🇯🇵 JAPAN

Mount Fuji, Japan - Japan itineraryAn extensive 16-day Japan itinerary. You’ll see quintessentially Japanese sights and come away with unforgettable memories. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Tokyo, Japan
1 ✈To Tokyo (Book >) Dep: Morning 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Shangri-La Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
There’s 3 subway companies in Tokyo. Buy a SUICA card which allows you to travel on each.
3 Stroll around the photogenic Imperial Palace and trendy Ginza. When the sun sets go to the neon wonderlands of Shinjuku and Ginza then enjoy the view from the hotel bar on the 52nd floor. Buy a Japan Rail pass before embarking on this Japan itinerary.
4 🚄Tokyo (Shinjuku) to Okaya train
🚄Okaya to Sawando train (Book >)
Dep: 15:00

Dep:
17:50

Arr: 17:29

Dep:
18:48

🏨Keiryu So Shiorie (Book >) All hotels >
Take a ride up to the 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for free 360˚ views of the skyline. Tipping in Japan is not customary. If you wish to show respect then learn a few simple Japanese words.
5 🚄Sawando to Tatsuno (Nagano) train
🚄Tatsuno to Shiojiri train
🚄Shiojiri to Nagiso train (Book >)
Dep: 17:36
Dep: 18:23
Dep: 18:50
Arr: 18:19
Arr: 18:44
Arr: 20:28
🏨Hotel Fuki No Mori (Book >) All hotels >
Plenty of time today for a walk in the pretty Kamikochi valley. Your JR Pass does not cover ‘Nozomi’ and ‘Mizuho’ bullet trains.
6 Take the free hotel shuttle to Tsumago then walk the Edo-era trail to Magome. The hotel onsen will sooth your limbs after your walk.
7 🚄Nagiso to Hiroshima train (Book >) Dep: 08:01 Arr: 09:43 🏨Sheraton Grand (Book >) All hotels >
Head straight for the Hiroshima Peace Museum then stroll around the Peace Memorial Park. It’s easy to walk to most of the main sights in Hiroshima.
8 Take the 30 min train in Miyajimaguchi station and the ferry to Miyajima island. Take in the serene Itsukushima Shrine then hike or Ropeway up Mt. Misen for amazing views. Don’t miss magnificent Daishō-in on the way back down. Hiroshima is famous for delicious okonomiyaki. Perch at a bar and watch yours being made.
9 🚄Hiroshima to Kyoto train (Book >) Dep: 08:51
Dep: 09:30
Dep: 11:13
Arr: 09:10
Arr: 10:57
Arr: 13:26
🏨Aoi Hotel Kyoto (Book >) All hotels >
Dedicate a couple of days to exploring Kyoto’s holy spots. Highlights include; Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkakuji, Kiyomizu-dera, Ginkaku-ji, Ryōan-ji and Sanjusangendo Temples as well as Nijō Castle. Sample the delicious food and pick up some souvenirs in Nishiki Market. Kyoto train station has a great view from the roof!
10 On the subway the numbers in square boxes indicate the price of a journey.
11 Build a day into your schedule to visit Nara, 45 mins away by train. (Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine is on the way back and is magical at dusk). The Gion district comes alive at night. Temples are usally quietest on Mondays, or visit a less well-known one for total peace.
12 🚄Kyoto to Odawara train (Book >) Dep: 09:08 Arr: 12:06 🏨Hyatt Regency (Book >) All hotels >
Take a bus to and hike up Myojingatake – even if you don’t make it to the top the views along the way are magnificent. Your hotel provides a free shuttle from the station (book in advance).
13 Let the funicular at nearby Kami-Gora spirit you away to the start of the Hakone Ropeway, which will carry you to the Togendai-ko port. Here you can take a pirate ship (!) across the lake for exceptional views of Mt Fuji. Don’t miss the view across to the toria shrine on the opposite side of the lake from Hakone town.
14 🚄Odawara to Tokyo train (Book >) Dep: 12:36 Arr: 13:10 🏨Shangri-La Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Join the crowds visiting Tokyo’s Senso-Ji temple and Asakusa. Remember to book the hotel shuttle back to Odawara.
15 Relax in the oasis that is Meiji Jingu Shrine then explore nearby Harajuku and neighbouring Shibuya. Karaoke venues are often a good place to drink on a budget.
16 ✈Tokyo to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Japan itinerary with the China itinerary
Don’t forget to get your SUICA card deposit back.
Mid-range Miyajima island, Japan
1 ✈To Tokyo (Book >) Dep: Morning 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Richmond Hotel Premier (Book >) All hotels >
There’s 3 subway companies in Tokyo. Buy a SUICA card which allows you to travel on each.
3 Stroll around the photogenic Imperial Palace and trendy Ginza. When the sun sets go to the neon wonderlands of Shinjuku and Ginza then enjoy the view from the hotel bar on the 52nd floor. Buy a Japan Rail pass before embarking on this Japan itinerary.
4 🚄Tokyo to Nagano train
🚄Nagano to Matsumoto train (Book >)
Dep: 14:08

Dep:
16:05

Arr: 15:58

Dep:
17:20

🏨Hotel Dormy Inn Matsumoto  (Book >) All hotels >
Take a ride up to the 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for free 360˚ views of the skyline. In the evening walk around the outside of Matsumoto castle. Tipping in Japan is not customary. If you wish to show respect then learn a few simple Japanese words.
5 🚄Matsumoto to Nagiso train (Book >) Dep: 16:53 Arr: 17:55 🏨Hotel Fuki No Mori (Book >) All hotels >
Plenty of time today for a walk in the pretty Kamikochi valley. Take the train/bus combo to Kamikochi.
6 Take the free hotel shuttle to Tsumago then walk the Edo-era trail to Magome. These train times avoid ‘Nozomi’ and ‘Mizuho’ trains, which aren’t available on a JR pass – for these train times see the Luxury itinerary.
7 🚄Nagiso to Nakatsugawa train
🚄Nakatsugawa to Nagoya train
🚄Nagoya to Shin-Osaka train
🚄Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima train (Book >)
Dep: 09:54
Dep: 10:20
Dep: 11:48
Dep: 13:59
Arr: 10:14
Arr: 11:35
Arr: 13:00
Arr: 15:25
🏨Washington Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
You should arrive in time to walk to the Hiroshima Peace Museum and have plenty of time to visit before it closes. It’s easy to walk to most of the main sights in Hiroshima.
8 Take the 30 min train in Miyajimaguchi station and the ferry to Miyajima island. Take in the serene Itsukushima Shrine then hike or Ropeway up Mt. Misen for amazing views. Don’t miss magnificent Daishō-in on the way back down. Hiroshima is famous for delicious okonomiyaki. Perch at a bar and watch yours being made.
9 🚄Hiroshima to Shin-Osaka train
🚄Shin-Osaka to Kyoto train (Book >)
Dep: 08:06

Dep: 09:52

Arr: 09:42
Arr: 10:17
🏨Royal Park Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Dedicate a couple of days to exploring Kyoto’s holy spots. Highlights include; Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkakuji, Kiyomizu-dera, Ginkaku-ji, Ryōan-ji and Sanjusangendo Temples as well as Nijō Castle. Sample the delicious food and pick up some souvenirs in Nishiki Market. Kyoto train station has a great view from the roof!
10 On the subway the numbers in square boxes indicate the price of a journey.
11 Build a day into your schedule to visit Nara, 45 mins away by train. (Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine is on the way back and is magical at dusk). The Gion district comes alive at night. Temples are usally quietest on Mondays, or visit a less well-known one for total peace.
12 🚄Kyoto to Odawra train
🚄Odawara to Hakone Yumoto train
🚄Hakone Yumoto to Gora train (Book >)
Dep: 10:32
Dep: 12:46
Dep: 13:12
Arr: 12:35
Arr: 13:02
Arr: 13:49
🏨Mount View Hakone (Book >) All hotels >
Take a bus to and hike up Myojingatake – even if you don’t make it to the top the views along the way are magnificent. Gora is famous for its hot springs.
13 Let the funicular at nearby Kami-Gora spirit you away to the start of the Hakone Ropeway, which will carry you to the Togendai-ko port. Here you can take a pirate ship (!) across the lake for exceptional views of Mt Fuji. Don’t miss the view across to the toria shrine on the opposite side of the lake from Hakone town.
14 🚄Hakone to Odawara train
🚄Odawara to Tokyo train (Book >)
Dep: 11:30
Dep: 12:37
Arr: 12:10
Arr: 13:10
🏨Richmond Hotel Premier (Book >) All hotels >
Join the crowds visiting Tokyo’s Senso-Ji temple and Asakusa. Remember to book the hotel shuttle back to Odawara.
15 Relax in the oasis that is Meiji Jingu Shrine then explore nearby Harajuku and neighbouring Shibuya. Karaoke venues are often a good place to drink on a budget.
16 ✈Tokyo to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Japan itinerary with the China itinerary
Don’t forget to get your SUICA card deposit back.
Budget Kyoto, Japan
1 ✈To Tokyo (Book >) Dep: Morning 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Khaosan Tokyo Origami  (Book >) All hostels >
There’s 3 subway companies in Tokyo. Buy a SUICA card which allows you to travel on each.
3 Stroll around the photogenic Imperial Palace and trendy Ginza. When the sun sets go to the neon wonderlands of Shinjuku and Ginza then enjoy the view from the hotel bar on the 52nd floor. Buy a Japan Rail pass before embarking on this Japan itinerary.
4 🚄Tokyo to Nagano train
🚄Nagano to Matsumoto train (Book >)
Dep: 14:08

Dep:
16:05

Arr: 15:58

Dep:
17:20

🏨Thank you Hippopotamus Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Take a ride up to the 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for free 360˚ views of the skyline. In the evening walk around the outside of Matsumoto castle. Tipping in Japan is not customary. If you wish to show respect then learn a few simple Japanese words.
5 🚄Matsumoto to Nagiso train (Book >) Dep: 16:53 Arr: 17:55 🏨Hostel & Cafe Yui-an (Book >) All hotels >
Plenty of time today for a walk in the pretty Kamikochi valley. Take the train/bus combo to Kamikochi.
6 Take the free hotel shuttle to Tsumago then walk the Edo-era trail to Magome. These train times avoid ‘Nozomi’ and ‘Mizuho’ trains, which aren’t available on a JR pass – for these train times see the Luxury itinerary.
7 🚄Nagiso to Nakatsugawa train
🚄Nakatsugawa to Nagoya train
🚄Nagoya to Shin-Osaka train
🚄Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima train (Book >)
Dep: 09:54
Dep: 10:20
Dep: 11:48
Dep: 13:59
Arr: 10:14
Arr: 11:35
Arr: 13:00
Arr: 15:25
🏨Hostel Kawate-Ya (Book >) All hostels >
You should arrive in time to walk to the Hiroshima Peace Museum and have plenty of time to visit before it closes. It’s easy to walk to most of the main sights in Hiroshima.
8 Take the 30 min train in Miyajimaguchi station and the ferry to Miyajima island. Take in the serene Itsukushima Shrine then hike or Ropeway up Mt. Misen for amazing views. Don’t miss magnificent Daishō-in on the way back down. Hiroshima is famous for delicious okonomiyaki. Perch at a bar and watch yours being made.
9 🚄Hiroshima to Shin-Osaka train
🚄Shin-Osaka to Kyoto train (Book >)
Dep: 08:06

Dep: 09:52

Arr: 09:42
Arr: 10:17
🏨Piece Hostel Sanjo (Book >) All hostels >
Dedicate a couple of days to exploring Kyoto’s holy spots. Highlights include; Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkakuji, Kiyomizu-dera, Ginkaku-ji, Ryōan-ji and Sanjusangendo Temples as well as Nijō Castle. Sample the delicious food and pick up some souvenirs in Nishiki Market. Kyoto train station has a great view from the roof!
10 On the subway the numbers in square boxes indicate the price of a journey.
11 Build a day into your schedule to visit Nara, 45 mins away by train. (Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine is on the way back and is magical at dusk). The Gion district comes alive at night. Temples are usally quietest on Mondays, or visit a less well-known one for total peace.
12 🚄Kyoto to Odawara train
🚄Odawara to Hakone Yumoto train (Book >)
Dep: 10:32
Dep: 12:46
Arr: 12:35
Arr: 13:02
🏨Emblem Flow (Book >) All hostels >
Take a bus to and hike up Myojingatake – even if you don’t make it to the top the views along the way are magnificent. Your guest house has a natural hot spring.
13 Let the funicular at nearby Kami-Gora spirit you away to the start of the Hakone Ropeway, which will carry you to the Togendai-ko port. Here you can take a pirate ship (!) across the lake for exceptional views of Mt Fuji. Don’t miss the view across to the toria shrine on the opposite side of the lake from Hakone town.
14 🚄Hakone to Odawara train
🚄Odawara to Tokyo train (Book >)
Dep: 11:30
Dep: 12:37
Arr: 12:10
Arr: 13:10
🏨Hotel CEN (Book >) All hostels >
Join the crowds visiting Tokyo’s Senso-Ji temple and Asakusa. Remember to book the hotel shuttle back to Odawara.
15 Relax in the oasis that is Meiji Jingu Shrine then explore nearby Harajuku and neighbouring Shibuya. Karaoke venues are often a good place to drink on a budget.
16 ✈Tokyo to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Japan itinerary with the China itinerary
Don’t forget to get your SUICA card deposit back.

🇫🇷🇦🇩 SOUTHERN FRANCE & ANDORRA

Carcassonne - France & Andorra itineraryI’ve packed a lot in to this France & Andorra itinerary, which takes in the best of Aude, Occitanie, the Pyrénées-Orientales, Andorra and even a slice of Catalonia. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.
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Luxury Toulouse, France
1 ✈To Toulouse (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 🏨Pullman Toulouse Center (Book >) All hotels >
Recommended flight times are for those wanting to depart after work.
2 Couvent des Jacbons is a magnificent place to visit. Take in the city’s beautiful squares and visit Pont Neuf during the day and see it lit up at night. Pre-book a transfer from the airport.
3 🚌Toulouse to Andorra La Vella bus (Book >) Dep: 10:30 Arr: 14:15 🏨Andorra Park Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Contrast the sedate Old Town (take a tour of Casa de la Vall) with the shopping buzz of Meritxell Avenue. VAT is incredibly low in Andorra so leave space if you want to stock up!
4 🚌Andorra La Vella to Soldeu bus (Bus L3) Dep: Every 20 mins Arr: 25 mins later 🏨Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa (Book >) All hotels >
Head for the hills opposite your hotel – this is excellent hiking and biking country. Your hotel has one of the best spas we’ve seen – perfect for resting weary legs.
5 Dedicate today to a long hike/bike up Vall d’Incles to the Estany Primer de Juclar lake and beyond to the French border if you have the energy. Take plenty of food and water as there isn’t anywhere to resupply along the route.
6 🚌Soldeu to Andorra La Vella bus
🚌Andorra La Vella to La Seu d’Urgell bus (Book >)
🚌La Seu d’Urgell to Puigcerdà bus(Book >)
Dep: Any time
Dep: 15:00
Dep: 15:54
Arr: 25 mins later
Arr: 15:33
Arr: 16:52
🏨Villa Paulita (Book >) All hotels >
Climb to the top of Puigcerda bell tower then stroll around the lake at sunset. The Tourist Office in the bell tower can tell you if the Yellow Train is running.
7 🚌Bourg Madame to Font Romeu bus (Times >)
🚄Font Romeu to Villefranche train (Book >)
🚄Villefranche to Perpignan (Book >)
Dep: 15:46

Dep: 16:51

Dep: 18:45

Arr: 16:18

Arr: 18:27

Arr: 19:33

🏨Mas Latour Lavail (Book >) All hotels >
The Tet Valley is today’s star, best seen from the train or bus. If you take the bus and arrive early into Perpignan then enjoy its Old Town and nearby beaches. If the Yellow Train isn’t running then you can travel from Bourg Madame to Perpignan for €1 on local bus.
8 🚄Perpignan to Narbonne train
(Book >)
🚄Narbonne to Carcassonne train (Book >)
Dep: 13:17

Dep: 16:32

Arr: 14:03

Arr: 17:02

🏨Hotel de la Cite (Book >) All hotels >
Narbonne’s cathedral is spectacular – don’t miss it, along with the canal and section of the Roman Via Domitia. Walk across the Via Domitia for excellent views of the citadel.
9 Spend at least 2 hours exploring the ramparts and Château Comtal, soak up the atmosphere in a café within the walls. Top quality produce can be bought from the Place Carnot market on Tue, Thu and Sat.
10 ✈Carcassonne to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Southern France and Andorra itinerary with the France itinerary or Andalucia itinerary
Visit the ‘new’ part of the city and walk along Canal du Midi.
Mid-range Andorra
1 ✈To Toulouse (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 🏨Novotel Airport (Book >) All hotels >
Recommended flight times are for those wanting to depart after work.
2 Couvent des Jacbons is a magnificent place to visit. Take in the city’s beautiful squares and visit Pont Neuf during the day and see it lit up at night. Pre-book a transfer from the airport.
3 🚌Toulouse to Andorra La Vella bus (Book >) Dep: 10:30 Arr: 14:15 🏨NH Hesperia (Book >) All hotels >
Contrast the sedate Old Town (take a tour of Casa de la Vall) with the shopping buzz of Meritxell Avenue. VAT is incredibly low in Andorra so leave space if you want to stock up!
4 🚌Andorra La Vella to Soldeu (Bus L3) bus Dep: Every 20 mins Arr: 25 mins later 🏨Sport Hotel Village (Book >) All hotels >
Head for the hills opposite your hotel – this is excellent hiking and biking country. Your hotel gives you access to the spa across the road – perfect for resting weary legs.
5 Dedicate today to a long hike/bike up Vall d’Incles to the Estany Primer de Juclar lake and beyond to the French border if you have the energy. Take plenty of food and water as there isn’t anywhere to resupply along the route.
6 🚌Soldeu to Andorra La Vella bus
🚌Andorra La Vella to La Seu d’Urgell bus (Book >)
🚌La Seu d’Urgell to Puigcerdà bus (Book >)
Dep: Any time
Dep: 15:00
Dep: 15:54
Arr: 25 mins later
Arr: 15:33
Arr: 16:52
🏨Villa Paulita (Book >) All hotels >
Climb to the top of Puigcerda bell tower then stroll around the lake at sunset. The Tourist Office in the bell tower can tell you if the Yellow Train is running.
7 🚌Bourg Madame to Font Romeu bus(Times >)
🚄Font Romeu to Villefranche train (Book >)
🚄Villefranche to Perpignan train (Book >)
Dep: 15:46

Dep: 16:51

Dep: 18:45

Arr: 16:18

Arr: 18:27

Arr: 19:33

🏨Campanile Perpignan Centre (Book >) All hotels >
The Tet Valley is today’s star, best seen from the train or bus. If you take the bus and arrive early into Perpignan then enjoy its Old Town and nearby beaches. If the Yellow Train isn’t running then you can travel from Bourg Madame to Perpignan for €1 on local bus.
8 🚄Perpignan to Narbonne train
(Book >)
🚄Narbonne to Carcassonne train (Book >)
Dep: 13:17

Dep: 16:32

Arr: 14:03

Arr: 17:02

🏨Hotel des Trois Couronnes (Book >) All hotels >
Narbonne’s cathedral is spectacular – don’t miss it, along with the canal and section of the Roman Via Domitia. We’ve picked this hotel for its view of the Citadel, if you want to stay in the action then Hotel de la Cite is a luxury option, or Hotel Le Donjon for a smaller budget.
9 Spend at least 2 hours exploring the ramparts and Château Comtal, soak up the atmosphere in a café within the walls. Top quality produce can be bought from the Place Carnot market on Tue, Thu and Sat.
10 ✈Carcassonne to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Southern France and Andorra itinerary with the France itinerary or Andalucia itinerary
Visit the ‘new’ part of the city and walk along Canal du Midi.
Budget Narbonne, France
1 ✈To Toulouse (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 🏨La Petite Auberge de Saint-Sernin  (Book >) All hostels >
Recommended flight times are for those wanting to depart after work.
2 Couvent des Jacbons is a magnificent place to visit. Take in the city’s beautiful squares and visit Pont Neuf during the day and see it lit up at night. Pre-book a transfer from the airport.
3 🚌Toulouse to Andorra La Vella bus (Book >) Dep: 10:30 Arr: 14:15 🏨Hôtel Font del Marge (Book >) All hostels >
Contrast the sedate Old Town (take a tour of Casa de la Vall) with the shopping buzz of Meritxell Avenue. VAT is incredibly low in Andorra so leave space if you want to stock up!
4 🚌Andorra La Vella to Soldeu bus (Bus L3) Dep: Every 20 mins Arr: 25 mins later 🏨Hotel Galanthus & Spa (Book >) All hotels >
Head for the hills opposite your hotel – this is excellent hiking and biking country. Bikes can be hired from the gondola lift building.
5 Dedicate today to a long hike/bike up Vall d’Incles to the Estany Primer de Juclar lake and beyond to the French border if you have the energy. Take plenty of food and water as there isn’t anywhere to resupply along the route.
6 🚌Soldeu to Andorra La Vella bus
🚌Andorra La Vella to La Seu d’Urgell bus (Book >)
🚌La Seu d’Urgell to Puigcerdà bus (Book >)
Dep: Any time
Dep: 15:00
Dep: 15:54
Arr: 25 mins later
Arr: 15:33
Arr: 16:52
🏨Hotel Parada (Book >) All hotels >
Climb to the top of Puigcerda bell tower then stroll around the lake at sunset. The Tourist Office in the bell tower can tell you if the Yellow Train is running.
7 🚌Bourg Madame to Font Romeu bus (Times >)
🚄Font Romeu to Villefranche train (Book >)
🚄Villefranche to Perpignan train (Book >)
Dep: 15:46

Dep: 16:51

Dep: 18:45

Arr: 16:18

Arr: 18:27

Arr: 19:33

🏨Myperpignan (Book >) All hostels >
The Tet Valley is today’s star, best seen from the train or bus. If you take the bus and arrive early into Perpignan then enjoy its Old Town and nearby beaches. If the Yellow Train isn’t running then you can travel from Bourg Madame to Perpignan for €1 on local bus.
8 🚄Perpignan to Narbonne train
(Book >)
🚄Narbonne to Carcassonne train (Book >)
Dep: 13:17

Dep: 16:32

Arr: 14:03

Arr: 17:02

🏨Millett Guesthouse (Book >) All hostels >
Narbonne’s cathedral is spectacular – don’t miss it, along with the canal and section of the Roman Via Domitia. If you’d like to pay a little more to stay in the citadel then we can recommend Hotel Le Donjon.
9 Spend at least 2 hours exploring the ramparts and Château Comtal, soak up the atmosphere in a café within the walls. Top quality produce can be bought from the Place Carnot market on Tue, Thu and Sat.
10 ✈Carcassonne to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Evening Connect this Southern France and Andorra itinerary with the France itinerary or Andalucia itinerary
Visit the ‘new’ part of the city and walk along Canal du Midi.