Explore Japan by Rail 21 Days 

Fully Escorted Tour

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Sit back and relax as you travel on some of the world’s fastest high-speed trains, including the world famous Shinkansen. This fully escorted tour will take you by train all over Japan, using your Japan rail pass. Stay in accommodation that is conveniently located near stations. Visit historic Hiroshima and Kyoto. Enjoy the Japanese countryside of Takayama and the excitement of Tokyo. This Japan by Rail Tour will operate with an experienced JTB escort and local guides where applicable who will assist with the entire trip, from sightseeing to shopping and dining.

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  2. 1
  • Hotel Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa, Tokyo

Upon arrival at Narita/Haneda Airport, clear customs and immigration before boarding the airport limousine bus to your accommodation in Tokyo. Transfer services can be provided from either Narita or Haneda Airports. Additionally JTB can arrange early check in or prior accommodation and or any other arrangements before the tour begins.


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  2. 2
  • Meal Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Hotel Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa, Tokyo

Your Japan journey begins with a full day sightseeing tour of Tokyo. Visit some of the major sights including the Tokyo Sky Tree with 360 panoramic views of the city, Tsukiji Outer Fish Markets, and Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo’s most famous Buddhist Temples. You will get to drive by some famous shopping districts in Tokyo such as Ginza and Akihabara. Today’s tour will conclude early evening and tonight enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.


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  2. 3
Tokyo – Osaka
  • Meal Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer Tokyo to Nagasaki. Carry an overnight bag.  
  • Hotel Granvia Osaka Hotel 

After breakfast, depart for Osaka on a Japan Airlines domestic flight. After arrival at Itami Airport, visit one of Japan’s most famous castles, Osaka Castle. Then onto Osaka Sky Garden – an observation platform at Umeda Sky building providing a 360-degree view of the city. This is a very uniquely shaped building. Finally visit the Namba district of Osaka, known as the entertainment district, hosting many of the city’s most popular shopping arcades and department stores, restaurants and bars.


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  2. 4
Osaka – Nagasaki
  • Meal Breakfast
  • Hotel New Nagasaki Hotel or ANA Crown Plaza Hotel

After breakfast at your own leisure, transfer to Osaka Itami Airport by bus for a domestic flight to Nagasaki. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to downtown Nagasaki. Today you will go with your escort to the Japan Rail Nagasaki ticket office and validate your Japan Rail Pass for use. You will need to show your passport when you exchange your exchange order for your actual pass.


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  2. 5
  • Meal Breakfast
  • Hotel New Nagasaki Hotel or ANA Crown Plaza Hotel

Optional Sightseeing: Visit some famous spots in Nagasaki including the Old Glover Garden, beautiful gardens surrounding nine western style homes built between 1868-1912 for western merchants living in Japan. Also visit Dejima, an artificial island that was built during the Edo period to accommodate Portuguese Christian missionaries.

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  2. 6
Nagasaki – Hiroshima
  • Meal Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer Hiroshima to Kyoto. Carry an overnight bag for 2 nights  
  • Hotel Granvia Hotel Hiroshima

Today depart Nagasaki and travel onto Hiroshima by Shinkansen bullet train.

Optional Sightseeing: Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Dome, well known for its destruction by the atomic bomb in 1945, now dubbed the ‘City of Peace’.


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  2. 7
  • Meal Breakfast
  • Hotel Granvia Hotel Hiroshima

Optional Sightseeing: Visit Miyajima Island and the World Heritage listed Itsukushima Shinto Shrine. This famous icon is known for its floating red torii gate in the water and reputed to be one of the most famous views in Japan.


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  2. 8
Hiroshima – Himeji – Kyoto
  • Meal Breakfast
  • Hotel Kyoto Century Hotel

Today board the Shinkansen bullet train for Himeji. Here visit Himeji Castle & Koko Garden. Himeji castle is both a national treasure and a world heritage site. Unlike many other castles, it was never destroyed by war, earthquake or fire and survives to this day as one of the country’s twelve original castles. Continue onto Kyoto by bullet train and tonight enjoy a special dinner at a local temple in Kyoto.


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  2. 9
  • Meal Breakfast, Lunch
  • Hotel Kyoto Century Hotel

Today enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Kyoto city visiting some of the most famous shrines and temples including the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji), Heian Shrine, Sanjusangendo and Yasaka Jingu Shrine, founded over 1350 years ago.


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  2. 10
  • Meal Breakfast, Dinner
  • Hotel Kyoto Century Hotel

Optional Sightseeing: Indulge yourself in the rural atmosphere of Sagano-Arashiyama, only a short train ride from Kyoto station. With Mt. Arashiyama as the backdrop, take a walk through the Sagano Bamboo Grove, visiting Zen temples along the way. Marvel at Togetsu Bridge, Sagano-Arashiyama’s landmark, and visit the many shops and cafes. You will have the rest of the afternoon free.


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  2. 11
Kyoto – Kanazawa
  • Meal Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer Kyoto to Takayama. Carry an overnight bag
  • Hotel Hotel Nikko Kanazawa 

Today, depart for Kanazawa city by JR limited express train.

Optional Sightseeing: Visit some famous spots in Kanazawa including the Higashi Chaya District, Kenroku Garden and old Samurai House.


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  2. 12
Kanazawa – Takayama
  • Meal Breakfast
  • Hotel Associa Hotel, Best Western Hotel Takayama or Suimeikan

Depart for Toyama and continue travelling to Takayama by JR limited express train.

Optional Sightseeing: Visit some famous areas of Takayama including, San-machi, a traditional Japanese village area and Takayama Jinya.

Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant in Takayama. 


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  2. 13
  • Meal Breakfast
  • Hotel Associa Hotel, Best Western Hotel Takayama or Suimeikan

Optional Sightseeing: Visit the Hida Folk Village, an open air museum exhibiting over 30 traditional houses from the region, Matsuri-no-mori and San-machi, a traditional Japanese village area and Takayama Jinya. Explore this historic area of Takayama’s old town. A small 3 lane area is filled with old wooden buildings consisting of sake breweries, small boutiques and some larger merchant houses which are now museums.


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  2. 14
Takayama – Hakone
  • Meal Breakfast, Dinner
  • Luggage transfer Takayama to Tokyo. Carry an overnight bag
  • Traditional Japanese Ryokan Inn Yoshiike Ryokan, Japanese Style Room 

Depart for Nagoya by JR limited express and continue onto Hakone by Shinkansen. Dinner tonight is a Japanese meal at your Ryokan accommodation in Hakone.

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  2. 15
Hakone – Tokyo
  • Meal Breakfast
  • Hotel Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa

After breakfast, embark on a full day sightseeing tour of the Hakone and Lake Ashi region. Take a cruise on lake Ashi, then ropeway up Mt. Hakone stopping at Owakudani Valley for a spectacular panoramic view of Mt. Fuji and the surrounding area. In the afternoon travel to Tokyo by bullet train.


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  2. 16
Tokyo – Sendai
  • Meal Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer Tokyo to Hakodate. Carry an overnight bag. 
  • Hotel Metropolitan Sendai Hotel

In the morning depart Tokyo and board a bullet train onto Sendai.

Optional sightseeing: In the afternoon take a Matsushima bay cruise and then visiting Zuiganji Temple.


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  2. 17
Sendai – Hakodate
  • Meal Breakfast
  • Hotel La Vista Hakodate Bay

In the afternoon depart for Hakodate by bullet train via the Seikan Tunnel crossing under the Tsugaru Strait.

Optional Sightseeing: In the evening visit Hakodate mountain. This mountain is renowned for it’s splendid night view of the city and surrounding bay. This spectacular view is a must see!


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  2. 18
Hakodate – Sapporo
  • Meal Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer Sapporo to Tokyo. Carry an overnight bag
  • Hotel Keio Plaza Hotel or JR Tower Nikko Hotel 

Optional Sightseeing: Visit some famous places in Hakodate which include the Waterfront Warehouses, overlooking the Hakodate Port, Old Churches of Hakodate, and Daisanzaka Slope.

In the afternoon, board a limited express train to Sapporo city.


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  2. 19
  • Meal Breakfast, Dinner
  • Hotel Keio Plaza Hotel or JR Tower Nikko Hotel

After breakfast enjoy the sights of Sapporo, visiting Lake Shikotsu, Shiroi Koibito Park and Okurayama viewing point. Hokkaido is the birth place of Japanese beer. On your tour, you will have the chance to visit the famous Sapporo Beer Museum. As your rail journey comes to an end, tonight enjoy a group farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

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  2. 20
Sapporo – Tokyo
  • Meal Breakfast
  • Hotel Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa

You will have the morning free to explore more of Sapporo city or do some last minute shopping. In the afternoon transfer to Shin-Chitose Airport by local train for your domestic flight to Tokyo with Japan Airlines. This last evening of the tour is free in Tokyo.

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  2. 21
  • Meal Breakfast

Your rail journey concludes today after breakfast at your Tokyo hotel. Included in this tour is a transfer service back to Narita or Haneda Airport. JTB can also arrange late check out, post tour accommodation and or any other arrangements if you wish to extend your stay in Japan after the tour concludes.

Tour Inclusions: *20 nights accommodation with daily breakfast
*2 lunches and 4 dinners
*Return airport transfers
*Rail station to hotel transfers when required
*Tokyo 1 day tour
*Osaka afternoon tour
*Himeji half day tour
*Kyoto 1 day tour
*Hakone and Lake Ashi tour
*Hokkaido Lake Shikotsu, Sapporo full day tour
*Japan Rail Pass 14 Day Ordinary Class
*Domestic flights (Tokyo – Osaka, Osaka – Nagasaki, Sapporo – Tokyo)
*6 luggage transfers (Tokyo – Nagasaki – Kyoto – Takayama – Tokyo – Hakodate – Tokyo)
Guide Service: The tour will operate with an experienced JTB escort and local guides where applicable who will assist with the entire trip, from sightseeing to shopping and dining.
Optional Sightseeing: Optional sightseeing, as stated on the daily itinerary with the tour escort – Local transfer costs, entrance fees and lunches on these tours are NOT included in the advertised tour price. This additional cost is approximately $200 per person. This is payable in Japan at each sightseeing spot before entry. Your tour escort will be with you to assist.
Group Size: Minimum 10 / Maximum 21 People
Baggage: Luggage transfers as per tour itinerary are recommended by JTB as there is limited space on local transport. The Japan hotel luggage transfer service is very reliable; you large luggage will be safe when you send it onto the next city.
Pre/Post Tour Accommodation: JTB can arrange pre and post accommodation for the tour. Please request at time of booking. 
Grand Prince New Takanawa (Superior Modern Room)
General Remarks: *A fair amount of walking is involved on this tour.
*Hotels are subject to change of the same category
*Daily schedule is subject to change due to weather, transport or any other unforeseen circumstances.
*Minimum 10 persons for the tour to operate, maximum 20
*Child reduction prices are also available, please contact JTB.
*Double rooms can be requested upon booking. Request base only.
*Single supplement has been calculated based on Single Room use. Twin room single use will be required additional charge.
*JTB does not discriminate against persons with disabilities. However, the locations visited during a JTB Fully Escorted Tour may involve a considerable amount of walking and climbing stairs. JTB recommends that travellers with disabilities be accompanied by their own assistant, capable of providing all necessary assistance. JTB Fully Escorted Tours do not include special assistance to participants with disabilities. JTB reserves the right to refuse participation in Fully Escorted Tours if it considers that such participation is reasonably likely to impose an unjustifiable hardship on JTB or its personnel. Alternatively, JTB would be pleased to organise Independent Tours for travellers with special needs.


AVAILABLE: Bookings are open. Minimum 10 passengers for the tour to operate. 

GUARANTEED TO DEPART: There is a minimum of 10 people booked. The tour will be operating.

FULLY BOOKED: Maximum capacity reached. 

17 March 2019 FULLY BOOKED $12,160 $9,860 $9,350
07 April 2019 GUARANTEED TO DEPART $11,950 $9,610 $9,140
19 May 2019 AVAILABLE $12,120 $9,660 $9,120

Japan is a wonderful country!

Japan is a wonderful country. Our guide was knowledgeable and very easy to get along with. He catered for everyone's individual needs. Very highly recommended. 

What a pleasure to travel by train

What a pleasure to travel by train with plenty of legroom and ease of getting on and off. Having a tour guide and travelling in a small group ensured that any concerns or queries were promptly attended to. Spring temperatures were warm and pleasant. The amount of walking was not strenuous and the overall pace of the tour was relaxing. 

I loved the train experience

I loved the train experience and the variety of activities, places and information by the guide. He helped me understand better how Japan "ticks". I particularly enjoyed the tea ceremony and the stay at the Ryokan. 

A very comprehensive tour showing us the many faces of Japan

This was a very comprehensive tour showing us the many faces of Japan, old and new - A fascinating country with delightful welcoming people. Train network was a great way to travel. Our tour guide was outstanding - helpful at all times and knowledgeable! 

Most enjoyable tour

Most enjoyable tour, excellent tour escort, not too many shrines or temples but the Japanese culture was well presented without information overload.

A memorable tour

A memorable tour with tour escort. Not only did we see so much on foot and from the trains we also learnt about Japan's history and culture. 

Comprehensive tour in 21 days

Quality of guides and explanation of culture/locations. Mr Kawakami is the best tour guide we have ever had - we have toured extensively in north/south America, Africa, Asia and Europe. Comprehensive tour provided on Japan Rail network and great accommodation quality. 

We covered so much of Japan!

This was my first trup with JTB and I am very pleased to have chosen this tour. We covered so much of Japan and were shown many cultural and natural sights. The train experience was also fun and memorable. The tour guide was extremely helpful, knowledgeable and approachable. He was the key reason we enjoyed the overall experience!