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Essential Japan Self Guided Tour tour - 9 Days

Enjoy your freedom exploring Japan

Tour Prices

fr £1226pp

fr £1431pp

Valid between:

  • 01/07/2017 - 31/12/2017

Rates based on twinshare

Price includes

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast daily, 2 dinners
  • PASMO Transport Pass for Days 2 and 7
  • 3-Day Hakone Free Pass from Day 4
  • Train Shinjuku to Hakone-Yumoto Station, Day 4
  • Bullet Train Odawara Station - Kyoto Station Day 6

Not included

  • International flights & visas

International flights not included unless otherwise stated

Essential Japan Self Guided TourJapan is a truly timeless country and a place where traditions are fused with modern life like nowhere else as if it were the most natural thing in the world. And on this nine day self-guided tour, which begins in Tokyo and ends in Kyoto, you will see so many stunning sights. After spending time exploring the fascinating capital city you travel to Hakone before taking the world famous bullet train to Kyoto. This tour is just perfect for the intrepid traveller.

Full Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Tokyo

On arrival at Tokyo airport you will be met by one of our tour representatives who will help you with your transport into the city - either by train or shuttle bus. After arriving at your hotel and checking in, relax after the journey then the remainder of the day and evening is free for you to go out and explore and sample some of the nightlife and restaurants. You have two more full days in the capital city so there is plenty of time to get to know it.

Day 2: Tokyo

Today you are free to explore the city with your included PASMO freedom pass. Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultra modern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding woods. The Imperial Palace sits amid large public gardens. The city's many museums offer exhibits ranging from classical art (in the Tokyo National Museum) to a reconstructed kabuki theatre (in the Edo-Tokyo Museum).

Day 3: Tokyo

Another memorable day exploring one of the largest cities on the planet. The Tokyo of today offers its visitors a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture and dining. The city's history can be appreciated in districts such as Asakusa and in the many excellent museums, ancient temples and colourful gardens. And contrary to common perception, Tokyo also offers a number of attractive green spaces in the city centre and within relatively short train rides at its outskirts.

Day 4: Tokyo to Hakone

Start by boarding the train to Hakone, the gateway to Mount Fuji and its surrounding national park. This small town is famous for its onsen, or natural hot springs, and has natural beauty in abundance. In Hakone you will stay in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese-style inn complete with tatami mats, shoji rice paper sliding doors, and onsen baths. In the evening, relax in a yukata (lightweight kimono) while enjoying a dinner of kaiseki ryori, a Japanese multi-course meal before turning in on the traditional futon.

Day 5: Hakone

Today your Hakone Freepass will give you the opportunity to get around the area and visit the many attractions that the region has to offer. Hakone, in Japan's Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park west of Tokyo, is a mountainous town known for its hot springs resorts (onsen) and views of the iconic volcano Mount Fuji. It also encompasses Hakone Shrine, a Shinto shrine with a red “torii” gate overlooking Lake Ashi, which can be toured by boat, as well as the boiling sulphur springs of the Owakudani Valley.

Day 6: Hakone to Kyoto

There may be time for one final soak in the onsen this morning before travelling to the station in Hakone to board the world-famous shinkansen (bullet train) heading to Japan’s cultural capital, Kyoto, which is home to around 2,000 shrines and temples, including 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. On arrival at Kyoto check in to your hotel then the rest of the day is at leisure for you to go out and explore the city possibly trying the local dishes at one of the many excellent restaurants.

Day 7: Kyoto

Your included transport pass covers all of Kyoto, so now is the time to time to get out a map and start your adventures in Japan's cultural hotspot. Kyoto, once the capital of Japan, is a city on the island of Honshu. It's famous for its numerous classical Buddhist temples, as well as gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. It’s also known for formal traditions such as kaiseki dining, consisting of multiple courses of precise dishes, and geisha, female entertainers, often found in the Gion district.

Day 8: Kyoto

Another whole day when you are free to explore Kyoto. Over the centuries, the city was was destroyed by many wars and fires, but due to its historic value, Kyoto was dropped from the list of target cities for the atomic bomb and spared from air raids during World War Two. Because of this, countless temples and shrines and other historically priceless structures survive in the city today. You also have the option of visiting Nara, the ancient capital of Japan, which is a short train ride from Kyoto.

Day 9: Depart Kyoto

Time today for some more sightseeing or shopping in the city before taking the shuttle to Kansai International Airport to catch an onward flight and extend your stay in Japan, or begin your journey back home. This action-packed tour is perfect for the independent traveller who likes to explore on his or her own without being in the confines of a group. With hotels, meals and travel passes included, it is a great way of experiencing the beauty, history and culture of Japan.