Grand Tour of Japan - Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka and Hakone Self-Guided Tour

Visit Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka and Hakone with this 15 Day Self-Guided Tour, itinerary, 3-star hotels, transportation, experiences, Wi-Fi, and goodies included.

  • Self-Guided Tour
  • 14 nights / 15 days
  • From $3,599pp
  • 5.0

Tour Highlights

  • Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka, Hakone
  • Experience Japan's dynamic mix of tradition and modernity.
  • Cross the iconic Shibuya scramble.
  • Uncover Kyoto's rich cultural heritage.
  • See the stunning Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.
  • Visit UNESCO sites: Kiyomizu-dera, Nijō Castle, Fushimi Inari.
  • Experience the high-speed Shinkansen ride.
  • Unveil the beauty of Nara.
  • Visit Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Dome.
  • Day-trip to enchanting Miyajima island.
  • Stay in a traditional ryokan in Hakone, with views of Mount Fuji.
  • Explore Osaka, Japan's gastronomic capital.
  • Engage in a Japanese tea ceremony.
  • Stay connected with included Pocket Wi-Fi.
  • Access insider tips through our Japan Journal.

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Brief Tour Itinerary

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Tour Itinerary

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    Day 1: Arrival To Tokyo 東京

    • Arrival at Tokyo airport (Narita or Haneda).
    • Welcome to Japan! ようこそ日本へ
    • Clear customs and get your luggage.
    • Unaccompanied transfer from the airport to Tokyo (step by step details in your Japan Journal).
    • Your Pocket Wi-Fi will be waiting for you at the hotel reception.
    • Check-in at your hotel (rooms available from 3:00pm).
    • Explore the neighbourhood and try local cuisine for dinner.
  • People crossing the famed Shibuya Crossing at night

    Day 2: Modern Tokyo

    Check your Japan Journal for information on how to get to all points of interests, plus recommendations for shopping, restaurants and attractions along the way.

    • Start your day early at Meiji Jingu, one of the most famous Shinto Shrines in Tokyo.
    • Harajuku, a vibrant district famous for its fashion and youth culture.
    • From Harajuku, walk down Omotesando, Tokyo's Champs-Élysées.
    • Continue your day in Shibuya, one of Tokyo's busiest and most popular shopping districts.
    • Go up to the Shibuya Sky for a stunning panoramic view of the city from above (Optional).
    • Explore Centre Gai for souvenirs.
    • Sushi for dinner (ideas in your Japan Journal guide).
  • Shinjuku kabukicho at night

    Day 3: Parks and Neon Lights

    • Start your day by visiting the Shinjuku Gyoen, a beautiful park that offers a peaceful oasis in the middle of the city.
    • Head to Shinjuku's shopping district and explore the many stores and boutiques.
    • Take a short walk to the Met Building, where you can enjoy a stunning panoramic view of Tokyo from the observation deck on the 45th floor.
    • Head to Omoide Yokocho, a narrow alley filled with small bars and restaurants.
    • Visit the lively and colourful Kabukicho district, which is known for its neon lights, entertainment, and nightlife.
    • End your day with a Guided Food Tour in Shinjuku (optional).
  • Senso-ji temple in Asakusa Tokyo

    Day 4: Traditional Tokyo

    • Start your day early with a visit to the Tsukiji Market for breakfast.
    • Head to Asakusa and visit the Sensoji Temple, which is one of the most famous and oldest temples in Tokyo
    • Walk along Nakamise-Dori.
    • Discover the Asakusa district for unique Japanese products.
    • Head to Ueno Park and visit some of its many attractions, such as the Tokyo National Museum, the Ueno Zoo, and the Shinobazu Pond
    • After Ueno, head to Akihabara, which is renowned for its electronics shops and anime culture.
    • End your day in Ginza.
  • Geisha walking in Kyoto in the rain

    Day 5: Tokyo to Kyoto

    All details on how to get from Tokyo to Kyoto included in your Japan Journal, with instructions on how to book your Shinkansen ticket and reserve your seat.

    • Check out of your hotel in Tokyo
    • Take a Shinkansen to Kyoto
    • Check-in at your hotel
    • Walk around Gion district
    • See the Yasaka Shrine
    • Walk around Maruyama Park
    • Visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple
    • Walk through Higashiyama District
  • Self guided tour of Japan Bamboo forest Kyoto

    Day 6: Serene Kyoto

    • Start your day at the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
    • Visit the Okochi Sanso Garden for matcha and wagashi (optional)
    • Walk towards Saga Toriimoto Preserved Street and visit as many temples as you can on your way
    • Visit Tenryu-ji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • Get the public transport back to Higashiyama Ward
    • Walk along Shijo-Dori for delicious food
    • Explore Hanamikoji Street in the evening
  • Deer and shinto gate in Nara Japan

    Day 7: Day Trip To Nara

    • Take a train from Kyoto to Nara.
    • Once you arrive in Nara, head to Todai-ji Temple, which is one of the most famous temples in Japan and home to the Great Buddha.
    • Next, visit Nara Park and interact with the friendly deer that roam freely in the park.
    • Visit some of the many temples and shrines in the park, such as Kasuga-taisha Shrine.
    • On your way back, make sure to stop in Uji, known for its matcha tea.
    • Return to Kyoto in the evening.
  • Geisha walking along Fushimi Inari Shrine

    Day 8: Traditional Kyoto

    • Start your day with a Traditional Kimono Experience.
    • Followed by a Tea Ceremony. This will give you a glimpse into Japanese culture and tradition, and you'll learn about the preparation and serving of matcha tea.
    • Head to Nishiki Market, also known as Kyoto's kitchen.
    • Next, visit Nijō Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Kyoto's most important landmarks.
    • Head to Fushimi Inari Shrine, one of the most famous Shinto shrines in Japan. Take a hike up the mountainous path through thousands of vermilion torii gates and enjoy the stunning views of the city below.
    • We recommend ending your day with a Kaiseki dinner serving traditional Kyoto cuisine.
  • Hiroshima Peace memorial

    Day 9: Kyoto to Hiroshima

    • Check out of your hotel in Kyoto and head to Kyoto Station to catch the train to Hiroshima.
    • Arrive in Hiroshima and check-in at your hotel.
    • Drop off your bags and get ready to explore the city.
    • Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum, which commemorates the victims of the atomic bomb that was dropped on the city in 1945.
    • Take a break for lunch, try okonomiyaki.
    • Wander through the vibrant downtown area. This area is home to many great shops and restaurants.
    • Visit the Hiroshima Castle, a beautiful historic landmark that offers panoramic views of the city.
    • Try some of Hiroshima's local specialities, like oysters or grilled eel for dinner.
  • Miyajima island during the cherry blossom in Japan

    Day 10: Stunning Miyajima island

    • Start your day by taking a ferry to Miyajima Island, one of Japan's most picturesque destinations
    • Head straight to Itsukushima Shrine, which is one of Japan's most famous Shinto shrines.
    • Take some time to explore the island's walking trails and enjoy the natural scenery.
    • Take a break for lunch at one of the island's many restaurants. Miyajima is famous for its oysters.
    • Take a stroll along one of the island's many charming walking paths, or take the ropeway to the summit for stunning views.
    • Visit the Daisho-in Temple or the Miyajima History and Folklore Museum.
    • Return to the ferry terminal and take the ferry back to Hiroshima.
  • things to do in osaka castle

    Day 11: Hiroshima to Osaka

    • Check out of your hotel in Hiroshima and make your way to Hiroshima Station.
    • Once you arrive at Hiroshima Station, take a train to Osaka.
    • After you arrive in Osaka and drop off your luggage.
    • Visit the famous Osaka castle, one of the most iconic landmarks in the city.
    • Explore the vibrant Dotonbori district and try local street food.
    • Try some of the local specialities like takoyaki (octopus balls) and okonomiyaki (a savory pancake).
    • Do some shopping in the area, which is home to many stores and malls.
    • End your day by visiting the Umeda Sky Building.
  • Lively Osaka with its street food

    Day 12: Discover Osaka

    • Start your day by visiting the Shitennoji Temple.
    • Head to the Shinsekai area, known for its retro atmosphere and delicious kushikatsu (deep-fried skewers).
    • Don't miss Tsutenkaku, an iconic tower in Osaka.
    • Do some shopping in MEGA Don Quijote Shinsekai.
    • Visit the Namba area for its abundant dining and shopping.
  • Tours to Japan Hakone Shrine

    Day 13: Osaka to Hakone

    • Check out of your hotel in Osaka and head to the train station to catch a train to Hakone.
    • The journey takes approximately three hours, and offers scenic views of the Japanese countryside along the way.
    • Arrive in Hakone and check-in at your ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn.
    • Your ryokan has dinner and breakfast included, a private bathroom and a public onsen onsite.
    • Head to the Hakone Open-Air Museum.
    • Visit the Hakone Shrine and enjoy a Lake Ashi cruise.
    • After the cruise, take the Hakone Ropeway to Owakudani Valley.
    • Try the black eggs, boiled in the hot springs and said to extend one's life by seven years.
    • Enjoy a relaxing soak in an onsen, a natural hot spring, at your ryokan.
    • Have dinner at your ryokan and savour traditional Japanese cuisine (included in your stay).
  • Top things to do in Tokyo - salaryman entering a Yokocho in Tokyo

    Day 14: Back to Tokyo

    • Enjoy breakfast at your ryokan in Hakone (included in your stay).
    • Check out of your ryokan and head to the train station to catch a train to Tokyo.
    • Arrive in Tokyo and check-in at your hotel. Drop off your bags and get ready to explore the city.
    • Enjoy some leisure time in Tokyo for shopping, visiting some of the city's many shopping districts and department stores.
    • Sample some of Tokyo's famous cuisine, such as sushi or ramen, and enjoy a drink or two to cap off your day.
    • Return to your hotel to rest and recharge before your flight back home the next day.
  • Tokyo Shibuya crossing from Shibuya Hikarie

    Day 15: Departure from Tokyo

    • Check out of your hotel in Tokyo.
    • Make your way to Tokyo Narita (NRT) or Haneda (HND) Airport for your departure flight.

Included in your Self-Guided Tour


  • 5 nights in a 3* hotel in the heart of Tokyo, close to public transport
  • 4 nights in a 3* hotel in the heart of Kyoto, close to public transport
  • 2 nights in a 3* hotel in the heart of Hiroshima, close to public transport
  • 2 nights in a 3* hotel in the heart of Osaka, close to public transport
  • 1 night in a traditional Japanese ryokan in Hakone with a private bathroom

The basic rate includes a twin room for two people. Please contact us if you wish to travel solo. We can create a dedicated package for you.

Transport (Per Person)

  • Shared Return Narita (NRT) or Haneda (HND) Airport Transfers
  • Prepaid 72 hours Tokyo Metro transport card
  • Hakone Free Pass 2 days (unlimited rides to 8 transportation systems in the area, including the Hakone Tozan Line, Hakone Ropeway, and more)
  • Kansai 3 day Thru Pass (public transport card for Kyoto/Osaka and to Uji/Nara)
  • Kyoto 2 day Pass
  • Osaka 2 day Pass
  • Hiroshima 2 day Pass (including ferry to Miyajima)

Experiences (Per Person)

  • Tickets to Tokyo Skytree
  • Hakone Free Pass (Hakone Sightseeing Cruise pirate ship, discounts to 70+ attractions)
  • Osaka 2 day pass (Admission to attractions in Osaka such as Umeda Sky Building Observatory)
  • Traditional Kimono wearing and Tea Ceremony in Kyoto

Additional services

  • Unlimited Wi-Fi access with pocket Wi-Fi
  • Guides to Japan sent before departure
  • Book on Japanese customs and manners
  • Complete Japan Journal sent before your departure

Not included in the price of your trip

  • Flights to Japan
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Personal expenses including meals
  • Optional experiences
  • Anything not included in the “included in your tour” section

Important information about tour dates

To ensure that you can join the tour on the correct day, please make sure to organize your flights in such a way that your arrival date in Japan corresponds with the start of the tour. It's important to note that due to time differences, you may need to leave one day earlier than expected to arrive in Japan on time.

For example, if the tour starts on May 2nd, please double-check your arrival date when booking your flights to make sure that you arrive in Japan on May 2nd. You may need to fly one day earlier to account for time differences, so please make sure to do so to avoid any scheduling conflicts.

What will you get before the tour?

Before your tour, you will receive a series of digital guides to help you prepare for your trip to Japan. These guides are designed to ensure that you have a smooth and enjoyable experience while in Japan.

You will receive guides covering a range of topics, including what to pack for Japan, what to wear in Japan, and a guide on customs and manners that was created in partnership with a Japanese illustrator. These guides will help you understand Japanese customs and culture, which is important for respecting local traditions.

Additionally, you will receive a digital guide to the most useful Japanese phrases to familiarize yourself with the language. This will help you communicate effectively with locals and get around more easily.

You will also receive a list of all the apps to download before the trip to Japan. This will include apps for navigation, translation, and local services, which will help you stay connected and make the most of your trip.

Finally, you will receive a digital Japan Journal to ensure you have all your itinerary handy, along with recommendations for activities, places to visit, places to eat, and interesting attractions. This guide will also describe useful information on how to get around, including transportation options and travel tips.

Overall, you will have everything you need to prepare for your trip to Japan, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What if I need to change my booking?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking amendment fee of £40 ($50) per change, and additional costs may apply depending on the nature of the amendment. Please note that changing hotels or tickets (transportation, experiences) may not always be possible. We will make every effort to fulfil your request.

  • What if I need to cancel or transfer my booking?

    If you need to cancel your booking, please let us know as soon as possible. This is required in writing, and you should refer to the Terms & Conditions regarding any cancellation charges that may apply. Normally, if you cancel before the final balance is due, the deposit is 100% refundable. Once your final balance has been paid, there is a sliding scale of charges, outlined in the Terms & Conditions.

    If you wish to transfer your booking to a different holiday or traveller, you should contact us before the final balance is due for your existing tour. There is a £40 ($50) fee to do so. Any changes are also subject to any additional fees charged by local suppliers. Transfers after the final balance is due are classed as a cancellation and re-booking. For cancellations or transfers, please contact Customer Support.

  • Can the tour be personalised?

    Yes! All our Self-Guided Tours can be personalised free of charge to fit your requirements. Contact your advisor now and get started!

  • What currency is the tour price listed in?

    All our prices are in US Dollar (USD).
    We can process payments in the following currencies: USD, GBP, EUR, CAD, AUD.
    Please contact us, and we will provide you with a payment link in the currency you prefer.