Ancient ceremonies meet 21st century technology in this
astonishing country of contrasts. This fascinating tour goes a long
way to interpret the mystery of Japan as we cross the country on
high-speed bullet trains.
Take a full-day coach tour of Tokyo, where history and modernity have blended seamlessly
Travel by coach to Mount Fuji, Japan's tallest peak at 12,400 feet and an active volcano
Explore Hiroshima, a city completely devastated by an atomic bomb during WWII and rebuilt beautifully
Tour Kyoto that boasts an astonishing 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Experience Japanese cuisine and learn the secrets of miso making on a guided tour of a miso factory
All rail, coach and ferry travel throughout your tour
4* Hotel Accommodation
11 Nights' Hotel Accommodation
Luggage transfers from Tokyo to Hakone, and Takayama to Kyoto
Excursions & Entertainment
The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to ﬁnish
Food & Drinks
4 dinners, including a welcome dinner in Tokyo, and a farewell dinner in Osaka
Flights and airport transfers
Flights from London Heathrow to Tokyo and from Osaka to London Heathrow
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Days 1-3 - London and Tokyo
We depart on an overnight flight from London Heathrow, arriving
in Tokyo on Day 2. We transfer to our hotel, the
Keio Plaza for our first night in Japan, where we enjoy a welcome
dinner together this evening.
On Day 3, we take a full-day tour of Tokyo by
coach, discovering the sights of this incredible city. We begin by
visiting the Miraikan Museum, a national museum celebrating
emerging scientific achievements and innovation. Our next
destination is the 1,400-year-old Asakusa Temple, dedicated to
Kannon, the Buddhist Goddess of mercy. Afterwards we visit the
Hamarikyu Garden within Tokyo Bay, admiring the art of Japanese
gardening. We continue to Meiji Jingu Shrine before visiting
Shibuya crossing, the busiest intersection in the world.
Day 4 - To Hakone
After a morning at leisure, we travel to Hakone by train for the
night. Lying in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Hakone is a stunning
area of lakes, forests, and hot springs. We transfer to Owakudani,
an area known for its many sulphurous hot springs, then ride the
cable car along the Hakone Ropeway, enjoying panoramic views of
Mount Fuji. On reaching Togendai, we descend to Ashi, a lake at the
caldera of Mount Hakone, for a short cruise against the backdrop of
Day 5 - Mount Fuji and Matsumoto
We travel by coach to Mount Fuji, arguably Japan's most
distinctive landmark. Driving along the foot of the mountain, we
arrive at the Mount Fuji Visitor Centre to learn more about this
world-famous wonder. Next we continue to Oishi Park, which boasts
unparalleled views of this iconic Japanese mountain. We spend the
night at the Hotel Buena Vista.
Day 6 - To Takayama
We make a visit to a Miso factory today, discovering why this is
such an important component in Japanese cooking.
We take a tour before tasting for ourselves the distinctive
flavours created by mixing fermented soya beans with salt and other
umami based ingredients.
We then continue to Matsumoto Castle, an impressive 5-storey
fortress. On our way to Takayama, we explore the Hida Folk Village,
an open-air museum depicting more than 30 rustic farm dwellings
from the Edo Period. Set deep in the mountains, Takayama is a
fascinating town of narrow streets and wooden houses.
Day 7 - To Hiroshima
We explore Takayama on a guided tour this morning, taking in
Kami Sannomachi Street and Jinya Old House. We continue to Miyagawa
Morning Market where we see a neat array of stalls selling local
farm products and handicrafts. Afterwards, we journey on the Hida
Train to Nagoya before continuing by bullet train to Hiroshima.
Having seen unprecedented devastation in WWII, Hiroshima's parks
and museums now stand as embodiments of peace.
Day 8 - Miyajima Island
We travel by tram and boat to Miyajima Island today, where we
leave modern life behind to soak up the tranquillity of this
secluded destination. We enjoy a walking tour which includes a
visit to Itsukushima Shrine. Your afternoon is free back in
Days 9-10 - Hiroshima to Kyoto
This morning we visit the World Peace Memorial Park and A-Bomb
Dome, both poignant reminders of the destruction levied on
Hiroshima in 1945. We also listen to a talk from either a Hiroshima
survivor or a relation of one. Later, we take the bullet train to
Kyoto, a living museum of the country's artistic heritage. We enjoy
a walking tour of the Gion district, after which we indulge in a
Japanese dinner in Ponto-chō Alley, a lantern-lit street. This
traffic-free alleyway is one of the few places where you may catch
a glimpse of a real-life Geisha*.
A full day of sightseeing on Day 10 takes us to
the Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto's Railway Museum, and the Kiyomizu
Temple. In the afternoon we enjoy a traditional tea ceremony.
*Please note for departure JAG2103 you will visit Nijo Castle
Days 11-12 - Historic Nara and Osaka
We travel by coach to Nara today. Nara is an attractive, compact
city of narrow streets set against a backdrop of wooded hills. Here
we enjoy a walking tour, taking in the beautiful Todai-ji Temple,
the largest wooden building in the world, and its Great Buddha. We
also visit Nara's serene deer park.
On Day 12 we travel by coach to Osaka, a
futuristic city that we learn about on a guided tour. We visit the
floating observatory for panoramic views over Osaka and lively
Day 13 - Osaka and London
After transferring to the airport this morning, we board our
flight to London Heathrow. We arrive in the evening on the same day
and our holiday concludes.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature
the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown
Some hotels may vary. All alternative hotels are of a comparable
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be
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& Availability' button. We write to all booked customers
approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise
the exact departure and return time for their particular group.
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It was all we could expect. Bill McIntosh is a very good tour manager and Haru's presence was very comforting and useful to speak Japanese and organize things.
Mr D Best
An excellent tour with a great tour manager and guide. The tour captured the essence of Japan but would have liked more time in Tokyo
Mrs A Wallis
Very enjoyable but very tiring with all the travelling!
Mrs D Howell
The holiday was first rate, enjoyed every minute of it. Locations, accommodation, places visited were great. The local Japanese tour guides were professional and good company. Our tour manager worked very hard to ensure we enjoyed ourselves and had a stress free holiday, again very personable and professional. A holiday to remember for all the right reasons
Ms A Perkins
The only reason I have not given a rating of 5 star is because the size of the tour group was too large which did detract somewhat from the enjoyment for all concerned.
Mr M Loveland
A very busy and well organised holiday. All travel arrangements seemed to go smoothly.
Tour manager was considerate and helped to make the holiday a success