Specials Trip Finder Brochures Menu

Best of Japan World Heritage

Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ On Request

FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Discover some of Japan’s greatest cultural and historic landmarks on this journey across the nation. During your trip, you’ll visit eleven iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Tokyo, Kanazawa, Hiroshima, and Kyoto, among other destinations, as well as climb Mt. Fuji and spend a night in a ryokan.


This 14-day Japanese vacation takes you to some of the nation’s most significant cultural sites in Tokyo, Nikko, Takayama, Kanazawa, Hiroshima, Nara, and Kyoto. It features first-class accommodations, including a night in a ryokan in Hakone, as well as private-guided tours and a 7-day Japan Rail Pass.

Your trip to Japan begins in Tokyo, where you’ll have a full day to sample some of its historic highlights on a city tour. Start in Asakusa, the oldest district in the city, where Senso-ji lies, the city’s largest and oldest Buddhist temple. After seeing the magnificent red design of the temple, stroll down the Nakamise shopping street to the temple’s south and board a water bus to cruise the Sumida River to Hamarikyu Gardens, a gorgeous traditional garden tucked beneath towering skyscrapers in the city centre. Cap off the day north of Shibuya at the Meiji Shrine, dedicated to the Meiji Emperor of the 19th century and one of the city’s most celebrated parks. The next day, head north by bus to Nikko, a UNESCO-listed temple town renowned for its many shrines and historic buildings, most notably the Nikko Toshogu Shrine, dedicated to the founder of the Edo period, Ieyasu Tokugawa. Pass along Lake Chuzenji on the way back to spot Kegon Falls.

Bid Tokyo farewell and head south by bus to Mt. Fuji’s 5th Station, where you’ll stroll around Japan’s tallest mountain at 2,300m above sea level. Descend and cruise the crater lake of Lake Ashi before riding back up to the peak of Mt. Komagatake for panoramic views of the surrounding area. Spend the night in a ryokan (traditional inn) in Hakone. Activate your JR pass and ride north into the mountainous region of Hida in Gifu prefecture. Spend two nights in magical Takayama, a traditional town renowned for its mountain scenery and beautifully-preserved wooden old town of sake breweries and merchant homes. A tour of the town highlights includes a visit to the Festival Float Museum as well as several stops along the traditional shopping avenue of San-machi Suji.

Your Japan vacation continues with an excursion to Shirakawa-go, the UNESCO-listed village of thatch-roofed farmhouses that offers a vision of mountain life from centuries past. After your tour, connect onwards to Kanazawa by bus. This coastal city was spared from bombing during World War II and has some of the best-preserved traditional buildings in the nation as a result. Tour some of the highlights, including Kenroku-en, one of the three most beautiful gardens in the nation, as well as the Geisha district of Higashi Chaya and the samurai district of Nagamachi.

Ride the rails south to Hiroshima. You should take the opportunity to stop off in Himeji to see its famous castle, the most iconic in the nation, before you continue to Hiroshima. In Hiroshima, you’ll reflect on the city’s tragic past with a visit to the Peace Memorial Park, where you’ll see the Atomic Bomb Dome, one of the only buildings to survive the nuclear explosion at the end of World War II. Just outside Hiroshima, you’ll take the ferry to Miyajima Island, home to the iconic Itsukushima Shrine, whose tori gate disappears into the water at high tide, a lonely sentinel that has graced countless photographs and postcards worldwide. Explore the shrine and island town before returning to Hiroshima for the night.

The final stay on your trip to Japan is Kyoto, the former capital and most beautiful city in the nation. Discover this city renowned for its green spaces and historic temples on several days of tours. One day, head into the bamboo grove of Arashiyama before touring the Zen temple and garden of Tenryu-ji. You can also explore other highlights of Arashiyama, including the Monkey Park on a nearby hilltop, where Japanese macaques roam freely. Another day, see the two wonders of Kinkaku-ji and Fushimi Inari Shrine. The first is Japan’s famous Golden Pavilion, a golden building sitting on a pond in a manicured park in the north of the city. The latter is a vibrant wonder, a shrine composed of thousands of vermillion gates leading up a hillside in the city’s west. You’ll also stop by Kiyomizu-dera, a temple older than Kyoto itself, during your walk up the mountain.

On your final full day in Japan, head to nearby Nara, the former capital only an hour or so from Kyoto. You’ll tour Nara Park, the large wooded area where a thousand semi-domesticated Nara deer wander freely, charming tourists by bowing and stopping to cross the local streets. Around the park, you’ll tour Todai-ji, the world’s largest wooden building, where the statue of the Great Buddha honours visitors with its enigmatic smile, and Kasuga Taisha, the stunning forested shrine known for its hundreds of bronze and stone lanterns. Head back to Kyoto for one final night.

At the end of your stay in Japan, you’ll connect to the airport in Osaka for onward travels.


 

Read More

At Goway we are experts at designing personalized itineraries to suit your special interests, tastes and budget. Let us arrange your ultimate travel experience today.
Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ On Request

Itinerary View Trip Map

Day 1

Arrive Tokyo

After clearing customs and immigration formalities you will be met by Goway's local representative and transferred to your accommodation in the city.

The balance of the day is at leisure to relax or explore Tokyo at your own pace.

A 7-Day Japan Rail Pass is included in the tour price. You may exchange your voucher and validate the pass at most Japan Rail Stations. Ensure the pass is validated prior to use.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

More Info

Location View map
  • starstarstarstar

    Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo



    The Keio Plaza Hotel is the ideal location to explore the delights of the city of Tokyo. Only minutes away from the most popular shopping and entertainment spots, the luxury hotel provides stunning views over central Tokyo. The Keio Plaza Hotel offers a wide variety …

    The Keio Plaza Hotel is the ideal location to explore the delights of the city of Tokyo. Only minutes away from the most popular shopping and entertainment spots, the luxury hotel provides stunning views over central Tokyo. The Keio Plaza Hotel offers a wide variety of home-away-from-home hospitality, with 1,435 guest rooms to choose from to accommodate your every need. Located in Shinjuku, in the very heart of the Tokyo metropolis, the Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo extends top rated services and facilities, features that guests come to expect of a world class hotel.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Massage Treatments
    • Medical Services
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa

    More Details

    Preferred Hotel
Day 2

Private Full Day Tokyo Highlights Tour with Sumida River Cruise

Take a day tour of fascinating Tokyo. First up is Asakusa, Tokyo's old town where you can soak in the atmosphere of old Tokyo. Visit Sensoji, Tokyo's oldest temple, and wander down Nakamise, a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries. Next, travel down the Sumidagawa River on Tokyo's Water Bus, a unique means of transportation. You'll arrive directly at Hamarikyu garden, an Edo Period Japanese garden surrounded by the Shiodome district's futuristic skyscrapers, a great example of how Japan is the land of contrasts. Enjoy a cup of steaming matcha in a tea house in the garden. After lunch, enjoy a visit to Meiji Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the deified spirit of Emperor Meiji and a popular place for traditional Japanese weddings. Finally, as the sunlight dims, take a walk down the sparkly Omotesando shopping street, a broad tree-lined avenue, home to the flagship stores of the world's top fashion brands and some fantastic modern architecture.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration8 Hours
Day 3

Full Day Nikko World Heritage Tour

Take a full day bus excursion to Nikko. In Nikko visit Nikko Toshogu Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its lavish decorations and ornate details. This 400-year-old shrine houses the remains of Edo period's founder, Ieyasu Tokugawa. Enjoy seeing the traditional beauty of the main hall, as well as the sleeping cat and monkey carvings. Thereafter, you will be able to enjoy a Japanese-style lunch. After lunch, you will head over to Lake Chuzenji, created by an eruption of Mt. Nantai, this lake is a symbol of Nikko. You will also see Kegon Falls from the observation deck, known as one of Japan's 3 great waterfalls. On the way back to Tokyo stop at a Edo Period town to explore and look for souvenirs. The tour will end near Shinjuku Station in Tokyo.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration10 Hours
Day 4

Full Day Mount Fuji and Hakone Tour

Travel from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji by bus this morning and head up to Mt. Fuji's 5th Station. The 5th Station is 2,300 meters (7,546 ft) above sea level. You will be amazed at spectacular, breathtaking views from above the clouds at this height. Afterward, have lunch and then continue by bus to Hakone. Take a cruise on Lake Ashi, a crater lake formed by a powerful volcanic eruption nearly 3,000 years ago. On clear days, admire superb views of Mt. Fuji from aboard a ship. Then take a ropeway to the peak of Mt. Komagatake where you can walk around the mountain and visit the spiritual Hakone Mototsumiya Shrine. At the end of the tour, a taxi will be arranged to drop you off at your hotel or ryokan in Hakone.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hakone Ginyu Ryokan

More Info

Location View map
  • starstarstarstar

    Hakone Ginyu Ryokan



    All the guest rooms have an open-air bath on the terrace and dinner is served in the dining room of each guest room so that guests can leisurely enjoy the stay with the breathtaking view of Hayakawa ravine. The guests can also enjoy three other …

    All the guest rooms have an open-air bath on the terrace and dinner is served in the dining room of each guest room so that guests can leisurely enjoy the stay with the breathtaking view of Hayakawa ravine. The guests can also enjoy three other types of open-air baths in communal baths with the view of Hakone Mountains.

    Facilities

    • Internet Access
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

    More Details

Day 5

Hakone to Takayama

Today, start to use your Japan rail pass to travel independently to Takayama, a 5 hour journey by train. Takayama is a city in the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Prefecture. To differentiate it from other places named Takayama, the city is also commonly referred to as Hida-Takayama. Takayama retains a traditional touch like few other Japanese cities, especially in its beautifully preserved old town. It now ranks as one of the prime candidates among travelers wishing to add a rural element into their itineraries. 

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Best Western Hotel Takayama

More Info

Location View map
  • starstarstar

    Best Western Hotel Takayama



    Located in the heart of downtown Takayama, the Best Western Hotel Takayama offers the comfort and convenience you are looking for. This hotel is located within walking distance from all major tourist attractions, shopping centres, and convenience stores with banking machines, post office, city hall, …

    Located in the heart of downtown Takayama, the Best Western Hotel Takayama offers the comfort and convenience you are looking for. This hotel is located within walking distance from all major tourist attractions, shopping centres, and convenience stores with banking machines, post office, city hall, bus terminal and JR Takayama Train Station. Each of the rooms are warm and welcoming.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

    More Details

Day 6

Private Half Day Takayama Highlights Tour

Today you will take a tour with a local guide. Start with a visit to the Takayama Festival Float Museum, where the magnificent floats for one of Japan''s most important festivals are preserved. Your guide will explain the festival's traditions and symbolism. Then, take a walk in the district called San-machi Suji, the traditional home of Takayama merchants and sake brewers, which has been preserved almost exactly as it was 200 - 300 years ago. There are inns, shops and taverns here which trace their history back several generations. We'll make a stop at one of these sake breweries and enjoy a tasting. Takayama''s sake is renowned nation-wide, thanks to the clear water of the surroundings.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration4 Hours
Day 7

Private Half Day Takayama to Shirakawa-go Tour ending in Kanazawa

Today, depart Takayama and visit the UNESCO site of Shirakawa-go village with your private English speaking guide.

Upon arrival, your guide will show you around the village, famous for its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old. Gassho-zukkuri translates as "Praying Hands", as the farmhouse steep thatched roofs resemble the hands of Buddhist monks pressed together in prayer, and are designed to withstand the heavy snows which fall in the region. You will be able to look around inside one of these and will see how life in Japan's mountainous region used to be.

Your tour will end at Shirakawago bus terminal where you will part with your guide and depart by public bus for Kanazawa. Your bus tickets are included however you will be unaccompanied on the bus. Upon arrival in Kanazawa (at the bus station at JR Kanazawa Station), make your way independently to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Mitsui Garden Hotel Kanazawa

More Info

Location View map
  • starstarstarstar

    Mitsui Garden Hotel Kanazawa



    Mitsui Garden Hotel Kanazawa is set in Kanazawa, within 300 meters of Ozaki Shrine and 300 meters of Omicho Market. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi. The property is close …

    Mitsui Garden Hotel Kanazawa is set in Kanazawa, within 300 meters of Ozaki Shrine and 300 meters of Omicho Market. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi. The property is close to popular attractions like Meitetsu M'za, Oyama Shrine and Nagamachi Bukeyashiki District. At the hotel, the rooms are equipped with a wardrobe and a flat-screen TV. All guest rooms at Mitsui Garden Hotel Kanazawa feature air conditioning and a desk. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Popular points of interest near Mitsui Garden Hotel Kanazawa include Kanazawa Castle, Kenrokuen Garden and Myoryuji - Ninja Temple. The nearest airport is Komatsu Airport, 40 km from the hotel.

    Facilities

    • Internet Access
    • Laundry Service
    • Parking
    • Public Large Bath
    • Restaurant
    • Security

    More Details

Day 8

Private Half Day Kanazawa Highlights Tour

Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel in Kanazawa or at Kanazawa JR train station and then begin your walking tour using public bus transit. Your first stop is Kanazawa's star attraction, Kenrokuen garden which is regarded as one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan. Walk through the garden grounds and enjoy the flora and fauna which changes depending on the season. Continue your tour to the Higashi Chaya district, the historical geisha district where you will learn about geisha lifestyles and have the opportunity to visit a gold leaf store, a specialty of Kanazawa. Your last stop today is the Nagamachi district, where samurai and their families used to reside. While there visit the Nomura Samurai House. Your guide will escort you back to your hotel or the train station at the end of the tour.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration6 Hours
Day 9

Kanazawa to Himeji to Hiroshima

Make your own way to Hiroshima using your rail pass, approximately 5 hours. We suggest you stop en-route in Himeji to visit Himeji Castle, one of Japan’s most famous castles and a UNESCO site. The castle is about a 5 minute taxi ride from Himeji station, making it a very convenient stopover.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel

More Info

Location View map
  • starstarstarstar

    Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel



    Sheraton Grand Hiroshima is conveniently located in the city next to JR Hiroshima Station, with direct access to the bullet train and bus terminals. The hotel is in the middle of the energy and excitement of Hiroshima, along with its historic sites and architecture. The …

    Sheraton Grand Hiroshima is conveniently located in the city next to JR Hiroshima Station, with direct access to the bullet train and bus terminals. The hotel is in the middle of the energy and excitement of Hiroshima, along with its historic sites and architecture.
    The restaurants offer the finest and freshest cuisine, and the bar is a great place to gather with friends old and new. Guests will have an opportunity to relax and recharge at Shine Spa for Sheraton.

    Facilities

    • Bar/Lounge
    • Business Centre
    • Fitness Facilities
    • Free WiFi
    • Indoor Pool
    • Laundry Service
    • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Spa

    More Details

Day 10

Private Full Day Hiroshima and Miyajima Island

Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel in Hiroshima or at Hiroshima JR train station in the morning and then begin your walking tour using public transit (streetcar, train and ferry). Your first stop is Peace Memorial Park. Walk through the park to see the Atomic Bomb Dome and the other monuments and then visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Afterwards, go for lunch at an okonomiyaki cuisine restaurant, one of Hiroshima's specialties. Then transfer to Miyajima island, home to one of Japan's most photographed sites - Itsukushima Shrine with the floating tori gate. During high tide the tori gate appears to be floating in the sea. After visiting the shrine, the rest of the day will be spent exploring the quaint town of Miyajima. Choose to visit the lesser known Daishoin temple, perched on a hillside overlooking the sea or explore the shops and food stalls in town. At the end of the tour, your guide will either escort you back to your hotel or the train station.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration8 Hours
Day 11

Hiroshima to Kyoto

In the morning make your own way by train to Kyoto, approximately 2 hours. Meet your private guide at your hotel and then travel together to the Arashiyama area, where Kyoto's renowned bamboo forest is located. Walk along the pathway through the bamboo forest to admire the groves and capture the perfect photo. Then visit Tenryuji temple, one of Kyoto's main zen temples and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk through the temple grounds and see the zen garden. Afterwards, discuss with your guide to decide what to see and do next, since Arashiyama offers a lot of options. Choose to shop along Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street, visit lesser known temples or go to Monkey park. At the end of the tour your guide will escort you back to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo

More Info

Location View map
  • starstarstarstar

    Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo



    Located in a prime location within a two minute walk from Kyoto Station - the gateway to the ancient capital of Kyoto - the Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo offers an ideal base and various package plans for leisure and business travelers. As the largest hotel …

    Located in a prime location within a two minute walk from Kyoto Station - the gateway to the ancient capital of Kyoto - the Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo offers an ideal base and various package plans for leisure and business travelers. As the largest hotel in Kyoto, with 986 rooms, the Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo combines comfort with functionality, providing space to relax.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Restaurant(s)

    More Details

Day 12

Private Full Day Kyoto Gold Highlights & Fushimi Highlights Tour

In the morning visit Northern Kyoto and Kinkakuji Temple, a favorite to millions of visitors each year, you will quickly see why this jewel set into the northern hills is one of the most visited sites in Japan. It is covered in real gold leaf and vibrant at any time of year no matter the weather. Continue to Kintano-tenmangu, a remarkable shrine to scholarship that was built to appease the spirit of an angry ghost. The shrine's surrounding entertainment district was first built after a fire in 1444, when a large section of the temple had to be rebuilt, and the remaining timber was used to construct 7 tea houses that became the first 'flower town' or Geisha district in Kyoto. Explore the Kamishichiken district, every bit as charming as its more touristy cousin the Gion district, with the added bonuses of fewer crowds and excellent photo opportunities.

In the afternoon visit a celebrated site, the world-famous Fushimi Inari Shrine. Thousands of bright red torii gates line the mountain trail of Fushimi Inari Shrine. Walking through the truly unique vermillion gate pathway is a visually stunning experience. The shrine complex spans over the entire Mt. Inari (233m/765ft). On your tour, you will visit the main shrine hall. Then, you will proceed through the famed vermillion gate tunnel. Next, visit a temple that once caught fire and was reconstructed a century after it was first constructed. At 120 meters, Sanjusangendo is the longest wooden structure in Japan. Inside, you will find 1001 statues of Kannon, the Buddhist saint of Mercy. Then stop at a celebrated UNESCO site, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, which is older than Kyoto as the capital of Japan. Built for Kannon, the Buddhist saint of mercy, this temple is said to grant wishes of all kinds - and especially so for women praying for safe childbirth.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration8 hours
Day 13

Private Full Day Nara Excursion

For 74 years during the 8th century, Nara was Japan's capital and many important religious and traditional sites still remain. First, you will visit beautiful Isuien Garden which is divided into two distinct parts that were built two centuries apart. Next, take a wander through Nara Park, called Deer Park by locals due to the large population of more than 1,000 tame deer living here. Within the park is Todaiji Temple, the world's largest wooden building and home to Japan's largest Buddha. The next stop is Nara's most celebrated shrine, Kasuga Taisha, established in 768 AD and famous for its hundreds of bronze and stone lanterns which have been donated by worshipers. To contrast the many temples and shrines you have enjoyed today, you will end the day with a stroll around Naramachi, a charming historic merchant district showcasing some exceptionally well-preserved "machiya'' Japanese town houses. If you have some time to spare, a few of these beautiful houses offer free entry to give you a chance to peek inside and get a feel for traditional Japanese home architecture. Your guide will take you back to your hotel at the end of the day.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration9 Hours
Day 14

Depart Kyoto

Following breakfast, transfer to Osaka's Kansai Airport for your onward flights.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Hours

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2023: Sundays

*private tours operate daily but the Nikko & Mt. Fuji and Hakone tour operate on select dates

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Shared arrival and departure airport transfers

  • 3 nights in first-class accommodations in Tokyo
  • 1 night in first-class ryokan accommodation in Hakone
  • 2 nights in first-class accommodation in Takayama
  • 2 nights in first-class accommodation in Kanazawa
  • 2 nights in first-class accommodation in Hiroshima
  • 3 nights in first-class accommodations in Kyoto
  • Private-guided Tokyo, Takayama, Kanazawa, Hiroshima & Kyoto highlights tours
  • Shared tour to Nikko (max. 40 guests)
  • Shared tour to Mt. Fuji and Hakone (max. 40 guests)
  • Private-guided Shirakawago tour from Takayama
  • Private-guided Arashiyama and Nara excursions from Kyoto
  • 7 Day Ordinary Japan Rail Pass
  • Bus tickets from Takayama to Kanazawa
  • 2 Day Hakone FreePass
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1), 2  lunch, 1 dinner

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Meals & beverages not explicitly listed as included
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Luggage transfers
  • Entrance fees during private tours in Kanazawa & Hiroshima
  • Transportation during private tours in Kanazawa & Hiroshima (unless covered by Japan Rail Pass)

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

DP TOKTPK14DOSKJP
26 Feb 2023
Trip Finder

What our travelers say

Goway Toolkit


Need help planning your holiday? Our toolkit is a great place to get started.