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The mystical land of Japan awaits you, as this fabulous tour between Tokyo and Osaka will charm you from beginning to end. The eight-day journey begins in the metropolitan city of Tokyo where you will visit the National Museum's Japanese Gallery and sample tasty Japanese delicacies at lunch. Wander the beautiful alpine landscapes between Yudanaka and the stunning town of Takayama; you will be amazed by the historic shrines and temples in Kyoto and get a fascinating insight into Japan's rich heritage and culture in Hiroshima.
Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available
Average group size - 10 people (max 26)
Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
Experienced local tour manager
9 breakfasts & 3 lunches
Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
Bullet train travel
Cherry blossom season departures
Traditional tea ceremony experience in Kyoto
Visit Shirakawago to see the Unesco-listed gassho-zukuri houses
See the impressive Himeji castle & wander through the Koko-en gardens
Spectacular cherry blossom throughout March & April departures
Stay in 4-star accommodation
Small group size - average 10 people (max 26)
Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Tokyo Haneda airport via Dubai with Emirates. (N)
Arrive and transfer to the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa (or similar) for 3 nights. (N)
Full-day excursion to the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park for views of Mount Fuji, a cruise on Lake Ashi and a ride on the Mount Komagatake Ropeway (cable car) and a visit to the Hakone Open-Air Museum. (B, L)
Full-day tour visiting Asakusa Kannon temple, Tokyo National Museum, the Imperial East Garden and the peaceful Meiji shrine. Lunch will be a kushiage meal of fried meat and vegetables. (B, L)
Morning departure by shinkansen (bullet train) to Kanazawa. Visit Kanazawa castle park and the Kenroku-en garden. Stay 2 nights at the Crowne Plaza ANA Kanazawa (or similar). (B, L)
Early morning stroll in the Higashi-Chayamachi district, home to various traditional buildings, then visit the busy Omi fresh food market. Afternoon excursion to Shirakawago to see the Unesco-listed gassho-zukuri houses and their unique architectural style. (B)
Travel by express train to Kyoto. Afternoon visit to Nijo castle, then experience a traditional tea ceremony in a machiya (wooden townhouse), followed by a visit to Nishiki market. Stay 2 nights at the Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto (or similar). (B, L)
Morning visit to Kinkakuji temple (Golden Pavilion), then Ryoanji temple, famous for its zen rock garden. Afternoon tour of the historic city of Nara. Return to Kyoto. (B)
Morning at leisure to explore Kyoto at your own pace. Afternoon bullet train journey to Hiroshima. Stay 2 nights at the Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima. (B)
Take the ferry over to Miyajima island to visit the Itsukushima shrine and see the Torii gate. Return to the mainland and take the train back to the city to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the Memorial Museum. (B)
Board a bullet train for the journey north to Himeji city. Take a tour of Himeji castle, which, unlike most castles in Japan, is still in its original form and is arguably the finest example of medieval castle architecture in Japan. Afterwards, take a stroll in the Koko-en gardens, which consist of nine separate, walled gardens with ponds, waterfalls and a tea ceremony house. Travel by coach to Osaka airport for the overnight flight with Emirates back to London, via Dubai. (B)
Early morning arrival in London. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Crowne Plaza ANA Kanazawa, Kanazawa
Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa, Tokyo
Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima, Hiroshima
Rihga Royal Hotel, Kyoto
Hanami (cherry blossoms)
Hanami, literally meaning ‘flower viewing’, is the traditional Japanese custom of enjoying the blossoming cherry trees from March to early May, and specifically in Tokyo and Kyoto in early April. Cherry blossom can be seen on many of the excursions on the March and April departures.
Please note that in Japan room sizes can be significantly smaller than in Europe
Excursions on days 3 and 4 may be switched, subject to local conditions.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
Single Supplement is available from £735.
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