Essential Japan

Explore the very best Japan has to offer from the majestic shrines and pioneering shopping malls of Tokyo to the stunning Mt Fuji and heritage rich Kyoto. Experience the quintessential hot onsen baths in Hakone, at the gateway to Mt Fuji.

Stay in traditional Japanese-style ryokan accommodation complete with tatami mats and shoji rice paper sliding doors. Take a cooking class in Kyoto or even visit a sake brewery before watching a mesmerizing Geisha performance in this memorable tour of Japan.

Day 1

Tokyo Arrival

Arrive in Tokyo, where you will be welcomed by our airport representative who will assist you in transferring by shuttle bus to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2

Tokyo (B) Today is a self-guide day.


This morning explore the city using Tokyo’s super-efficient metro system. Begin the day with an early morning visit to Meiji Shrine; Tokyo’s most famous shrine dedicated to the late Emperor Meiji. Next stop we suggest is Harajuku – Tokyo’s youth fashion mecca!

Neighboring Harajuku is Omotesando. This broad, tree lined avenue features a multitude of fashion flagship stores designed by internationally renowned architects. From Omotesando, take the metro to Ginza, Tokyo’s most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district. Adjoining Ginza lays the Imperial Palace, the main residence of the Emperor. Whilst the Palace itself is not open to the public, you can take a stroll through the Palace East Gardens.

Last stop for the day could be Asakusa, home to Sensoji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple, and also the city’s oldest Geisha district. The streets around Sensoji have many traditional shops selling Japanese crafts and souvenirs and are a delight to wander through.

Day 3

Tokyo (B) Today is a self-guide day.

Today you have the full day to explore Tokyo a little more. Make an early start to visit the world famous Tsukji Fish Market, visit the electronics district of  Akihabara or discover Tokyo’s world class museums and art galleries.

Day 4

Tokyo – Hakone/Mt Fuji (B,D) Today is a self-guide day.

Today leave Tokyo behind and travel to Hakone, the gateway to Mt Fuji and surrounding national park. This small town is famous for its onsen, or natural hot springs, and has natural beauty in abundance.

You will stay in a traditional Japanese-style ryokan accommodation, complete with tatami mats, shoji rice paper sliding doors and onsen baths and enjoy a sumptuous kaiseki multi course meal.

Day 5

Hakone/Mt Fuji (B,D)

Today is a self-guide day.

Armed with your Hakone free pass, spend the day throughout the Hakone National Park. Overnight in Hakone.

Day 6

Hakone to Kyoto (B)

Today is a self-guide day.

Time for one last soak in the onsen, before undertaking the 2 hour journey with the world famous Shinkansen bullet train to Japan’s cultural capital, Kyoto.

Kyoto is home to an astonishing 2000 Shrines and Temples, including 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sights. The afternoon is at leisure.

Day 7

Kyoto (B) Today is a self-guide day

KyotoToday explore the former imperial capital using Kyoto’s comprehensive bus system. Start your day with a visit to Nijo Castle surrounded by stunning gardens before continuing on to Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion. Originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun, after his death it became a Buddhist Temple, and is now one of Kyoto’s most famous temples.

After lunch, visit Kiyomizu (Pure Water) Temple. From the 13m high veranda jutting out from the Main Hall you can enjoy amazing views of the whole Kyoto, whilst pondering the fact that both the Main Hall and Veranda were built without the use of nails or any kind of joiners!

Finish off the day with a stroll through the atmospheric Higashiyama district, whose busy lanes lead up to Kiyomizu and are filled with quaint shops selling souvenirs. Overnight in Kyoto.

Day 8

Kyoto – Nara (B)  Today is a self-guide day.

Spend another day at your leisure in Kyoto and enjoy what the ancient capital has to offer or alternatively make the short 45min trip by train to Nara. For 74 years during the 8thcentury Nara was Japan’s capital and many of the temples and shrines built at that time still remain. Overnight in Kyoto.

Day 9

Kyoto Departure (B)

Departure day. At leisure until your transfer by shuttle bus to Kansai Airport.  

Accommodation on this Tour:

Tokyo Accommodation 


Hakone Accommodation 


Kyoto Accommodation 

4* accommodation options also available please ask your travel consultant today.


What is included in this tour:

  • Return flights from Dublin.
  • Hotel Accommodation in twin room with Daily breakfast. (Other hotels options available)
  • Return Airport meet and greet transfers.
  • Meals as mentioned. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • PASMO Tokyo transport pass at a value of 1500 JPY.
  • Hakone free pass to explore hakone.
  • Transport from Tokyo to Hakone by train in ordinary class.
  • Transport from Hakone to Kyoto by train in ordinary class.
  • Information pack.



Please note:

  • Price stated is subject to availability & based on two people sharing.
  • Laundry, telephone calls & expenditure of a personal nature are not included.
  • Small deviations in the tour are sometimes necessary depending on road conditions and availability of rooms.
  • Please contact the relative embassy for up to date country information on visa & health requirements.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this tour However, we recommend you take out insurance for such a trip. Please ask our experts for a quote today.



Country Information

Currency:  Japanese Yen (JPY)

Vaccinations: No compulsory.

Visa: A visa is NOT required for Irish passport holders who wish to enter Japan for a period of six months or less, if leisure traveler.

Best time to Travel:  The best times to visit Japan are definitely during Spring (March to May) when the famous cherry’s trees (sakuras) bloom all over Japan,  and Autumn (September to November) where the temperatures are still pleasant and you can admire this time the autumn red color leaves.

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