For train buffs and travelers who appreciate an exotic mix of technology and culture

Japan Holidays Tour Merits

  • Explore Japan’s cultural psyche through their rich history of trains along with a small group for train enthusiasts. Only 8 spots available!**

  • Visit the top 3 train museums of Japan – each with its own unique tourist draw

  • Climb aboard the Imperial Family’s luxury car at the Railway Museum in Saitama

  • Feel the raw power as you ride behind steam on the Paleo Express through stunning Autumn foliage and the brand new La View Limited Express.

  • Steam through vast tea fields on the Oigawa Railway, which takes you to Senzu Station, where you can see the life-sized Thomas the Tank train run through from the Kawane Onsen Hotel.

  • Explore Japan’s complete train history, as you view steam locomotives, electric trains, shinkansen from top-to-undercarriage & the Umekoi Roundhouse at the enormous Kyoto Rail Museum.

  • Be “wowed!” at the futuristic SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, with its magnetically levitating trains of tomorrow.

  • Visit behind the scenes of the Hiroshima Hiroden Tram depot.

  • Enjoy an afternoon break riding La Malle De Bois, a French inspired train from the Setouchi Inland Sea.

  • In addition to total immersion in Japan’s rail history, you’ll tour the top tourist sites in each area: castles, museums, parks, temples, shrines and memorials.

  • Japan Holidays 24/7 support and escort for the whole trip.

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Come join Japan Holidays on the best rail intensive tour of Japan for this year!
Explore Japan’s railway history as you enjoy vibrant fall foliage right from the very trains you travel on!

3rd November – 19th November 2020
17 days – From $7,800 per person, Twin Share
Single Supplement available from $1190 additional

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Japan’s railway history is steeped in a rich history of conflict and tradition, spurred on by the West’s bold demands for trade. Their first steam engine emerged from a crucible of internal revolution and cooperation with the West, joining Yokohama to Tokyo by rail before 1900.

For train buffs and travelers who appreciate an exotic mix of technology and culture, The Great Train Journey of Japan is a truly unique travel adventure. Japan’s trains are far more than the world-renowned “Shinkansen” bullet trains. There are luxury cars tailored for tourism, brightly colored electric trains and trams, and workhorse, war-time steam engines.

Whats Included

  • 16 Nights’ accommodation including Japanese style bedding at an onsen hotel.

  • Daily breakfast, 7 lunches, 4 dinners

  • JR Rail passes and all train tickets needed for the itinerary

  • Luggage forwarding service from Tokyo to Kyoto and Kyoto to Hiroshima.

  • 3 Private, full-day guides in Hiroshima, Tokyo & Kamakura

  • Entry to temples and shrines included in the trip

  • Return airport transfers

  • Japan Holidays escort for the entire duration of the trip

Whats Not Included

  • International airfares and taxes

  • Additional meals not stated in the itinerary

  • Entry fees to any sites seen outside of the itinerary

Terms and conditions:

*Japan Holidays will endeavor to secure the trains advised in the itinerary, in the off chance that any of the trains advised are not able to be booked, alternative arrangements will be made for the tour.

** 8 Spots available is based on 4 twin share rooms, this max number is open to 9 participants should there be a single traveler to join, subject to availability at time of booking.

^ Single Supplement surcharge is based on room changes to allow for a single use room, and the change from a Japanese room at the Kawane Onsen Hotel to be a Western style room. Please contact Japan Holidays for more details.  

What our clients our saying…

What a wonderful trip we had on the inaugural Great Train Journey of Japan experience!.

Our guide Lawson was friendly, flexible, and very efficient, in showing us the Japan he knows so well, as well as the magnificent train trips and museums.

A highlight was the visit to a fantastic Bonsai museum, on our way to a railway museum in Saitama.

We certainly felt comfortable with Lawson leading us. There was also enough freedom to spend some spare time in most places we visited.

We felt the advantage of being in a small group, total 8 including Lawson. We look forward to doing more travels in Japan, with Japan Holidays.

Pauline and Ken | Nov 19

My Husband and I were lucky to be part of the first 15 day rail journey in Japan commencing 7th November 2019,which Lawson had put together and escorted.

As my husband is a rail enthusiast this was ideal as it covered many types of trains,trams, ferries also throw in 3 rail Museums with Simulators he was in 7th heaven.Being only a group of 7, plus Lawson, made it manageable as lots of train station to navigate. The JR pass was liquid gold.

Compared to other rail journeys of Japan on offer from competitors, this was good value and was more involved with the culture on a daily basis. Lots of walking involved so a moderate amount of fitness is required. the Autumn colors were just coming into their own but we enjoyed the cooler weather.and scenery.

I would highly recommend this tour if you enjoy train travel with Lawson as our guide from Japan Holidays made sure the language barriers were never an issue.

It was a tick from our bucket list, recommend Japan Holidays for any type of tour not just the rail journeys.

Ian and Robyn | Nov 19

I really enjoyed touring Japan travelling on many different trains.

From the local lines in Tokyo to the bullet trains and the different country regional trains the experience was fantastic.

Hiroshima was a highlight for me along with the bonsai museum.

I would recommend this trip to anyone who enjoys train travel and especially any train enthusiasts.

Marjorie | Nov 19

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