japan by rail escorted touR

02 - 13 september 2019

Over a period of many centuries, Japan has slowly developed from an ancient civilization into one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, but there’s a lot more to Japan than its urban landscapes. Japan offers exquisite scenery across the country for people to soak in its beauty; its garden-filled history is linked to the Shinto, Buddhist, and Taoist faiths, offering the visitor serenity and tranquillity. During our tour, we will explore the very best of Japan, travelling between cities on various different trains, including the Shinkansen Bullet Train. Our illuminating journey, encompassing the dynamic and fascinating allure of Japan, will take us from busy urban streets to historic icons, from city hotels to country inns. During our time together we will experience Tokyo, Hakone, Takayama, Kanazawa, Miyajima, Hiroshima and Kyoto. Accommodation will be in 4* hotels, most located quite close to railway stations to facilitate our train journeys, and in traditional Japanese inns or ryokans.


  • The urban charm of Tokyo
  • Hakone National Park, in the shadow of Mt. Fuji
  • Japanese onsen (hot springs), cultural highlights & famous beer
  • Unique architecture and picturesque countryside
  • Well preserved castle town and a geisha house
  • Japan's iconic Torii Gate
  • Tea ceremony & unique local culture
  • 9 train journeys

This trip will be a dream for Railway enthusiasts, who will enjoy the variety of trains we will use between destinations: the Shinkansen Bullet Trains, The Hida Wideview Express, The Hakone Tozan switchback train, the Limited Express Thunderbird.  With a 20,000km network of lines and high performance, punctual trains, Japan is a train lover's paradise.

For serious Model Railway Enthusiasts:  Your Pannell's Tours tour leader, Graham Vos - a great train enthusiast - will be arriving in Tokyo the day before the start of the tour, to allow time for a visit to HOBBY CENTER KATO which is not far from our hotel. Extra night in Tokyo can be arranged for anyone who would like to join in on this exciting opportunity!  

“The spacious and relaxing showroom enables model railroad enthusiasts to enjoy KATO's products that have come from over 40 years in the model railroad industry. You will be informed of the latest products and future developments in KATO products. Experience large railroad layouts and a "Live" operating exhibition.”

HOURS: Weekdays:  11.00 am. – 8:00 pm. Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays:  10.00 am. – 7:00 pm

Shinkansen Bullet Train
Hida Wideview Express
Hakone Tozan Switchback
Because a large group would experience some difficulty boarding the trains all together, we have set a maximum of only 12 participants plus our tour leader.  so It really is a case of "First come, first served" to join us on this very unique tour.  CONTACT US today to book your place and avoid disappointment, or download the booking form below and send it in without delay.

PRICE PER PERSON SHARING                                              USD 5,980      

PRICE PER SINGLE     (Only 4 singles are available)             USD 8,195
 (We can introduce single participants to each other for potential sharing.)

  •  Price is based on 12 passengers in the group, which is the maximum we can take
  •  Supplement from $160 will be charged for lower numbers
  •  International flights not included

Meiji Jingu Shrine

Onsen (hot spring) at our ryokan

Kenroku Gardens

Cableway up Mt Okakudani