13 Days Japan and Taiwan Highlights Tour

Japan: Tokyo, Mt.Fuji, Hamanako, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka; Taiwan: Taipei, Hualien, Nantou, Alishan, Taichung

Tour Code: TAT-Taiwan-04

Tour Type: Private Tour

Price from: on request Free Inquiry

Tour Feature

  • Visit the famous destination of Japan, such as Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Kyoto, Osaka
  • Travel to the well-know places of Taiwan, i.e. Taipei, Yilan, Alishan, etc.
  • Immerse yourself in the beautiful sightseeing and rich culture of both country

 

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Day 1 Arrival Tokyo

Met by local representative, Transfer to hotel

Meals: No meal
Accommodation: In Tokyo

 

Welcome to Japan! Upon arrival at Narita International Airport, met our local representative with a name board at the airport exit and transfer to your hotel. After check-in, you will be free at leisure on your own.

Tokyo Skytree
Tokyo Skytree

 

Day 2 Tokyo

Tokyo Tower, Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace East Garden, Hama-rikyu Garden, enjoy a boat ride on the Sumida River, Asakusa Kannon Temple

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Tokyo

 

Today is your time to explore Tokyo City. After your breakfast at the hotel, our local guide will meet you at the hotel to start a full day to explore Tokyo City .

 

The first stop is Tokyo Tower (approx. 30 mins), from which you could enjoy a panorama of Tokyo from the main observation platform. Then we will move to Meiji Shrine. It takes a fine example of Japanese shrine architecture. It is nestled in a peaceful and picturesque area. Passing by the Akasaka Guest House and National Diet Building, we will go to visit Imperial Palace East Garden and enjoy a pleasant walk through the garden, which is a place of historical interest and scenic beauty.

 

At noon time, our local driver or guide will advise you of a good place where we will have about 1 hour to enjoy a typical Japanese-style lunch.

Meiji Shrine
Meiji Shrine

 

In the afternoon, your guide will lead you to visit Hama-rikyu Garden, which is a typical daimyo (Japanese feudal lord) garden in the Edo period with a tidal pond. Then we will enjoy a boat ride on the Sumida River from Hinode Pier to Asakusa to see a harmonious blend of old and new Tokyo. In the Asakusa area, we will visit Asakusa Kannon Temple which is a famous temple in the Asakusa district.

 

Tokyo city exploring tour will end by sending you back to the hotel by our local guide.

 

 Note: Lunch is on your own arrangement. Your guide will make recommendations for your preference

Asakusa KannonTemple
Asakusa Kannon Temple

 

Day 3 Tokyo - Mt.Fuji - Hamanako

Mt. Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi cruise

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Hamanako

 

After breakfast in your hotel, please check out and meet your guide at the hotel lobby.

 

you will start the exciting tour to visit Mt. Fuji & Lake Kawaguchi. Drive for about 150 minutes, and we arrive at Mt. Fuji 5th Station, from which we could enjoy a panoramic view for about half an hour and you will be amazed by the spectacular and breathtaking views from above the clouds.

 

After lunch, we will ride the Lake Kawaguchi cruise You can enjoy the magnificent Mt. Fuji and the panoramic 360-degree view. Later drive down and coach to Hamanako (2.5hrs duration) for an overnight stay.

Mt. Fuji
Mt. Fuji

 

Day 4 Hamanako - Kyoto

Nijo-jo Castle, Kinkaku-Ji Temple, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine , Sanjusangen-do Temple

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Kyoto

 

After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to Kyoto for 2.5 hours and start a full-day Kyoto tour. The 1st stop is to visit Nijo-jo Castle (50 min), once Kyoto imperial castle with stunning Tamami rooms in which there are many beautiful paintings of the Edo period. Then visit Kinkaku-Ji Temple (45 min), the most well-known temple in Japan, which is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The next stop is Kyoto Imperial Palace (40 min) before a Japanese-style lunch at a local restaurant.

Kinkaku-ji Temple
Kinkaku-ji Temple


In the afternoon, the guide will escort you to visit Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine (30 min), the head shrine of about 30,000 Inari shrines across Japan, and Sanjusangen-do Temple (30 min) first. Sanjusangendo is a unique and impressive temple in Kyoto. It dates back to 1164 and is famous for its 1001 golden statues of Kannon, goddess of mercy.

Finish the tour and drive to the hotel for check-in. Enjoy your free leisure evening exploring this ancient city.

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

 

Day 5 Kyoto - Nara - Osaka

Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, Todaiji Temple, Nara Garden, Kasuga Tasha Shrine

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Osaka

 

 Have a leisurely breakfast in the hotel. We will visit Kiyomizu-Dera Temple (70 min), which is the oldest temple in Kyoto, known for the "stage of the Kiyomizu". It was listed as one of the world's cultural heritage sites in 1994.

Then our guide will escort you to explore Nara, which is near Kyoto. Meet at the hotel and take a coach to Nara. The first stop in Nara is the Todaiji Temple through Nara Garden. Kasuga Tasha Shrine is another highlight in Nara, famous for its lanterns, which have been donated by worshipers. After a stop at Nara Nagomikan (a gift shop), where tourists could buy some souvenirs for their loved ones.

 

After that, drive for half an hour to Osaka and overnight there.

 

Note:

1. Kyoto - Nara: 45km, 45 minutes' drive
2. Nara - Osaka: 33km, 34 minutes' drive

Nara Deer Park
Nara Deer Park

 

Day 6 Osaka

Enjoy your free leisure day

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: In Osaka

 

Enjoy your free leisure day in Osaka today to explore the city on your own. You may walk around for shopping some souvenirs as gifts for family or friends.

 

Or you could choose to take the Optional Tour to Hiroshima.

 

Optional Hiroshima Tour Details:

This morning transfer to Shin-Osaka Train Station, where your bullet train awaits. Climb aboard and marvel at the train’s incredible velocity during a 2-hour ride to Hiroshima. On arrival, continue the journey to Miyajimaguchi by coach or train then board a boat traveling to the majestic Miyajima Island, otherwise known as Itsukushima, or Divine Island. A landmass hailed as one of Japan's most beautiful landscapes. Disembark and discover the natural and cultural treasures of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed island for 45-minutes with your guide. See the shimmering Itsukushima Shrine then revitalise with a delicious lunch in a local eatery (not included).

 

Re-board the boat and cruise back to Hiroshima to reflect on the history of the region. Take a moment of contemplation at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, a historical site near to where the atomic bomb exploded. See exhibitions that articulate the destruction the bomb caused and marvel at the city's regenerative recovery. Finally, board a bus to the Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome), a skeletal structure that miraculously survived the 1945 attack.

 

Return to the train station for the exhilarating return journey to Osaka on the bullet train, where the tour concludes.

Miyajima
Miyajima

 

Day 7 Osaka - Taipei

Transfer to the airport and fly to Taipei, Taipei airport transfer service

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Taipei

 

After breakfast, farewell to Japan and you will start your journey to Taiwan. Fly from Osaka to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. Welcome to Taiwan! You will be met at the arrival gate by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy your free time on your own.

Taipei 101
Taipei 101

 

Day 8 Taipei – Taroko (Hualien)

Drive to Hualien, Qingshui Cliffs, Taroko National Park

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Taroko

 

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel and set off for Taroko National Park. On the way, drive along Qingshui Cliffs, a Taiwan natural wonder stretching along the gorgeous Pacific coastline. Then we will arrive at the Taroko National Park, taking in its incredible features, and enjoying the breathtaking sightseeing of the Taroko Gorge, a beautiful gorge lined in marble stone, with a river rushing through a tree-lined canyon. Take a light trek to visit the must-see shrine of the Eternal Spring, one of the park's most stunning locations, where a charming shrine building sits prettily atop a waterfall, making for a picturesque scene.

Taroko National Park and Qingshui Cliffs
Taroko National Park and Qingshui Cliffs

 

Day 9 Taroko(Haulien) – Sun Moon Lake (Nantou)

Sun Moon Lake shuttle boat trip, Maolanshan Tea Plantation Experience

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: At Sun Moon Lake

 

The tour begins with a rich breakfast at the hotel, then we depart Hualien and travel to majestic Sun Moon Lake. Sun Moon Lake is the largest lake in Taiwan. It is so-called for its shape, which has a rounded eastern shore like the sun, and a curved crescent western shore like the moon. Embark on a shuttle boat tour around the lake, and enjoy an amazing sightseeing of the lake. In the afternoon, we take a tea tour at the nearby Maolanshan Tea Plantation, where we can walk around the local hiking trail and stop for a sip of refreshing Maolanshan tea.

Sun Moon Lake
Sun Moon Lake

 

Day 10 Sun Moon Lake (Nantou) – Chiayi

Fenqihu Old Market Street, Alishan National Forest (forest trek and train trip)

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Chiayi

 

After breakfast, we drive to Chiayi. On the way, we have a stop at Fenqihu Old Market Street. Strolling through the old market filled with charming restaurants, cafes, and souvenir shops, take your time to find some delicious local snacks or a native souvenir before lunch.

 

In the afternoon, we head to Alishan Mountain nestled in the ancient cypress forest. Hike through the verdant Alishan National Forest, an exhilarating walk that features breathtaking mountain scenery. Then we enjoy a relaxing ride through the mountains on the Alishan Forest Railway before heading to our hotel in Chiayi and enjoying a relaxing evening.

Alishan Mountain and train ride
Alishan Mountain and train ride

 

Day 11 Chiayi - Taichung

Wufeng Lin Family Mansion and Garden, Rainbow Village, National Taichung Theater, Gaomei Wetland, Fengjia Night Market

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Taichung

 

After breakfast, say goodbye to Chiayi and start off for Taichung. Visit the Wufeng Lin Family Mansion and Garden. Built-in the 1800s, this palatial mansion was home to one of Taiwan's most influential families. Nearby is the Lin Family Garden, which is one of the island's prettiest, with a number of little picturesque features to search for while on your relaxing stroll. Enjoy your delightful lunch before the discovery of the beautiful Rainbow Village - a little town of surprising street art, with houses painted in a colorful, psychedelic style.

Wufeng Lin Family Mansion and Garden
Wufeng Lin Family Mansion and Garden

 

The next stop is the National Taichung Theater, built in an ultra-modern architectural style which the architect envisioned as a grand whirlpool, where the construction acts as an artistic complement to the galleries on display. Then we take in views of the Pacific at Gao-mei Wetland. This wetland preserve on the coast of Taichung City has a great strolling boardwalk offering sweeping views of the Pacific coast and it is said the best spot for sunset.

 

Tonight, explore the Fengjia Night Market, the largest night market in Taiwan, where you can try a variety of local snacks.

National Taichung Theater
National Taichung Theater

Day 12 Taichung - Taipei

Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, National Palace Museum, Taipei 101

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Taipei

 

After breakfast, we drive back to Taipei. At first, we will have a stop at the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, one of Taiwan's major monuments. Considered a Founding Father of Taiwan, Chiang Kai-Shek was a famed military general and the leader who administered the government of Taiwan. After lunch, we visit the National Palace Museum, a magnificent museum complex boasting an expansive collection peering back through 8,000 years of Chinese art. Then visit the Taipei 101 shopping mall, which is located in the tallest tower in the city. You will have a panoramic view of the city from the observatory. Tour ends by a drop-off at your hotel.

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall Square
Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall Square

 

Day 13 Taipei, Departure

Transfer to the airport

Meals: Breakfast

 

After breakfast, free for leisure until your transfer to Taoyuan International Airport for your departure flight.

 

Service ends

Notice:

Due to the uncertainties of this tour, such as special local conditions , the changes of accommodation rate, etc, the tour has to be tailor-made and its price is on request. Please tell us in advance your group information inclusive of departure date, number of pax, and other individual needs, which will be helpful to work out a fit program and the right price.

What our clients say

4.9/5.0 | Excellent

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Melissa Dixon

5.0

Jul 07 ,2022

Thank you Yuki - she made this trip perfect. My highlight was seeing a geisha and Mt Fuji.

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Thaneshan

5.0

Jun 30 ,2022

Special mention of "very good" guide Emiko, she stopped lots to check on us all, which was much appreciated as no one got lost or late for trains, etc. Yuki was friendly and helpful throughout the tour and made our first experience if Japan an excellent experience.

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David Jaeger

5.0

May 18 ,2020

In case I don’t get a chance to say it in person, I want to thank you personally for a wonderful introductory trip to Japan. I know that I speak for the four of us when I say that we have thoroughly enjoyed this trip from start to finish and we are very grateful for your personal service and the extreme care that you took at every turn. Miki was the best guide we could have wished for – so knowledgeable and so candid – a delightful person.
We will be very happy to recommend Top Asia Tour to our friends, acquaintances, and colleagues in the Canadian civil service.
Many thanks again and I hope that we will have the opportunity to travel with you again in the future.

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Jessa s.

5.0

Mar 26 ,2020

The Japan trip was fantastic! Due to the virus, we were only 4 girls + our amazing tour guide and we had a blast! A lot of the tourist places were empty which made our trip easier and more relaxing. A huge thank you to our tour guide, Becca, for all of the great memories, advice, and laughs.

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Peter A. Garza

5.0

Mar 15 ,2020

This has been one of the best tours I've been on, and despite being in Japan during the Corona pandemic Brooke our tour guide managed to make it the best tour ever. There were so many things we saw that normally would have been swarming with people but we had it all to ourselves. It was so amazing especially, with the Senso-Ji Temple in Tokyo, it was nothing short of magical seeing the temple and wandering around with so few people around, it was magical. And the pattern kept repeating itself throughout the tour it really was a once-in-a-lifetime adventure(pun most definitely intended). This tour exceeded all of my expectations and I'm so happy that I chose to go on this adventure.  I'm grateful that I had this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Japan.

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Mircea Ardelean

5.0

Jan 19 ,2020

Rebecca was excellent. She gave clear daily itineraries. She was very organized and friendly! The tour was good. I especially liked the sushi and calligraphy classes and the monkey park. The shrines and palaces; as well as the hikes on the old highways, gave me a historical background for me. I also enjoyed the natural beauty of Japan. The steam vents of the volcano and Mt. Fuji! Rebecca exposed us to different restaurants allowing us to try different foods. All were fantastic!

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Amritpal Singh

5.0

Jan 03 ,2020

I did this tour in Nov/Dec and had an absolutely amazing time. Japan is a fascinating country and we visited a mix of urban and rural areas. As a keen walker, the highlight for me was walking the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route on the Kii peninsula walking through the mountain valleys between the 3 holy shrines. The train journey from Osaka to Tanabe on the Kii peninsula is stunning. Another highlight was walking part of the Nakasendo trail an ancient route between Kyoto and Tokyo that is now a walking route in the Kiso valley visiting the old post stations (juku) such as Magome and Tsumago. At Kawaguchiko we were lucky to have a perfectly clear view of Mt Fuji. Travel was mostly by train including bullet trains and buses in some mountainous areas that the train does not go to. Our accommodation was a mix of western-style hotels in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Nagoya and ryokan(traditional Japanese style) in the rural areas. We had private guides in nearly all the locations we went to. Each day of walking was followed by a delicious Japanese-style dinner and soaking in the onsen - pure bliss. I would highly recommend this tour if you enjoy walking and would like to see a lesser-known part of Japan.

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Nadine Engonge

5.0

Nov 28 ,2019

What a great trip. There were some changes needed due to a typhoon arriving the first day...however, Pablo did a great job of adjusting schedules and accommodating everything!

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Mahdi Ashtari

5.0

Oct 14 ,2019

Very interesting and enjoyable
Very professional from the time I started my inquiry about the tour, everything was detailed and clear. The agent of TopAsiaTour was very helpful and cooperative to solve any issue I had. My Japan tour was very informative and the tour guide was knowledgeable of the subjects that were explored

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Cami Chau

5.0

Sep 27 ,2019

I have had the most fabulous tour. My guide Yuki made the tour easy with her fantastic organization skills, great sense of humor, and caring nature. I appreciated the balance of guided aspects and free time. Yuki was so helpful and accommodated the needs of all group members. She was so knowledgeable and efficient which meant we could make the most of our time at each place. My first trip with Top Asia Tour has been a blast. A big Thanks to the company and THE BEST tour guide!

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Stephen

5.0

Sep 15 ,2019

Great way to see the major sights & experience traditional food & culture.
Wow!!! Our Japan and Korea tour has a good balance of historical, traditional, and contemporary sights or experiences. TopAsiaTour managed the logistics of getting around cities and countries which made this effortless for us. The guide was incredibly helpful and always went that extra mile for the group. The size of the group was good and ensured you never missed anything.

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Stephen

5.0

Sep 15 ,2019

Great way to see the major sights & experience traditional food & culture.
Wow!!! Our Japan and Korea tour has a good balance of historical, traditional, and contemporary sights or experiences. TopAsiaTour managed the logistics of getting around cities and countries which made this effortless for us. The guide was incredibly helpful and always went that extra mile for the group. The size of the group was good and ensured you never missed anything.

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Anila Ruparelia

5.0

Aug 21 ,2019

We did this tour for our honeymoon and it was fantastic! I'd recommend this trip to everyone. Our tour guide made Japan extra special. She went above and beyond to find information and recommendations for anything not included on the tour. She was polite, accommodating, and very informative and was one of the main reasons our experience was so very special. We look forward to visiting Japan again and would love to have Lily as our host again. 

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Sabina Sapkota

5.0

Jun 18 ,2019

Every aspect of planning our trip to China was seamless. Joyce has been amazing. She responds to any and every request immediately and has been incredibly informative about every aspect of our trip. I would definitely recommend the Top Asia Tour team

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Sabina Sapkota

5.0

Jun 18 ,2019

Every aspect of planning our trip to China was seamless. Joyce has been amazing. She responds to any and every request immediately and has been incredibly informative about every aspect of our trip. I would definitely recommend the Top Asia Tour team

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Mike Chaloner

5.0

May 18 ,2019

A very interesting time in Japan - the people were great and very experienced guides made it very easy and enjoyable.

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Dale Tyler

4.0

Nov 12 ,2018

The Tour was excellent, surpassing my expectations. Our guide Yumi was so knowledgeable, attentive, and caring that we learned so much about Japan, its people, and culture than we ever would have done as independent travelers.

Touring is tiring, You pack so much in but the tour had ample free time for further exploration or resting for those who needed it.

I would certainly recommend Top Asia Tour and would use it again. 

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Anat Segal

5.0

Oct 10 ,2018

The tour was very enjoyable. Pablo, our Guide was superb in providing information regarding Japanese culture and history. The fact that he is passionate about the subject and his job made the tour great.

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LISA CARON

5.0

May 06 ,2018

The views, meals, service, and onsen at the Ryokan were excellent. Both guides were absolutely wonderful. This was my first experience on an overseas tour and I loved it. I can't speak highly enough of Yuki and Ako. They were both professional, organized, and just fun to hang out with.

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Ruth Ndila Ndeto

4.0

Mar 16 ,2018

I really enjoyed the tour. Most of the arrangements and organization were very good and our tour guide Yuki was amazing, super polite, the patient really took care of us, and went over and above in making our holiday so enjoyable. From the daily well written with cute drawings on her daily schedules, and tiny treats she bought us, to the knowledge and expertise in the way she took us through all the public transport so efficient, I give her top marks.

Train rides were fine and agree the most efficient. I have a few suggestions...If the tour could add a few alternatives like visiting The monster cafe, team lab, and robot restaurant, just to give it a mix of temples and museums and considering the varying age groups and interests.

On the hotels, Kyoto and the traditional were good and location of hotel accommodations were very good, Tokyo hotel rooms were very tiny and I a single occupant found it difficult so can only imagine how the couple's managed but I guess it's usual and the location was really good so its a plus.

Overall I did have a great holiday. I enjoy using your tours and will continue to do so. Thank you very much and please share our sincere appreciation with Yuki.

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Hari Chaturvedi

5.0

Dec 05 ,2017

One of the best trips I have done. Our tour guide, Hana, was exceptionally knowledgeable in local culture, places to eat, activities and optional activities, local transportation, etc. Her natural caring for people has shown throughout the trip. She always reassured each member of the group that they are enjoying the time and don’t feel left out. The tour was very well planned and I feel I have learned a lot more about the culture and people of this country. I would strongly suggest anyone do this tour.

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Marta Alves Pereira

5.0

Apr 13 ,2017

Special mention of "very good" guide Emiko, she stopped lots to check on us all, which was much appreciated as no one got lost or late for trains, etc. Yuki was friendly and helpful throughout the tour and made our first experience if Japan an excellent experience.

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