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Best of Japan

Tokyo to Osaka
13 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: JA13
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Miyajima Island

Discover Miyajima Island, home to the iconic 'Floating Torii Gate' as well as hundreds of tame and mischievous deer.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Evocative and sobering, see the collection of items salvaged from the aftermath of the catastrophic atomic bomb.

Geisha experience evening

In the former capital, Kyoto, interact with geiko or maiko during an evening of traditional entertainment and dinner.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 6 destinations
  • Freedom of Choice Inclusions in three locations
  • Luxury dining - a total of 27 meals
  • Expert APT Tour Director
  • Return airport transfers, porterage and gratuities

Map & Itinerary

Asia Map JA13 2020
Tokyo to Osaka

Designed Exclusively for APT guests

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Choose from a variety of included dining options sure to tantalise the tastebuds of every guest

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

Welcome to the Land of the Rising Sun! We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to spend however you like. Tonight, head back to your hotel for a welcome reception.

Stay: Three Nights, InterContinental Tokyo Bay

It’s your first full day in Japan. Begin your day with a visit to Meiji Shrine, dedicated to Emperor Meiji. It’s then onto the Samurai Museum, where you’ll have the chance to learn all about these honour-bound warriors. For some retail therapy and a dose of local culture, head to Ginza, Tokyo’s most exclusive shopping mecca. The afternoon is yours at leisure before a welcome dinner.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Meet a retired sumo wrestler and hear stories from their heyday.


The morning is off to an exciting start with a visit to the Sumo Museum, where you will gain an in-depth insight into Japan’s national sport. After, it’s time to see a sumo demonstration for yourself. If you’re up for it, you might like to try a round of wrestling. After lunch at a local restaurant, head to Asakusa for a wander through old Tokyo before passing Thunder Gate entrance to Sensoji temple. Next stop is the Tokyo Skytree, a television broadcasting tower and the tallest structure in Japan.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Decorative rooftop of Sensji Temple, Tokyo, Japan

Hakone is a city renowned for its natural beauty, and that’s where you’re heading. En route, visit Honma Yosegi Museum to admire the Edo-period artisan crafts exhibition. After stopping for lunch, you’ll ride the Hakone Ropeway and, if the sky is clear, see Mt Fuji. Cap off your day with a visit to the Hakone Open-Air Museum.

Stay: Hakone Kowakien Ten-yu

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Board a bullet train to Kanazawa. On arrival, visit the Kenroku-en Garden, one of Japan’s most beautiful landscaped gardens. At the old castle town, a tour includes the Nagamachi Samurai district and the Nomura Samurai House, a traditional Japanese home from the Edo period. Dinner is at a local restaurant.

Stay: Two Nights, Hotel Nikko Kanazawa

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
View of green garden and lake, Japan

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Tonight, choose to dine on locally sourced seafood at La PLAGE, or traditional Japanese cuisine at Benkay.


Head out this morning to explore the Higashi Chaya district, where you may spot some of Kanazawa’s geishas. Learn the history of gold leaf art and create your very own set of gold leaf chopsticks. The historic village of Shirakawa-go is your next stop. Take a stroll, admiring the Gassho-zukkuri farmhouses.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

For dinner, perhaps feast on an all-you-can-eat buffet at Bridges, or savour a Japanese Kaiseki course meal at Miyabi Tei.


A bullet train takes you to Hiroshima, where, upon arrival, you’ll have free time. Tonight, choose where you’d like to go for dinner.

Stay: Two Nights, Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Spend the morning at the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Once the political and commercial hub of the city, the park now stands as a sombre reminder of the importance of peace. From here, a brief ferry ride takes you to Miyajima Island, where you’ll see the iconic ‘Floating Torii Gate’. Drawing visitors from all over the world, the gate gives the illusion of floating atop the water at high tide.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Damaged building in peace park, Hiroshima

Board the train bound for Kyoto. On arrival, you’ll take part in a tea ceremony, dressing in traditional Japanese attire, before strolling through Higashiyama district in the hopes of seeing a geisha.

Stay: Four Nights, The Thousand Kyoto

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Experience the art of conversation and dancing during dinner with genuine geiko (geisha) or maiko (apprentice geisha).

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps take a rickshaw tour through Arashiyama’s famous bamboo groves. Or follow Philosopher’s path on a walking tour and visit Ginkakuji temple.


Discover the cultural capital of Japan on a full day tour. Visit Kinkakuji (the Golden Pavilion), as well as Nijo Castle and its immaculate surrounding gardens. After lunch, the afternoon is yours to shape with your choice of activity. Tonight, enjoy a Signature Experience.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

In the former capital, Nara, visit the iconic Todaiji temple, located within the popular Nara Park. Also coined ‘Deer Park’ by many, you’ll see hundreds of roaming deer who will enthusiastically bow in exchange for treats. Continue on to the Kasuga Taisha shrine, first established in AD768. After lunch at a local restaurant, return to Kyoto and stop by at the Sake Brewery Museum where you’ll relish the chance to sample the local brew. Cap off the day with a visit to the Fushimi Inari Shrine where you’ll receive a Shinto blessing by a priest.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Your farewell dinner is accompanied by the rhythmic beat of a traditional taiko performance.


Unleash your inner celebrity chef with a ramen making workshop this morning. When it comes to a delicious bowl of ramen, it’s all about the broth, seasoning, noodles and toppings. Have a go mastering the art yourself, and then enjoy your hard work for lunch. The rest of the afternoon is yours to while away however you like. Tonight, a farewell dinner is the perfect way to end to your trip.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Two maiko ladies in traditional dress holding red umbrellas, Japan

Your trip comes to an end after breakfast, with a transfer to Osaka airport.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

A Tranquil Stay

Relax at Hakone Kowakien Ten-yu, where mountain vistas and traditional Japanese hospitality make for a serene stay.

Rail Travel

From Tokyo to Kanazawa, Kyoto to Osaka, travel on Japan's remarkable rail system, including a trip on the bullet train.

The Thousand Kyoto

Rooms boast a minimalist design, a hotel spa exudes serenity and several restaurants serve fresh and delicious meals.

We know that great service is more than just taking care of you on holiday… it’s the unprecedented warmth, care and consideration you’ll be afforded from your first call until after your return home