Jul 2017 - Dec 2017

13 Day Splendours of Japan with Hiroshima

Trafalgar Hidden Journey starting in Tokyo and finishing in Osaka

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Read 6 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Trafalgar's 13 Day Splendours of Japan with Hiroshima. Japan reveals its many sides, as you experience buzzing Tokyo, tradition in Kyoto, the beauty of Mt. Fuji and historic Hiroshima. You'll enjoy Insider moments like marvelling...read more


Operator: Trafalgar
Type: Small Group Tour (Premium)
Style: Hidden Journeys
Duration: 13 Days
From: Tokyo to Osaka
Tour Code: JPHO
Visits: Japan
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Day By Day


Arrive Tokyo (3 Nights)

Welcome to Japan. Upon arrival at Tokyo Narita or Haneda International Airport, transfer by airport shuttle service to your centrally located hotel. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers. (WR) Stay: New Otani

Tokyo Sightseeing

This morning your City Tour begins with an orientation drive. See the Tokyo Skytree, the world's highest free-standing broadcasting tower. Continue to Asakusa and visit the Sensoji Buddhist temple. It is one of Tokyo's most colourful and popular temples and has been rebuilt countless times since it was founded in 628, making it Tokyo's oldest temple site. Visit Nakamise, a shopping street over 200 metres long that stretches from the outer gate to the temple's second interior gate. Next head to the famous Ginza district for a hands-on cooking class. Learn how to make sushi with a Local Specialist and then enjoy your sushi creations for lunch. Later choose to either return to the hotel, remain in Ginza at leisure or take part in an Optional Experience. (BB/L)

Tokyo Sightseeing

Today continue your City Tour with a visit to the Edo-Tokyo Museum. This fascinating museum displays artifacts and architecture that tell a tale of Tokyo's history and culture during the Edo period. Next drive to Akihabara which began its evolution into 'Electric Town' post WWII when the area became a black market for radio parts. It now houses numerous electronics shops selling a wide range of computer goods and video games. Enjoy some free time here before heading to the Imperial Palace Plaza, a large park area in the centre of Tokyo from where the two bridges that form the entrance to the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace can be viewed. It is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan and built on the former site of Edo Castle. Take a stroll around the Imperial Palace East Gardens before returning to your hotel. (BB)

Tokyo - Mt. Fuji - Matsumoto - Nagano

After breakfast depart Tokyo for the Five Lakes District, dominated by majestic UNESCO listed Mt. Fuji. At 3,776 metres it is Japan's highest mountain and most recognisable icon. Ascend by road to 2,300 metres at the 5th Station before taking a ride on the Kachikachiyama Ropeway, (both weather permitting) a cable car ride offering spectacular views on a clear day of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi. Later drive north to visit Matsumoto Castle, one of the most beautiful and complete original Japanese castles with its unique timber and stone structure. It is also a great Cherry Blossom viewing spot in the springtime. Continue to Nagano for your overnight stay with dinner at the hotel. (BB/D) Stay: Shinshu-Matsushiro Royal

Nagano - Takayama - Gokayama - Kanazawa (2 Nights)

This morning travel through the breath-taking Japanese Alps to the beautiful hillside town of Takayama. Located in the Hida Region, the town has retained a traditional touch like few other Japanese cities, especially in its beautifully preserved old town. Begin your walking tour of Takayama, known as 'Little Kyoto', and discover its Edo style streets filled with amazing attractions. Explore the Old Town, stopping en route to sample Japanese sake, a Cultural Insight. Lunch today is a Regional Meal of Japanese Hida beef at a local restaurant. Hida beef (Hida-gyu) is the specific name given to beef from a black-haired Japanese cattle breed, it is known as one of the finest quality varieties of beef. This afternoon take a step back in time during a visit to the peaceful mountain village and UNESCO designated site of Gokayama. See the unique Gassho-zukuri wooden houses; the steeply sloped thatched roofs resemble two hands together in prayer. Visit one of the houses and meet the family. Later observe local artisans making washi paper and try your hand at making your own, a Cultural Insight before continuing on to the historic castle town of Kanazawa. (BB/RM) Stay: Kanazawa Tokyu

Kanazawa Sightseeing

This morning discover the secrets of gold leaf painting during a visit with a Local Specialist. The production of gold leaf started in Kanazawa at the end of the 16th century and now 99% of Japan's high quality gold leaf is produced in the area. Next visit the gardens of Kenrokuen, rated as one of the top three most beautiful gardens in Japan and a great place to see Cherry Blossom in the springtime. Take your time to relax and explore the ornate landscapes, temples and ponds. Afterwards take a short walk through the Omicho market to see the local fish catch and enjoy an insiders view of everyday life in a busy coastal town. Later visit the Nagamachi District with its old and beautifully preserved samurai houses. Visit the Nomura house, an elegant samurai mansion with beautiful small gardens belonging to a high-ranked samurai family. (BB)

Kanazawa - Kyoto (2 Nights)

This morning leave Kanazawa for Kyoto by Express train. On arrival enjoy a special Be My Guest lunch at a traditional ryokan nestled in the peace and quiet of Mt. Yoshida. The ryokan was built in 1932 by master craftsmen to serve as the second residence of the uncle of the current Japanese Emperor, Akihito. Learn more about local Japanese customs as your hosts welcome you into their beautiful home. Enjoy the pleasures of a truly flavourful and unique dining experience of Kaiseki cuisine, crafted from the very freshest of seasonal delicacies. After lunch visit Kinkakuji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its Golden Pavilion. The Kinkakuji history dates back to 1397, when the villa was purchased by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. When Yoshimitsu died, the building was converted into a Zen temple by his son. Later check in to your hotel for a relaxing evening. (BB/BMGD) Stay: Nikko Princess Kyoto

Kyoto Sightseeing

This morning visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine and see the tunnel of thousands of bright orange torii gates that snake through the forest up into the mountains. Then head to the Sanjusangen-do Hall, a temple famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy and afterwards enjoy a walking tour of the Gion area. Choose to remain in Gion to explore further or return to the hotel. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Farewell Dinner at the Ninja Kyoto restaurant. Venture into the mysterious labyrinth and secret fortress of the Ninjas, the traditional Japanese heroes and enjoy the creative Ninja-style food, a perfect ending to your holiday in Japan. (BB/FD)

Kyoto - Kotohira

This morning leave Japan's main island Honshu behind as you cross the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, the world's longest suspension bridge, over the Seto Inland Sea to Awaji Island. Visit the Water Temple, designed by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando to be a sensory experience. The mountains, sky, rice paddies and bamboo groves are reflected in the stillness of the water, which has a meditative effect as you descend the steps to the Buddhist Temple below the water. Later have some free time for lunch and take a walk around Yumeburai, a complex of buildings built on the side of the mountain. One of the most striking features in the complex is the '100 Stepped Garden' - a group of 100 flower beds in small square gardens on an incline and arranged in grids spread over several levels. Continue to the small mountain hot springs village of Kotohira for your overnight stay in your Authentic Accommodation, a Japanese ryokan. Before dinner, if you wish, climb the steps adjacent to the hotel to visit Kotohira-gu Shrine and be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. This evening perhaps have a relaxing soak in the hot spring (onsen) bath at the hotel. (BB/D) Stay: Kotohira Grand Sakuranosho (ryokan) Authentic Accommodation

Kotohira - Hiroshima (2 Nights)

This morning visit the Zentsuji Temple, birthplace of one of the most revered figures of Japanese Buddhism, the high priest Kobo Daishi. It is the 75th temple on the 88 temple Shikoku Pilgrimage, which covers approximately 1,200 kilometres and was traditionally done on foot taking up to 60 days to complete. It is still done by many people today although modern pilgrims use cars, taxis, buses, bicycles or motorcycles. Continue to Omishima Island and make a stop at a local restaurant for lunch. Drive to Hiroshima via the Setouchi Shimanami Kaido Expressway, a 60-kilometre highway that links the islands of the Seto Inland Sea with nine individual bridges. Check into your hotel for a relaxing evening. (BB/L) Stay: Rihga Royal

Hiroshima Sightseeing

This morning catch a ferry over to Miyajima Island, otherwise known as Itsukushima, or Divine Island. On arrival visit the Itsukushima Shrine and admire the elaborate torii gate rising majestically out of the sea. Have some free time for lunch, strolling around and browsing in the small shops of this peaceful island. This afternoon return to Hiroshima and visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. See the UNESCO listed Peace Memorial, the only structure left standing in the area when the first atomic bomb exploded in 1945. Through the efforts of many people, including those of the city of Hiroshima, this ruin has been preserved in the same state as immediately after the bombing as an expression of hope for world peace. This evening experience the famous Hiroshima style okonomiyaki, a Cultural Insight. Okonamiyaki is similar to a savoury pancake and is made with egg, cabbage, soba noodles, and meat, seafood or cheese and grilled in layers on a hot plate in front of you. (BB/RM)

Hiroshima - Osaka

Take the high speed bullet train to Osaka. On arrival have some free time for lunch and shopping in the Dotonbori Street area. Continue with a brief city orientation tour before checking-in to your hotel. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. (BB/FD) Stay: Sheraton Miyako Osaka

Depart Osaka

Transfer by airport shuttle service to Kansai International Airport, or Osaka Itami Airport for your onward flight. (BB)

Trip Inclusions

Insider Experiences with Trafalgar

  • Enjoy Insider moments marvelling at Japan’s inland sea stretched out before you, as you cross the longest suspension bridge in the world. And relaxing in the heat of an onsen bath, during your stay at a traditional ryokan on Mt. Kompira.
  • Be My Guest Lunch at a traditional Japanese ryokan.
  • Cultural Insight Sample Japanese Sake, learn about the production of Japanese washi paper; Sample the famous Hiroshima style okonomiyaki.
  • Local Specialist in Tokyo and Kanazawa.
  • Authentic Accommodation Relax at a traditional Japanese ryokan.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City Tour of Hiroshima
  • See the traditional Gassho-zukuri houses in Gokayama and the beautiful gardens of Kenrokuen in Kanazawa
  • View Mt. Fuji
  • Visit the Water Temple on Awaji Island, the Peace Memorial Park and Museum in Hiroshima and the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island
  • As per Splendours of Japan itinerary plus:

Included Dining

  • 12 buffet breakfasts.
  • 6 dinners.
  • 4 lunches (including Be My Guest)

Touring Inclusions

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

Authentic Accommodation

  • Enjoy genuine Japanese hospitality while staying in Authentic Accommodation in a traditional ryokan (Japanese inn). Get the best of both worlds with the Japanese style rooms which have the added comfort of western style beds (rooms with tatami mats instead of beds can be requested at the time of booking if preferred). The ryokan features communal hot spring (onsen) baths and guests are provided with a yukata (cotton kimono) to wear.

Special Departures

Gion Festival: Takes place annually in Kyoto and is one of the most famous festivals in Japan. Events and parades are held for the entire month of July.

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included

Operator Details

Region: Asia
Style: Hidden Journeys
Accommodation: 4-5 Star
Location: Central - Generally
Guided: Tour Host & Local Guides
Transport: Luxury Coach
Age Range: Open (min 5 years)
Flights: Internal Flights Included
Airport Transfers: Included in Price
Gratuities: Customary on Tour
Max Group Size: 26 (Avg. 22)
Free WiFi: No
* Source: Trafalgar for trips in Asia. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

Reviews (6)


New Zealand
Trip Date: 12/03/2017

“13 Day Splendours of Japan with Hiroshima”

We arrived a few days early to rest up from our long flight. Made friends with a lady who was also doing our tour so had the chance to try the subways and trains with her well traveled help. It was over whelming at first with so many people around us and so much traffic. With Andrea's help we soon got sorted. By the time the tour was about to start we were up to speed. So I do recommend to give yourselves time to get use to the constant attention in the hotel and any shops that you go into. You are greeted by everyone with words of welcome (in Japanese) I also suggest that you learn a few words of Japanese to say thank you, good morning and excuse me. The Japanese constantly say these things. If you show respect back by bowing and greeting in return it won't go un-noticed and appreciated.

Food....a few words about food. There are so many places to eat all styles of food, at first it seemed there was nothing but restaurants. Japanese pride themselves on presentation of anything and definitely of food. Before you travel checkout on line all information about where you are going and styles of food. Don't be afraid to try new tastes.

Hotels range in style and comfort...as do the bathrooms! It can be a challenge at first to find how to turn the shower on, easy you might think, but it can be confusing. Toilets in Japan are amazing, they play music when sat on or the sound of running water, you can wash front and back! Some even blow dry afterwards! Toiletries are amazing and fun. They can provide tooth brush and toothpaste, shaver and small tube of shaving cream, combs, soaps, etc etc have fun discovering the different things that are provided.The beds are a lot firmer than most people would be use to but I was amazed to find that it wasn't a problem and I am a fussy bed person.

The tour its self was wonderful. We saw a wise range of what Japan has to offer. We were lucky to see Mt Fuji at its most beautiful. Clear blue sky and snow capped mountain. Picture perfect! We traveled at the beginning of March and it was still cold, which I love. Washing clothes was a problem, hotels will do laundry but they are expensive! We only found one laundry-mate. I recommend washing out underwear when you have a two night stop. Take clothes to layer for cold or hot and a good raincoat...again research weather for the time of year you are going. Somethings will not be everything you would be expect...roll with it. Have fun and if you are like me and buy lots of souvenirs allow space in your suitcase for that or end up buying extra suitcases. Keep in mind how many bags you can take on planes and buses. Last words of wisdom research, research, research the places you will be visiting. Socks! carry a pair of warm socks to put on as you have to take your shoes of in some places and carry packets of tissues in case of no toilet paper! It happens! Enjoy as we did! It was wonderful! Loved it!

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Trip Date: 30/03/2016

“Cherry blossom time”

My wife and I enjoyed this well planned small group tour very much. The tour director was knowledgeable and diligent, the natural landscapes and formal gardens were at their best (timing was ideal for the best of cherry blossom season) and our fellow travellers were good company. Highlights for us were the underbridge viewing of the spectacular Inland Sea whirlpools, the lovely Kenruen Gardens in Kanazawa, our perfect Japanese meal at Ryokan Yoshida Sanso in the elegant city of Kyoto and our day trip to the island of Mijajima with its shrine, O'torii gate and deer. The only minor negatives were the quality of the headsets and the resultant occasional difficulty hearing/understanding our tour director, and a poorly planned final day in/getting to Osaka. As always we were happy to be in the safe hands of Yvonne at Global Journeys.

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Trip Date: 20/03/2016

“Fabulous tour”

I enjoyed this tour immensely. I travelled with a great bunch of like minded travellers with a great Tour guide, Yama and reliable coach drivers. I enjoyed the meals included in the tour from the accommodation breakfast, lunches and dinners. Food was always fresh and different. Itinerary and activities were great. Accommodation overall was good and centrally located in the cities we visited.

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Trip Date: 05/07/2015

“Very well organised with several unforgettable experiences”

The tour guide, Kimiko, was lovely and extremely helpful. She was always completely dedicated to ensuring that we were comfortable and enjoying ourselves. There was nothing she wouldn't do to optimise our experience, and you could tell she really loves her job. She is easily the best tour guide I have ever travelled with! The included meals were authentic, tasty and of a very high quality. The hotels were very centrally located, being literally connected to or next to multilevel shopping centres, convenience stores, restaurants and public transport - this is in stark contrast to some of the hotels utilised for the European tours with Trafalgar. The Fukuchiin Monastery Inn stay was a genuinely unique experience that I will never forget. There was a good balance of included experiences and free time. Overall this was a very well organised itinerary with several unforgettable experiences and an amazing tour guide that are collectively worth the cost of the tour.

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Jul 2017 - Dec 2017

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