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From the gleaming metropolis of Tokyo, to the lovable Yudanaka snow monkeys and the intricate gardens of Kyoto, experience the wonders of Japan on an independent private tour
Explore vibrant Tokyo on a city tour
Ascend Japan's iconic and inspirational mountain
See the adorable Snow Monkeys in Yudanaka
Explore Kyoto's delightful temples
Our Wonders of Japan itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading guides whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly overnight to the dazzling metropolis of Tokyo, Japan's capital city. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Tokyo is the ultimate 24-hour city, but look behind its frantic, high-tech frontage and you will find plenty of tranquil backstreets and old temples to explore. Making use of the fantastic public transport, your guided city tour starts at Hamarikyu Gardens to enjoy its delightful landscapes, followed by a leisurely cruise on the Sumida River. Continue to Tokyo Skytree, the highest tower in Japan, to enjoy panoramic views over the city. (B,L)
Travel by coach to Hakone, the gateway to Japan’s most iconic landmark – Mount Fuji. Drive to the 5th Station of Mt Fuji (weather permitting), where you can take in spectacular views. Next, head to Hakone National Park and take a boat trip on Ashi Lake. From the water, the panoramas of the country’s highest mountain and its surroundings are spectacular. Stroll around Hakone-en Garden
before taking a cable car up Mount Komagatake. Return to Tokyo. (B,L)
With train tickets in hand, make your own way to the station and take the super-fast, super-efficient bullet train through stunning landscapes to the city of Nagano. In Nagano, your touring is self-guided. You may like to visit the famous Buddhist Zenkoji Temple, founded in the 7th Century and home to what is thought to be the first Buddhist statue ever brought to Japan. Afterwards, continue your journey further and take a local train into the northern peaks of the Japanese Alps to stay at a ryokan in the onsen resort town of Yudanaka. (B,D)
Today is a day at leisure which you can use to enjoy the sights around Yudanaka. One of the highlights is the Japanese Snow Monkeys soaking in the natural hot pools of the Jigokudani Monkey Park, which is easily reached from the town. In the afternoon you can visit the nearby charming town of Obuse and stop by a sake brewery. Enjoy dinner at your ryokan. (B,D)
Get yourself back on the Limited Express train to Nagano and change in Nagoya for a thrilling ride on the famous bullet through the countryside to Kyoto. The enchanting city of Kyoto, nicknamed the ‘City of Ten Thousand Shrines’, was capital for more than a thousand years; today it is a well-preserved legacy of ancient Japan, full of tranquil temples, silk-clad geisha and sublime gardens. After arriving in Kyoto, the rest of the day is at leisure. (B)
Taking public transport, a local guide will lead you on a tour of this delightful city. As imperial capital for such a long time, Kyoto perfectly illustrates the development of Japanese architectural styles. Visit Kinkakuji Temple, known as the ‘Golden Pavilion’, before wandering through the famous zen gardens at Ryoanji Temple. Continue to the ornamental Nijo Castle, surrounded by exquisite gardens and renowned for its decorated sliding doors and 'chirping' nightingale floor. End the touring at Nishiki Market, dubbed 'Kyoto's cuisine, where there are many interesting food and sake stores to explore. (B)
There is so much to see in Kyoto that you have a full day to explore independently. For those who might want to take their explorations farther afield, your rail pass will enable you to use the day to visit one of the nearby cities. Choose Nara, also a former capital full of wonderful heritage; the attractive hillside city of Kobe; Osaka, known for its excellent gastronomy; or the friendly and laidback Hiroshima. (B)
Take the train to Osaka Kansai Airport and fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day. (B)
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