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Self Guided Tour with Japan Rail Pass

Japan: The New Golden Route (via Kagoshima)

Price per person based on twin share
minimum participant : 1 persons
Days: 15
from £1830

Price Includes:

* 7day Japan Rail Pass (Ordinary)
* SUNQ PASS All Kyushu 3day (ordinary)
* Mt Fuji & Hakone sightseeing tour
* Kyoto & Nara sightseeing tour
* Accommodation as specified in the itinerary or similar standard class hotels
* Meals as specified in the itinerary
* Bus booking assistance

Tour Detail

Tokyo, Kyoto, Miyajima, Kagoshima, Ibusuki, Kumamoto and Fukuoka.

On this self-guided holiday you will be hitting the absolute must-sees of Japan, on this new and updated version of the so-called 'Golden Route'. This tour is ideal for those seeking an even richer Japanese experience than just the usual suspects of Tokyo Kyoto, although they are of course included, a Golden route tour certainly wouldn't be complete without them!

Take in the sights, sounds (and smells!) of perhaps the world's most iconic city, the bustling metropolis of Tokyo. Admire Japan's most famous natural landmark, the stunning Mt. Fuji. See more gorgeous temples than you ever thought possible in one place in Japan's old 'thousand year capital', Kyoto. Gaze out across the sea at the beautiful Itsukushima Shrine. Witness the always smoking volcano of Sakurajima. Try out some of Japan's famous onsen or 'hot springs' in Ibusuki. Enjoy one of Japan's most magnificent castles in Kumamoto. Move through Takachiho Gorge, a 'power spot' renowned for its natural beauty and connection to nature and Japanese mythology. Stare into the crater of Mt. Aso, an active volcano. Enjoy even more hot springs in Yufuin before finally heading to one of Japan's gourmet capitals, Fukuoka.

This trip has it all, so get ready for the cross-country adventure of a lifetime!

Itinerary - 15 Days

  1. Day 1

    Location
    Tokyo
    Hotel
    JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Shinjuku
    Get ready for your Japan adventure!

    Arrival in Tokyo - Narita / Haneda International Airport
    After you arrive, make your own way to the hotel and take some time to get adjusted - or dive right in!

    Our suggestion:
    Why not head to Shibuya crossing and try out some Japanese food (and if you're feeling really adventurous some karaoke)?
  2. Day 2

    Location
    Tokyo
    Hotel
    JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Shinjuku
    Meal
    Breakfast
    With your first full day in Japan, Tokyo is your oyster!

    Our suggestion:
    Check out the old and the new in Asakusa, with Sensoji, a 7th century Buddhist temple, hugely popular at new year and then look up at the Sky Tree, Japan's tallest structure. (You're welcome to go up it and look down at everything else, as well!)
  3. Day 3

    Location
    Tokyo
    Hotel
    JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Shinjuku
    Meal
    Breakfast
    Join a one-day tour to Mt Fuji & Hakone. Mt. Fuji, or 'Fuji-san' as it is respectfully called in japan, is a real spiritual homeland and a truly awe-inspiring sight. Enjoy panoramic views across Lake Ashi and get the perfect photo to really make your friends jealous!
  4. Day 4

    Location
    Kyoto
    Hotel
    Hotel Granvia Kyoto
    Meal
    Breakfast
    Travel to Kyoto with your JR Pass.

    I hope you're ready for some temples!
    What Tokyo is to skyscrapers, Kyoto is to temples. They're everywhere and many of them are spectacular. Particular highlights include Kinkakuji, Kiyomizu-dera, and Roan-ji.
  5. Day 5

    Location
    Kyoto
    Hotel
    Hotel Granvia Kyoto
    Meal
    Breakfast
    Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Kyoto and Nara, another old capital renowned for its giant Buddha and deer that roam free throughout the city.
  6. Day 6

    Location
    Kyoto
    Hotel
    Hotel Granvia Kyoto
    Meal
    Breakfast
    Free time in Kyoto.

    Our suggestion:
    Why not take the morning and have a short hike through the Fushimi Inari Shrine, where thousands of red gates cover a path up a small mountain?
  7. Day 7

    Location
    Miyajima
    Hotel
    Kinsuikan
    Meal
    Breakfast & Dinner
    Head West!

    Travel to Miyajima in the morning with your JR Pass. Stay in a traditional ryokan and enjoy a well-earned rest in one of Japan's hot spring, or onsen.

    Our suggestion:
    If you haven't already, feed some deer and admire the beautiful shrine on the island.

    Miyajima is a little way from Kyoto, here is our suggested route.
    Kyoto 9:36 to Miyajimauchi 12:28 via Shin-Osaka and Hiroshima. After this, there is a short 10 minute JR ferry to Miyajima.
  8. Day 8

    Location
    Kagoshima
    Meal
    Breakfast
    Time to cross back to the mainland and then head down to Kagoshima via Hakata station!

    The symbol of Kagoshima is the constantly smoking volcano, Sakurajima, which has minor eruptions several times a day and which can be easily visited by ferry. Hikes and onsen and foot baths are just a few of the things you can do on the island.


    (Accommodation: JR Kyushu Kagoshima)
  9. Day 9

    Location
    Ibusuki
    Hotel
    Hakusuikan
    Meal
    Breakfast
    It's time to head to Ibusuki!

    Ibusuki is a hot spring town most famous for its sand baths. Here, you are covered in sand naturally heated by steam emerging from the area, after which you can wash off and head into the hot springs as normal. It's an extremely refreshing and rejuvenating experience!

    Ibusuki is a short train ride from Kagoshima.
    e.g. Kagoshima 11:57 > Ibusuki 12:48.
  10. Day 10

    Location
    Kumamoto
    Hotel
    Dormy inn Kumamoto
    Meal
    Breakfast
    Next, you are travelling to Kumamoto.

    Kumamoto is home of Kumamoto Castle, one of the grandest and most beautiful castles in Japan and home to the mascot 'Kumamon', whose face has become well known worldwide.

    Kumamoto is approxiamtely two hours south of Ibusuki.
    e.g. Ibusuki 10:10 > Kumamoto 12:47 via Kagoshima
  11. Day 11

    Location
    Kumamoto
    Hotel
    Dormy inn Kumamoto
    Meal
    Breakfast
    Day trip to Takachiho by bus.

    Today you will be exploring the Takachiho area, where there is a beautiful gorge, a true meeting place between nature and spirituality. It is famous in Japanese mythology as the place where Amaterasu, the sun goddess, came to hide. If you're feeling particularly adventurous you can row down this river, the waters of which are very tranquil.

    Here is our suggested route (by bus)
    Kumamoto Kotsu 9:22 > Takachiho 12:09
    Takachiho 16:31 > Kumamoto Kotsu 19:06
  12. Day 12

    Location
    Kumamoto
    Hotel
    Sanga
    Meal
    Breakfast & Dinner
    Another day, another onsen town!
    Travel to Kurokawa via Mt Aso by bus.

    Kurokawa is a charming town, lined with ryokan, cafes, shops and small shrines. The ryokan are renowned for their outdoor baths, which allow you to take in the scenery while you bathe. Kurokawa offers an Onsen hopping pass, the 'Nyuto Tegata' which lets you visit three hot springs for only 1300yen (roughly £10), we highly recommend you take advantage of this!

    Along the way, you will be passing Mt. Aso, an active volcano where you can visit the crater itself! This is a unique opportunity!

    Suggested route:
    Kumamoto Kotsu centre 9:16 > Kusasenri 11:01
    Kusasenri 14:12 > Kurokawa Onsen 15:39
  13. Day 13

    Location
    Fukuoka
    Hotel
    JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Hakata Chuo
    Meal
    Breakfast
    Travel to Fukuoka via Yufuin by bus.


    You are free to explore the picturesque onsen town of Yufuin until your bus departs for Fukuoka. Yufuin's centre is a bit more modern than some others like it in terms of shopping and cafes, but hot springs are still there to be enjoyed as well!

    Suggested route:
    Kurokawa onsen 10:44 > Yufuin 12:19
    Yufuin 15:40 > Hakata Bus Terminal 17:53
  14. Day 14

    Location
    Fukuoka
    Hotel
    JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Hakata Chuo
    Meal
    Breakfast
    Free to explore Fukuoka.

    Fukuoka is known for its nightlife and local cuisine, including the numerous food stalls or 'Yatai' set along the river. Particularly famous in Fukuoka is Hakata ramen, a style of ramen noodles that have produced restaurants the world over, but nothing quite compares to the authenticity you'll find in Fukuoka.
  15. Day 15

    I'm afraid your Golden Route has come to an end. After you check out of your hotel, please make your own way to the airport. I'm sure Japan will be sad to see you go. Perhaps this has whet your appetite for more of what Japan might have to offer and there is always plenty more to do!
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Price includes

* 7-day Japan Rail Pass (Ordinary)
* SUNQ PASS All Kyushu 3-day (Ordinary)
* Mt Fuji & Hakone sightseeing tour
* Kyoto & Nara sightseeing tour
* Accommodation as specified in the itinerary or similar standard class hotels
* Meals as specified in the itinerary
* Bus booking assistance

NOT included

* Travel Insurance
* Any meals and drinks not shown in the above itinerary
* Laundry, telephone, additional meals and drinks, and any other expenses of personal nature
* Baggage Transfer
* International Flights to/from Japan
* Travel Guide or Assistant

Conditions

* The price is per person based on twin share
* the prices are subject to availability
* Charges apply once it’s booked

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