Tailor-Made Journeys

Japan Tailor-Made Journeys

If you can’t find a tour that fits your requirements, let us tailor-make your entire holiday designed specifically around your requirements. Equipped with our specialist knowledge and first-hand experience of Japan, we will create a personal and independent itinerary for you. With our selected standard, superior and deluxe accommodation, we will put together an itinerary based on your budget and preferences. To provide you with ideas and inspiration, the following suggestions provide just a small flavour of the many possibilities available. Please feel free to contact our Japan specialists to discuss your preferred itinerary.

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Includes:

• Including return airport transfers
• English speaking guide on arrival
• 3 nights standard accommodation
• Daily breakfast and dinner

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Okinawa Main Island

4 Days £850
Day 1 Arrive Okinawa (D)
Arrive at the airport, where you will be met and transferred to the Rizzan Sea Park Hotel Tancha Bay for a three night stay with dinner each night. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2-3 Okinawa (BD)
Days at leisure to relax by the beach and enjoy your hotel facilities. You may also wish to explore the nature in the north, the temples in the south, or snorkel in the crystal clear waters.
Day 4 Depart (B)
Day at leisure until your transfer to the airport.

Includes:

• 4 days car hire
• English speaking guide on arrival
• 4 nights standard accommodation
• Daily breakfast

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Ishigaki Island, Okinawa

5 Days £1,799
Day 1 Arrive Ishigaki
Arrive Ishigaki Airport where you will collect your hire car and drive to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Days 2-4 Ishigaki (B)
Days at leisure to relax on the beach and make use of your hire car by exploring the island.
Day 5 Depart (B)
Drive to the airport and return your rental car.

Includes:

• 1 night accommodation at a Japanese-style mountain hut
• Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• English speaking guide
• Transportation as specified

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Mount Fuji Climb

2 Days £450
Day 1 Ascent of Mount Fuji (D)
Meet at Tochomae Station for a briefing and transfer to Mount Fuji’s 5th Station. Begin climbing, arriving at the 8th Station for a hot meal and a few hours rest.
Day 2 Descent of Mount Fuji (B)
Wake at around 1.30am and continue your climb to the summit, arriving in time for sunrise and breakfast. Descend to Mount Fuji’s 5th Station, and your transfer back to Shinjuku Station.

Includes:

• 3 nights traditional Minshuku accommodation
• Meal as specified (B=Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner)
• Transportation by train and public bus
• English speaking guide

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Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route

4 Days £1399
Day 1 Kawayu Onsen (D)
Take the train from Osaka to Kii-Tanabe (135 mins). Upon arrival meet the staff at the tourist information centre for an orientation briefing. Taking the public bus to Kawayu Onsen. Overnight at Omuraya.
Day 2 Yunomine Onsen (BLD)
Your luggage will be transferred separately. Transfer to Hosshinmon-oji with your guide by bus. Walk across Kumano Kodo Hosshinmon-oji as far as Kumano Hongu Taisha, visiting the heritage centre and Oyunohara. Walk from Hongu to Yunomine Onsen-Daichi-Goe (90mins). Overnight at Kosakaya.
Day 3 Katsuura Onsen (BD)
Your luggage will be transferred separately. Transfer to Hitari by bus and enjoy a boat ride across the Kumano River with your guide. Visit Kumano Hayatama Taisha. Take a Seiganto-ji and Nachi Falls, the highest waterfall in Japan. Take a public bus to Katsuura and stay overnight at Yamane.
Day 4 Osaka (B)
Take the train from Katsuura to Shin-Osaka (135 mins).

*Kumano Kodo is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, an ancient pilgrimage route through deeply forested, remote countryside to the Kumano Shrine since Buddhism has arrived in Japan in the 6th century.

Includes:

• 1 night standard accommodation
• 2 nights in traditional Minshuku
• Meal as specified (B=Breakfast, D=Dinner)
• Transportation by train

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Nakasendo Way

4 Days £450
Day 1 Matsumoto (B)
Arrive Matsumoto and make your own way to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 Nakasendo Walking Trail (BD)
Take the train from Matsumoto to Yabuhara Station (60 mins). Walk from YabuharaJuku to naraijuku (6km). Overnight stay at a Minshuku (traditional guest house) in Naraijuku. (Detailed walking maps provided).
Day 3 Nakasendo Walking Trail (BD)
Take the train from Narai station to Nakatsugawa Station (90 mins). Walk from Magomejyuku to Tsumagojyuku (9km). Overnight stay at a Mishuku in Tsumagojyuku.
Day 4 Kyoto (B)
Make your own way to Nagiso station to take the train to Nakatsugawa then to Nagoya (90 mins). Take the onward Bullet train to Kyoto (45 mins). On arrival make your own way to your hotel.

*Nakasendo way is the historic highways connects between Kyoto to Tokyo from the Edo Period lying along the beautiful Kiso Valley. It is one of the most important route in Edo period influences both politically and economically. The townhouses along the historic post towns on the route are still well-preserved as it has always been for 300 years. You can go back in time in the Edo period by walking the Nakasendo Way.

Includes:

• 5 nights accommodation at traditional ryokan
• 2 nights in traditional Minshuku
• Meal as specified (B=Breakfast, D=Dinner)
• Transportation by train, bus and ropeway

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Kyushu

6 Days £1999
Day 1 Arrive Beppu (B)
Arrive Fukuoka airport and take the Sonic Express train to Beppu.
Day 2 Beppu-Takachiho (BD)
Take a local trainto Oita, followed by a Nichirin train to Nobeoka. Take the onward bus to Takachihom a picturesque town with several shrines and the stunning Takachiho Gorge.
Day 3 Takachiho - Ibusuki (BD)
Take a local bus to Nobeoka, then the Nichirin train to Miyazaki. Take the Kirishima train to Kagoshima Chuo, followed by a local train to Ibusuki. Stay overnight at onsen accommodation in this scenic town.
Day 4 Ibusuki - Hitoyoshi (BD)
Take a Ibusuki no Tamatebako train to Kagoshima Chuo, followed by a Hayato no Kaze train to Yoshimatsu. Finally take a Shimpei train to Hitoyoshi. Perhaps visit some of the local shrines in this area.
Day 5 Hitoyoshi - Aso (BD)
Take the Simpei train to Kumammoto. Make your own way to visit Kumamoto Castle. Take a local train and bus to Akamizu. Stay overnight at onsen accommodation.
Day 6 Aso- Fukuoka (B)
Take a local train to Asofollowed by a local bus to Asozan Nishi. Take the ropeway to Kakou Nishi and see Mount Aso. Take another ropeway to Asozan Nishi and a local bus to Aso. Journey on the Asoboy train to Kumamoto and then take the Kyushu Shinkansn to Hakata.

Includes:

• Return airport transfers
• 3 nights standard accommodation
• Daily breakfast
• Half Day Tokyo City Tour
• English speaking guide on arrival

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Tokyo

4 Days £550
Day 1 Tokyo (B)
Arrive Narita or Haneda International Airport, Tokyo, transfer to the Shiba Park Hotel by shuttle bus. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 Tokyo Full Day Tour (B)
Today you will be joining Tokyo Full Day Tour with an English speaking guide. Visit Imperial Palace East Garden, Senso-ji Temple and the fascinating Tsukiji Fish Market. Enjoy a cruise in Tokyo Bay. Tour ends at Shinjuku Station.
Day 3 Tokyo (B)
Day at leisure to explore Tokyo. Optional day tours to Nikko UNESCO World Heritage site or Mt. Fuji & Hakone.
Day 4 Depart (B)
Day at leisure until your transfer to the airport by shuttle bus for your onward journey.

Includes:

• 2 nights standard accommodation
• Daily breakfast
• Return airport transfers
• English speaking guide on arrival

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Osaka

3 Days £410
Day 1 Osaka (B)
Arrive Kansai airport, Osaka, transfer to the Hotel Elsereine by shuttle bus. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 Osaka afternoon walking tour(B)
This afternoon you will join the afternoon walking tour. Visit Osaka's famous sightseeing spots and learn about the city's history and about Osaka today. Visit Osaka Castle, built in 1583. Enjoy the scenery of the city, also known as "Aqua Metropolis Osaka" from boat, Aqua Liner.
Day 3 Depart (B)
Day at leisure until your transfer to the airport by shuttle bus for your onward journey.

Includes:

• 2 nights standard accommodation
• Daily breakfast
• Full Day Hiroshima And Miyajima Tour
• Lunch on Day 2

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Hiroshima and Miyajima

3 Days £450
Day 1 Hiroshima
Take the Bullet train from Kyoto or Osaka to Hiroshima. Check-in to the Hotel Granvia Hiroshima. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 Full Day tour (BL)
This full day tour will visit the popular World Heritage site Itsukushima Shrine and Atomic Bomb Dome and Hiroshima Peace and Memorial Park.
Day 3 Depart (B)
Take the Bullet train from Hiroshima to Kyoto or Osaka.

Includes:

• Return airport transfers
• 3 nights standard accommodation
• Daily breakfast
• Full Day Kyoto City Tour
• English speaking guide on arrival

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Kyoto

4 Days £599
Day 1
Arrive Kansai airport, Osaka, transfer to the New Miyako Hotel by shuttle bus. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 Kyoto 1 Day Tour (BL)
Today, after breakfast, you will be joining Kyoto 1-day Tour with an English speaking guide. Visit Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto Imperial Palace (or Kitano-tenmangu Shrine). After Japanese/Western Buffet lunch, visit Heian Jingu Shrine, Sanjusangendo Temple and enjoy a stroll and visit souvenir shops towards Kiyomizu-dera Temple, which has a main hall on a steep slope with a wooden platform supported by pillars, from which a panoramic view of Kyoto can be enjoyed.
Day 3 Kyoto (B)
Day at leisure to explore Kyoto. Suggested tours include Real Kyoto Back Street Guided Cycling Tour, Kyoto Maiko Dinner, Gion Kimono Tour, Tea Ceremony & Ginkau-ji Temple Walking Tour, Sagano Bamboo Grove and Arashiyama Walking Tour.
Day 4 Depart (B)
Day at leisure until your transfer to the airport by shuttle bus for your onward journey.

Includes:

• Return airport transfers
• English speaking guide on arrival
• 3 nights standard accommodation
• Daily breakfast
• Full Day Sapporo City tour

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Hokkaido

4 Days £499
Day 1 Sapporo
Arrive Shin-Chitose airport, Sapporo, transfer to the JR Tower Hotel by shuttle bus. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 Full Day City Tour (B)
Enjoy a full day city tour in Sapporo including visits to Historical Museum of Hokkaido, Historical Village of Hokkaido,Hitsujigaoka Observatory Hill and Sapporo Beer Museum. Tour finishes at downtown Sapporo where you can enjoy free time before making your way back to your hotel.
Day 3 Sapporo (B)
Day at leisure.
Day 4 Depart (B)
Day at leisure until your transfer to the airport by shuttle bus for your onward journey.

Includes:

• English speaking guide on arrival
• 1 night temple lodging
• 1 night Japanese room at ryokan
• Daily breakfast
• Lunch on day 1, Dinner on day1 and 2.
• Bullet train Tokyo – Nagano – Tokyo

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Zenkoji and Snow Monkeys

3 Days £899
Day 1 Zenkoji Temple (LD)
In the morning take the Bullet train from Tokyo to Nagano (1 hour 40 mins). Upon arrival you will be met by English Speaking Guide. You will take the local bus to Togakushi (50 mins). Visit the Soba Museum, try “Soba Uchi “ (making Japanese buckwheat noodles) and enjoy Soba lunch. Later visit Togakushi Shrine followed by transfer to Nagano. Local bus to Zenkoji Temple which was founded in the 7th century. Stay at one of 30 temple lodges and experience Monk’s dinner, Shojin-ryori. Shojin-ryori is Buddhist cuisine or Japanese vegetarian dishes.
Day 2 Issano Komichi Biyu No Yado (BD)
Visit Zenkoji Temple with an English speaking assistant. Local train to Obuse (30mins), sightseeing of the small town known as “a little Kyoto”. The assistant will help you to board a local train to Yudanaka. Upon arrival, free shuttle bus to your accommodation, located a 2 min drive from the station. Stay at Issano Komichi Biyu No Yado tonight. This is a ryokan, traditional Japanese accommodation, with Onsen, or Hot spring. Japanese dinner will be served.
Day 3 Snow Monkeys (B)
Visit “Snow Monkey Park (Yaen Koen)” by free transfer service of your accommodation (25mins). Local train to Nagano and bullet train to return to Tokyo (1hour 50mins).

Includes:

• 4 nights superior accommodation
• English speaking guides and assistants
• Meals as specified (B=Breakfast)
• 3 day Hakuba Happo-one ski pass (08:00-16:00)
• 3 day ski, ski boots and stock set
• Bullet train Tokyo – Hakuba – Tokyo

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Hakuba Ski Resort

5 Days £1099
The winter sports hub of Hakuba, an area that played host to 1998 Winter Olympics, is a highland resort, stretching out from the foot of the Hakuba-Sanzan Mountains (Hakuba’s three mountains) in northwestern Nagano. Hakuba Valley is renowned for its snow quality which is dry, deep and consistent powder. It encompasses a huge variety of terrain from tree runs, guided off-piste tours and courses, Terrain Park, banks and double black diamond runs with challenging steep verticals. Hakuba village offers a lively après-ski scene and hot springs.
Day 1 Hakuba (B)
You will leave Tokyo for Hakuba. Make your own way to Shinjuku Station. Take Limited Express Train AZUSA for Hakuba. Upon arrival, take the free shuttle bus to Hakuba Tokyu Hotel.
Days 2-4 Hakuba Ski Resort (B)
Enjoy skiing and Onsen, or Hot spring, at Hakuba Happo-one Winter Resort.
Day 5 Depart (B)
Today you will leave Hakuba. Take the shuttle bus to Hakuba Station for your journey back to Tokyo or onwards to Kyoto.