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14-Day Japan and Bali Tour

A Trip to uncover ancient traditions, breathtaking landscapes of Japan and Bali

Immerse yourself in the rich history and vibrant cultures as you explore the iconic cities of Tokyo and Kyoto, and then retreat to the breathtaking landscapes of Bali's lush jungles and pristine beaches. Discover the ancient temples, traditional arts, and tranquil spirituality that define Japan, and experience the tropical paradise of Bali with its stunning rice terraces, serene temples, and vibrant local markets. This expertly crafted tour offers a perfect blend of cultural immersion and relaxation, creating unforgettable memories in both Japan and Bali.

We can customize this trip by adding anything you're interested in and scheduling days to fit your pace. We would happily organize a unique theme or activities for birthdays, young children, anniversaries, etc.

  • Days:14±
  • Best For:Slow Pacers and Couples
  • Departure date: Up to you
  • Sample Price:From US$6199 p/p, (2 per room)*
  • Flights: SE Asia's included (international on request)

*The price is based on a private tour for 2 people.

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Tour Highlights

Here are the fantastic attractions, the most must-do activities selected by Asia Highlights (AH Hand-Picked), and exclusive cultural experiences offered by Asia Highlights (Only With AH) included in this tour:

Discover Tokyo's oldest temple, Sensoji, featuring a sacred statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy.


Journey through both contemporary and historic epochs of Japan to gather captivating tales of your own.

Sakura and the SkyTree

Experience the breathtaking scenery of Hakone from multiple perspectives.

view of Mt. Fuji in Hakone

Take a walk through Arashiyama's famous bamboo groves and visit a great Zen temple, Tenryuji temple, one of Kyoto's UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

bamboo groves at Arashiyama

Witness Nara's spring charm and encounter its lovely deer for a delightful daytrip.

deer at Nara Park in Spring

Have a glance at one of Bali's most captivating natural wonders: Kelingking Beach.

Kelingking Beach

Suggested Itinerary for Inspiration

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Day 1
Tokyo Arrival

Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrival hall in Tokyo. A comfortable private car with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you to check-in.

Day 2
Tokyo Discovery | Sensoji Asakusa and Meiji Jinggu Shrine

Meiji Jingu Shrine: Explore the serene grounds of Meiji Jingu Shrine, a peaceful escape amidst the bustling city. Take a leisurely walk along the tranquil paths surrounded by lush forests. Immerse yourself in the Shinto culture by participating in activities such as offering prayers at the main hall, purchasing charms and amulets, or writing your wishes on ema. Don't miss the chance to witness a traditional wedding procession on Sunday mornings, with the bride and groom adorned in beautiful attire, accompanied by Shinto priests and their wedding party. Experience the vibrant atmosphere of festival days, which add a fascinating touch to any shrine visit.

Sensoji Asakusa: Discover Tokyo's oldest temple, Sensoji, featuring a sacred statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. Pass through impressive gates, admire the stunning five-story pagoda, and immerse yourself in the vibrant Nakamise Dori stalls. Sensoji is a must-see destination during your trip to Japan. Take a moment to experience the sacred rituals firsthand, like wafting the holy smoke and seeking fortunes at Tokyo's most iconic temple. Don't miss the lively marketplace that surrounds it.

Sensoji AsakusaSensoji Asakusa

Hama-rikyu Gardens: Amidst the modern skyscrapers of Shiodome, find solace in the Hama-rikyu Gardens' lush green oasis. Once exclusively used by the Imperial family, these scenic gardens were opened to the public in 1946. Take time to relax and indulge in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony at the floating teahouse, an essential part of the Japanese experience.

Tokyo Skytree: Reach new heights atop Tokyo Skytree, towering 634 meters high and offering breathtaking panoramic views of the city. On a clear day, you might catch a glimpse of majestic Mt. Fuji from this observation tower. It's a must-visit spot to witness the vastness and beauty of Tokyo's skyline.

Sumida River Cruise: Embark on a picturesque journey along the captivating Sumida River aboard a Tokyo Cruise water bus. Connecting Asakusa with notable locations such as Hinode Pier, Hamamatsucho, Toyosu, and Odaiba Kaihin Park, this cruise lets you witness Tokyo's scenic beauty from a different perspective.

Day 3
Tokyo Discovery | Mt. Fujij and Hakone

Begin your journey with a drive to Mt. Fuji. Along the way, make a stop at the Fuji Visitor Center for an introduction to this iconic mountain. If weather conditions permit, continue ascending to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji, situated at an elevation of 2,300 meters. Please note that if heavy snow prohibits access, the guide will take you as close as possible to capture the beauty of Mt. Fuji.

Mount Fuji Mount Fuji

Next, venture to the picturesque town of Hakone, renowned for its breathtaking landscapes. Experience the enchanting Lake Ashinoko aboard a replica pirate ship, a remarkable relic from the volcanic eruption that occurred 3000 years ago.

Immerse yourself in history as you visit the Hakone Checkpoint, a significant outpost during the feudal Edo Period. Marvel at the gates, fences, officer housing, prison chamber, and lookout tower that once regulated traffic along the famous Tokaido highway connecting Tokyo and Kyoto.

Throughout the day, keep your eyes fixed on Mt. Fuji, though it's known to be a bit elusive. Clear weather is essential for a perfect sighting of this renowned mountain.

Please take note that this tour is unavailable from November to March, as heavy snow leads to the closure of the 5th station. Even during other months, early or residual snowfall may obstruct access. In such cases, your guide will ensure suitable alternative sights are included in the itinerary.

Day 4
Tokyo to Kyoto by train | City Transfer

Simply make your way to the designated station and use your ticket to board the renowned Shinkansen bullet train. Experience the thrill of high-speed travel as you whiz through the Japanese countryside towards Kyoto.

Upon arrival at the station in Kyoto, you can make your way independently to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to relax and explore at your own pace, immersing yourself in the vibrant culture and heritage of this historic city.

Enjoy a seamless journey and make lasting memories as you embark on this self-guided adventure from Tokyo to Kyoto.

Day 5
Kyoto Discovery | Kinkakuji Temple and Jijo Castle

Nijo Castle: Immerse yourself in the grandeur of Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Kyoto's seven Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto. Explore the massive fortress, featuring two concentric rings of fortifications, the impressive Ninomaru Palace, remnants of the Honmaru Palace, and impeccably designed gardens.

Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion): Discover the awe-inspiring Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion. This Zen temple, covered in shimmering gold leaf, was once the retirement villa of shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. Marvel at the stunning architecture and tranquil surroundings of this remarkable structure, the sole remaining building of Yoshimitsu's former retreat that has withstood the test of time.

Kinkakuji TempleKinkakuji Temple

Kiyomizudera (Pure Water Temple): Perched on a mountainside, Kiyomizudera offers breathtaking panoramic views of Kyoto. Witness the iconic temple's stage, supported by massive pillars, and delve into the peaceful ambiance that surrounds it. As you make your way to the temple, enjoy the anticipation that builds, creating a memorable experience.

Nishiki Market: Delight your senses at Nishiki Market, a bustling and vibrant destination in downtown Kyoto. Stroll along the lively stretch between Teramachi and Shinmachi, where you'll find an array of local eats and traditional goods, perfect for indulging in Kyoto's culinary and cultural heritage.

Arashiyama: Experience the breathtaking beauty of Arashiyama, a designated Historic Site and Place of Scenic Beauty. Marvel at the stunning autumn colors and explore the area through various activities, such as riding the Sagano train, embarking on a Hozugawa River Boat Ride, or taking a serene walk through the enchanting bamboo grove. Don't miss the tranquil temples of Tenryuji and Jojakukoji nearby.

Bamboo Grove: Walk through the enchanting Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, a captivating sight that defines the essence of Kyoto. As sunlight filters through the towering bamboo stalks, you'll be transported to a serene and almost magical atmosphere, creating extraordinary memories of your visit.

Togetsu-kyo Bridge: Behold the iconic Togetsu-kyo Bridge, a cherished landmark in Arashiyama for over four centuries. Spanning the Katsura River with Arashiyama Mountain in the backdrop, this wooden bridge offers breathtaking views. Capture the beauty of cherry blossom season or the vibrant autumn foliage, and immerse yourself in the stunning natural scenery.

Okochi Mountain Villa: Don't pass up the opportunity to visit the Okochi Mountain Villa, a meticulously designed traditional home and gardens that once belonged to silent film star Danjiro Okochi. Explore the five-acre estate, nestled alongside a bamboo forest on Mt. Ogura-yama. Experience the artful incorporation of "borrowed scenery," where views of northern Kyoto, Mount Hiei, and the Higashiyama hills are seamlessly integrated into the garden landscape.

Day 6
Kyoto to Nara by private car | Todaiji Temple and Nara Park

Begin your exploration with a visit to Todaiji Temple, an architectural marvel and the world's largest wooden building. Inside, marvel at Japan's largest Buddha statue—a true testament to the nation's artistic and spiritual heritage.

Continue to Kasuga Taisha, Nara's renowned shrine established in 768 AD. This sacred site is adorned with hundreds of bronze and stone lanterns, generously donated by worshippers throughout the centuries.

As you stroll through Nara Park, also known as Deer Park, prepare to be greeted by the charming presence of more than 1,000 tame deer—the park's beloved residents. Experience the delight of interacting with these gentle creatures and capture memorable moments.

Nara DeerNara Deer

Savor a unique experience at a traditional sake brewery, where you'll sample different varieties of sake and discover your personal favorite. Immerse yourself in the traditional ambiance of the brewery's architecture as you indulge in the flavors of this iconic Japanese beverage.

On your return journey, don't miss the opportunity to visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its appearance in the movie "Memoirs of a Geisha." This extraordinary shrine boasts an enchanting path adorned with over 10,000 vibrant red torii gates, leading up the mountain behind the temple. Capture the magical atmosphere as you stroll through this awe-inspiring landscape.

Day 7
Kyoto to Osaka by train | City Transfer

Simply make your way to the designated station and use your ticket to board the Thunderbird Train. Experience a swift and comfortable journey as you travel between these vibrant cities.

Upon arrival at the station in Osaka, make your way independently to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax and explore at your own pace, giving you freedom to discover the captivating sights and delights of Osaka.

Day 8
Osaka Discovery | Osaka Castle and Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum

Dotonbori: Experience the vibrant heart of Osaka's nightlife at Dotonbori. This bustling district is adorned with towering neon signs, iconic landmarks, and a myriad of clubs, bars, and restaurants. Indulge in a feast for the senses as you sample local specialties and immerse yourself in the excitement of this essential Osaka hotspot.

Osaka Castle: Uncover the captivating history of Osaka at Osaka Castle, a commanding landmark that has withstood the test of time. Delve into the power struggles of the past and admire the re-constructed main tower, an iconic symbol of the castle. Explore the adjacent history museum to gain a deeper understanding of its rich heritage, and take a moment to unwind amidst the lush greenery of the surrounding park, beloved by locals for leisurely activities.

Osaka CastleOsaka Castle

Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum: Step into the fascinating world of Kamigata Ukiyoe at this one-of-a-kind museum. Discover the artistry of Kamigata woodblock prints, which originated in the Osaka-Kyoto region during the Edo Period. These prints, distinguished by their realism and ability to capture the true essence of their subjects, particularly the great Kabuki actors of the time, offer a unique cultural perspective. Immerse yourself in the museum's permanent exhibition, featuring around 50 works that exemplify this captivating art form.

Umeda Sky Building: Marvel at the ultra-modern Umeda Sky Building, an architectural gem that stands as a symbol of Osaka's Kita Ward. Ascend to the observation deck, which boasts a distinctive design, and be rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view of the sprawling cityscape. Capture picture-perfect moments from this vantage point, immersing yourself in the grandeur of Osaka's ever-evolving skyline.

Day 9
Osaka to Bali by flight | Bali to Ubud by private car

Your tour guide will transfer you to Osaka Airport for the charming Bali flight. Upon arrival in Bali, your private guide and driver will greet and transfer you to the hotel in Ubud.

Day 10
Ubud Discovery | Bukit Jambul and Kerta Gosa

Depart from your hotel and begin your journey at the renowned Hall of Justice, Kerta Gosa, in Klungkung. Marvel at the exquisite artwork and architecture of this iconic site, steeped in cultural significance.

Bali Klungkung PalaceBali Klungkung Palace

Next, venture to Bukit Jambul, a captivating green hill offering panoramic views of rice terraces below. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the valley, enveloped by lush tropical trees, with the rice terraces stealing the spotlight. Prepare to be captivated by the harmonious blend of nature and man-made landscapes.

The highlight of your tour is the firsthand exploration of Besakih, the mother temple of Bali. Perched over a thousand feet up the volcanic slopes of Gunung Agung, the island's tallest mountain, this breathtaking temple complex consists of 23 interconnected temples. Admire the grandeur of Pura Penataran Agung, a six-tiered temple terraced up the mountain. The backdrop is awe-inspiring, and if the mist rolls in, you may feel as if you are floating amidst the clouds. On clear days, you'll be treated to sweeping views extending to the sparkling sea.

Afterward, indulge in a delectable lunch at a restaurant overlooking lush green rice terraces, with the majestic Mt. Agung providing a striking backdrop. Let the beauty of the surroundings and the flavors of local cuisine make your culinary experience truly memorable.

Day 11
Ubud Discovery | Candi Kuning and Lake Bratan

Begin your day by immersing yourself in the vibrant markets of Candi Kuning. Explore the colorful array of fresh produce, local crafts, and aromatic spices, providing a glimpse into the lively Balinese culture.

Continue your journey to the picturesque Lake Bratan, home to the exquisite Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple. Marvel at the architectural beauty of this temple, gracefully situated on small islands, and dedicated to the water goddess Dewi Danu. Take in the serene ambiance and breathtaking views of the lake, a truly tranquil experience.

Bratan templeBratan temple

En route to the town of Banjar, pass by the twin lakes of Bali, enjoying the scenic drive through the countryside. Once in Banjar, take a refreshing dip in the famed hot springs, believed by locals to possess healing properties. Immerse yourself in the mineral-rich waters, known for their nourishing effects on the skin.

Next, head to Lovina, renowned for its early morning dolphin sightings and stunning beaches. Indulge in a delicious lunch at a local seaside restaurant, savoring both the flavors of Balinese cuisine and the panoramic ocean views. Take time to capture the beauty of the beach, adorned with vibrant fishing outriggers that create picture-perfect moments.

Continue your journey to Singaraja, the former Dutch capital of Bali, known for its charming tree-lined boulevards and colonial residences. Explore the town's rich history and immerse yourself in its relaxed atmosphere, once a bustling center of commerce and government.

As your adventure draws to a close, make a final stop at Git Git Waterfall. Be mesmerized by the impressive 80-meter cascade as it gracefully tumbles down, creating a scenic masterpiece. This unforgettable sight serves as a fitting conclusion to this diverse and enjoyable journey.

Day 12
Ubud to Nusa Dua by private car | Alas Kedaton and Mengwi

Begin your journey at Alas Kedaton, known for its captivating monkey forest. Wander through the lush surroundings, adorned with towering nutmeg trees that hold immense sacred significance for the Balinese people. Encounter mischievous macaque monkeys, Bali's cheekiest inhabitants, as they playfully roam their natural habitat. A visit to Alas Kedaton offers an essential and memorable Balinese experience.

Continue your exploration to Mengwi, where you'll discover the captivating Pura Taman Ayung, the former Royal Temple. Built in 1634, this architectural gem is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful temples on the island. Immerse yourself in its tranquility and admire the intricate carvings and harmonious temple design, transporting you to a bygone era of Balinese royalty.

MengwiMengwi Temple

As the day draws to a close, prepare to witness the awe-inspiring Tanah Lot Temple, one of Bali's most iconic landmarks. Perched dramatically on a rock just off the shore, this exquisite temple creates a surreal and picturesque scene. Capture the mesmerizing sunset backdrop as it paints the sky with vibrant hues, truly a moment not to be missed.

Settle down at Sunset Corner, a local café in Tanah Lot, where you can savor the flavors of fresh young coconut water or indulge in a refreshing Bintang beer. Treat yourself to some delectable snacks as you relax and witness the sun gracefully setting on the horizon, casting a golden glow over the temple and its surroundings. This magical experience will provide cherished memories of your time in Bali.

Day 13
Nusa Dua Discovery | Kelingking Beach

Explore Kelingking Beach, known for its resemblance to a Tyrannosaurus Rex, and witness the stunning Broken Beach, an enclosed lagoon within rocky cliffs. Marvel at Angel's Billabong, a natural infinity pool framed by volcanic rocks. Enjoy a delicious lunch before relaxing and snorkeling at Crystal Bay Beach. Board a speedboat back to Bali, concluding this unforgettable day of exploration and relaxation in Nusa Penida.Textexaam.

Kelingking BeachKelingking Beach
Day 14
Bali Departure

Our guide will help you transfer from your hotel to Bali Airport for departure with independentcar/van and guide.

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Private tour for 2 people in low seasons. Price varies based on program, travel date, number of people, chosen hotel. We accept payments in multiple currencies (GBP, AUD, CAD, EUR...).
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  • All guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • Hand-picked star-rating accommodations
  • Breakfasts at hotels and lunches for every guided day
  • Governmental taxes

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