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Best of Japan

13 Nights from €4,599 per Person Including Flights

  • Included:
  • Flights & taxes
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Checked baggage
  • CAR licensed & bonded
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
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Overview

Japan is a land where ancient culture and modern life blend to create a truly timeless and exciting experience for anyone who visits. During this 14-day escorted tour, you will be exploring some of Japan’s most historically and culturally significant locations, starting and ending in Tokyo. From the futuristic, yet ancient setting in the nation’s capital of Tokyo to the moving memorials of Hiroshima, the stunning landscapes of Mt Fuji and numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kyoto, this 13 night tour is ideal for those looking to embark on a cultural trip full of beauty, antiquity and peace.

Highlights

  • Encounter the contrasts of ancient and futuristic scenery around Tokyo city
  • Admire the incredible landscapes of Mt. Fuji
  • Experience the high-speeds of the Bullet Train
  • Visit Shirakawago Village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Explore the Kenrokuen garden in Kanzawa – argued to be the most beautiful garden in Japan
  • Tour the touching Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & the ancient Miyajima Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Trip to former capital Kyoto, home to 17 UNESCO sites, 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 shrines

Details

Day 1

Tokyo

Upon arrival in Japan, you will be transferred by an assistant to your hotel in Tokyo. After a meet and greet with tour group, you will have the rest of the day to spend at your leisure; this is a great time to explore some of the incredible scenery this city has to offer.

Overnight: Standard – Villa Fontaine Shiodome (Atrium Twin)

Superior – Park Hotel Tokyo (City Room)

Day 2

Tokyo

Today will begin with a guided day tour of this fascinating city. First, you will visit the beautiful Meiji Shrine, followed by a walk down Omotesando Street to indulge in a spot of shopping. You’ll then head to Asakusa, known as Tokyo’s old town, where you can explore one of the city’s oldest temples. Your tour will end in the stunning Hamarikyu Garden, where you’ll enjoy a steaming matcha and Japanese sweets in a tea house nestled on a small island in the parks lake.

Breakfast included.

Overnight: Standard – Villa Fontaine Shiodome (Atrium Twin)

Superior – Park Hotel Tokyo (City Room)

Day 3

Tokyo

Begin your day with a trip to Tsukiji Market. This is the world’s largest fish market, selling up to 450 kinds of fish, as well as fresh fruit and vegetables. Afterwards, you’ll have the opportunity to visit a typical Japanese home. Here you can learn all about Japanese culture and everyday life in Tokyo, as well as how to prepare a selection of delicious sushi dishes. Your tour ends in central Tokyo from which you will have the rest of the day to explore at leisure.

Breakfast and lunch included.

Overnight: Standard – Villa Fontaine Shiodome (Atrium Twin)

Superior – Park Hotel Tokyo (City Room)

Day 4

Tokyo – Hakone/Mt. Fuji

Today you will leave Tokyo and travel by train to Hakone, the gateway to the breath-taking Mt Fuji region. Equipped with an extensive local transport network of switchback trains, ropeways and buses, you will easily be able to explore the unforgettable scenery of towering mountains reflecting into crystalline lakes, as well as a number of charming historical sights.

A highlight of today will be riding the world’s second longest cable car to the top of Mt Owakudani; look out for the steamy pools of Hells Valley on the way. Once at the top, you can sample a black egg cooked in the hot springs and you’ll travel across the volcanic Lake Ashi aboard a majestic pirate ship replica.

You will spend the evening tucking into delicious meals and enjoying the hot spring baths, and you’ll be staying in a traditional Japanese ryokan, sleeping on futons laid out over tatami mats.

Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Overnight: Standard – Yutorilo An Ryokan (Standard Japanese Room)

Superior – Tenyu Ryokan (Standard Japanese Room)

Day 5

Takayama

From Hakone, you will board the world-renowned bullet train, reaching speeds of up to 186mph. You will then change over to the Limited Express Hida Wideview for an incredibly picturesque journey to Takayama, winding through stunning mountains and gorges along the way.

Once you arrive in the mountain town of Takayama this afternoon, we recommend taking some time to visit one of the many sake breweries for a taste of this traditional Japanese beverage, ingrained in the area’s pure water sources. There are also lots of little shops and taverns to pop in to whilst you explore.

Breakfast included.

Overnight: Standard – Best Western Takayama (Standard Room)

Superior – Associa Takayama (Standard Room)

Day 6

Takayama

The entirety of today is at your leisure.  After breakfast, we recommend heading up to the Miyagawa morning markets which sell a selection of local crafts and fresh produce. You could hop on the bus for a short journey over to the Hida No Sato Folk Village, an open-air museum showcasing 30 typical farmhouses and other traditional buildings found in the Hida region; The village also has an interesting workshop which illustrates how Japan’s famous handicrafts are made. Perhaps you could visit the Takayama Festival Floats Museum in the afternoon, or alternatively you can wander through the beautifully preserved old town.

Breakfast included.

Overnight: Standard – Best Western Takayama (Standard Room)

Superior – Associa Takayama (Standard Room)

Day 7

Takayama – Kanazawa via Shirakawago

Start your day with a self-guided visit to the Shirakawago Village, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This village is famous for is traditional gassho-sukuri farmhouses which feature unique thatched roofs, built to resemble the hands of praying Buddhist Monks. Some of these farmhouses date to be over 250 years old. After your visit, you will travel onwards to Kanazawa by coach.

Breakfast included.

Overnight: Standard – Kanazawa Tokyu (Standard Room)

Superior – ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa (Standard Room)

Day 8

Kanazawa

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the highlights of Kanazawa, previously Japan’s second largest city during World War Two. This city has lots to offer, boasting many historical attractions such as restored residences and districts, as well as contemporary museums and incredible scenery.

A trip to Kanazawa cannot be made without visiting Kenrokuen Garden, considered to be one of, if not the most beautiful garden in Japan. There is also a castle located right next to the garden which is definitely worth a visit. If you have time, we also recommend exploring the Nagamachi Samurai District, the Saihitsuan Silk Centre and the Nomura Samurai House.

Breakfast included.

Overnight: Standard - Kanazawa Tokyu (Standard Room)

Superior – ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa (Standard Room)

Day 9

Kanazawa - Hiroshima

Today you will travel by train to Hiroshima, which will take around 4 hours with a change in Shin Osaka. Your afternoon is at leisure to explore this peaceful, inspiring city with a harrowing past. We recommend a visit to the rebuilt Shukkein Garden and the Hiroshima Castle, previously destroyed monuments which reflect the city’s historical heritage.

Breakfast Included.

Overnight: Standard – New Horiden (Standard Room)

Superior – Sheraton Hiroshima (Standard Room)

Day 10

Hiroshima and Miyajima Tour

Today you will take a day tour of Hiroshima with a local guide, starting with a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, the area which was ground zero for the Atomic Bomb. Symbolising the aspirations of this reborn city, the peaceful park is dedicated to the victims of the tragedy in 1945, and to the legacy of Hiroshima’s strength after this devastating attack. Wander through moving memorials, monuments and statues before heading into the haunting museum itself.

From Hiroshima, you will take a short ferry ride to Miyajima Island, an ancient sacred island located in the Inland Sea. Here you will see the Floating Torii Gate, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring a shrine dating back to the 6th century which harmoniously blends with a 12th century structure. Take some time to explore the many temples, shrines and local cuisines on the island before heading back to your hotel.

Breakfast included.

Overnight: Standard – New Hiroden (Standard Room)

Superior – Sheraton Hiroshima (Standard Room)

Day 11

Kyoto

Today you will head to Kyoto aboard the Shinkansen (2 hour journey).

Kyoto is one of the best-preserved cities in Japan, home to 2,000 religious buildings as well as stunning palaces, gardens and an astounding 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites.

In the afternoon, you will take part in a private cooking lesson where you will learn about Kappo Cuisine and how to make some of Japan’s most popular culinary offerings.

Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Overnight: Standard – Vista Premio Kyoto (Standard Room)

Superior – Kyoto Tokyu Hotel (Standard Room)

Day 12

Kyoto

Day 12 will present you with the opportunity to explore the former imperial capital with a local guide. Start your day with a visit to one of Kyoto’s most famous temples, the Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion. You’ll also visit Nijo Castle built in 1603, famous for its history, architecture and stunning gardens. Afterwards, take a walk down the narrow, five block Nishiki Market lined with over a hundred shops and restaurants.

The rest of the day can be spent at leisure to explore the city, and if you’re looking to immerse in more of the city’s history, we highly recommend a trip to either the Kiyomizu (Pure Water) Temple or the Sanjusangendo Temple. You may also like to visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for housing over 10,000 red torii gates and for also appearing in movies.

Breakfast included.

Overnight: Standard – Vista Premio Kyoto (Standard Room)

Superior – Kyoto Tokyu Hotel (Standard Room)

Day 13

Nara

Your day will start with a 45 minute train journey to Nara, which was previously Japan’s capital in the 8th century for 74 years. With a local guide, you will visit Todaiji Temple, home to the nation’s largest Buddha, and you’ll stop at the city’s most famous shrine, Kasuga Taisha. Afterwards, take a wander through Nara Park, home to more than 1,000 deer.

Breakfast included.

Overnight: Standard – Vista Premio Kyoto (Standard Room)

Superior – Kyoto Tokyu Hotel (Standard Room)

Day 14

Kyoto – Tokyo - Departure

Today marks the end of your tour. You have a free day until your train departs to Narita Airport (4 hour journey).

  • 13 nights of hotel accommodation
  • International flights
  • 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners (drinks not included)
  • Tours and transfers including entry fees
  • 14-day Japan Rail Pass, Ordinary Class
  • Tour Guides
  • JR Pass to board bullet train
  • Hakone Free Pass to use transport in Hakone

What’s Not Included

  • Domestic flights
  • Meals other than as specified
  • Travel insurance or personal expenses
  • Entrance fees for extra sightseeing or optional activities

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