Tokyo to Osaka by Rail - Private Tour

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  • duration 14 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 14+ yrs
  • max group size 17
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Tokyo, Japan
  • Ends Osaka, Japan
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The "Tokyo To Osaka By Rail - Private Tour" starts from Tokyo and ends in Osaka. It is a train tour that takes 14 days taking you through Osaka, Takayama, Matsumoto and 6 other destinations in Japan. "Tokyo To Osaka By Rail - Private Tour" is a guided private that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Carefully designed for travellers who love their independence, this trip is a real adventure through the centre of Japan, from super-modern Tokyo to scenes that remain unchanged from the times of the Shogun and the Samurai. With the reassurance that you'll be staying in well-located accommodation, and with clear and concise information about which train to take and how to navigate the Japanese metro, your experience will be one of complete freedom punctuated with expert guiding at Hiroshima, Tokyo and Kyoto. You'll discover Japan's excellent rail network, meet snow monkeys and tame deer, stay in a family-run ryokan, and experience the modern and the ancient in this invigorating country. Tokyo - Explore modern and ancient Tokyo, and take the chance to visit nearby Mount Fuji Kyoto - Experience the beating heart of traditional Japan with temples, Zen gardens and geishas Kanazawa - Visit the Samurai district and discover the secrets of the Ninja Temple
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  • On Jun 10 2020
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“We had a great holiday with really good company.Thanks for everything!”
  • Anthony
  • On Feb 18 2020
5 - Excellent
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“Hay Mar was a fantastic guide and made the trip even more enjoyable. The variety of scenery, transport, activities, local craft visits and natural beauty gave us a real, true insight into the country. ”
  • Chris
  • On Jan 11 2020
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  • Day 1 : Trip begins in Tokyo
  • Day 2 : Experience the spectacular Fire Ceremony and discover Tokyo’s temples and frenetic city streets
  • Day 3 : Explore Tokyo with the option to visit Hakone National Park for views of Mount Fuji
  • Day 4 : Travel by train to Matsumoto and discover the impressive Crow Castle
  • Day 5 : Meet the snow monkeys of Jigokudani
  • Day 6 : Explore the samurai district of Kanazawa
  • Day 7 : Try sushi at the Omichi Fish Market or discover the 'Ninja Temple'
  • Day 8 : Try sake in the old town of Takayama and stay in a family-run ryokan
  • Day 9 : Travel by train to Hiroshima and experience the poignant Peace Park and Peace Museum
  • Day 10 : Take the ferry to Miyajima Island, meet the tame deer and see the floating torii gate
  • Day 11 : Take the bullet train to Kyoto and explore Nijo Castle
  • Day 12 : Explore the Zen gardens, temples and geisha district of Kyoto
  • Day 13 : Continue discovering Kyoto before travelling to Osaka for a final night amongst the neon lights
  • Day 14 : Trip ends in Osaka
  • Asakusa Via Inn (3 nights)
  • Alpico Plaza Hotel (1 night)
  • Nagano Tokyu REI Hotel (1 night)
  • Hotel Econo Kanazawa Ekimae (2 nights)
  • Tanabe Ryokan (1 night)
  • Hotel S-Plus Hiroshima Peace Park (2 nights)
  • Hotel Elcient Kyoto (2 nights)
  • Rihga Place Higobashi (1 night)
  • 13 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
  • Boat
  • Car
  • Train
  • Local Guide(s)
  • Any international flights to Tokyo and from Osaka 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 Tokyo to Osaka by Rail - Private Tour tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Tokyo to Osaka by Rail - Private Tour tour. You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 59 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 21 December 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 21 December 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 59 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Tokyo to Osaka by Rail - Private Tour 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.


For this Tokyo to Osaka by Rail - Private Tour 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 travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • The average size of this tour is just 12 people.
  • 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 followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Various COVID-19 distancing measures have been implemented on this trip to ensure the safety of each traveller.
  • This tour has implemented COVID-19 protocols that are guided by the WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council), UNWTO (World Tourism Organisation), the European Commission and local government regulations. It amongst others take into account personal protection, extensive disinfecting and social distancing measures.
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