Japan and China Tour

17 / 15 Days

from £3,898

An incredible twin-centre tour that takes you from the breathtaking views of Mount Fuji to the incredible Great Wall of China. Experience the cultures and traditions of two nations that boast a fascinating history. Start the tour in Japan’s capital, Tokyo and enjoy five days exploring the essential attractions of Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto and Nara. Visit the illustrious capital of China, Beijing, and the vibrant city of Xian, giving you a wonderful taste of China’s most historic attractions. This tour provides a wonderful insight into the culture and
history of both Japan and China.

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For 04/04/19 departure, from £4,998

Day 1  Fly to Tokyo

Take a scheduled flight from your regional airport to Tokyo.

Day 2 Arrive Tokyo

On arrival at Tokyo’s Narita or Haneda airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel by private coach.

Day 3  Tokyo Tour (B)

Following breakfast you will be met at your hotel to embark on a day tour of this bustling and energetic city. You will take in the popular landmarks including Senso-ji Temple and Nakamise street, one of the oldest shopping streets in Japan.  In Asakusa, enjoy the view from the observation deck at Tokyo Tower, the communications and observation tower measures 332.9 metres and is the  second tallest structure in Japan. Stroll in Ginza district, the luxury shopping and entertainment district of Tokyo and visit Meiji-Jingu Shrine. Return to your hotel.

Day 4  Mt. Fuji and Hakone, on to Atami (BD)

Today you will have a full day tour to Mt. Fuji and Hakone. The tour includes spending time at Mt. Fuji 5th station (if weather permits), visiting the historical Hakone Sekisho and learn about the past at this old imperial checkpoint. Enjoy a leisurely cruise on Lake Ashinoko and take the Komogatake Ropeway which is a Japanese aerial lift that offers spectacular views of the surrounding areas. Finally you will be transferred to your hotel in Atami. Dinner will be served at your hotel tonight.

Day 5  Atami and on to Kyoto (B)

After breakfast transfer to the train station with your tour guide to take the bullet train to Kyoto. Upon arrival you will transfer to Nara and visit Todaji Temple (Great Buddha), the picturesque Nara Park, home to hundreds of freely roaming deer and Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Finally you will transfer to the cultural city of Kyoto and to your accommodation.

Day 6  Kyoto (B)

Today you will have a day tour of Kyoto. Places of interest that you will visit include Nijo Castle which was built in 1603. Spend time at Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), Ryoanji Temple, the site of Japan’s most famous rock garden, and the stunning Kiyomizudera Temple. Built in 780 in the hills east of Kyoto, this celebrated temple offers wonderful views of Kyoto.  Visit a sake brewery and enjoy a brewery tour and sake tasting.  After the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Day 7  Kyoto to Hiroshima and Miyajima and Hiroshima (B)

Morning transfer to the station to take the bullet train to Hiroshima. Upon arrival at Hiroshima station, you will take the 10 minute ferry to the island of Miyajima.  On arrival you will walk to Itsukushima Shrine, best known for its “floating torii gate”, which is one of the most photographed locations in Japan. Spend time walking to the other sites located on the scenic island. Finally you will take the ferry to Miyajimaguchi and transfer to your accommodation.

Day 8 Hiroshima to Osaka (B)

This morning you will take a coach tour of Hiroshima City. Places of interest that you will visit include Peace Park, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Atomic Bomb Dome.  Continue by coach to the charming and historic city of Kurashiki and enjoy a tour of the old quarter. Continue to Osaka and transfer to your accommodation.

Day 9  Fly to Beijing (BD)

Transfer to Osaka Airport for your flight to Beijing. Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for a 3 night stay. You will have a chance to relax before your guide will escort you for dinner.

Day 10  Beijing City Tour (BLD)

In the morning you will visit the Temple of Heaven – this was the place where the Ming and Qing emperors worshipped the god of heaven and prayed for good harvests for the year, where you can observe the tradition of practising Tai Chi in the courtyard. This will be followed by a stroll through Tiananmen Square, the biggest square in the world. Continue to the Forbidden City which served as the grand imperial palace for centuries. Your final stop of the day will be at the Hutongs. Here, you can have a personal insight into the everyday life of traditional Beijing citizens.

Day 11 Great Wall  (BLD)

Today visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a post along the wall offering breathtaking views in a less crowded atmosphere. Mutianyu was built in the mid-6th century and its rich history can be observed in its unique construction. This will be followed by an opportunity for photographs at the Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube, which hosted the memorable 2008 Olympics and 2015 World Championships. In the evening, enjoy a sumptuous Peking Duck Dinner, a traditional delicacy and a culinary must.

Day 12 Bullet train to Xian (BL)

In the morning visit the Summer Palace, which includes a grand collection of lakes, gardens, palaces and scenic views. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake. You will then catch a bullet train to Xian (approx. 5 hours 30 minutes).

Day 13  Terracotta Warriors (BLD)

In the morning visit the Terracotta Warriors, a stunning collection of ten thousand life sized statues of the Chinese army made over two thousand years ago, yet preserved almost perfectly. In the afternoon spend time at the ancient city wall in Xian, which can be enjoyed through a peaceful stroll or a bike ride. It is the most complete city wall that has survived in China. This evening you will try a dumpling dinner while enjoying the Tang Dynasty Show, a colourful performance of traditional music and dance.

Day 14  Fly to Shanghai (BLD)

Today, you will visit to the Shaanxi Museum which houses over a quarter of a million artefacts on display, including treasures from many periods of China’s history.  The next stop, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, will explore China’s unique architecture style then visit the Muslim Quarter to see local life in the community. Finally, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Shanghai.

Day 15 Shanghai (BLD)

The first attraction will be the Yu Yuan Gardens followed by the Jade Buddha Temple. The centuries old Yu Yuan Gardens are home to beautiful pavilions, corridors, streams, courtyards and flowers. At the Jade Buddha Temple, see impressive temples, both historical and modern, sporting large, intricate sculptures of Buddha. After viewing the Shanghai museum, visit the waterfront attraction of the Bund to admire Shanghai as a modern metropolis. Later, on top of the Shanghai world financial centre, you can enjoy a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the whole city.

Day 16 Zhujiajiao (BL)

Today will start with a visit to Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town with a history of over 1,700 years known as the Pearl Stream.  You can expect to see the Ming and Qing Dynasty bridges, two ancient and historic buildings and the Ma Family Garden before heading back to Shanghai for an afternoon at leisure.

Day 17 Fly to the UK (B)

Transfer to Pudong International Airport for your return flight to London Heathrow or your regional airport.

For 06/03/19 departures onwards, from £3,898

Day 1 UK to Tokyo (B)

Take your scheduled flight from the UK to Tokyo.

Day 2 Arrive Tokyo (B)

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred by shuttle bus to your accommodation. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 3 Tokyo Morning Tour (B)

Today, you will be picked up from your hotel to join Tokyo Morning Tour. Visit Meiji Shrine, the Imperial Palace Plaza and Double Bridge, and drive through Asakusa shopping district. Tour ends at Tokyo Station approx. 1 pm. The tour guide will inform you how to go back to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Day 4 Tokyo to Mt. Fuji and Hakone (BL)

Please leave your main suitcase with the porter desk by 7:30 am, but keep an overnight bag with you for the night in Hakone. After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel to join the day tour to Mt. Fuji and Hakone. Visit Mt. Fuji’s 5th station in the morning and take the Hakone Ropeway, followed by a cruise on Lake Ashi. After the tour you will be transferred to your accommodation in Hakone by taxi.

Day 5 Hakone to Kyoto and Nara Afternoon Walking Tour (B)

After breakfast, journey to the station by private car for your bullet train to Kyoto, where you will be met by an English speaking assistant, who will transfer you to your accommodation. In the afternoon join the tour to Nara, where you will visit the Todaiji Temple with Great Buddha, and Nara Park, home to over 1,200 wild shika deer. Visitors may feed the deer with Shika-senbei, a special snack for the deer, which you can buy in the park. Your final stop, before returning to Kyoto, will be the spiritual Kofuku-ji Temple.

Day 6 Full Day Kyoto Tour (BL)

Following breakfast, join a full day tour of Kyoto. Visit the impressive Kiyomizu-dera Temple, for a panoramic view of Kyoto. Continue to Sanjusangendo Temple, a Buddhist temple filled with 1001 statues of Kannon, the Goddess of mercy, and the intriguing Fushimi Inari Shrine, with its brightly coloured Torii gates. Your next stop is Arashiyama, for the Tenryu-ji Temple, one of Kyoto’s best Zen temples with a beautiful landscaped garden. Walk through the enchanting Sagano Bamboo Grove, where the plants tower above and either side of you, forming a picturesque walkway. The last stop of the day will be at the beautiful Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion), a zen temple where the top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf.

Day 7 Fly to Beijing (BD)

Transfer to Kansai Airport by shuttle bus for your flight to Beijing. Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for a three night stay. In the afternoon there will be time to relax or take a walk in
the surrounding area. Your guide will be pleased to advise you on what you can do. In the early evening, enjoy dinner with your fellow group members.

Day 8 Beijing City Tour (BLD)

This morning, visit the Temple of Heaven, where the Ming and Qing emperors worshipped the God of heaven, and you should see the tradition of Tai Chi practised in the courtyard. This will be followed by a stroll through Tiananmen Square, the largest square in the world, and the Forbidden City which served as the grand imperial palace for centuries. Your final stop of the day will be at the Hutongs, for an insight into the everyday life of traditional Beijing people.

Day 9 Great Wall (BLD)

Your day starts with a visit to the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a less-crowded post with breathtaking views. Mutianyu was built in the mid-6th century and its rich history can be observed in its well-preserved structure. This will be followed by an opportunity for photographs at the Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube, venues for the memorable 2008 Olympics and 2015 World Championships. In the evening, enjoy a flavoursome Peking Duck Dinner, a local delicacy and a culinary must!

Day 10 Bullet Train to Xian (BL)

In the morning take a trip to the Summer Palace, a magnificent collection of lakes, gardens, palaces in picturesque surroundings. Afterwards, relax on a boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake, before catching a bullet train to Xian (approx. 5 ½ hours).

Day 11 Terracotta Warriors (BLD)

Your guide will escort you to the Terracotta Warriors, an amazing collection of 10,000 life size statues of the Chinese army made over 2,000 years ago. This will be followed by a visit to Xian’s ancient city wall, which is
best enjoyed on foot or by bike. This evening be entertained by a Tang Dynasty Show, whilst you enjoy a delicious dumpling dinner.

Day 12 Xian City Tour and to Shanghai (BL)

Visit the Shaanxi Museum, home to over a quarter of a million artefacts on display, including treasures from many periods of China’s history. At the next destination, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, you will discover
China’s unique architectural style, and at your last stop, the Muslim Quarter, you will see local life in the community. Finally, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Shanghai.

Day 13 Shanghai City Tour (BLD)

The first attraction of the day will be the Yu Yuan Gardens, first designed in 1559 during the Ming Dynasty by Pan Yunduan. The Yu Yuan Gardens occupies an area of 5 acres and is home to beautiful pavilions, walkways, rockeries, streams, ponds, courtyards and flowers. Continue to the Jade Buddha Temple, which was built to house two large, intricate sculptures of Buddha. Afterwards you will spend time at the Shanghai Museum, followed by time at the Bund, the main waterfront attraction of this modern metropolis. Later, from the top of
the Shanghai world financial centre, you can enjoy a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the whole city.

Day 14 Zhujiajiao (BL)

Today will start with a visit to Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town with a 1,700 year history, known as the Pearl Stream. You should see the Ming and Qing Dynasty bridges, two ancient and historic buildings, and the Ma family Garden before heading back to Shanghai for an afternoon at leisure for last minute shopping.

Day 15 Shanghai to UK (B)

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Please Note: The Japan section of your tour is based on joining day tours with other passengers and group sizes may vary. The China section of your tour will be based on a dedicated Links Travel & Tours tour and you will be travelling with the same passengers throughout China.

Your Hotel Accomodation

Tokyo: Tobu Levant Tokyo

(04/04/19 departure only)

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.

Tokyo: Shiba Park Hotel

Just a 5-minute walk to two subway stations and the JR Hamamatsucho train station is a 10-minute walk away. The hotel offers 2 restaurants and a bar. The spacious rooms include a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi is available at all areas.

Hakone: Hakone Hotel

On Lake Ashinoko, Hakone Hotel offers hot spring public baths, free  WiFi, beautiful views and restaurants serving French cuisine and Teppanyaki dishes. The spacious rooms have a private bathroom and a seating area with sofa. There is a free shuttle service between Odawara Station and the hotel.

Atami: Resorpia Atami 4★

(04/04/19 departure only)

Hotel Resorpia Atami offers rooms with stunning views overlooking the Sagami Bay, with a Japanese-style seating area with a low table and seating cushions on a tatami floor. Rooms also feature a TV and a fridge. The hotelhas a hot spring bath, 3 restaurants and a karaoke bar. Complimentary WiFi is provided in the lobby area. Atami station is a 10 minute drive or 15 minute walk away.

Kyoto: Ariston Kyoto Jujo

(04/04/19 departures)

Conveniently located just a 3-minute walk away from Kyoto Jujo Station, the hotel offers rooms with air conditioning and has sound proofing. Guest rooms are also equipped with a portable WiFi device, an electric kettle and a flat-screen TV. There is a restaurant on site.

Kyoto: New Miyako Hotel

Right in front of Kyoto Station, New Miyako Hotel features air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. The hotel offers a beauty salon, a convenience shop and 6 dining options.

Hiroshima: Daiwa Roynett Hiroshima

(for 04/04/19 departure only)

This hotel in the central Naka-ku district is just 10 minutes’ walk from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and 2 km from Hiroshima Castle. The rooms all have complimentary WiFi, flat-screen TVs and mini fridges. Amenities include a restaurant.

Osaka: Shin Osaka Esaka Tokyu REI

(for 04/04/19 departure only)

In a modern multistory building, rooms at this relaxed hotel include free WiFi, flat-screen TVs and mini fridges, as well as tea and coffee making equipment. There is a restaurant with an airy dining room and the breakfast buffet serves regional and Western dishes.

Beijing: Guangxi Hotel 4★

Conveniently located near the Panjiayuan Antique Market and 5 km from Hongqiao Market and Temple of Heaven. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool.

Xian: Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel 4★

Just a few minutes’ walk from the Ancient City Wall and a 5-minute drive from Bell Tower and Drum Tower.  Rooms are fitted with air-conditioning and a satellite TV. A minibar and attached toilet with bathtub and shower facilities are included. A daily buffet or a la carte breakfast awaits guests every morning at Grand New World’s café. Facilities include swimming Pool and free internet.

Shanghai: Greenland Jiulong Hotel 4★

Located around a mile from the Oriental Pearl Tower and 1.2 miles from Superbrand Shopping Mall.  The hotel offers comfortable guestrooms with modern amenities including flat-screen TV and kettle.  There is a restaurant serving both Chinese and Western cuisine.

Tour Name: Japan & China

Tour Code: CJ17
Duration:
17 / 15 Days

Depart Return Days Price
18/10/18 03/11/18 17 £4,698
16/03/19 30/03/19 15 £4,198
30/03/19 13/04/19 15 £4,198
04/04/19 20/04/19 17 £4,998
06/04/19 20/04/19 15 £4,198
04/05/19 18/05/19 15 £4,098
11/05/19 25/05/19 15 £4,098
01/06/19 15/06/19 15 £3,898
20/07/19 03/08/19 15 £4,098
03/08/19 17/08/19 15 £4,298
31/08/19 14/09/19 15 £4,128
07/09/19 21/09/19 15 £3,898
14/09/19 28/09/19 15 £3,898
05/10/19 19/10/19 15 £4,198
12/10/19 26/10/19 15 £4,198
19/10/19 02/11/19 15 £4,198
14/03/20 28/03/20 15 £4,198
28/03/20 11/04/20 15 £4,298
04/04/20 18/04/20 15 £4,298
02/05/20 16/05/20 15 £4,198
09/05/20 23/05/20 15 £4,198
30/05/20 13/06/20 15 £4,198

Land only from £3,598

Single supplement from £898

Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

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 and domestic flights in economy class
  • Bullet train
  • 3★ and 4★ accommodation
  • Transfers
  • English speaking guides
  • Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Entrance fees to the sites listed
  • Airport taxes
  • Visa fees

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Local tips in China: RMB380 (approx £44) per person
  • Personal spending
  • Travel insurance.