Japan Golden Route Tour 14 nights

The golden route to explore Japan.  You will begin in Tokyo, where you spend 3 nights before transferring to Hakone. Then, you will travel to the Chubu Alps area to visit Takayama, and continue to Kanazawa city via Shirakawago. Next, you will head to Kyoto, and visit Hiroshima. The tour ends in Osaka. You can also choose to reverse the route and start in Osaka.


Start Tokyo
Finish Osaka
Destinations Tokyo, Hakone, Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Himeji, Osaka
Length 14 days 15 nights
Theme Explorer


Day Place Hotel Room Meal
Day 1 Arrival - Tokyo Tokyu Stay Shinjuku Standard Twin -/-/-
Day 2 Tokyo Tokyu Stay Shinjuku Standard Twin B/-/-
Day 3 Tokyo Tokyu Stay Shinjuku Standard Twin B/-/-
Day 4 Tokyo - Hakone Hotel Okada Japanese room B/-/D
Day 5 Hakone-Takayama Iori Stay (Tenman or Takayama) Japanese house B/-/-
Day 6 Takayama Iori Stay (Tenman or Takayama) Japanese house B/-/-
Day 7 Takayama-Kanazawa Mitsui Garden Hotel Kanazawa Superior Twin B/-/-
Day 8 Kanazawa-Kyoto The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Shijo Standard Twin B/-/D
Day 9 Kyoto The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Shijo Standard Twin B/-/-
Day 10 Kyoto The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Shijo Standard Twin B/-/-
Day 11 Kyoto The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Shijo Standard Twin B/-/-
Day 12 Kyoto-Himeji-Hiroshima Hotel Granvia Hiroshima Standard Twin B/-/-
Day 13 Hiroshima Hotel Granvia Hiroshima Standard Twin B/-/-
Day 14 Hiroshima-Osaka Cross Hotel Osaka Standard Twin B/-/-
Day 15 Departure B/-/-

Tour rate

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Day 1: Arrival in Tokyo

We will arrive at Tokyo NRT/HND airport via an international flight.

Included Services
  • Meet and Greet - English speaking assistant meet and greet at the airport
  • Aiport transfer - NRT airport to hotel in Tokyo
Optional Services
  • Assistant to accompany you to your hotel - 5,000 JPY per group
  • Keio Plaza Hotel or similar (3 nights)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Day 2: Day tour in Tokyo

Today we will explore the city center of Tokyo. Visit Asakusa and Sensoji Temple, Hamarikyu Garden, Edo-Tokyo Museum, and Akihabara Electric Town.

Day 3: Day tour in Tokyo

Tour in the west Tokyo area. In the morning we will visit Meiji Shrine and Harajuku Street. After lunch, visit Nezu Museum. End your day in the Shibuya area to see the Shibuya Crossing.

Day 4: Hakone day tour

Travel to Hakone, a town famous for hot springs and Mt. Fuji views. Visit the Hakone Open-Air Museum, enjoy a cruise on Lake Ashinoko, and admire the great Mt. Fuji from the summit of Komagatake (Komagatake Ropeway). Finish the day by relaxing at a traditional Japanese Ryokan and enjoying a Kaiseki dinner.

Included Services
  • Train transfer - Odakyu Express train (ordinary seat) from Shinjuku to Hakone
  • English speaking guide - 8hrs, start and end at hotel.
Optional Services
  • Polo Museum Visit - 1,500 JPY per person
  • Yoshiike Ryokan (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5: Travel to Takayama

Take a long train ride (4hrs) to Takayama via Nagoya this morning. Free time after arrival in Takayama.

Day 6: Day tour in Takayama

Explore the old town of Takayama with your guide. Start from Miyagawa Morning Market, and stroll through Takayama walking street. In the afternoon, visit the Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall and Takayama Yatai Kaikan. Finally, enjoy a Japanese instrument workshop at the end of the day.

Day 7: Travel to Kanazawa via Shirakawago

This morning, check out of your hotel and take a 1h bus ride to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shirakawago village. Transfer to Kanazawa city in the afternoon. Free time after arriving.

Day 8: Day tour in Kanazawa city

Full day tour to explore Kanazawa city. Visit the Samurai House, and Nomura Clan Samurai Home. Enjoy lunch in the famous fresh market Omicho Market. In the afternoon, visit the traditional Geisha district Higashi Chaya District, and attend a gold leaf workshop. At the end of the day, visit the renowned Kenroku-en garden.

Day 9: Travel to Kyoto

Take an express train to Kyoto city this morning, and take a light tour in the afternoon. Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine and the Gion District.

Day 10: Day tour in Kyoto

Today, explore further and visit UNESCO World Heritage spots in Kyoto city. In the morning, visit the Nishiki Market, known as the kitchen of Kyoto, then attend a cooking class to make a Japanese lunch. After lunch, visit Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji Temple, and Ryoanji Temple.

Day 11: Day excursion to Nara and Uji

In the morning, travel to Nara where you can feed deer with deer cookies in Nara Park, and visit Todaiji Temple. In the afternoon, continue on to Uji city, where you will visit Byodo-in Temple, before returning to Kyoto.

Day 12: Travel to Hiroshima via Himeiji

Today, travel to Hiroshima by bullet train. You will make a stop in
Himeji city to visit the famed Himeji Castle. Continue to Hiroshima to visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and the Hiroshima Peace Park.

Day 13: Day excursion to Miyajima

Today take a boat ride to Itsukushima Island. Walk around the sacred island, visit Itsukushima Shrine, and take the Miyajima Ropeway to admire the spectacular view of the Seto Inland Sea.

Day 14: Travel to Osaka

Today take a bullet train back to Osaka city. Enjoy a walking tour in the heart of Osaka, Shinsaibashisuji and Dotonbori. Free time in the afternoon.

Day 15: Departure

Bid farewell to Japan! Take a limousine bus from your hotel to KIX airport.


- 14 nights accommodation
- 36 activities
- 14 breakfasts and 2 dinners
- Entrance fees
- Ground transportation
- Licensed English speaking guides


- Airport transfer
- Domestic flights
- Travel insurance
- International flights
- Entry visas / airport departure tax
- Alcoholic beverages
- Gratuities
- Personal expenses
- Laundry

Cancellation policy

  • more than 14 days before - 100% refund
  • 8~13 days before - 70% refund
  • 3~7 days before - 50% refund
  • 2 day before - 30% refund
  • 0~1 days before - 0% refund