Journey through Japan


  • 12 days

  • Asia & The Far East

  • On the go pace

Tour : 2540

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£2,712 pp

Tour only

Based on 24th Mar 2020

From

£3,800 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London Heathrow

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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!

Highlights

TOKYO Visit Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Kannon Temple, and Nakamise Shopping Arcade

MATSUMOTO Visit Matsumoto Castle and Matsumoto City Museum

SHIRAKAWA Visit Gassho-Zukuri houses

KYOTO Visit Nijo Castle, Temple of the Golden Pavillion, and Heian Shrine and Garden; Japanese tea ceremony

MATSUE Visit Adachi Museum of Art, Matsue Castle, and Buke Yashiki

HIROSHIMA Visit Itsukushima Shrine, Peace Memorial Park, Peace Memorial, and Shukkei-en Garden

Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts

TOKYO, JAPAN.

Day
1

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

TOKYO.

Day
2

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
3

This morning, leave Tokyo and head south along the coast to the beautiful Five Lakes region. Here, take a CABLE-CAR RIDE (weather permitting) for panoramic views of Lake Kawaguchi and spectacular Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain. Return to Tokyo and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

TOKYO–AZUMINO–MATSUMOTO

Day
4

Journey to the Nagano prefecture and stop at a WASABI FARM for a glimpse into how wasabi is grown. Tour the beautiful grounds and perhaps sample some of the unique offerings like wasabi noodles or wasabi chocolate. Then, it’s just a short drive to Matsumoto, gateway to the Japanese Alps. Visit famous MATSUMOTO CASTLE, dating back to 1593, and discover the history at the MATSUMOTO CITY MUSEUM.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MATSUMOTO–TAKAYAMA.

Day
5

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
6

Travel 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).

TRADITIONAL RYOKAN STAY - Immerse yourself in the Japanese culture and hospitality at a ryokan (Japanese inn). Your ryokan, Gion Hatanaka, features traditional touches— tatami mat floors, a thin sleeping mattress on the floor, and the chance to experience a Japanese style bath—as well as the modern convenience of a private bathroom. Included: transfers to/ from ryokan and from/to hotel in Kyoto; traditional Japanese dinner and breakfast.

NOTE: Request at the time of booking, as space is limited.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

KYOTO.

Day
7

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

KYOTO–MATSUE

Day
8

This morning travel the to the coast of the Sea of Japan. Visit the ADACHI MUSEUM OF ART to view Japanesestyle gardens and view paintings by one of the greatest Japanese painters, Yokoyama Taikan. Then, continue to 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. Then, arrive in the city to visit the SHUKKEI-EN GARDEN, which dates back to 1620.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

HIROSHIMA.

Day
10

Hiroshima 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, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has been preserved just as it was on August 6, 1945, immediately after the bombing.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

HIROSHIMA–OSAKA.

Day
11

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

Day
12

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

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.

TRADITIONAL RYOKAN STAY - Immerse yourself in the Japanese culture and hospitality at a ryokan (Japanese inn). Your ryokan, Gion Hatanaka, features traditional touches— tatami mat floors, a thin sleeping mattress on the floor, and the chance to experience a Japanesestyle bath—as well as the modern convenience of a private bathroom. Included: transfers to/ from ryokan and from/to hotel in Kyoto; traditional Japanese dinner and breakfast. NOTE: Request at the time of booking, as space is limited.

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

From

£2,712 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage

Tour with flights

From

£3,800 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes

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