Tokyo, Yudanaka, Matsumoto, Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Mount Koya, Hiroshima & Osaka
One of our most in depth tours, the Great Trail of Japan takes you from bustling Tokyo, and west to the port city of Osaka. During your journey you will see the popular sights of Mount Fuji and the Snow Monkey Park, and explore the traditional historical areas of Takayama, Shirakawago, and Kanazawa, admiring their unique architecture and history. We’ve made sure to include luggage transfers so your journey is more comfortable, and you’ll get to experience Japan’s punctual transit system. Combined with your fantastic accommodation and delicious local cuisine, this is a holiday you will never forget!
Day 01: Arrive Tokyo (-/-/-)
Arrive in bustling Tokyo. Check in to your hotel for the next three nights. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.
Day 02: Tokyo (B/-/-)
Spend the morning exploring Meiji Shrine, impressive Tokyo Tower, the beautiful Imperial East Garden, and Ginza. Return to the hotel on your own for an afternoon free at your leisure.
Day 03: Tokyo – Mount Fuji – Hakone – Tokyo (B/L/-)
Today you travel towards majestic Mount Fuji, visiting the 5th Station and Hakone Ropeway. Relax on a magnificent Lake Ashi cruise before returning to Tokyo.
Day 04: Tokyo – Nagano – Yudanaka (B/-/-)
Pack a small overnight bag as your luggage will be transferred to Takayama. Take the bullet train to Nagano and transfer to a local train to Yudanaka. Visit the popular Snow Monkey Park.
Day 05: Yudanaka – Nagano – Matsumoto (B/-/D)
Travel by local train back to Nagano where you are free to explore until it is time to take the express train to Matsumoto. Make your own way to your hotel and check in.
Day 06: Matsumoto – Takayama (B/-/-)
After breakfast you will travel by coach to beautiful Takayama. Your luggage will be waiting for you here, however you will need to back another overnight bag as tomorrow your luggage will be transferred to Kyoto.
Day 07: Takayama – Shirakawago – Kanazawa (B/-/-)
On your way Kanazawa you will stop at the World Heritage Listed Shirakawago. Explore at your own pace until it is time to take the coach to Kanazawa.
Day 08: Kanazawa (B/-/-)
Enjoy the day exploring Kanazawa including Kenrokuen Garden, a gold leaf art experience, and more.
Day 09: Kanazawa – Kyoto (B/-/-)
The morning is free for you to explore until it is time to take the express train to Kyoto. On arrival make your own way to the hotel for the next three nights.
Day 10: Kyoto (B/-/-)
In the morning you will be taken on a tour of Kyoto. Visit the beautiful temples and famous Bamboo Forest. The afternoon is free at your leisure.
Day 11: Kyoto – Nara – Kyoto (B/-/-)
Your day is free until early afternoon when you will travel to Nara to explore Todaji Temple and feed the friendly bowing deer in the Park. Return to Kyoto for the night.
Day 12: Kyoto – Mount Koya (B/-/D)
Take an overnight bag with you as your main luggage is transferred to Osaka. Transfer by train to Shin-Imamiya, then on to Gokurakubashi. On arrival you will travel by cable car to Mount Koya.
Day 13: Mount Koya – Hiroshima (B/-/-)
Transfer back to Gokurakubashi by cable car, admiring the spectacular views. You will take a train from there back to Shin Imamiya, then transfer to Shin Osaka station. Take the bullet train to Hiroshima and check in to your hotel.
Day 14: Hiroshima (B/-/-)
Enjoy the day exploring Hiroshima with a Hiroden pass, delicious Okonomiyaki and a Miyajima night cruise.
Day 15: Hiroshima – Osaka (B/-/-)
Take the bullet train to Osaka, then check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the port city at your own pace.
Day 16: Depart Osaka (B/-/-)
After breakfast the day is free at your leisure until it is time to transfer to the Airport for your onward flight.
*Please note that this tour is quite independent, travellers will often need to make their own way to and from departure points, and will also spend days exploring on their own.
Number of Days 16
Price From $6649
Prices are based on Low Season (01/01/2021 – 28/02/2021), (01/06/2021 – 30/06/2021), (01/09/2021 – 30/09/2021), (01/11/2021 – 31/12/2021). Surcharges apply for other periods.
15 nights good quality (4 star) accommodation with daily breakfast
Airport transfers (shuttle)
Train tickets as specified
Luggage transfer (Tokyo – Takayama, Takayama – Kyoto, Kyoto – Osaka)
Some meals as indicated
All transportation, daily tours and admission fees (including Kanazawa & Hiroshima pass) as specified
Professional English speaking local guides
International airfares and taxes
Tipping for guide and driver at own discretion
Peak season surcharge
Japan Visa (if applicable)
Any service not mentioned in the enclosed document
Standard Hotel Package
Standard Hotels include Tokyo Shiba Park, Hotel Kanazawa, New Miyako Kyoto (Standard Room), New Hiroden Hiroshima, Hotel New Hankyu Osaka & more.
$ Price (Twin Share)
From $6,649 per person (land only, low season)