Golden road under the Rising Sun

Trip description

From Tokyo to Hiroshima and Miyajima, where the most beautiful Torii in ther archipelago is located, live the perfect trip to appreciate the essentials of Japan. You will be able to admire Mount Fuji, back in the time to Kyoto, the city of a thousand temples and stroll along the canals of Kurashiki and its magnificent historic center, before returning to the present on Naoshima Island on which modern art blends with nature!

Discover the agency :
Shanti Travel SAS

16 days

From : €2,930*

Day 1: Arrival to Tokyo

Day 2: Tokyo

Day 3: Tokyo

Day 4: From Tokyo to Hakone

Day 5: From Hakone to Kyoto

Day 6: Kyoto

Day 7: Kyoto

Day 8: Kyoto

Day 9: Nara trip

Day 10: From Kyoto to Kurashiki

Day 11: Naoshima getaway

Day 12: From Kuraskiki to Hiroshima

Day 13: Miyajima

Day 14: Himeji getaway

Day 15: Osaka

Day 16: Last day in Osaka

Day 1 : Arrival to Tokyo

Saison des cerisiers en fleurs à Tokyo ©FilippoBacci -

An assistant will meet you at the airport and help you get to your hotel by public transportation. Depending on your arrival time, you will start your discovery of the amazing Japanese megalopolis.

Day 2 : Tokyo

Parc Uneo ©Takashi Images -

Discover the must-sees of eastern Tokyo: head for the Asakusa sanctuary and the superb Senso-Ji temple, emblem of the Asakusa district. Its mythical red lantern will guide your steps to the main building, not without having faced the crowds in Nakamise street. But also the Ueno park a few steps away which houses many temples and the national museum. Take the opportunity to admire the sunset on Mount Fuji from the Tokyo Sky Tree, the 2nd highest tower in the world with a 360° view on the capital.

Day 3 : Tokyo

Vue de Tokyo la nuit ©Leungchopan

It is a free day where you can stroll as you wish. You can explore Akihabara, the otaku district, a very lively area with colorful neon signs and its "maid cafes". Walk through the Shibuya district, see the famous dog Hachiko, and in the lively district of Harajuku and its Omote-Sando street where you will be immersed in one of the most fashionable districts. Visit Shinjuku and discover this amazing business district that transforms when the sun goes down and try one of its ramen restaurants.

Day 4 : From Tokyo to Hakone

Hôtel de ville réalisé par Kenzo Tange dans le quartier de Shinjuku ©Sylvain GRANDADAM

Discover Hakone in this free day. A great breath of fresh air at the edge of the Ashi lake located in the heart of the ancient volcano, the Hakone. Take the mythical picture of the sublime Torii of Hakone Jinja, its feet planted on the edge of the lake with a view of Mt. Fuji and take the opportunity to visit this Shinto sanctuary whose buildings are located in a cedar forest of Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. And you can also go to Owakudani, the geothermal valley to admire its famous fumaroles, and have a panoramic view of Mt Fuji.

Day 5 : From Hakone to Kyoto

Hakone ©Krishna.Wu -

Hakone is also the ideal place for a Japanese hot spring experience called onsen. After relaxing in the Japanese hot baths, you can walk in the park of Gora and stroll in the flowery alleys of the botanical garden on the hillside and its tea rooms, greenhouses and beautiful central fountain. Try the tea ceremony at the Hakuun-Do tea garden, or learn glassblowing techniques at the Hakone Crafthouse.

Day 6 : Kyoto

Maiko dans le quartier de Gion à Kyoto ©Juri Pozzi.-

Accompanied by your English-speaking guide, explore Kyoto and learn about the history and ancestral Japan culture. Walk the streets and witness ancient traditions, stunning architecture and beautiful parks. The shrines and temples of the ancient Japanese capital will transport you back in time. Will you have the chance to meet a Geiko during your stay?

Day 7 : Kyoto

Le Daigo-ji, temple de la secte Shingon fondé en 874 par Shōbō (Daishi Rigen), Kyoto © - Dmitry Morgan

Spend an incredible day in the southwest of the city on a beautiful green path: the Arashiyama bamboo grove. It runs alongside the beautiful Tenryu-ji temple and leads to an enigmatic Kyoto. The superb giant bamboos will impress you by their size and the noise they produce when they clash. This atypical walk will remain a moment filled with poetry.

Day 8 : Kyoto

Des jeunes mariés prenant des photos à Kyoto. © - Dr. Gilad Fiskus

Immerse yourself one last day in the heart of this amazing city and go to the Fushimi Inari Taisha, the largest Shinto shrine in Japan where 30,000 torii follow one another forming a red vault snaking through the heart of the forest and the mountain. Your journey will end on the Philosophy Walk, from Ginkaku-ji, called Silver Pavilion to Eikan-do Zenrin-ji. A walking path lined with cherry trees, the most beautiful in spring, and dotted all along with small temples and shrines where you will enjoy strolling.

Day 9 : Nara trip

Nara ©Sean Pavone -

Take a walk in the big park of Nara city, ancient imperial capital, and especially famous for its shika deer which will certainly greet you with a nod. It is very easy to approach them and they will surely come to tease you to get a rice cake they love. Their meeting delights young and old, and makes some pretty funny photos.

Day 10 : From Kyoto to Kurashiki

Temple Kinkaku-Ji à Kyoto. ©I love photo -

Stroll in Kurashiki, surnamed the little Kyoto, known for its historic Bikan district which, as if frozen in time, bears witness to the glorious hours of the city. The splendidly preserved architecture of this old merchant district still has many traditional Japanese houses and warehouses dating back to the 17th century that you can discover during a typical boat ride on the beautiful canal that crosses it.

Day 11 : Naoshima getaway

L’okonomiyaki, spécialité d’Osaka et d’Hiroshima. © PR Image Factory

Spend a day of enigmatic visit on the amazing small island of Naoshima. World famous for its modern art museums, unique in the world. A universe totally dedicated to contemporary art, which can be found in the architecture of its buildings and in the sculptures scattered everywhere in perfect harmony with nature.

Day 12 : From Kuraskiki to Hiroshima

Miyajima est un lieu unique, l'un des plus beaux du Japon. ©Barthélémy COURMONT

You can take advantage of the day in Hiroshima to explore this great modern city and its emblematic Peace Memorial. You will be able to admire the Genbaku Dome, a remnant of a past war, it is the closest building to the epicenter that resisted the bombing and testifies today to the madness of men. You can also visit the Hiroshima castle and its park. Remains of the feudal period, it is one of the hundred most beautiful castles in Japan, it is called the "Carp Castle".

Day 13 : Miyajima

Miyajima, lieu de détente où le temps semble figé. ©Barthélémy COURMONT

It’s in the company of your English-speaking guide that you will leave for a day of discovery on Itsukushima Island. The area is among the most beautiful sights in Japan. It is on this sacred island that you will be able to admire the most beautiful torii of Japan. You will discover a sanctuary which changes during the tides, as well as the Senjokaku pagoda. You can continue your stroll by the Daisho-in temple or the Momijidani park. According to ancient myths, Miyajima is the place where men and gods live together, represented by the deer that roam freely on the island.

Day 14 : Himeji getaway

Château de Himeji, Osaka ©shutterstock - Travelpixs

Himeji will enchant you with its feudal era allure and will marvel you by the elegance architectural of its amazing white castle, known as the White Heron Castle, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the rare wooden castles still existing. You can walk in the sublime Koko-en garden, not far from the castle, whose beauty is appreciated according to the seasons. Finally, go to Mount Shosha, to discover Engyoji Temple. A group of religious buildings dating back more than a thousand years in the heart of the forest.

Day 15 : Osaka

Osaka et ses 2,7 millions d’habitants, Dotonbori © - richardernestyap

On your arrival in the third largest city of Japan. You will discover sanctuaries, museums and parks and then the castle for an incursion into a samurai life. Enjoy the beautiful view from the observatory of the Umeda Sky building. Take advantage of your Japanese evening to stroll down Osaka's most popular street, Dotonbori Street, the epicenter of the city at nightfall in the heart of Osaka's festive district! 

Day 16 : Last day in Osaka

Vue aérienne du pont de Minato, Osaka. ©Avigator Thailand -

Depending on your flight schedule, enjoy a free half-day in Osaka. Explore freely the gourmet paradise and do the last souvenir shopping before reaching Osaka airport.

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