City Stopovers

Building a city break or an excursion into your Japan ski holiday itinerary is both easy to do and relatively inexpensive, and is a great way to experience a little bit more of Japan.

Japan is a wonderfully vibrant, friendly and culturally different country and offers a truly amazing array of interesting ideas and novel experiences for the discerning traveller. Visit the teaming metropolis of Tokyo for a city stay, or the tranquil temples of Kyoto by the Shinkansen ‘Bullet Train’, go to a Sumo match, or visit the amazing Mt Fuji. There is just so much to do in Japan.

We’ve included brief details of our top six Japanese stopovers and excursions, however we can tailor any itinerary to suit your individual requirements – call us for details and advice.


A simply amazing city – it’s a ‘must visit’ destination. We’d suggest the 5 star Prince Park Tower hotel. Try a city tour including lunch – our recommended tour gives you a great insight into Tokyo.


Kyoto can be done as a day tour from Tokyo (via Shinkansen ‘Bullet Train’), but it’s a long day, and we’d recommend either taking slightly longer to appreciate the tranquil temples and shrines of Kyoto, or including Kyoto as part of a multi-centre tour. Call us for full details.


Visit Universal Studios Japan or the huge Kaiyukan Aquarium in Osaka. Travel to Osaka by air or rail from Tokyo, or air from Sapporo. Stay at the 5 star Swissotel Nankai Osaka.

Shinkansen ‘Bullet Train’

Japan’s main island of Honshu is covered by a network of high speed train lines that connect Tokyo with most of the island's major cities. These trains are called Shinkansen or ‘Bullet Trains’ and reach speeds of 300kmph, making the journey from Tokyo to Osaka/Kyoto just under three hours.

World Heritage Sites

Japan has 14 World Heritage Sites – we would suggest visiting a few in conjunction with a city stay in Kyoto or Osaka.

Multi-Centre options

Japan is a big country, but one that’s easy to travel in. We have a huge range of multi-centre fully escorted tours we can offer which are designed to help you get the most out of a short visit – explore Tokyo + Mt Fuji + Hakone + Kyoto + Nara – a 4 day tour that ticks all the boxes.

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