Japanese Odyssey

Featuring major highlights and lesser known towns, this excellent grand tour will bring you to the iconic Tokyo, Hakone and Mt. Fuji, the sea-side city of Kobe, the peace monument in Hiroshima, the mountains surrounding Matsumoto, and much more. Get to know what makes Japan special on this grand tour.

In this trip

  • CultureCulture
  • Night LifeNight Life
  • Great FoodGreat Food
  • Historic PlacesHistoric Places
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Trip itinerary

  • 1

    Tokyo, Japan

  • 2

    Hakone, Japan

  • 3

    Nagoya, Japan

  • 4

    Kobe, Japan

  • 5

    Hiroshima, Japan

  • 6

    Kyoto, Japan

  • 7

    Kanazawa, Japan

  • 8

    Matsumoto, Japan

  • 9

    Tokyo, Japan

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Things to do in and around Tokyo

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  • tokyo street
  • Golden Gai -  Tokyo
  • meiji shrine tokyo japan
  • Tosho-gu Shrine
  • Yokohama by night
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  • ginza tokyo
  • Toyokan, Tokyo National Museum
  • Senso-ji
  • Edo Tokyo Museum
  • Kamakura...
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  • Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens
  • Kabuki-Cho
  • Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
  • Yakiniku in Ueno. Tokyo-150527-7
  • 2007-10-06 Nihonminkaen 216
  • 藤子・F・不二雄ミュージアム
  • mori art museum
  • Asakusa, Tokyo
  • ooedo onsen monogatari
  • Shinjuku 13-10-26
  • Fuji and Sakura
  • Outdoor performance
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
  • a6 Suntory Museum
  • Sakura at Chidorigafuchi Park
  • Ghibli Museum, Mitaka
  • Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
  • Mizonokuchi Station
   
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Tokyo

Japan, Kanto region

CultureFoodHistoricNight life4 nights

Brimming with undeniable energy, Japan's capital and largest city is a vast metropolis full of museums, parks, and cultural monuments.

Tokyo Metropolis is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan, and is both the capital and most populous city of Japan. The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world. It is the seat of the Emperor of Japan and the Japanese government. Formerly known as Edo, it has been the de facto seat of government since 1603 when Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu made the city his headquarters. It officially became the capital after Emperor Meiji moved his seat to the city from the old capital of Kyoto in 1868. Many tourists visit the various downtowns, stores, and entertainment districts. Among a multitude of attractions you may find museums, markets, gardens, shrines, castles, and many more.
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Things to do in and around Hakone

  • Hakone, Japan
  • Sightseeing Cruise @ Lake Ashi @ From Togendai to Hakone-Machi
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  • Hakone Ropeway
  • Hakone - Fuji Sengen Jinja
  • Fuji and Sakura
  • Yokohama by night
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  • POLA Museum
  • Coffee bath
  • Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
  • Kamakura...
  • P1100416
  • IMG_0523
   
2

Hakone

Japan, Kanto region

Small townsNatureActiveCulture2 nights

Providing easy access to the national park surrounding Mt. Fuji, this charming town also offers museums and traditional hot springs.

Hakone is a town in Ashigarashimo District in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The economy of Hakone is strongly dominated by the tourist industry. Hakone is noted for its onsen hot spring resorts, which attract both Japanese and international visitors due to its proximity to the greater Tokyo metropolis and to Mount Fuji. Sights include the volcanically active Owakudani geysers and Hakone Shrine on the shore of the lake, as well as the Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands. In April the cherry blossoms (sakura) and in autumn the Miscanthus sinensis (susuki) are noted sights. Hakone also has a number of art museums, including the Hakone Open-Air Museum and Pola Museum of Art.
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Things to do in and around Nagoya

  • Nayabashi, Nagoya
  • Yanagibashi, Meieki 4-chome, Nagoya
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  • 奈良 Nara
  • Early spring of The Japan Alps Yari-Hodaka Mountain Range : 早春の北アルプス槍・穂高連峰
  • Pathway at Noritake Garden
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  • Storage house for sacred rice at Ise Grand Shrine
  • Mt.Tsubakuro~伸びる稜線
   
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Nagoya

Japan, Chubu region

CultureFoodNight life1 night

A thriving metropolis full of history, Nagoya is best known for its cultural wealth, including theaters, museums, and shrines.

Nagoya is the largest city in the Chubu region of Japan. Nagoya was a major trading city and political seat of the Owari lords, the most important house of the Tokugawa clan. They encouraged trade and the arts under their patronage, especially Tokugawa Muneharu who took a keen interest in drama and plays and lived lavishly. Under his rule, actors and actresses began to visit Nagoya. Arts and culture was further supported by the city's wealthy merchants. During World War II many old buildings and artefacts were destroyed. The region's economic and financial power in the post-war years rekindled the artistic and cultural scene.
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Things to do in and around Kobe

  • Kobe
  • [KANSAI2012] Kobe cityscape
  • 200509 kobe city museum
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  • 奈良 Nara
  • Arashiyama
  • View from the harbour
  • Oji zoo, Kobe, Japan
  • Kobe 38
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  • Hase-dera, Niomon (Gate of Deva King) -1 (July 2011)
  • Osaka!
  • Mount Koya
   
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Kobe

Japan, Kansai region

CultureFoodNight life2 nights

A small city with a rich maritime history, Kobe boasts a cosmopolitan charm, cultural landmarks, and several museums.

Kobe is the sixth-largest city in Japan and is the capital city of Hyogo Prefecture. It is located on the southern side of the main island of Honshu, on the north shore of Osaka Bay and about 30 km (19 mi) west of Osaka. The earliest written records regarding the region come from the Nihon Shoki, which describes the founding of the Ikuta Shrine by Empress Jingu in AD 201. For most of its history, the area was never a single political entity, even during the Tokugawa Period, when the port was controlled directly by the Tokugawa Shogunate. Kobe did not exist in its current form until its founding in 1889.
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Things to do in and around Hiroshima

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  • 広島平和記念資料館 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
  • Hiroshima
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial
  • Hiroshima Castle
  • Itsukushima
  • Matsuyama Castle
  • 200509 hiroshima museum of art
  • Ogijima 3/29
  • 女木島 / Megijima
  • Takamatsu
  • PhoTones Works #6940
   
5

Hiroshima

Japan, Chugoku region

HistoricCultureFood2 nights

Known as the world's first city in history to be hit by a nuclear weapon, this city features memorial museums, shrines, and castles.

Hiroshima is the capital of Hiroshima Prefecture and the largest city in the Chugoku region of western Honshu - the largest island of Japan. The city's name means "Broad Island" in Japanese. Hiroshima is best known as the first city in history to be targeted by a nuclear weapon when the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) dropped an atomic bomb on the city at 8:15 a.m. on August 6, 1945, near the end of World War II. Hiroshima has a humid subtropical climate characterized by mild winters and hot humid summers.
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Things to do in and around Kyoto

  • Kyoto Sunset
  • Kyoto street.
  • Fushimi-Inari Taisha, Kyoto
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  • Raku Museum 樂美術館
  • 奈良 Nara
  • Arashiyama
  • Katsura Imperial Villa and Gardens, Kyoto
  • Daitoku-ji, Kyoto
  • Kinkaku-ji
  • Kyoto national museum
  • Hase-dera, Niomon (Gate of Deva King) -1 (July 2011)
  • Osaka!
  • Ginkaku-ji @ Kyoto
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  • Nanzen-ji Aqueduct
  • Gion District, Kyoto
  • Mount Koya
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  • Kiyomizu-dera / Kyoto
  • Shoren-in Temple, Kyoto
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  • Kodai-ji Temple
  • Storage house for sacred rice at Ise Grand Shrine
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  • Adashino Nembutsu-ji Temple
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  • Northwest Kyoto - Ninna-ji
  • Island
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Kyoto

Japan, Kansai region

CultureFoodHistoricNight life4 nights

The capital of Imperial Japan for a whole millennium, the charming Kyoto is full of museums, cultural monuments, castles, and parks.

Kyoto is a city located in the central part of the island of Honshu, Japan. Formerly the Imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years, it is now the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture located in the Kansai region, as well as a major part of the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area. Kyoto is also known as the thousand-year capital. Although archaeological evidence suggests human settlement in Kyoto began as early as the Paleolithic period, relatively little is known about human activity in the area before the 6th century AD, around which time the Shimogamo Shrine is believed to have been established.
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Things to do in and around Kanazawa

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  • 金澤 兼六園
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  • 21C Museum of Contemporary Art 10
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  • Early spring of The Japan Alps Yari-Hodaka Mountain Range : 早春の北アルプス槍・穂高連峰
  • The World Heritage Shirakawa-go Panoramic View : 世界遺産白川郷全景
  • Samurai garden
  • Seisonkaku Villa
  • 正久山 妙立寺 (忍者寺) / Myoryuji Temple (Ninjadera/Ninja Temple)
  • Mt.Tsubakuro~伸びる稜線
  • Echizen Ichinodani Asakura Family Mansion Ruins : 越前一乗谷朝倉氏居館跡
  • Spring at Kamikochi.
  • Ryokan Yarimikan (Japan)
  • Shirakawago Ogimachi view 060109 #2
  • Happo One Ski Resort
   
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Kanazawa

Japan, Chubu region

CultureHistoric3 nights

Retaining ancient Japanese architecture, as well as traditional samurai and geisha districts, Kanazawa also boast a great art museum.

Kanazawa sits on the Sea of Japan, bordered by the Japanese Alps, Hakusan National Park and Noto Peninsula National Park. Kanazawa is known for its traditional Kaga Cuisine. Seafood is a specialty, jumbo shrimp, followed by sushi and sashimi. The sake produced in this region is of high quality, smooth and sweet, derived from the rice grown in Ishikawa Prefecture as well as the considerable precipitation of the Hokuriku region, allowing for an ample supply of clean, fresh water. Omicho market is a market in the middle of the city, originally open-air, and now covered, which dates back to the Edo period. Most of the shops there sell seafood.
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Things to do in and around Matsumoto

  • Matsumoto
  • MATSUMOTO - Vue du château
  • Nawate Dori
  • Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, Matsumoto
  • Matsumoto City Museum of Art
  • Lake Suwa, Suwa, Nagano, Japan
  • Early spring of The Japan Alps Yari-Hodaka Mountain Range : 早春の北アルプス槍・穂高連峰
  • Spring at Kamikochi.
  • Ryokan Yarimikan (Japan)
   
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Matsumoto

Japan, Chubu region

HistoricActiveNatureCultureFood1 night

A city favored by both travelers and locals for its stately historic castle, surrounding nature, fine galleries, and quaint streets.

Matsumoto is a Japanese city in the Chūbu region on the island of Honshu. It is a city located in Nagano Prefecture. Matsumoto is designated as a Special City. The current city of Matsumoto is a merger of the old city of Matsumoto with four villages. Matsumoto officially absorbed those villages without creating a new municipal organization. Matsumoto is surrounded by mountains and is acclaimed for its beautiful views. Hiking and climbing locations are readily accessible by local bus transportation. Matsumoto has several historic features, such as Matsumoto Castle, Kaichi School Museum, and Temari (traditional Japanese handball).
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Things to do in and around Tokyo

  • DSC06281
  • tokyo street
  • Golden Gai -  Tokyo
  • meiji shrine tokyo japan
  • Tosho-gu Shrine
  • Yokohama by night
  • IMG_0523
  • ginza tokyo
  • Toyokan, Tokyo National Museum
  • Senso-ji
  • Edo Tokyo Museum
  • Kamakura...
  • P1100416
   
9

Tokyo

Japan, Kanto region

CultureFoodHistoricNight life1 night

Brimming with undeniable energy, Japan's capital and largest city is a vast metropolis full of museums, parks, and cultural monuments.

Tokyo Metropolis is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan, and is both the capital and most populous city of Japan. The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world. It is the seat of the Emperor of Japan and the Japanese government. Formerly known as Edo, it has been the de facto seat of government since 1603 when Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu made the city his headquarters. It officially became the capital after Emperor Meiji moved his seat to the city from the old capital of Kyoto in 1868. Many tourists visit the various downtowns, stores, and entertainment districts. Among a multitude of attractions you may find museums, markets, gardens, shrines, castles, and many more.
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