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Japan`s Ryokan And Onsen Vacation Packages


The most authentically Japanese accommodations that are offered are called ryokan, which roughly translates to `travel building`, and is a traditional Japanese-style inn. In these ryokan, visitors stay in rooms with tatami mats (many of which have Japanese-style futon beds and low furniture), eat traditional Japanese meals, wear yukata, and relax in hot baths. Many of these baths are onsen, or hot springs, which you will find is a blissful and uniquely Japanese spin on the thermal spring. There are over 38,000 ryokan in Japan, and over 3,500 onsen.

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Major Islands of Japan

  • Honshu

    Honshu is the largest of the four main Japanese islands, where over 100 million people live. Historic castles and temples, traditional districts with geishas, skyscrapers and neon lights, relaxing hot springs, and nature scenes are all experiences you can enjoy while on Honshu.

  • Hokkaido

    Hokkaido is one of Japan`s best-kept secrets. The northernmost of Japan`s four major islands, it is very sparsely-populated and geographically diverse. The most agricultural part of Japan, Hokkaido is considered `Japan`s breadbasket`.

  • Kyushu

    Kyushu is the westernmost of Japan`s four major islands, and is well-known for its outdoor vacation experiences and gorgeous landscapes. One of Japan`s geothermal hot spots, Kyushu is dotted by a number of hot springs and even more volcanoes.

  • Shikoku

    Shikoku is the smallest of the four main Japanese islands, separated from Honshu by the Inland Sea. It is perhaps best-known to tourists for its 88-temple Buddhist pilgrimage route, which runs for 895 miles adjacent to Shikoku`s coastline.

  • Okinawa and South West Islands

    The islands of the Ryukyu Archipelago, like Okinawa, Miyakojima, and the Yaeyama Islands, are known for their rich history and culture; beautiful beaches and cliffsides; outdoor activities like kayaking and ziplining; and an all-around laid-back atmosphere.

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More to Explore

  • Japanese Castles

    Japan is particularly well-known for its castles. Today there are over 100 open to the public. From Hokkaido to Okinawa, the castles of Japan educate visitors on what life was like during the late feudal and early Tokugawa shogunate eras.

  • Beaches and Islands of Japan

    Many people think of four major islands when they think of Japan, but as one of the largest island countries in the world, there are hundreds of inhabited islands that offer some of Asia`s most fabulous beaches, from Hokkaido down to the Ryukyu Islands.

  • Temples and Shrines of Japan

    There are tens of thousands of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines across Japan, and they can be found even in the remotest towns and villages. One of the most accessible ways to learn about Japanese culture and customs is to visit a temple or shrine.

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  • Tokyo and Hokkaido Island with Rail Pass (Sapporo - Otaru - Noboribetsu - Hakodate)
    9 nights from $916*
  • Discover Japan, main capital and the gorgeous northernmost island of Hokkaido with this holiday package, that combine a flight and Rail Pass for an unforgettable experience. Start, enjoying pleasant moments in Tokyo; after that, catch a flight to Sapporo (the capital of Hokkaido). From here, combine with a Rail Pass and visit amazing cities along Hokkaido Island; such as: Otaru (a small harbor city, about half an hour northwest of Sapporo, known for its old buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries); Noboribetsu (is Hokkaido's most famous hot spring resort, with many types of hot spring water surfaces in the spectacular Jigokudani or "Hell Valley" just above the resort town); and Hakodate (located at the island's southern tip, is best known for the spectacular views to be enjoyed from Mount Hakodate and its delicious, fresh seafood). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    Included:
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Tokyo
    • Flight from Tokyo to Sapporo
    • Bullet Train - Japan Rail Pass
    • High-speed bullet train Shinkansen (Japan Rail Pass - 7 Days)
    • 7 Days Japan Rail Pass is included by default. Please ensure you select the correct duration of your Japan Rail Pass according to length of travel (For more details please go to the product description during the booking process).
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Sapporo
    • Train from Sapporo to Otaru: Go to Sapporo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Otaru train station. Journey takes approx. 35 Min.
    • Hotel for 1 night in Otaru
    • Train from Otaru to Noboribetsu: Go to Otaru train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Noboribetsu train station. Journey takes approx. 130 Min.
    • Hotel for 1 night in Noboribetsu
    • Train from Noboribetsu to Hakodate: Go to Noboribetsu train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Hakodate train station. Journey takes approx. 150 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Hakodate


  • Tokyo - Hakodate - Niseko - Sapporo with Rail Pass
    9 nights from $808*
  • Japan history and Future!!. Fly to Tokyo (the center of Japan. This beautiful city actually has an unbelievable amount of restaurants, beautiful gardens and its full of fascinating museums and galleries). Up Next go to Hakodate (most famous for hot springs, traditional ryokan, rich nature, museums, and historical sites. Hakone is a mountainous area that lies on the the famous Tokaido Road connecting Tokyo and Kyoto). Then transport to city of Niseko (is the largest ski resort in Hokkaido Japan, famous worldwide for its powder snow with an average snow fall of over 14 metres and has some of the driest and lightest snow in the world). Finally visit Japan's most intriguing city Sapporo . This is a flexible package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    Included:
    • High-speed train Tokyo (Japan Rail Pass - bullet train)
    • 14 Days Japan Rail Pass is included by default. Please ensure you select the correct duration of your Japan Rail Pass according to length of travel (For more details please go to the product description during the booking process).
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Tokyo
    • Train from Tokyo to Hakodate: Go to Tokyo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Hakodate train station. Journey takes approx. 195 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Hakodate
    • Train from Hakodate to Niseko: Go to Hakodate train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Niseko train station. Journey takes approx. 180 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Niseko
    • Train from Niseko to Sapporo: Go to Niseko train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Sapporo train station. Journey takes approx. 145 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Sapporo


  • Tohoku and Hokkaido with Rail Pass (Tokyo - Sendai - Aomori - Hakodate - Noboribetsu - Sapporo)
    12 nights from $1,007*
  • Two fascinating regions; full of countryside, mountains, lakes, hot springs, snow and natural landscapes are at your disposal in this holiday package along Japan. Start in Tokyo (Japan’s busy capital); and from here, with the Rail Pass, combine and visit in Tohaku Region: Sendai (known as The City of Trees) and Aomori (one of the most beautiful and serene places to visit because of its abundance of natural landscapes). And, then, on the Hokkaido Island explore: Hakodate ( best known for the spectacular views to be enjoyed from Mount Hakodate and its delicious, fresh seafood); Noboribetsu (one of many well-known resorts in Japan, with many hotels and ryokans); and Sapporo (the capital of Hokkaido, known for its winter themes attractions such as a winter festival and ski resorts), before heading back home. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    Included:
    • Bullet Train - Japan Rail Pass
    • High-speed bullet train Shinkansen (Japan Rail Pass - 7 Days)
    • 7 Days Japan Rail Pass is included by default. Please ensure you select the correct duration of your Japan Rail Pass according to length of travel (For more details please go to the product description during the booking process).
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Tokyo
    • Train from Tokyo to Sendai: Go to Tokyo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Sendai train station. Journey takes approx. 120 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Sendai
    • Train from Sendai to Aomori: Go to Sendai train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Aomori train station. Journey takes approx. 350 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Aomori
    • Train from Aomori to Hakodate: Go to Aomori train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Hakodate train station. Journey takes approx. 150 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Hakodate
    • Train from Hakodate to Noboribetsu: Go to Hakodate train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Noboribetsu train station. Journey takes approx. 150 Min.
    • Hotel for 1 night in Noboribetsu
    • Train from Noboribetsu to Sapporo: Go to Noboribetsu train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Sapporo train station. Journey takes approx. 150 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Sapporo


  • Tokyo - Osaka - Hiroshima - Kyushu Region with Rail Pass (Beppu - Fukuoka)
    10 nights from $933*
  • A trip to modern cities in Japan and one of the main islands of the southwest, you will enjoy it in this vacation package!. Visit first, these two cities; Tokyo (Japan's main capital) and Osaka (known for its modern architecture, nightlife and hearty street food). After that, travel to Kyushu Region, known for its active volcanoes, beaches and natural hot springs. In this region, have a wonderful stay, visiting; Hiroshima (a modern city on Japan’s Honshu Island, was largely destroyed by an atomic bomb during World War II. Today, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park commemorates the 1945 event); Beppu (one of Japan's most famous hot spring resorts, producing more hot spring water than any other resort in the country) and Fukuoka (capital of Fukuoka Prefecture, the northern shore of Japan’s Kyushu Island. It’s known for ancient temples, beaches and modern shopping malls, including Canal City). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    Included:
    • Bullet Train - Japan Rail Pass
    • High-speed bullet train Shinkansen (Japan Rail Pass - 7 Days)
    • 7 Days Japan Rail Pass is included by default. Please ensure you select the correct duration of your Japan Rail Pass according to length of travel (For more details please go to the product description during the booking process).
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Tokyo
    • Train from Tokyo to Osaka: Go to Tokyo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Osaka train station. Journey takes approx. 160 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Osaka
    • Train from Osaka to Hiroshima Go to Osaka train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Hiroshima train station. Journey takes approx. 105 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Hiroshima
    • Train from Hiroshima to Beppu: Go to Hiroshima train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Beppu train station. Journey takes approx. 180 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Beppu
    • Train from Beppu to Fukuoka: Go to Beppu train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Fukuoka train station. Journey takes approx. 130 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Fukuoka


  • Chubu Region with Rail Pass (Tokyo - Shizuoka - Nagoya - Takayama - Gero Onsen - Toyama)
    12 nights from $982*
  • The beautiful Japan's Chubu Region is at your disposal for an unforgettable holiday; combining these cities with a Rail Pass. Visit; Tokyo; then, Shizuoka (best known as home to Mt. Fuji, and for its green tea production, where Shizuoka City is the capital); after that, Nagoya (one of the nation's major economic centers for the automotive, aviation, and ceramic industries in Japan); then, Takayama (city in the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Prefecture, with its beautifully preserved old town, specially in the Sanmachi Suji district); Gero (one of Japan's three famous Springs, very popular among women, because its spring water buffs human skin); and finally, Toyama (a coastal city on Japan’s main island, Honshu. In the center, Toyama Castle Park has a restored castle dating to the 1500s, plus small museums of history and art). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    Included:
    • 441982Bullet Train - Japan Rail Pass
    • High-speed bullet train Shinkansen (Japan Rail Pass - 7 Days)
    • 7 Days Japan Rail Pass is included by default. Please ensure you select the correct duration of your Japan Rail Pass according to length of travel (For more details please go to the product description during the booking process).
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Tokyo
    • Train from Tokyo to Shizuoka: Go to Tokyo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Shizuoka train station. Journey takes approx. 80 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Shizuoka
    • Train from Shizuoka to Nagoya Go to Shizuoka train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Nagoya train station. Journey takes approx. 55 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Nagoya
    • Train from Nagoya to Takayama: Go to Nagoya train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Takayama train station. Journey takes approx. 155 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Takayama
    • Train from Takayama to Gero Onsen: Go to Takayama train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Gero Onsen train station. Journey takes approx. 45 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Gero Onsen
    • Train from Gero Onsen to Toyama: Go to Gero Onsen train that will take you to Toyama train station. Journey takes approx. 45 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Toyama


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Experiences & Adventures

  • Japanese Cuisine

    Japanese cuisine is one of the world`s most popular cuisines, and definitely one of the most delicious. You will find certain regions are cities are known for the best of the best of certain Japanese delicacies and staples.

  • Japanese Cultural Experiences

    There are so many experiences you can enjoy that are unique to Japan, such as attending a kabuki theatre performance, being a spectator at a sumo wrestling match, watching geishas administer the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, and the list goes on!

  • Honeymoon in Japan

    Experiencing the beauty and culture of Japan is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and many travelers decide to make their trips even more special by choosing Japan as their honeymoon destination. Japan is a great country to experience as a couple.

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