14 Day Tour of Japan
Make the very best of 14 days in Japan or
have us customise the template for you
This customisable 14-day tour of Japan provides variety along with a relaxing pace. It keeps travel time to a minimum so you can enjoy more of what is on offer in Japan. Because this sample tour is for just your own private group of family and friends, you can see Japan any time it suits you. This tour is a very popular as the foundation block for custom made group tours of Japan. Contact Journey to East to turn this example into your dream trip to Japan
The price will vary according to your needs (e.g number of people in your group; accommodation quality, amount of guide support etc). For the purpose of discussion, if you were to select this template (as is) for a low season tour
- Au$7,700 per person twin share for a group of 6 people
- AU$9,100 per person twin share for a group of 2 people
Fly out from Kansai International or Tokyo- Narita
Places visited: Tokyo, Kamakura, Kawaguchiko (Mt Fuji), Matsumoto, Takayama, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Miyajima, and Osaka
Group size: Min 2 people
Transport: Trains (including bullet trains and superexpress), public bus
Accommodation: 4 star hotels and equivalent Japanese style inns
Fitness level: Moderate (please refer to FAQ)
Best experiences of the culture, history and life in modern Japan
Wide choice of places to experience the variety of Japanese food
High quality, well located accommodation
Private guides commended for their knowledge & care
Experience a traditional Japanese Inn & Onsen Spa
Everything planned for you - just relax & go with the flow
Day 1: Arrival
Welcome to your 14 Day Tour of Japan. Today you arrive in Japan and transfer to your hotel in Tokyo. A Journey to the East (JttE) escort will meet you at the International Airport on your arrival to assist with your transfer to your hotel in Tokyo.
Note: Depending on your arrival time, you can take your guided tour of Tokyo on this day instead of the second day.
Day 2: Life in Downtown Tokyo
This morning, there will be a brief orientation by our Tokyo guide and you are ready to embark on your adventure in Japan. Firstly, an ‘experience of the life in downtown Tokyo’. A guided walk will take you to environs that still retain the charms of a bygone era. It is a world away from the images of the advanced technology and modern cities. You will be visiting traditional gardens through to the high fashion of modern Tokyo.
From lunchtime, you can take in some personal interests, perhaps start with an Okonomiyaki restaurant(a popular dish, Japanese answer to pizza!). Tokyo is one of the largest cities in the world and there is so much to see and chose from. Like the wonderful museums, unique street fashion, manga and anime, river cruise, history, art, architecture and so much more. Let us build some of this into your visit to Tokyo.
Day 3: Kamakura
Today you will enjoy a day trip to Kamakura, once the capital of Japan. Kamakura is only about 1 hr by train from Tokyo. The unusual Enoden train ride to this sea-side wonderland sets curiosity in motion. You will see the great Buddha that is made of brass and enjoy the streets and gardens. Each season is different so you may be surrounded by the autumn colours or visit the hydrangea temple, and at any time take in some of the most important Zen temples in Japan. All our guides will take you to the best places at the time of year you visit.
Day 4: Tokyo - free day
Tokyo is packed with things to do and see. Talk to the Journey to the East staff and they will be pleased to help you to maximise your free day. The staff will arm you with maps and instructions so you can take your pick out of the dozens opportunities. (If you would prefer to have guide today too, just let us know.)
Day 5: Kawaguchiko & Mt Fuji
Your guide will be with you as you go to Kawaguchiko which is a wonderland resort area with its own lake. Look across the lake at dawn and dusk for some of the best views of Mt Fuji. Ride the ropeway to take in even more scenery across the lake and village. You will visit the world famous kimono museum, where the architecture of the museum building alone is worth the visit. Its contents will have even the most hardened of us in awe of the workmanship in the kimonos. You will be busy here with visiting all the exhibits. Tonight you will stay in a Japanese traditional inn (roykan) with views to Mt Fuji and special kaiseki dinner.
Day 6: Matsumoto
In the morning take a little more time to check out Kawaguchiko. Later in the day you transfer to the majestic inland city of Matsumoto. Matsumoto is surrounded by mountains which create its highly acclaimed beautiful views. Matsumoto is a very pleasing city to stroll, its history and culture abound.
Day 7: Matsumoto & Takayama
In the morning your guide will show you around Matsumoto and on to the Matsumoto Castle, one of the best castles in Japan. The Matsumoto Castle is recognised as a national treasure. In the afternoon, it is a coach ride through some spectacular mountain scenery as you transfer to Takayama. Tonight you will taste Takayama’s famous ‘Hida’ beef.
Day 8: Optional Takayama or Shirakawago
Fully guided tour of the time capsule city of Takayama is on the agenda today. See the morning market and the historic streets. Takayama has some wonderful festivals and the old streets make the imagination run wild.
OR (group choice)
A fully guided tour takes you to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed farming village of Shirakawago. The village is where you will see the “A” shaped thatched farm buildings that still have residents today. An interesting day as you learn how farmers in days gone by used to cope with the extremes of weather without our modern amenities.
Day 9: Historic Kyoto
After breakfast in Takayama, it is a train ride to take you to a beautiful old capital of Kyoto. Your Kyoto guide will meet you as you arrive. Firstly a little orientation. The guide will take you to a favourite local restaurant for a light lunch.
Depending on the season you will walk some of the most famous streets in Kyoto. Perhaps the streets leading up to the Kiyomizu Temple that are packed with delightful little cafes and shops selling tasteful Kyoto memorabilia. The shops also offer superb Japanese pottery and silk goods. Naturally, your tours will be 'tuned' for you to see the best of what is available when you visit Japan.
Day 10: Arashiyama
Today you will head off on a fully guided excursion to Arashiyama and Sagano. This area abounds in natural beauty complemented by pristine rivers and mountains. Arashiyama and Sagano are also the famous origin of many of the Japanese romantic legends.
Why not enjoy a typical Kyoto lunch on the way. This area is best enjoyed by wandering with your guide through many of the Japanese gardens, bamboo groves, temples and other attractions that are commonly seen in images of Kyoto and its surrounds.
Day 11: Free Day in Kyoto
Today is a free day in Kyoto. There is so much to see. You can head off to see more of the ‘must-see’ places which millions of people from all over the world come to see, such as Nijojo Castle and Fushimi Inari Shrine. Talk to us about this day and we will provide you with a list of things to see with maps and instructions to help you get to your destinations. (If you would prefer a guide to help you get the most out of Kyoto today we can arrange that option too.)
Don’t forget to check out some of the great places to eat while in Kyoto. We can also arrange for you to attend a Japanese tea ceremony, have dinner with a maiko (trainee geisha) or attend a cooking class.
Day 12: Hiroshima
After breakfast in Kyoto, you will take the bullet train to Hiroshima. Your guide will meet you in Hiroshima and you will visit the Peace Memorial Park and the A-Bomb Museum. You will have lunch nearby in a cafe overlooking the river and the Dome.
In the afternoon you will board a ferry for a short ride as you head for the island of Miyajima. The guide will introduce you to the island and take you to accommodation for the night.
Day 13: Osaka
This morning you will be free to soak up more of wonderful Miyajima atmosphere.
Then it is back to the ferry and bullet train headed for Osaka. You can wander the streets of this very vibrant city with your Osaka guide and visit Dotonbori at light up and wander through this area where all sorts of things are on sale. A great place to stop for dinner. As you can imagine, because this is one of Japan's larger cities, there are some unique places to see and a wonderful contrast to Tokyo.
Day 14: Goodbye
This morning you will check out of the hotel after breakfast and your 14 Day Tour of Japan concludes. You can travel to Kansai International airport (about 1 hour) or return to Tokyo on the bullet train using the JR Pass that is included in your tour.
The itinerary is indicative only. This itinerary is designed to be customised to match guest's needs
Pictures on this site are representative and not a guarantee of what you will see
Does not include:
- International or domestic airfares
- Travel insurance
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
- Entry fees unless specifically stated
- Tips and gratuities (not routinely expected in Japan)
- Luggage transfers
Had a fabulous time with a great group of people. I loved the country, the culture, the people and everything about the tour – hope to do another tour with JTTE – maybe Hokkaido or Kyushu next time
Vivien Hewitt, Western Australia
This was my first trip with JTTE and already I am looking at the program for next year thinking about another one. I liked the fact that it was a small group, the organisation was spot on and the food everywhere was outstanding.
Dee Mason – NSW Australia