9-Day Tour in Japan

Day 1 International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Japan.

Day 2 Tokyo

Arriving in Japan you're met by a representative who will pick you up to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day relaxing after your long flight.

Day 3 Tokyo

Make use of any lingering jet lag and visit the early morning Tsukiji Fish Market. Buzzing with life, this is the biggest fish market in the world. The rest of the day will be spent exploring the busy metropolis at your own pace. We recommend following an easy route around the city which takes in the Imperial Palace, pretty Hamarikyu Gardens, the Asakusa Kannon Temple and the Meiji Jingu Shrine in Harajuku.

Day 4 Tokyo

Spend the day exploring Kamakura, a pretty seaside town which was once Japan's capital and is home to the Great Bronze Buddha. You can take the train there unaccompanied - trains depart regularly from Tokyo and the journey takes an hour and a quarter. There are many temples and shrines which you can visit here; one of our favourites is the Hase Kannon Temple.

Day 5 Kyoto

Today travel by bullet train to Kyoto, home to some of Japan's most important works of art, its richest culture and its most refined cuisine. After leaving your bags at your hotel, we recommend that you set off for the north west of the city to see some of the iconic sights, including the Golden Pavilion.

Day 6 Kyoto

A whole day at leisure to explore Kyoto. We suggest starting at Nijo Castle, visiting a few covered markets and the Nishiki-dori food market to sample some Japanese delicacies such as squid, octopus, eel and matcha powder sweets. Wander the narrow streets of Gion, the Geisha district, and visit a few of Kyoto's most iconic temples and shrines nearby.

Day 7 Kyoto

Make use of your rail pass and take the bullet train (a journey of just over two and a half hours) to Hiroshima to explore the moving Peace Park and Memorial Museum. Be sure to stop for a lunch of the local speciality of okonomiyaki (a gourmet savoury pancake eaten with cabbage and many other different ingredients).

Day 8 Tokyo

Today we suggest taking a day trip to nearby Nara, Japan's ancient capital and celebrated for its Giant Buddha and Todaiji Temple. Returning to Kyoto visit Fushimi Inari Shrine to see its 'tunnels' of red torii gates swirling up the hillside. The journey can be made independently and the train journey each way lasts just under an hour. Return to Tokyo in the afternoon/early evening for a final night in the capital.

Day 9 International return flight

Take the shared airport shuttle bus to the airport for your return flight. The shuttle collects you from your hotel. Your return flight will arrive the same day.