Journey through Japan

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Price per person
from £3,960

Price based on
London Gatwick
3rd Sep 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 13 days

  • Japan

  • On the go pace

  • Classic escorted tours

An enchanting mix of the traditional and modern: explore Tokyo’s bustling downtown and visit its ornate and colourful Buddhist shrines and temples; see Hiroshima’s moving Peace Memorial Park, and then ride a speeding bullet train to Kyoto for a traditional tea ceremony.

At a glance


  • Asakusa Kannon Temple Tokyo's oldest and one of its most colourful Buddhist temples.
  • Toshogu Shrine Lavishly-decorated shrine of Tokugawa Ieyasu, once the most powerful man in Japan.
  • Gassho-Zukuri houses Explore these unique thatched-roofed houses in Shirakawa-go in Gifu Prefecture.
  • Peace Memorial Park Visit the moving Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Museum in Hiroshima.
  • Bullet Train - Hiroshima to Kyoto Ride one of the country's famous bullet trains.
  • Traditional Tea Ceremony Enjoy this most Japanese of cultural practices in Kyoto.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

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Good value, Tour Director with good knowledge. Almost all...

4th October 2017
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Good value, Tour Director with good knowledge. Almost all hotels were of a good standard.

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Overview

An enchanting mix of the traditional and modern: explore Tokyo’s bustling downtown and visit its ornate and colourful Buddhist shrines and temples; see Hiroshima’s moving Peace Memorial Park, and then ride a speeding bullet train to Kyoto for a traditional tea ceremony.

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts

Depart UK

Day
1

UK - Tokyo

Day
2

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for three nights (check in from 2pm).

Welcome to Japan's capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Tokyo

Day
3

Today's sightseeing tour takes you to the Meiji Shrine, a magnificent 20th century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest. Afterwards, pass by the Imperial Palace Plaza, the State Guest House, the Akihabara district, and the famous Ginza shopping street. Your tour concludes with a visit to the Asakusa Kannon Temple and the Nakamise Shopping Arcade. Enjoy a free afternoon and evening in this cosmopolitan city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Tokyo - Nikko - Tokyo

Day
4

Journey north to Nikko for a visit to Toshogu Shrine and its famous Yomeimon Gate, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, continue on to the scenic Iroha-zaka Driveway, which reaches elevations of 3,940 feet (1200 metres), to visit Lake Chuzenji and the Kegon Waterfall. Later, return to Tokyo.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Tokyo - Matsumoto - Nagano - Toyama

Day
5

This morning, travel to Matsumoto where you will see Matsumoto Castle and the MATSUMOTO City Museum. Later, visit Nagano and the Zenkoji Temple. Founded 1,400 years ago, the temple houses what is said to be the first Buddhist statue brought to Japan. Arrive in Toyama this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Toyama - Shirakawa - Takayama - Nagoya

Day
6

Continue through Japan's beautiful mountain scenery to one of the country's most remote regions, Shirakawa. Protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the unique Gassho- Zukuri (joined hands) thatched houses can only be found here. This afternoon, journey through the Japanese Alps to the secluded town of Takayama, where old traditions are untouched by the passage of time. Visit the Kusakabe Heritage House for a glimpse of traditional Japanese architecture of the late 19th century before heading to Nagoya.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Nagoya - Toba - Osaka

Day
7

Begin today with a trip to Toba and visit Mikimoto Pearl Island to learn about the pearl cultivation process. Later, enjoy a visit to the most important shrine of the Shinto "church," ISE Grande Shrine. This afternoon, continue to Osaka, Japan's second largest city, where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Osaka - Matsue

Day
8

Journey to the city of Yonago on the coast of the Sea of Japan. After a brief visit, continue to Adachi Museum of Art to view Japanese-style gardens and view paintings by one of the greatest Japanese painters, Yokoyama Taikan. Later, visit Matsue to see Matsue Castle and Buke Yashiki, a former samurai residence.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Matsue - Hiroshima

Day
9

En route to Hiroshima, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Itsukushima Shrine and its famous Floating Torii Gate. From here, continue to Hiroshima. This city bears significant historic importance, for it was here that the world's first atomic bomb was dropped in 1945. Your tour features the Peace Memorial Park to see the Peace Memorial, commonly referred to as the Atomic Bomb Dome, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been preserved just as it was on August 6, 1945, immediately after the bombing. Also, visit the Shukkeien Garden, which dates back to 1620.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Hiroshima - Kyoto by Bullet Train

Day
10

Your fascinating journey to Kyoto, aboard one of Japan's famous Bullet Trains, is sure to be a highlight of your tour. Kyoto is one of the most fascinating cities in Japan and the remainder of your day is free to explore. This evening, you may choose to stay (additional expense) in a traditional Japanese Ryokan.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Kyoto

Day
11

Enjoy a tour of Kyoto, visiting many of the city's temples, shrines, palaces, and pagodas. A highlight of the day is a visit to the extraordinary Nijo Castle, built in 1603 as the official residence of the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. You will also visit the Temple of The Gold Pavilion and the Heian Shrine and Garden. During the day, there will also be a chance to participate in a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Kyoto - Hakone National Park - Tokyo

Day
12

Drive to the Mount Fuji area for a leisurely Cruise on Lake Ashi and an aerial Cable Car Ride (weather permitting) over the beautiful Owakudani Valley. From here, enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Fuji, before continuing on to your Tokyo airport hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Tokyo - UK

Day
13

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Book Early With heavy demand for this tour, especially during Cherry Blossom season, you are encouraged to book early.

Single rooms in Japan are traditionally small with a single bed. Anyone booking a single room will be paying a supplement to have their own private room.

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Tokyo: Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu;
  • Toyama: Toyama Excel Hotel Tokyu;
  • Nagoya: Nagoya Sakae Tokyu Rei;
  • Osaka: Shin-Osaka Esaka Tokyu Rei;
  • Matsue: Matsue Excel Hotel Tokyu Inn;
  • Hiroshima: Hiroshima Tokyu Rei;
  • Kyoto: Kyoto Tokyu Hotel;
  • Tokyo Narita Airport: Hotel Mystays Premier Narita

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