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8 Days
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US$ 2,777

FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Discover the most popular sites of Japan on this classic vacation. Start in Kyoto, where you’ll explore temples and gardens. Continue to Hiroshima to learn about its tragic history before connecting to Tokyo to tour the capital as well as nearby Mt. Fuji.

This 8-day Japanese vacation takes you to some of the country’s classic highlights, including Kyoto, Hiroshima, Tokyo, and Mt. Fuji. It includes first-class accommodations and a mix of private and shared tours, and a 7-day Japan Rail Pass.

Your trip to Japan begins in Kyoto, the former imperial capital and often considered the most beautiful city in the nation. You’ll explore this city of temples and palaces on a guided walking tour, which starts at the Golden Pavilion of Kinkaku-ji, continues to Nijo Castle, and explores the grounds of Kiyomizu-dera Temple before ending in the Gion district, which is renowned for its old samurai houses and geisha salons. You’ll have another day at leisure in Kyoto to walk through the haunting bamboo grove of Arashiyama or hike up the hillside of Fushimi Inari Taisha, passing through the hundreds of vermillion gates lining the mountain.

Activate your Japan Rail Pass and ride the rails to continue your Japan vacation in Hiroshima. Tour the peace park and learn about the city’s tragic history, when it was destroyed by an atomic bomb at the end of World War II. You’ll see the Atomic Bomb Dome and the Peace Memorial Museum before you connect to nearby Miyajima Island to see the famous Itsukushima Shrine submerged in the tide.

Jump back on the bullet train and ride to Tokyo, stopping off at Himeji Castle, arguably the most famous castle in the nation, en route. In Tokyo, you’ll take advantage of the great subway system to explore this massive metropolis littered with futuristic wonders and ancient temples. A walking tour takes you to Senso-ji, the largest and oldest Buddhist temple in the city, as well as the nearby Nakamise shopping street before you connect to the Imperial Palace Gardens and go on a shopping spree in upscale Ginza. On your final full day, you’ll ride the train to Mt. Fuji’s 5th Station to explore the famous natural wonder at 2,300m. During your tour, you’ll cruise on the crater lake of Lake Ashi and head up Mt. Komagatake for some of the best views of Fuji. Return to Tokyo for a final night in the capital.

At the end of your trip to Japan, connect to Haneda Airport for onward travels.


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8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,777

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Day 1

Arrive Kyoto

After clearing Customs and Immigration formalities at Osaka's Kansai International Airport you will be met and assisted to your transfer to Kyoto.

Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over 1000 years before Tokyo became its capital in 1868 and is Japan’s most beautiful city with a rich cultural heritage possessing 14 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is known as the “City of 10,000 shrines” because there are 2000 religious sites (mainly Buddhist). Other major attractions on a Japanese vacation are Kyoto’s palaces and gardens plus its old and colourful neighbourhoods. 

The balance of the day is at leisure to relax or explore Kyoto 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.

Duration3 Nights

Hotel Vischio Kyoto by Granvia

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    Hotel Vischio Kyoto by Granvia

    The new-brand hotel "VISCHIO" of JR West Hotels retains the quality of "HOTEL GRANVIA" while placing emphasis on accommodations with a sophisticated urban and modern flair. The term "VISCHIO" means "mistletoe" in Italian, a tree that is considered holy and is said to bring luck, …

    The new-brand hotel "VISCHIO" of JR West Hotels retains the quality of "HOTEL GRANVIA" while placing emphasis on accommodations with a sophisticated urban and modern flair. The term "VISCHIO" means "mistletoe" in Italian, a tree that is considered holy and is said to bring luck, peace, and happiness according to Norse mythology. The name was selected due to of our desire to a place of 'urban refuge' where our guests can recover from their tiring journey and gain a sense of well-being during their stay.


    • Fitness Rooms
    • Guest Lounge
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Full Day Kyoto Gold Highlights Tour

Start your full day tour at one of Kyoto’s most celebrated sites, the world-famous Fushimi Inari Shrine. The shrine complex spans over the entire Mt. Inari (233m/765ft) and thousands of bright red torii gates line the mountain trail. You will visit the main shrine hall and the famed vermillion gate tunnel.

Next, travel to central Kyoto to visit Sanjusangendo Temple, the longest wooden structure in Japan. Inside, you will find 1001 statues of Kannon, the Buddhist saint of Mercy.

Then visit another celebrated site, Kiyomizu-dera Temple. This temple is older than Kyoto as the capital of Japan and is famous for its wooden platform stage, the Kiyomizu Butai. The massive stage was constructed out of wood and joints – no nails. At four story’s high, it was once a popular wish-making spot.

In the afternoon visit 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration8 Hours
Day 3

Kyoto at Leisure

Day at leisure to explore historic Kyoto at your own pace. Please ask your destination specialist about option excursions available.

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Day 4

Kyoto to Hiroshima to Miyajima Island

This morning transfer to Kyoto JR station to board the bullet train to Hiroshima an approximately 2 hour journey. An assistant will meet you at your hotel, escort you to the train station and then help you board the train. 

Upon arrival in Hiroshima, meet your private guide and begin your tour with a visit to Peace Memorial Park. The area where the park now lies was ground zero for the Atomic Bomb on August 6th, 1945. After the bombing, Memorial Park was created and dedicated to those who lost their lives in the attack. Stroll through the park and discover the many memorials, monuments and statues in the park before heading into the Museum itself.

From Hiroshima, a short train and ferry ride will take you to Miyajima Island. A small sacred island located in the Island Sea, it has been a holy place of Shintoism since the earliest times. Here you will find perhaps the most photographed site in Japan - The Floating Torii Gate. Designated as one of Japan's '3 Most Beautiful Views', the shrine dates back to the 6th century with the present structure dating back to the 12th century. You will have time to explore the island and its many shrines and temples and sample local goodies like maple leaf-shaped cakes.

Overnight at a ryokan on Miyajima Island. 

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Duration1 Night

Hotel Kikunoya

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    Hotel Kikunoya

    At Hotel Kikunoya, we welcome everyone to our home in Miyajima at any time. We receive you with open arms as if you were family returning back home. That is the heart of our spirit of hospitality.

Day 5

Miyajima Island to Tokyo

Following breakfast, travel to Hiroshima by ferry and train and then take the bullet train to Tokyo, Japan's sprawling capital city. The balance of the day is at lesiure. 

We suggest you stop en-route in Himeji to visit Himeji castle, one of Japan’s most famous castles. The castle is about a 5 minute taxi ride from Himeji station, making it a very convenient stopover. Please let us know in advance if you would like to make the stop, as we need to arrange your train tickets accordingly. 

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Duration3 Nights

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

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    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.


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    • 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
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Day 6

Half Day Tokyo Edo Tour

Travel around Tokyo using the city's sophisticated and efficient subway and train lines together with your private guide to visit some of Tokyo's main sites. Start the tour with a visit to Sensoji Temple, Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple. After visiting the temple grounds, stroll along Nakamise shopping street to look for souvenirs. Then travel to the Imperial Palace East Gardens, a part of the inner palace area. The palace itself is not open to the public as it is the residence of the emperor, but you can walk through the garden grounds to see the moats, remains of Edo castle and gardens. Next, visit either Ginza or Tsukiji Outer Fish Market. Your guide will then say goodbye so you can continue exploring these areas at your own pace.

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Day 7

Full Day Mount Fuji and Hakone Tour

Travel from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji by bus this morning and head up to the 5th Station. The 5th Station is situated at 2,300 meters (7,546 ft) above sea level. At this height, you will be amazed at spectacular, breathtaking views from above the clouds. After which you will enjoy lunch.  Once your lunch is done a short visit on a Lake Ashi Cruise.  This crater lake along the southwest wall of the caldera of Mt. Hakone was formed by a powerful volcanic eruption nearly 3,000 years ago, and provides postcard views of Mt. Fuji towering 30 km northwest. Admire the superb view of Mt. Fuji from aboard a ship. Take a ropeway ride to the peak of Mt. Komagatake. There will be time to include a walk around at the peak. Take a cableway ride up to the spiritual Hakone Shrine Mototsumiya (original shrine) that nestles at the mountaintop. Depart Hakone and proceed to Odawara Station by bus. Board the Kodama Shinkansen to Tokyo in the non-reserved section.  You will arrive back in Tokyo between 8-10pm, all dependent on traffic conditions. You will need to make your own way back to your hotel on arrival.

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Day 8

Depart Tokyo

This morning, transfer to Tokyo's Narita airport for your onward flight. Of course if you want to stay longer your Goway Destination Specialist can customize the perfect itinerary for you.

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


  • Shared arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 3 nights in first-class accommodations in Kyoto
  • 1 night in first-class ryokan on Miyajima Island
  • 3 nights in first-class accommodations in Tokyo
  • Private-guided Kyoto highlights tour
  • Private-guided Hiroshima highlights tour
  • Private-guided Tokyo Edo tour
  • Shared tour to Mt. Fuji and Hakone (max. 40 guests)
  • Point-to-point train tickets in Ordinary Class: Kyoto > Hirohsima // Hiroshima > Tokyo
  • Escort Assistance from your Kyoto Hotel to the Bullet Train Platform to Board the Train
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1), 1 lunch, 1 dinner


  • Travel insurance
  • International and Domestic Airfare & Airfare Taxes
  • Meals and beverages not explicitly listed as included
  • Entrance fees not explicitly listed as included
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Ferry and JR train costs between Hiroshima and Miyajima Island


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double shared 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 inquire

25 Nov 2023
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