Honshu Highlights

Experience modern and traditional Japan on this 8-day overview of Tokyo, Kyoto, and their surrounding highlights

Honshu Highlights

Discover Japan’s cultural heartlands on this 8-day overview of central Honshu. Your tour starts amid the neon cityscapes of Tokyo, where you’ll spend three days exploring the city and its surrounds, before being whisked away by bullet train to historic Kyoto.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Tokyo

    You will be met by our airport representative on arrival in Tokyo, who will guide you to the correct train or bus 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 towering high rises of Omotesando.

  3. Day 3: Nikko/Kamakura

    Today is a self-guided day. We recommend making an excursion outside of Tokyo to one of the following destinations:

  4. Day 4: Tokyo to Kyoto

    Depart Tokyo this morning on the bullet train to Japan’s traditional capital, Kyoto. You will be taking the world-famous Shinkansen, which is able to complete the 500km journey in little over two and a half hours!

  5. Day 5: Kyoto

    Explore the former imperial capital with a knowledgeable local guide, taking advantage of Kyoto’s first-class bus and subway system to visit several of the city’s World Heritage Sites.

  6. Day 6: 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.

  7. Day 7: Osaka/Himeji

    Today is a self-guided day. Explore Kyoto at your own pace, or take an excursion beyond Kyoto to one of the following interesting destinations:

  8. Day 8: Departure

    At leisure until your scheduled transfer to Kansai Airport.

Price guide

Price based on twin/double accommodation in mid-range hotels (superior hotels available from £2,275pp; deluxe from £3,050pp). Travel in peak season (i.e. Sakura or koyo seasons) will require a higher budget.

8 days from £1890pp


8 days from £1890pp

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