Amazing Japan Tour

13 / 14 Days

from £4,199

A 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 specialities including fresh sushi, Hida Beef and
Sake. Witness Mount Fuji and wander in the cultural city of Kyoto exploring the renowned Golden Pavillion. Other tour highlights include 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. You will also see the impressive castles in both Osaka and Matsumoto.

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15/10/18 & 08/04/19 departures, from £4,199

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.

Departures from 06/05/19 onwards, from £4,699

Day 1 UK to Tokyo
Take a scheduled flight from your regional airport to Tokyo.

Day 2 Arrive Tokyo
Arrive at Tokyo’s Narita or Haneda International Airports where you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your accommodation. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 3 Tokyo Tour (BL)
Start the day with a visit to the Tokyo Tower, the second tallest self-supporting steel tower in Japan. Experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony followed by a Japanese-style lunch. See the Imperial Palace Plaza and enjoy a cruise on Tokyo Bay for a unique view of the city. Visit Asakusa Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street, said to be one of the oldest shopping streets in Japan.

Day 4 Mt. Fuji and Hakone (BLD)
Your main luggage will be transferred from Tokyo to Kyoto. Pack a small bag for your stay at Mount Fuji. Gaze at the rural scenery as you drive towards Hakone. Take a pleasure boat cruise across peaceful Lake Ashi. Ride the Owakudani Ropeway, an aerial lift with spectacular views of Mount Fuji and Ashinoko Lake. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and a panoramic view from Fuji’s 5th station, about 2300 metres above sea level (Subject to weather conditions). Transfer to your accommodation where tonight’s dinner will be served.

Day 5 Mount Fuji, Nagoya and Kyoto (B)
After breakfast travel by coach towards Kyoto. Pausing in Nagoya, visit the lovely Tokugawa Japanese Garden, a traditional garden with a lake, rock formations and waterfalls. Continue to the engrossing Toyota Museum which charts the history of the automobile. Finally you will arrive in the cultural city of Kyoto and your accommodation.

Day 6 Kyoto (B)
Today you will have a day tour of Kyoto. Places of interest that you will visit include the historic Nijo Castle, and the beautiful Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion), a zen temple where the top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. In the afternoon be enthralled at the Heian Jingu Shrine, home of perhaps the world’s most
authentic and exquisite Japanese Garden. See the Sanjusangendo Temple, a Buddhist temple filled with 1,001 statues of Kannon, the Goddess of mercy. Also visit the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, for a panoramic view of Kyoto from the wooden platform in the main hall.

Day 7 Kyoto to Hiroshima (B)
Your main luggage will be transferred from Kyoto to Osaka. Pack a small bag for your stay in Hiroshima. After breakfast, take the two hour bullet train from Kyoto to Hiroshima. On arrival visit the Peace Memorial Park, home of the Genbaku-dome (The Atomic Bomb Dome) and the symbol of Hiroshima, a city that advocates peace in the world. It 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 8 Hiroshima and Miyajima to Osaka (BL)
After breakfast, depart your accommodation for a ferry ride and sightseeing tour of Miyajima, where you will visit the Itsukushima Shrine. It is a breathtaking sight where the mountains, sea and red shrine buildings blend in harmony. 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 and on to your accommodation.

Day 9 Osaka and Nara (B)
Enjoy a morning tour of Osaka including a visit to the impressive Osaka Castle, built in the 16th century and one of Japan’s most famous landmarks. Enjoy a river cruise on the Aqua Liner for a city panorama from the water. In the afternoon continue to Nara and visit the Todaji Temple (Great Buddha), the picturesque Nara Park, home
to hundreds of freely roaming deer and the Kasuga Taisha Shrine, before returning to Osaka.

Day 10 Osaka to Kanazawa (B)
Morning departure for Kanazawa. In the afternoon visit Kenrokuen Garden and the Kanazawa Museum, your tour also includes a visit to some traditional Samurai houses on a walk through the old district. Overnight
in Kanazawa.

Day 11 Kanazawa to Shirakawago to Takayama (BD)
Travel to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Shirakawago, famous for the traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses which are more than 250 years old. Continue to Takayama and check in to your accommodation for a two night stay, where dinner will be served each night.

Day 12 Takayama (BD)
Morning visit to Matsuri no Mori, a museum showcasing items and memorabilia from the Takayama Festival, and Takayama-Jinya, a former government out-post. Finally, Hida Takayama, to explore the fascinating Kamisannomachi Street with its narrow streets lined with wooden merchants houses dating from the Edo period.

Day 13 Takayama to Matsumoto to Tokyo (B)
Travel to Tokyo stopping en-route at Matsumoto to visit the majestic castle, one of the most notable historic castles in Japan, known for its unusual black exterior and often referred to as “Crow Castle”. Continue to Tokyo for an overnight stay.

Day 14 Fly to UK (B)
Transfer to the airport for the flight to the 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 (15 Oct 2018 & 8 April 2019 only)

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.

Mount Fuji: Motosu View Hotel

Boasting spectacular views of Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi, Palace Hotel Hakone is a luxurious highland property with spacious outdoor and indoor hot spring baths, as well as sauna. It also offers 2 restaurants, a café and a Karaoke & bar. Free WiFi is available.

Takayama: Okada Ryokan (15 Oct 2018 & 8 April 2019 only)

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.

Takayama: Route Inn Granita Hida Takayama 

On the outskirts of Takayama city, the rooms come with city views, free WiFi, TVs, and mini fridges, as well as tea and coffee making equipment. There is a complimentary shuttle to the station, a restaurant, indoor hot tubs and coin-operated laundry facilities.

Kanazawa: Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kanazawa (15 Oct 2018 & 8 April 2019 only)

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.

Kanazawa: Mystays Kanazawa Castle

Surrounded by shops and restaurants in the city centre, the hotel is a 6 minute walk from Kanazawa Railway Station, and 2 km from the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. The rooms have complimentary WiFi, flat-screen TVs and mini fridges. In-room massages are available on request, payable locally. Breakfast is served in the breakfast room. There are also gender-segregated bathhouses.

Kyoto: Kyoto Garden Palace (15 Oct 2018 & 8 April 2019 only)

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.

Kyoto: El Inn Kyoto

A 3-minute walk from train service at Kyoto Station, this redbrick hotel is 3 km from Kiyomizu-dera Buddhist temple and 5 km from the Nijō Castle, dating from 1603. The rooms feature flat-screen TV’s, free WiFi and mini fridges. Amenities include a restaurant.

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 / 14 Days

Depart Return Days Price From
08/04/19 20/04/19 13 £4,299
06/05/19 19/05/19 14 £4,699
09/09/19 22/09/19 14 £4,699
14/10/19 27/10/19 14 £4,799
04/11/19 17/11/19 14 £4,999
06/04/20 19/04/20 14 £4,899
20/04/20 03/05/20 14 £4,899
11/05/20 24/05/20 14 £4,799

Land only Price from £3,849
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
  • Accommodation
  • English speaking guides
  • Transfers
  • Bullet trains
  • Baggage transfers for one piece
  • Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).

PRICE EXCLUDES:

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