japan - cherry blossoms, autumn colours & trains

Over a period of many centuries, Japan has slowly developed from an ancient civilization into one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, but there’s a lot more to Japan than its urban landscapes. Japan offers exquisite scenery across the country for people to soak in its beauty; its garden-filled history is linked to the Shinto, Buddhist, and Taoist faiths, offering the visitor serenity and tranquillity. During our suggested tour, you will explore the very best of Japan, travelling between cities on various different trains, including the Shinkansen Bullet Train. Your illuminating journey, encompassing the dynamic and fascinating allure of Japan, will take you from busy urban streets to historic icons, from city hotels to country inns. You will experience Tokyo, Hakone, Takayama, Kanazawa, Miyajima, Hiroshima and Kyoto. Accommodation will be in 4* hotels, most located quite close to railway stations to facilitate your train journeys, and in traditional Japanese inns or ryokans.

SUGGESTED  HIGHLIGHTS

  • The urban charm of Tokyo
  • Hakone National Park, in the shadow of Mt. Fuji
  • Hot springs, cultural highlights & famous beer
  • Unique architecture and picturesque countryside
  • Well preserved castle town and a geisha house
  • Japan's iconic Torii Gate
  • Tea ceremony & unique local culture
  • Transfers between cities on many different trains, including the famous Shinkansen Bullet Train

Model Railway Enthusiasts should allow extra time in Tokyo for a visit to HOBBY CENTER KATO which is easily reached by taxi.

“The spacious and relaxing showroom enables model railroad enthusiasts to enjoy KATO's products that have come from over 40 years in the model railroad industry. You will be informed of the latest products and future developments in KATO products. Experience large railroad layouts and a "Live" operating exhibition.”

HOURS: Weekdays:  11.00 am. – 8:00 pm. Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays:  10.00 am. – 7:00 pm

Popular months to visit Japan

  • April - Cherry Blossom time
  • November - Autumn colors
  • September - Fewer tourists and better rates

Shinkansen Bullet Train

Hakone Tozan Switchback Train

Hida Wideview ExpressTrain

Meiji Jingu Shrine

Cableway up Mt Okakudani

Kenroku Gardens

Onsen (hot spring) at your ryokan