World Heritage Sites of Japan [Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Mt. Koya, Hiroshima, Kagoshima]

Product Code: WHSOJ
from £ 2,700

[Self-Guided] 15 days

Visit the most beautiful World Heritage Sites of Japan and enjoy delicious cuisine, futon bedding and onsen bathing. Experience the austere life of Buddhist monks in Koyasan and join them for the morning meditation. Spend a couple of nights in minshuku, on Yakushima, an island with impressive mountains, picturesque coastline and rich flora. There are a number of places where you can swim, such as coastal beaches or hidden river pools. Be amazed by the natural beauty of the active volcano Sakurajima and be sure not to miss the steaming-hot sand baths.


Included in this tour:

☑ Economy class flights

☑ Accommodation based on 2 people sharing a twin/double room

☑ Meals as detailed in the itinerary

☑ 14-day Ordinary Japan Rail Pass

☑ Buddhist cultural activity in Koyasan including Koyasan World Heritage Ticket

☑ Ferry tickets for Kagoshima-Yakushima route

☑ As with all our packages we can add, subtract, or modify this package to suit your individual needs and make your holiday perfect

Date Description Meals
Depart from London Heathrow on direct flight. On board
Day 1 Arrive to Tokyo.
Use the 14-Day Japan Rail Pass provided to transfer to your hotel in Tokyo by train. 
Accomodation in Tokyo
On board
Day 2 Free time in Tokyo. Optionally, use your JR Pass to visit Nikko. The Japanese say "Never say 'kekko' until you've seen Nikko" (kekko meaning beautiful, magnificent or "I am satisfied"). The beauty and importance of this site is recognized worldwide: the shrines and temples of Nikko were registered as UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999.
Accomodation in Tokyo
Breakfast
Day 3 Use your JR Pass and Hakone Freepass provided to visit Hakone, famous for the breathtakingly beautiful views of Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain and the latest object in Japan to become the World Heritage Site in 2013. Fuji san, as Japanese people call it with respect (suffixe "-san" is honorific in Japanese language), was designated a cultural rather than natural site and registered under the title “sacred place and source of artistic inspiration”. 
Stay in a traditional Japanese inn (ryokan) to experience Japanese hospitality, traditional cuisine, futon bedding and onsen bathing.
Accomodation in Tonosawa Ichinoyu Honkan
Breakfast Dinner
Day 4 Use your Hakone Freepass and JR Pass to travel to Kyoto. The Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, that have been registered as World Heritage Sites in 1994, consist of seventeen component parts that are situated in Kyoto, Uji and Otsu cities and include temples, shrines, gardens and a castle. Having been built or designed during different periods of time from the 10th to the 17th century, all components illustrate the general historical development of Japanese architecture and gardens. Today you are recommended to visit Kiyomizu-dera, Kinkaku-ji and Ryoan-ji temples in Kyoto.
Accomodation in Kyoto
Breakfast
Day 5 In the morning, take a journey to the beautiful Byodo-in temple, located in the nearby city of Uji. The temple was established in 998 and originally contained a large number of buildings. Nowadays, only three buildings remain, Amida Hall, Kannon Hall and the Bell tower. The Amida Hall building has a phoenix ("hoo"), a mythical bird of China, on its roof; and the roof itself looks like two wings spreading out, that’s why it is commongly called Hoo-do ("Phoenix Hall"). Enshrined in this temple is a seated figure of the Amida Buddha (The Buddha of Infinite Light). After visiting Uji, carry on to Nara to see Todai-ji and Kasuga Shrine, part of the World Heritage Site Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara.  
Accomodation in Kyoto
Breakfast
Day 6 Today we will try to arrange a unique experience for you - a visit to Saiho-ji temple or Moss temple, as it's called, due to the 120 varieties of moss that can be spotted in the temple’s garden. Upon entry to the temple, you will be asked to participate in some religious activities, known as kito and shakyo (chanting and copying of sutra). The admission fee of 3000 yen per person is paid at the time of the visit.
Accomodation in Kyoto
Breakfast
Day 7 Experience the austere life of Buddhist monks on Mt. Koya, the home of Esoteric Buddhism. Mt. Koya is home to the Koyasan sect of Shingon Buddhism, a faith ritually followed throughout Japan. Mt. Koya is also internationally recognised as a part of the "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes of the Kii Mountain Range", a UNESCO World Heritage Listed site since 2004. Stay in a temple lodge (shukubo) overnight. Enjoy a traditional vegetarian cuisine (shojin ryori) and a relaxing sleep in the tranquil surroundings of Koyasan.
Stay in shukubo in Koyasan
Breakfast Dinner
Day 8 You will be invited to join the monks in the morning meditation called ajikan. Then, use the Koyapass pass provided to travel to Osaka and then the JR Pass to travel to Hiroshima.
Accomdation in Hiroshima
Breakfast
Day 9 Use your JR Pass to take a train, then a ferry to the island of Miyajima, to see Itsuku-shima Shinto Shrine with its famous O-torii Gate standing in the sea. Part of the World Cultural Heritage Sites since 1996, it's said that the sanctuary was built around the end of the 6th century and most of the main shrine was built in the 12th century.
Accomodation in Hiroshima
Breakfast
Day 10 Use your JR Pass to travel to Kagoshima. Take a ferry trip to admire the spectacular active volcano Sakurajima.
Accomodation in Kagoshima
Breakfast
Day 11 Free time in Kagoshima.
We recommend taking a train to local Ibusuki, a famous resort area in Kyushu, to experience the steaming-hot sand baths. You put on a yukata robe (cotton summer kimono), lay in a warm sand pit, gradually being covered with volcanic sand up to your neck. The sand is heated by a natural steam, which is coming from the underneath. The weight and heat of the sand helps the blood circulation and after ten minutes the whole body begins to perspire. After the procedure, which takes 10 to 20 minutes, you wash off the sand and enter the regular hot spring baths.
Accomodation in Kagoshima
Breakfast
Day 12 Use the tickets provided to take a ferry to the next UNESCO World Heritage site – Yakushima Island. Being a relatively small island, it hosts impressive mountains which rise to nearly 2000 metres, a picturesque coastline, rich flora, with 1900 species and subspecies, including ancient specimens of sugi (Japanese cedar), extremely large in diameter. The fauna of the island is diverse, with 16 mammal species, so it’s just a matter of time until you meet the Japanese macaque or deer, which are roaming freely everywhere.
Accomodation in Yakushima (minshuku)
Breakfast Dinner
Day 13 Free time to explore Yakushima.
Accomodation in Yakushima (minshuku)
Breakfast Dinner
Day 14 Use the tickets provided to take a ferry to Kagoshima. 
Accomodation in Kagoshima
Breakfast
Day 15 Make your own way to Kagoshima Airport by bus.
Depart from Kagoshima. Arrive to Tokyo.
Depart from Tokyo and arrive to London.
Breakfast


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