Journey through Japan

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Price per person
from £3,285

Price based on
London Heathrow
27th Mar 2019 departure

Key inclusions

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

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  • 13 days

  • Japan

  • On the go pace

  • Classic escorted tours

This Japan tour showcases the very best that the country has to offer. You’ll start in Tokyo and end in Kyoto with many stops in between to see stunning scenery and visit many of Japan’s celebrated sites.

During your tour of Tokyo, visit Asakusa Kannon Temple and Meiji Shrine, built in the 1920s to enshrine the emperor. Journey to nearby Nikko to see the Toshogu Shrine, Lake Chuzenji, and Kegon Falls. See Shirakawa’s unique Gassho-Zukuri thatched houses, which can only be found here, then continue to historic Kyoto where you will visit several popular sites including the shimmering Temple of the Gold Pavilion.

In Hiroshima, visit Peace Memorial Park and see the only remaining structure—the Atomic Bomb Dome—that predates the 1945 atomic blast. An excursion from Hiroshima takes you to the Itsukushima Shrine, built over water and known for its iconic floating Torii gate.

All of this—and more—await you on this value-minded tour through Japan!

At a glance

  • Tokyo: Sighseeing tour
  • Nikko: Toshogu Shine
  • Kyoto: Temple of the Gold Pavilion
  • Matsue: Adachi Museum of Art
  • Hiroshima: Peace Memorial 
  • Osaka: Bullet train.

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.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

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Customer Reviews

a good holiday too much time on one or two...

2nd May 2018
Mrs Gillian Roberts

a good holiday too much time on one or two days in the coach. Your tour guide was excellent as I said on the written feedback if you'd care to read that! Some thought might be given to a couple of evenings where dinner is taken as a group. The additional trip we bought to go to a Geisha show was extortionate and very poor value but, we did enjoy the experience. Far too many folk taking a cut so the price was at least 3 times too much. Not even a free glass of alcoholic drink

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

4th October 2017
Trusted Customer

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

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27th May 2017
Trusted Customer

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20th April 2017
Mrs Yvonne Whatmough

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11th April 2017
Trusted Customer

Overview

This Japan tour showcases the very best that the country has to offer. You’ll start in Tokyo and end in Kyoto with many stops in between to see stunning scenery and visit many of Japan’s celebrated sites.

During your tour of Tokyo, visit Asakusa Kannon Temple and Meiji Shrine, built in the 1920s to enshrine the emperor. Journey to nearby Nikko to see the Toshogu Shrine, Lake Chuzenji, and Kegon Falls. See Shirakawa’s unique Gassho-Zukuri thatched houses, which can only be found here, then continue to historic Kyoto where you will visit several popular sites including the shimmering Temple of the Gold Pavilion.

In Hiroshima, visit Peace Memorial Park and see the only remaining structure—the Atomic Bomb Dome—that predates the 1945 atomic blast. An excursion from Hiroshima takes you to the Itsukushima Shrine, built over water and known for its iconic floating Torii gate.

All of this—and more—await you on this value-minded tour through Japan!

Total meals included:

  • 10 breakfasts

Depart UK

Day
1

Tokyo, Japan

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. Afterward, 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

Day
4

Enjoy a full day at your leisure in Tokyo. You may choose an optional excursion 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Tokyo–Nikko–Utsunomiya

Day
5

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, to visit LAKE CHUZENJI and the KEGON WATERFALL. Continue to Utsunomiya, home of Japan’s famous gyoza dumplings.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Utsunomiya–Matsumoto.

Day
6

This morning, travel to Matsumoto where you will see MATSUMOTO CASTLE and the MATSUMOTO CITY MUSEUM.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Matsumoto–Takayama

Day
7

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Takayama–Kyoto

Day
8

Journey to Kyoto, one of the most fascinating cities in Japan. The remainder of your day is free to explore. This evening, you may choose to stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan (additional expense).

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Kyoto

Day
9

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–Matsue.

Day
10

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.

Matsue–Hiroshima.

Day
11

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 bear’s 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, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has been preserved just as it was on August 6, 1945, immediately after the bombing. Also, visit the SHUKKEI-EN GARDEN, which dates back to 1620.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Hiroshima–Osaka

Day
12

Your fascinating journey to Osaka, aboard one of Japan’s famous BULLET TRAINS, is sure to be a highlight of your tour. The rest of the day is yours to explore Japan’s second largest city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Osaka - UK

Day
13

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
14

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.

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