16 days from £3,141 p/person, including flights
Enjoy the Japanese summer with the Shinto Summer Tour! This tour covers our most recommended sights to fully immerse yourself fully into Japan’s culture and beauty. Try hiking in the beautiful hidden countryside in Kiso Valley. After that, wander through the heart of Kyoto‘s bustling cultural city.
One special feature of this tour is the Kawadoko river lunch. An experience only available in the summer, cool off by dining besides the Kamogawa River.
For food enthusiasts, end your tour on a high with true Osakan cuisine. Sample food such as Takoyaki, Kushikatsu and more in offbeat bars with a local English-speaking guide. You might even discover a new favourite dish!
- Visit the Old and New sides of Tokyo, wandering through the historical spots of the Imperial Palace and the new teamLab Borderless exhibition in modern Odaiba.
- Reconnect with nature in Kiso Valley, the ancient highway for samurai from ages long ago.
- Enjoy the lush grounds of Kanazawa‘s Kenrokuen Garden, one of Japan’s most beautiful landscape gardens.
- Experience traditional Kyoto and its timeless beauty.
- Stay in a temple overnight on holy Mt. Koya, the must-see destination for pilgrims and tourists.
- Explore Hiroshima and Miyajima, two of the gems of western Honshu.
- Sample tantalising food from Osaka‘s famous market, Dotonbori.
Day 1 : Departure from LONDON
Depart from London Heathrow airport on British Airways flight direct to Tokyo.
Day 2 : Arrive at TOKYO
Arrive at Tokyo Haneda International Airport. After clearance through immigration and customs, meet with an English-speaking assistant and head to your hotel in Tokyo by private transfer. Enjoy 3 nights in the capital of Japan.
Day 3 : TOKYO
Join JTB Sunrise’s “Old and New Tour”, which covers experiences offered in Tokyo’s highly contrasting historical & hyper-modern districts.
This full day tour begins with a visit to the historical spots of the Imperial Palace (Nijubashi Bridge) and Asakusa’s Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest temple, and the bustling shopping street of Nakamise. Head on to Toyosu Market, the newest of “Tokyo kitchen of Tokyo before finishing this tour at teamLab Borderless*, the newly trending digital art museum, with a 10,000 square meter three-dimensional world with completely immersive artworks.
*You are free to leave partway so that you may take their time seeing teamLab Borderless
- Starts: 09:00 at Keio Plaza Tokyo
- Ends: Shinjuku station West Exit
Day 4 : TOKYO
The day is free at leisure to discover Tokyo.
You can explore Shibuya and Harajuku for the latest fashion, visit Akihabara – Tokyo’s very own electric town – for a first-hand taste of the “otaku” culture or take a day trip to Hakone and spot the majestic Mt Fuji if you are lucky. And remember that as you are travelling during summer time, you have all the chances to stumble upon one of Japan’s very own matsuri (festival), happening all-around the country.
|Tokyo Morning Tour|
|Mt Fuji Golden Tour|
|Mt. Fuji & Hakone Tour|
Day 5 : TOKYO to KISO VALLEY
Make your way to Kiso Valley with your JR Pass today (~3h), arriving in the afternoon. Check in your accommodation, a traditional inn and take this opportunity to unwind and enjoy the facilities and atmosphere. In the evening, Japanese ‘kaiseki’ cuisine will be served, in the typical delicate Japanese-style.
Day 6 : KISO VALLEY
From Nakatsugawa, take a bus to Magome to start your hike. The Magome-Tsumago trail is 8km long, passing the homes and fields of locals and amazingly preserved post-towns.
The trail ends in Nagiso, where you can take the JR train back to Kiso Fukushima (45 min, covered by your JR Pass).
An onsen soak and a traditional dinner will await you before resting for a busy second day.
Day 7 : KISO VALLEY to KANAZAWA
Before heading to your next destination, take the morning to enjoy a walk in the town of Kiso-Fukushima. See restored Edo-period architecture, the Kouzen-ji temple with Asia’s largest rock garden, the Yamamura residence, and the Fukushima Checkpoint museum. Finally, rejuvenate your tired legs in Kiso’s public footbath.
When you are ready, make your way to Kanazawa using your JR Pass (~4h with 1 change). Stay for 2 nights.
Day 8 : KANAZAWA
The day is free at leisure, so you have the time to stroll through Kenrokuen Garden – considered to be one of the most beautiful in the country – and maybe spot one of the few geishas the city houses in the teahouse district. And with golden leaves being the city’s trademark, no visit to Kanazawa would be complete without a stop to one of Kanazawa’s numerous shops to try some golden leaf adorned food like ice-cream (or even sushi!).
Day free at leisure to visit popular sightseeing spots in Kanazawa such as:
- Visit one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan – Kenrokuen Garden
- Walk through Higashi Chaya District, the largest of the three Chaya districts. Chaya translates to teahouse, which is where guests were entertained by geisha in eras past. If you’re very luck there is also the chance of seeing geisha walking through the streets of this district.
- Take a trip to the 21st Century Museum – a unique museum full of contemporary art with both free and paid for exhibitions. It also has a restaurant, which is a great place to enjoy lunch.
- Stroll through the samurai district – Nagamachi – where the samurai and their families would reside. The centrally located Nomura-ke displays artefacts of the era, as well as the lifestyle of those people.
Day 9 : KANAZAWA to KYOTO
When you’re ready, make your way to Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital, using your JR Pass (~2h). Stay for 3 nights.
Day 10 : KYOTO
The day is free at leisure.
On Day 9 or 10 in Kyoto, experience a unique seasonal tradition in the name of Kawadoko. This Kyoto style restaurant is built very close to the river so you can feel the coolness of the stream directly.
Enjoying a meal surrounded by nature and the sound of streaming water is the best way to take a break from the sometimes hot and humid summer.
|Kyoto Night Tour|
|Highlights of Kyoto Tour|
|Nara Afternoon Tour|
Day 11 : KYOTO
The day is free at leisure.
|Sagano Bamboo Grove & Arashiyama Tour|
|Fushimi Inari Shrine & Sake Tasting Tour|
|Tea Ceremony & Nishiki Market Tour|
Day 12 : KYOTO - KOYA-SAN
This morning, leave your baggage with the bell captain and get your bags are delivered to your hotel in Hiroshima (Make sure to pack 1-night bag for Mt Koya).
Make your way to Koya-san using your JR Pass and Mt Koya World Heritage Pass.
The afternoon is free at leisure to visit Mt. Koya, registered on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list of “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range”. Shrouded in forests Koyasan is the perfect place to feel at peace with nature. Staying in a Shukubo (temple lodging) is a must do as it is a popular pilgrimage destination for both pilgrims and tourists.
Day 13 : KOYA-SAN - HIROSHIMA
This morning, you can participate in the morning devotions at your temple from 6am. Japanese breakfast will be served at around 8am.
You are free to explore Mt. Koya (Koyasan) on your own or go straight to Hiroshima using your JR Pass, where you will stay for 2 nights. Once the site of the world’s first atomic bomb attack, it is now a modern, cosmopolitan city with great restaurants and nightlife.
Day 14 : HIROSHIMA
Today is free to explore Hiroshima and the island of Miyajima (or shrine island), where you can visit one of the crown jewels of the country: Itsukushima floating shrine*. We recommend hiking along the walking trails through Miyajima, up to Mt. Misen, the highest peak on Miyajima – it’s a clear day, you’ll be able to see Seto Inland Island from there too.
Day 15 : HIROSHIMA - OSAKA
This morning, make your way to Osaka using JR Pass (1h30min direct). Japan’s second largest metropolis is famous for its friendly hospitality and amazing food culture. Stay for 1 night.
Day 16 : Depart from OSAKA
This morning, please check out of your accommodation. A taxi will be waiting to collect you from your accommodation, and take you to Kansai International Airport, ready for your departing flight back home.
|Dates||Per person sharing a twin room|
|2020 – 2021||£3,141|
Total package price is a “from” price and is subject to availability.
Single traveller supplement, on request basis only.
All prices are per person, sharing twin room in standard (3 star) accommodation. Higher accommodation is available upon request.
* During the Summer Games (23th Jul – 8th Aug & 24th Aug – 5th Sep 2021), the tour will be altered to cater around this period, and Tokyo will most likely be missed (inquiry basis)*
- Standard accommodation with breakfast included
- Direct London to Tokyo economy flights with British Airways
- Direct Osaka to London economy flights with British Airways
- Airport shuttle bus transfer from Tokyo
- 14-Day JR Pass, Ordinary Class
- 2-Day Mt. Koya World Heritage Pass
- Private airport transfer from Osaka hotel to KIX airport
- Luggage transfer (Tokyo-Kanazawa, Kyoto-Hiroshima)
- 1-Day Tokyo Tour on Day 2
- Kawadoko river cruise
- 3-hour Osaka night food tour
- Meals and transportation not mentioned above
- Optional Tours
- Any other personal expenses
- Travel Insurance