Japan Express

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Dates: April 11 - 20, 2019

Price: $699 | 10 Days | Osaka to Tokyo

Trip Code: AJJR

From the Buddhist monks of Koyasan to the high rollers of Tokyo, capture the many faces of Japan on this condensed tour beginning in Osaka. Savour the region’s culinary delicacies and the beautiful views at Mt Fuji. You'll stay in a traditional ryokan and really soak up local culture in onsen hot springs. A great combination of the traditional and the contemporary, this adventure provides a taste of the rich culture of Japan.

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Physical Rating: 3 - Average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 15, avg 12

Travel Style: Classic

All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Highlights from Japan Express 

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Take in views of Mt Fuji, stay in temple lodging and a traditional ryokan, gaze at the famous floating torii gate in Miyajima, explore Kyoto's Nijo Castle


Day 1/2 - Osaka 

Arrive at any time.

  • Complimentary arrival transfer included on this FAM

  • Complimentary pre-night hotel included on this FAM

Day 3 - Osaka/Koyasan

Depart early and travel to the centre of Buddhism in Japan and sleep in a temple atop the 800m Mt Koya. Savour a traditional dinner of shojin ryori (Buddhist vegetarian cuisine). Watch the monks pray in the morning.

Exclusive Inclusions: Local Living Overnight in Mount Koya Temple

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

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Day 4 - Koyasan/Hiroshima

Watch the monks pray in the morning and enjoy a traditional breakfast before travelling to Hiroshima. This afternoon, visit the Peace Park and Memorial Museum commemorating the events of 1945.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Hiroshima 

Take a ferry ride over to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating torii gate. Opt to hike around Mt Misen.

Day 6 - Hiroshima/Kyoto

Enjoy a visit to the beautiful Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine and walk under the bright torii gates. Opt to shop, stroll along the riverbank, or explore another of Kyoto's many temples with free time.

Day 7 - Kyoto

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Enjoy a neighbourhood tour of the city and learn the fascinating recent history of the city's ongoing transformation. Spend the rest of the day with free time to explore this vibrant city.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 - Kyoto/Hakone

Take a boat ride on Lake Ashino-ko and a walk along the Old Tokaido Highway, and hopefully catch a glimpse of majestic Mt Fuji. Enjoy a stay in traditional ryokan accommodation, feast on a Japanese multi-course kaiseki meal, soak in the natural hot springs, and sleep on a futon.

Meals included: Dinner


Day 9 - Hakone/Tokyo

Head to Tokyo with time to do some last-minute shopping.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 - Tokyo

Depart at any time.

  • Complimentary departure transfer included on this FAM

Full Itinerary

Tour Details

What's Included

  • Local Living: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Kōyasan

  • Arrival & Departure transfers

  • Pre-night hotel

  • Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum visit

  • Miyajima excursion with floating torii gate visit

  • Nijo Castle and gardens visit (Kyoto)

  • Gion walk

  • Fushimi Inari shrine visit

  • Lake Ashino-ko boat ride (Hakone)

  • Traditional ryokan stay with kaiseki meal

  • Japan Rail (JR) pass (7 days)

  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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Hotels (7 nts), mountain monastery (1 nt, shared facilities), traditional inn (1 nt, shared facilities). (6 nts), hacienda (2 nts).


3 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Allow USD390-510 for meals not included.


Bullet train, tram, ferry, public bus, walking.

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