Classic Japan

Journey from Tokyo to Kyoto via the Japanese Alps, Kanazawa, and Hiroshima, on this classic 2-week itinerary

Classic Japan

Explore highland villages, ancient walking trails and spectacular Shinto shrines on this comprehensive two-week overview of central Honshu and Shikoku Island.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Tokyo

    You will be met by our airport representative on arrival in Tokyo. They will escort you to the train/shuttle bus that will take you to your hotel in the city centre.

  2. Day 2: Tokyo

    Today is a chance for you to get a real feel for Tokyo, Japan’s sprawling capital. Accompanied by a local guide, you’ll explore the city’s central highlights, from the classical architecture of Asakusa, Tokyo’s traditional “low” town, to the futuristic high rises of Omotesando.

  3. Day 3: Nikko

    A 2 hour train journey north of Tokyo takes you deep into the Nikko Mountains, Tochigi Prefecture. Your destination is the Toshogu Shrine complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Japan’s most spectacular monuments.

  4. Day 4: Kiso Valley

    It’s time to say goodbye to the city, as you depart Tokyo early this morning and travel into the Central Japanese Alps. Much of the 4-5 hour journey is on high speed train, but as you approach the mountains you’ll change to a local train which follows a winding course through the hills to Nagiso, with beautiful views all the way.

  5. Day 5: Takayama

    Depart Tsumago after a fulsome Japanese breakfast and follow the old Nakasendo trunk road to Magome, Tsumago’s neighbouring post town.

  6. Day 6: Takayama

    Today is free for you to explore Takayama independently.

  7. Day 7: Kanazawa

    After breakfast at your ryokan, say goodbye to your hosts and take the train from Takayama Station to Kanazawa, the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture. On arrival, check into your hotel, which will be situated within easy reach of the JR station. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Kanazawa at your own pace.

  8. Day 8: Hiroshima

    Your journey through central Honshu continues as you travel by train to Hiroshima (5-6 hours, with a change of line in Kyoto.)

  9. Day 9: Miyajima

    Take a day trip to Miyajima Island, a short tram and ferry ride from Hiroshima.

  10. Day 10: Kotohira

    Today you’ll be leaving Japan’s main island of Honshu for the first time during your tour and travelling to Shikoku. The smallest of Japan’s four main islands, Shikoku attracts relatively few visitors, yet it boasts stunning scenery and a wealth of historic treasures.

  11. Day 11: Kyoto

    Leave Kotohira this morning and travel 4 hours by train to Japan’s former imperial capital, Kyoto. On arrival into Kyoto Station, check into a centrally-located hotel.

  12. Day 12: Kyoto

    Your guide will meet you at the hotel after breakfast for your second day of sightseeing. Today’s tour will focus on Higashiyama district, in the east of Kyoto.

  13. Day 13: Nara

    Leave Kyoto early this morning on the train to Nara (45 mins). Nara is small and relatively compact, with most of the major attractions concentrated around the Nara Deer Park, making it easy to explore independently and on foot.

  14. Day 14: Departure

    At leisure in Kyoto until your scheduled departure by shuttle bus to Kansai International Airport.

Price guide

The price shown is based on two travellers in twin/double accommodation. Please see full itinerary for inclusions & exclusions. This is a private itinerary that can be tailored to your interests, and priced for families or groups.

14 days from £3345pp


14 days from £3345pp

Kyoto and Tokyo

Our guide in Kyoto was excellent and we had a great day with her she was very informative and well organised.

Elizabeth and Neil

Tanzania Safari & Beach Holiday

Our guide, Francis, was exceptional and we learned so much.

Mr and Mrs Tillotson