Duration: 12 nights
Destinations: Tokyo, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Osaka, Koya-San, Nara, Kyoto
Recommended Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn
Price: From £2,295 pp

Discover the highlights of Japan with this superb itinerary for single travellers who want to explore the beauty of Japan on their own. You can also experience a number of activities that will allow you to meet local people and get in touch with the Japanese culture. Our My Own Japan independent tour is the perfect tour for solo travellers as Japan is one of the safest places to travel in the world. An ideal destination for single travellers who are looking for a country that mixes ultramodern and old culture.

Download the My Own Japan Brochure here: My Own Japan Itinerary and a Reservation Form Here: My Own Japan Reservation Form

TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Visits to Tokyo, Hiroshima & Miyajima Island, Koya-San, and Kyoto
  • Experience the Buddhist monks’ way of life whilst staying in a temple lodging
  • 14 Day Japan Rail Pass
  • Travel on Japan’s world-famous Bullet Train
  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • Breafast daily
  • 1 night’s accommodation in a temple lodging in Koya-san on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis
  • Train/bus tickets from and to Narita International Airport (Tokyo)
  • Meet & Greet service on arrival at Narita International Airport (Tokyo)

 

HOW OUR INDEPENDENT TOURS WORK

Enjoy independent travel but not the hassle of planning? One of our Independent Tours could be just the ticket. Carefully put together by our team of specialists, our excellent collection of sample itineraries are designed to inform and inspire your next Japan adventure. Every one of our Independent Tours is fully tailor made for you, ensuring your trip is everything you want it to be.

It’s quite straight forward to travel independently in Japan. We will provide just the right amount of support and logistical planning to make you feel comfortable in a very foreign land. These itineraries are available for any departure date (with a few exclusions which coincide with Japanese National Holidays and some weekends). We’ll do all the work for you and provide you with an information pack to make your trip run smoothly. You can also add guided tours as indicated and if you do want your own personal guide we can arrange this too.

To find out more, call one of our specialists now on 020 7766 5267.

 

ItineraryLocation GuideAccommodationInclusions

My Own Japan

Day 1: Arrive in Japan
Welcome to Japan! Our friendly Meet & Greet service representative will be waiting in the Arrivals lobby and holding a sign with your name on. The Meet & Greet will direct you to the Narita Express train or limousine bus bound for Tokyo. Check in to your clean and comfortable hotel in the fantastic neon- filled district of Shinjuku for 3 nights.

Day 2: Tokyo
A city that offers an infinity of possibilities. Thanks to its excellent transportation system, Tokyo is a safe and easy city for solo travellers. Explore Tokyo’s past in the lively, traditional Asakusa district, visit the world’s largest fish market at Tsukiji, shop in the fashionable districts of Shibuya and Harajuku and dine on Japan’s finest cuisine. Tokyo is relatively straightforward to navigate, and our Information Pack will make travelling around the city a breeze.
Optional guided excursion
Enjoy a full day of sightseeing by coach in Tokyo, with lunch included and the opportunity to meet other travellers. Your guide will show you the highlights of this vast metropolis, from the Imperial Palace and serene Meiji Shrine to the ‘Electric City’ of Akihabara.

Day 3: Tokyo
Enjoy a further day of exploring in Tokyo, or use your Japan Rail Pass to venture further afield to Kamakura, a former capital of Japan.
Optional guided excursion: Nikko
Join a fantastic guided excursion to Nikko, a beautiful temple town in the mountains north of Tokyo. You will visit Toshogu Shrine, a mausoleum to one of Japan’s most famous shoguns, and drive through the picturesque countryside to Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Waterfall before heading back to Tokyo.

Day 4: Tokyo to Hiroshima
Depart Tokyo in the morning and board the Bullet Train, Hiroshima bound. You will arrive at Hiroshima in the afternoon, with plenty of time to visit the Peace Memorial Museum. The museum is located inside the Peace Memorial Park. You will be staying for two nights in a 3* or 4* hotel in Hiroshima.

Day 5: Miyajima at leisure
A short trip from Hiroshima will take you to the island considered to be the “Island of Gods”. Miyajima offers lovely scenery and fantastic views of the o-torii gate at Itsukushima Shrine. It seems to be floating on top of the water, making it one of most famous sights in all Japan. Spend a relaxing day exploring Miyajima island and head back to Hiroshima during late afternoon.

Day 6: Hiroshima to Osaka
Embark on the Bullet train and head to Osaka. Explore Dotonbori district for shopping, entertainment, and eating. You will stay one night in a 3* or 4* style hotel in the heart of Osaka.

Day 7: Osaka to Mount Koya
Leave early in the morning to get to Koya-san. One of the holiest mountains of Japan and a World Heritage Site, it is the base of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism. At Koya-san you will be staying in a temple lodging, and will taste the vegetarian cuisine, known as shojin ryori, prepared by the Buddhist monks. You can attend the early morning prayer service tomorrow: a nice opportunity to immerse yourself in the monks’ way of life.

Day 8: Mount Koya to Nara
After breakfast, you have plenty of time to discover the Okunoin cemetery where many feudal lords, samurai, and famous monks found their final resting place. A walk through the cemetery will lead you to the mausoleum of the founder of the Shingon sect, Kobo Daishi, and its Torodo Hall with 10,000 lanterns eternally lit. Later in the afternoon head to Nara for one night. You will check in a comfortable 3* or 4* hotel.

Day 9: Nara to Kyoto
Whilst smaller than Kyoto, Nara boasts a wealth of monuments, with 8 UNESCO world heritage sites. Among them, you will be impressed by the Japan’s biggest Great Buddha statue in the Todai-ji Temple. Other essential sights include Yakushi-ji and Horyu-ji Temples, all at a walkable distance from Nara-koen and its sacred deer. In the evening make your way to Kyoto. You will stay in a comfortable, superbly located 3* or 4* star hotel in the heart of Kyoto for 4 nights.

Day 10: Kyoto
The former imperial capital gives you a better understanding of Japan’s ancient history of religion, art, and craft, making it, together with Nara, the capital of the traditional Japanese culture. There are plenty of temples, shrines, and gardens around Kyoto. We suggest you visit Kiyomizu-dera and Ginkaku-ji in the hills to the east of the city. After that, make sure to visit the Nijo Castle, a seventeenth-century palace which was the residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, a shogun (military governor) whose clan ruled Japan for 260 years. Next, you might want to check the wonderful craft shops and wooden teahouses in Gion, the old geisha quarter.

Optional guided excursion: Kyoto Day Tour
Join a guided coach tour. As well as visits to Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji (The Golden Temple), Sanjusangendo Temple and Kiyomizu Temple, today’s tour also includes a delicious buffet-style lunch.

Day 11: Kyoto
Start your third day in Kyoto at the Fushimi-Inari Taisha, a Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. If you are feeling energetic, the hike to the highest peak of the mountain takes 2 to 3 hours. In the afternoon you will have plenty of time to visit the Kodai-ji Temple with its peaceful Zen gardens.

Day 12: Kyoto
For your final day in Kyoto, you may wish to venture out west to the leafy suburb of Arashiyama. Here you will find the magnificent bamboo forests and a hill-top monkey park where you can feed monkeys and enjoy a rewarding view of Kyoto.
Optional guided excursion
Spend the afternoon walking around the beautiful area of Arashiyama. The tour includes visits to Tenryu-ji Temple, Sagano bamboo grove, Jojakko-ji Temple, and Togetsu Bridge with an English-speaking guide.

Day 13: Depart Japan
Transfer from your hotel to Kansai International Airport (Osaka) from where you depart.

 railpassJapan Rail Pass
The JR Pass allows you almost unlimited travel for 7/14/21 days on all Japan Rail lines throughout the country. It allows you to travel on the world-famous Bullet Train (Shinkansen) as well as the popular ferry from Hiroshima to Miyajima.

To find out more, call one of our specialists now on 020 7766 5267.

Tokyo
One of the biggest metropolises in the world, Tokyo is a city that certainly never sleeps. Bursting with life and the latest styles and fashions, this energetic capital is a vibrant and stimulating place. Despite its ultramodern appearance, Tokyo embraces the ancient soul of Japan as well. Home to different shrines and temples, it’s not hard to find different neighbourhood festivals throughout the year. If you are looking for a city like no other, Tokyo offers you a syncretism of modern and ancient Japanese culture: Akihabara, the hub of pop-culture and a non-stop “electric town”, the flamboyant old downtown area of Asakusa filled with restaurants and shops, the neon-flashing Shinjuku, Tsukiji fish market for a sushi breakfast, and the city’s top Meiji Shrine.

 
 
 
Hiroshima & Miyajima Island
Hiroshima is an attractive, cosmopolitan city which has risen from the ashes of the world’s first atomic bomb attack on 6 August 1945. The hypocentre of the explosion is now the Peace Memorial Park, a beautiful expanse of greenery housing monuments to the tragedy. The park is flanked by the A-Bomb Dome, the former Industrial Promotion Hall which is the only surviving building from the blast, and the Peace Memorial Museum which tells of the bomb and the devastation of Hiroshima. Take a short ferry ride and visit the nearby island of Miyajima, with its photogenic vermillion gate and the summit of Mount Misen, offering a panoramic view across the island.

 

Osaka & Koya-San
Known as the “kitchen of Japan”, Osaka is renowned for its warm-hearted, lively locals. From Osaka you can access the peaceful temple town at the top of Koya-San, one of Japan’s holiest mountains and the centre of Shingon Buddhism in Japan. Koya-San is the perfect place to experience a Buddhist monk’s way of life as you have the chance to stay in temple lodgings and eat special monks’ cuisine known as shojin ryori. Not to be missed is a walk through Okunoin Cemetery, Japan’s largest and one of the most sacred.

 

Kyoto

Once the former imperial capital of Japan, Kyoto is often referred to as the “soul of Japan”. The historical legacy of its past is well expressed by numbers: 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and more than 2000 Buddhist Temples and Shinto shrines. It’s not difficult to walk around the Gion area and come across few geishas walking in the streets while shopping at the traditional craft shops.
My own Japan tour will allow you to visit the great variety of Kyoto’s heritage sites. Some things you must see: Kinkaku-ji, Ginkaku-ji and Kiyomizu Temples. Another famous spot not to be missed is one of the most photographed Shinto shrines, Fushimi-Inari Taisha, with more than 10,000 vermilion torii gates forming a path that leads you up the mountain.

 
Nara
The first permanent capital of Japan, Nara is city that cannot be beaten when it comes to Japanese cultural and historical heritage. This very picturesque city is home to 8 UNESCO world heritage sites and is considered by many to be where the Japanese civilization was born. If you are looking for Japan’s biggest Great Buddha, you will find him in the largest wooden building in the world, the outstanding Todai-ji Temple.
To find out more, call one of our specialists now on 020 7766 5267.

Hotels in Tokyo

Shinjuku Prince Hotel

Tokyo
Superior

Shinjuku Prince Hotel is located but 5 minutes away from Shinjuku station and its various train lines (JR, subway and private railways). It is also not far from both the lively, tree-lined Omotesandō Avenue, funky Harajuku or the wooded, lake filled Yoyogi Park.
All the room are cozy and modern, and come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, telephones and your usual amenities.
The hotel has a cafe, a relaxed buffet eatery, and a refined Japanese restaurant/bar with panoramic views.

Tokyo Dome Hotel

Tokyo
Superior

One of Tokyo’s premier hotels for events, this impressive 40+ storey tower rises above Tokyo Dome baseball stadium and the elegant Koishikawa Korakuen gardens. Most striking are the nearby ferris wheel and roller coaster of the Dome City amusement park, which when lit up at night make for great views that are evocative of Tokyo’s urban glamour.
The rooms here are very spacious for their grade and centrality, with a modern and stylish décor. Of course, all rooms are replete with good quality amenities and wireless internet as standard.
With 11 restaurants, lounges and cafes, there is no shortage of variation when it comes to nourishment and relaxation. On offer are various Western options, including Italian, French and American, as well as multiple Japanese choices such as sushi, tempura, kaiseki ryori and yakiniku BBQ. The top floor bar is really worth a visit, where the night views of the stadium and amusement park from 40 storeys make for a great compliment to a cocktail.

Toyoko Inn Ikebukuro

Tokyo
Standard

Located just a 5 minute walk from Ikebukuro station (on the Yamanote Line). The hotel is close to several shops, restaurants and only a short walk from Sunshine City.

This business class hotel features compact well equipped rooms with flat screen TVs, refrigerators and bathroom amenities. All rooms have free wi-fi. Computer terminals are available in the lobby along with 24 hour coin laundry.

Breakfast is a light Japanese breakfast consisting of rice balls, miso soup, some salad items and also a little bread.

Hotels in Hiroshima

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima

Hiroshima
Superior

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima is directly connected to the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) Line’s JR Hiroshima Station.
Each room is equipped with various amenities and designed to make your stay in a hotel a great experience. Comfortable bed and well-cleaned room will guarantee your leisurely stay.
Hotel Granvia Hiroshima has 8 restaurants, bars, and karaoke. Guests can be satisfied with the best cuisines ranging from Japanese dishes to delicious world dishes and desserts.

Oriental Hotel Hiroshima

Hiroshima
Standard

Boasting international cuisines and views of Hiroshima, the Oriental Hotel Hiroshima is a 10-minute drive from JR Hiroshima Train Station. It features a beauty salon, stylish rooms and free Wi-Fi throughout the property.
Rooms include an en suite bathroom with original bath amenities. Guests can wear the provided night wear and enjoy watching the satellite flat-screen TV.
The hotel has a French restaurant and a Japanese restaurant as well as a cafe where you can enjoy live music shows.

Hotels in Osaka

Hotel Granvia Osaka

Osaka
Superior

Hotel Granvia Osaka, located in the center of the spirited and historic city of Osaka, Japan, offers guests a sophisticated retreat and direct connection to JR Osaka train lines.
Generously proportioned and astutely decorated, the rooms here have a mixture of chic and warmth that mirror the personality of the city of Osaka, with its dizzying skyline rising above the bustling and cheerful streets. There is a full range of quality amenities as one would expect from a hotel of this calibre.
The Granvia, Osaka, features an array of fine dining and casual restaurants, including Japanese, Italian, French and Chinese cuisines. Revel in the city’s nightlife at the hotel’s chic bar and two lounges, or grab a quick snack at the café.

This business class hotel features compact well-equipped rooms with flat screen TVs, refrigerators and bathroom amenities. All rooms have free wi-fi. Computer terminals are available in the lobby along with 24-hour coin laundry.

Breakfast is a light Japanese breakfast consisting of rice balls, miso soup, some salad items and also a little bread.

This hotel is right in the heart of Osaka, only a few minutes’ walk from the popular Shinsaibashi shopping district, trendy street fashion distict Amerika Mura, and from Dotonbori, Osaka’s famous covered arcade. Osaka is really a party town, so there are an exceptional range of restaurants, shops and bars to get stuck into. Stations of various central subway lines are nearby, so access to the rest of the city by subway is also very easy.

Temple Lodging (Shukubo) in Koya-San

Muryokoin

Koyasan
Superior

Stay and experience a traditional temple lodging, known as shukubo. In a shukubo, you will be staying in the temple precincts, and will witness the its workings first hand. In this way you will experience something truly Japanese in essence – the beauty of things done in a simple way, executed with the goal of absolute perfection.

All guest rooms are traditional Japanese tatami rooms. When it is time to sleep, your room will be prepared with futons and sheets. You’ll be invited to go down in the early morning and witness the monks offering their first prayers of the day.

All of the rooms are equipped with gas stoves during winter, a safe box and free Wi-Fi.

Bathrooms are shared and there is a nice hot traditional Japanese bath. The bathrooms and baths are separated for women and men.

As is typical in a shukubo, you will be served shojinryori, traditional Japanese vegetarian food served in Buddhist temples. For breakfast, you will be served vegetarian food with Miso soup, rice and tea, and for dinner a vegetarian meal with Miso soup, rice, tofu and tea.

Hotels in Kyoto

Hotel Granvia Kyoto

Kyoto
Superior

This excellent 4* hotel is integrated into Kyoto station, providing a quiet haven with superb access to the entire country, let alone the entire city of Kyoto. You also are right above all the excellent shopping facilities, museum and department store within the station complex.
Although we list this property as Superior, it is really at the higher end of the category and in many regards borders on Deluxe. The spacious rooms are furnished in style, capturing the essence of Kyoto with that characteristic combination of delicate minimalism and lavishness. For your relaxation and fitness needs, there is an indoor pool, a gym, a jacuzzi and a steam room.
There is a fantastic range of restaurants in and around the hotel, with an abundance of Japanese, Oriental and Western style options available. For example, the exceptional “Teppanyaki Gozanbo” serves renowned Oumi Beef and seafood, using only the freshest seasonal ingredients.

Karasuma Kyoto Hotel

Kyoto
Superior

Located a few minutes walk from Shijo Street which is the main street for shopping with a number of department stores and fantastic restaurants.

Single rooms are compact and doubles more generously sized and recently renovated. All rooms have TV, refrigerator and tea making facilities. Free LAN internet is available in room and free wifi is available in the lobby.

The Karasuma Kyoto Hotel has a large selection of Western and Japanese breakfast items and there is also an onsite Starbucks and bakery. Other facilities include a Chinese and Japanese restaurant and a bar.

This business class hotel features compact well-equipped rooms with flat screen TVs, refrigerators and bathroom amenities. All rooms have free wi-fi. Computer terminals are available in the lobby along with 24-hour coin laundry.
Breakfast is a light Japanese breakfast consisting of rice balls, miso soup, some salad items and also a little bread.

Superbly located on Shijo Street which is the main street for shopping with a number of department stores and fantastic restaurants. Nearby is the fascinating Nishiki food market and the covered markets.

To find out more, call one of our specialists now on 020 7766 5267.

Price Includes

  • 11 nights’ accommodation in a Single room at 3* or 4* hotels in Tokyo, Kyoto and Matsumoto on a bed & breakfast basis
  • 1 night’s accommodation in a temple lodging in Koya-san on a dinner & breakfast basis
  • 14-day Japan Rail Pass allowing you unlimited travel on the entire Japan Rail network including Shinkansen (Bullet Train) services
  • Airport transfers (utilising your Japan Rail Pass)
  • Meet & Greet service on arrival at Narita International Airport (Tokyo).
  • Detailed Japan Journeys Information Pack including detailed train schedules, maps, & brochures.
  • Personalised Japan Journeys App to help manage your documents.
  • All Japanese sales taxes and service charge.

 

Not included in Price

  • International airfare.
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees
  • Taxi, subway and tramway fees.
  • Travel insurance.

 

Download the My Own Japan Brochure here: My Own Japan Itinerary and a Reservation Form Here: My Own Japan Reservation Form

PRICE:
The price for this My Own Japan independent itinerary as detailed above is as follows:

3* Hotels/Temple Lodging: from £2,295.00 per person.
4* Hotels/ Temple Lodging: from £2,695.00 per person.

To find out more, call one of our specialists now on 020 7766 5267.

OPTIONAL GUIDED EXCURSIONS:

Tokyo: £101 per person
Nikko: £146 per person
Kyoto: £109 per person

All price estimates are based on current rates of exchange and are subject to availability. All prices are good for travel before the end of 2017 but exclude blackout periods which coincide with Japanese National Holidays and some weekends.

To make a booking, a deposit of £200 per person is required.

The balance of the price of the trip must be made 12 weeks prior to departure.

Full terms and Conditions

All price estimates are based on current rates of exchange and are subject to availability.

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