16 Days Japan Extensive Tour

Set on a 16 day journey across Japan and tour Tokyo, Nikko, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima and so much more. Use efficiently and conveniently your JR Pass for your transfers, and stay connected with a portable WiFi device.

16 Days
Hyogo, Nara, Ishikawa, Kanagawa, Hiroshima, Tochigi, Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo

Highlights

  • Explore the bustling nation's capital
  • Travel further across the country, and visit the top destinations: Nikko, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Hiroshima and more
  • Convenient JR Pass as well as a portable WiFi device included

Description

Explore the Land of the Rising Sun in depth by joining our 16 Days Japan Extensive Tour. Start off in Tokyo, and see what this colorful, cosmopolitan metropolis has to offer in culture, history, entertainment, shopping, gastronomy. Take a day trip to Nikko, with designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. Tour Kamakura as well, see its famous Great Buddha and try local delicacies. Kanazawa and its top highlights are also in your itinerary. Stroll in Kenrokuen, considered one of the three top Japanese gardens in the country, and check out the craftsmanship of golden leaf. Move to western Japan, and tour elegant Kyoto, and ancient Nara. Try as much of the local cuisine as you can while in Osaka, known as the gourmet capital of Japan. You will also visit Hiroshima, world-wide symbol of peace, and the picturesque Miyajima Island and its "floating" sacred "torii" gate. 

Details

Itinerary

Day 1: Tokyo
Welcome to the Land of the Rising Sun! Arrive at Haneda International Airport and transfer by train to your hotel for check-in. relax for the rest of the day - you may for example explore the bustling Shinjuku area with its multiple shops and restaurants, 
Accommodation: Hotel Mystays Premier Hamamatsucho or similar class

Day 2: Tokyo
Day dedicated to exploring the capital. First stop: Asakusa. You will see the famous Senso-ji temple and the whole neighborhood in which it is inserted, which has maintained an atmosphere reminiscent of old Tokyo with its traditional craft shops and street-food stalls not to be missed. Enjoy this fascinating part of Tokyo and take beautiful souvenir photos. You will then move to the famous Meiji Shrine, to follow with an exploration of Harajuku - famous for quirky modern and contemporary Japanese fashion as well as design and architecture. Finally you will head to Odaiba, an artificial island in Tokyo Bay that in the evening offers a very suggestive view of the Sumida River, the illuminated city of Tokyo and the Rainbow Bridge. In Odaiba you will also visit the spectacular teamLab Borderless digital art museum.
Accommodation: Hotel Mystays Premier Hamamatsucho or similar class

Day 3: Nikko
Today you will independently visit Nikko, a beautiful mountain area in Tochigi Prefecture, just 2 hours by train from Tokyo, unique for its forests and main attractions. Among these you will see the famous Toshogu Shrine, a mausoleum dedicated to the founder of the last shogunate of Japan and a designated UNESCO Heritage site, the 100-meter-high Kegon waterfalls and the Kanmangafuchi Abyss, which offers dramatic and unforgettable views. You will spend a day in a completely different and enchanting reality of Japan to return to Tokyo in the evening.
Accommodation: Hotel Mystays Premier Hamamatsucho or similar class

Day 4: Kamakura
On this day you will visit the main attractions of the beautiful Kamakura, the ancient capital of Japan located near the sea. Here you can see the impressive Hachimangu Shrine, the largest and most important Shinto shrine in the prefecture. You will stroll down Komachi Dori, a narrow street full of quality souvenir shops and typical restaurants, and also visit the unmissable Big Buddha of Kamakura. You will then return to Tokyo at the end of the day.
Accommodation: Hotel Mystays Premier Hamamatsucho or similar class

Day 5: Tokyo and Kanazawa
Before moving to Kanazawa on the shinkansen bullet train, visit two more Tokyo's neighborhoods: Akihabara, and Ginza. The former became popular as the center for electronics stores and the famous Japanese manga (Naruto, One Piece, DragonBall and many more), while the latter became the home of luxury commercials and high-end restaurants. Ginza is particularly recommended for trying excellent ramen noodles! Once you arrive in Kanazawa, check in at your hotel and explore the city a bit as you please. We recommend, for example, the Ninjadera Temple with its hidden passages and secret chambers, designed in due time to escape and defend against enemy attacks.
Accommodation: The square hotel KANAZAWA or similar class

Day 6: Kanazawa
Day dedicated to the exploration of Kanazawa, home of history, culture and art. First visit the Omicho Market, famous for the quality fish which Kanazawa is very famous for. Spend the rest of the day visiting the most important destinations, including Kanazawa Castle and Kenrokuen Garden considered one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan. Immerse yourself in the small alleys of the typical geisha districts and tea houses, including the popular Higashi Chaya district, which projects visitors into ancient Japan. Here you will also find beautiful local craft souvenir shops created using special golden leaves. Be enchanted by the atmosphere of Kanazawa!
Accommodation: The square hotel KANAZAWA or similar class

Day 7: Kyoto
Today your guide will accompany you on this day to discover some of the most beautiful gems in the city. You will see some of the most important temples passing through the beautiful streets of the geisha district of Gion, famous all over the world for the traditionally preserved wooden structures and small boutiques of local sweets that guide visitors to the Kiyomizudera Temple, one of the most impressive and famous in all Japan!
Accommodation: Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto or similar class

Day 8: Kyoto and Uji
Today you will independently visit the "Golden Pavilion Temple", the old seat of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu who later transformed it into a Buddhist temple. The building is covered in gold leaves and offers a breathtaking experience for all those who see it for the first time. Return by bus to Kyoto station and continue to the small town of Uji just a couple of stops away, famous for green tea and its UNESCO sites including the majestic Byodoin Buddhist Temple, where you can visit the famous Salone della Fenice is a beautiful museum that contains impressive national treasures and spectacular cultural works of art!
Accommodation: Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto or similar class

Day 9: Kyoto
Immerse yourself in the Arashiyama bamboo forest and enjoy a walk through the famous forest paths. Among the many unmissable attractions in the area, you can also visit the Tenryuji Zen temple, a UNESCO heritage site and an excellent place of perfect peace and tranquility, as well as the Monkey Park, where you can see the funny attitudes of the monkeys that freely roam in this natural reserve!
Accommodation: Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto or similar class

Day 10: Nara
Today you will explore Nara, where you will be greeted by the adored deer of Nara Park and where you can visit the giant Todaiji Temple, another treasure of Japan with its Great Buddha Hall. Also recommended are the Isuien Garden and the 5-storey pagoda, as attractions not to be missed! Return to Kyoto at the end of the day.
Accommodation: Yadoya Kikokuso or similar class

Day 11: Hiroshima
Have breakfast at your ryokan and move to Hiroshima, a city rich in history. Check in to your new accommodation and visit the most important destinations in the city, including the Memorial Peace Park, Shukkeien Park and Hiroshima Castle. In the latter you will find a museum on the fascinating history of the castle and the old castles of Japan in general. Do not miss the panoramic view of the city observable from the top floor! Then enjoy the downtown of Hiroshima, in particular Hondori Street, a road closed to traffic full of shops and excellent restaurants where you can try okonomiyaki, the highlight of the local cuisine!
Accommodation: Hotel Granvia Hiroshima or similar class

Day 12: Miyajima
Today take the ferry from Hiroshima, usable with the JR Pass, which will take you to the fantastic island of Miyajima. Relax by immersing yourself in a magical atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, one of the most famous symbols of Japan in the world as it was built to make it appear to float in the water. If time permits, then take the cable car to Mount Misen, which offers an excellent view from above! At the foot of the mountain you will also find the beautiful Daisho-in Buddhist temple.
Accommodation: Hotel Granvia Hiroshima or similar class

Day 13: Osaka
Today you will leave towards Osaka. Check in to your hotel and begin your visits to the fantastic attractions that this city has to offer. Start with Osaka Castle, one of the most famous in all of Japan, where you can take a nice walk inside its park and admire the excellent architecture of the building. Then go and explore the Namba, Shinsekai and Dotonbori areas, entertainment, and excellent cuisine centers where you can enjoy the action and regional cuisine renowned throughout the country! Takoyaki, okonomiyaki and koshikatsu are particularly recommended dishes.
Accommodation: Hotel Elsereine Osaka or similar class

Day 14: Himeji
Today you will visit Himeji! You will see the world famous Himeji Castle, a cultural jewel of Japan and one of the most historic castles in the country as the first to be named a UNESCO Cultural Heritage. You will then continue to the well-known Japanese-style garden Kokoen, made up of 9 interconnected gardens that recreate wonderful landscapes where you can relax, have a cup of tea and enjoy the scenery in peace. Before returning to Osaka at the end of the day you can decide whether to stop halfway to admire the Akashi Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the world!
Accommodation: Hotel Elsereine Osaka or similar class

Day 15: Back in Tokyo
Start the day by visiting the vast, wonderfully manicured Gyoen Park with its beautiful Japanese gardens. Continue with the most panoramic view of Tokyo by purchasing a ticket for the Roppongi Hills observatory in the middle of the skyscrapers, where you will have a 360 ° view of the city and Mount Fuji in the distance. In the same building, if you wish, you can also visit the Japanese contemporary art museum Mori Art for free. In the evening, go and explore the center of the lively and beloved Shibuya with its iconic attractions known all over the world, including the statue of the popular dog Hachiko, the famous busiest pedestrian crossing in the world and much more!
Accommodation: Hotel Mystays Premier Hamamatsucho

Day 16: End of the Tour
Today is the day of the return to your country of residence and we advise you to arrive at the airport at least 2 hours in advance. Have a good trip!

Important information

Included in price

  • 14 nights of hotel accommodation, with breakfast included in Osaka hotel (Day 14, Day 15)
  • 1 night in ryokan, Japanese style accommodation, with breakfast included
  • 14 day JR Pass
  • 16 days portable WiFi device
  • Guide in Kyoto (Day 7)
  • teamLab Borderless ticket

Not included

  • International flights
  • Expenses for travel not covered with the JR Pass
  • Entrance fees to temples and other paid attractions not included in the package
  • Meals (except those mentioned as included)
  • Tourist tax for some hotels and ryokan
  • Personal expenses

Tour price: 275,000 yen per person, based on tripple room occupancy.
Minimum of three persons are required for this tour to run.
For further details and questions, contact us at <tours@japantravel.com>

Meeting point

Tokyo International Airport

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Organised by Japan Travel KK

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