Amazing Japan Tour

13 Days

from £4,199

A 13 day tour that explores the very best of Japan’s cultural, natural and UNESCO locations. Journey on the famous bullet train. Sample some of the local specialties including fresh sushi, Hida Beef and Sake. Witness Mount Fuji and a green tea farm on the mountain, wander in the cultural city of Kyoto and see how kimonos are made. Other tour highlights include exploring the 250 year old gassho-zukuri farmhouses in Shirakawago, visiting samurai houses in Kanazawa, the deer park in Nara and the “floating” Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima. See the impressive Osaka castle and Himeji during your time in Osaka. You will also have the opportunity to spend time at one of the best quality sake breweries in Japan and enjoy lively Kobe town for gourmet food as your final stop.

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2018 – 19

Day 1 Fly to Tokyo

You will take a scheduled flight from London Heathrow to Tokyo.

Day 2 Arrive Tokyo
Arrive at Narita/ Haneda airport where you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your accommodation. The rest of day is at leisure.

Day 3 Tokyo Sightseeing (B)
This morning, after breakfast, you leave the accommodation for a sightseeing tour of Tokyo. Visit Tokyo Tower, which is the second tallest self-supporting steel tower in Japan, opened in 1958. Visit the world’s biggest Fish Market. Visit Asakusa Kannon Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street. The legend has it that fisherman brothers discovered an image of Kannon (the goddess of mercy) in the Sumida River around 1370 years ago and they were inspired to enshrine it. Its symbol is a large red paper lantern that bears the word ‘Kaminari-mon’, or a thunder gate. Visit Imperial Palace for photo opportunity.

Day 4 Tokyo / Hakone / Fuji (BD)
Visit Koishikawa Garden, a spacious botanical garden maintained by the University of Tokyo, featuring many tree and plant species, as well as a small Japanese landscape garden, particularly nice during the cherry blossom season. Afterwards travel to Hakone by coach. Visit the Peace Park, enjoy a cruise on Lake Ashi and Mt. Komagatake Ropeway. Transfer to your accommodation where dinner will be served tonight.

Day 5 Mt.Fuji / Takayama (BD)
Start your trip to Mt. Fuji. Climb up to the 5th station by coach, about 2300 meters above sea level. Visit the Visitor Centre and Green tea farm. Then proceed to Takayama for your overnight stay.

Day 6 Takayama (BD)
After breakfast, full day tour in Takayama including visit to Takayama-Jinya, Hida Takayama, Matsuri no Mori and Kamisannomachi Street. Overnight stay in Takayama.

Day 7 Takayama / Shirakawago / Kanazawa (B)
Travel to world heritage listed Shirakawago, famous for the traditional Gassho-zukuri farmhouse of more than 250 years old. Head to Kanazawa and visit Kenrokuen Garden and Kanazawa Museum, your tour also includes a visit to Samurai houses and a walk through the old district. Overnight in Kanazawa.

Day 8 Kanazawa / Kyoto (B)
Proceed to Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital, where you will visit Heian Jingu Shrine. It is the home of perhaps the world’s most authentic and exquisite Japanese Garden, as well as the celebrated Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion). Afterwards enjoy the Kimono show at Nishijin Textile Centre, also a visit to Gion, Kyoto’s most famous Geisha district and a popular nightspot where tourists can experience the authentic local life. If time permits, visit a promenade called Path of Philosophers.

Day 9 Kyoto and Nara Day tour (B)
After breakfast, you will leave the accommodation for a sightseeing tour of Kyoto and Nara. Visit Nijo Castle which was built in the early 17th century and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. After lunch time, you will visit Todai-ji Temple, the Daibutsuden (Great Buddha Hall), which is one of the world’s largest wooden buildings and one of the best-known temples in Japan. It enshrines a gigantic bronze statue of Buddha. Next, you will visit Nara Deer park where the deer roam freely. Visitors may feed or pet them (special food is sold in the park grounds). Back to Kyoto in the afternoon and enjoy your free time walking around this ancient capital city.

Day 10 Kyoto / Hiroshima (B)

Your main luggage will be transferred from Kyoto to Osaka. Pack a small bag for your stay in Hiroshima. After breakfast, depart Kyoto by bullet train and arrive at Hiroshima in 2 hours. On arrival visit Peace Memorial Park. The Genbaku-dome (The Atomic Bomb Dome) is the symbol of Hiroshima, the city that advocates peace in the world. It is part of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. While all structures vanished in the atomic bomb explosion, only this building miraculously remained standing.

Day 11 Hiroshima / Miyajima / Osaka (B)
After breakfast you will leave the accommodation for a sightseeing tour of Miyajima with a ferry ride. You will visit the Itsukushima Shrine. It is situated on Itsukushima Island, popularly known as Miyajima, south-western Hiroshima. It is a scenic sight in which the mountains, sea and red shrine buildings blend in harmony, and the entire island is designated as a historic site. It is one of the three most beautiful sites in Japan, along with Matsushima in Miyagi and Ama-no-hashidate in Kyoto. After lunch, transfer to Osaka by bullet train. On Arrival, you will visit Osaka Castle for a photo opportunity and visit the Shinsaibashi area.

Day 12 Osaka / Himeji and Kobe / Osaka (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Himeji Castle, the one of the most ancient and famous castles in Japan. After lunch transfer to Kobe. Visit a Sake Brewery in Nada District. There were three reasons for the development of Sake brewing in the 18th century that made the name of Nada known throughout Japan. One was the discovery of Miya-mizu, excellent water quality for making Sake; two, the production of high quality rice, an ingredient in Sake; and three, a convenient location for transportation by sea. Next you will wonder along the Kobe portside and enjoy shopping in Kobe China Town or known as Nankinmachi and Motomachi a lively town perfect for shopping, gourmet food and nightspots in the centre of Kobe. Transfer back to your hotel in Osaka.

Day 13 Fly to UK (B)

Transfer to the airport for the flight to UK.

Your Hotel Accommodation

Tokyo: Tobu Hotel Levant

The Tobu Hotel Levant is located just a 3-minute walk from JR Kinshico Station, and is 3 minutes by train to Oshiage Station for the Tokyo Skytree.  Tokyo Station is an 8-minute train ride away.  Guestrooms have flat-screen TV, fridge and en-suite bathroom with toiletries.   Verdure restaurant offers all-day lavish buffets prepared right in front of the guests. Gorgeous Sky Tree views and stylish Japanese meals can be enjoyed at Ren Restaurant & Bar. Crystal Movement Lobby Lounge serves light meals and refreshments.

Fuji: Wakamiro

Located in a scenic setting with fine views of Mount Fuji. Traditional Japanese guestrooms have tatami floors, air conditioning, flat-screen TV, fridge, hairdryer and electric kettle with green tea bags.  Indoor and outdoor hot spring baths are offered for guests to relax.  A free shuttle is available from JR Anayama Train Station, which is a 15-minute drive away. A Japanese set-menu breakfast and multi course dinner are served in the dining room.

Takayama: Okada Ryokan

Okada Ryokan provides traditional Japanese-style accommodation with mountain views.  Guestrooms feature tatami floors and Japanese futon bedding with flat-screen TV and fridge.  Indoor and outdoor hot spring baths are available.  Traditional multi-course meals featuring seasonal ingredients are served for dinner. The famous Hida beef can be tasted depending on the season. All meals are served in the dining room or guests’ rooms.

Kanazawa: Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kanazawa

Conveniently located just a 2-minute walk from JR Kanazawa Station and 10 minute drive away from Kenrokuen Park. The hotel’s 24-hour front desk offers free luggage storage, and arranges in-room massages and dry cleanings at an extra charge. Every chic room at features a flat-screen TV and a fridge. An air purifier and a tea server are also provided. Female guests can receive special toiletries upon check-in.  Yaruki-jaya on the first floor serves a Japanese and Western breakfast buffet with fresh vegetables. Meals and drinks are also offered for dinner.

Kyoto: Kyoto Garden Palace

Located in front of the Kyoto Imperial Palace, the hotel is also a 20-minute walk from Nijo Castle.  Guestrooms have air conditioning, LCD TV, fridge and green tea maker.  Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.  Japanese specialities can be sampled with a garden view at restaurant Hanagoyomi, while Restaurant Brillante serves a variety of Western dishes. Drinks can be enjoyed at the tea lounge.

Hiroshima: Oriental Hotel Hiroshima

Boasting international cuisines and views of Hiroshima, Oriental Hotel Hiroshima is a 10-minute drive from JR Hiroshima Train Station. It features a beauty salon, stylish rooms and free Wi-Fi throughout the property. Peace Memorial Park is a 20-minute walk away. Hiroshima Castle and Hiroshima Baseball Stadium (Mazda Stadium) are both a 10-minute taxi ride from the hotel.

Osaka: Shin Osaka Esaka Tokyu REI Hotel

The Shin Osaka Esaka Tokyu REI Hotel is located close to Esaka Subway Station and a 9-minute walk from Umeda Station. Shin-Osaka Shinkansen Station is a 4-minute subway ride away. Guestrooms have air conditioning, satellite TV, tea maker and hairdryer. There are several restaurants and eating outlets within a 5-minute walk from the hotel. The on-site restaurant serves a selection of Japanese and Western cuisine.

Tour Name: Amazing Japan Tour

Tour Code: AJT13
Duration:
13 Day

Depart Return Price From
15/10/18 27/10/18 £4,199
08/04/19 20/04/19 £4,299

Land only Price from £3,399
Single supplement £795

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure.

Please call 020 8543 8133 for more information or to make a booking.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • International flights with Emirates in economy class
  • Airport Taxes
  • Transfers and Transport in Japan
  • Luggage transfer from Kyoto to Osaka
  • Hotel accommodation based on twin share
  • English Speaking Guides
  • Meals as Specified (B=Breakfast, D=Dinner)
  • Entrance Fees to the sites listed (except Osaka Castle Admission fee)
  • Airport Taxes
  • Japan Information Pack

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips
  • Osaka Castle Admission fee (paid locally)