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Experience the past in Takayama's folk village and Kyoto's historic centre, explore Kanazawa Castle, lose yourself in the picturesque Kenroku-en Garden and the Ninja Temple, marvel at iconic Mt Fuji and Miyajima's floating torii gate

From the towers and gadgets of Tokyo to the serenity of sacred shrines and the soaring beauty of Mt Fuji, this trip provides the perfect blend of guided excursions and free time to explore this fascinating region at your own pace. Linger in the gardens of Kyoto, shoot through the mountain air on a Shinkansen bullet train, and stay in a traditional ryokan for the ultimate in Japanese luxury.

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(€176.36 per day)

Suitable for
All ages
Trip Code
AJDJ
Travel Style
Classic
Service Level
Standard
Physical Grading
3 - Average
Trip Type
Small Group
Group Size
Max 15, avg 12
Transport
Bullet train, tram, ferry, public bus, walking.
Accommodation
Hotels (9 nights), traditional inns (2 nights), traditional inns with shared facilities (2 nights).
Meals
2 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Other
  • Recharge: Onsen Spa Visit, Kawaguchiko-eki
  • Hida No Sato folk village visit (Takayama)
  • Kanazawa Castle and Kenroku-en garden visit
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    • Samurai and geisha districts visit (Kanazawa)
    • Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum visit
    • Miyajima excursion with floating torii gate visit
    • Nijo Castle and gardens visit (Kyoto)
    • Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion visit
    • Daisen-in Temple and Zen garden visit
    • Fushimi Inari Shrine visit
    • Mt Fuji Hike (2 days, tours departing June 20 - Aug 18)
    • Hiking in the Five Lakes Region (tours departing Aug 19 - June 19)
    • Kaiseki dinner
    • Japan Rail (JR) pass (14 days)
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Day 1 Tokyo

Arrive at any time.

We highly recommend booking pre- or post-accommodation in Tokyo to take full advantage of this spectacular city.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

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Candeo Hotel Ueno Koen

Day 2 Tokyo / Takayama

Opt to visit the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo before heading to picturesque Takayama. Arrive in the afternoon and relax in the traditional Japanese inn.

Opt to take an early morning visit to the Tsukiji fish market and watch the theatrical bidding at the tuna auction.

After, take the bullet train, transferring at Nagoya, and journey into the Japan Alps. Arrive in Takayama in the afternoon and begin taking in the picturesque scenery of this traditional city.

Bullet train

Get to your next destination faster than the speed of flight (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.

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Minshuku Iwatakan

Optional Activities:

  • Tsukiji Fish Market Visit

    Entrance to the tuna auction is limited to 120 visitors a day and is first come, first serve. You must arrive before 05:00 for any chance of getting access to auctions.

    Visit the Tsukiji Fish Market, the biggest fish and seafood market in the world. Walk through the maze of fresh catches, massive fish and exciting business exchanges to get an idea how important this industry is in Tokyo. The market is busiest early in the morning, this is the best time to take in all the action and opt for a fresh sushi breakfast. If you're hoping to get one of the rare and coveted spots to view the famous tuna auction be sure to arrive by 3am – and remember there are no guarantees!

Day 3 Takayama

Explore the Hida No Sato traditional folk village, and walk the quaint streets of the old town – lined with sake breweries and craft shops. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore the area.

Enjoy free time to explore this beautiful landscape. Discover traces of a feudal past in the thatched houses and rice fields. Opt to visit one of the markets or rent a bike and cycle out of the town centre and into the countryside.

free time

Use free time to enjoy the area, sample sake or visit a nearby hot spring for a soak.

Hida no Sato (Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village) Visit

Visit the Hida Folk Village, an outdoor museum where various buildings from the 1600s are open to tour. The steep, thatched roofs of the farmhouses are said to resemble praying hands. Take a peek inside to see tools and furniture from the original village.

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Minshuku Iwatakan

Optional Activities:

  • Sake Street Visit

    Stroll down this quaint road, lined with sake breweries and vendors, and learn more about this typical Japanese beverage made from fermented rice. Have a sample or two to test it out.

  • Bike Rental

    Rent a bike from a local shop and head out to explore.

Day 4 Takayama / Kanazawa-shi

Arrive in Kanazawa and explore the city's well-preserved geisha district.

After a short train ride, arrive in Kanazawa. In the 17th century, this beautifully preserved castle town was Japan's wealthiest, and it became a thriving center for culture and arts.

Bullet train

Get to your next destination faster than the speed of flight (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.

Higashi Geisha District Visit

Step back in time with a visit to the Higashi Chaya geisha district of Kanazawa. Learn about the geisha culture, prevalent in Kanazawa since the 17th century. Visit the traditional two-storey wooden houses decorated with lattice and discover the traditions behind this iconic Japanese way of life.

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APA Hotel Kanazawa Ekimae

Day 5 Kanazawa-shi

Get lost in the Ninja Temple before visiting Keroku-en garden, Kanazawa Castle, and the Nagamachi samurai district.

In the Teramachi Temple district, visit the famous Ninja Temple. Designed as a hideout in case of attack, it contains hidden doorways, passages and escape routes.

Another highlight of any visit to Kanazawa is Kenrokuen Garden. After strolling through the expansive gardens, stop at the massive Kanazawa castle next door.

Kanazawa is also home to many interesting museums, opt to visit one or learn more about local crafts. Loving the food in the city? Take a trip to the local seafood market to see where some of the fresh, tasty ingredients come from.

Ninja Temple Visit

Visit the famous Ninja Temple. While there's no evidence linking the temple to ninjas, the hidden doorways, passages and escape routes seem designed for stealthy attackers. Please leave all nunchucks with security.

Keroku-En Garden Visit

Walk around this breathtaking garden, ranked one of the top three in Japan. With unique bridges, ponds and fountains, pagodas and tea houses there's lots to see here in any season.

Kanazawa Castle Visit

Visit the massive castle located beside the Kenrokuen Garden. At over 400 years old, the castle has a great history and is the perfect place to wrap up exploration of the gardens.

Nagamachi Samurai District Walk

Step back in time with a visit to the Nagamachi Samurai district of Kanazawa. Take a walk through the historic samurai district located just below the Kanazawa Castle, where traditionally samurai and their families lived in mud huts.

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APA Hotel Kanazawa Ekimae

Optional Activities:

  • Local Crafts Demonstration

    If you're lucky, get a hands-on demonstration of how local artisans create their crafts. Learn about lacquer ware, pottery, silk dying and gold leaf application at some of the local craft shops.

Day 6 Kanazawa-shi / Hiroshima-shi

Arrive in Hiroshima and visit the Peace Park and Museum to learn more about the tragic history of this city.

The large Peace Park in the centre of the city is an extremely moving place dotted with memorials of those killed by the atomic bomb and others who subsequently died. The burning flame in the park will only be extinguished when all nuclear weapons in the world have been destroyed. Take a tram ride through the city to reach Peace Park.

Bullet train

Get to your next destination faster than the speed of flight (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.

Hiroshima Park and Peace Memorial

Walk through the Peace Park in the centre of Hiroshima, a living memorial dedicated to the tens of thousands who died from the atomic bomb blast in 1945. Visit the statue of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who died of leukemia as a result of the bomb blast, despite folding 1,000 origami paper cranes to appeal to the gods to make her well. See the frame of the Gembaku Dome, the sole building to withstand the explosion. Reflect, remember, and be reminded of the power we all hold to create peace.

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Hotel New Hiroden

Day 7 Hiroshima-shi

Take a ferry to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating torii gate and meet the friendly local deer.

Take a short ferry ride to Miyajima Island, not far from the coast.

Here, view one of the most photographed sights in Japan— the Floating Torii Gate. The shrine itself dates back to the 6th century and is designed in a pier-like structure.

Enjoy time to explore the island and its many shrines and temples. Sample local treats like maple leaf shaped cakes, and have the option to hike up to the peak of the island, Mt Misen, to see spectacular views of the surrounding islands.

Ferry

Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

Miyajima Island Visit

Take a trip to Miyajima Island, famed as one of Japan's most scenic spots, with a free afternoon to explore. See the famous floating Torii Gate, set out in the bay, which glows extraordinarily at sunset. The island is dotted with shrines and temples, populated by deer and monkeys, and traversed with hiking trails for those who want to get some exercise. There are also lanes full of souvenirs and tasty treats. Visit Miyajima at your own pace, and have the option to hike up to the peak of the island, Mt Misen, to see spectacular views of the surrounding islands.

free time

Spend free time however you choose. Opt to hike, try the region's famed oysters, or check out the important sights and museums.

Ferry

Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

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Hotel New Hiroden

Optional Activities:

  • Mt. Misen Visit

    Set out for the summit of Mt. Misen, Miyajima’s highest peak at 500m (1,640 ft) above sea level. Opt to hike one of three trails through the forest and keep an eye out for wild deer or catch a ride on the ropeway and walk the remaining distance to the top. Take in great views of the Seto Inland Sea and on a clear day see as far as the city of Hiroshima.

    Distances from the start of each hiking route to the summit range from 2.5km–3.2km. Distance from the upper ropeway station to the summit is about 1km. Cost for ropeway is 1,000JPY one-way and 1,800JPY round-trip.

Day 8 Hiroshima-shi / Kyoto

Travel to historic Kyoto. Explore the marvellous Fushimi Inari shrine and walk under thousands of torii gates.

Continue on to Kyoto, the former imperial capital and home of the country's most treasured remnants of Japanese imperial life.

Take time to enjoy the Zen gardens of Ryoan-ji and the Silver Pavilion, take a leisurely stroll down the lovely Philosopher’s path to Nanzen-ji, or just walk around Gion and perhaps catch a glimpse of a geisha going from teahouse to teahouse.

Bullet train

Get to your next destination faster than the speed of flight (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Visit

Pay a visit to Fushimi Inari shrine, located just outside of Kyoto. Walk under the thousands of iconic torii gates (as seen in the film Memoirs of a Geisha) and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. The shrine itself is at the base of the Inari mountain but includes many trails up to smaller shrines in the area.

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Kyoto Tokyu Hotel

Day 9 Kyoto

Visit the impressive Nijo Castle and gardens, the famous Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion, and Daisen-in's zen rock garden.

Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion Visit

Explore Kinkaku-ji or the Golden Pavilion, named for the temple’s top two floors that are covered in gold leaf. The temple is surrounded by trees and sits on a reflective pond, making this must-see in Kyoto a perfect place for photos. While the temple can be busy, there are gardens around the area to explore once you’ve had enough of the view.

Nijo Castle and Gardens Visit

Visit the Nijo Castle, the residence of the first shogun of the Edo Period built in 1603. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the property is divided into three areas: the Honmaru (main circular fortification), Ninomaru (secondary circle of defense), and the gorgeous gardens that surround both.

Daisen-in Zen Rock Garden Visit

Take a walk through the gardens around Daisen-in Temple. This zen garden uses gravel, sand and stones to recreate a river and ocean, symbolizing the Buddhist journey through life.

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Kyoto Tokyu Hotel

Day 10 Kyoto

Spend a full day discovering the Zen gardens, huge wooden temples, pagodas and shrines of Kyoto.

free time

Head out and explore this captivating city.

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Kyoto Tokyu Hotel

Optional Activities:

  • Zen Gardens of Ryōan-ji

    The Ryōan-ji garden is one of the best examples of kare-sansui, or dry landscape, a type of Zen garden. Fifteen large rocks are placed within a sea of white pebbles raked into linear patterns to facilitate meditation. Stand on the platform to get the best view from above. Stroll the grounds around the Ryoan-ji Temple and along the Kyoyo-chi pond.

  • Silver Pavilion Visit

    The Ginkaku-ji, or Silver Pavilion, is another example of beautiful Japanese architecture. This elegant temple is surrounded by gardens set at the base of Kyoto's eastern mountains. Check the ceremonial tea room, thought to be the prototype for future tea ceremony rooms in the country.

  • Philosopher's Walk

    This stone path through the northern part of Kyoto's Higashiyama district follows a canal lined by hundreds of cherry trees. These trees come to life during a period known as "Hanami", generally from the end of March to early May. Their iconic pink blossoms are one of the most famous symbols of Japan.

  • Gion Walk

    Walk through Gion, Kyoto's most famous geisha district. Visit shops, restaurants and ochaya (teahouses), where geiko (Kyoto dialect for geisha) and maiko (geiko apprentices) entertain.

Day 11 Kyoto / Fujikawaguchiko

Visit Lake Kawaguchi and go for some optional walks. Enjoy an amazing multi-course Japanese kaiseki dinner and prepare for the next day's hike.

Leave Kyoto and travel to Kawaguchiko arriving mid afternoon. Take the rest of the afternoon to visit the Onsen Spa before dinner.

Bullet train

There are multiple train changes during this ride and a short taxi ride at the end.

Onsen Spa Visit

Visit the natural hot springs in traditional style and soak in the waters and feel all your troubles float away.

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Ooike Hotel

Meals Included

  • Dinner

Please note that climbing season is subject to weather conditions but is typically July 1 to Sep 2nd each year. The itinerary can change at any time due to weather.

Day 12 Fujikawaguchiko / Mount Fuji

Begin the climb to the summit and overnight at Station 8.

Drive to Station 5 and begin the ascent. The total hike to the summit is about 5-6 hours. To slow the pace and help with acclimatization, overnight at Station 8 before the final push to the summit in the morning. Accommodation on the mountain is a basic dormitory style hut with few facilities.

Mt Fuji Hike Day 1

Drive to Station 5 and start the ascent up Mt Fuji towards Station 8. The climb itself isn't difficult but the rapid ascent, constant incline and altitude can be challenging for hikers. The 1,396m (4580 ft) to the summit takes 5-6 hours in total, stop at Station 8 tonight to rest and prepare for the rest of the climb.

Local bus

Travel from the bus platform in town to Station 5 to start the hike.

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Tomoe-kan Station 8

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Luggage can be stored at the hotel during the climb. Bring only an overnight bag with items required for the climb. A light dinner is included at the mountain hut. As resources are limited on the mountain, dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated – be sure to bring your own food if necessary.

Day 13 Mount Fuji / Tokyo

Wake up early to climb to the top for sunrise. Hike down, drive to Kawaguchiko and travel by train to Tokyo for one final night in the city.

After the arduous push to the summit, enjoy sunrise before hiking back down. Pick up your bags and travel by van to Kawaguchiko before a train to Tokyo.

Today you can take in some more sights, visit the museums and gardens or do some shopping. Meet with the group later tonight for our last dinner together.

Mt Fuji Hike Day 2

Start hiking towards the summit before dawn, there will be some rough patches that will only be visible with flashlights. Tread carefully, don't rush and drink plenty of water. Watch the sunrise atop the mountain and celebrate a successful climb. Hike back down to retrieve your bags. It's about 2.5-3.5 hrs to summit. After watching the sunrise, slowly head back down about 3 more hrs.

Local bus

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Bullet train

Get to your next destination faster than the speed of flight (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.

free time

Use free time in Tokyo to visit any must-see sights you missed, tour a museum or shop for souvenirs for yourself or friends back home.

accommodation

Candeo Hotel Ueno Koen

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 14 Tokyo

Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.

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All Discounted prices quoted are only applicable to customers who also book their international flights with USIT. Customers can choose to avail of the Adventure Tour but book their flights separately to USIT but must then pay the full price displayed for the Adventure Tour. Only 1 tour can be discounted per passenger per reservation booking. If multiple tours are booked the discount will be applied to the most expensive tour booked.