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Japan Golden Route

Group Tour

Japan Golden Route

Discover some of Japan's cultural and historical treasures

As its name suggests, Japan’s Golden Route visits a range of destinations from the exciting, bustling capital city of Tokyo, the picturesque and ancient capital of Kyoto, and Japan’s most renowned city, Hiroshima. Tokyo, host to the 2020 Olympic Games, offers the most modern shopping experience while still being home to historic, elegant buildings and temples. Mt. Fuji, with its single snowy peak, is another impressive, breathtaking location. On a clear day, the views are simply incredible. The cities of Kyoto, famous for its serene, charming vistas, and Hiroshima, where you can learn about its momentous history at the Peace Museum, provide much interest and enjoyment. Finally, the island of Miyajima will offer you a wonderful insight into Japan’s natural life.

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Locations you will be visiting

  • Asakusa Tokyo

    Tokyo, Japan

    Discover the sights and traditions for Tokyo with this handy destination guide.

    3 Days

  • Lake Ashi hakone japan

    Hakone, Japan

    Discover the sights and traditions for Hakone with this handy destination guide.

    1 Day

  • Kinkakuji Temple The Golden Pavilion Kyoto japan

    Kyoto, Japan

    Discover the sights and traditions for Kyoto with this handy destination guide.

    3 Days

  • Itsukushima Shrine Miyajima Hiroshima Japan

    Hiroshima and Miyajima, Japan

    Hiroshima, rebuilt after World War II, and stunning Miyajima island, are among the most visited spot...

    1 Day


Japan Golden Route

10 day Tour Itinerary

An overview of your trip

DAY 1 Fly to Tokyo

Take a scheduled flight from your regional UK airport to Tokyo.

  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 2 Arrive Tokyo

An English-speaking assistant will meet you at the customs exit at Narita or Haneda Airport, and help you to board an airport shuttle bus that will take you to your accommodation. Check-in for the duration of your time in Tokyo,

DAY 3 Tokyo Edo Morning tour

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel to join the Tokyo Edo Morning Tour, departing from the Keio Plaza Hotel. Drive past the National Diet Building, the centre of the Japanese Government and the Imperial Palace, the residence of the Emperor of Japan. Visit the Tsukiji Outer Fish Market, which contains a mixture of wholesale and retail stalls. Continue to Tokyo Skytree Town (access to Tembo Deck is not included and is subject to additional charge payable locally). Visit Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street. The tour will finish at approximately 13:15 in Asakusa, and the guide can advise you on how to return to the hotel by public transport. Your afternoon is free at leisure to explore this wonderful city further.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 4 Full Day Excursion to Nikko

Breakfast at your hotel will be followed by the full day Nikko World Heritage Tour. Visit Nikko Toshogu Shrine, the final resting place of the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for over 250 years and a part of Nikko UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a Japanese style lunch, followed by a trip to Lake Chuzenji, a scenic lake located in Nikko National Park. See the mesmerising 97 metre high Kegon Falls, before returning to Shinjuku, where the tour ends.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 5 Tokyo to Mt. Fuji and Hakone

Prepare an overnight bag for your night in Hakone, as your main suitcase will be transferred directly from Tokyo to Kyoto. After breakfast, you will be picked up from your accommodation and head to Mt. Fuji’s 5th Station by coach. Start the ascent up Mt. Fuji via the Fuji Subaru Line, and climb 2,300 metres above sea level for breathtaking views from above the clouds. Enjoy a Japanese style lunch, followed by a sightseeing cruise on picturesque Lake Ashi. Travel on to the Mt. Komagatake Ropeway, and discover the spiritual Hakone Shrine Mototsumiya (original shrine), before ending the day at your accommodation in Hakone.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Transport: Drive
DAY 6 Hakone to Kyoto

Enjoy your breakfast, then transfer to Odawara Station for your bullet train to Kyoto. Upon arrival, our English speaking representative will meet and assist you in getting to your accommodation. In the afternoon, spend time at Nara Park and the Todai-ji Temple (Great Buddha). This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the symbol of the Nara Period and one of the world’s largest wooden structures. Visit the Kasuga Taisha Shrine, also designated as a World Heritage Site, and Nara Nagomikan. Drop-off services to hotels in Kyoto are available.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Train
DAY 7 Day Tour of Kyoto

Today is filled with a day tour of Kyoto by coach. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Nijo Castle, completed in 1626, and the Kinkaku-ji Temple, where the wooden structure is covered in thin layers of gold and is surrounded by a beautiful pond. Next is the Kyoto Imperial Palace, which used to be the residence of Japan’s Imperial Family until 1868, (or Kitano Tenmangu Shrine when the Imperial Palace is closed). Enjoy a Japanese / Western style buffet lunch before moving on to the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine. The impressive Sanjusangendo Temple, the world’s longest wooden structure, housing 1,001 life-size statues of Buddhist Kannon deities dating back to the 13th century is next, followed by your final stop, and a superb view of Kyoto from the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, a World Heritage Site.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 8 Day Tour to Hiroshima

Following breakfast at the hotel, join a full day tour to Hiroshima by bullet train. Upon arrival walk to the meeting point at Granvia Hiroshima where you will be transferred to Miyajimaguchi. From here go to Miyajima Port, and take the ferry to Miyajima to visit the Itsukushima Shrine , a World Heritage Site. Established in the 6th century it is famous for its beautiful Shinden-zukuri style structure. There will be time for lunch at own expense before returning to Miyajima Port and Miyajimaguchi by ferry, and on to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum by coach. This large-scale park was established in 1949 after the Pacific War ended, and it’s a symbol of peace. Return to Hiroshima Station, for a bullet train to Kyoto Station, where drop off services to designated hotels in Kyoto are available.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 9 Kyoto

A full day free at leisure to explore Kyoto and relax before returning to the UK tomorrow.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 10 Fly to UK

Perhaps spend time on that last-minute souvenir shopping before your transfer by shuttle bus to Kansai International Airport, Osaka.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
Optional Extras - Cultural Experiences

There is some free time in your itinerary for you to explore on your own, or treat yourself to an excursion. Use the links below to create a to-do list, or, if you’d prefer us to book you onto one of these or any other excursions, please let us know when booking your tour.

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    Japan: Dinner with Maiko, Kyoto

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    Japan: Kyoto Sagano Bamboo Grove and Arashiyama Walking Tour

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    Ninja Wifi, Japan

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  • Calligraphy Japan

    Japan: Calligraphy and Meditation

    Relax your mind and soul at a Buddhist temple overnight. Try ancient writing technique of Calligraphy join the monks for meditation in the morning.

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Sample Accommodation

4★ Hotel Metropolitan, Tokyo

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4★ Yumoto Fujiya, Hakone

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3★ Karasuma Hotel, Kyoto

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What's included:
  • International flights
  • Accommodation
  • English speaking guides
  • Transfers
  • Transportation
  • Baggage transfer for one piece
  • Meals as specified
  • Airport taxes
  • Local tips
  • Personal spending
  • Travel insurance

Please Note: This tour is based on joining day tours with other passengers and group sizes may vary.

Departures vary, usually 2-3 times a week

Prices from £3,299 per person
Single supplement from £575
Land only from £2,599

(without international flights)

Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 12 weeks before departure.

When making an enquiry or reservation we will request your contact details, however no payment will be required at this stage. We will contact you for payment details and to confirm your booking, your details and the details of those travelling with you along with any extras you’d like to add.


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