Japan Heritage

15 DaysMeiji Shrine in Shibuya, Tokyo

from £3699

Explore Japan’s classic sights, starting in the exciting capital city of Tokyo, famous for its fresh sushi. Journey on the famous bullet train through scenic central Japan. Visit Takayama, a mountainside town, which features authentic markets, culture and preserved traditional Japanese wooden houses. Enjoy time at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shirakawago. See classic landscape designs, gardens, castle and art museums in Kanazawa. Visit the Gion district in Kyoto and come across a geisha in her traditional outfit. Spend time in the historic city of Hiroshima. Finish your tour in the vibrant city of Osaka.

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2016 – 17

Day 1  Fly to Tokyojapan heritage

Take a scheduled flight from your regional airport to Tokyo.

Day 2  Arrive Tokyo

Arrive at Narita (Narita International Airport) or Haneda (Haneda International Airport). You will be met by your guide and taken to the bus for your accommodation transfer.

Day 3  Tokyo Morning City Tour (B)

Today,08:05 you will be picked up from your hotel to join Tokyo Morning Tour. Enjoy a panorama of Tokyo from the main observation platform at Tokyo Tower, visit Meiji Shrine, drive through Akasaka Guest House and National Diet Building and visit Imperial Palace Plaza, Double Bridge and drive through Ginza shopping district. Tour ends in Ginza 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  Mt. Fuji and Hakone (BL)

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your accommodation to join Mt. Fuji & Hakone Day tour by Motorcoach today. Tour includes Mt. Fuji 5th station, lunch at Hakone Lake Hotel, Hakone Ropeway and cruising across peaceful Lake Ashi, enjoying the picturesque and serene natural beauty of the lake. Back to Tokyo (return service to your accommodation available).

Day 5  Tokyo / Takayama (B)

Your main suitcase will be transferred directly from Tokyo to Kyoto. You will need to keep with you the luggage that you need for your nights in Takayama, Shirakawago and Kanazawa. Make your own way to Shinagawa station. Take Bullet train to Nagoya and change to an express train to Takayama (Travel time 300mins). Upon arrival, make your own way to your accommodation.

Day 6  Takayama / Shirakawago (BD)

Morning at leisure. Suggested places to visit: the morning market along the Miya-gawa River, Takayama Jinya, the Yatai Kaikan Hall, where colourfully decorated traditional festival floats are displayed, Kusakabe folk craft Museum and the streets of Kami Sannomachi, which preserve traditional Japanese wooden houses. Make your own way to Takayama Bus Centre, located next to Takayama Station. Take a Nohi bus from Takayama to Shirakawago. Upon arrival, make your own way to your accommodation. You will stay in a traditional farm house tonight. Dinner will be served at your accommodation.

Day 7  Shirakawago / Kanazawa (B)

Morning at leisure. The historic village of Shirakawago was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Shirakawago is famous for preserving the traditional Gassho-zukuri style houses with the iconic thatched roofs, some of which are more than 300 years old. Take a Nohi bus from Shirakawago to Kanazawa. Upon arrival, make your own way to your accommodation. Afternoon free at leisure.

Day 8  Kanazawa / Kyoto (B)

Day at leisure. With your Kanazawa Loop Bus One Day Pass Hop On Hop Off 1-day ticket, you could visit Kenrokuen Garden and Seisonkaku (entrance tickets for these places are included). Use your Tea coupon at Kikantei (Green tea with gold leaves and Japanese sweets) and enjoy traditional art experience, Kanazawa Gold Leaf Art. Enjoy a walk through the old Samurai district. Late afternoon, take an express train to Kyoto (Travel Time 120mins). Upon arrival, you will be met by English speaking assistant. Transfer to your accommodation with the assistant.

Day 9  Kyoto and Nara Day Tour (B)

Today join a full day walking tour of Nara & Kyoto (return train rides between Kyoto and Nara and a bus ride in Kyoto included). You will be met by a tour guide in front of Kyoto train station. In Nara, you will visit Todaiji Temple with Great Buddha, Nara Park, where over 1,200 wild shika deer freely roam around the park. Visitors may feed the deer with Shika-senbei (special snack for the deer sold in the park). Also visit the Kofuku-ji Temple. In Kyoto, you will visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kodai-ji Temple and  Yasaka Shrine. The tour disbands in Gion district.

Day 10  Kyoto (B)

Day at leisure. Optional tours available to pre-book. 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. Popular historic sites include the Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. 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 11  Kyoto / Mt. Koya (BD)

Your main suitcase will be transferred directly from Kyoto to Osaka.  With your overnight bag you will be met by an English speaking assistant at the accommodation who will take you to Shin-Imamiya Osaka by train. By yourself leave Shin-Imamiya for Mt. Koya by train and then cable car via Gokurakubashi.You will experience temple lodging tonight. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner will be served at your lodging.

Day 12  Mt. Koya / Hiroshima (B)

Leave Mt. Koya to Hiroshima via Osaka by cable car and trains by yourself. Upon arrival, make your own way to your accommodation. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 13  Hiroshima (B)

Day free at leisure to explore Hiroshima and Miyajima. Optional tours available to pre-book. Discover Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome, Peace Memorial Park and Itsuku-shima-jinja,  located on Miya-jima Island. It is said to be one of the three most beautiful sights in Japan.

Day 14  Hiroshima / Osaka (B)

You will leave Hiroshima for Osaka today. Make your own way to Hiroshima Station. Take the bullet train and JR train to Osaka Station via Shin-Osaka Station by yourself. Make your own way to your accommodation; about a 10 min walk directly connected from the station by subway. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Day 15  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 Accomodation
Tokyo: Shiba Park Hotel
Takayama: Hida Hotel Plaza
Shirakawago: Koemon
Kanazawa: Kanazawa Miyako
Kyoto: New Miyako
Mt. Koya: Fukuchiin
Hiroshima: Hotel New Hiroden
Osaka: New Hankyu Osaka

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 spacious rooms include a flat-screen TV and free WiFi is available at all areas.

Takayama: Hida Hotel Plaza

Just a 5-minute walk from Takayama Station, Hida Hotel Plaza boasts a rooftop spa with mountain views, a heated swimming pool and 7 dining options. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.

Shirakawago: Koemon

This Gassho-Zukuri minshuku was built during the Edo Period (1603-1868) and is perfect for guests looking to experience Japan in a very traditional way. It has 5 Japanese-style guest rooms without their own private baths or toilets, and there is a family bath.

Kanazawa: Kanazawa Miyako

The hotel is directly connected to JR Kanazawa Station, a 10-minute drive from Kanazawa East Interchange. It offers modern accommodation with 3 dining options, a shopping arcade and rooms with free internet.

Kyoto: New Miyako

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.

Mt. Koya: Fukuchiin

Located at the heart of Mount Koya, Koyasan Onsen Fukuchiin Shukubo offers Japanese-style accommodations in a historical Buddhist temple. Guests can refresh in the public hot-spring baths, experience Shakyo Sutra transcriptions or attend Buddhist morning services.

Hiroshima: Hotel New Hiroden

Located 3 minutes to the West of JR Hiroshima Station South Exit and a 15-minutes walk from the Hiroshima Castle, the hotel stands out elegantly beside the banks of Kyobashi River. It features 3 dining options, massage services and rooms with free Wi-Fi.

Osaka: New Hankyu Osaka

Connected to Umeda Station, Hotel New Hankyu Osaka lies in downtown area Umeda in the heart of Osaka. It boasts 19 dining options and offers rooms with free Wi-Fi.

Tour Name: Japan Heritage

Tour Code: JH15
Duration:
15 Day

Departures are available everyday

Prices from £3699 per person

Land Only from £2899

Single supplement from £790

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

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Local tips
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance