Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

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12 days  |  Tokyo to Osaka  |  from USD $6,925  |   Guaranteed Departures  4 reviews

On this wonderful 12 day group tour of Japan you’ll not only take in the highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto, but you’ll also have the opportunity to visit historic Hiroshima, Miyajima Island with its iconic Torii Gate and the towering Himeji Castle. What’s more, you’ll sample Japanese hospitality at a ryokan where you can bathe in natural hot springs.

Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Inclusions
Reviews

Itinerary

Day 1

Tokyo

Saturday. Arrive into either Narita or Haneda International Airport in Tokyo where you will be met by your guide. Travel by train into the city centre and check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore the sights.
Overnight: Tokyo

Day 2

Toyko - Senjoji Temple district, Harajuki & Shibuya

Today we explore the capital. First stop is Asakusa which is home to Sensoji, Tokyo's first temple which was built in the 7th century. Around the temple, in the lively Sensoji District, there are lots of interesting souvenir and craft stalls for us explore. We head to Harajuku in the afternoon, which is where the young and fashionable Tokyoites hangout, with its trendy shops and cafes. Here we’ll visit the important Meiji Shrine where the emperor Meiji and his wife are enshrined.

Our final stop of the day is the Shibuya crossing regarded as one of the busiest intersections in the world. The famed intersection has no less than 7 pedestrian crossings and when the lights turn red at this busy junction, they all turn red at the same time in every direction. Traffic stops completely and pedestrians surge into the intersection from all sides. Known as 'the scramble' its an amazing spectacle which we'll watch from the second floor Starbucks located directly opposite. This evening offers free time though if travelling in January, May and September you might like spend the evening watching a Sumo tournament. See our trip notes for more info.
Overnight: Tokyo

Day 3

Kamakura - Big Buddha

Tokyo - Kamakura - Tokyo. Today we visit Kamakura, which is just an hour from Tokyo by train. Kamakura was Japan’s first feudal capital and is renowned for its beautiful Zen temples and pristine coastline. We visit the iconic bronze Big Buddha and the Hokokuji Zen Temple which has a picturesque bamboo garden where you can drink tea and learn about the tea ceremony before walking the cobbled shopping district - adorned with lovely locally made items and returning to Japan’s bustling capital for the night. Tonight, we organise a Shabu Shubu (a traditional Japanese hot pot meal) for those who are interested.
Overnight: Tokyo

Day 4

Tokyo Edu Museum & Time To Explore

Today offers a guided tour of the Tokyo Edo Museum which focuses on the lifestyle and culture experienced by Tokyoites over the city’s 400-year history. The museum houses some of the city’s best original artefacts and replicas of Edo-era buildings and landmarks, along with several large-scale models. The remainder of the day offers free time for you further explore the city.
Overnight: Tokyo

Day 5

Mt Fuji & Lake Kawaguchi

Tokyo - Lake Kawaguchi. This morning we travel by train to Lake Kawaguchi, located in the Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. Our base is Lake Kawaguchi which boasts breathtaking scenery and unparalleled views of a snow-capped Mt Fuji most of the year. Whilst in the area we'll travel on the Kachikachi-yama Ropeway and visit the observatory. For tours staying at Lake Kawaguchi between 15 Apr – 28 May each year we’ll visit the Springtime Fuji Shibazakura (Phlox Moss) Festival, where the landscape is covered in a vibrant, hot pink moss with Fuji as the backdrop. Tonight we stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan. At the ryokan, we'll be served a traditional Japanese dinner and you can take a relaxing dip in the natural hot spring baths.
Overnight: Lake Kawaguchi  |  Dinner

Day 6

Kyoto - Sanjusagen-do Temple & the Geisha District

Lake Kawaguchi – Kyoto. Early this morning you can opt for a walk along the foreshores of the lake before travelling by bus, then bullet train to Kyoto - Japan’s ancient and cultural capital. The UNESCO World Heritage Listed of Kyoto is brimming with age-old Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. Our first stop today is Sanjusagen-do Temple famous for its statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The one thousand life-size statues of Kannon, made of Japanese cypress and covered in gold leaf are a sight to see. Standing in rows of 10 each hand carved so that no two are alike. Later this afternoon we head to Gion, for a walking tour of this famous Geisha district. After you may wish to watch a cultural performance at Gion Corner Theatre where you'll have the opportunity to watch a Maiko (apprentice Geisha) performing.
Overnight: Kyoto  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Kyoto - Nijo Castle & Kinkakuji

Today we'll tour one of the city’s most impressive UNESCO sites, Nijo Castle. Built by the first Tokugawa shogun in 1603, Nijo Castle is a wonderful example of Momoyama architecture. After we visit the stunning Zen Buddhist temple of Kinkakuji (or commonly referred as the Golden Pavilion) which forms part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto World Heritage Site. Covered in gold the impressive and somewhat expensive temple sits beside a small lake that reflects it beauty in the calm waters. This afternoon offers free time for you to relax or to further discover the many sights of Kyoto your own way.
Overnight: Kyoto  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Himeji Castle & Hiroshima

Kyoto - Himeji - Hiroshima. We travel by bullet train to Hiroshima today, stopping en route at Himeji to visit the UNESCO Listed Himeji Castle, nicknamed the White Egret due to its colour and elegant shape. Himeji is Japan’s best preserved and largest castle, known for its maze-like defences. After taking in the panoramic views from the top of its 6 story watch tower there is time to stroll the local Saturday market taking place today before take the bullet train to Hiroshima. The later part of the afternoon and evening offer free time. If we arrive early enough you may wish to visit Hiroshima Castle an impressive structure that towers over the city.

Tonight, if you like baseball consider booking tickets to watch the Carp play. The Carp, Hiroshima beloved professional baseball play games at home between May - Oct at Mazda Stadium.
Overnight: Hiroshima  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Miyajima Island & its red Torii Gate

Located off the coast of Hiroshima is Miyajima Island, one of Japan's most picturesque destinations. Today we take the ferry out to the island and see the dramatic red 'floating' Torii Gate at the revered Itsukushima-jinja Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Listed site. The iconic gate seems to float on the water but at low tide can reached by foot. It stands 16 metres high and is made from camphor wood. As we explore the island we'll see further Shinto shrines, towering pagodas and pavilions before soaking up the incredible views of the Seto Inland Sea, dozens of nearby islands and Hiroshima city from our cable car ride to the top of Mount Misen, the highest point of the island. Free time is offered before we return to Hiroshima for the night. Tonight, we'll make a reservation for Okonomiyaki - a mix between a savoury pancake and omelette a local speciality of Hiroshima. Okonomiyaki is always a fun night, its inexpensive and is washed down perfectly with a Asahi beer.
Overnight: Hiroshima  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Hiroshima Peace Park, Museum & Memorials

Hiroshima - Kyoto. Two atomic bombs were dropped on Japan at the end of World War II and Hiroshima was the first place to be hit. This morning we visit Peace Park, Peace Park Museum which are a poignant reminder of Hiroshima’s tragic past. We’ll see the iconic A-Bomb Dome one of the very few buildings left standing after the blast and visit the and Children's Peace Monument a memorial to the children killed, where schools from around the world donate paper origami cranes, signifying hope and peace. This afternoon travel by bullet train back to Kyoto. Here we say goodbye to our guide and friends who are travelling onward.
Overnight: Kyoto  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Free Time in Kyoto

A free day to spend a leisure in Kyoto. Independently exploring this enchanting city you'll find sacred shrines tucked in among shopping arcades, time‐honoured teahouses nestling among modern businesses and geisha in the historic Gion District. Alternatively consider using your Japan Rail Pass for a day trip to Nara which has a myriad of shrines and temples, all set against the backdrop of the low lying mountains in the midst of Nara Park.
Overnight: Kyoto  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Osaka

Wednesday. Kyoto - Osaka. Your Japan adventure comes to an end today. Take the train from Kyoto Station to Osaka Airport for your onward flight.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons.

Easter departure, book early!
Easter Departure
Guaranteed Departure
4+ places available
Limited places
Sold out
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2017
Price/Person
Single Supp.
18 Mar - 29 Mar
10% off
G
USD $7105
USD $1210
15 Apr - 26 Apr
10% off
Easter departure, book early!G
USD $7465
USD $1210
06 May - 17 May
10% off
G
USD $7465
USD $1210
27 May - 07 Jun
10% off
G
USD $7465
USD $1210
USD $6925
USD $1210
USD $7105
USD $1210
USD $6925
USD $1210
26 Aug - 06 Sep
10% off
G
USD $7105
USD $1210
16 Sep - 27 Sep
10% off
G
USD $7105
USD $1210
07 Oct - 18 Oct
10% off
G
USD $7105
USD $1210
28 Oct - 08 Nov
10% off
G
USD $7105
USD $1210
USD $7105
USD $1210
USD $7105
USD $1210
2018
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $7105
USD $1210
USD $7105
USD $1210
USD $7105
USD $1210
USD $7465
USD $1210
USD $7465
USD $1210
USD $7105
USD $1210
USD $6925
USD $1210
USD $7105
USD $1210
USD $7105
USD $1210
USD $7105
USD $1210
USD $7105
USD $1210
USD $7105
USD $1210
USD $7105
USD $1210
USD $7105
USD $1210
USD $7105
USD $1210
USD $7105
USD $1210

Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Pre Tour Accommodation - Tokyo
USD $243
USD $32
Post Tour Accommodation - Kyoto
USD $243
USD $32

Please note: Single rooms are not always available at the ryokan in Lake Kawaguchi. Solo travellers may need to share up with a fellow traveller of the same sex.

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Yaesu Terminal Hotel, Tokyo

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Enjoying an enviable location on a cherry-blossom lined street in the centre of Tokyo, Yaesu Terminal Hotel is just a short jaunt away from the city’s main railroad station giving travellers easy access to locations across the city. A comfortable 3-star hotel with a natural theme, a permanent art exhibit in the hotel lobby and an in-house restaurant serving freshly prepared local cuisine; it is a soothing place to relax after a busy day of sightseeing. Hotel guests can make use of the free Wi-Fi, benefit from complimentary bathrobes and slippers and enjoy entertainment on a flat-screen TV.

Yamagishi Ryokan, Lake Kawaguchi

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Japanese Ryokan

With stunning views over Lake Kawaguchi, which is located just one minute away, the Yamagishi Ryokan is a gorgeous accommodation and an excellent base for exploring the area around the lake. Rooms are designed according to traditional Japanese styles with low furniture and lots of natural light. Breakfast and dinner are both included with the room and are served in the hotel's dining room. After dinner, guests can take a dip in one of the hotel's baths or relax with a coffee in the lounge. The hotel is located just an 8 minute walk from Kawaguchiko Station.

Daiwa Roynet Shijo Karasuma Hotel, Kyoto

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Opened in spring 2012, the brand new Daiwa Roynet Shijo Karasuma is a modern superior business hotel located in the centre of Kyoto. Guest rooms are well furnished with all mod-cons and complimentary Wi-Fi is available. The onsite Motonokura Restaurant serves up a delicious array of local traditional Japanese meals. Well located just a few steps walk from Shijo subway station and within walking distance of numerous shops and restaurants, this is a great base for your stay in Japan's cultural capital.

Daiwa Roynet, Hiroshima

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The Daiwa Roynet is a great launching pad for exploring Hiroshima with a prime location and reliable service. The smart guestrooms feature free WiFi access and all the mod-cons needed for a comfortable stay. Dine on Japanese dishes at the hotel's restaurant. Conveniently located in Hiroshima's main commercial district, just a 1-minute walk from Chudenmae Tram Station and a 10-minute walk from the Peace Memorial Museum.

Trip Highlights

Tokyo - Sensoji Temple district and temple, Harajuku, Takeshita street, Meiji Shrine & Shibuya Crossing
Fuji Hakone Izu National Park & Lake Kawaguchi - spectacular mountain scenery and views of Mt Fuji
Kyoto - UNESCO listed Nijo Castle, Sanjusagen-do Temple with its 1000 life-like statues & Kinkakuji (Golden temple) Temple
UNESCO Listed Himeji Castle - the towering 6 story structure is the best preserved and largest of all castles in Japan.
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.
Kamakura - Big Buddha Statue, Hokokuji Zen temple and the Bamboo Forest and delightful village atmosphere. Opt to take part in a Tea Ceremony
Staying in a ryokan - sampling Japanese hospitality, bathing in natural hot springs, wearing a Yakata (casual Kimono) and sleeping on a futon
Kyoto - 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.
Hiroshima - 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)

Included

7 breakfasts and 1 Japanese dinner at the Lake Kawaguchi ryokan
Guided sightseeing and walking tours in Tokyo, Kamakura, Lake Kawaguchi, Kyoto, Himeji, Hiroshima and Miyajima Island
Ferry to Miyajima Island and cable car to the top of Mt Misen
Arrival transfer - by train from Narita or Haneda International Airport
All transportation - buses, trains and rail passes (including Suica swipe Card and Japan Rail Pass)
11 nights 3 star accommodation (including 1 night at a traditional ryokan (Japanese inn)
Lake Kawaguchi & Mt Fuji - Kachikachi-yama Ropeway and observatory. For tours staying at Lake Kawaguchi between 15 Apr – 28 May each year we'll visit to the Fuji Shibazakura (Moss Phlox) Festival with Mt Fuji in the distance.
Escorted by a licensed English speaking Japanese tour guide
Departure transfer (unescorted) - by train or bus from Kyoto Station to Osaka Airports (ITM & KIX).
Baggage forwarding service from Tokyo to Kyoto (one bag per person)

Not Included

International flights and visas
Entrance Fees: USD$40, paid in local currency
Laundry, drinks, items of a personal nature

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.75 out of 5 based on 4 recent reviews

"This tour was fantastic. The organisation and the guides were exceptional. From when we stepped off the plane in Tokyo we were met and guided through to our accommodation. The guides were always prepared and We really liked Yukiko's daily guide notes! The accommodation in Tokyo was central and convenient. In Hakone we enjoyed the more traditional ryokan. The day we had travelling through Fuji Hakone National Park was one of the best days touring we have ever experienced. Closely followed by our visit to Miyajima Island.The Daiwa Roynet in Kyoto and Hiroshima were great.

These tours are named On the Go for a good reason. A good level of health and fitness is required to experience all the benefits. "

• Submitted 01 Dec 2016
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Would be good to add Fushimi Inari in Kyoto in Kyoto to itinerary. Akihabara visit at night would be good - Toyko. Pick up guide (Sue) from airport was great, very helpful. Yukikpo was very organised & helpful & friendly. Akira was very friendly & knowledgeable, I enjoyed his information on history & he was always open to questions. Overall this has been a wonderful trip, thanks!

• Submitted 01 Dec 2016
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I would like to say that my vacation was amazing. We both had so many fun and amazing experiences. I stated a comment on my local form but would like to say it again; the tour guides were both amazing. I do wish we would have had more time in certain areas but understand the logistics did not permit. I regard On the Go very highly and would consider booking again if a preferable repeat customer rate could be discussed. Thank you kindly for the experiences

• Submitted 14 Oct 2016
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This tour was fantastic. The organisation and the guides were exceptional. From when we stepped off the plane in Tokyo we were met and guided through to our accommodation. The guides were always prepared and We really liked Yukiko's daily guide notes! The accommodation in Tokyo was central and convenient. In Hakone we enjoyed the more traditional ryokan. The day we had travelling through Fuji Hakone National Park was one of the best days touring we have ever experienced. Closely followed by our visit to Miyajima Island.The Daiwa Roynet in Kyoto and Hiroshima were great.

These tours are named On the Go for a good reason. A good level of health and fitness is required to experience all the benefits.

• Submitted 01 Jun 2016
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Guide
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Tour Details
Starts
Tokyo
Ends
Osaka
Departs
Saturdays - March to November
Hotel Rating
3 star hotels & ryokans
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - tour guide escorted
Meals
Breakfast: 7, Dinner: 1
Extra Tour Info
Best Places to Visit
Places on our must-see list of any visit to Japan
Best Time to Visit
Information on climatic and weather conditions in Japan
Transport in Japan
It's great! Modern, punctual and easy to use
Top 10 Experiences
Our picks for Japan and where best to sample these delights

"This tour was fantastic. The organisation and the guides were exceptional. From when we stepped off the plane in Tokyo we were met and guided through to our accommodation. The guides were always prepared and We really liked Yukiko's daily guide notes! The accommodation in Tokyo was central and convenient. In Hakone we enjoyed the more traditional ryokan. The day we had travelling through Fuji Hakone National Park was one of the best days touring we have ever experienced. Closely followed by our visit to Miyajima Island.The Daiwa Roynet in Kyoto and Hiroshima were great.

These tours are named On the Go for a good reason. A good level of health and fitness is required to experience all the benefits. "

Jennifer & Peter Geutjes
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