Discover Japan & Hike Mt Fuji
14 days from Tokyo to Tokyo
From $ 4649
Duration14 days

From the towers and gadgets of Tokyo to the serenity of sacred shrines, this trip provides the perfect blend of guided excursions and free time to explore this fascinating region at your own pace. Linger in the gardens of Kyoto, shoot through the mountain air on a Shinkansen bullet train, and stay in a traditional ryokan for the ultimate in Japanese luxury. The adventure culminates with a two-day ascent of sacred Mt Fuji – reaching the nation's tallest peak just in time for an unforgettable sunrise.

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  • Duration: 14 days
    Service level: Standard
  • Starts in: Tokyo
    Physical Grading: Demanding
  • Ends in: Tokyo
    Ages: 12+
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Itinerary

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Day 1: Tokyo
We highly recommend booking pre- or post-accommodation in Tokyo to take full advantage of this spectacular city.
Arrive at any time.
Day 2: Tokyo/Kanazawa

Start place: Tokyo

Take a short train ride to Kanazawa. In the 17th century, this beautifully preserved castle town was Japan's wealthiest, and it became a thriving center for culture and arts.
Arrive in Kanazawa and explore the city's well-preserved geisha district.

End place: Kanazawa

Day 3: Kanazawa-shi

Start place: Kanazawa

After strolling through the expansive gardens of Kenrokuen, opt to stop at the massive Kanazawa castle next door.

Kanazawa is also home to many interesting museums, opt to visit one or learn more about local crafts. Loving the food in the city? Take a trip to the local seafood market to see where some of the fresh, tasty ingredients come from.
Stroll through Keroku-en, ranked one of the nation's top three gardens before exploring the historic Nagamachi samurai district.

End place: Kanazawa

Day 4: Kanazawa-shi/Takayama

Start place: Kanazawa

Arrive in Takayama in the afternoon and begin taking in the beautiful scenery of this traditional city.
Arrive in picturesque Takayama and relax in the traditional Japanese inn.
Day 5: Takayama
Enjoy free time to explore this beautiful landscape. Discover traces of a feudal past in the thatched houses and rice fields. Opt to visit one of the markets or rent a bike and cycle out of the town centre and into the countryside.
Explore the Hida No Sato traditional folk village, and walk the quaint streets of the old town – lined with sake breweries and craft shops. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore the area.
Day 6: Takayama/Hiroshima-shi
The large Peace Park in the centre of the city is an extremely moving place dotted with memorials of those killed by the atomic bomb and others who subsequently died. The burning flame in the park will only be extinguished when all nuclear weapons in the world have been destroyed. Take a tram ride through the city to reach Peace Park.
Arrive in Hiroshima and visit the Peace Park and Museum to learn more about the tragic history of this city.

End place: Hiroshima

Day 7: Hiroshima-shi

Start place: Hiroshima

Take a short ferry ride to Miyajima Island, not far from the coast.

Here, view one of the most photographed sights in Japan— the floating Torii Gate. The shrine itself dates back to the 6th century and is designed in a pier-like structure.

Enjoy time to explore the island and its many shrines and temples. Sample local treats like maple leaf shaped cakes, and opt to hike up to the peak of the island, Mt Misen, to see spectacular views of the surrounding islands.
Take a ferry to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating Torii Gate and meet the friendly local deer. Please note the floating Torii Gate will be under construction from June 2019 to August 2020.

End place: Hiroshima

Day 8: Hiroshima-shi/Kyoto

Start place: Hiroshima

Continue on to Kyoto, the former imperial capital and home of the country's most treasured remnants of Japanese imperial life.

Walk around Gion and perhaps catch a glimpse of a geisha going from teahouse to teahouse.
Travel to historic Kyoto. Explore the marvellous Fushimi Inari shrine and walk under thousands of torii gates.

End place: Kyoto

Day 9: Kyoto

Start place: Kyoto

Wander the impressive Nijo Castle and gardens before visiting Kyoto's iconic Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion.

End place: Kyoto

Meals: B
Day 10: Kyoto

Start place: Kyoto

Spend a full day discovering the Zen gardens, huge wooden temples, pagodas and shrines of Kyoto. Opt to enjoy the Zen gardens of Ryoan-ji and the Silver Pavilion, and take a leisurely stroll down the lovely Philosopher’s path to Nanzen-ji.

End place: Kyoto

Meals: B
Day 11: Kyoto/Fujikawaguchiko

Start place: Kyoto

Leave Kyoto and travel to Kawaguchiko arriving mid afternoon. Take the rest of the afternoon to visit the Onsen Spa before dinner.
Visit Lake Kawaguchi and go for some optional walks. Enjoy an amazing multi-course Japanese kaiseki dinner and prepare for the next day's hike. Please note that climbing season is subject to weather conditions but is typically July 1 to Sep 2nd each year. The itinerary can change at any time due to weather. Enjoy a multi-course Japanese kaiseki dinner.

End place: Fujikawaguchiko

Meals: B, D
Day 12: Fujikawaguchiko/Mount Fuji

Start place: Fujikawaguchiko

The total hike to the summit is about 5-6 hours, broken up with an overnight stay at Station 8. Accommodation on the mountain is a basic dormitory-style hut with few facilities.
Arrive at Station 5 and begin your ascent of this sacred mountain. To slow the pace and help with acclimatization, overnight at Station 8 and rest up before the final push to the summit in the morning. Luggage can be stored at the hotel during the climb. Bring only an overnight bag with items required for the climb.
A light dinner is included at the mountain hut. As resources are limited on the mountain, dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated – be sure to bring your own food if necessary.
A basic dinner is included at the mountain hut.

End place: Fujiyama

Meals: B, D
Day 13: Mount Fuji/Tokyo

Start place: Fujiyama

After the arduous push to the summit, enjoy sunrise before hiking back down. Pick up your bags and travel by van to Kawaguchiko before a train to Tokyo.

Today you can take in some more sights, visit the museums and gardens or do some shopping. Meet with the group later tonight for our last dinner together.
Wake up early for the final stretch of the hike and reach Japan's tallest peak – 3,776m (12,388 ft) – in time for sunrise. Take in the views from the summit before hiking down. Later, travel by train to Tokyo for one final night in the city. Light breakfast included before the final climb.

End place: Tokyo

Meals: B
Day 14: Tokyo

Start place: Tokyo

Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.

End place: Tokyo

Inclusions

Included

  • Your Discover Moment: Kyoto Your Wellness Moment: Onsen Spa Visit, Kawaguchiko
  • Higashi Geisha District visit (Kanazawa)
  • Kenroku-en garden visit
  • Nagamachi Samurai District walk (Kanazawa)
  • Hida No Sato folk village visit (Takayama)
  • Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum visit
  • Miyajima excursion with floating torii gate visit
  • Nijo Castle and gardens visit (Kyoto)
  • Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion visit
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine visit
  • 2-day Mt Fuji hike
  • Kaiseki dinner
  • Japan Rail (JR) pass (14 days)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Transport

    Bullet train, Tram, Ferry, Public bus, Walking
  • Accommodation

    Hotels (9 nts), Traditional inn (1 nt), Traditional inns (2 nts, shared facilities), Mountain hut (1 nt, multi-share)

Dates & availability: Discover Japan & Hike Mt Fuji

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