Japan Golden Route

10 Days

from £3,299

As its name suggests, Japan’s Golden Route visits a range of destinations from the exciting, bustling capital city of Tokyo, the picturesque and ancient capital of Kyoto, and Japan’s most renowned city, Hiroshima. Tokyo, host to the 2020 Olympic Games, offers the most modern shopping experience while still being home to historic, elegant buildings and temples. Mount Fuji, with its single snowy peak, is another impressive, breathtaking location. On a clear day, the views are simply incredible. The cities of Kyoto, famous for its serene, charming vistas, and Hiroshima, where you can learn about its momentous history at the Peace Museum, provide much interest and enjoyment. Finally, the island of Miyajima will offer you a wonderful insight into Japan’s nature.

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

Day 2 Arrive Tokyo
An English-speaking assistant will meet you at the customs exit at Narita or Haneda and help you to board an airport bus that will take you to your accommodation.

Day 3 Tokyo Edo Morning Tour (B)
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel to join the Tokyo Edo Morning Tour, departing from the Keio Plaza Hotel. Drive past the National Diet Building, the centre of the Japanese Government and the Imperial Palace, the residence of the Emperor of Japan. Visit the Tsukiji Outer Fish Market, which contains a mixture of wholesale and retail stalls and is the largest market of its kind in the world. Continue to Tokyo Skytree Town (access to Tembo Deck is not included and is subject to additional charge payable locally). Visit Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street. The tour will finish at approximately 13:15 in Asakusa, and the guide can advise about returning to the hotel by public transport. Afternoon is free at leisure.

Day 4 Full Day Excursion to Nikko (BL)
Today you will join the Nikko World Heritage Tour. Visit Nikko Toshogu Shrine, the final resting place of the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for over 250 years and a part of Nikko UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a Japanese Style lunch, followed by a trip to Lake Chuzenji, a scenic lake located in Nikko National Park. See the mesmerising 97m high Kegon Falls before returning to Shinjuku, where the tour ends.

Day 5 Tokyo to Mt. Fuji and Hakone (BL)
This morning you will leave Tokyo for Mt. Fuji and Hakone. Your main suitcase will be transferred directly from Tokyo to Kyoto, and you will need to keep an overnight bag for your night in Hakone. After breakfast, you will be picked up from your accommodation and head to Mt. Fuji’s 5th Station by coach. Start the ascent up Mt. Fuji via the Fuji Subaru Line, and climb 2,300 metres above sea level for breathtaking views from above the clouds. Enjoy a Japanese-style lunch, followed by a sightseeing cruise on picturesque Lake Ashi. Travel onwards to the Mt. Komagatake Ropeway, and discover the spiritual Hakone Shrine Mototsumiya (original shrine), before ending the day at your accommodation in Hakone.

Day 6 Hakone to Kyoto (B)
Today transfer to Odawara Station for your bullet train to Kyoto Station. (Travel time appox. two hours). Upon arrival at Kyoto Station you will be met by an English speaking representative who will assist you in getting to your accommodation. In the afternoon, spend time at Nara Park and Todai-ji Temple (Great Buddha). This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the symbol of the Nara Period and one of the world’s largest wooden structures. Visit the Kasuga Taisha Shrine, also designated as a World Heritage Site, and  Nara Nagomikan. Drop-off services to hotels in Kyoto are available.

Day 7 Day tour of Kyoto (BL)
Today you will join a day tour of Kyoto by coach. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nijo Castle, completed in 1626, and the Kinkaku-ji Temple, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The wooden architecture is covered in thin layers of pure gold and is surrounded by a beautiful pond. Next is the Kyoto Imperial Palace, which used to be the residence of Japan’s Imperial Family until 1868, (or Kitano Tenmangu Shrine when the Imperial Palace is closed). Enjoy a Japanese/ Western style buffet lunch, before moving on to the Heian Jingu Shrine, a Shinto shrine dating back to 1895. The impressive Sanjusangendo Temple, the world’s longest wooden structure, housing 1,001 life-size statues of Buddhist Kannon deities dating back to the 13th century is next, followed by your final stop, and a superb view of Kyoto from the World Heritage Site of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Drop-off services to hotels are available.

Day 8 Day Tour to Hiroshima (B)
Today you will join a full day tour to Hiroshima by bullet train. Upon arrival walk to the meeting point at Granvia Hiroshima where you will be transferred to Miyajimaguchi. From here go to Miyajima Port, and take the ferry to Miyajima to visit the Itsukushima Shrine, a World Heritage Site. Established in the 6th century it is famous for its beautiful Shinden-zukuri style structure. There will be time for lunch at own expense before returning to Miyajima Port and Miyajimaguchi by ferry, and onwards to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum by coach. This large-scale park was established in 1949 after the Pacific War ended, and it’s a symbol of peace. Return to Hiroshima Station, for a bullet train to Kyoto Station, where drop off services to designated hotels in Kyoto are available.

Day 9 Kyoto (B)
Day free at leisure to explore Kyoto.

Day 10 Fly to UK (B)
Day at leisure until your transfer by airport shuttle bus to Kansai International Airport, Osaka.

Please Note: This tour is based on joining day tours with other passengers and group sizes may vary.

Your Hotel Accommodation

Tokyo: Shinjuku Washington Hotel

The hotel is conveniently located in the center of Shinjuku, one of the Tokyo’s most popular and active locals. It is the ideal location to explore the delights of the city. The sophisticated environment of our three restaurants and bars makes it the best place to dine for two, family, friends, business associates or organizations to gather and celebrate.

Hakone: Yumoto Fujiya

A Japanese-style resort hotel with a hot spring in Hakone-Yumoto, conveniently located just three minutes’ walk from the Station. Rooms include a flat-screen TV, free wired internet and a private bathroom. The hotel offers 4 dining options.

Kyoto: Karasuma Kyoto Hotel

Located near traditional houses and temples, with the intersection of Shijko street and Karasuma street this hotel offers easy access to transport links. The cosy rooms are fitted with air conditioning, heating and an en suite bathroom. They are comfortably furnished with satellite TV, a radio and a refrigerator. Restaurant Toh Lee serves authentic Chinese cuisine, and can arrange private dining rooms. Bar Anchor specialises in seasonal cocktails and whiskies, and there is a coffee shop on the lobby floor. 

Tour Name: Japan Golden Route

Tour Code: JGR10
Duration:
 10 Days

Departures vary (usually 2-3 times a week)

Prices from £3,299 per person

Land Only from £2,499

Single supplement from £199

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 flights
  • Accommodation
  • English speaking guides
  • Transfers
  • Transportation
  • Baggage transfers for one piece
  • Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Local tips
  • Personal spending
  • Travel insurance