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Walk Japan - Kumano Kodo Trail
12 days
Japan - Trip code WJP

Walk Japan - Kumano Kodo Trail

To visit Japan is to encounter a fascinating blend of the ancient and modern. Discover the country's history and explore its beautiful landscapes on a series of adventures on foot. Uncover a different side of Tokyo unseen by most visitors, walking urban trails. Hike a section of the Nakasendo Way, a highway once travelled by samurai, itinerant merchants and pilgrims. Discover the tranquil temples of Kyoto and Nara. The trip culminates with four days walking along the Kumano Kodo, an ancient pilgrimage trail connecting Shinto shrines on the mountainous Kii Peninsula.

Trip highlights

  • Tokyo - Wander urban trails for an alternative view of the city
  • Nakasendo Way - Countryside hike between historic post towns
  • Kumano Kodo - Hike along an ancient pilgrimage route between Buddhist shrines
  • Kyoto - Explore the temples and tea houses of Japan's historic capital on foot
  • Japanese cuisine - Enjoy Japanese cuisine with locally sourced ingredients
  • Traditional accommodation - Sleep on a futon and enjoy a hot spring bath at a traditional Ryokan
Accommodation grade:
Standard
Our standard, mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service, often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en suite facilities.
Walking grade:
Moderate
For those who are fit and active, these moderate walks are normally on good paths and tracks at low altitude. Days may include some fairly demanding ascents and descents, so previous experience is preferable but not essential.
Group Size:
10 - 16
Maximum group size ranges from between 6 to 20 people, depending on the type of trip, the transport and accommodation used and activities included. We rarely have groups that are smaller than five or six people and the average is 12 people plus an Explore leader.

Itinerary

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Day 1 - Join trip in Tokyo; first night welcome meal

The trip starts in Tokyo, the modern-day capital of Japan. After checking in to the hotel, head out for an included dinner with the rest of the group and your Explore Leader.

Accommodation: Asakusa Via Inn(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Dinner
Day 2 - Walking tour of Tokyo including less-visited neighbourhoods

In the morning we head out to explore this thriving metropolis on a walking tour that will take in some of the residential and more traditional neighbourhoods of the city - Nippori, Yanaka and Nezu, for a glimpse of life in Tokyo far away from the neon lights of the business district. We'll take our time and end in Ueno in time to explore the market and pick up some lunch. The afternoon is left free to explore further. You will be provided with an IC transport card providing unlimited travel on public transport around the city. Possible destinations include the Meiji shrine and Shinjuku area, where the latest electronic gadgets dazzle from glowing shop-fronts or take a boat along the Sumida River for a more relaxing experience.

Today's walking tour will cover approximately eight kilometres and will last around five hours.

Accommodation: Asakusa Via Inn(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 3 - Express train to Matsumoto; visit the impressive castle

We depart from Shinjuku train station (reputedly the world's busiest) on a scenic journey through the Japanese Alps to Matsumoto. Flanked on each side by mountains, Matsumoto is best known for its 500 year-old castle which is Japan's oldest, and one of its most elegant. Known as 'Crow Castle' due to its black, sombre appearance, it retains its original wooden interior. The fascinating design includes a moon-viewing pavilion, a hidden floor for the castle's protecting samurai and various booby traps to aid its defence. After exploring the castle and its grounds there's time to stroll through the town's historic quarter. For art lovers there's an option to visit the renowned modern art museum or nearby Ukiyo-e woodblock printing museum. Scenes from this traditional art form typically represent famous geisha, sumo wrestlers and kabuki dance-drama actors.

To make today's journey by train easier, we make use of Japan's excellent luggage forwarding services and send our main luggage on to our hotel for tomorrow night in Kyoto. You'll need to pack your overnight things in your daypack.

Accommodation: Alpico Plaza Hotel(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 4 - Hike on Nakasendo Way from Magome to Nagiso; bullet train to Kyoto

We make an early start today and catch a train to Nakatsugawa. From here it's a journey of around 30 minutes by public bus to Magome in the tranquil Kiso Valley, running alongside the Central Alps. We hike from here along a section of the Nakasendo Way, an historical trail that connected Kyoto to Edo (now modern day Tokyo). The Nakasendo' s origins date back to the Edo Period (1603-1868) when the Japanese Shogun created a comprehensive communications network of roads to help stabilise and rule the country. Towns like Magome and Tsumago, which we also pass through on the hike, were post towns, providing accommodation and supplies for travellers on the route, an eclectic mix of soldiers, merchants and monks among them. These towns have been lovingly preserved to retain their Edo period atmosphere and the streets are lined with traditional wooden buildings. Our hike today takes us on a mainly stone-paved undulating path through beautiful countryside and small hamlets to Nagiso. We catch an express train from Nagiso to Nagoya, then change to the super fast \i shinkansen \i0 a.k.a. the 'bullet train' that speeds us on to our base for the next three nights, the one time historic capital of Japan - Kyoto.

Today's 12 kilometre walk is expected to take around four-and-a-half hours with a total ascent of 450 metres and descent of 610 metres.

Accommodation: El Inn Kyoto(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 5 - Walking in Kyoto including Philosophers Way and temple visits

At the heart of Japanese culture and influence for over 1,000 years, Kyoto lay at the centre of events that helped to shape the destiny and history of this most fascinating of cultures. One of the only major cities to survive the extensive bombing of WWII, Kyoto can boast more than 2000 temples and shrines, many set in landscaped gardens, making this captivating city the cradle of all things uniquely Japanese.

Today we head to the north of the city to spend a full day walking and sightseeing in the Higashiyama District along the lower slopes of Kyoto's eastern mountains. This is one of the city's best preserved historic districts. Walking among the narrow lanes, wooden buildings and traditional merchant shops, we can catch a glimpse of what the old capital city must have been like. In the morning we follow the Philosophers Path, along a cherry tree-lined canal, stopping to visit some of the city's most important temples including the Silver Pavilion and the Eikando and Nanzenji temples. The route is named after the influential 20th century philosopher Nishida Kitaro who walked here in his daily meditation. In the afternoon we continue to the Heian Shrine, a reconstruction of part of the Imperial Palace as it would have looked 1,200 years ago. The shrine is known for its beautiful traditional Japanese garden which contains multiple ponds in which tortoises, egrets, koi carp and other wildlife can often be seen. From here we pass through the cobbled streets to Kodaiji where you can see a perfectly groomed towering bamboo grove, a Zen rock garden, and a pair of historic tea houses.

Today's 12 kilometre walking tour is expected to take around six hours including time spent sightseeing.

Accommodation: El Inn Kyoto(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 6 - Train to Nara; walking tour around the city's parks and temples

We spend today in Japan's first capital Nara, travelling there by train (in around 50 minutes) and exploring on foot. Perhaps one of Japan's friendliest and greenest cities, Nara sits on the edge of a sprawling park that provides a picture-perfect backdrop for the city's magnificent temples and shrines. Nara is known for the 1,200 deer that roam free in the streets and parks. Believed to be messengers of the gods, the deer are protected by city law. We plan to take in the best of the town's sights including the world's largest Bronze Buddha at the magnificent Todaiji temple and the shrine of Kasuga Taisha before returning to Kyoto for the night.

Today's 7 kilometre walking tour is expected to take around six hours including time spent sightseeing.

Accommodation: El Inn Kyoto(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 7 - Train to Kii Peninsula; hike through ancient forest on Kumano Kodo trail

Today we head into rural Japan and the mountains of the Kii Peninsula, much of which is covered in dense rainforest. Travelling first by train and then bus, we arrive at the small village of Takijiri-Oji, the starting point for our hike on the Kumano Kodo. Kumano Kodo is the name given to a network of pilgrimage routes that connect three great Buddhist shrines: Hongu Taisha, Nachi Taisha, and Hayatama Taisha - known collectively as the Kumano Sanzan. Emanating from these three shrines, various pilgrimage trails trace their way through dense forest and across high mountain passes and stunning valleys, linking the various sacred sites of the area. Awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2004 the Kumano Kodo remain in use as pilgrimage routes to this day.

Our hike this afternoon takes us through ancient forest filled with giant camphor trees and sacred caves to Takahara, a ridge-top settlement at around 300 metres known locally as 'Kiri-no-Sato' (village in the mist) thanks to the blankets of mist that create a sea of clouds over the valleys below. Our simple lodge accommodation commands sweeping views of the surrounding Hatenashi Mountain Range and we'll enjoy a kaiseki dinner made from fresh local produce. Kaiseki consists of a sequence of dishes, each often small and artistically arranged.The lodge has a mix of Japanese-style rooms, where futon beds are rolled out each night on the traditional tatami mat flooring, and those with Western-style beds. Depending on the size of the group, rooms may be twin share or shared by up to three guests (of the same sex). All rooms have en suite toilets with sinks whilst bathing takes place in a separate traditional hot spring bath. A relaxing experience after walking.

Your main luggage will be forwarded on this morning to Kawayu Onsen so you'll need to pack your things for the next two nights in your daypack.

Today's four kilometre walk is expected to take around two hours with a total ascent of 430 metres and descent of 200 metres.

Accommodation: Kiri no Sato Takahara Lodge(or similar)

Simple Lodge
Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 8 - Kumano Kodo walk with sweeping countryside views

It's a longer hike today from Takahara to Chikatsuyu, a route that takes us past the ruins of the Uwada-jaya Teahouse and across the Hashiori-toge Pass, with its iconic Gyubadoji statue of one of the first pilgrim emperors. We'll be treated to stunning views of the surrounding countryside from various points along the way before eventually arriving at our accommodation for the night in Chikatsuyu.

Tonight we'll stay at a Minshuku, a simple guest house where all the rooms have Japanese-style sleeping and bathing arrangements and will be twin or triple share depending on group size.

Today's 14 kilometre walk is expected to take around four-and-a-half hours with a total ascent of 590 metres and descent of 640 metres.

Accommodation: Minshuku Chikatsuyu(or similar)

Simple Ryokan
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 9 - Walk to Kawayu Onsen visting Hongu shrine en route

Today's hike takes us over the mountains to the Hongu Taisha, at the very heart of the Kumano Kodo and the region's most important shrine, serving as the head shrine for over 3,000 Kumano shrines across Japan. It's also known for its huge torii gate, the largest in Japan, dwarfing the pilgrims passing under it. After visiting the shrine we'll take a shuttle bus on to our hotel at Kawayu Onsen, a hot spring town located along a river. There should be time to take a rejuvenating dip in the hot spring waters here before dinner. The Kawayu Midoriya is a larger property than the two previous nights and all of its Japanese-style rooms have en suite facilities. We'll be accommodated here in twin share or single rooms.

Today's 14 kilometre walk is expected to take around six hours with a total ascent of approximately 600 metres and descent of 950 metres. Please note it is possible to take a public bus for part of today's route if you wish to shorten the length of the walk.

Accommodation: Kawayu Midoriya(or similar)

Standard Ryokan
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 10 - Kumano River boat trip to Hatayama shrine; train to Kii-Katsuura

We take a break from walking today and start the day with a leisurely boat trip along the Kumano River to Hatayama Taisha, the second of the three great Kumano shrines. This is how pilgrims traditionally approached the shrine, which is located near the river mouth. The nature in and around the shrine is an integral part of this grand shrine's precincts and annual rituals. We've time to explore here before continuing a short distance by train to our destination for the night, the coastal town of Kii-Katsuura. Once a quiet fishing port, the town's fortunes changed when an abundance of hot springs were discovered here. Kii-Katsuura's other attraction is the early morning fish market which you may wish to visit tomorrow.

Accommodation: Hotel Charmant(or similar)

Simple Hotel
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 11 - Hike to Nachi shrine; train to Osaka

This morning we take a bus to Daimonzaka Chushajo, from where it's around a one-hour walk to the Kumano Nachi Taisha, the last of the Kumano Kodo's three great shrines. This walk takes you part of the way along the Daimonzaka, an impressive 600 metre cobbled stairway with a total of 267 stairs, lined with towering Japanese cedar and bamboo groves. Nachi Taisha, the culmination of today's walk, boasts a magnificent red pagoda and stands against the striking backdrop of Nachi-no-Otaki, Japan's tallest waterfall. We take some time to marvel at this amazing sight before taking the bus back to Kii-Katsuura Station, from where it's a four-hour train ride around the peninsula to our final destination of the holiday, the large metropolis of Osaka, Japan's second city. Osaka is one of the best places to try Japanese food - whether its octopus balls from a street-side stand, okonomiyaki savoury pancakes (a regional speciality), or some of best sushi in the world.

Your main luggage is forwarded on today to Osaka to save you having to take it on the train.

Today's three kilometre walk is expected to take around an hour with a total ascent of 50 metres and descent of 200 metres.

Accommodation: Rihga Nakanoshima Inn(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 12 - Trip ends in Osaka

The trip ends after breakfast this morning in Osaka. If you have time to spend here, Osaka has all the galleries and museums you'd expect of a large city including the unusual Instant Ramen Museum where visitors can have a go at creating their own cup noodle! Or take a walk around the Namba area, one of Osaka's most vibrant and interesting districts where kilometres of covered arcades criss-crossed by canals and rivers, open up to back streets filled with history and small shops.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Walking and Trekking information

Walking grade
Moderate
Trek details
Walks on 8 days for between 1 to 6 hours. The urban walking in Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara includes time for sightseeing and is mainly flat. The Nakasendo Way and Kumano Kodo trail undulate on stone and paved trails across forested hills with sections of steps in places.

What's included?

Included meals
  • Breakfast: 11
  • Lunch: 3
  • Dinner: 5
Transport
  • Boat
  • Public Bus
  • Train
Trip staff
  • Explore Tour Leader / Trek Guide
Accommodation
  • 7 nights standard hotel
  • 1 nights simple hotel
  • 1 nights simple lodge
  • 1 nights simple ryokan
  • 1 nights standard ryokan
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Trip information

Country information

Japan

Climate

Japan's climate is mostly temperate, with five distinct seasons. Summer is from June to September with temperatures reaching 30°c, although it can vary from warm to very hot. after mid-July. July and August can be humid. Spring and Autumn are mild throughout Japan. Winter, October to April, is cold with snowfall. The main rainy season is June. Japan can be prone to short, tropical cyclones in August to October. October November although cooler is a great time to see the Autumn colours.

Time difference to GMT

+9

Plugs

2 Pin Flat

Religion

Buddhism, Christian and Shinto

Language

Japanese

Budgeting and packing

Optional activities

The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.


Tokyo:
Water bus from Asakusa to Hamarikyu Gardens - 980JPY
Tokyo National Museum - Some of the very best pieces from Japan's long history - 620 Yen for permanent exhibition.
Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens - There are a few wonderful gardens in Tokyo and this is one of them - 300 Yen.
Tokyo Sky Tree - By far and away the tallest structure in Japan (double the height of the tallest building). If it is a clear day the views cannot be beat - 2060 Yen to first observatory (additional 1030 Yen to upper observatory - we recommend only the first).
Edo Tokyo Museum - If you are wanting to learn about the history of Tokyo this is the place for you - 600 Yen.
Shinjuku Gyoen - More of a park than a garden but still a wonderful place to stroll. You will still be able to see many of Tokyo's skyscrapers but at a tranquil distance - 200 Yen

Matsumoto:
Ukiyoe Woodblock Museum - Although it is a bit out of town, this museum is well worth visiting for anyone who enjoys Japanese woodblock prints - 1200 Yen entrance plus either taxi (10 minutes) aproximately 1500 Yen each way or train (infrequent - approximately 5 minutes and 20 minutes walking) 170 Yen each way.
Matsumoto City Art Museum - A museum with both traditional and contemporary art. Notable for its Kusama Yayoi collection because she is originally from the city - 410 Yen for permanent exhibition.


Clothing

Bring light and comfortable clothing that can be layered according to the temperature. The weather conditions in the mountains can be changeable, and it can become cool, especially at night, so bring warmer layers. Tops made from wicking materials which keep you drier and warmer are recommended as a base layer, and walking trousers are preferable to trousers of heavier material such as jeans. A waterproof jacket is essential at all times in case of rain and wind.

- Breathable wind and waterproof jacket (you may also wish to bring waterproof trousers)
- T-shirts
- Long sleeved tops
- Sunhat
- Long trousers
- Shorts (if you prefer to walk in them)
- Swimwear
- Midlayer Fleece/pullover
- Socks


Luggage

20kg

Luggage: On tour

One main piece of baggage and a daypack. For logistical reasons your main luggage will be forwarded from Tokyo to Kyoto on day 3, from Kyoto to Kawayu Onsen on day 7 and from Kii-Katsuura to Osaka on day 11 . Your daypack should therefore have sufficient space for your overnight things in Matsumoto and for 2 nights on the Kumano Kodo trail (nights 7 and 8) as well as for carrying all your daytime hiking essentials such as a waterbottle, suncream, snacks, rain wear and camera. A capacity of 30 to 40 litres should be sufficient if you pack light. For your main luggage, a lockable compact suitcase or holdall with wheels is ideal.


Equipment

- Sunglasses
- Sun cream
- Small Torch (with spare batteries and bulb)
- Walking poles (if you usually use them)
- Personal first aid kit - On each walk a first aid kit is carried but you should have your own blister kit, supply of plasters, aspirin and other essentials.
- Insect repellent
- Small waterproof dry bag (for items such as your mobile phone)
- Reusable water bottle (minimum 1 litre) - Get 15% discount on a Water-to-Go bottle www.explore.co.uk/about-us/responsible-travel/water-to-go-discount-with-explore
- Lunch box/Tupperware (for packed lunches)

Tipping

Explore leader
At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Tour Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
Country Information

Japan

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Lunch price
£8
Dinner price
£15-20
Beer price
£4
Water price
£1.00 - 2.00
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Yen.
Recommended Currency For Exchange
It is preferable to take money in Yen or traveller's cheques.
Where To Exchange
Most major towns - your Tour Leader will advise you on arrival.
ATM Availability
All post offices have international ATMs. Some other ATMs do not accept Western bank/credit cards. Your tour leader will advise you locally.
Credit Card Acceptance
In major restaurants and stores.
Travellers Cheques
It should be noted that outside of the major cities it is difficult to change traveller's cheques. Where available it takes 30-45 minutes, the best places to exchange them is at the airport on arrival.

Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Boat, Public Bus, Train

Accommodation notes

Booking a Single Room

All of our group tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation. Please refer to the tour notes where the single room option availability is detailed on a night by night basis for this tour, and the price for the available nights is detailed on the dates & prices tab by departure date. For Self-Guided trips the Single Room supplement offers the option of a single room each and is charged per person. The Single Room supplement also applies to the third person in a party of three that will be accommodated in a single room.


In the more rural and traditional places along the Kumano Kodo on nights 7, 8 and 9 we will stay in Japanese-style accommodation, sleeping on futon beds that are rolled out each night on the traditional tatami-mat (woven soft 'igusa' straw) flooring. Generally the rooms are simply decorated with a low 'kotatsu' table to sit around, a scroll or picture in an alcove and a Japanese tea set. Shoes are taken off in the entrance way to the room. Bathing takes place in a hot spring bath, etiquette requires you to shower yourself clean before entering the water. We refer to these as Japanese guesthouses or ryokan.

Essential Information

FCO Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
 

Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Visa and Passport Information

Japan: Visas are not required by UK, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian citizens.

Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.


If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may consider applying through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
 

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

Transfers

Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

  

Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

Japan

Vaccinations

Nothing compulsory. We recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus, infectious hepatitis and polio. The use or possession of Vicks inhalers and some other common prescription and over-the-counter medicines (e.g. for allergies and sinus problems or even certain mild painkillers, such as those containing certain levels of codeine) are banned under Japan's strictly enforced anti-stimulant drugs law. Customs officials may not be sympathetic if you claim ignorance about these medicines. If in any doubt about customs procedures for such items, you should check with the nearest Japanese Embassy before visiting Japan. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

Dates, prices and booking

Date
Price from
Single room option
Saturday 25 May 2019 - Thursday 6 June 2019
This departure is guaranteed
WJP_2019
From £4350
Single room option +£160
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Tokyo
Time and place
18:30 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
Town
Osaka
Time
09:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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Saturday 9 November 2019 - Thursday 21 November 2019
This departure is guaranteed
WJP_2019
From £4499
Single room option +£160

5 spaces available

Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Tokyo
Time and place
18:30 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
Town
Osaka
Time
09:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Date
Price from
Single room option
Sunday 26 May 2019 - Thursday 6 June 2019
This departure is guaranteed
WJP_2019
From £3590
Single room option +£160
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Tokyo
Time and place
18:30 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
Town
Osaka
Time
09:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Sunday 10 November 2019 - Thursday 21 November 2019
This departure is guaranteed
WJP_2019
From £3590
Single room option +£160

5 spaces available

Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Tokyo
Time and place
18:30 at Hotel Reception
Ending Point
Town
Osaka
Time
09:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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