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JAPAN BY TRAIN: THE GRAND TOUR

From Osaka to Tokyo, explore the Land of the Rising Sun on this in-depth Rail Trip.
Starts AtOsaka
Ends AtTokyo
Duration12 days
Group SizeMaximum 16
Physical Rating
Moderate
Style
Discovery
Starts AtOsaka
Ends AtTokyo
Duration12 days
Group SizeMaximum 16
Physical Rating
Moderate
Style
Discovery
Contact usNeed help choosing your trip or booking? We are here for you.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com
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About Your Trip

From neon-lit skyscrapers to bamboo forests dotted with ancient temples, there’s nowhere quite like Japan. This 12-day trip will take you from the foodie capital of Osaka, to the city lights of Tokyo and even down to the floating Torii Gate of Miyajima Island, which sits in Hiroshima Bay. Along the way, you’ll get to see geishas in Kyoto, sample sake in Takayama and watch sumo wrestlers train in the capital. You’ll even get the chance to stay in a traditional ryokan-style hotel and sing your heart out at karaoke alongside your fellow travellers. How can we squeeze so much into one itinerary? You have Japan’s incredible train networks to thank.

Japan Mount Fuji
Tori Gate
Hiking
Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Done
Senso Ji Temple
okonomiyaki stall
Japan Cycling
Miyajima deer
Higashiyama

Trip Highlights

  • 1
    Experience the comfort, efficiency and thrill of riding the bullet train
  • 2
    Uncover Hiroshima’s past at the Peace Park and Museum
  • 3
    See the floating Torii Gate and deer on Miyajima Island
  • 4
    Hike through bamboo forests and the endless gates of Fushimi Inari
  • 5
    Explore the backstreets of Kyoto by bicycle and see geishas
  • 6
    Stay in a traditional ryokan with an on-site onsen
  • 7
    Admire views of Mount Fuji from Lake Ashi
  • 8
    Witness sumo wrestling training and learn how to make sushi
  • 9
    Find your rhythm at a Taiko drumming class
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Your Itinerary

What's Included

  • One night spa hotel accommodation
  • One night Japanese Ryokan accommodation
  • Nine nights standard hotel accommodation
  • Private and local transport
  • 11 breakfasts, two lunches, four dinners
  • Local Insider
  • Osaka tour
  • Aikido lesson
  • Hiroshima and Miyajima Island tour
  • Bamboo forest and temple visit
  • Fushimi Inari sunrise tour
  • Kyoto bicycle tour
  • Hida Folk Village visit
  • Sake tasting
  • Lake Ashi cruise
  • Ropeway to Hell cable car
  • Geyser visit
  • Sumo wrestler training visit
  • Tsukiji Outer Market tour
  • Sushi-making class
  • Tokyo tour
  • Taiko drumming class
  • Karaoke night

What's Not Included

  • Visas
    • Travel Insurance
      • Flights to and from the destination

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        Accommodation

        Hotel Gracery Osaka Namba (or similar)

        Tranquil rooms at Hotel Gracery provide respite from the busy Namba district in Osaka. Tuck into a western buffet breakfast each morning. The bars and restaurants of Dotonbori are a five-minute walk away.

        Nest Hotel Hiroshima Ekimae (or similar)

        A chic spot to rest your head in Hiroshima. Rooms are sleek and light-filled, while downstairs the cafe lounge is decked in earthy tones and minimalist furnishings. You’re perfectly placed for exploring the city on foot.

        Sakura Terrace The Gallery (or similar)

        A design-led gem plonked next to Kyoto’s main train station, the rooms here are all blonde wood panelling, clean lines and large windows that offer vistas across the city. Common areas are clad with modern art, plus there’s a spa with gendered saunas.

        Spa Hotel Alpina Hida Takayama (or similar)

        A spa and open-air hot spring baths are a highlight at Spa Hotel Alpina, overlooking the Takayama mountains. Rooms are decked out in neutral tones with plenty of wood for a restful night’s sleep.

        Ryokan Hakone Ashinoko Toranoyu (or similar)

        With traditional-style tatami rooms (complete with futons), you’ll lap up Japanese culture at this authentic ryokan. Situated at the base of Mount Hakone, you can marvel at the leafy surroundings from the steaming outdoor onsen.

        Hotel Resol Ueno (or similar)

        You couldn’t be closer to the Tokyo National Museum and Ueno Park at this central Tokyo hotel. Enjoy fresh bagels for breakfast and on-demand drip coffee by front desk, available all day.

        Contact usNeed help choosing your trip or booking? We are here for you.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com
        Contact usNeed help choosing your trip or booking? We are here for you.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com