Ultimate Japan

Discover more than just chaotic cities and mountainous landscapes on this ultimate 14-day adventure through Japan. Explore the cultural hubs of Kyoto and Osaka as you learn about Geishas, visit enchanting castles and discover the beautifully quaint backstreets. Spend an evening sleeping at a Buddhist monastery in Mount Koya. Embrace Tokyo’s blend of new and old as visit local fish markets and explore neon-lit neighbourhoods. Follow your guide through the historic heartlands of Takayama and Hiroshima. Travel in style with bullet trains, gondola rides, and boat trips to ensure you get the most out of your adventure!

Duration

Destination

Start/Ends in

14 Days

Japan

Tokyo / Osaka

Hotels

Group Size

Age Requirement

4 & 3 Star

4-18 People

18+

Trip Rating

Trip Theme

Departs

4.7

6 reviews

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Why You’ll Love This Tour

  • This 14-day adventure is perfect for travelers who want to go beyond the tourist hotspots in Japan to discover unique, local, and cultural experiences.
  • Stay in carefully selected accommodation with traditional onsens and spas at your disposal!
  • Meditate with Buddhist monks and enjoy an evening of zen as you sleep in a traditional Monastery at Mount Koya.
  • Discover ancient cities and traditions in-depth with extended stays in Kyoto and Osaka.
  • Take a day trip to the romantic Miyajima Island to explore the famously floating Torii Gate, Shrines, and breath-taking 360-degree views of the inland sea.
  • Follow your local guide through historic cities like Hiroshima and explore iconic landscapes like Mt Fuji in Hakone.

Sights Visited on This Tour

The two most prominent buildings of the Garan are the Kondo Hall and the huge Konpon Daito Pagoda. The Hall is a large wooden temple hall where major ceremonies are held.

Hugged by Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi, Hakone is a scenic town in the Japanese countryside. It is most famous for its red torii gate and Shinto shrine.

A modern city on Honshu Island, was largely destroyed by an atomic bomb during World War II. Today, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park commemorates the 1945 event.

Spacious market with vendors selling street food, fresh produce & shellfish, plus souvenirs. An amazing place to spend splendid times in a peaceful area full of locals.

Kyoto is the cultural heart of Japan, brimming with Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, and dazzling gardens and palaces. It is the best city to experience Japan's cultural nuances.

A small island in Hiroshima Bay, it is known for its forests and ancient temples. Just offshore, the giant orange Great Torii Gate is partially submerged at high tide.

A Buddhist temple complex perched on Mount Koya, Koyasan is considered one of the most sacred sites in Japan. It is also a scenic retreat with its epic mountain views.

This sacred area is home to the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi, founder of Shingon Buddhism. The cemetery is an important center for Japanese culture and a photogenic spot.

The large port city of Osaka is one of the trendiest cosmopolitan urban centers in Japan. It is a traveler's hub with vibrant nightlife and top-notch international cuisine.

Once a significant military base, Osaka Castle is a historic landmark and graceful touch to the city's skyline with brilliant architecture and beautifully manicured gardens.

This museum is dedicated to documenting the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in World War II. The museum was established in August 1955 with the Peace Memorial Hall.

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial is the only building that remains intact at the explosion site of the atomic bomb. It pays homage to the victims with its half-demolished state.

The mountainous Takayama town is an idyllic place nestling Japan's age-old traditions and rural charm. Hida Folk Village is one of its highlight attractions.

Japan’s busy capital mixes the ultramodern and the traditional from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. The Imperial Palace sits amid large public gardens.

Tour Inclusions

Accommodation

4 & 3 star hotels, Japanese-style ryokans, mountain monasteries

Meals

13 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner

Transportation

Train, cable car, local bus, luggage transfers

Train

Express/bullet train, local & mountain train

Tour Guiding

Services of experienced local Travel Talk Tour Leader

Free Wi-Fi

Complimentary hotel Wi-Fi access (where available)

Sightseeing

Tokaido Checkpoint
Hakone Shrine
Morning Market
Merchant House
Takayama Jinya Building
Peace Museum

Peace Park & A Bomb Dome
Miyajima Island
Itsukushima-jinja Shrine
Mt Misen
Kiyomizu-dera

Imperial Palace
Nanzenji Temple
Shosei Strolling Garden
Nishiki-Koji Market
Gion Corner cultural centre
Ryoanji Zen Garden

Tenryuji Temple & National Museum
Mount Koya Monastery
Garan Sacred Area
Okunoin Cemetery and Kobo Daish
Kongobuji & Kuromon Market
Osaka Castle

What is NOT included?

What is NOT included?

- Any flights not mentioned above
- Travel Insurance
- Meals not stated above
- Items of a personal nature

- Tips and gestures
- Entrance fees to the sights and museums
- Optional activities
- Other services not stated in the itinerary

Dates & Rates

All prices are per person, based on twin share occupancy. Double occupancy is also available on request, although double beds and room sizes are smaller in Japan. Solo passengers not wishing to pay a single supplement will be accommodated in a twin room according to availability with a passenger(s) of the same gender.

The below rates are for solo travellers, the 2 FOR 1 deal will be applied when you select 2 or more travellers during the booking process. Please also note that double beds in Japan tend to be smaller than in Europe.

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Accommodation

VILLA FONTAINE SHIODOME
Tokyo
4 Star

An elegant hotel in Tokyo, offering the guests a comfortable stay with its stylish interiors, fitness center and an on-site restaurant.

METROPOLITAN EDMONT LIDABASHI
Tokyo
4 Star

A perfectly located & modern-design hotel, offering rooms with flat-screen tv & electric kettle.

OYADO NONO
Kyoto
4 Star

A centrally located hotel featuring an indoor & outdoor bath, sauna and cold water bath. The rooms come with flat secreen tv, fridge and kettle.

YUTOWA HOTEL
Hakone
4 Star

Located only steps away from Hakone Gora Park, Yutowa Hotel features an on-site restaurant, a hot-spring bath & free parking.

SUSUKINOHARA ICHINOYU SHINKAN
Hakone
Ryokan

A comfortable ryokan, offering guests private units with bathroom, flat-screen, electric kettle, safe box and wardrobe.

HAKONE KOWAKIEN
Hakone
4 Star

A wellness hotel, with services including a SPA, fitness center, hot spring bath. The rooms are equipped with coffee/ tea maker

TKP LEC TORE HAKONE GORA
Hakone
4 Star

A stylish accommodation where the services offered include an hot spring bath, table tennis and modern & air-conditioned rooms.

HIGHLAND HOTEL
Hakone
4 Star

Situated in a forest, Highland Hotel offers an unforgettable stay with its hot spring bath, SPA and wellness center. All rooms are equipped with flat-screen TV, refrigerator, and electric kettle.

WAT HOTEL & SPA
Takayama
4 Star

Guests can make use of the hot spring bath. An off-site fitness centre, 4-minutes away on foot, is available free of charge.The hotel is located 2km from Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village.

HOTEL & SPA GIFT TAKAYAMA
Takayama
4 Star

A modern design hotel offering the guests an on-site restaurant & bar and rooms with flat screen TV and electric kettle.

GRAND INTELLIGENT HOTEL
Hiroshima
3 Star

A comfortable accommodation in Hiroshima with fully renovated rooms, two on-site restaurants offering varieties from French & Japanese cuisines.

CANDEO HOTEL
Hiroshima
3 Star

With its rooftop open-air bath, indoor bath & sauna, Candeo Hotel has everything for a relaxing stay.

ANA CROWN PLAZA HOTEL
Hiroshima
4 Star

A contemporary Hiroshima hotel with air-conditioned rooms equipped with flat-screen TV, air purifier and electric kettle.

COMFORT HIROSHIMA HOTEL
Hiroshima
3 Star

Comfort Hiroshima offers the guests a relaxing stay with air-conditioned rooms equipped with flat-screen TV and electric kettle.

GRANVIA HOTEL
Hiroshima
4 Star

Granvia Hotel is located just a few steps away from JR Hiroshima Station, a perfect location to start your discovery. The on-site restaurants offer delicacies from both Japanese & world cuisine.

HIROSHIMA WASHINGTON HOTEL
Hiroshima
3 Star

A charming hotel in Hiroshima, offering air-conditioned rooms equipped with flat-screen TV, electric kettle and safe box.

HOTEL VISTA PREMIO
Kyoto
3 Star

Situated few steps away from Shiyakusho-mae Station and Kamogawa River, the hotel offers a perfect location. Modern-designed rooms are equipped with an air purifier/humidifier, a fridge and a flat-screen TV.

KUMAGAIJI
Koyasan
Temple

A unique experience in a A Buddhist temple, offering tranquil & relaxing rooms with basic amenities. Accommodation offers shared bathroom facilities.

KOMYOUIN
Koyasan
Temple

A perfect accommodation to feel the relaxing atmosphere in Koyasan. The temple offers minimalist interiors and shared bathroom facilities.

HOZENIN
Koyasan
Temple

An authentic stay in a temple, offering the guests relaxing rooms with minimalist interiors. The temple has shared bathroom facilities.

EKOIN
Koyasan
Temple Lodging

A traditional-design accommodation, nestles in a beautiful garden. During their stay, passengers can join group meditation sessions.

MIYAKO CITY HOMMACHI
Osaka
4 Star

With its central location & contemporary design, Miyako City Hommachi offer its guests a comfortable stay.

HOTEL MONTEREY LE FRERE OSAKA
Osaka
4 Star

A contemporary hotel where the services include an on-site restaurant, air-conditioned rooms equipped with electric kettle & flat screen TV.

Accommodation
Tokyo
VILLA FONTAINE SHIODOME
4 Star
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Tokyo
METROPOLITAN EDMONT LIDABASHI
4 Star
Accommodation
Kyoto
OYADO NONO
4 Star
Accommodation
Hakone
YUTOWA HOTEL
4 Star
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Hakone
SUSUKINOHARA ICHINOYU SHINKAN
Ryokan
Accommodation
Hakone
HAKONE KOWAKIEN
4 Star
Accommodation
Hakone
TKP LEC TORE HAKONE GORA
4 Star
Accommodation
Hakone
HIGHLAND HOTEL
4 Star
Accommodation
Takayama
WAT HOTEL & SPA
4 Star
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Takayama
HOTEL & SPA GIFT TAKAYAMA
4 Star
Accommodation
Hiroshima
GRAND INTELLIGENT HOTEL
3 Star
Accommodation
Hiroshima
CANDEO HOTEL
3 Star
Accommodation
Hiroshima
ANA CROWN PLAZA HOTEL
4 Star
Accommodation
Hiroshima
COMFORT HIROSHIMA HOTEL
3 Star
Accommodation
Hiroshima
GRANVIA HOTEL
4 Star
Accommodation
Hiroshima
HIROSHIMA WASHINGTON HOTEL
3 Star
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Kyoto
HOTEL VISTA PREMIO
3 Star
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Koyasan
KUMAGAIJI
Temple
Accommodation
Koyasan
KOMYOUIN
Temple
Accommodation
Koyasan
HOZENIN
Temple
Accommodation
Koyasan
EKOIN
Temple Lodging
Accommodation
Osaka
MIYAKO CITY HOMMACHI
4 Star
Accommodation
Osaka
HOTEL MONTEREY LE FRERE OSAKA
4 Star

Tour Reviews

At Travel Talk we do not only strive to provide excellent value for premium adventures but also to exceed expectations in every aspect of our trips, which is reflected in an enviable 98.2% customer satisfaction rate in 2019. Thanks to the invaluable feedback of our incredible travellers, we are continuously working to improve ourselves and the communities we touch, year after year.

4.7/5 6 reviews
  • Accomodation 4.67
  • Transportation 4.33
  • Value for Money 4.67
  • Guide 5
  • Overall 4.67

Kayla Manson

I recently embarked on an amazing journey through Japan with Travel Talk Tours. We did the Ultimate Japan tour and visited famous places like Tokyo, Hakone, Takayama, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Mount Koya, and Osaka. From the moment I arrived in this captivating country until the goodbye, every part of the journey was flawlessly arranged.

We learned a lot about Japanese culture, from peaceful temples in Kyoto to bustling streets of Tokyo. Staying in a traditional ryokan in Mount Koya and visiting the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima were emotional experiences.

The itinerary was perfectly planned, and our guide was fantastic. They knew a lot about Japan and made our trip special. One of my favorite parts was visiting the Hida folk village in Takayama, where we learned about the region’s history. Mount Koya and the Bamboo Forest in Kyoto were also incredibly beautiful.

Our guide introduced us to the unique local dishes at every stop, giving us the chance to enjoy Japan’s diverse and delightful flavors. We had the opportunity to try delicious regional cuisine in each place we explored. Whether it was savoring sushi in Tokyo or indulging in the famous okonomiyaki of Hiroshima, every dining occasion was a delightful adventure.

The accommodations throughout the tour were both comfortable and charming. Whether it was a modern hotel in Tokyo or a temple stay in Mount Koya, I always felt well rested.

In short, my Japan trip was amazing, and I highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants a memorable experience in Japan.
Arigatou gozaimasu, Travel Talk Tours!

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OldbutSane.

Thought I should review this tour as others have not.
1. Tour guide KJ was excellent. He went out of his way to help, took us to Nara on his day off (our free day in Kyoto). He organised transport as best as possible (but see below for other comments). He also organised dinners at reasonably priced restaurants (I did not attend them all), but thought Italian on last night was a bit odd (apparently some on the tour did not want Japanese food).
2. Accommodation was very good, except for Tokyo where we stayed in Roppongi. We arrived a few days earlier and stayed in a much nicer hotel in the Ginza (at about the same price on booking.com). Rooms in Roppongi were small (two ladies sharing had no room between beds, so had to climb to end of bed to get up) and location is poor for best subway lines to places visited.
3. Travel times in itinerary need to be more accurate. One day was supposed to be 5 hours and it took over 8.
4. Tour tries to pack in too much. It would be better to leave out Osaka and spend two days in Hakone and 3 in Takayama (or 4 in Kyoto and include day trip to Nara). People can still get to airport easily from Kyoto.
5. Breakfasts at hotels varied, but we’re generally OK with multiple options, including standard fruit, yogurt, sometimes cereal and bread/pastries but also often including lots of salad items, curry, soup, etc as well as more traditional Japanese foods. I certainly never went hungry. Tea and coffee were also freely available. Several hotels also had free snacks or drink at night. Exception is Buddhist monastery but that was expected and food there was very nice.
6. Several hotels had onsens, worth a try at least once.
7. There is lot of travelling involved, Luggage transfers worked fine. On days we had to pack for one or two nights we dropped backpacks at hotel when we arrived at destination (used lockers at Himeji castle).
8. Not as much walking on tour as expected and was often at too slow a pace. Tour needs a fitness category attaching to it so participants know requirements in advance.
9. We did not have to walk long distances to and from train stations and luggage transfers meant we did not have to move our own luggage (except overnight backpacks). That said, travel very light in Japan if you do need to take Luggage on trains as there are often no luggage racks on them (and not just on Shinkansens).

Would recommend to anyone not wanting a bells and whistles tour.

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E. Conforti

Akemi and her assistant Kine make the best team. I have taken over 30 tours with various tour companies. Akemi is well-organized and extremely friendly. She ensures that everyone in the group is taken care of. She always goes the extra mile for our needs and handles all issues professionally and immediately throughout the whole trip. I would recommeed her to all my friends
who wants to take any ” Japan ” four offered by Travel Talk.

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S. Souza

Max did a great job, very pleasant & happy demeanor. Nothing was too hard for him. He went above & beyond answering our questions & solving all our little & big travel discomforts. In my opinion Max was the BEST! Wish him all the BEST! Thanks MAX!!! <3

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R. Konowalenko

Pepijn ‘s local knowledge and language fluency was evident through and the tour to ensure all transport connections happens like clockwork. A Job well done, thank you.

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D. Konowalenko

Pepijn overall knowledge of transportation was excellent as was his communication & keeping the group motivated. His choice of outings for us as a group was varied and enjoyable.

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Why You’ll Love This Tour

  • This 14-day adventure is perfect for travelers who want to go beyond the tourist hotspots in Japan to discover unique, local, and cultural experiences.
  • Stay in carefully selected accommodation with traditional onsens and spas at your disposal!
  • Meditate with Buddhist monks and enjoy an evening of zen as you sleep in a traditional Monastery at Mount Koya.
  • Discover ancient cities and traditions in-depth with extended stays in Kyoto and Osaka.
  • Take a day trip to the romantic Miyajima Island to explore the famously floating Torii Gate, Shrines, and breath-taking 360-degree views of the inland sea.
  • Follow your local guide through historic cities like Hiroshima and explore iconic landscapes like Mt Fuji in Hakone.
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