Japan is a country that’s popularly hard to read, so a local-led group tour is an amazing idea to see the beautiful country in depth. Discover the splendor of Japan with our best Japan tour and have the best time of your life in these 2-weeks.
(Day 1): Arrival in Tokyo
(Day 2): Tokyo Exploration
(Day 3): Some More Time in Tokyo
(Day 4): One Day Tour of Tsumago
(Day 5): Traversing to Takayama
(Day 6): Exploring Takayama
(Day 7): Visiting Kanazawa
(Day 8): Kanazawa Exploration
(Day 9): Heading to Hiroshima
(Day 10): Exploring Hiroshima
(Day 11): Traveling to Kyoto
(Day 12): Kyoto Exploration
(Day 13): Tour of Mount Koya
(Day 14): Returning Back to Tokyo
(Day 15): Departure Back Home
Tokyo, Tsumago, Takayama, Kanazawa, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Mount Koya
Today your Japan journey begins as you board your international outbound flight to Tokyo.
Upon arrival, you're met by your private guide at the airport who’ll escort you to your hotel. After checking in, spend the rest of the day resting and relaxing after your long flight. In case you feel like starting exploring, you can head out for a walk around the Imperial Gardens.
This morning, your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby to go through your trip and provide any local advice to you so that you can confidently enjoy the country. In the first section, the guide will explain your trip itinerary in detail and answer any queries you might have. Afterward, you will head out to see some of the city highlights accompanied by your guide. Perhaps you can start with taking a cruise up from the Hamarikyu gardens up to the old district of Asakusa to witness the gorgeous Sensoji temple. Later, head out on a street food tour of Tokyo to relish some of the local flavors for which Japan is so popular.
Another day in Tokyo presents the opportunity to visit the Asakusa district. Afterward, explore the Imperial Palace Gardens or the Meiji Shrine, a huge yet peaceful Shinto shrine in the middle of the bustling Harajuku district.
Today, you travel to Nagoya by express train, where you board the bullet train taking you to Tsumago. The journey will take around 3 hours. On reaching Tsumago, a quaint postal town, check in to your classic ryokan (inn) accommodation. The rest of the day is yours to relax or start exploring the town on your leisure. Observe how certain parts of the town are free from the trappings of modern technology to conserve its old-world charm.
This morning, walk part of the Nakasendo Highway between Tsumago and Magome, along the road that once linked Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto. The scenery is magnificent and elegant: cedar woods, paddy fields, and quiet villages. Afterward, venture further into the Japanese Alps to Takayama, a charming town with a fascinating merchant district and sake breweries. The journey will take around 4 and a half hours by train.
Today, get ready for a morning cycling tour around Takayama. Wander the warren of the Sanmachi district, packed with shops, museums, galleries, sake breweries, and 17th-century storehouses. Explore the shrines of Teramachi's wooded park and sample local specialties such as Japanese pickles and Hida beef. You could also take the 15-minute train journey to the less famous yet equally beautiful town of Furukawa.
Transfer to Kanazawa today, which is home to one of the most gorgeous gardens in Japan, Kenroku-en. Start your visit of the city by witnessing one of its more contemporary sides and exploring the galleries of the outstanding 21st Century Art Museum.
This morning, make your way to Kenroku-en as you early as you can. The garden is enjoyed best when it's quiet, so you can meander among the streams, ponds, trees, and teahouses and contemplate its design in peace. As per the Japanese garden aesthetics, Kenroku-en contains the 6 attributes that are considered important in the creation of a perfect garden. Afterward, explore Kanazawa's Geisha district and Samurai quarters, along with the workshops on artisan gold leaf making.
Board the express train to Osaka and then the bullet train on to Hiroshima. The journey will take 4 and a half hours. After this long day of travel, you have the entire afternoon at leisure or you may wish to have a walk down the city's leafy avenues.
Today is yours to explore Hiroshima in depth. Make your way to the vivid Peace Park, Memorial Museum and Atomic Bomb Dome. You can also witness a reconstructed castle and the Shukkei-en Gardens. Its name means 'shrunken scenery', and is an amazing example of how Japanese gardens look out to mimic natural formations and depict natural features such as mountains and forests in miniature. Try out okonomiyaki here which is basically pancakes with a variety of savory fillings.
Traverse east to Kyoto today by bullet train, the medieval capital and cultural heart of Japan. The journey takes about 2 hours. Later in the afternoon, head out on a tour with your local guide who will help you make the most out of your time in this beautiful multi-faceted city. You could walk around the Ryoanji gardens and Silver Pavillion temple or visit the geisha quarter, Gion in the evening and hopefully spot a Geisha.
Another day in Kyoto at leisure. You can make your way to the Golden Pavilion. If the weather happens to be fine, you'll witness the beautiful sight of its reflection gleaming in the pond surrounding it. In the evening, your guide will take you on a walk around the Gion district, the place where geisha still live and work. He'll explain to you about the culture surrounding these mysterious women and you'll try to spot geisha on their way to work.
Today, you will head south to the area of Mount Koya, which is one of Japan's top 3 spiritual homes. Here you will enjoy the simple living with a brief stay in temple lodgings. It's charmingly quiet and quaint in the simple accommodations.
Return back to Tokyo today by train for your final afternoon in Japan. The journey will take one and a quarter hours. Later, explore a new area of the city, or go back to an area that caught your imagination at the starting of the trip. You could also visit the ever-famous Ghibli Anime Museum, an interactive exhibition celebrating the leading animation studio of Japan.
After breakfast, your guide will transfer you to the airport in time to catch your return flight back home.
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