Departure Date: 10/10/2019
This Best of Japan itinerary makes maximum use of the efficient and speedy bullet train, leaving you with ample time not only to marvel at Japan's iconic temples and shrines but also to explore its backstreets, to discover its natural wonders, and to mix on a more intimate level with the locals.
Your journey will begin in Tokyo, world-famous for its futuristic architecture and energetic atmosphere lit beneath a blaze of neon. As with many Japanese cities, however, Tokyo is more than it seems - beneath the brash, modern surface lies a city of tradition with many surprising opportunities for calm and serenity.
In ancient Japan, the Tokaido Highway connected the Shogun's powerbase at Edo (modern-day Tokyo) with the old capital of Kyoto - a distance of about 500km. Your next destination, Hakone, was once a post town on this route and has since become a popular location for its proximity to Tokyo and its mixture of outdoor activities, culture and relaxation. When skies are clear, the views of Mount Fuji across Lake Ashi are truly spectacular.
From Hakone you'll take the bullet train to Kyoto, where gardens, temples and shrines lie hidden around every corner. Having served as Japan's capital for more than a millennium, Kyoto provides a fascinating insight into the origins of Japanese culture and lives up to its moniker "The City of Ten Thousand Shrines". Following this you'll pay a visit to atmospheric Hiroshima, where the Peace Park offers a sobering look at Japan's more recent history.
Next you'll spend a night at a capsule hotel in the centre of Osaka's buzzing entertainment district. Capsule hotels were originally designed to cater for Japanese salarymen who had missed the last train home after a night of drinking, but are now popular many for their convenience and value. This stay will certainly provide an interesting counterpoint your next hotel - an authentic, family-run minshuku inn in the alpine market town of Takayama!
- 14 nights' accommodation (three nights Japanese-style) - Breakfast every day and one evening meal - All transport between destinations - Airport transfers - 14-day Japan Rail Pass - Hakone Free Pass for local transport in the Hakone region - Manaca transport card with 2,500yen credit for city transport - Insider sightseeing tour in Tokyo - 4 hours private guide service in Kyoto - Tea ceremony experience - A personalised info pack
From $3,549* per person, twin share
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