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Japan by Rail

  • Duration

    22 days
  • Tour Type

    Group Tour
  • Tour Style

    Classic
  • Price From

    $13,390pp
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An all-encompassing journey through Japan, travelling mainly by bullet train and taking in the highlights of all three main islands: Kyushu, Honshu and Hokkaido. Experience ancient traditions and modern Japan's unique charm.

Tour Highlights

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

Authentic Experiences

Our Japan by Rail 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 Overnight To Fukuoka

    DAYS 1-2: Fly Overnight To Fukuoka

    Fly overnight to the charming city of Fukuoka, the gateway to the island of Kyushu. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

    • Dinner
  • Day 3

    Explore Nagasaki

    DAY 3: Explore Nagasaki

    Begin the day by travelling on the limited express train to Nagasaki. Upon arrival, enjoy a stroll through the Glover Garden, an open-air museum that exhibits mansions attributed to the Scottish merchant who contributed to the modernisation of Japan. Also, visit the Oura Catholic Church and Atomic Bomb Museum before returning to Fukuoka.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4

    Miyajima Island

    DAY 4: Miyajima Island

    Board the bullet train to Hiroshima located on Japan's largest island, Honshu. Upon arrival in Hiroshima, take the ferry across the Seto Inland Sea to the holy island of Miyajima. Here, visit the Itsukushima Shrine and enjoy a momiji manju making cooking experience. Later, return to Hiroshima.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5

    Hiroshima Highlights

    DAY 5: Hiroshima Highlights

    Spend the day in Hiroshima starting with a visit to the Peace Memorial Park and Museum where you will have the opportunity to pay homage to the victims of the 1945 atomic bomb. Enjoy okonomiyaki for lunch before ascending Orizuru Tower to view the city from above, followed by a stroll through the historical Shukkeien Garden.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6

    Admire Himeji Castle

    DAY 6: Admire Himeji Castle

    Depart Hiroshima by bullet train, stopping at Himeji to visit the magnificent Himeji Castle, followed by a walk through Kokoen. Continue by limited express to Osaka.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 7

    Osaka & Nara Day Trip

    DAY 7: Osaka & Nara Day Trip

    Begin the day with a visit to the Umeda Sky Building followed by a lunch at the famous Dontonburi district. Later, head to Nara and explore Todaiji Temple which houses the impressive Daibutsu, a 15-metre tall bronze statue of Buddha. Enjoy an ink making and calligraphy class before returning to Osaka.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8

    Kyoto's Temples

    DAY 8: Kyoto's Temples

    Journey by road to Kyoto. Capital for 1,000 years, this enchanting city is the epitome of traditional Japan. Upon arrival, stroll through the Arashiyama bamboo forest and admire the towering thickets. Also visit Ryoanji Temple, home to Japan's most well-known zen garden and the famous 'Golden Pavilion' Kinkakuji Temple.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9

    Teas Ceremony & Fan Painting

    DAY 9: Teas Ceremony & Fan Painting

    The day begins with a visit to Kiyomizu Temple temple in Kyoto. Next, immerse yourself in the culture and enjoy the age-old rituals of a tea ceremony, and try your hand at fan painting. Also, explore Gion – Kyoto's famous geisha district and centre of the city's traditional arts.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10

    Explore Kanazawa

    DAY 10: Explore Kanazawa

    Take the limited express train to Kanazawa and upon arrival, meander your way through Kenrokuen, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. Also visit the Nomura Samurai House and Kunani Pottery Factory.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 11

    Shirakawago Village

    DAY 11: Shirakawago Village

    Travel by road to Takayama stopping en route at Inami for a sake wooden cup making experience and sake tasting. Next, continue to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Shirakawago Village to get a glimpse of rural Japan. Continue to Takayama.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 12

    Discover Takayama

    DAY 12: Discover Takayama

    Spend the morning browsing the local handicrafts and fresh produce at Miyagawa market, the Takayama Floats Museum and Takayama Jinya. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 13

    Snow Monkeys

    DAY 13: Snow Monkeys

    Travel to Matsumoto and spend time at the Daio Wasabi Farm to see the plantations and learn about its cultivation. Next, travel to Yudanaka and head to Jigokudani Monkey Park. Walk through a picturesque forested valley to the hot pools where you will see the famous Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) bathe and play before returning to Matsumoto.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 14

    Miso Tasting & Zen Meditation

    DAY 14: Miso Tasting &  Zen Meditation

    Begin the day with a visit to the magnificent 16th-century Matsumoto Castle, also known as 'Crow Castle', due to its intense black exterior. Next, head to a miso house and learn about the process of making this famous Japanese seasoning. Experience zen meditation at Narai-juku before continuing to Suwa.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 15

    Mount Fuji

    DAY 15: Mount Fuji

    Travel to Hakone and ascend 2,400 metres to the 5th Station (weather permitting) for magnificent views of Mt Fuji. Also, enjoy a peaceful cruise on Lake Ashi before taking to the skies on the Komagatake Ropeway. Later, continue to Tokyo by road.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 16

    Tour Tokyo

    DAY 16: Tour Tokyo

    Being the day with a stroll through Hamarikyu Gardens. Next, take part in a sushi making class and enjoy your own creations for lunch! Later, soak up the atmosphere at Sensoji Temple, browse the stalls on Nakamise shopping street and take a drive-by of the Imperial Palace Plaza before returning to your hotel.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 17

    Even More Tokyo

    DAY 17: Even More Tokyo

    Begin the day by ascending to the Tokyo Metropolitan Observatory deck and soaking up the atmosphere at the peaceful Meiji Jingu Shrine. After lunch, see the world's most famous road crossing at Shibuya. You will have the afternoon free at your leisure to explore this exciting city.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 18

    Sip Whiskey In Sendai

    DAY 18: Sip Whiskey In Sendai

    As the tour journeys to northern Honshu, board the bullet train to Sendai, the largest city in Tohoku. Upon arrival, transfer by road to Matsushima and enjoy a cruise on Matsushima Bay. Also, visit Zuiganji Temple and the famous Nikka Whisky factory in Sendai.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 19

    Explore Hakodate

    DAY 19: Explore Hakodate

    Say goodbye to Honshu Island as you board the bullet train to Hakodate located on Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island. Visit the Goryokaku Tower, a star shaped fortress followed by some time at leisure. This evening, journey on the Mt Hakodate Ropeway and enjoy the fabulous views of the city below.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 20

    Sapporo Sightseeing

    DAY 20: Sapporo Sightseeing

    Board the bullet train for the very last time to Sapporo. Head to the Clock Tower and Odori Park and in the evening, stop by the Sapporo Beer Museum and enjoy a tasting or two, followed by a farewell dinner.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 21-22

    Fly Sapporo To Australia

    DAY 21-22: Fly Sapporo To Australia

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

    • Breakfast
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