12 Day Best of Japan Tour Package – The Golden Route

Visits Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi, Shirakawago, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, HiroshimaStarts in TokyoAvailable Every Thursday, Friday - varies seasonallyClick on 'check availability' to view the calendar
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Looking for the ultimate journey across Japan? Our 12 Day Best of Japan Package Tour – The Golden Route is made for the adventurous soul. Amid the bustling city of Tokyo, find sacred calm at the Meiji Jingu Shrine and Senso-ji Temple. Continue along the Golden Route towards Mount Fuji. Admire iconic views from the 5th Station and Arakura-Fuji Sengen Shrine. Next, explore Shirakawa-go Village on your own, as well as the hidden gems of Kanazawa. Arrive in Kyoto by train and dive right into the city’s local treasures, from the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine to Buddhist temples. After discovering Nara, the Great Buddha Statue, and friendly deer, continue to Hiroshima & Miyajima — where rich history awaits. Finally, end your adventure in Osaka, where magical architecture awaits.

Is this your first time visiting Japan? Let’s make it an adventure to remember with our 12 Day Best of Japan Package Tour – The Golden Route – perfectly tailored to your every travel need. With expert guides, explore the rich culture, stunning sights, and ancient history of Japan. Stay in excellent hotels and enjoy inclusive train tickets throughout your journey. Book your Golden Route escape today!

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12 Day Best of Japan Tour Package – The Golden Route Highlights

  1. Journey across the Japan Golden Route with experienced local guides
  2. Visit Tokyo’s famous sites: Imperial Palace Gardens, Senso-ji Temple, and more
  3. Admire the iconic Mount Fuji from 5th Station and Lake Kawaguchi from Oishi Park
  4. Uncover the beauty of Kyoto’s Buddhist temples and visit Nara’s friendly deer
  5. See Hiroshima’s Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  6. In your own time, discover the villages of Shirakawa-go and Kanazawa
  7. Spend incredible nights in beautiful hotels across Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and more
  8. Be transported from city to city with high-speed bullet trains
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12 Day Best of Japan Tour Package – The Golden Route Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Tokyo
  • Optional shared airport transfer
  • Overnight in Tokyo
Day 2 - Tokyo
  • Visit the Meiji Jingu Shrine - the most famous Shinto shrine (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday)
  • Tour the beautiful Imperial Palace gardens and architecture
  • Visit the famous Senso-ji Temple and explore the Odaiba district
  • Enjoy an authentic Asakusa Uji Matcha experience and take a Symphony Cruise along Tokyo Bay (Monday, Wednesday & Friday)
  • Visit the Hamarikyu Gardens (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday)
  • Visit Tokyo Tower and enjoy city views from the observation deck
  • Overnight in Tokyo
Day 3 - Free Day in Tokyo
  • Take the day to freely explore the city, try some local restaurants, or relax in your hotel
  • Overnight in Tokyo
Day 4 - Tsukiji Fish Market & Culture
  • Visit a 300-year-old Buddhist temple and learn about ancient traditions
  • Explore the bustling Tsukiji Fish Market and taste a variety of local treats
  • During lunch, sample from a range of fresh seafood, like sashimi bowls and bite-sized treats
  • Ride up to a secret observatory deck and view the market and city skyline from above
  • Overnight in Tokyo
Day 5 - Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi
  • Head to Oishi Park to enjoy views of Lake Kawaguchi & Mount Fuji
  • Visit Arakura-Fuji Sengen Shrine
  • Reach the 5th Station for epic views of Mount Fuji
  • Taste the fresh water of the natural ponds at Oshino Hakkai
  • Overnight in Tokyo
Day 6 - Morning Bullet Train to Kanazawa
  • Take the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kanazawa
  • Explore Kanazawa on your own; we suggest you visit the Kenrokuen Garden and enjoy the stunning views
  • Overnight in Kanazawa
Day 7 - Shirakawa-go
  • Monday/Tuesday/Friday: Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  • Drop off at Roadside Station
  • 3 hours to freely explore Shirakawa-go village and have lunch (included)
  • Walk around the Gokayama Kaminashi district and discover Gokayama village
  • Sunday/Saturday: Shirakawa-go
  • Drop off at Roadside Station
  • Enjoy 1.5 hours of free time to have lunch and explore the UNESCO site of Shirakawa-go
  • See old townscapes and wander the tranquil village
  • Wednesday/Thursday: Shirakawa-go, Gokayama & Hida-Takayama
  • Drop off at Roadside Station
  • 2 hours to freely explore the UNESCO site of Shirakawa-go
  • See the treasures of Hida-Takayama, where the castle town from the Edo period remains
  • Overnight in Kanazawa
Day 8 - Transfer to Kyoto & afternoon tour
  • After breakfast, transfer to Kyoto by train via Thunderbird Limited Express
  • Enjoy stunning views along the way, like Lake Biwa
  • Arrive in Kyoto and enjoy an afternoon tour of iconic sites
  • Visit Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
  • Discover the Buddhist temples of Sanjusangendo Temple and Kiyomizudera
  • Overnight in Kyoto
Day 9 - Nara & Transfer to Osaka
  • Explore the iconic Todaiji Temple and its towering Great Buddha statue
  • Meet friendly deer in the scenic Nara Park
  • Visit the Kasuga Taisha Shrine, part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara
  • In the afternoon, catch the Shinkansen bullet train to Osaka
  • Overnight in Osaka
Day 10 - Hiroshima & Miyajima
  • Board the Shinkansen bullet train to Hiroshima
  • Take a ferry to Miyajima, the Shrine Island, and learn about its cultural and spiritual significance
  • Marvel at the Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Return to Miyajimaguchi station and head to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
  • See the A-Bomb Dome, a commemorative symbol of peace
  • Overnight in Osaka
Day 11 - Osaka
  • Wander the entertainment district of Namba & Dotonbori
  • See the Hozenji Temple – dating back to the 17th century
  • Visit the vibrant and lively Kuromon Ichiba Market
  • Explore the neighborhoods of Shinsekai
  • Marvel at the beautiful Osaka Castle
  • Walk through the famous Shinsaibashi shopping district and Nipponbashi
  • Overnight in Osaka
Day 12 - Departure
  • Optional transfers to Kansai Airport (KIX) or Tokyo city center are available
NB - all timings on 12 Day Best of Japan Tour Package – The Golden Route are approximate
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All touring and accommodation
Bullet Train (Shinkansen): Tokyo-Kanazawa, Osaka-Hiroshima-Osaka
Train: Kanazawa-Kyoto, Kyoto-Osaka
Entrance fees: Tokyo Tower Main Deck & Tokyo Bay Cruise (on selected days), Kyoto, Todaiji Temple Nara
Meals: Lunch on the Tokyo day tour, 2-3 food tastings & Seafood lunch at the Tsukiji Fish Market, Lunch in Shirakawa-go
Anything not mentioned above
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Essential Information
Each day of this tour package will be led by a local guide who opitimizes Tourist Japan's values: to provide you with an authentic, passion-filled tour
Choose your own hotel from our hand-picked selection during the booking process
The order of the days is subject to change so that we can optimize your itinerary to provide the best experience
During the booking process, it's possible to add extra nights of accommodation before or after the tour package
During the booking process, it's possible to add a shared airport transfer. For a small fee, you can upgrade to a private airport transfer with hotel pickup/drop off. Please contact us for more information
Tokyo Tour: Some tour activities vary based on day: On Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday, you will visit the Meiji Shrine and see the Hamarikyu Gardens On Monday, Wednesday, or Friday - you will enjoy an authentic Uji Matcha experience and cruise along Tokyo Bay (subject to weather conditions)
Shirakawa-go: The activities may vary based on day; please refer to the itinerary for more information
Transfers between hotels and train stations are not included in the package
Cancellation Policy
The train tickets are non refundable