Japan Heritage

15 Days

from £3,899

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, spend time in the historic city of Hiroshima. Finish your tour in the vibrant city of Osaka.

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Day 1 UK to Tokyo

Take a scheduled flight from your regional airport to Tokyo.

Day 2 Arrive Tokyo

Arrive at Narita or Haneda Airport, where you will be met by your guide and taken to the shuttle bus for your accommodation transfer.

Day 3 Tokyo Morning City Tour (B)

Today, you will be picked up from your accommodation to join a Tokyo Morning City Tour, with an English speaking guide. Visit the Meiji Shrine, a famous Shinto shrine nestled in a peaceful area in Shibuya. Continue to the Imperial Palace East Garden and Asakusa. The tour ends at Tokyo Station. Afternoon is at leisure.

Day 4 Mt. Fuji and Hakone (BL)

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your accommodation to join a Mt. Fuji and Hakone Day tour by coach. The tour includes a trip to Mt. Fuji’s 5th station, a Japanese style lunch, Hakone Ropeway and a cruise across tranquil Lake Ashi. Arrive back to Tokyo in the evening.

Day 5 Tokyo to Takayama (B)

Your main suitcase will be transferred directly from Tokyo to Kyoto, but keep the luggage you need for your nights in Takayama, Shirakawago and Kanazawa. Make your own way to the station for your bullet train to Nagoya and onward train to Takayama. Upon arrival, make your own way to your accommodation.

Day 6 Takayama to Shirakawago (BD)

Morning at leisure. Why not explore the morning market along the Miya-gawa River, Takayama Jinya, the Yatai Kaikan Hall, Kusakabe Folk Craft Museum and the streets of Kami Sannomachi, where you can see traditional Japanese wooden houses. In the afternoon, take a Nohi bus to Shirakawago, and upon arrival, make your way to your accommodation for an overnight stay with dinner. The historic village of Shirakawago was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, and is famous for preserving the traditional gassho-zukuri style houses with their iconic thatched roofs, some of which are more than 300 years old.

Day 7 Shirakawago to Kanazawa (B)

Take a bus from Shirakawago to Kanazawa, and on arrival, make your way to your accommodation. Afternoon free at leisure.

Day 8 Kanazawa to Kyoto and Nara (B)

Following breakfast there is some free time at leisure before catching your express train to Kyoto. Upon arrival, you will be met by an English speaking assistant and transferred to your accommodation.  In the afternoon, join the tour to Nara, and 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 only, available to buy in the park. Finally, look around the Kofuku-ji Temple before returning to Kyoto.

Day 9 Kyoto Full Day Tour (B)

Today join a full day tour of Kyoto. Visit the impressive Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and marvel at the panoramic view of Kyoto, from the main hall. 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. This will be followed by Arashiyama, and a walk through the famous Sagano Bamboo Grove, where the plants tower above both sides of you, forming a picturesque tunnel. Then on to the Tenryu-ji Temple, one of Kyoto’s best Zen temples, and the chance to wander around its beautiful landscaped garden. 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 10 Kyoto (B)

Day at leisure. Should you want to, there are many optional tours available to pre-book. Home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Kyoto was the centre of politics for 1,100 years, and 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 in Gion, one of the main downtown districts in Kyoto.

Day 11 Kyoto to 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 your accommodation who will take you to the station for your train to Mt. Koya, followed by cable car via Gokurakubashi. Tonight you will stay in a temple lodging. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner
will be served at your lodging.

Day 12 Mt. Koya to Hiroshima (B)

Leave Mt. Koya for Hiroshima via Osaka, and on arrival, make your way to your accommodation. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 13 Hiroshima (B)

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

Day 14 Hiroshima to Osaka (B)

Leave Hiroshima for Osaka by train and make your own way to your accommodation. The rest of the day at leisure.

Day 15 Fly to UK (B)

Day at leisure until your transfer to Kansai International Airport by airport shuttle bus for your flight to the UK.

Your Hotel Accomodation

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: Hotel Kanazawa

Hotel Kanazawa is conveniently located a 1-minute walk from JR Kanazawa Train Station and the bus terminal. It offers modern accommodation with a few dining options and free internet in rooms.

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: Hotel Elsereine Osaka

Located in the Umeda city centre, Hotel Elsereine Osaka features stylish accommodation and plenty of fresh flowers. This completely non-smoking hotel offers 3 dining options. JR Osaka Train Station is a 10-minute walk, and the JR Kita-shinchi Train Station is a 5-minute walk away. Free WiFi.

Tour Name: Japan Heritage

Tour Code: JH15
Duration:
15 Days

Departures are available everyday

Prices from £3,899 per person

Land Only from £3,099

Single supplement from £990

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 transfer for one piece
  • Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Local tips
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance