Explore Japan by Rail 21 Day Tour



Sit back and relax as you travel on some of the world’s fastest high-speed trains, including the world famous Bullet Train (Shinkansen). This fully escorted tour will take you by train all over Japan, using a Japan Railpass. Stay in hotels near the stations. Visit historic Hiroshima and Kyoto. Enjoy the Japanese countryside of Takayama and the excitement of Tokyo.

JTB New Zealand Ltd

Phone: 0800-525-725
Tel: (09)-303-2887, Fax: (09)-366-0772
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2019: 17 Nov
2020: 15 Mar, 5 Apr, 17 May

This Japan by Rail Tour will operate with an experienced JTB escort and local guides where applicable who can assist with the entire trip, from sightseeing to shopping and dining.
Tour Inclusions
• 20 nights accommodation with daily breakfast
• 2 lunches and 4 dinners
• Return airport transfers
• Rail station to hotel transfers where applicable
• Tokyo 1 day tour
• Osaka afternoon tour
• Himeji half day tour
• Kyoto 1 day tour
• Hakone and Lake Ashi tour
• Hokkaido Lake Shikotsu, Sapporo full day tour
• Japan Rail Pass 14-day Economy Class
• Domestic flights from Tokyo – Osaka, Osaka – Nagasaki, Sapporo – Tokyo
• 6 luggage transfers (Tokyo – Nagasaki – Kyoto – Takayama – Tokyo – Hakodate – Tokyo)
• Tour escort starts from day 2
Prices from (Per person, Land Only)
Single: NZ$14,305
Twin: NZ$11,508
Triple: NZ$10,691

• For full list of prices, please contact JTB New Zealand.
• Minimum 10 persons for the tour to operate, maximum 20
• Special airfares in conjunction with this tour are available, please contact JTB New Zealand.
Tokyo – Grand Prince New Takanawa
Osaka – Granvia Osaka
Nagasaki – Hotel New Nagasaki
Hiroshima – Granvia Hiroshima
Kyoto – Kyoto Century Hotel
Kanazawa – Hotel Nikko Kanazawa or ANA Crowns Plaza Kanazawa
Takayama – Hida Hotel Plaza or Associa Takayama Resort
Hakone – Yoshiike Ryokan or Ryokan in Hakone Japanese Style room
Sendai – Hotel Metropolitan Sendai
Hakodale – Lavista Hakodate Bay Hotel
Sapporo – Keio Plaza Sapporo
• All hotels are subject to change at any stage due to availability. The same category hotel will be confirmed if hotel changes.


Day 1

Narita / Haneda Airport – Tokyo
Upon arrival at Narita / Haneda Airport, clear customs immigration and board a reserved shared shuttle to downtown Tokyo.

Day 2BLD

Tokyo 1 day sightseeing tour visiting, Tsukiji Outer Fish Markets, Tokyo Sky Tree, Asakusa Kannon Temple and Nakamise Shopping Arcade, Ginza and Akihabara (drive-by). Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
002 - Tokyo Sky Tree

Day 3B

Tokyo – Osaka
Domestic flight to Osaka city. After arrival at Itami Airport, tour Osaka for half day visiting, Dotombori Namba area, Osaka Castle and Umeda Sky Building. Luggage transfer from Tokyo to Nagasaki. Travel with an overnight bag for 2 nights 3 days.
 003 - Osaka Castle

Day 4B

Osaka – Nagasaki
Domestic flight to Nagasaki. Upon arrival, transfer to downtown Nagasaki by bus, then validate your Japan Rail Pass.

Day 5B

Optional sightseeing with tour escort visiting, famous places in Nagasaki including Old Glover Garden and Dejima.
005 - Old Glover Garden, Nagasaki

Day 6B

Nagasaki – Hiroshima
In the morning, transfer to Nagasaki Station and depart by train to Hiroshima, Optional sightseeing with tour escort visiting, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Dome. Luggage transfer from Nagasaki to Kyoto. Travel with an overnight bag for 2 nights 3 days.
006 - Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima

Day 7B

Optional sightseeing with tour escort visiting, Miyajima Island and the World Heritage listed Itsukushima Shinto Shrine. *Due to Maintenance works, part or all of Itsukushima Shrine may not be visible.
 007 - the World Heritage listed Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Miyajima Island, Hiroshima

Day 8B

Hiroshima – Himeji – Kyoto
Board the Shinkansen bullet train for Himeji. Visit Himeji Castle & Koko Garden before arriving into Kyoto.
008 - Himeji Castle

Day 9BL

Full day sightseeing in Kyoto visiting the Golden Pavilion, Heian Shrine, Sanjusan-gendo and Yasaka Jingu Shrine. Lunch today is included.
009 - Heian Shirine, Kyoto

Day 10BD

Optional sightseeing with tour escort visiting Arashiyama and Sagano area (Bamboo Grove). Dinner tonight at a local restaurant in Kyoto.

Day 11B

Kyoto – Kanazawa
Depart for Kanazawa by JR limited express. Optional sightseeing with tour escort visiting, some famous spots in Kanazawa, the Higashi Chaya District, Kenroku Garden and old Samurai House. Luggage transfer from Kyoto to Takayama, Travel with an overnight bag for 1 night 2 days.
011 - Kenroku Garden, Kanazawa

Day 12B

Kanazawa – Takayama
Depart for Toyama and continue travelling to Takayama by JR limited express, Optional sightseeing with tour escort visiting some famous spots in Takayama, San-machi, a traditional Japanese village area and Takayama Jinya.
012 - San-machi, Takayama

Day 13B

Optional sightseeing with tour escort visiting some famous spots in Takayama, Morning markets, Hida Folk Village and Matsuri-no-mori. Afternoon free.
013 - Hida Folk Village, Takayama

Day 14BD

Takayama – Hakone
Depart for Nagoya by JR limited express and continue onto Hakone by Shinkansen bullet train. Dinner tonight is at your Ryokan in Hakone, Luggage transfer from Takayama to Tokyo. Travel with an overnight bag for 1 night 2 days.

Day 15B

Hakone – Tokyo
Today’s Hakone and Lake Ashi sightseeing tour will include Mt Fuji viewing spots, Lake Ashi Cruise, Owakudani Valley, Mt Komagatake and Hakone Ropeway. In the afternoon depart for Tokyo.
015 - Lake Ashi and Mt.Fuji, Hakone

Day 16B

Tokyo – Sendai
In the morning depart Tokyo and board the Shinkansen for Sendai. Optional sightseeing with tour escort – take a Matsushima Bay cruise and then visiting Zuiganji Temple. Luggage transfer from Tokyo to Hakodate, Travel with an overnight bag for 1 night 2 days.
016 - Matsushima, Miyagi

Day 17B

Sendai – Hakodate
Depart for Hakodate by Shinkansen bullet train via Seikan Tunnel crossing under the Tsugaru Strait. Optional sightseeing with tour escort in the evening visiting Hakodate Mountain, night viewing.
017 - View from Hakodate Mountain, Hokkaido

Day 18B

Hakodate – Sapporo
Optional sightseeing with tour escort in the morning visiting some famous spots in Hakodate, the Waterfront Warehouses, old churches of Hakodate, and Daisanzaka Slope. Board a Limited Express train for Sapporo. Luggage transfer from Sapporo to Tokyo. Travel with an overnight bag for 2 nights 3 days.
018 - Waterfront Warehouses, Hakodate, Hokkaido

Day 19BD

Full day sightseeing tour of Sapporo, visiting Lake Shikotsu, Aeon Mall Sapporo Naebo, Hokkaido Museum, Okurayama Viewing Point and Sapporo Beer Museum. Farewell dinner tonight.
019 - Lake Shikotsu, Sapporo, Hokkaido

Day 20B

Sapporo – Tokyo
Transfer by train to Sapporo Airport and take a domestic flight to Tokyo.

Day 21B

Tokyo – Narita / Haneda Airport
Your tour finishes today after breakfast. Transfer to Narita / Haneda Airport is included after the tour concludes.

B : Breakfast L : Lunch D : Dinner


• Optional sightseeing (as stated on this itinerary) with tour escort: Local transfer costs, entrance fees and lunches on these tours are NOT included in the tour cost (21 days approximately NZ$300 per person). This is to be paid while on the tour.
• A fair amount of walking is involved on this tour.

• Hotels are subject to change of the same category.
• Daily schedule is subject to change due to weather, transport or any other unforeseen circumstances.
• Luggage transfers as per tour itinerary are recommended by JTB as there is limited space on local transport. The Japan hotel luggage transfer service is very reliable; your large luggage will be safe when you send it onto the next city – as stated on this itinerary.
• Please contact JTB New Zealand for further details.

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