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Begin an unforgettable journey through the soul of Japan on the Golden Route exploring the vibrant cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. When it comes to city experiences, no places better represent the core of Japanese culture than Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka – from their UNESCO-recognised shrines and temples to their neon cityscapes and Michelin-starred cuisine. Perfect for first-time visitors to Japan and seasoned travellers alike, the route runs from Tokyo to Kyoto to Osaka and passes through modern cities, centuries-old historic sites, incredible scenery and much more. If you are looking to further explore Japan, read our Top Places To Visit in Japan.
The route follows the old Tokaido road which runs between Tokyo and Kyoto, the Golden Route has been used for centuries by merchants, samurais and pilgrims to get from one city to the other. Today, it is a classic, and beloved route that many new and old travelers embark on traversing all the iconic sights of Japan lining the way, a perfect route to uncover Japan’s most impressive cities, sceneries and landmarks in one go. The start and end location depends on your preference and interest. Read on for the must-see places and its highlights.
From towering skyscrapers and futuristic neon-lit buildings lie side-by-side with ancient Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. Highlights:
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An easy daytrip from Tokyo, embark on a walking holiday to Mount Fuji, the tallest mountain in Japan and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights:
Hakone is iconic for offering sweeping views of Mount Fuji and is home to the pristine Lake Ashi and the Great Boiling Valley lined with hot springs which make a perfect spot to unwind. Highlights:
Escape to the quaint and tranquil city of Nara iconic for its friendly deers and an array of temples. Hightlights:
The third largest city, Osaka is known to be the ‘Food Capital’ of Japan featuring the best places to eat and drink; a food lovers paradise! Highlights:
Kyoto is one of Japan’s ancient capitals, it is the quintessential Japanese city with breathtaking shrines, charming neighbourhoods and lush bamboo forests boasting historical and cultural sites. Highlights:
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You can spend weeks or even months uncovering the endless sights of Japan’s Golden Route and everything is has to offer to its hidden gems. We recommend 10 days to 14 weeks to explore comfortably and at a decent pace to cover all the best sights and destinations. If your time is short, The Golden Route can be completed in 7 days covering only the must-see attractions however your days will be packed.
Although expensive, the quickest and the most efficient way to get around these cities is on a Shinkansen bullet train which shoots around the country at a speed of up to 320 kilometres per hour. If you’re traveling on a budget, you may want to consider investing in a Japan Rail Pass which covers the bullet trains and also buses, ferries and normal trains throughout the country. The pass is valid for 7,14 or 21 days and you’ll need to apply before arriving in the country.
The great thing about The Golden Route is that it is great to travel all year round as each season has its own highlights. Spring is iconic for its cherry blossom, Summer is perfect for hiking the mountains, Fall is magical with its autumn foliage amongst serene landscapes and Winter offers incredible hot springs and the best powder in the world for skiing and snowboarding. Read more: Best Time To Visit Japan.
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It is no secret that Japan is full of incredible locations. A land of natural beauty, cultural immersion and extreme contrasts, there is always something new to explore around every corner. Whether you are in search for tranquility in Kyoto’s serene nature, a digital detox in the countryside or be in the bustle of vibrant Tokyo city, there really is no shortage of luxury and boutique accommodations in Japan. So, if you’re looking for inspiration to plan your next trip, look no further than our
Japan is a destination that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime! An exciting country where culture and traditions lie strong, here are 12 travel tips to know before visiting Japan to avoid some travel mistakes and to make the most of your trip as well as an enjoyable one.
Planning a trip to Japan can get overwhelming, especially if it is your first time. With so many things to do and places to see, read more of our guides to Top Places to Visit in
Planning your trip to Japan can be overwhelming with so many cities and hidden gems to choose from. Explore the iconic to the off beaten places of Japan that offer diverse experiences and make for a memorable trip. If it's your first time to Japan, you might want to read our guide: Best Things To Do in Japan.
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