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The Golden Route

A popular course for first time visitors to Japan, The Golden Route will give you a well balanced understanding of Japanese history and culture by covering the ancient capital Kyoto, the historic Hiroshima, the World Heritage Miyajima Island, and the metropolitan Tokyo. Experiencing many first time cultural differences that will wet the appetite for a return visit! Rural ryokan retreat in the heart of the Fuji National Park and on the Unesco World Heritage Miyajima Island, both nights will give open your eyes to the real Japanese way of travel & living. If you feel like staying for longer, Matsumoto and Takayama can be added on before you return to Tokyo.

Duration: 9 Nights/10 Days (Pre or Post Nights available on request)
Route: Tokyo - Kawaguchiko or Hakone (Mt Fuji) - Kyoto - Hiroshima & Miyajima Island - Tokyo


Dates: Available all year round
Duration: 9 Nights/10 Days (Pre or Post Nights available on request)
Starts: Tokyo
Ends: Tokyo
Route: Tokyo - Kawaguchiko or Hakone (Mt Fuji) - Kyoto - Hiroshima & Miyajima Island - Tokyo
Tour Type: Self Guided ­­­­­with local guides
Prices from: From €2,800 per person sharing (See Prices Below)
Accommodation Category: 3*standard /4*superior /5*deluxe / 6*super deluxe


Private Tokyo Guide on Day 2!

After you spend your first day settling in, our local guide in Tokyo will meet you on your second day for a private tour. Whatever your interest, our bubbly guides will show you the best places to visit. If you are not sure, then don’t worry. We will give you recommendations with a list of places you shouldn’t miss!

Rural Ryokan Retreat in Fuji National Park (Hakone)

Escape from the big city and travel west to Hakone in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, famous for its striking natural beauty, natural hot springs, and stunning views of nearby Mt Fuji.

Stay in a ­traditional Japanese ryokan and feast on a delicious multi-course kaiseki dinner.

Super Speedy Shinkansen using your 7-day Japan Rail Pass

Japan is renowned for its excellent public transport infrastructure. Nothing better exemplifies this high standard than the famous shinkansen or bullet train. These trains travel at incredible speeds to deliver passengers to far-away destinations in no time at all. Ride in comfort aboard the shinkansen to Kyoto, Hiroshima, and back to your final destination, Tokyo!

If you book a superior or deluxe package, your rail pass will be upgraded to first class GREEN cabins! All trains can be pre-booked at the start, which your guide will assist with.

Explore Kyoto with a local, like a local [Full day Private Guide]

Exploring Kyoto with our expert guides, you can’t help but be taken in by the charm of the traditional wooden merchant houses or machiya (traditional townhouses) that form the façade of the street-front. As part of your tour you will have the rare and amazing chance to take part in an authentic tea ceremony in a local machiya, and walking tour of Gion with a geisha or maiko (Superior/Deluxe plans).

Afternoon tea with a Geisha – great insight into a mysterios Japanese culture

While in Gion, home of Geisha culture in Japan, you will have the rare opportunity to meet and chat with a Kyoto Maiko (young geisha). The story behind the Life of Geisha remains a mystery both inside Japan and out. Hear the tales of their daily life; why they decided to choose this path, what makes their world so different to the norm, and what their future might become. This one hour session with lovely cup of green tea and Japanese sweets, will be one of the most alluring moments of your trip. Unforgettable unimaginable beauty.

(Standard Package Golden Route will incur a supplement for this service. Contact us for details.)

Private Guide in Hiroshima & Miyajima Island

Hiroshima’s past is indelibly linked to the tragedy that befell it on August 6, 1945, when the first atomic bomb was dropped over the city. The legacy of this disaster is powerfully and poignantly kept in the Peace Memorial Park which is home to the A-Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Museum. Hiroshima is also home to Miyajima Island and Itsukushima Shrine. This small island lies less than an hour away and is particularly famous for its giant torii gate which seems to float on the water at high tide. Take a boat across the water whilst enjoying this beautiful sight and explore the shrine and the island befriending its many deer.


Tokyo (Two Nights)

Standard: Shinjuku Granbell
Superior: Keio Plaza Hotel or Hyatt Regency (standard rooms)
Deluxe: Hilton Hotel or  Hyatt Regency Hotel (Deluxe Rooms)
Super Deluxe: Park Hyatt Tokyo
[Includes breakfast, taxes and service charges. Similar standard will be used if above hotels are not available at your time of booking]

Hakone Ryokan - Japanese Style (One Night)

Standard: Odakyu Hakone Lake Hotel

Superior: Setsugetsuka

Deluxe Ryokan: Kai Hakone or Gora Hanaougi

[Includes Breakfast, Dinner & Onsen (hot spring bath)]

Kyoto (Three Nights)

Standard: Daiwa Royal Hotel Kyoto
Superior: The Kyoto Century Hotel
Deluxe: The Thousand or The Okura Hotel
Super Deluxe: Ritz Carlton Kyoto, Four Seasons, or Hoshinoya

[Includes breakfast, taxes and charges]

Miyajima Island (One Night)

Standard: Miyajima Seaside Hotel

Superior: Arimoto Miyajima

Deluxe/Super Deluxe: Kuroyado Ryokan

[Includes breakfast & Japanese style dinner]

Tokyo (Two Nights)

Standard: Centurion Hotel Akasaka
Superior: Akasaka or Shibuya Excel Hotel
Deluxe: Okura Prestige or Hoshinoya
Super Deluxe: Okura Heritage

[Includes breakfast daily / if you prefer to stay in a different area inside Tokyo, just ask!]


Whats included


Airport Transfers (Arrival & departure)Shared Transfers (Door-to-door)Shared Transfers (Door-to-door)Private Transfers (Door-to-door)
9 Nights Accommodation3* Western (7) +  Standard Ryokan (2)4* Western (7 ) + Superior Ryokan (2)5* Western (7) + Deluxe Ryokan (2)
Meals9 breakfasts + 2 dinners9 breakfasts + 2 dinners9 breakfasts + 2 dinners
  • Japan Rail Pass (7 day Ordinary)
  • Reserved seats on bullet train journey’s
  • Hakone Sightseeing Pass & Express Train Ticket
  • Tokyo City Transport Card
  • Kyoto City Transport Card
  • Japan Rail Pass (7 day Green)
  • Reserved seats on bullet train journey’s
  • Hakone Sightseeing Pass & Express Train Ticket
  • Tokyo City Transport Card
  • Kyoto City Transport Card
  • Local taxi’s in Kyoto and Tokyo on private day tours
  • Japan Rail Pass (7 day Green)
  • 1st Class Reserved seats on all bullet trains
  • Private Car with driver & guide to Hakone
  • Private Car with driver & guide around Tokyo (one day)
  • Private Car with driver & guide around Kyoto
  • Local Taxi’s in Hiroshima
Tokyo GuidePrivate/Full DayPrivate/Full DayPrivate/Full Day
Kyoto GuidePrivate/Full DayPrivate/Full DayPrivate/Full Day
Authentic Tea CeremonyTea Ceremony at local Kyoto tea housePrivate Tea Ceremony + Geisha Meet & Greet at local Kyoto Tea HousePrivate Tea Ceremony + Geisha Meet & Greet at local Kyoto Tea House
Hiroshima & Miyajima Guide

Private/Full Day

Private/Full Day

Private/Full Day + Transport
UJT’s Essential Travel PackReceived 2 weeks prior to departureReceived 2 weeks prior to departure Received 2 weeks prior to departure

2020 Per Person Prices from:

Standard (3*)€2,800~£2,400~$3,150~$4,565~
Superior (4*)€4,400~£3,784~$4,950~$7,175~
Deluxe (5*)€6,880~£5,900~$7,730~$11,200~
Prices are per person and based on two people sharing a Twin or Double Room. Single room supplements apply. Exchange rate fluctuations may lead to price changes. Peak Season Supplements may apply during Cherry Blossom Season, Autumn Leaf Season, National Holiday Weekends inside Japan however it is always our aim to keep prices as advertised. To avoid supplements, early booking is recommended.

How to Book

Step 1: Booking Deposit


By paying your deposit today, you:

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  • Allow UJT team book all services
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Step 2: Book Your Flight

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Step 3: Final Payment Due 8 Weeks Prior

Your Essential UJT Travel pack will be couriered to your home address 2 weeks prior.


Step 4: See you in Japan!

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