Magical Japan

Classic Japan Tour - 11 days
Experience both the scenic and cultural aspects of Japan, including World Cultural Heritage sights

  • Tokyo: city tour (3 nights)
  • Nikko or Kamakura (optional tour)
  • Mt Fuji - Lake Ashi - Hakone tour
  • Hakone (1 night onsen spa hotel)
  • Takayama tour (1 night)
  • Shirakawago tour
  • Kanazawa tour (1 nights)
  • Bullet Train
  • Kyoto: city tour (3 nights)
  • Nara: deer park & temples tour
  • Hiroshima & Miyajima (optional)
  • Transfer back to Tokyo - Optional
  • Guaranteed departure

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Day 1
Depart from your preferred airport for a scheduled flight to Tokyo. Meals on board.

Day 2 Tokyo
Arrive at Narita Airport in Tokyo, you are met by your tour assistant and transferred to your hotel for a 3 night stay. The rest of the day is at your leisure to adjust to the 9 hours time difference.

Day 3 Tokyo
Morning city tour of Tokyo visiting a number of the main highlights of this magnificent City. The tour includes a visit to the Tokyo Tower where you can enjoy panoramic views across the city from the observation tower. We proceed to the peaceful picturesque setting of the Meiji Shrine, set in thick woodland and considered to be one of the finest examples of Shinto Architecture. Next we drive by the 'Akasaka Guest House' for a photo opportunity. The Guest House is a magnificent 'Western Style Palace' built in the Baroque Architectural style. We then drive alongside the imposing National Diet Building, which is home to the Japanese House of Parliament.

Our tour continues across Tokyo to the Imperial Palace East Gardens. Enjoy a pleasant walk in the East Garden of the Imperial Palace, which is filled with scenic and historic beauty. (Alternatively for tours on Monday & Friday & when the garden is closed, we will visit the Imperial Palace plaza and famous Double bridge instead). Our tour will continue with a drive and stroll along Ginza high street, the famous shopping area of Tokyo. The tour disbands in Ginza, giving you a great opportunity for shopping. We highly recommend you visit the Sony Centre building to see the futuristic electronics on display. Ginza is also convenient for the subway to explore further areas of Tokyo.

Afternoon is free at leisure, or take an optional afternoon Tokyo city tour. The optional tour includes visiting the beautiful Hama-Rikyu garden, enjoying our Sumida River Cruise and visiting the Asakusa Kannon Temple & Nakamise shopping street. We then drive through Kappabashi, Ueno and Akihabara districts of Tokyo before finishing the tour. Ask for details at time of booking.

Day 4 Tokyo - (Nikko or Kamakura optional tour)
Free day to explore Tokyo at your leisure or purchase an optional full day tour to either Nikko or Kamakura and Yokohama.

The optional professionally guided tour to Nikko involves taking a Deluxe motor coach to Nikko National park, a designated World Cultural Heritage site. Nikko is a gem of natural beauty and home to some of the most spectacular examples of ancient architecture in Japan. The tour includes a visit to the magnificent Toshogu shrine, which houses the Mausoleum of the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate. We also visit the stunning Tamozawa Imperial Villa, constructed in 1899 and which served as the Tokyo residence of the Tokugawa family and later a summer retreat for the Imperial Family. Afterwards we visit the spectacular Kirifuri waterfall. Japanese style Lunch included. The tour disbands on arrival in Ginza & Shinjuku at around 7-8pm, where you will have ample restaurants and bars to choose from for your evening meal and entertainment. If you prefer, you can return to your hotel and our tour guide will be happy to provide you with information on return transportation/directions. Overnight in Tokyo.

Day 5 Tokyo - MT Fuji - Hakone (Includes Lunch)
will be picked up from your hotel and driven by deluxe motorcoach to Mount Fuji. Along the way you will enjoy the scenery of rural Japan, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and mountainous peaks. From our vantage point on the 5th station on MT Fuji, we will enjoy spectacular views (weather permitting).

Japanese style lunch will be provided at a Hotel/Restaurant in Hakone. In the afternoon we proceed to the Hakone National Park where we take a boat cruise on Lake Ashi, which is set in serene natural beauty, where weather permitting spectacular views of Mount Fuji can be seen silhouetted in the lake.

We will take a cable car ride using the Mt Komagatake ropeway with the opportunity to see the magnificent volcanic Hakone mountain range below.

Accommodation at the Yumoto Fujiya Hotel includes hot springs indoor & outdoor baths for ultimate relaxation.

Day 6 Hakone - Nagoya - Takayama
In the morning you will be met and driven to Odawara train station where you board the super-fast Bullet train (Shinkansen) for Nagoya (no guide service on board the trains). Upon arrival in Nagoya our assistant will meet you at the platform and help you transfer onto the shared express bus / chartered bus for Takayama.

Takayama is a tranquil old castle town often nickname 'little Kyoto. Upon arrival at Takayama we take a walking tour to visit Yatai Kaikan Hall, where colourful traditional festive floats are on display, Kami Sannomachi, with traditional wooden houses and Kusakabe folkcraft museum, which was formerly the residence of powerful merchants. We then visit Kami Sannomachi town before walking to our hotel accommodation in Takayama.

'Due to luggage restrictions on the bullet train, we have arranged for your baggage to be collected and transported by truck from Hakone to Kyoto. Therefore we recommend you prepare an overnight bag for your 2 nights stay in Takayama & Kanazawa'.We have allowed for transporting one item per person, Extra luggage will be charged accordingly.

Day 7 Takayama -- Shirakawago - Kanazawa (Includes Japanese style Lunch)
We start todays guided tour by visiting Takayama morning market. Afterwards we take the Nohi bus for a scenic drive alongside Lake Miboro and the Shokawa River to towards Shirakawago. Upon arrival, we visit Shirakawa-go Observatory and the Wada residence. Afterwards we enjoy Japanese style lunch.

Shirakawago has World Heritage designation status and are truly a spectacular experience, which many believe is the 'hidden treasure' in Japan. Visiting Shirakawago is like stepping back in time, with uniquely crafted traditional wooden farmhouses (Gassho-Zukuri) set in a beautiful mountainous landscape. Finally we continue to Kanazawa by local motorcoach and our hotel accommodation.

Day 8 Kanazawa - Kyoto
Morning sight-seeing of Kanazawa by coach through the Nagamachi old Samurai District and visit the Kenrokuen Garden, which is regarded as one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan. Later we drive through the Higashi-chayo district and Hakaza (gold leaf shop).

In the afternoon take the train to Kyoto (no guide service on board train). Upon arrival at Kyoto train station, walk to your conveniently located hotel.

Day 9 Kyoto - Nara - Kyoto (Includes Lunch)
Full day sight-seeing tour of Kyoto & Nara, including a visit Nijo Castle, former residence of the Tokugawa Shogun built in 1603. Nijo Castle is noted for its Ornate interior and 'nightingale floor' designed to sing when stepped upon to warn of Ninja assassins. Next we visit the Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) centred around one of the best examples of a Japanese Zen gardens in the world. We then travel to Kyoto Imperial Palace, the impressive former residence of the Imperial family.

After lunch we travel to the ancient capital of Japan, Nara. Our tour includes visiting Nara Deer Park and the Todaiji temple housing the Great Buddha in the worlds largest wooden building. Next we visit the Kasuga Taisha Shinto Shrine which features 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns. Finally enjoy Nara Nagomikan before returning to your hotel in Kyoto (includes: Lunch).

Day 10 Kyoto
Day free at Leisure, or purchase our optional Kyoto afternoon tour.

The option tour includes visiting the colourful Heian Jingu Shrine and inner garden and ponds. Next we explore Sanjusangendo Hall, a renowned long wooden hall housing all of 1,001 statues that date back to the 13th century. Finally we visit the magnificent Kiyomizu Temple with spectacular views across the entire city. (This highly recommended afternoon tour can be included at time of booking).

Optional overnight stay in a traditional Japanese Ryokan is available (inc Breakfast & Evening Dinner) - Contact us for details.

Day 11 Osaka - Departure
You will be met at your hotel and transferred to the futuristic Kansai International Airport in Osaka for your departure flight homeward.

**Optional - Bullet train transfers back to Tokyo & Narita Airport can also be provided -Contact us for details.**

2018 & 2019 Departure Dates & Prices from
Weekly Monday & Saturday

Land Only (twin share)


10th April - May


June - September


Oct - November


January - Feb


1st March - 19th March


20th March to 9th April


** The peak season to Japan is cherry blossoms viewing (late March & early April), and autumn leave changing (October & early November). The first day of blooming (Kaika) in Tokyo usually comes at the end of March, with the trees reaching full bloom about one week later.

The prices shown above are 'per person' based upon twin share. Single rooms occupancy and hotel upgrades can be provide, please contact us for details. The price may be different around festivals period in Japan.

Price Includes

  • Airport/hotel transfers.
  • Sightseeing tours by professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Meeting assistants at point of transfer, as specified in the itinerary.
  • All entrance fees whilst on guided tours.
  • All Train tickets as specified in itinerary.
  • Selections of quality accommodation in well furnished hotel rooms with private facilities.
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary.
  • Free luggage transfer from hotel to hotel between Hakone & Kyoto. 1 item per person.
  • Guaranteed Departure

Price Does Not Include

  • International Flights: We are happy to provide flights with full ATOL Protection.
  • Optional tours.
  • Travel Insurance.

Optional Tours & Ryokan Experience
A stay at a traditional Ryokan (Japanese style Inn) is a highly recommended experience, with excellent standards of service. We can arrange a 1 night Ryokan stay on your last day in Kyoto, or a Ryokan with Onsen spa whilst in Hakone. The supplement starts from £160 per person for 1 night with Japanese breakfast & Dinner included.

This tour is suitable for travellers of all ages, who are reasonably fit and healthy. Add on tours and city extensions are available, for details visit optional tours page.

FAQ and further Tour information
Please see our FAQ page for further essential tour information.

Additional Tour Notes:
Nijo Castle (Kyoto) is closed (every Tuesday in Jan, July, Aug & Dec), therefore if your tour falls on these dates, we will visit Ryoanji Temple instead. Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed at weekends and on national holidays, we will visit Kitano Tenmangu instead. Hiroshima & Miyajima optional tour usually operates Mon - Wed, Frid -Sunday. If Wado family residence is closed, we visit Nagase Residence or Myozenji temple instead.

Our itinerary is designed according to the most up to date information available at the time. The above itinerary highlights the main attractions that are to be visited each day.In regards to expected transfer times and train times these may vary as they are subject to schedules and availability controlled by the various railway companies. It is extremely rare that itineraries ever need changes and we will always act in your best interest to handle any amendments if this did occur. However we reserve the right to change, amend or alter the itinerary if required, for example occasionally the tour sequence and duration of time spent in each city can change due to local conditions which are out of our control or due to heavy traffic conditions or bad weather. Please refer to the booking form for detailed terms & conditions.
























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