Japan’s Golden Route

Kinkakuji Temple (The Golden Pavilion), Kyoto

10 Days

from £3099

As its name suggests, Japan’s Golden Route visits a range of destinations from the exciting, bustling capital city of Tokyo, the astoundingly scenic historical capital of Kyoto and Japan’s most recognised 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 is another impressive, breathtaking location with a single snowy peak. On a clear day, the views are simply incredible. The cities of Kyoto, famous for its serene, charming landscape, and Hiroshima, where you can learn about its rich history in 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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2016 – 17

Day 1 Fly to Tokyojapan golden route
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 escort you to a reserved taxi that will take you to your accommodation.

Day 3 Tokyo Morning tour (B)
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel to join Tokyo Morning Tour. 09:00: The tour departs Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal to begin sightseeing around Tokyo. Visit Tokyo Tower and witness a spectacular view of Metropolitan Tokyo from the observation deck. Spend time at Imperial Palace Plaza and admire the view of Nijubashi Bridge and the surrounding scenery at this National Garden that was formerly a private garden of the Royal Family.  Visit Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street. Enjoy a pleasant drive through Ueno to Akihabara which is home to the famous Electric Town.  The tour will finish at approximately 12:20 at Akihabara or Tokyo Station (Marunouchi South Exit).  The guide can advise about shopping in Akihabara or returning to the hotel by public transport. Afternoon is free at leisure.

Day 4 Full day excursion of Kamakura & Enoshima (BL)
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel to join a one day tour to Kamakura by coach. 09:00: Depart from Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal and head to Kamakura and Enoshima. Enjoy a Matcha Green Tea Experience at Jomyo-ji Temple. Jomyo-ji is another old temple of the Rinzai sect’s Kencho-ji school. Enjoy some of Japan’s famous powdered matcha green tea in the highly refined and tranquil atmosphere of a tearoom constructed over 400 years ago, and enjoy the view of the temple’s Japanese rock garden. Continue to Visit Hokoku-ji Temple. Featuring a beautiful bamboo grove, Hokoku-ji is an ancient and renowned temple of the Rinzai sect’s Kencho-ji school. Enjoy lunch before continuing to Kotoku-in Temple and the Great Buddha.  View the 13.35 m (44 ft) tall, 121 ton symbol of Kamakura. Visit Enoshima before returning to Tokyo via Yokohama Bay Bridge. You will be dropped off at Sukiyabashi Intersection in Ginza or near Shinjuku station West exit. Please head to your next destination on your own after the tour.

Day 5 Tokyo / Mt. Fuji / Hakone (BL)
This morning you will leave Tokyo for Mt. Fuji and Hakone. Your main suitcase will be transferred directly from Tokyo to Kyoto. You will need to keep an overnight luggage for your night in Hakone. After breakfast, you will be picked up from your accommodation. Depart Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal and head to Mt. Fuji 5th Station by coach. Start the ascent up Mt. Fuji via the Fuji Subaru Line. Climb 2,300 meters (7,546 ft) above sea level for breathtaking views from above the clouds. Enjoy a Japanese-style lunch. After lunch enjoy a sightseeing cruise on Lake Ashi, 30km southeast of Mt. Fuji. The crater lake was born from a powerful volcanic eruption nearly 3,000 years ago and provides postcard views of Mt. Fuji from various angles. Travel onwards to Mt. Komagatake Ropeway. Spend a total of 50 minutes including a 7-minute cableway ride up to the peak from Hakone-en. Discover the spiritual Hakone Shrine Mototsumiya (original shrine). Arrive at accommodation in Hakone.

Day 6 Hakone / Nara / Kyoto (BL)
Today transfer to Odawara Station. Depart from Odawara Station to Shin-Yokohama Station. Take the bullet train. (Travel time 15 to 20 minutes). From Shin-Yokohama, take bullet train to Kyoto (Travel time 2hr). Lunch: Western-style menu at the accommodation. After lunch head to Nara via the Nara Keinawa Expressway. 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 Kasuga Taisha Shrine, designated as a World Heritage Site. Visit Nara Nagomikan. Drop-off Service to your accommodation in Kyoto.

Day 7 Day tour of Kyoto (BL)
Today you will be picked up from accommodation to join day tour of Kyoto by coach. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Nijo Castle, completed in 1626, built to provide lodging for Tokugawa Shogun. Visit Kinkaku-ji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The wooden architecture is covered in thin layers of pure gold and is surrounded by a beautiful pond. Spend time at Kyoto Imperial Palace, which used to be the residence of Japan’s Imperial Family until 1868, or Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Enjoy Japanese/Western style buffet lunch. Sanjusangen-do Temple is the world’s longest wooden structure, housing 1,001 life-size statues of Buddhist Kannon deities dating back to the 13th century. Enjoy the superb view of Kyoto from the World Heritage Site of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Drop-off back at your accommodation.

Day 8 Day Tour to Hiroshima (B)
Today you will be picked up from accommodation to join a full day tour to Hiroshima. From Kyoto Station, go to Hiroshima Station by bullet train. Upon arrival walk to meeting point at Granvia Hiroshima where you will be transferred to Miyajimaguchi. From Miyajimaguchi go to Miyajima Port, here take the ferry to Miyajima (10mins). Visit Itsukushima Shrine, a World Heritage Site. Established in the 6th century it is famous for its beautiful Shinden-zukuri style structure. See the vermillion shrine and enjoy the picturesque beauty. Lunch at own expense. From Miyajima Port go to Miyajimaguchi by ferry. Transfer 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. The museum within the park is an important cultural property of Japan. From Hiroshima Station, take bullet train to Kyoto Station. Arrive at Kyoto Station. You will be taken to the accommodation by taxi.

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. Fly to your regional airport in the UK.

Your Hotel Accomodation
Tokyo: Tokyo Shinjuku Washington
Hakone: Yumoto Fujiya
Kyoto: Karasuma Kyoto

Tokyo:Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro

Located in central Tokyo next to Ikebukuro Train Station, offering easy transport links. The hotel features an indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, spa, 9 restaurants and free in-room wired internet. The hotel also features a beauty salon and business centre.

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

Located near traditional houses and temples, this hotel offers easy access to transport links. It features a restaurant, a bar and rooms with free high-speed internet. A Starbucks is just off the lobby.

Tour Name: Japan’s Golden Route

Tour Code: JGR10
Duration:
 10 Day

Departures are available twice a week

Land Only from £2299

Prices from £3099 per person

Single supplement from £590

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

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Local tips
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance