• HOLIDAY IDEAS - TOKYO TO KYOTO

    Discover the wonders of Japan from Tokyo to Kyoto with our suggested route below. This itinerary offers spectacular views of Mount Fuji, unforgettable historic temples and shrines and natural beauty in the form of lakes and wild animals to admire. 
    There are many places to see along the way, along with optional detours and excursions, so be sure to speak to our Travel Specialists to build your perfect motorhoming itinerary.

    TOKYO TO KYOTO ROUND TRIP

    DAYS 1 - 2 
    Fly to Japan with British Airways
     
    DAY 3 - 5
    Take your time to visit Tokyo. There are a number of attractions in Tokyo that should not be missed. There are large-scale downtown areas, including Ginza the famous shopping district, the sleepless Shinjuku that has become the "new city centre of Tokyo," Asakusa which is reminiscent of the traditional Edo (the former name of Tokyo), and the trendy Shibuya.

    Other unique areas include the computer town Akihabara, a dense retail area where numerous electronic shops compete, attracting many shoppers from Japan and overseas, and Tsukiji, an open-air wholesale food market catering to consumers everywhere in Japan.


     
    DAY 6 - 7
    Transfer to Narita to pick up your motorhome and drive to Hakone for your first overnight stop.

    Explore Hakone, a small city along the shores of Lake Ashi, a popular get away for Tokyo residents. There are several rope and cable ways including the Hakone Komagatake Ropeway, which goes to the top of Mount Komagatake with views of volcanically active Owakudani geysers and Mount Fuji.
    DAY 8 - 9
    Just a one hour drive away is Mount Fuji and the famous Fuji 5 Lakes area. Stop by the shores of Lake Kawakuchi-ko, Sai-ko and Mototsu-ko, all with amazing views of Mount Fuji. The most famous view is at Lake Mototsu and is the same as seen on a 1000 Yen note. Depending on the time of year, it’s possible to drive up the Mount Fuji Subaru Line to the 5th Station.
     
    DAY 10 - 11
    Get onto the Shin Tomei Expressway and head for Lake Biwa near Kyoto. It is about a five hour drive but the road is smooth and wide and you can marvel at the modern bridge and tunnels as you traverse across the top of the mountains. Visit the castle at Hikone, one of the four most beautiful castles in Japan with its three-layered chalk tower.

    Lake Biwa contains over 1100 species of wildlife in the waters and some can only be found here. The most famous is the Giant Biwako Catfish which in Japanese mythology causes earthquakes as he moves below the earth's surface.
     
    DAY 13 - 14
    Head to the historical capital city of Kyoto, which is less than one hour’s drive from Lake Biwa to Kyoto. Kyoto is a city of two faces; being Japan's foremost former Imperial capital it possesses a classic and timeless elegance, yet this city is no museum - it is modern and lived in without forgetting its historical roots. Deservedly one of Japan’s most popular destinations, this historic city has such a wealth of temples, shrines and cultural practices to show off to visitors that almost everybody leaves with the same wish – a need for a few more days’ exploration.
    DAY 15 - 16
    Stay in the car park of Japan’s Universal Studios adjacent to Sakurajima station from where you can travel to Dotonbori to sample the local delicacy ‘Takoyaki’ (Grilled octopus dumplings) or ‘Okinomiyaki’ (savoury pancakes) a favourite that the locals love. From here it is another 40 minutes by train to Osaka Castle.
     
    DAYS 17 - 18
    Travel to Nara and Iga. Nara is home to Todaiji Tera temple, a world heritage site, inside is the world's largest bronze statue of Buddha. Outside in the gardens are hundreds of tame but free deer – so used are the deer of Japanese people bowing to them, they will happily bow back.

    Iga is famous for its Ninja heritage. In late 1500 AD the Iga and Koga district was a republic and was at war with the Shogun. The Ninja were masters of Ninjitsu, a type of guerrilla warfare at the time. Later they become the special forces of the Shogunate in Edo. See real Ninja artefacts and way of life. There are Ninja shows and you can even become a Ninja for a day.
     
    DAY 19
    Head to Shizuoka and the western side of Mount Fuji. About 20 minutes’ drive from Fujinomiya city is the sacrad Shiraito no Taki waterfalls and just five minutes’ walk away is another impressive waterfall - Otodome-no-Taki.
     
    DAY 20
    Finish exploring the Mount Fuji area and head back onto the motorway towards Tokyo. If you leave early you can stop by places such as Tokyo Tower or Odaiba and take in the city sights before going back to the motorhome depot in Narita and your evening flight to London.
     
    DAY 21
    Arrive London.