Essential Japan Tour

9 Days

from £2,999

The Essential Japan Tour departing from March to May and September to October, is a perfect tour for the first time traveller to Japan. Spend time in the vibrant capital, Tokyo, take a journey to the fifth station on Mt. Fuji, and marvel at Japan’s highest mountain. The cultural city of Kyoto is where you will enjoy a sake brewery tour and tasting, discover beautiful gardens, ancient temples and traditional townhouses. Learn about Hiroshima and its past and present, visit the Itsukushima Shrine, and sample delicious Japanese cuisine, Takoyaki (octopus ball) and Okonomiyaki (savoury pancake) in Osaka, your final destination.

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2018 – 19

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 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 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 /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 / 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/ Hiroshima / Miyajima/ 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/ 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 DomeContinue 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 UK (B)
Time at leisure before being transferred to Kansai International Airport for your flight to London Heathrow.

Your Hotel Accommodation

Tokyo: Rose Garden Shinjuku Hotel

The hotel is located next to Nishi Shinjuku Subway Station and is a 10-minute walk from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.  Guestrooms have air conditioning, flat-screen TV, minibar and private bathroom.  There is a selection of dining options, Restaurant Ciao offers Italian dishes and a selection of wines. Kurikichi has private rooms and serves traditional Japanese food.  Garden Restaurant Coffret D’Or offers light meals and refreshments.

Atami:  Resorpia Hotel

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 hotel has 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:  Kyoto Tower Hotel

Located in the Kyoto Tower, this hotel provides air-conditioned rooms, and free WiFi access throughout the property. It features a Sky Lounge and discount for tickets to the Kyoto Tower Observatory. Tower Terrace offers panoramic views of Kyoto, while serving local and Western dishes as well as a breakfast buffet. Tower Kyoto Hotel also houses a Tea Lounge, a Chinese restaurant and a Japanese restaurant. It is a 5-minute drive from both the Higashi Hongan-ji Temple and Sanjusangen-do Temple.  Kyoto Station is close by.

Hiroshima: Tokyu REI Hiroshima

Located within a 7-minute taxi ride from the JR Hiroshima Train Station, Hiroshima Tokyu REI Hotel provides free Wi-Fi throughout the property and also wired internet in all guest rooms. Also within a 15-minute walk of Fukuromachi Park, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Atomic Bomb Dome are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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.

Hiroshima: Sunroute Hiroshima

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. It has 2 top-floor restaurants and a bar. Italian restaurant Viale and Japanese restaurant Kissui are both on the 15th floor, offering city and river views. Beverages can be enjoyed at the Lobby-side Bar.

Osaka: FP Hotels South Namba

The FP Hotels South Namba is located around 500 metres from Tsutenkaku and Shinsekai.  The comfortable guest rooms have flat-screen TV, electric kettle with green tea and hairdryer.  An iPad is also provided and free WiFi is provided throughout the property.  The on-site restaurant serves a selection of dishes.

Tour Name: Essential Japan

Tour Code: EJ9
 9 Day

Depart Return Price From
18/10/18 26/10/18 £2,999 LAST FEW PLACES REMAINING!
04/04/19 12/04/19 £3,299

Land only price from £2,199

Single supplement from £367

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.


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


  • Local tips
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance