The Best Japan Tour for all Highlights Discovery

Spending 12 days discovering the best of both the Kanton and Kansai regions of Japan, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of this fascinating Asian country by reflecting on its rich history, experiencing the local culture, and enjoying the unique natural beauty.
Travel Route: Tokyo - Hakone - Takayama - Hiroshima - Kyoto - Nara - Osaka
Day: 12
Best for: First-timers
Tour Type: Escorted private tour with personal tour guide and vehicle
Why Travel with Us
We Live in this Country:
The specialist who designs this trip have lived in this country for several years, in some cases, born here. Our first-hand knowledge will help you have an authentic experience, making the most of your vaction.
Worry-Free Planning:
We guarantee 100% deposite refund during the pandemic, and provide 24/7 emergency service during the trip.


Get to Know Japan from the Capitals

Traveling from Tokyo to Kyoto, from the recent capital to the ancient heart of Japan, you will experience the modern and the traditional of Japan in one go.

Enjoy the Majestic Mt. Fuji with Japanese Onsen

Visiting Hakone where you can not only enjoy the traditional Japanese Onsen (hot spring) with the magnificent view of Mt.Fuji.

Meet the Lovely Deer in Nara

The deer in Nara city attracts tourists from over the world. In fact, Nara is also the spiritual heartland of Japan. Here you can enjoy both the natural beauty and history of Japan at a leisurely pace.

Trace back to the Edo Period in the Old Town of Takayama

Experience the most Japanese atmosphere and taste the famous Hida beef in Takayama in the heart of Honshu island.

Hamarikyu Gardens
Old town of Takayama
Miyajima Island

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Tokyo Arrival
Welcome to Japan!
When you arrive at Tokyo’s airport, our guide will meet you and take you to your hotel in Tokyo.
The rest of the day if for you to take a good rest or have a leisure walk around the hotel to get a glimpse of the capital of Japan.
Stay overnight in Tokyo.
Insider Tips:
There are two international airports in Tokyo, one is Haneda Airport and the other is Narita International Airport. Please confirm your arrival airport with us in advance.
Day 2: Tokyo Tour
Today you’ll explore Tokyo and experience the traditional soul hidden under the fancy look. Starting with a visit to Tokyo Skytree, the highest tower in this city, to get a panoramic view over the fascinating city. And then go into the Nakamise Shopping Street and visit Sensoji Temple.
Then drive by the Imperial Palace Plaza, and you will enjoy a stroll through the tranquil Hamarikyu Gardens, an elegant Edo-period garden surrounded by modern high-rise buildings.
Tonight, you will have a leisure cruise on Tokyo Bay and enjoy a Japanese dinner together with the supercharged lights of Tokyo on a boat.
Stay overnight in Tokyo.
Nakamise is one of the oldest shopping streets in Japan.
Day 3: Tokyo Tour
Today’s tour starts with a delicious experience at the famous Tsukiji Outer Market (recently relocated to a new site at Toyosu). It is the largest wholesale fish market in Tokyo, where the freshest seafood is sold. You can have a sushi-making class there to learn about the history of Japanese cuisine.
After that, you can take a short walking tour in the Ginza area and enjoy a free afternoon.
Stay overnight in Tokyo.
Tsukiji Outer Market is a large shopping district.
Day 4: Tokyo to Hakone
After breakfast, you will take a bullet train to Hakone, a town famous for its onsens, or natural hot springs.
Once upon arrival, you will first visit the sulfur vents of Owakudani by taking a cable car up the mountain. Then, you will take a boat trip across Lake Ashinoko. If weather permits, you can have a great glimpse of majestic Mt. Fuji.
Stay overnight in Hakone.
Take a boat trip across Lake Ashinoko
Day 5: Hakone to Takayama
Today, you will take a bullet train from Hakone to Takayama and enjoy a full-day trip in the old town of Takayama in Gifu Prefecture.
The old town of Takayama has preserved many unique buildings from the Edo period, and a variety of traditional stores are located here. When you walk through these medieval-style shopping streets, you will feel like traveling back in time to the Edo period with the most Japanese atmosphere.
You can taste local specialties of Hida beef, which is from Japanese Kuroge cattle breeds raised in Gifu Prefecture for at least 14 months.
Then, you will pay a visit to the Takayama Showa-kan Museum, where you can find a celebration of pop culture from the turbulent period of Emperor Hirohito’s six-decade reign.
Stay overnight in Takayama.
Unique buildings from the Edo period in the old town of Takayama.
Day 6: Side Trip to Shirakawago
Today you will have a full-day tour to the nearby village of Shirakawago. Together with the neighboring Gokayama, Shirakawago was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995. They are famous for the traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old.
After having fun in the small village, you will get back to Takayama.
Stay overnight in Takayama.
Shirakawago is one of popular sightseeing destinations in Central Japan.
Day 7: Takayama to Hiroshima
After breakfast, you will take a bullet train to Hiroshima, a historically significant city marked by the explosion of the first atomic bomb in 1945.
You will visit the Peace Park and Memorial Museum in Hiroshima to reflect, remember, and be reminded of the power we all hold to create peace.
Stay overnight in Hiroshima.
Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.
Day 8: Side Trip to Miyajima and back to Hiroshima
Today you’ll have a day trip to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating Tori Gate that is set out in the bay.
You’ll take a ferry ride from Hiroshima to the island. There are many shrines and temples on the island. You can explore them at your own pace and have the option to hike up to Mount Misen, the Peak of Miyajima Island.
After the day trip to Miyajima, you’ll get back to Hiroshima.
Stay overnight in Hiroshima.
The famous floating Tori Gate
Day 9: Hiroshima to Kyoto
In the morning, you will take the bullet train to Kyoto, the former capital of Japan.
Your local guide will pick you up at Kyoto Station and take you to the magnificent Fushimi Inari Shrine, the most important of several thousand dedicated to the god Inari. Follow the pathway through thousands of vermilion tori gates that lead through a complex of shrines spread over a peaceful, forested hillside.
Stay overnight in Kyoto.
Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of Japan's best known Shinto shrines.
Day 10: Kyoto Tour
Today’s tour starts with a visit to Kinkakuji, one of the most famous temples in Japan. Also known as the “Golden Pavilion”, the pavilion is completely covered in handmade gold leaf. Then you will visit Ryoanji, a Zen temple that is a short distance from Kinkkakuji. You will appreciate the authentic Japanese culture in the most famous Zen garden in Japan.
After that, you will visit Kiyomizu-Dera Temple. You will be amazed by the 13-meter-high building that was built without using any nails or joiners. From the top of the temple, you can have a great view of Kyoto.
Then, you will enjoy a stroll along the busy streets of the Higashiyama district by exploring the local stores, souvenir shops, small eateries, etc. You can walk to the Yasaka Shrine, a famous shrine in Kyoto before getting to Gion District.
Close by, you will visit Gion, the most famous geisha district in Kyoto.
Stay overnight in Kyoto.
Kinkakuji, one of the most famous temples in Japan.
Day 11: Kyoto to Osaka via Nara
After breakfast, you will depart for Nara to visit Todaiji Temple and meet the famous sika deer in Nara. You can also have a leisure walk in Isuien, a prime example of a Meji-era garden.
Then, you will continue to Osaka, another major city in the Kansai region of Japan. After arrival, you can explore the Dotonbori district, which is a landmark gourmet destination. You can enjoy the food culture of Osaka here. Also, you will visit Osaka Castle to learn more about the history of Osaka.
Stay overnight in Osaka.
Feeding deer at the Nara Park in Japan.
Day 12: Osaka Departure
Say goodbye to Japan. You are free to arrange your time before taking the scheduled transfer to Kansai International Airport.
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Service Included

Private transfer and English-speaking tour guide
Bullet train (Shinkansen) tickets mentioned in the itinerary
All entrance ticket fees for sightseeings listed in the itinerary
Meals as specified in the itinerary
Hotel accommodation
Governmental taxes

Service Excluded

International flight to and out of Japan
Japan visa
Lunches and dinners as not listed in the itinerary
Tips and gratitude to the guide and driver
Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, etc.

Japan Travel Restriction

Japan tours have been reopened for international tourists on 10 June 2022. Overseas tourists can travel to Japan by taking a guided tour.

If you don’t have a re-entry permit, then you will need to apply for a new visa. You also need to register information such as quarantine, customs procedures, etc. on the official website in advance before arrival. You will need to provide an electronic certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours before travel. After successful registration, a QR code will be generated for you to use when entering Japan.

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