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

Visits Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi, Takayama, Shirakawago, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, HiroshimaStarts in TokyoAvailable Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - varies seasonallyClick on 'check availability' to view the calendar
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Your magical journey through Japan begins with our 12 Day Best of Japan Private Tour Package – The Golden Route. Starting in Tokyo, you’ll visit sacred landmarks like the Senso-ji Temple and taste delicious seafood at the vibrant Tsukiji fish market. Then, behold the breathtaking beauty of Mount Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi, and surrounding nature. Takayama, Shirakawago, and Kanazawa are filled with fantastic wonders that you will get to explore on your own. In Kyoto and Nara, immerse yourself in unique delights – from the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine to friendly, local deer. With every step, Osaka will unveil old-world charms, and you’ll be amazed by Hiroshima’s rich history.

Ever wanted to trace Japan’s famous Golden Route? Now’s your chance! Join our 12 Day Best of Japan Private Tour Package – The Golden Route and step into a whole new world. Experience the flavors of Tokyo, the views of Mount Fuji, and the richness of Kyoto. Stop in serene villages along the way and sleep in some of the best hotels across Japan. Book your 12-day journey today!

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

  1. Delight in Tokyo's vibrant culture, sacred shrines, and delicious flavors
  2. Admire amazing sites like Nijubashi Bridge, Senso-ji Temple, and Tsukiji Market
  3. Be guided by English-speaking experts all over Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and more
  4. Experience the majestic beauty of Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi
  5. In your free time, visit a Takayama Onsen and explore Shirakawa-go & Kanazawa
  6. Discover the iconic Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine in Kyoto
  7. Stay in top-rated hotels in 5 thrilling regions
  8. Enjoy vibrant bustling cities as well as the calming countryside
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12 Day Best of Japan Private Tour Package – The Golden Route Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Tokyo
  • Airport transfer is available
  • Overnight Tokyo
Day 2 - Tokyo
  • Tour Asakusa’s Senso-ji Temple and buy souvenirs from local shops
  • Visit the Imperial Palace’s Outer Garden and Nijubashi Bridge
  • Enjoy free time for lunch at Harajuku and witness the colorful kawaii culture
  • See the Meiji Jingu Shrine, a calming haven between Shibuya and Shinjuku
  • 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 Private Tasting
  • Visit a 300-year-old Buddhist temple and learn about ancient traditions
  • Explore the bustling Tsukiji Fish Market on a private food tour
  • Taste delicious fresh seafood and local dishes
  • 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 & Takayama
  • 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
  • Transfer to Takayama
  • Overnight in Takayama
Day 6 - Free Day in Takayama
  • Take the day to unwind and discover Takayama at your own pace: bathe at an onsen, visit a sake brewery, or relax at your hotel
  • Overnight in Takayama
Day 7 - Shirakawa-go & Kanazawa
  • Private transfer to Kanazawa, stopping in Shirakawa-go on the way
  • We suggest you explore the UNESCO traditional village Shirakawa-go
  • In Kanazawa, we recommend you visit the Kenrokuen Garden and enjoy the stunning views
  • Overnight in Kanazawa
Day 8 - Transfer to Kyoto + afternoon tour
  • Train transfer to Kyoto via Thunderbird Limited Express
  • Enjoy stunning views along the way, like Lake Biwa
  • Arrive in Kyoto and enjoy a private afternoon walking tour
  • Visit Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
  • Discover the Buddhist temples of Sanjusangendo Temple and Kiyomizudera
  • Overnight in Kyoto
Day 9 - Nara & transfer to Osaka
  • Visit the Todai-ji Temple and admire the impressive Buddha statue
  • Stroll around Nara Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and interact with the park's friendly deer
  • See Kasuga Taisha Shrine, home to hundreds of lanterns
  • Shop for souvenirs at Nara Nagomikan
  • Catch the train to Osaka Station
  • Overnight in Osaka
Day 10 - Osaka
  • Tour Osaka Castle and discover its 16-century beauty
  • Visit the vibrant and lively Kuromon Ichiba Market
  • Lunch in the Shinsekai neighborhood
  • See Tsutenkaku, the tower built by the same architect as Tokyo Tower
  • Overnight in Osaka
Day 11 - Hiroshima & Miyajima
  • Transfer to Hiroshima Station by Shinkansen
  • 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 12 - Departure
  • Optional transfer to Kansai Airport (KIX) or train transfers Tokyo city center are available
NB - all timings on 12 Day Best of Japan Private Tour Package – The Golden Route are approximate
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All touring and accommodation
Private transfer from Fujikawaguchiko to Takayama
Train from Kanazawa-Kyoto, Kyoto-Osaka, Osaka-Hiroshima, Hiroshima-Osaka
Tsukiji Fish Market: Food Tasting
Anything not mentioned above
Airport transfers (optional)
Transfers between hotels & train stations
Shirakawa-go & Kanazawa: Guide - this is a self guided day as we believe you’ll best enjoy this area with self exploration
Entrance fees
Transportation during the walking tours
Personal travel insurance
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
Given the size of Japanese cities, we recommend buying a train pass to fully experience the country like a local! This is an affordable, immersive, and easy way to get around
We suggest getting taxis to and from the train stations to ensure a smooth adventure
Cancellation Policy
The train transfers are non refundable