayama)
  • Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum visit
  • Miyajima excursion with floating torii gate visit
  • Nijo Castle and gardens visit (Kyoto)
  • Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion visit
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine visit
  • 2-day Mt Fuji hike
  • Kaiseki dinner
  • Japan Rail (JR) pass (14 days)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Experience the past in takayama's folk village and kyoto's historic centre
  • Lose yourself in the picturesque kenroku-en garden
  • Marvel at miyajima's iconic floating torii gate
  • Hike to the peak of sacred mt fuji.


Day 1 Tokyo We highly recommend booking pre- or post-accommodation in Tokyo to take full advantage of this spectacular city. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Tokyo/Kanazawa 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. Included Activities: Higashi Geisha District Visit Transport: Bullet train (2.50-3.00 hours, 400km)
Day 3 Kanazawa After strolling through the expansive gardens of Kenrokuen, opt to 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. Included Activities: Kenroku-En Garden Visit Nagamachi Samurai District Walk
Day 4 Kanazawa/Takayama Arrive in Takayama in the afternoon and begin taking in the beautiful scenery of this traditional city. Transport: 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. Included Activities: Hida no Sato (Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village) Visit
Day 6 Takayama/Hiroshima 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. Included Activities: Hiroshima Park and Peace Memorial Transport: Bullet train (5.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Hiroshima 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. Additional Notes: Please note the floating Torii Gate will be under construction from June 2019 to August 2020. Included Activities: Miyajima Island Visit Transport: Ferry Ferry
Day 8 Hiroshima/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. Included Activities: Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Visit Transport: Bullet train (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 9 Kyoto Wander the impressive Nijo Castle and gardens before visiting Kyoto's iconic Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion. Included Activities: Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion Visit Nijo Castle and Gardens Visit
Days 10-11 Kyoto Want to feel like a real Samurai? Pre-book the Samurai Spirit Full Kembu Lesson on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.
Day 11 Kyoto/Fujikawaguchiko (1D) Leave Kyoto and travel to Kawaguchiko arriving mid afternoon. Take the rest of the afternoon to visit the Onsen Spa before dinner. Additional Notes: Please note that climbing season is subject to weather conditions but is typically July 1 to Sep 2nd each year. The itinerary can change at any time due to weather. Included Activities: Onsen Spa Visit Transport: 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/Mount Fuji (1B, 1D) The total hike to the summit is about 5-6 hours, broken up with an overnight stay at Station 8. Accommodation on the mountain is a basic dormitory-style hut with few facilities. Additional Notes: Luggage can be stored at the hotel during the climb. Bring only an overnight bag with items required for the climb. A light dinner is included at the mountain hut. As resources are limited on the mountain, dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated – be sure to bring your own food if necessary. Included Activities: Mt Fuji Hike Day 1 Transport: Travel from the bus platform in town to Station 5 to start the hike. Local bus (1.00 hour(s))
Day 13 Mount Fuji/Tokyo (1B) After the arduous push to the summit, enjoy sunrise before hiking back down. Pick up your bags and travel by van to Kawaguchiko before a train to Tokyo. Today you can take in some more sights, visit the museums and gardens or do some shopping. Meet with the group later tonight for our last dinner together. Included Activities: Mt Fuji Hike Day 2 Transport: Local bus (1.00 hour(s)) Bullet train (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 14 Tokyo Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city. Included Activities: Departure Day