Great Trail of Japan
Go from Tokyo to Osaka with snow monkeys, traditional towns, and bullet trains in between

Tokyo > Mount Fuji > Hakone> Yudanaka > Takayama > Shirakawago>Kanazawa>Kyoto>Mount Koya > Hiroshima & Osaka

Get to know ‘the land of the rising sun’ in this in-depth tour that takes you from Tokyo to Osaka. The journey is punctuated with iconic sights, everything you see in the highlight reels of Japanese travel videos—from Mt. Fuji to the Snow Monkeys. Historic districts with Edo-period wooden houses and beautiful temples and shrines let you experience Japan in its tranquility and tradition.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Tokyo
Day 2 Tokyo | Explore Meiji Shrine, Tokyo Tower, Imperial East Garden, and Ginza; free afternoon.
Day 3 Tokyo – Mount Fuji – Hakone – Tokyo | Visit the 5th Station and Hakone Ropeway; take a Lake Ashi cruise.
Day 4 Tokyo | Free day to explore the metropolis; optional visit to Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea
Day 5 Tokyo – Nagano – Yudanaka | Take the bullet train to Nagano (activate your JR Pass) and transfer to a local train to Yudanaka: visit the popular Snow Monkey Park
Day 6 Yudanaka – Nagano – Matsumoto | free time to explore Nagano until it’s time to take bullet train to Takayama
Day 7 Takayama | Travel by coach to the city famed for its traditional architecture and rich cultural heritage.
Day 8 Takayama – Shirakawago – Kanazawa | stop at the World Heritage Listed Shirakawago; explore at your own pace until it is time to take the coach to Kanazawa
Day 9 Kanazawa | Enjoy the day exploring Kanazawa including Kenrokuen Garden, a gold leaf art experience, and more.
Day 10 Kanazawa – Kyoto | Free morning to explore until it’s time to take the express train
Day 11 Kyoto | Full day tour of Kyoto, visit Nijo Castle, Fushimi Inari Shrine and Kinkakuji Temple; enjoy a traditional local lunch
Day 12 Kyoto – Nara – Kyoto | Free morning; travel to Nara in the afternoon, see Todaji Temple and the friendly bowing deer in the Park
Day 13 Kyoto – Mount Koya | Take an overnight bag as your main luggage is transferred to Osaka. Transfer by train to Shin-Imamiya, then on to Gokurakubashi; take a cable car to Mount Koya
Day 14 Mount Koya – Hiroshima | Transfer back to Gokurakubashi by cable car; head back to Shin Imamiya, then transfer to Shin Osaka station. Take the bullet train to Hiroshima and check in to your hotel.
Day 15 Hiroshima | Free day to explore the city
Day 16 Hiroshima – Osaka | Take a bullet train to Osaka; free day to explore the port city at your own pace
Day 17 Depart Osaka

Tour Highlights

Mt. Fuji
Experience Mt Fuji and Snow Monkey Park

Takayama, Shirakawago, and Kanazawa

Visit the Historical areas of Takayama, Shirakawago, and Kanazawa

Wander the Bamboo Forest and take in the beautiful temples of Kyoto.

Package Inclusions

16 nights quality accommodation of your choice with daily breakfast

Train Tickets
14 day JR Pass (Ordinary Class)

Attraction Passes
Snow Monkey Pass & Koyasan World Heritage Pass

Daily breakfast except for Day 1, 2x lunches, 2x dinners

Airport transfers (shuttle)
Train tickets as specified

All transportation, daily tours and admission fees (including Kanazawa pass) as specified

Professional Guides
Professional English speaking local guides

Tour dates

Departure Dates
2024: Daily Departure

Terms and Conditions

For any booking, payment, and cancellation inquiries, please contact your Starflights Travel consultant

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