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Lead Price
From £5070pp
10 days & 8 nights
Itinerary Type
Tailor Made
Holiday Type
General Interest
Tour Highlights

Japan Self-Guided Adventure

Combine privately guided excursions with self-guided touring so you can get the most from your visit while avoiding the high costs often incurred with private travel in Japan. Begin with a guided tour of Tokyo then travel south by rail to visit Kyoto’s temples and gardens, and the nearby historic city of Nara. Finish with a stay on Mount Koya, the centre of Shingon Buddhism. The adventure ends in the lively city of Osaka, known for its restaurants, street food, and busy shopping and entertainment districts.


DAY 1: Fly to Tokyo
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Fly to Tokyo


Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

DAY 2: Tokyo
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Arrive and transfer to the Park Hotel Tokyo for 2 nights. Evening tickets provided for the Tokyo Skytree. (N)

DAY 3: Tokyo
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Full-day private guided city tour using public transport, visiting the Asakusa Kannon temple, Tokyo National Museum’s Japanese gallery, the Imperial East Garden and the tranquil Meiji shrine. (B)

DAY 4: Kyoto
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Depart by bullet train to Kyoto. Afternoon to explore the Kyoto botanical garden at your own pace. Overnight at the Gion Yoshi-Ima ryokan (or similar), a traditional Japanese inn that serves a multi-course kaiseki evening meal. (B, D)

DAY 5: Kyoto
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Full-day private guided city tour using public transport. Recommendations include the Ryoanji temple with its famous zen rock garden and Kinkakuji temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion. Make your way to The Celestine for a 3-night stay. (B)

DAY 6: Kyoto
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At leisure to explore western Kyoto. Visit the Arashiyama district, including Togetsukyo (or ‘Moon Crossing Bridge’) and the Sagano bamboo grove. (B)

DAY 7: Nara
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Take an express train to the historic city of Nara with your private guide for a tour of Nara Park, visiting the Todaiji temple and Kasuga-taisha shrine. (B)

DAY 8: Mount Koya
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Mount Koya

Take the train to Mount Koya via Osaka. Stay 2 nights at one of the larger temples. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about monastic life and join the resident monks for morning prayers. (B, D)

DAY 9: Mount Koya
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Mount Koya

Explore Mount Koya with Ms Noriko Matsuyama, a licensed English-speaking guide with more than 20 years’ experience guiding in the area. Visit the atmospheric Okunoin cemetery and the Kongobuji temple. (B, D)

DAY 10: Osaka
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Take an express train to Kyoto and then continue to Osaka. Overnight at the Zentis Osaka. (B)

DAY 11: Fly home
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Fly home

Take an overnight flight home and arrive the next day (B)

DAY 12: Fly home
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Fly home

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

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The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Flexible touring to explore at your own pace
  • Learn about monastic life with a stay in temple lodgings
  • Experience traditional Japanese hospitality & dine on a multi-course kaiseki meal at a ryokan
  • Stay in 4-star accommodation in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka*
Low Season
From £5,070 per person
High Season
From £6,030 per person

What's included

  • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
  • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
  • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
  • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
  • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
  • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Important information

Superior tour
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
Tailor-made travel
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.
Guideline prices
Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin/double-room. Single supplement available on request. Pricing is indicative and may be subject to change due to external factors such as variable flight prices.
Meal basis
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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