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A Taste of Japan


  • Itinerary:
    Tokyo - Hakone/Mount Fuji - Matsumoto - Nakasendo Way - Kyoto - Tokyo
  • Duration:
    12 days / 11 nights (flexible)
  • Price:
    Low season - from £3,495 per person (excluding flights)
  • High season - from £3,825 per person (excluding flights)
Explore the highlights of Japan, starting with the bright lights of Tokyo, then heading into the alpine mountains, onto the charming Kiso Valley to trek the Nakasendo Way, then magical Kyoto, before returning to Tokyo. Travel by train to sit back, relax, and soak in breath-taking views along the way. This is a fantastic way to experience the best of Japan.
Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi
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Days 1-2 – Let’s go Tokyo!

One of the world’s truly great cities, Tokyo is a thrilling mix of the past and future, complete with incredible cuisine, neon-lit nightlife and unique pop-culture. After being picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel near the heart of the city, you’ll have plenty of time to visit the contrasting areas which make up this unique metropolis. You’ll also take an evening tour of Shibuya with a guide popping into a few well-chosen eateries where you can have drinks and try out some delicious bar food. At the end of the tour, you’ll be well prepped to explore the dazzling streets of Tokyo all by yourself, like a true local.

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Days 5-6 – Castle in the Clouds – Matsumoto

After a scenic train journey from Hakone, taking in the beautiful Japanese Alps, you’ll arrive at Matsumoto. Nestled amongst the mountain peaks, this small cosmopolitan city awaits, offering you a tranquil base for the next few days. The wonderful Matsumoto Castle should be first on everyone’s list, but the city has plenty of other charms too. The Nakamachi district is made up of attractive Edo-period streets, home to a huge selection of cafes and galleries, you could easily lose a few hours just strolling through the maze of streets. There are alpine views all around, so you might just find yourself a nice spot for lunch and end up staying far too long!

Late-morning the following day, you’ll head to a local restaurant in the centre of town which dates back over 130 years. Here you’ll learn how to make one of the region’s most famous foods, soba noodles, from a local chef. After kneading and cutting them, they’ll be cooked up Shinshu-style for you to enjoy as a delicious lunch. With a full belly, you can set off to explore more of the city, but if you’re feeling a little more active, you can head to the Tourist Office for info about some great day-hikes in the area.

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Days 7-8 – Strolling down the Nakasendo Way

Today you will hop on another train for a short journey to Kiso Valley – home to The Nakasendo Way, an ancient walking trail of the Edo period that connects Tokyo with Kyoto. You’ll spend two nights in Kiso-Fukushima, exploring the historical and important checkpoint on the Nakasendo, before embarking on the famous hike from Magome to Tsumago. Both these towns are known as the most attractive Nakasendo towns, where you’ll pass Japan’s rural scenery of thickly forests, cobblestone roads and traditional-style Japanese houses. Once you reach Tsumago later that afternoon, it’ll feel like you’re in an open-air museum, where everything has been preserved from over 200 years ago.

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A Taste of Japan