Tailor-Made Holiday

Holiday to Japan including Tokyo, Kyoto & Shikoku

Get off the beaten track exploring Japan

11 days

from $3,350pp (excluding flights)

This holiday idea is perfect for a first-time traveller to Japan who wants to take in some of the countries iconic sites as well as the chance to experience a less visited and scenically stunning region.

  • Explore the fabulous metropolis of Tokyo with its wonderful mix of history, culture and the weird and wonderful
  • See temples, traditional gardens and geisha in Kyoto
  • Take a hot spring bath at the bottom of the Iya Valley amidst lush mountain scenery
  • Embark on some hiking or rafting to really soak up the untouched scenery of Skikoku island
  • Board one of the world’s longest monorail for a scenically stunning journey

Tokyo and Kyoto

This holiday to Japan begins with time in Tokyo to orientate yourself accompanied by a guide before taking a day to explore at leisure using the wonderfully efficient local transportation. Onto Kyoto by bullet train for two days discovering some of the 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and geisha culture.

Shikoku Island

Pick up a hire car and set off to uncover the secrets of the island of Shikoku. Unspoilt and remote, Shikoku offers visitors a chance to see a rural Japan that few others visit. Mountain roads wind through hillsides covered with dense woodland, passing traditional villages with little that is manmade to be seen. Stay in a small onsen (hot spring) hotel perched high on the side of the valley and explore some of the dramatic scenery on foot, by river or by car.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights $Flight cost from 
$ 4522.5 $ 978.75
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Day at leisure in Tokyo

Japan is an intriguing blend of the resolutely traditional and the restlessly innovative - and nowhere typifies this more so than Tokyo. Look beyond its futuristic façade and you will discover a different Tokyo, where ancient traditions and customs are quietly maintained. An enthralling and captivating city of many layers, it is an essential place to visit for any keen traveller.

You will be staying at Villa Fontaine Shiodome, bed and breakfast

Day 2

Full Day Sightseeing of Tokyo using Public Transport
Free day to explore Tokyo at your leisure
Visit this fascinating city making use of Tokyo’s comprehensive and user friendly public transport system. Start the day with a visit to Hamarikyu garden, an Edo Period Japanese garden surrounded by the Shiodome district’s futuristic skyscrapers. Perhaps stop for a cup of steaming macha in a tea house on a small island in the park’s lake, take a boat cruise on the Sumida River. Disembark in Asakusa, Tokyo’s old town and soak in the atmosphere of the Tokyo of old. 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.

In the afternoon take the subway across town to Meiji Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the deified spirit of Emperor Meiji and a popular place for traditional Japanese weddings. If time permits, take a walk down Omotesando shopping street, a broad tree lined avenue home to the flagship stores of the world’s top fashion brands.

You will be staying at Villa Fontaine Shiodome, bed and breakfast

Day 3

Day at Leisure

You will be staying at Villa Fontaine Shiodome, bed and breakfast

Day 4

Travel from Tokyo to Kyoto (Rail Journey)

Kyoto is quintessentially Japan. Peaceful temples, lavish gardens, and majestic palaces combine to create a slice of Japan at its purest and most distilled. Witness Geishas darting from one liaison to the next, or amble through one of the famous bamboo thickets. The home of Japanese cuisine and wearing its rich culture on its sleeve, Kyoto is a truly magical city.

Afternoon at Leisure

You will be staying at New Miyako Hotel, bed and breakfast

Day 5

Full Day City Tour
This morning your private guide will meet you in the hotel lobby at 9am.

Start the day with a visit to Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), which was originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun. After his death it became a Buddhist Temple at his request, and is now one of Kyoto’s most famous temples.

Nijo Castle is an ornamental castle, built by the founder of the Edo Shogunate as his Kyoto residence and is surrounded by stunning gardens. The main building was completed in 1603, and is famous for its architecture, decorated sliding doors and ‘chirping’ nightingale floors.

Take a walk down Nishiki Market, a narrow, five block long shopping street lined by more than one hundred shops and restaurants. Known as "Kyoto's Kitchen", this lively retail market specialises in all things food related, like fresh seafood, produce, knives and cookware, and is a great place to find seasonal foods and Kyoto specialties, such as Japanese sweets, pickles, dried seafood and sushi.

Final stop today is Kiyomizu (Pure Water) Temple. From the 13m high veranda jutting out from the Main Hall you can enjoy amazing views of the whole of Kyoto, whilst pondering the fact that both the Main Hall and Veranda were built without the use of nails or any kind of joiners.

You will be staying at New Miyako Hotel, bed and breakfast

Day 6

Explore Nara
Nara had been the capital of Japan before the government was seated in Kyoto. As it is an ancient capital in the 6th to 8th century when the Buddhist culture flourished, there remain numerous temples, shrines and other historic sites. Travel by train and spend a half day exploring the temples and parks.

Return to Kyoto and Spend the Afternoon at Leisure

You will be staying at New Miyako Hotel, bed and breakfast

Day 7

Travel from Kyoto to Kobe (Rail Journey)

Car Hire

Naruto is located on the northern tip of Shikoku Islands and is famous for its whirlpools that can be observed year round.

You will be staying at Naruto Kaigetsu Resort, half board

Day 8

Drive at leisure through Eastern Shikoku to the Iya Valley

You will be staying at Iya Onsen Hotel, half board

Day 9

Day at leisure to explore the Iya Valley & the island of Shikoku with your hire car

You will be staying at Iya Onsen Hotel, half board

Day 10

Drive to Kansai airport via the impressive Seto Ohashi bridge between Takamatsu to Okayama

You will be staying at Nikko Kansai Airport Hotel, bed and breakfast

Day 11

Day at leisure in Osaka

Historically the commercial capital of Japan, with a population of 2.6 million, Osaka is Japan's third largest metropolis and second most important business city and it has been the economic powerhouse of the Kansai region for centuries. Osaka first gained prominence when a powerful warlord built the country's most magnificent castle in the 16th century. To develop resources for his castle town, the ruler persuaded merchants from other parts of the nation to resettle in Osaka and it became an important distribution centre. As the merchant class prospered, the town grew and traditional arts, such as kabuki and bunraku flourished. With the legacy of the city's commercial beginnings still intact, Osaka is renowned as an international business centre. It is also famous for its local cuisine, bustling port, aquarium, underground shopping arcades, the oldest state temple in Japan and a popular Universal Studios attraction.

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