Rating in Japan
$ 6940

Trails of Japan

Trekking  +  walking
Trekking + walking
min $ 6940
Per person
Tour details
Destinations: Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Kyoto
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 6940
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Prepare to immerse yourself in the wacky and wonderful in this fascinating land. Trek at the foot of Fuji, meet the Snow Monkeys of Yudanaka, cycle in Kyoto and stay at a traditional Buddhist lodge. And you’ll see all the classic highlights too.
Experience the wacky Robot Restaurant in this buzzing ward of Tokyo Shinjuku Watch a exhilarating Sumo Wrestling Tournament (on selected dates) Sumo Wrestling Hike around the base of Japan's stunning highest mountain Mt Fuji Meet the adorable Snow Monkeys in their natural habitat Yudanaka

What's Included?

International flights and current taxes Domestic transportation Accommodation Meals as stated Touring with guides and entrance fees

13 Day Trails of Japan Tour Itinerary

Our Trails of Japan itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.

Days 1-2 Fly to Tokyo

Fly overnight to the dazzling metropolis of Tokyo, Japan's capital city. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

Day 3 Discover Tokyo

Your Tokyo tour begins at the Tokyo Skytree, the world's tallest tower at 634 metres. Close by is Asakusa, at the heart of which is Sensoji, Tokyo's oldest temple, and the vibrant Nakamise shopping street. This afternoon drive by the famous Shibuya Crossing, before stopping at the Meiji Shrine and Harajuku district. Finally, it's time for a uniquely Tokyo experience – the Robot Restaurant. Here you'll experience what can only be described as a sci-fi cabaret – utterly surreal and only in Japan! Dinner is at leisure. (B)

Day 4 Japanese Drumming

This morning, try your hand at traditional Japanese drumming with a Taiko class, where you will learn the fundamental techniques of beating the 'wadaiko' with 'bachi'. Next, head to Akihabara, Tokyo's electronics district. Wander the neon-billboarded streets and visit a Maid Café, one of Tokyo's most popular types of themed establishments. In the afternoon, explore Tokyo's past at the Edo-Tokyo Museum or Tokyo National Museum. (B)

Day 5 Mount Fuji

The perfectly symmetrical cone of mighty Mt Fuji is the iconic image of Japan. This morning, you will journey out of Tokyo into some of Japan's beautiful countryside at the foot of the mountain. Pick up a hiking trail and tramp through alpine forest, across meadows and around lakes at Fuji's base, pausing often to gaze on the peak towering above you. (B,D)

Day 6 Snow Monkeys

Travel to Matsumoto and explore the magnificent Matsumoto Castle, also known as 'Crow Castle' due to its black exterior. Continue to Nagano stopping in Yudanaka to visit the Japanese Macaques, or Snow Monkeys, at the Jigokudani Yaen-Koen (Monkey Park). These creatures are unique in the fact that they make use of the area's natural hot springs, bathing and playing in and around the water. (B)

Day 7 Japanise Alps

Travel to Hotaka and ride up into the Japanese Alps on the ShinHotaka Ropeway, reaching an observation platform at 2,156 metres, which gives breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains (weather permitting). Drive to Takayama where you will be staying at a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn with onsen facilities. Here you can relax and bathe in the natural hot spring pools and experience this most traditional pastime. This afternoon you will have time to explore Kamisannomachi Street and sample the street food on offer. This evening enjoy a Hida beef dinner. (B,D)

Day 8 Bullet Train to Kyoto

Take a Limited Express train to Nagoya, where you'll change onto a Shinkansen bullet train to Kyoto. This afternoon, start discovering Kyoto's rich heritage with a visit to the enchanting Fushimi Inari Shrine with its pathway of vermillion torii gates before admiring the views over the city from Kiyomizu Temple. Stroll around the old neighbourhoods of Higashiyama and Gion, the geisha district, with a stop at Gion Corner, which showcases the seven professional performing arts. (B)

Day 9 Japanese Tea Ceremony

This morning take a half day tour of Kyoto by bicycle, starting at Kinkakuji, the 'Golden Pavilion', before contemplating Zen at Ryoanji, home to Japan's most famous classical garden. Continue to Arashiyama district where you will have some free time to explore the Bamboo Forest. Later in the afternoon, witness the rituals involved in the preparation and pouring of matcha tea in a traditional tea ceremony. (B)

Day 10 Kyoto culture & Koya-San

Spend the morning discovering the craft of kimono creation and the complicated process of dressing in a traditional kimono at Nishijin Textile Centre, before a cultural experience that will see you learning the art of origami. This afternoon, travel by road to Koya-san, where you will spend the night in a 13th-century temple sleeping on a traditional futon on a tatami mat floor. (B,D)

Day 11 Morning Prayers

Rise early to join the monks for their daily morning service - hearing the recitation and chanting is a magical experience. After breakfast, take a walking tour of Koya-san. One of Japan's holiest sites, this mountain top sanctuary is full of temples and pagodas to explore. Pay a visit to Kongobuji Temple and Okunoin cemetery before travelling to Osaka. (B)

Day 12 Himeji Castle & Sake Brewery

Take a day tour to Himeji to visit the 17th-century Himeji Castle which is considered a prime example of Japanese feudal period architecture. Continue on to a sake brewery, where you can learn about the brewing process of this potent rice wine and enjoy some tasters. Return to Osaka and experience the bright and brash Dotonbori district. (B)

Day 13 Fly Osaka to UK

Transfer to the airport and fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day. (B)

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Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. If the hotels listed below for your tour are not available on your chosen departure date, hotels of a similar standard will be used.

Tokyo Sunshine Prince

The Sunshine Prince is located in Sunshine City, a shopping and entertainment hub of Tokyo and close to Ikebukuro Station, providing convenient transport links to the rest of the city. The hotel’s en-suite rooms are simple, comfortable and traditionally furnished with a television, electric kettle, a mini fridge and a safety deposit box. Facilities in the hotel include onsite restaurants serving Japanese, Cantonese and Western cuisines, a café and bar and a 24 hour convenience store....Read more

Hamayou Resort

A haven of rest and peace, the Hamayou Resort offers spectacular views of the lake with impressive Mount Fuji in the background. The light and bright Japanese-western style rooms are furnished with both standard beds and Japanese tatami mat relaxation areas. The resort features a restaurant, a café and an onsen for guests to relax in....Read more

Ryu Resort Takayama

The Ryu Resort allows guests to appreciate the natural scenery of the area. Facilities include a swimming pool, tennis courts, a bar and a relaxing onsen. Each of its Japanese-western style rooms have an ensuite bathroom, tea making facilities and a satellite TV. There are three on site restaurants serving excellent local cuisine....Read more

Karasuma Kyoto Hotel

Located in the downtown area of Kyoto, the Karasuma hotel has good access to the popular sightseeing spots. The stylish, simple rooms all have ensuite bathrooms and free internet access. The bar offers a menu of seasonal cocktails and guests can dine at the hotel’s two restaurants serving Japanese and Chinese cuisine....Read more

Hotel Plaza

The hotel boasts a central location in the city. It has four restaurants, offering a mixture of western and Japanese cuisine, a café and a bar. Other hotel facilities include a gift shop, a hair salon, a swimming pool and a fitness centre. All guest rooms are air conditioned and feature a TV, electric kettle and a mini fridge. Wifi access is available throughout the hotel....Read more

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