Splendours of Japan
Splendours of Japan
Tokyo skyline & architecture
Tokyo skyline & architecture
Lake Yamanakako & Mount Fuji
Lake Yamanakako & Mount Fuji
Kyoto
Kyoto

Splendours of Japan

Room Only 8 nights from €4,729 per person Including Flights

Overview

This escorted tour is a wonderful way to experience all the highlights of the fascinating country of Japan. You will have a full programme of sightseeing and experiences, sampling the local food, learning about the history of Japan, experiencing the local customs and taking time to admire the spectacular scenery of this country. It is a small group tour with a maximum of 26 guests plus a dedicated Tour Director.

A variety of feature meals are included, such as learning to make sushi, a regional meal of the renowned Hida-gyu beef and a kaiseki lunch in a traditional ryokan home near Kyoto. You’ll also enjoy a Welcome Reception at the beginning of the tour to get to know your fellow travellers and a Farewell Dinner to swap photos and stories (TT).

Highlights

  • Take in iconic views of Mount Fuji from a stunning UNESCO parkland and drive up to over 2,000 metres up the mountain
  • Sample Japanese Sake during a walking tour of Takayama Old Town
  • Learn how local artisans make Japanese washi paper in the UNESCO village of Gokayamahe
  • Visit the Edo Tokyo museum and Sensoji Temple in Tokyo
  • Take the express train from Kanazawa to Kyoto
Whats included?
  • Flights & taxes
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Checked baggage
  • CAR licensed & bonded
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
Why Book with Tropical Sky?
  • Hassle-free - book direct quickly and easily
  • Choice of airlines and the option to switch
  • A friendly, family run business with a wealth of experience.
  • Great deals on offer for multiple destinations
  • No amendment fees
  • Low deposits
Why Tropical Sky?
Protected
Your money is safe We safeguard your money with ATOL protection and have membership to codes of best conduct.
Why Tropical Sky?
Award Winning
We answer quickly On average, calls are answered within three rings. We also respond within hours to emails.
Why Tropical Sky?
Award Winning
We offer expert advice and great service Our luxury tailor-made holidays are created with impeccable service from start to finish.

Day 1

Arrive Tokyo

Fly to either Tokyo Narita or Haneda International Airport and transfer by airport shuttle to your hotel. This evening you will join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception with drinks and local appetisers.

Overnight: New Otani Garden Tower

Food at Welcome Reception included.

Day 2

Tokyo

This morning embark on a city tour beginning with a  visit to the Sensoji Buddhist temple – one of Tokyo’s most colourful temples which has been rebuilt countless times since it was founded in the year 628, making it Tokyo’s oldest temple site. Visit the shopping street Nakamise, 200 metres long stretching from the temples outer gate to the temples second interior gate. Visit the Tokyo Skytree, the worlds highest free-standing broadcasting tower. Later you can return to your hotel for some leisure time or choose an optional experience, including a kimono dressing experience.

Overnight: New Otani Garden Tower

Breakfast included.

Day 3

Tokyo – Five Lakes District

Head to the Imperial Palace Plaza, where there are viewing areas for the Imperial Palace – the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. Stroll around the Imperial Palace East Gardens, before continuing on your city tour with a visit to the Edo-Tokyo Museum, filled with artefacts and architecture from the Edo period. Next head to the famous Ginza district for a hands-on sushi making class, when you will learn to make sushi and then eat it for lunch. After lunch leave Tokyo and head to the Five Lakes District, dominated by Mount Fuji – Japan’s highest mountain and UNESCO listed.

Overnight: Hotel Fuji Marriott Yamanakako

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 4

Five Lakes District – Mount Fuji - Takayama

After breakfast visit Oshino Hakkai, a small rural village and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasting a beautiful park with natural spring water ponds fed by the melted snow from Mount Fuji. The reflections of the sky and landscapes make for a perfect photo opportunity. You’ll then drive up Mount Fuji to the 5th station at 2,300 metres, before taking a ride on the Ropeway cable car (weather-permitting). Then travel through the breath-taking Japanese Alps to the beautiful hillside town of Takayama. This evening you will enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Overnight: Associa Takayama Resort

Breakfast and dinner included

Day 5

Takayama – Gokayama - Kanazawa

This morning enjoy a walking tour of the Edo-style streets of the Old Town, shopping en route to sample Japanese sake. Then enjoy a lunch of Japanese Hida-gyu - beef from a black-haired Japenese cattle breed. Take a step back in time to the peaceful mountain village and UNESCO designated site of Gokayama. You’ll see unique Gassho-zukuri wooden houses which have steeply sloped thatched roofs resembling two hands together in prayer. You will visit one of these houses and meet the family. Later watch local artisans making washi paper and try your hand at making your own.

Overnight: Kanazawa Tokyu

Breakfast and lunch included

Day 6

Kanazawa

This morning you will discover the secrets of gold leaf painting – 99% of Japan’s high quality gold leaf is produced in the area. Next visit the gardens of Kenrokuen, rated in the top three most beautiful gardens in Japan. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the ornate landscapes, temples and ponds. Afterwards, take a walk through Omicho market to see the local fish catch and enjoy an insiders view of everyday life in this vibrant coastal town. Later visit the Nagamachi District with its old and beautifully preserved samurai houses. Visit the Nomura house, an elegant samurai mansion with beautiful small gardens belonging to a high-ranked samurai family. There is the option to enjoy a shabu shabu dinner with unlimited drinks, which is a Japanese hotpot dish where you boil thinly sliced mear and vegetables and serve with dipping sauces.

Overnight: Kanazawa Tokyu

Breakfast included

Day 7

Kanazawa - Kyoto

Board the express train to Kyoto, where you'll meet with locals at a traditional ryokan. The ryokan was built in 1932 by master craftsmen to serve as the second residence of the uncle of the current Emperor of Japan. Learn about local Japanese customs as your hosts welcome you into their beautiful home. After lunch visit Kinkakuji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its Golden Pavilion, built in 1397. Later check into your hotel in Kyoto for a relaxing evening.

Overnight: Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto

Breakfast and lunch included

Day 8

Kyoto

Visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine and see the tunnel of thousands of bright orange torii gates, snaking through the forest up into the mountains. Then you will visit the Sanjusangen-do Hall, a temple famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. Afterwards enjoy a walking tour of the Gion area. Then you can either choose to stay in Gion to explore further or return to your hotel. This evening join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a farewell dinner at the Ninja Kyoto restaurant. Venture into the mysterious labyrinth and secret fortress of the traditional Japanese heroes, the Ninjas and experience the creative Ninja-style food.

Overnight: Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 9

Depart Kyoto

Transfer by airport shuttle service to Kansai International airport or Osaka Itami Airport for your flight home. Or you can choose to extend this tour with a four day trip to Hiroshima. Please ask for details.

  • International flights
  • Internal travel by coach and express train
  • Tour director throughout
  • 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Sightseeing as described above (excluded optional excursions)

Please note that transfers to your UK airport are available at an additional cost, please ask for details.

Kevin Ryan
Book today

Talk to our travel experts for more information and to book or tailor-make your holiday

01 6649990 Call us 9am-7pm Mon-Fri / 9am-5pm Sat-Sun

Tropical Sky also recommends