Tokyo to Takayama - 13 days
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Tokyo to Takayama

Duration13 days
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This 13 day adventure takes in the must-see sites of Tokyo and Kyoto as well as exploring the mountainous town of Takayama, impressive Himeji Castle and of course well-known Hiroshima and the famed Torii Gate of Miyajima Island. For an authentic Japanese experience ride a bullet train, stay in a ryokan and take a dip in natural hot springs.

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Tour overview

Duration13 days
Tour GuideYes - tour guide escorted
Group SizeMin 4 / Max 18
Minimum age15 yrs, accompanied by an adult
DepartsSaturdays - March to November
Hotel Rating3 star hotels & ryokans
Arrival TransferYes
Departure TransferYes (unescorted)
Meals includedBreakfast: 7, Dinner: 1
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Tour Highlights

Tokyo - Explore Sensoji Temple district and temple, Harajuku, Takeshita Street, Meiji Shrine and Shibuya Crossing
Kamakura - Visit Big Buddha Statue, Hokokuji Zen Temple and the Bamboo Forest with its delightful village atmosphere. Opt to take part in a traditional tea ceremony
Lake Kawaguchi in Fuji Hakone Izu National Park - Marvel at the spectacular mountain scenery and views of famed Mt Fuji
Stay in a ryokan - Sample Japanese hospitality, bathe in natural hot springs, wearing a Yukata (casual Kimono) and sleep on a futon sleeping on a futon
Kyoto - Uncover UNESCO Listed Nijo Castle, join a walking tour of Gion (the Geisha District), optional Japanese tea ceremony and cooking class
Kyoto - Take part in a walking tour of the famed Geisha District (Gion), with its ancient cobbled streets, streams, bridges and quaint tea houses and the opportunity to see Geisha and Maiko en route to their next engagement
UNESCO Listed Himeji Castle - See the towering 6 story structure is the best preserved and largest of all castles in Japan
Hiroshima - Visit Peace Park, Peace Memorial Museum, UNESCO Listed A-Bomb Dome and Children's Peace Monument (with thousands of paper cranes from children around the world)
Enjoy Miyajima Island with its UNESCO Listed iconic Red Torii Gate (Itsukushima shrine) standing in the sea. Cable to the top of Mt Misen - The highest peak on Miyajima for spectacular views of the Seto Inland Sea, some 150 islands and Hiroshima
Takayama - Wander around the beautifully preserved old quarter, local market and visit to sake distillery
Hida Folk Village - Learn about the traditional architectural styles of the mountainous regions of Japan in this open-air museum of farmhouses


7 breakfasts and 1 dinner at the Lake Kawaguchi ryokan
12 nights 3 star accommodation (including 1 night at a Japanese style inn
Guided sightseeing and walking tours in Tokyo, Kamakura, Lake Kawaguchi, Kyoto, Himeji, Hiroshima, Miyajima Island, Takayama
Lake Kawaguchi and Mt Fuji - Kachikachi-yama Ropeway and Observatory. For tours staying at Lake Kawaguchi between 14 Apr – 28 May each year we'll visit to the Fuji Shibazakura (Moss Phlox) Festival with Mt Fuji in the distance
Ferry to Miyajima Island and cable car to the top of Mt Misen
Escorted by a licensed English speaking Japanese tour guide
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 (by train) from Narita or Haneda International Airport
Departure transfer on day 13 (unescorted) - by train to Narita or Haneda International Airport (unescorted)
All transportation and transfers - buses, trains and bullet trains including Suica swipe card
Baggage forwarding service from Tokyo to Kyoto (one bag per person)
Maximum Group size: 18 persons

Not Included

Baggage forwarding service from Kyoto to Takayama (available at an additional cost)
International flights and visa
If you are opting to pay the single supplement, allowing you the privacy of your own room on this tour, a single room will be provided for all nights with the exception of day 5 (at Lake Kawaguchi), where single rooms are not available. For this night you will be matched up with a fellow tour member of the same gender
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3-5 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Entrance Fees: USD$50-60pp, paid locally in local currency