Essential Japan

Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima

9 Days

from £2899

Departing in May and October, this tour is perfect for the first time traveller to Japan. Enjoy spending time in the vibrant capital, Tokyo. Take a journey to 5th station at Mt. Fuji, marvel at Japan highest mountain with its single, volcanic snowy peak. Experience an overnight stay in a traditional Ryokan with onsen. Learn about Hiroshima and its past and present. Visit Itsukushima Shrine, said to be one of the three most beautiful sights in Japan. See the impressive Osaka castle during your time in Osaka. The cultural city of Kyoto, is your final destination where you will discover beautiful gardens, ancient temples and traditional townhouses.

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2017 – 18

Day 1 Fly to Tokyo essential japan
Take a scheduled flight from your regional airport to Tokyo.

Day 2 Arrive Tokyo
On arrival at Tokyo’s Narita international airport you will be met by your guide and escorted 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 Tokyo Metropolitan Government Observatory, Asakusa Temple and Meiji-Jingu Shrine. Spend time inside the Tokyo Tower, the communications and observation tower measures 332.9 metres and is the second-tallest structure in Japan. Take a walk down Nakamise street, one of the oldest shopping streets in Japan. Visit Ginza, the luxury shopping and entertainment district of Tokyo. Return to your hotel.

Day 4 Mt. Fuji and Hakone /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. Enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner at your hotel.

Day 5 Atami / Hiroshima (B)
Please leave your luggage (1 piece per person) at your hotel’s bell counter or front desk. Pack a small bag for your stay in Hiroshima and Osaka. Your luggage will be transferred to the hotel in Kyoto. After breakfast walk to the train station with your tour guide and take the JR Super Express Train to Hiroshima via Shin-Kobe (change Super Express Train at Shin-Kobe – a guide will help you change trains). Upon arrival at Hiroshima Station, 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. Finally you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 6 Hiroshima / Miyajima / Osaka (B)
In the morning 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 Miyajima Guchi and transfer to Hiroshima Station. Take the JR Super train to Osaka (without guide). Upon arrival at Shin Osaka Station, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 7 Osaka / Nara / Kyoto (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit Osaka Castle. The construction of the castle started in 1583 and is surrounded by secondary citadels, gates, turrets, impressive stone walls and moats. Later you will transfer to Nara. You will visit the Todaji (Big Buddha), and the picturesque Nara Park, home to hundreds of freely roaming deer. Finally you will transfer to the cultural city of Kyoto. Home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, Kyoto was the centre of politics for 1,100 years. This culturally rich city offers many interesting places to visit including museums, art galleries, shrines and temples. During your time in Kyoto you may come across a Geisha and Maiko (apprentice Geisha) wearing traditional kimono. Gion, one of the main downtown districts in Kyoto, is where you may catch a sight of them.

Day 8 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 Kinkakujim Ryoanji, the site of Japan’s most famous rock garden, and the stunning Kiyomizudera. Built in 780 in the hills east of Kyoto, this celebrated temple offers wonderful views especially during the blossom season and the fall.

Day 9 Fly to UK (B)
Day at leisure until your transfer to Kansai international airport by airport shuttle bus. Fly to your regional airport in the UK.

Your Hotel Accommodation

Tokyo: Tokyo Shinjuku Washington

Atami: Resorpia Ryokan

Hiroshima: Sunroute

Osaka: Mystays Sakaisuji Honmachi

Kyoto: Kintetsu

Tokyo: Tokyo Shinjuku Washington

The hotel is located just a short walk from the popular shopping and dining area of Shinjuku.  Guestrooms have flat-screen TV, hairdryer and fridge.  There is a coffee shop, a bar and 2 restaurants.

Atami:  Resorpia Ryokan

Offers rooms overlooking the Sagami Sea, with a Japanese-style seating area. It features a hot spring bath, 3 restaurants and a karaoke bar. The hotel has a games corner, and free Wi-Fi is provided at the lobby. Serves different types of Japanese cuisines in each of its 3 restaurants.

Hiroshima:  Sunroute

Situated on Peace Boulevard and overlooking Peace Memorial Park and the Motoyasu River, Hotel Sunroute Hiroshima offers free WiFi throughout the hotel, right in the city centre.

Osaka: Mystays Sakaisuji Honmachi

The hotel is located within a 6 minute walk of Sakaisuji-Honmachi subway station and within 15 minutes of Osaka Castle.  Guestrooms have free wired internet, kettle, fridge and flat-screen TV.  The Daiyoshi Izakaya restaurant serves a selection of Japanese dishes.

Kyoto:  Kintetsu

A clean and comfortable property in a very handy location. The hotel is located within the Kyoto Station building itself and so is convenient for both Kintetsu Kyoto Station and for the shinkansen lines. The hotel is also well placed for local attractions. UNESCO World Heritage Site Toji Temple is a short walk away. All rooms come with an air conditioner, a humidifier, a TV and satellite channels, a telephone, free Wi-Fi access.

Tour Name: Essential Japan

Tour Code: EJ9
 9 Day

Depart Return Price From
08/05/17 16/05/17 £2899
16/10/17 24/10/17 £2999
07/05/18 15/05/18 £2999
15/10/18 23/10/18 £3099

Land Only from £2099

Single supplement from £690

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.


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  • English Speaking Guides
  • Transfers
  • Bullet train
  • Baggage trasfer for one piece
  • Meals as Specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)


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