It’s not hard to argue the merits of train travel. However, to discover just how far rail technology has come in the
last two centuries, there’s nothing like Japan. The country’s excellent railway system is one of the world’s most
extensive and advanced, and travelling by train is definitely the best way to explore this fascinating place. Fast, efficient,
comfortable and convenient, and with a fantastic choice of spectacular destinations, travelling by train in Japan is truly special. And in Springtime, when the landscape is alive with blossoms, it’s an absolute joy – with the train network taking us deep into the countryside to explore and soak up the wonders of the season.

Join Scott McGregor and discover the highlights of Japan’s main island, Honshu, on this dynamic journey. Beginning in the modern, neon-lit capital of Tokyo, the famous bullet train takes us south to the prosperous city of Hiroshima, with a moving history and legacy like no other. We then continue on to the iconic city of Kyoto – richly endowed with exquisite gardens, extraordinary temples and enthralling cultural treasures. We also explore the region around Mount Fuji, rich with natural beauty, volcanic drama and an extraordinary open-air art museum, accessed by the historic Tozan mountain railway.

At a glance

  • Extensive rail travel using your JR Green Class (first class) Rail Pass, including several journeys on the iconic bullet trains
  • Travel by steam train on the famous heritage railways of Yamaguchi, Oigawa, and the Banetsu lines
  • Ride the Sagano Forest Railway, Tozan Mountain Railway, regional expresses, subways and a vintage tram charter in Hiroshima
  • Cruise around the Matsushima Islands, Hiroshima Bay to Miyajima, and on a white water cruise on the Nagatoro River
  • Pay homage to survivors at Hiroshima, Sendai and Yokohama
  • Explore historic temples, castles and cultural sites in Tokyo, Kyoto and Himeji
  • Visit the unsurpassed modern railway museums in Tokyo and Kyoto
  • Enjoy a sumo wrestling demonstration in Tokyo and wacky fashions in Harajuku
  • Immerse yourself in Japan’s unique food culture at fine restaurants, including a traditional full-course Japanese
    Ryokan dinner, and a night with The Singing Chef in Sendai
  • Multiple nights in handpicked, centrally-located hotels – mostly 5-star and most with TripAdvisor™ Certificates of Excellence and ‘travellers choice’ or top ratings
  • English speaking local guides and the services of your experienced Australian host throughout
  • Connections on major legs by luxury coach, with separate luggage transport
  • Optional post-tour trip to the Yokohama Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery for a special Anzac Memorial Service