Enchanting Japan Discovery & Rail Adventure

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Holiday Overview

Departure Date: 29 May 2024 - 15 Nights
Alternative Departure Dates Available
  • Duration 15 NIGHTS
  • Departure Date Range May 2024 - Oct 2024
  • Holiday type Rail Journeys
  • Holiday code ASA7665

includes Southern Japan alps rail journey

includes fully escorted tour & flights

Japan offers a window into a world of amazing contrasts. During your 13-night discovery tour, you’ll delve into fascinating cities, serene temples, pristine gardens and ancient traditions.

Beginning with a two-night hotel stay in Tokyo, here you’ll enjoy a fully guided tour taking in some of its most captivating sights including the holy Meiji Jingu, a famous Shinto shrine. Further touring highlights of your holiday include the majestic Mount Fuji, a visit to the breathtaking village of Shirakawa featuring traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, and the poignant Hiroshima Peace Museum.

You’ll also be able to soak in the natural beauty and essence of Japan with a variety of exciting rail journeys. From high-speed bullet trains reaching almost 321 kilometres per hour to scenic trains meandering past forested ravines, gurgling rivers, and majestic mountains.

Your Imagine Holiday Includes

Hotel Stays

2 night four-star hotel stay at the Hotel New Otani Tokyo or similar

2 night four-star hotel stay at the Hotel Associa Shizuoka or similar
1 night four-star hotel stay at the Mercure Hida Takayama or similar
1 night four-star hotel stay at the Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel or similar
3 night four-star hotel stay at the Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo or similar
2 night four-star hotel stay at the Hotel Granvia Hiroshima or similar
2 night four-star hotel stay at the Osaka Excel Hotel Tokyu or similar
All hotel stays include breakfast

Rail Journeys*

Southern Japan Alps Train

Bullet Train from Shizouka to Nagoya
Sagano Romantic Train
Bullet Train from Kyoto to Hiroshima
Bullet Train from Hiroshima to Osaka

Fully Escorted Tours

Ginza, Hamarikyu Garden, Meiji Shrine, Harajuku & Sumida River Cruise

Lake Yamanaka, Mt Fuji 5th Station, Lake Kawaguchi
Southern Japan Alps short hike
Kenrokuen Japanese Garden, Noumara Samurai House
Nijo Castle and Tea Ceremony, Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavillion)
Peace Memorial Park, A-Bomb Dome & Museum, Miyajima Island

All Flights, Taxes and 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 Tour

Your Itinerary

Day 1
Fly Overnight to Tokyo

Your holiday begins as you fly from the 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: Hotel New Otani Tokyo

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: Hotel New Otani Tokyo

Day 4
Shizuoka: Tour & 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 Shizouka

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 Shizouka

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
Kanazawa: Tour & 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: Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo

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: Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo

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: Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo

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: Hotel Granvia 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: Hotel Granvia 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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15 nights
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Itinerary Includes: , Tokyo, , Shizuoka, , Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto, , , Hiroshima, Miyajima, Osaka, ,
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16 October 2024
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Your Hotel Stays

Tokyo

Included Hotel

Hotel New Otani Tokyo (Or Similar)

Located within walking distance of the city’s Imperial Palace, the stunning New Otani Tokyo Garden Tower is an impeccably designed hotel in the heart of the capital. Discover the wonderful outdoor swimming pool, relaxing Golden Spa New Otani, the tranquil Japanese garden and rose garden and array of fabulous drinking and dining options. A must-visit, View & Dining The Sky is known for its extensive array of delightful Japanese, Western, and Chinese dishes on the hotel’s 17th floor.

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 Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo (Or Similar)

Nestled in the heart of Kyoto, the Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo is a haven of elegance and tranquility. Boasting a perfect blend of traditional Japanese aesthetics and modern luxury, this enchanting hotel offers a regal experience like no other. Immerse yourself in the timeless beauty of Kyoto while indulging in impeccable service and opulent accommodations. With its prime location, sophisticated ambiance, and exquisite amenities, the Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo promises a truly majestic retreat for discerning travelers seeking an unforgettable stay in the cultural capital of Japan.

Hiroshima

Included Hotel

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima (Or Similar)

Indulge in the epitome of luxury at Hotel Granvia Hiroshima, where opulence meets unparalleled hospitality. Nestled in the heart of Hiroshima, this exquisite retreat seamlessly blends modern sophistication with traditional Japanese charm. Immerse yourself in spacious, tastefully adorned rooms offering breathtaking city views. Savor culinary delights at the hotel’s world-class restaurants, and unwind in the tranquility of its spa and wellness facilities. Elevate your stay with unmatched elegance, creating memories that linger long after you depart. Choose Hotel Granvia Hiroshima for an unforgettable fusion of comfort and sophistication.

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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