18 days from £ 1,898 p/person
This trip is ideal from the end of March until May. The spring is a great time to travel in Japan because of the pleasant temperatures – and the fleeting beauty of the cherry blossom that flowers from March until April (actual time differs in various parts of the country).

  • Stay in Tokyo, with two days to explore this modern city
  • The peaceful surroundings of Hakone, in the Fuji Hakone National Park near Mt.Fuji
  • The small town of Tsumago, on the ancient “Nakasendo” trader’s route
  • The traditional town of Takayama, and Kanazawa with its historic castle
  • Kyoto, Japan’s former capital and the cultural and historic centre of the country.
  • Visit Hiroshima and nearby Miyajima and the Itsukushima Shrine with its picturesque “torii” gate standing in the water.

Day 1 : Arrive Tokyo

Arrive Tokyo Narita or Haneda Airport, exchange your voucher for the 14-day Rail Pass, and use the Rail Pass to travel into central Tokyo.

Stay 3 nights.

Day 2 : Tokyo

Explore Tokyo on your own, or choose one of JTB’s wide range of “Sunrise Tours”: optional excursions with English-speaking guide.

 

Day 3 : Tokyo

Explore Tokyo on your own, or choose one of JTB’s wide range of “Sunrise Tours”: optional excursions with English-speaking guide.

Day 4 : Tokyo - Hakone

Travel to Hakone: use the Japan Rail Pass to travel by Bullet train to Odawara, then use your Hakone Free Pass to take the local Odakyu train into the Fuji-Hakone National Park, to reach your hotel in Hakone.

Stay 2 nights.

Day 5 : Hakone

Use your Hakone Free Pass to discover the “Fuji Five Lakes” area.

Day 6 : Hakone - Tsumago

Travel to Tsumago, by train via Odawara, Nagoya to Nagiso station,  then take the local bus service to the pcituresque town of Tsumago.

Stay 2 nights in a ryokan (Japanese inn) including Japanese dinner and breakfast.

 

Day 7 : Tsumago / Magome

Tsumago and Magome are on the Nakasendo, an ancient road that comnnected Kyoto and Edo during the Edo period. Using local buses, walk part of the Nakasendo trail.

Day 8 : Tsumago - Takayama

Travel to Takayama: from Nagiso station take the JR train via Nakatsugawa and Nagoya to Takayama.

Stay 2 nights.

Day 9 : Takayama

Full day to explore the country town of Takayama, with its traditional buildings.

Day 10 : Takayama - Kanazawa

Travel to Kanazawa: take the JR Express “Wide View Hida” to Toyama and the the Bullet train to Kanazawa.

Stay 2 nights.

Day 11 : Kanazawa

Explore the castle town of Kanazawa, and take an excursion by bus to Shirakawa-go, with its traditional farmhouses.

Day 12 : Kanazawa - Kyoto

Travel to Kyoto, just two hours away on JR’s “Thunderbird” Limited Express train.

Stay 3 nights.

 

Day 13 : Kyoto

Full day free to explore the historic city of Kyoto.

Day 14 : Kyoto

Full day free to explore the historic city of Kyoto.

Day 15 : Kyoto - Hiroshima

Use your Japan Rail Pass to travel to Hiroshima by Bullet train, direct or via Shin-Kobe (approx 2.5 hrs).

Stay 2 nights.

Day 16 : Hiroshima

Full day free to explore Hiroshima with its Peace Park and Peace Museum, and the nearby island of Miyajima with the Itsukushima Shrine.

Day 17 : Hiroshima - Fukuoka

Travel to Fukuoka by Bullet train.

Stay 1 night.

Day 18 : Depart Fukuoka

After breakfast, transfer to airport for departure.

from £ 1,898

per person sharing twin room.

Included

  • 15 nights accommodation including breakfast
  • 2 nights at a ryokan (Japanese inn) including dinner and breakfast
  • 14-day Japan Rail Pass
  • travel details and extra information

Not included

  • flights
  • tours and excursions
  • travel insurance
  • any other meals and personal expenses