Sep 30, 2020
Roundtrip airfare from North America on Cathay Pacific Airlines
13 nights accommodation in moderate, first class or first class upgraded hotels
Japan Rail ordinary pass
Breakfast as per itinerary
Visas if required
Items of a personal nature
Meals not specifically noted in the itinerary
All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified
About this Trip
This 15-day Japanese vacation takes advantages of the Japan Rail pass to whisk you across the main island of Honshu. It can feature moderate or first-class accommodations depending on preferences, tailor-made excursions, and is perfect for travellers wanting to explore at their own pace.
Your trip to Japan begins in Tokyo, the nation’s capital and the largest city. There are futuristic cities and then there is Tokyo, a mind-blowing showcase of state-of-the-art technology, world-class transit, and looming skyscrapers all next to ancient temples and remnants of the imperial past. You’ll have two full days in Tokyo to explore the city and see its collection of landmarks, from grand temples like Senso-ji and the Meiji Shrine to the futuristic landscapes of Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Akihabara “Electric Town,” where manga, video games, and pop culture reign supreme. While in Tokyo, you’ll also head on two day trips to nearby temple towns. One day, head south to Kamakura, the lovely costal town that’s home to the Great Buddha and Hokoku-ji Temple alongside sandy beaches. The next day, head north to Nikko to see Toshogu, Japan’s most lavish shrine and the mausoleum for the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate.
From Tokyo, ride the rails into the Japanese Alps and the Hida region where you’ll find the small town of Takayama, one of the loveliest spots in all of Japan. Visit the Yatai Kaikan Museum to see the festival floats that are the highlight of the spring festival each year, and head down Kami Sannomachi Street to see the old wooden houses and sake breweries that define the town. Turn south and take the train to Kyoto, the former imperial capital and Japan’s most beautiful city. You’ll have two full days to see its many temples and imperial sights, from Nijo Castle and the Kyoto Imperial Palace to the golden pavilion of Kinkaku-ji and the thousand orange-red torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine, which climbs a mountain in the city’s east.
Day 1: Depart North America
Depart North America today for your flight to Tokyo, Japan
Day 2: Arrive Tokyo
Day 3: Explore Tokyo
Day 4: Visit Kamakura
Today, Kamakura is a small city and a very popular tourist destination. Sometimes called the Kyoto of Eastern Japan, Kamakura offers numerous temples, shrines and other historical monuments. In addition, Kamakura's sand beaches attract large crowds during the summer months. Top attractions include the Great Buddha, Hokokuji Temple, hiking trails and Enoshima beach just to name a few. You will return to Tokyo for your overnight.
Day 5: Visit Nikko
Day 6: Tokyo
Day 7: Tokyo to Takayama
Day 8: Takayama to Kyoto
Day 9: Explore Kyoto
Today is free for you to explore Kyoto. We can prearrange a Kyoto walking or biking tour if you prefer, just chat with our Asia experts to add it to your program.
Day 10: Nara
Day 11: Visit Osaka
Day 12: Kyoto
Today is your last full day in Kyoto, to explore free and easy. Overnight in Kyoto.
Day 13: Kyoto to Hiroshima
Day 14: Hiroshima to Tokyo
Day 15: Depart Tokyo
Today make your own way to the airport for your onward flight. If you would like to extend any part of your stay, please inquire with our team.
Inquire about this Trip
If the city visited does not offer the class of hotel (moderate, first class or first class upgraded / deluxe) for the program, the best possible option was chosen. Please chat with you Asia Experts on the options available.
Please chat with our Asia Experts about upgrading your rail pass to the green pass which allows for some extra benefits. Green cars offer larger seats, more foot space and enhanced board service, and they tend to be less crowded than ordinary cars. They are available on most shinkansen and limited express trains and on a small number of local trains. Many travelers find the size and foot room of ordinary seats sufficient, but those who wish to have additional luxury, should go for the green car.
The pass is valid on almost all trains operated on the nationwide network of JR (Japan Railways), including shinkansen, limited express, express, rapid and local trains. Below is a map showing the major train lines that can be used with the pass.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.