The Golden Route
Tokyo – Hakone – Kyoto – Tokyo
For those short on time this 10 day adventure is a fabulous introduction to Japan. Beginning with cosmopolitan Tokyo you move on to quaint Hakone with its traditional inns, hot springs and Mount Fuji views. No visit to Japan is complete without visiting the formal Imperial capital Kyoto, and its seemingly endless temples, before a final night in Tokyo.
- Experience metropolitan Tokyo
- Stay in a traditional Ryokan
- Soak up Mount Fuji views in Hakone
- Wander through ancient temples in Kyoto
- Travel first class on a Shinkansen bullet train
Experience the fascinating contrasts of Japan on this 10 day trip.
Upon arrival in Tokyo you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
On your first full day in the city you will be met at your hotel by a local guide who will help introduce you to some of the city’s most famous, as well as lesser known sights. As this is a private tour the itinerary is very flexible and can be tailored to your interests. We recommend trying a tea ceremony at Hamarikyu Gardens, browsing the electronics shops in Akihabara, or wandering around Harajuku's Yoyogi Park.
The next day is at leisure, perhaps take a day trip out to Nikko, Kamakura or Mount Takao. Alternatively spend another day in the city, perhaps a sushi breakfast at Tsukiji Fish Market, hit the shops in upmarket Ginza, admire the views from the top of the Skytree or enjoy the people watching in Harajuku.
Leave the buzz of Tokyo behind for a relaxing stay in Hakone National Park, famed for its fabulous view of Mount Fuji as well as its hot springs.
Set off on the bullet train from Tokyo station to Odawara, the gateway to the National Park.
There are some excellent traditional inns in the area so it is the perfect place to indulge in a traditional ryokan and experience the warm Japanese hospitality.
After a day spent relaxing in your ryokan and soaking in the hot springs, it is time to explore Hakone. Your Hakone Free Pass will enable you to get around using buses, trains, cable cars, funicular railways – even a pirate ship!
Head west on the bullet train this morning towards the formal imperial capital – Kyoto. The 267 mile journey takes just 2 hours and 10 minutes so you will have the afternoon free on arrival to begin your exploration of Kyoto.
On your second day in Kyoto you will have the services of a private guide for the day to take you through some of Kyoto’s most well-known temples and shrines such as hilltop Kiyomizu-dera or the iconic red gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine.
With over 2000 temples and shrines you are spoilt for choice, so as well as taking you to some of the most famous destinations your guide will also be able to recommend some smaller, quieter spots away from the crowds.
The final day here is left open for you to explore independently. You might like to spend a further day in Kyoto, or take a day trip on the bullet train to one of the destinations nearby. Nara is just a short hop away and boasts 8 UNESCO world heritage sights, as well as a host of semi-tame deer! Slightly further afield is Hiroshima which serves as a poignant reminder of the war but also the resilience of the Japanese people.
Today you return to Tokyo on the bullet train for a final night.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.