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Enchanting Japan Discovery & Rail Adventure

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Holiday Overview

Departure Date: 28 May 2025 - 15 Nights
Alternative Departure Dates Available
  • Duration 15 NIGHTS
  • Departure Date Range May 2025 - Nov 2025
  • Cruise type Rail Journeys
  • Cruise code ASA2254

Includes Southern Japan Alps Rail Journey

includes 13-night fully escorted tour & Flights

From high-speed bullet trains reaching over 300 kilometres per hour to steam trains meandering through forested ravines, this holiday will show you Japan’s natural and modern marvels by rail.

In Tokyo, you’ll enjoy a fully guided tour of the city, taking in captivating sights including the holy Meiji Jingu shrine and bustling Ginza. Next, discover the serene lakes at the foot of Mount Fuji, its mythical form rising in the distance, and step aboard the Southern Alps steam train for a journey along the Oi River.

From the past to the present, the high-speed bullet train will whisk you in futuristic comfort to Nagoya, where you’ll visit the Edo-era Takayama Jin’ya and UNESCO World Heritage-listed Shirakawa Village. In Kyoto, walk amidst the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove ahead of hotel stays in Hiroshima and Osaka – the perfect finale to this adventure across Japan.

Your Imagine Holiday Includes

Hotel Stays

2 night four-star hotel stay in Tokyo at the Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba

2 night four-star stay in Shizuoka at the Hotel Associa Shizuoka

1 night four-star hotel stay in Takayama at the Mercure Hida Takayama

1 night four-star stay in Kanazawa at the Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel

3 night five-star stay in Kyoto at the THE HOTEL HIGASHIYAMA by Kyoto Tokyu Hotel

2 night four-star stay in Hiroshima at the RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima

2 night four-star stay in Osaka at the Osaka Excel Hotel Tokyu

All hotel stays include breakfast

Rail Journeys*

Southern Alps Abt Scenic Steam Train

Bullet Train from Shizouka to Nagoya
Sagano Scenic Railway
Kanazawa to Kyoto Thunderbird Train
Bullet Train from Kyoto to Hiroshima
Bullet Train from Hiroshima to Osaka

Fully Escorted Tours

Tokyo city tour

Mount Fuji 5th Station, Lake Yamanaka and Lake Kawaguchi
Southern Japan Alps tour
Shirakawa Village
Fushimi Inari Shrine and Tea Ceremony
Gion evening walking tour
Kyoto full-day tour including Nijo Castle and Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Miyajima Island half-day tour

All Flights, Taxes & Transfers

Overnight flights

The departure date is subject to change based on flight times specified during the booking process.
Named hotels are based on availability and are subject to change without notice. Alternative hotels will always be of equal or higher star rating.
*Luggage transfer provided when travelling on Bullet Train to hotel. Main image is intended for illustrative purposes only.

Your Voyage

Your Itinerary

Day 1
Fly Overnight to Tokyo

Your holiday begins as you fly from Australia to your destination.

Day 2
Tokyo: Hotel Stay

Enjoy two nights in Tokyo, time to sample authentic sushi and sip tea in one of its tearooms. Uncover its most famous sights at your own pace, alongside a full day tour to experience the city highlights.

Overnight: Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba

Day 3
Tokyo: Tour & Hotel Stay

Today, you’ll delve into some of Tokyo’s most fascinating sights during a fully escorted coach tour. Highlights include the city’s most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district, Ginza, holy Meiji Jingu, and a Sumida River cruise.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba

Day 4
Tokyo: Tour & Shizuoka Hotel Stay

Enjoy the views of the Fuji Five Lakes from Mount Fuji’s 5th Station and visit Lake Yamanaka, Lake Kawaguchi and Ichiku Kubota Museum, before finishing the day in Shizouka where you’ll check into your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Hotel Associa Shizuoka

Day 5
Shizuoka: Tour & Hotel Stay

Step on board a characterful steam train which weaves through the gorges along the Oi River which flows from the Southern Alps to Suruga Bay and has been an important water source since ancient times.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Hotel Associa Shizuoka

Day 6
Takayama: Tour & Hotel Stay

Today, you’ll take the bullet train to Nagoya ahead of a rail journey to Takayama. Here you’ll check into your hotel and enjoy a walking tour, featuring highlights such as Takayama Jinya and the historic Old Town.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Mercure Hida Takayama

Day 7
Takayama: Tour & Kanazawa Hotel Stay

Enjoy a leisurely stroll to the morning Takayama Market and then join your coach taking you to Kanazawa for an overnight stay. En route, you’ll stop at picturesque Shirakawa-go village, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel

Day 8
Kyoto: Tour & Hotel Stay

Taking the Thunderbird train to Kyoto, where on arrival you’ll enjoy a guided city tour. Explore Fushimi Inari Shrine and partake in a traditional tea ceremony, before discovering the magical Gion district in the evening.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Hotel Okura Kyoto

Day 9
Kyoto: Tour & Hotel Stay

Immerse yourself in the wonders of Kyoto during this fully escorted tour. You’ll visit captivating sights such as Ryoanji, a Zen Buddhist temple, and relish a journey on board the Sagano Romantic train.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Hotel Okura Kyoto

Day 10
Kyoto: Hotel Stay

Kyoto is one of the most culturally rich cities in the world. Gorgeous temples and parks are scattered around the urban city centre, and you can stroll through striking imperial palaces and villas.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Hotel Okura Kyoto

Day 11
Hiroshima: Tour & Hotel Stay

Take the bullet train to Hiroshima where you’ll learn about the tragic events which took place in 1945. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is a serene space that serves to honour those who lost their lives.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima

Day 12
Miyajima: Tour & Hiroshima Hotel Stay

Today, you’ll enjoy a half-day tour discovering beautiful Miyajima Island. You’ll reach this sacred island by ferry as you marvel at the delightful views of the red-gated Itsukushima Shrine.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima

Day 13
Osaka: Tour & Hotel Stay

Travelling to Osaka by bullet train, you’ll then have an afternoon tour to Osaka Castle. This five-story castle is one of the most visually spectacular creations in the country, with a history that dates back almost 450 years.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Osaka Excel Hotel Tokyu

Day 14
Osaka: Hotel Stay

Japan’s second largest city, Osaka is a commercial hub of modern architecture and ancient shrines and famed for its amazing street food. You could visit fascinating highlights such as Sumiyoshi Taisha, one of Japan’s oldest shrines.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Osaka Excel Hotel Tokyu

Days 15 - 16
Osaka: Fly Home

Your holiday complete, today you’ll head to the airport for your flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Your Tour Highlights

Mount Fuji
More than 200,000 people climb the snow-capped summit of Mount Fuji every year. Its elegant shape has long been depicted in art and literature and visitors can hike to the top or take the Hakone Ropeway Cable Car, admiring the view often shrouded by an atmospheric layer of cloud.
Southern Alps Train Tour
Embrace a memorable journey on board a charming old-fashioned steam train as it traverses through the gorges along the Oi River. During your rail journey, your conductor will provide a running commentary as you take in views of beautiful stretches of nature, bridges, and tea fields.
Sagano Romantic Train Journey
The Sagano Scenic Railway with its Sagano Romantic Train is a sightseeing train line which runs along the Hozugawa River from Torokko Saga Station to Torokko Kameoka Station. Make sure to have your camera at hand to capture the stunning landscapes passing by at a leisurely pace.
Hiroshima Peace Museum
In 1955, the Hiroshima Peace Museum opened its doors to help tell the story of one of the most significant events in modern history: the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The museum’s objective has always been of promoting peace by exploring the results of the bomb through original photography, lifelike models, recovered items and descriptive explanations.

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Your Hotel Stays

Tokyo

Included Hotel

Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba (Or Similar)

Situated on Tokyo’s scenic waterfront, the Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba offers a peaceful and sophisticated retreat to return to after thrilling days exploring Tokyo. This hotel satiates all your dining desires with nine charming restaurants to choose from, including Teppanyaki Icho, which serves expertly crafted Japanese cuisine prepared from authentic seasonal ingredients. You can also enjoy a serene swim in the tranquil rooftop swimming pool, followed by a return to your elegant room boasting some of the best panoramic views of the city.

Shizuoka

Included Hotel

Hotel Associa Shizuoka (Or Similar)

Discover unparalleled luxury at Hotel Associa Shizuoka, where Japanese elegance meets modern comfort. Nestled in the heart of Shizuoka, this exquisite hotel offers breathtaking views of Mount Fuji and impeccable service. Indulge in the sophisticated ambiance of well-appointed rooms, savour culinary delights in the on-site restaurants, and unwind in the serene spa. With its strategic location and world-class amenities, Hotel Associa Shizuoka promises an unforgettable stay, blending tradition and opulence for a truly refined experience in the heart of Japan.

Takayama

Included Hotel

Mercure Hida Takayama (Or Similar)

Experience the epitome of Japanese hospitality at Mercure Hida Takayama. Nestled in the heart of historic Takayama, this hotel seamlessly blends modern comfort with traditional charm. Immerse yourself in the rich culture of the region as you explore nearby attractions like the Old Town and Takayama Jinya. Indulge in exquisite local cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant and unwind in well-appointed rooms that reflect the essence of Hida. Elevate your stay with Mercure’s commitment to impeccable service, ensuring a memorable and authentic Japanese experience.

Kanazawa

Included Hotel

Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel (Or Similar)

Discover the epitome of luxury at Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel, where traditional Japanese elegance meets contemporary comfort. Nestled in the heart of Kanazawa, this distinguished hotel offers refined accommodations, impeccable service, and a perfect blend of modern amenities with cultural charm. Indulge in spacious rooms adorned with exquisite details, savour gourmet delights at the on-site restaurants, and unwind in the tranquil ambiance. Elevate your stay in Kanazawa with the unmatched sophistication and hospitality of Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel, promising an unforgettable experience in the heart of Japan.

Kyoto

Included Hotel

THE HOTEL HIGASHIYAMA by Kyoto Tokyu Hotel (Or Similar)

Discover elegance and cultural richness at The Hotel Higashiyama by Kyoto Tokyu Hotel. Nestled in the heart of Kyoto, this haven seamlessly combines traditional Japanese aesthetics with modern luxury. Immerse yourself in refined accommodations adorned with authentic touches, offering a serene escape. Indulge in exquisite cuisine at the hotel’s restaurants, showcasing the finest flavors of Kyoto. With impeccable service and a tranquil ambiance, The Hotel Higashiyama invites you to experience a harmonious blend of tradition and sophistication, ensuring an enchanting stay in the cultural heart of Japan.

Hiroshima

Included Hotel

RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima (Or Similar)

Discover unparalleled luxury at the RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima, a beacon of sophistication in the heart of the city. Indulge in opulent accommodations, where contemporary elegance meets traditional Japanese charm. Savour exquisite cuisine at our world-class restaurants, unwind in the spa, and relish panoramic views of Hiroshima. With impeccable service and a strategic location, our hotel is the epitome of refined hospitality. Elevate your travel experience at the RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima – where every moment is a masterpiece.

Osaka

Included Hotel

Osaka Excel Hotel Tokyu (Or Similar)

Located on Midosuji, the main street of Osaka, the Osaka Excel Hotel Tokyu  is within easy walking distance to Namba Yasaka Shrine and Namba Betsuin Temple. Rooms here are modern and come with air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi and all the amenities guests would expect. Savour a variety of seasonal whilst you soak in the sensational cityscape from the 17th floor Picnica restaurant and enjoy a breathtaking sunset with your favourite drink at the stylish Bar & Lounge Mido.

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