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Traditional Japan By Rail

From AU$2,499  p.p

8 Days - Tokyo - Nikko - Nagano - Kanazawa - Takayama - Nagoya
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Nikko Toshogu
Nikko Toshogu Shrine

UNESCO world heritage site. Tosho-gu is the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate.

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Kenrokuen Garden

One of Japan's Three Most Beautiful Gardens. Kenrokuen Garden has a big artificial pond called "Kasumigaike" was compared to an open sea, and an island.

Higashi Chaya District

Higashi Chaya is one of the three geisha districts in Kanazawa and is lined with many teahouses and gold leaf products. 


Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995, they are famous for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old.

Takayama Jinya

Takayama Jinya is a former government outpost that was established in order to bring the Hida Province under the direct control of the Edo Bakufu.

  • Free Independent Tour: travel your own way at your own pace
  • Experience Japan Bullet Train - Shinkansen
  • Weekly departures to best suit your schedule
Itinerary and Map
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Day 1


Welcome to Japan! Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection. Then make your own way to your hotel.

Tokyo, Japan’s bustling capital, mixes the ultra modern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers and anime shops to cherry trees and temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding forests. The Imperial Palace sits amid sprawling public gardens. The city is famed for its vibrant food scene, and its Shibuya and Harajuku districts are the heart of its trendy teen fashion scene.

Day 2

Tokyo  Nikko  Tokyo (B, L)

Today, you’ll need to activate your JR Rail Pass voucher. This can be done at any major train station at the JR Office. JR staff speak good English and make the whole process easy and understandable.

Today, enjoy a day trip from Tokyo to the mountain town of Nikko, most famous for Toshogu, Japan’s most lavishly decorated shrine and the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. This guided tour from Tokyo takes you to some of Nikko’s most popular sightseeing spots like World Heritage Site Toshogu Shrine, the mesmerising 97 meter high Kegon Falls, and beautiful Lake Chuzenji. It includes round-trip transportation from Tokyo by bus.

Day 3

Tokyo Nagano (B)

When you are ready to board the Shinkansen Bullet Train for Nagano.

On arrival, make your own way to your hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 4

Nagano Kanazawa (B)

When ready, head back to Nagano JR station to board the bullet train to the Kanazawa. On arrival, make your way to your hotel before enjoying the rest of the day at your own leisure.

Kanazawa is known for well-preserved Edo-era districts, art museums and regional handicrafts. Kenrokuen Garden, begun in the 17th century, is celebrated for its classic landscape designs incorporating ponds and streams and home to one of Japan’s best preserved feudal gardens.

Day 5

Kanazawa Takayama (B)

Enjoy the morning free at leisure to explore Kanazawa.

In the afternoon, take a train to Takayama. Takayama is a city in Japan’s mountainous Gifu Prefecture. The narrow streets of its Sanmachi Suji historic district are lined with wooden merchants’ houses dating to the Edo Period.

Day 6

Takayama Shirakawago  Takayama (B)

Enjoy the morning free at leisure to explore Takayama. In the afternoon, enjoy a half day guided tour to Shirakawago. The Shirakawa-go regions line the Shogawa River Valley in the remote mountains that span from Gifu to Toyama Prefectures. Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995, they are famous for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old.

After returning to Takayama, the afternoon is at leisure to explore Takayama.

Day 7

Takayama  Nagoya (B)

Today board a train to the southern city of Nagoya. On arrival, the day is at leisure to explore the city at your own pace. Nagoya developed as the castle town of the Owari, one of the three branches of the ruling Tokugawa family during the Edo Period. Much of the city, including most of its historic buildings, were destroyed in the air raids of 1945. The Toyota Motor Corporation maintains its headquarters just outside of Nagoya.

Day 8

Nagoya Osaka  Australia (B)

Today there is free time before transferring yourself to the airport to board your homeward flight. From Nagoya, you can board the bullet train to Osaka before transferring to the Kansai express to Osaka’s Kansai airport.

Inclusions & Exclusions
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  • 7 nights 3 star hotel accommodation
  • Daily breakfast as indicated (B=Breakfast)
  • 7 Day JR Rail Pass (Ordinary class)
  • Guided Nikko day tour from Tokyo
  • Guided morning tour of Shirakawago
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenses
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