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Timeless Japan

Offer

Price per person
from £3,051

Price based on
London Stansted
12th May 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

Book before 31 October and secure your 2019 Long Haul holiday for just £99pp. 

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  • 12 days

  • Asia & The Far East

  • Active pace

  • Classic escorted tours

This Japan tour is a must for value-minded travellers who enjoy history, beautiful settings, and fascinating architecture. You’ll start in Tokyo, end in Osaka, and overnight along the way in the Mount Fuji area, Kyoto, and Hiroshima.

Highlights of this tour through Japan are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites you’ll visit. In Kyoto, visit Nijo Castle, built in 1603 as the shogun’s official residence; the Temple of the Gold Pavilion, a Buddhist temple overlooking a large pond and covered in beautiful gold leaf; and the Pure Water Temple, founded in 780 AD on the site of a waterfall. 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. Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has long been worshipped as a sacred mountain. You’ll enjoy views of majestic Mount Fiji during your cruise on crystal-blue Lake Ashi and during your cable-car ride (weather permitting).

In addition to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, famous shrines, and other historic sites, this Japan tour also includes visits to two of Japan’s beautiful gardens: Koraku-En, dating to 1686 and considered one of Japan’s three most beautiful gardens, and Shinjuku Gyeon, dating to 1603 when it was a feudal lord’s home. Plus, you’ll ride on the famous bullet train.

History, scenery, and fun experiences…this Japan holiday has it

At a glance

TOKYO

Visit Meiji Shrine, Shinjuku Gyoen Garden, Asakusa Kannon Temple, and Nakamise Shopping Arcade

MOUNT FUJI AREA

Cable-car ride to view Mount Fuji

KYOTO

Bullet train from Mount Fuji area to Kyoto; visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, Nijo Castle, Temple of the Gold Pavillion, and Kiyomizu Temple

HIROSHIMA

Visit Peace Memorial Park, Peace Memorial, Memorial Museum, Memorial Hall, Miyajima Island, and Itsukushima Shrine

OKAYAMA

Visit Koraku-en Garden

OSAKA

Visit Osaka Castle and the Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses; walking tour through Dotonbori

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • 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.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Customer Reviews

Over a short period we were able to get a...

26th August 2018
Trusted Customer

Over a short period we were able to get a great snap shot and feeling of what Japan is like

was brilliant....every visit beyond our expectation. Great tour guide (...

27th May 2018
Mrs Mandy Ellis

was brilliant....every visit beyond our expectation. Great tour guide ( Komico - Laura) great hotels. loved every minute!

After researching escorted tours this was by far the cheapest...

9th May 2018
Miss Mandy Wells

After researching escorted tours this was by far the cheapest and included all the places I wanted to visit.

Our guide Kazuhiro Kato went above and beyond his duty...

22nd April 2018
Mrs Linda Barker

Our guide Kazuhiro Kato went above and beyond his duty to make sure our coach party had the most enjoyable, memorable holiday. He even took photos every day to share with us. The holiday was perfect.

Overview

This Japan tour is a must for value-minded travellers who enjoy history, beautiful settings, and fascinating architecture. You’ll start in Tokyo, end in Osaka, and overnight along the way in the Mount Fuji area, Kyoto, and Hiroshima.

Highlights of this tour through Japan are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites you’ll visit. In Kyoto, visit Nijo Castle, built in 1603 as the shogun’s official residence; the Temple of the Gold Pavilion, a Buddhist temple overlooking a large pond and covered in beautiful gold leaf; and the Pure Water Temple, founded in 780 AD on the site of a waterfall. 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. Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has long been worshipped as a sacred mountain. You’ll enjoy views of majestic Mount Fiji during your cruise on crystal-blue Lake Ashi and during your cable-car ride (weather permitting).

In addition to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, famous shrines, and other historic sites, this Japan tour also includes visits to two of Japan’s beautiful gardens: Koraku-En, dating to 1686 and considered one of Japan’s three most beautiful gardens, and Shinjuku Gyeon, dating to 1603 when it was a feudal lord’s home. Plus, you’ll ride on the famous bullet train.

History, scenery, and fun experiences…this Japan holiday has it

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Depart UK

Day
1

Tokyo

Day
2

On arrival in Tokyo you will transfer to your hotel.

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

Tokyo

Day
3

Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions prior to morning sightseeing in Tokyo. Your tour starts with a visit to MEIJI SHRINE, a magnificent 20th-century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest. Next, visit SHINJUKU GYOEN GARDEN. Originally dating from the early 1600s, the garden was destroyed in World War II and reopened in 1949 as a public park. Today, it remains a very popular stop for locals and visitors alike. Last stop is the ASAKUSA KANNON TEMPLE and the bustling NAKAMISE SHOPPING ARCADE. The balance of the afternoon is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Tokyo- Kamakura- Mount Fuji Area

Day
4

This morning, leave Tokyo and head south along the coast to Kamakura to see the 750-year-old GREAT BUDDHA. Continue on to the Mount Fuji area for a CRUISE on Lake Ashi, followed by a CABLE-CAR RIDE (weather permitting) for panoramic views of spectacular Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Mount Fuji Area- Kyoto

Day
5

This morning, board one of Japan’s famous BULLET TRAINS bound for Kyoto. Upon arrival, visit the FUSHIMI INARI SHRINE, renowned for the thousands of brightly coloured Torii Gates. 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:

Space is limited. See Dates & Prices for supplement

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Kyoto

Day
6

Your day begins with a visit to NIJO CASTLE, built in 1603 as the official residence of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Then, visit stunning Kinkakuji, the TEMPLE OF THE GOLD PAVILION, covered in shimmering gold leaf. Lastly, visit KIYOMIZU TEMPLE, the “Pure Water Temple,” with stunning views over Kyoto. Along the way, walk through the busy streets where shops and restaurants have been catering to pilgrims for centuries.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Kyoto- Hiroshima

Day
7

The morning is at your leisure to explore more of Kyoto’s historic temples and shrines. This afternoon, drive south to Hiroshima.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Hiroshima

Day
8

Today’s sightseeing starts at PEACE MEMORIAL PARK, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the PEACE MEMORIAL, commonly referred to as the Atomic Bomb Dome, that has been preserved just as it was on August 6, 1945, immediately after the bombing. You will also visit the MEMORIAL MUSEUM and MEMORIAL HALL, which memorialize the lives lost that day. Next, join the afternoon excursion to MIYAJIMA ISLAND to visit ITSUKUSHIMA SHRINE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its floating Torii Gate.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Hiroshima- Okayama- Osaka

Day
9

Drive north to Okayama and visit KORAKU-EN, one of the “Three Great Gardens of Japan.” Covering some 30 acres, the garden features ponds, plum groves, and tea fields. A unique feature not typically found in Japanese gardens are the wide lawns which are said to help uplift the spirit and promote open mindedness. Continue on to Osaka and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Osaka

Day
10

Your sightseeing tour starts at the OPEN-AIR MUSEUM OF OLD JAPANESE FARM HOUSES, where traditional thatched-roof farm houses dating from the Edo period have been restored. See the old architecture and be transported back in time. Next, visit OSAKA CASTLE and take a WALKING TOUR in Dotonbori, the city’s most famous entertainment district. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Perhaps return to Dotonbori this evening to sample some local cuisine and see the sparkling neon lights.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Osaka - UK

Day
11

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
12

Hotels

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


TOKYO:  Shiba Park Hotel 

MOUNT FUFI AREA:  Daiwa Roynet Numazu

KYOTO:  Daiwa Roynet Shijo Karasuma

HIROSHIMA:  Hiroshima Tokyu Hotel

OSAKA:  Shin-Osaka Esaka Tokyu REI Hotel

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