Day 1 Osaka We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully experience this lively city.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Osaka/Kōyasan (1B, 1D) Journey to Mt Koya, a religious centre founded in 816 by the Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi. The train ride up the mountain is possibly one of the finest rail journeys in Japan. For the final steep ascent, switch to funicular and then hop on a bus to reach the monastery.
In the evening, dine on shojin-ryori, typical vegetarian cuisine, and relax in a yukata, or kimono.
Overnight in Mount Koya Temple
Oku-no-in Cemetery Visit
Train (3.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Kōyasan/Hiroshima (1B) Early morning offers the chance to observe the monks praying. Breathe in some fresh mountain air before a vegetarian breakfast, then start the journey back down the mountain via bus, train and funicular.
Later, board a train to Hiroshima, a historically significant city, marked by the explosion of the first atomic bomb in 1945.
Hiroshima Park and Peace Memorial
Bullet train (5.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Hiroshima Take a ferry ride over to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating Torii Gate. Opt to hike around Mt Misen.
Please note the floating Torii Gate will be under construction from June 2019 to August 2020.
Miyajima Island Visit
Hop a ferry to reach the island and journey back in the evening.
Day 5 Hiroshima/Kyoto Travel to Kyoto and start exploring. Visit the impressive Nijo Castle and gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening, explore the geisha district of Gion on a CEO-led walking tour.
Please note the Ninomaru Palace at Nijo Castle will be closed from Dec 26-Jan 3. Groups travelling during this time will visit the Kiyomizu-dera Temple.
Nijo Castle and Gardens Visit
Bullet train (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 6 Kyoto Enjoy a visit to the beautiful Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine and walk under the bright torii gates. Opt to shop, stroll along the riverbank, or explore another of Kyoto's many temples with free time.
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Visit
Day 7 Kyoto/Hakone (1D) Travel to Hakone, a town in the hills famous for its onsens, or natural hot springs. Stay in a traditional ryokan, with its own private onsen.
In the evening, enjoy the ryokan, savouring a complex meal of traditional Japanese foods, followed by a recommended soak in the onsen.
Lake Ashino-ko Boat Ride
Traditional Ryokan Stay with Kaiseki Meal
Bullet train (3.00 hour(s))
Local bus (0.50 hour(s))
Day 8 Hakone/Tokyo (1B) Arrive before noon to Tokyo, with time to explore this energetic metropolis.
Opt to visit Ueno park and the museums, Akihabara for cutting edge electronics, Harajuku for funky fashions, Ginza for the highest of the high end, walk the grounds of the Imperial Palace East Garden, or just stroll the streets, looking for the traditional life that still lies just under the modern surface.
Bullet train (2.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Tokyo Depart at any time.
We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.