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Highlights of Japan

  • Duration

    12 days
  • Tour Type

    Group Tour
  • Tour Style

    Solo
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This tour of Japan is dedicated to Solo Travellers. You'll uncover Japan's best-known cities as well as the hidden treasures of Himeji and Koyasan, and view the magnificent Mt Fuji. There will also be time at leisure to explore on your own or with new-found friends.

Tour Highlights

Our Highlights of Japan tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

Authentic Experiences

Our Highlights of Japan Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Tour Itinerary

  • Days 1-2

    Fly Australia to Osaka

    Days 1-2: Fly Australia to Osaka

    Fly overnight to the food and shopping capital of Osaka. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure.

  • Day 3

    Himeji Castle

    Day 3: Himeji Castle

    Meet your group in the hotel lobby and together begin by travelling to Himeji to visit the city's magnificent feudal-era castle, before strolling through the beauty of Koko-en, a classical Japanese garden. After lunch in a local restaurant, return to Osaka and spend some time at leisure. This evening enjoy a group welcome dinner. (B,L,D)

  • Day 4

    Explore Koyasan

    Day 4: Explore Koyasan

    This morning, head for the holy mountain of Koyasan, home to a cluster of more than a hundred monasteries nestled in a valley, enclosed by peaks. Wander around Okunion, a vast cemetery of 200,000 stupas, and enjoy the tranquility of Kongobuji Temple. Continue to the charming city of Nara and have the rest of the day at leisure. (B)

  • Day 5

    Nara to Kyoto

    Day 5: Nara to Kyoto

    Stroll through Nara National Park to Todai-ji Temple, seeing the resident sika deer en route, before exploring Isui-en Garden. Travel by road to Kyoto, the enchanting chity whose thousand year stint as Japan's capital city has left behind an impressive legacy of historic sites. Sightseeing today includes a visit to Kinkaku-ji Temple, also known as 'Golden Pavilion' and Ryoanji Temple, home to Japan's most famous zen garden. (B,L)

  • Day 6

    Traditional Japan

    Day 6: Traditional Japan

    Today starts with some traditional Japanese activities. At the 17th century Kodai-ji Temple you'll experience the age-old rituals of a traditional tea ceremony, before a serene session of Zen meditation. Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (B)

  • Day 7

    Iconic Mt Fuji

    Day 7: Iconic Mt Fuji

    Travel on the super-fast bullet train to the Hakone area and board a coach to explore this wilderness region. Take a boat cruise on spectacular Lake Ashi before soaring high on the Komgatake Ropeway for gorgeous My Fuji views. There is free time for lunch before a group dinner. (B,L,D)

  • Day 8

    Mt Fuji

    Day 8: Mt Fuji

    Travel to Mt Fuji and ascend by road to the 5th Station for spectacular views of the surrounding landscape below before continuing on to Tokyo, Japan's dazzling capital city. (B)

  • Day 9

    Explore Tokyo

    Day 9: Explore Tokyo

    Tokyo is the ultimate 24-hour city, but look behind its frantic, high-tech frontage and you will find plenty of tranquil backstreets and old temples to explore. Visit the observation deck of the 634-metre Skytree, the world's tallest tower, before seeking out the tranquility of Sensoji Temple. Enjoy free time for lunch, then stroll through Hamarikyu Gardens. (B)

  • Day 10

    Free Time in Tokyo

    Day 10: Free Time in Tokyo

    Today is a free day for you to spend as you wish; your guide will be on hand to give options and ideas. Tonight is a special farewell group dinner. (B,L,D)

  • Days 11-12

    Fly Tokyo to Australia

    Days 11-12: Fly Tokyo to Australia

    Fly to Australia, arriving home the same or following day. (B)

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

  • Nights 2

    Hotel Monterey Osaka 3 Star Hotel

    Hotel Monterey Osaka

    Situated in central Osaka, the Hotel Monterey Osaka is directly connected to Namba train station and just a 10-minute walk from Dotonbori Shopping Street. The hotel features 4 dining options with panoramic city views. Guest rooms feature British-Style interiors and modern practical amenities.

  • Night 1

    Piazza Hotel Nara 4 Star Hotel

    Piazza Hotel Nara

    The 4-star Piazza Hotel Nara is located within walking distance of many of Nara's tourist attractions, including the national treasure Nara Park. All rooms are air conditioned and include a flat screen TV, ensuite bathroom and free WiFi.

  • Nights 2

    Rihga Gran Kyoto 4 Star Hotel

    Rihga Gran Kyoto

    Located near the hub of transportation Kyoto station and many of Kyoto's top attractions, the Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto is in a great location for exploring this beautiful city. It's contemporary guest rooms are complete with Japanese touches and ensuite bathrooms. The hotel features many facilities, including six restaurants, a luxurious bar, a heated indoor pool, and a fitness gym.

  • Night 1

    Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa 5 Star Hotel

    1320 Gora, 1320 Gora, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture 250-0408, Japan
    Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa

    This contemporary spa hotel in the mountainous Hakone area features sleek rooms with balconies or terraces, and include minibars, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. There are 2 stylish restaurants in addition to a plush lounge. Other perks include a day spa and a geothermal traditional onsen.

  • Nights 3

    Sunshine City Prince Hotel 3 Star Hotel

    Sunshine City Prince Hotel

    The Sunshine Prince is located in Sunshine City, a shopping and entertainment hub of Tokyo and close to Ikebukuro Station, providing convenient transport links to the rest of the city. The hotel's en-suite rooms are simple, comfortable and traditionally furnished with a television, electric kettle, a mini fridge and a safety deposit box. Facilities in the hotel include onsite restaurants serving Japanese, Cantonese and Western cuisines, a café and bar and a 24 hour convenience store.

The best time to visit Japan is during spring (March to May) when the Cherry Blossoms are bursting into life and autumn (September to November) when the scenery is ablaze with colour, and the climate is temperate. 
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Osaka
  • 6°c
  • 45mm
  • Himeji
  • 4°c
  • 39mm
  • Nara
  • 4°c
  • 50mm
  • Kyoto
  • 5°c
  • 50mm
  • Tokyo
  • 5°c
  • 65mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Osaka
  • 7°c
  • 62mm
  • Himeji
  • 4°c
  • 51mm
  • Nara
  • 5°c
  • 63mm
  • Kyoto
  • 6°c
  • 68mm
  • Tokyo
  • 6°c
  • 58mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Osaka
  • 10°c
  • 104mm
  • Himeji
  • 7°c
  • 87mm
  • Nara
  • 8°c
  • 103mm
  • Kyoto
  • 9°c
  • 113mm
  • Tokyo
  • 9°c
  • 77mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Osaka
  • 15°c
  • 104mm
  • Himeji
  • 13°c
  • 131mm
  • Nara
  • 14°c
  • 98mm
  • Kyoto
  • 14°c
  • 116mm
  • Tokyo
  • 14°c
  • 118mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Osaka
  • 20°c
  • 146mm
  • Himeji
  • 17°c
  • 140mm
  • Nara
  • 18°c
  • 144mm
  • Kyoto
  • 19°c
  • 161mm
  • Tokyo
  • 18°c
  • 145mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Osaka
  • 24°c
  • 184mm
  • Himeji
  • 22°c
  • 209mm
  • Nara
  • 22°c
  • 189mm
  • Kyoto
  • 23°c
  • 214mm
  • Tokyo
  • 22°c
  • 135mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Osaka
  • 28°c
  • 157mm
  • Himeji
  • 26°c
  • 162mm
  • Nara
  • 26°c
  • 165mm
  • Kyoto
  • 27°c
  • 220mm
  • Tokyo
  • 26°c
  • 81mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Osaka
  • 29°c
  • 91mm
  • Himeji
  • 27°c
  • 101mm
  • Nara
  • 28°c
  • 112mm
  • Kyoto
  • 29°c
  • 132mm
  • Tokyo
  • 27°c
  • 113mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Osaka
  • 26°c
  • 161mm
  • Himeji
  • 23°c
  • 200mm
  • Nara
  • 24°c
  • 163mm
  • Kyoto
  • 25°c
  • 176mm
  • Tokyo
  • 23°c
  • 131mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Osaka
  • 19°c
  • 112mm
  • Himeji
  • 17°c
  • 104mm
  • Nara
  • 17°c
  • 111mm
  • Kyoto
  • 18°c
  • 121mm
  • Tokyo
  • 18°c
  • 132mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Osaka
  • 14°c
  • 69mm
  • Himeji
  • 11°c
  • 61mm
  • Nara
  • 11°c
  • 71mm
  • Kyoto
  • 12°c
  • 71mm
  • Tokyo
  • 12°c
  • 128mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Osaka
  • 9°c
  • 44mm
  • Himeji
  • 6°c
  • 32mm
  • Nara
  • 7°c
  • 47mm
  • Kyoto
  • 7°c
  • 48mm
  • Tokyo
  • 8°c
  • 109mm
Highlights of Japan map

Places Visited: Osaka (2N) - Himeji - Koyasan - Nara (2N) - Kyoto (2N) - Hakone (1N) - Tokyo (3N)

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