Experience the best that this diverse country has to offer from the excitement of lively Tokyo to the sacred resting places of shoguns at Nikko. Feast on local delights at a Takayama market, make a sobering visit to the Hiroshima Peace Park and explore magnificent Kyoto temples. Discover ancient castles, lush countryside and fascinating feudal history on this authentic travel adventure.
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Tokyo - Nikko - Hakone - Takayama - Hiroshima - Kyoto
Welcome to Japan.Meet your tour guide holding Bravo Asia Tours greeting board at the Airport and transferred to your hotel so you can fresh up after your long flight. If time permit, spend the rest of the day discovering the city on your own.
Tokyo - Nikko
Perhaps see the historic Asakusa area. Here you can stop by Senso-ji, the city’s oldest temple .Next, catch an express train (approximately 1 hour) and then a local train (approximately 1 hour) out of Tokyo towards Nikko. You’ll enjoy a pleasant ride on a clean train, with beautiful views of the countryside. Japanese trains also have trolley carts with snacks such as bento boxes (Japanese lunch boxes), green tea and beer.
Here you can also visit the Museum of Art at the back of the temple complex. You can also pay a visit to the red-lacquered Shin-kyō bridge, one of the town’s most famous landmarks, and the Buddhist temple of Rinnō-ji, home to fearsome statues and an elegant garden. Spend the rest of the evening discovering the city on your own.
Nikko - Hakone
In and around Hakone. Leaving Nikko, you’ll board a local train followed by two bullet trains and finally a bus on your way to Hakone. Total travelling time will be approximately 3.5 hours. Once in Hakone, take a boat across Ashinoko Lake and then ride a cable car over the surrounding mountains. The area around the lake offers plenty of stunning views, and you may even catch a glimpse of Mt Fuji in the distance if weather conditions are clear. You’ll be staying at a family run guesthouse with shared facilities and a lovely outdoor onsen. Men and women always enter separate baths and no clothing or swimming costumes are allowed.
Today is a free day in the lake, mountain and onsen area of Hakone. Perhaps visit the boiling sulphur springs, or the Hakone Jinja – the red-gated Shinto shrine. There’s hiking trails in the national park, such as from Togendai to Owakudani, and from there to Mt Komagatake, passing the peaks of Mt Kanmurigatake and Mt Kami. There’s also the great collection of art at the Hakone Open-Air Museum and the Pola Museum of Art.Meet local people, experience efficient public transport and see the wonders that Japan has to offer!
Hakone - Takayama
In and around TakayamaTravel by shinkansen (bullet train) towards Takayama. You’ll reach speeds of 270 kilometres per hour and get to your destination within approximately 4 hours. The latter is your first stop, an outdoor museum. You’ll then have free time to explore the many art galleries, local markets and museums, or simply wander the streets of this delightful little town.
Browse the stalls of seasonal vegetables brought in from the surrounding countryside, set up by local farm women from 6am every morning. The rest of the day will be free to spend as you wish. The alpine climate and crystal clear mountain waters are perfect for creating sake, so why not visit a local brewery for a taste of the region's prized signature drop.
Takayama - Hiroshima
In and around HiroshimaTake a train for approximately 5 hours to Hiroshima. Visit the Genbaku (A-Bomb) Dome and the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. The memorial park serves the same purpose, and has museums, memorials and monuments dedicated to the memory of victims, education on what lead to the bomb’s use, as well as advocating world peace.
Enjoy a free day in the city of Hiroshima. You may choose to see more of the extensive exhibitions at the Peace Memorial Park and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Alternatively head for the Miyajima, reached after a short ferry ride (30 kilometres) across the Inland Sea. The island is home to the venerable Shinto shrine of Itsukushima, famous for its huge bright orange gate (tori) that rises majestically out of the sea. There is the lovely Momaji Park (known as Maple Valley), from where it is possible to walk or take a cable car up to the top of Mt. Misen. Keep your eyes out for inquisitive and hungry deer that roam the streets.
You’ll have another free day in Hiroshima. Why not visit the sprawling city-centre green space of Chuo Park, or the serene Shukkeien Gardens. You could stop by the magnificent Hiroshima Castle, which originally dates from the 1590s. It was destroyed by the bomb but reconstructed in all its glory in the 1950s, and now holds an informative museum in its five stories. There are numerous other musuems scattered about the city, and the wonderful Shukkeien garden is the perfect place to decompress on a break from sightseeing. Winding across the stone bridges past graceful teahouses and waterfalls can make you feel like you’re in another world.
Hiroshima - Kyoto
In and around KyotoLeave Hiroshima today and head Japan’s most impressive samurai Castle at Himeji (approximately 1 hour). Continue on a 1 hour train ride to Kyoto. Spend the rest of the day discovering the city on your own.
Make the most of your last day in Kyoto.Enjoy the sights of Kyoto on a sightseeing tour to Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto Imperial Palace and the Kyoto Handicraft Center.
Today is free to spend as you please.Explore the Nishiki Food Market and learn how to make a home-cooked Japanese meal on this Kyoto culinary walking tour.
After breakfast, it is time to say goodbye. We hope to see you again in your next trip to Asia. Your beautiful memory of this trip and our best wishes will company you back home safely.