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Traditional & Tropical Japan

Prices from 4,300

This tour of Japan is a particular favourite with couples, especially honeymooners, or those looking for somewhere to relax at the start or end of a whirlwind trip through Japan! Experience the traditional Japan, as well as the bright lights, and subtropical islands in the south pacific region. Many of us forget that Japan is home to hundreds of tiny islands that offer a uniquely contrasting experience to that of the mainland.

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Duration: 14 Nights/15 Days
Route: Tokyo - Yudanaka Onsen - Snow Monkey Park - Matsumoto - Takayama - Kyoto (Hiroshima & Miyajima Island day trips) - Amami Ooshima - Tokyo
Traditional & Tropical Japan Self Guided Adventures


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Dates: Available all year round
Duration: 14 Nights/15 Days
Starts: Tokyo
Ends: Tokyo
Route: Tokyo - Yudanaka Onsen - Snow Monkey Park - Matsumoto - Takayama - Kyoto (Hiroshima & Miyajima Island day trips) - Amami Ooshima - Tokyo
Tour Type: Self Guided ­­­­­­with local guides in places and a detailed Travel Pack
Prices from: From €4,750 per person (based on two people sharing twin or double room)
Accommodation Category: Standard, Superior Or Deluxe Plans Available. Prices vary accordingly.


Day 1 - Tokyo Arrival

Arrive in Tokyo at Narita or Haneda Airport
Transfer to your hotel
Free time in Tokyo

Day 2 - Tokyo Guided Tour

Breakfast at your hotel
Meet your local guide at your hotel lobby
Exchange your Japan Rail Pass with guide
Full day sightseeing with guide using public transport (lunch & entrance fees to be paid on the spot) – you can choose where you go today or, if you prefer, we can recommend a route that includes the highlights and/or the hidden secrets Tokyo has to offer

Day 3 - Tokyo Free Day

Breakfast at your hotel.
Free time in Tokyo (we will provide a recommended itinerary in your Travel Pack)

Day 4 - Tokyo to Yudanaka Onsen (Snow Monkeys)

Breakfast at your hotel
Transfer to Nagano and on to Yudanaka Onsen for an overnight stay in a traditional ryokan
Visit the Snow monkeys
Traditional Japanese kaiseki dinner & onsen (hot spring bath) at your ryokan (traditional inn)

Day 5 - Yudanaka - Takayama (via Matsumoto)

Breakfast at your ryokan
Move to Matsumoto to visit one of Japans finest Samurai Castles. Continue on to Takayama in the afternoon taking in a magnificent scenic bus route. Overnight in Takayama for 2 nights.

Day 6 - Takayama

Breakfast at your ryokan
Transfer to Kyoto by Shinkansen (bullet train)
Check-in to your self-catering machiya (traditional townhouse) accommodation

Day 7 - Kyoto Guided Tour

Full-day private guide service in Kyoto
Spend the evening strolling the old streets of Pontoucho or Gion

Day 8 - Hiroshima & Miyajima Island Day Trip

Optional Day Trip to Hiroshima & Miyajima Island using your Japan Rail Pass
Morning sightseeing in Miyajima & move to Hiroshima after lunch
Afternoon sightseeing in Hiroshima
Visit the Peace Park & Memorial Museum
Return to Kyoto in the evening

Day 9 - Kyoto to Amami Island

Flight from Osaka to Amami Island
Picked up on arrival by hotel shuttle service
Relax and unwind by the beach
Dinner at your hotel

Day 10 - Amamai Island Guided Tour & Activities

Breakfast at your hotel
Amami Day Tour with local tour guide:
Canoe on Mangrove Lake / Scenic drive to lunch spot / Lunch at seafront restaurant / Glass bottom boat ride
Return to your hotel in the evening
Dinner included at your hotel

Day 11 - Amami Island Free Day

Breakfast at your hotel
Day at Leisure- relax by the pool/beach or take a trip into the local town by local bus (details will be provided)
Dinner at your hotel

Day 12 - Amami Island to Tokyo

Breakfast at your hotel
Flight from Amami Islands to Tokyo
Check into your luxury hotel in Shibuya
Walk and explore Shibuya district at night time!

Day 13 - Tokyo Free Day

Breakfast at your hotel
Day at Leisure spent walking the area as far as Harajuku, Omotesando and Yoyogi Park (best visited on a Sunday!)

Day 14 - Tokyo Departure

Breakfast at your hotel

Travel by bus to Tokyo Narita or Haneda Airport
Depart Japan

Tour Highlights

Cool Tokyo

Arrive into Tokyo to be met at the airport by a local representative who will assist you in getting the correct train or bus to your hotel in Tokyo city centre. Our local guide will meet you on your second day to show you around and give you the confidence and knowledge needed to get around on your own from today onwards.

Yudanaka Onsen & Snow Monkeys

Yudanaka Onsen has a long history. It’s been known as an onsen (hot springs baths) resort town for hundreds of years, however it has developed and has a more modern atmosphere than some of the other nearby towns. But the traditional onsen town still remains. If you walk up the gentle slope away from Yudanaka station, you’ll find yourself stepping back through time to an older Japan. Yudanaka is a short distance from Jigokudani, home to the most famous snow monkeys in Japan. These playful wild monkeys gather around an outdoor onsen found 2km along a mountain trail for their daily wash.

Nostalgic Takayama & Feudal Matsumoto

Before arriving in Takayama, you will make a brief stop in Matsumoto to visit one of Japan’s most beautifully preserved original castles. Passage from Matsumoto to Takayama is through the mountains by public bus. No matter what time of year, this scenic drive and the incredible natural beauty of the landscape is sure to blow you away. With two nights in the nostalgic town of Takayama you will enjoy meeting the locals at the morning market, visiting the folk museum, meandering around old merchant houses and streets, and seeing sake distilleries. 

The Kyoto Experience

Your next three nights will be in the ancient capital of Kyoto. Your time here will be spent visiting the World Heritage temples, gardens, and shrines. If you are interested, we can arrange for you to visit the Imperial Palace. As with all of our self-guided tours, our local Kyoto guide will spend a full day introducing you to the sights and sounds of this historic city before finishing in the Gion district at an authentic tea ceremony.

If Hiroshima and Miyajima Island were on the your list of places to visit, you can do this as a day-trip from Kyoto using the Japan Rail Pass included in your Travel Pack.

Tropical Amami Oshima

At this stage of your trip you might feeling a little weary – nothing a few nights on a tropical island can’t cure! Amami Oshima benefits from a sub-tropical climate all year round and can boastfully claim the best beaches and most scenic mountain drives in Japan. Your sea-front hotel faces out over the clear blue waters of the Pacific Ocean with white sandy beaches and the freshest food right at your doorstep. On one of your days here, we will arrange a driver/guide to come pick you up and take you on an exclusive tour of the island. You will enjoy canoeing on the forested mangrove lake and taking a glass-bottom boat trip to get up close and personal with the thousands of tiny tropical fish. If you prefer to rent a car and do your own thing, we can arrange this too. Scuba diving and other water sports can also be arranged from your hotel.

Inclusions and/or Prices

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Service Standard Superior Deluxe
Airport Transfers (Arrival & departure) Shared Transfers (Door-to-door) Shared Transfers (Door-to-door) Private Transfers (Door-to-door)
14 Nights Accommodation 3* Western (7 nights) + Standard Ryokan (4 nights) + Beach Front Hotel (3 nights) 4* Western (7 nights) + Superior Ryokan (4 nights) + Beach Front Hotel (3 nights) 5* Western (7 nights) + Deluxe Ryokan (2 nights) + Beach Front Hotel (3 Nights)
Meals 14 breakfasts + 4 dinners 9 breakfasts + 4 dinners 9 breakfasts + 4 dinners
  • Japan Rail Pass (7 day Ordinary)
  • Reserved seats on bullet train journey’s
  • Tokyo City Transport Card
  • Kyoto City Transport Card
  • Internal Flight to/from Osaka/Amami/Tokyo
  • Japan Rail Pass (7 day Ordinary)
  • Reserved seats on bullet train journey’s
  • Tokyo City Transport Card
  • Kyoto City Transport Card
  • Local taxi’s in Kyoto and Tokyo on private day tours
  • Internal Flight to/from Osaka/Amami/Tokyo
  • Japan Rail Pass (7 day Green)
  • 1st Class Reserved seats on all bullet trains
  • Chartered Vehicle to Lake Kawaguchi
  • Chartered Vehicle in Tokyo (one day)
  • Chartered Vehicle in Kyoto (one day)
  • Internal Flight to/from Osaka/Amami/Tokyo
Tokyo Guide Private/Full Day Private/Full Day Private/Full Day
Kyoto Guide Private/Full Day Private/Full Day Private/Full Day
Authentic Tea Ceremony Tea Ceremony at local Kyoto tea house Private Tea Ceremony + Geisha Meet & Greet at local Kyoto Tea House Private Tea Ceremony + Geisha Meet & Greet at local Kyoto Tea House
Amami Ooshima

Full Day Private Island Excursion with local driver

Full Day Private Island Excursion with local driver

Full Day Private Island Excursion with local driver

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Per Person Prices from:

Tour Category EUR GBP US$ AU$
Standard Twin/Double Rooms €4,299 £3,800 $4,600 $6,200
Superior Twin/Double Rooms €4,750 £4,150 $5,200 $6,800
Deluxe Twin/Double Rooms €TBC £TBC $TBC $TBC

Prices are per person and based on two people sharing a Twin or Double Room. Single room supplements apply. Triple room discounts apply. Exchange rate fluctuations may lead to price changes. All prices are based on the market exchange rates of February 2017. Peak Season Supplements may apply during Cherry Blossom Season, Autumn Leaf Season, National Holiday Weekends inside Japan however we always try our best to get you the best price available. Early booking (up to 12 months in advance) during busy seasons is highly recommended to avoid any supplements.

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4. Tour Confirmation (takes 5-7 working days upon receipt of tour deposit)


5. Manage your Booking

View your complete travel documents & manage your own booking on your own travel portal, entering details required before travel pack stage.  You may also pay the final balance securely online (or by bank transfer if preferred). No credit card fees apply.


6. Receive your Essential Travel Pack

Our custom made essential Travel Pack will be sent to your home address (worldwide) 2-3 weeks before your departure date.
If your starting date is less than 2 weeks from booking, you will receive it on arrival in Japan.


7. See you in Japan!

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Total price of this tour

Prices from 4,300 per person