The Best Overland Trips to Take Around the World

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Gethin Morgan

Content and CRM Executive

From the rocky deserts of Jordan to the wilds of Sri Lanka, book one of these Culture Trip adventures and get inspired to hit the road.

Overlanding – an adventurous road trip where the joy is in the journey – is a great way to explore a new place. From Japan to Brazil and much more, these are the overland trips you should add to your travel plans in the coming year.

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View from a flowery field as the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) zooms past Mount Fuji in the Japanese countryside

Japan by Train: The Grand Tour

There’s so much to see in Japan, it’s hard to know where to start, but with the help of our Travel Experts and the country’s incredible rail network, you can have the ultimate Japanese experience in just 12 days. We start in Osaka, before hopping on the Bullet Train to Hiroshima, exploring Miyajima Island and Arashiyama bamboo forest. Then it’s back onboard to Kyoto, to see Torii gates and geishas, before heading up to the Japanese Alps for sake tasting and onsen-soaking. After cruising Lake Ashi with views of Mount Fuji, our final destination is Tokyo – watch sumo wrestlers train, try taiko drumming and hit the neon-lit streets at night for a spot of karaoke.

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Osaka, Japan

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ENDS AT

Tokyo, Japan

DURATION

12

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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This is an updated version of an article originally written by Lorna Turnbull.

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