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Discover Japan by Rail

Discover Japan by Rail

A chance to explore the country using
iconic bullet trains

A comprehensive 14 day, land only tour exploring the very best of Japan’s cultural, natural and UNESCO locations, whilst making use of the country’s efficient railways. Journey on the famous bullet train, marvel at Mt. Fuji, stroll around cultural Kyoto, and discover the renowned Golden Pavilion. Other highlights include the 250 year old historic gassho-zukuri farmhouses in Shirakawago, a magnificent traditional Japanese garden in Kanazawa, the friendly deer in Nara, and the “floating” Itsukushi-ma Shrine in Miyajima. All this and more.
Note: This tour involves a lot of walking, so a good level of fitness is required.

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Locations you will be visiting

  • Asakusa Tokyo


    Discover Japan's dazzling capital - where ancient meets modern

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  • Lake Ashi hakone japan

    Hakone, Japan

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

    1 Day

  • Itsukushima Shrine Miyajima Hiroshima Japan

    Hiroshima and Miyajima

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

    1 Day

  • Kyoto

    Explore historic sights and wander the atmospheric streets of Kyoto

    2 Days

  • Osaka Castle Autumn Osaka Japan


    An exciting and bustling city with a wide range of tasty cuisine on offer

    1 Day

  • street Takayama- Jpan


    Enjoy a scenic setting and well-preserved Edo-style streets

    1 Day

  • Kanazawa

    An intriguing city with a fascinating ancient samurai district

    2 Days


Discover Japan by Rail

14 day Tour Itinerary

An overview of your trip

DAY 1 Fly to Tokyo

Take a scheduled flight from your regional airport to Tokyo.

DAY 2 Arrive Tokyo

Upon arrival at the Tokyo airport, a representative will be waiting for you at the arrival hall. Take the shared shuttle van and transfer to the hotel in Tokyo.

DAY 3 Tokyo Full Day Tour

After breakfast at the hotel, meet with the guide at the hotel’s lobby. Enjoy the Tokyo Full Day Tour. This group tour will take you to some must-see spots in Tokyo by public transportation. You will be visiting the Imperial Palace (Niju-bridge), Asakusa area (Kaminari gate, Nakamise Shopping Street, Senso Temple), Shibuya Crossing and Hachi statue.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4 Hakone Full Day Tour

After breakfast at the hotel, meet with the guide at the hotel’s lobby. Enjoy a full day excursion in the Hakone area by public transportation.

You will be visiting Hakone Ropeway and Owaku Valley. Enjoy a cruise in Lake Ashi and marvel at the beauty of Mt. Fuji. The tour ends at the hotel.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 5 Bullet Train to Hiroshima

Meet with the guide at the hotel’s lobby after breakfast. Today, you will take a bullet train to the Hiroshima area. Upon arrival, you will meet with a local tour guide and start your half day tour in Hiroshima city by public transportation. In this area, you will be visiting the Atomic Bomb Dome, Peace Memorial Park and Peace Memorial Museum. Today you will stay close to the Peace Memorial Park.

*Luggage transfer service included (TOKYO to KYOTO)

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Train
DAY 6 Miyajima and Bullet Train to Kyoto

After breakfast at the hotel, meet with our representative in the reception area. Take the ferry to Miyajima Island. Visit Itsukushima shrine and Big Torii Gate. Try some street food in Miyajima, for example oyster croquette etc. Back to Hiroshima and we take the bullet train to Kyoto. Upon arrival, check in the hotel.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 7 Kyoto Full Day Tour

Meet the representative at the hotel’s reception and enjoy sightseeing in Kyoto. Take the local train to Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, home to thousands of torii gates and the Buddhist Sanjusangendo Temple, filled with 1001 statues of Kannon, the Goddess of mercy. Enjoy the tea ceremony at Kyoto. You will visit Kinkakuji, the Golden Temple. The tour ends at Gion area, should you prefer to continue your sightseeing by yourself.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Train
DAY 8 Nara and Osaka Full Day Tour

This morning starts with a walking tour of Nara. We take the train to Nara, the imperial capital of Japan in the 8th century, and visit the Todaiji Temple where an enormous bronze Buddha image is exhibited in the Daibutsuden Hall. We then continue to Nara Park, where over 1,200 wild shika deer roam freely. Visitors can feed with Shika-senbei, a special snack for the deer sold in the park grounds. Travel to Osaka visit Osaka Castle and Back to the hotel.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Transport: Train
DAY 9 Train to Takayama

After breakfast at the hotel, meet with the guide at the hotel’s lobby. Take a bullet train and an express train to Takayama station. Upon arrival at Takayama, enjoy a half day tour with the tour guide. You will be visiting Takayama Jinya, Old Town and Sake Tasting Experience. There is a free big communal bath in the hotel. This is free of charge for all the guests who stay in the hotel. Enjoy the natural hot spring and relax after walking a lot for the day tour.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Train
DAY 10 Bus to Kanazawa via Shirakawago

Enjoy your free time this morning in Takayama after your breakfast at the hotel. Why not visit the Takayama Morning Market held in the city center? Meet with the guide at the hotel’s lobby and travel by local bus to the world heritage listed Shirakawago, famous for the traditional Gassho-zukuri farmhouses which are more than 250 years old. Continue the journey by local bus to Kanazawa and check-in at your accommodation.

*Luggage transfer service included (TAKAYAMA to TOKYO)

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Local bus
DAY 11 Kanazawa Full Day Tour

After breakfast, enjoy a Kanazawa full day tour where you will be viisting the Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa Castle, Higashi Chaya District and have a Tea Ceremony Experience.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 12 Bullet Train to Tokyo

After breakfast, check out of the hotel. Meet with the guide and the group at the hotel’s lobby and walk to JR Kanazawa station. Take a bullet train to JR Tokyo station. Take a local train to Ikebukuro and walk to the hotel. After check out, the day is free at leisure.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Train
DAY 13 Tokyo

Day at leisure, or perhaps enjoy some optional tours in Tokyo. Please let us know what you would like to do, and we can arrange it for you.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 14 Fly to UK

Free until departure. Take a scheduled limousine bus and transfer to the airport and return to UK.

  • 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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Sample Accommodation

3★ Sunshine City Prince Hotel, Tokyo

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3★ Hotel Mystays Hiroshima Peace Park, Hiroshima

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4★ Daiwa Roynet Kyoto Ekimae PREMIER, Kyoto

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3.5★ Hearton Hotel Nishi Umeda, Osaka

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3★ Hotel Mystays Premier, Kanazawa

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3★ WAT Hotel & Spa, Takayama

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Your holiday details
Departures and Prices 2024 and 2025
Depart Return Days Price from Availability Reservation
Depart02/09/2024 Return15/09/2024 Day14 Depart£4,899 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart07/10/2024 Return20/10/2024 Day14 Depart£4,999 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart04/11/2024 Return17/11/2024 Day14 Depart£4,899 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart03/03/2025 Return16/03/2025 Day14 Depart£4,999 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart14/04/2025 Return27/04/2025 Day14 Depart£5,099 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart05/05/2025 Return18/05/2025 Day14 Depart£4,999 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart01/09/2025 Return14/09/2025 Day14 Depart£4,999 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart06/10/2025 Return19/10/2025 Day14 Depart£5,099 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart03/11/2025 Return16/11/2025 Day14 Depart£4,999 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation

Single supplement from £755
Land price from £3,899

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

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

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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