Japan-by-rail

  • Best price guaranteed
  • No booking fees
  • duration 20 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 16-99 yrs
  • max group size 18
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-24599
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
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  • Starts Tokyo, Japan
  • Ends Fukuoka, Japan
HIGHLIGHTS
  • 'Experiential' Tokyo sightseeing
  • Bullet Train to Hakone
  • Hakone Outdoor Museum
  • Historic Takayama
  • Kyoto: Temples & shrines
  • Hiroshima: Peace Memorial Park
  • Nagasaki: feudal castles, samurai houses, Meijiera villas
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The "Japan-by-rail" tour starts in Tokyo and ends in Fukuoka. It is a cultural, religious and historic sites trip that takes 20 days taking you through Ibusuki, Kagoshima, Takayama and 10 other destinations in Japan. "Japan-by-rail" is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

On our Japan by Rail tour you will see why Japan is the quintessential study in contrast and contradiction.

Japanese culture stretches back millennia, yet has adopted (and created) some of the latest modern fashions and trends.

Its cities are as modern and high tech as anywhere else, but tumbledown wooden shacks can still be spotted next to glass fronted designer condominiums.

In the middle of a modern skyscraper you might discover a sliding wooden door that leads to a traditional chamber with tatami mats, calligraphy, and a tea ceremony.

Such juxtapositions are cause for many surprises and very little boredom for any visitor to Japan.
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day : 1 Arrival in Tokyo
  • Day : 2 Tokyo: City Touring
  • Day : 3 Tokyo: Sushi Making Class
  • Day : 4 Tokyo - Lake Ashi - Hakone
  • Day : 5 Hakone - Train to Takayama
  • Day : 6 Takayama: City Tour
  • Day : 7 Takayama - Train to Kyoto
  • Day : 8 Kyoto: City Tour
  • Day : 9 Kyoto & Nara
  • Day : 10 Kyoto: Nijo Castle & Leisure time
  • Day : 11 Kyoto - Train to Hiroshima
  • Day : 12 Hiroshima & Miyajima
  • Day : 13 Hiroshima (Honshu Island) - Train to Kagoshima (Kyushu Island) & Sakurajima Island
  • Day : 14 Kagoshima & Ibusuki
  • Day : 15 Kagoshima - Train to Nagasaki
  • Day : 16 Nagasaki & Mt Unzen
  • Day : 17 Nagasaki: City Tour
  • Day : 18 Nagasaki - Saga Prefecture - Fukuoka
  • Day : 19 Fukuoka: City Tour
  • Day : 20 Departure
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • Accommodation in three and four-star properties. Should such accommodation be unavailable, suitable alternatives will be provided
Meals
  • 19 Breakfast
  • 18 Dinner
  • 1 Lunch
Transport
  • All included
Guide
  • Guided by Expert Tour Leaders.
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any international flights to Tokyo and from Fukuoka are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Japan-by-rail tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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REQUEST A PRIVATE, CUSTOMIZABLE DEPARTURE By design, this is a group tour. You can however request a private, customized version of this tour for yourself or your private group of people. Private departures are usually more expensive, but come with these benefits:
  • Personal Itinerary can be tweaked and customized.
  • Protected Travel within your own bubble.
  • Professional Access our Travel Specialists' insider knowledge.
  • Privacy Enjoy a tour focused solely on you or your travel group.
Request a private and/or personalized departure To design a private tour, we'll ask you some more information in the following steps.
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GOOD TO KNOW
CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Japan-by-rail tour. You can cancel the tour up to 65 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 64 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 31 March 2023, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 31 March 2023, a deposit of 500 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 64 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Japan-by-rail tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Japan-by-rail tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This trip has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with the assurance that we have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols – so you can experience ‘Safe Travels’.
  • This trip will adhere to local authorities’ requirements on group sizes. Group sizes will be reduced or spilt throughout the tour duration or on some days to protect against COVID-19.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be implemented during transportation and followed on the accommodation premises as well.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • This tour requires you to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days before your departure day.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • Is Asia open for tourists?

    Despite the initial fears of the Covid-19 pandemic, most Asian countries have managed to mitigate its effects. As such, many popular destinations throughout the continent are currently open for travelers with precautionary measures like mandatory vaccinations. A few countries, however, require newly arrived travelers to spend a couple of days in quarantine.

    As of February 2022, countries like Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia are officially open for vaccinated tourists without the need for quarantine. Meanwhile, India and Indonesia are two of the countries that may require you to quarantine for up to a week on arrival. However, Japan, Vietnam, and Myanmar are yet to open their doors to visitors.

     

  • Do people in Japan speak English?

    Estimates show that less than 30 percent of the Japanese population speak English at any level, with less than 5 percent being fluent speakers. So, the likelihood of encountering a fluent speaker on a random Japanese street is quite low. Most people working in tourist areas do understand simple English phrases, and most signboards, instructions, and menus in these areas are in both Japanese and English. Outside of these places, you will need a lot of hand gestures to get by.

  • How to plan an Asia tour?

    Asia is a relatively large continent, so there are a wide variety of destinations to explore. Therefore, if you are planning a multi-country trip to Asia, the first thing you need to prepare is the list of countries you are interested in along with your starting and ending points. You would also need to decide on the best time for your trip depending on seasonal variations that affect each country. 

    After finalizing when and where to travel in Asia, you should make arrangements for all the necessary travel documents. These would include visas, insurances, Covid-19 test reports, vaccine cards, and so on.

     

  • What is the best time to visit Japan?

    The best time to visit Japan is during the fall (September to December) and spring (March to May). To get more information on what to expect from each season, read our guide on the best time to visit Japan.

  • Which countries should I visit in Asia?

    Asia has more than enough destinations to meet every traveler’s needs and desires. If you are into adventure, look no further than the mighty Himalayas. Go on an exhilarating hike to the base camp of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, or head for the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh instead. Thailand, with its blend of dazzling nightlife, rich history, and striking monuments, is the perfect destination not just for those who wish to let their hair down but also for travelers looking forward to being part of a memorable cultural experience. 

    Go on a tour to Cambodia, home to the monumental Angkor Wat, if you are into off-the-beaten-path destinations, or choose a Japan tour if you wish to discover how traditions and modernity can be seamlessly blended. The Maldives, with its numerous islands and beaches, is sure to provide you with countless opportunities to kick back on sandy stretches, swim in turquoise waters, and go island-hopping, while the rainforests of Malaysia and Indonesia are a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. 

     

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