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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.
- 4-star accommodation
- Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available
- Average group size - 10 people (max 26)
- International flights
- 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)
Day 1: Fly to Tokyo via Dubai
Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Tokyo Haneda airport via Dubai with Emirates.
Day 2: Tokyo
Arrive and transfer to the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa (or similar) for 3 nights.
Day 3: Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
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.
Day 4: Tokyo
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.
Day 5: Kanazawa
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).
Days 6: Kanazawa • Shirakawago
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.
Days 7: Kyoto
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).
Day 8: Kyoto • Nara
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.
Day 9: Kyoto • Hiroshima
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.
Day 10: Miyajima island • Hiroshima
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.
Day 11: Himeji • Osaka • Fly to London
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.
Day 12: London
Early morning arrival in London.
ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kanazawa, Kanazawa
Set in central Kanazawa next to the JR train station and the Ishikawa concert hall, the ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kanazawa is an ideal base to explore the city. Among the dining options is the Unkai restaurant, which serves wagyu steaks, is set on tatami mats and looks out over the manicured garden. Kaga Teppanyaki restaurant on the 19th floor has views out to the Sea of Japan.
Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa, Tokyo
The Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa is located at the top of Zakuro-zaka Street, just a 5-minute walk from the Takanawa exit of Shinagawa train station, and just three minutes to the Toei subway station. The hotel's striking structure was designed by Togo Murano, one of Japan's leading architects. With a range of leisure facilities, well-equipped rooms and Japanese, Chinese and western restaurants, the hotel makes a comfortable base from which to explore Tokyo.
Hotel Granvia Hiroshima, Hiroshima
The Hotel Granvia Hiroshima is a large property located in central Hiroshima, within 15 minutes walk of the Shukkei-en Japanese garden and the Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum. The hotel has excellent transport links, with connections to the JR Shinkansen train station as well as a bus stop just in front of the hotel for the Hiroshima Sightseeing Loop bus.
Hotel Okura Kyoto, Kyoto
Hotel Okura Kyoto, the tallest building in Kyoto with a spectacular all-round view, is conveniently located right in the city centre. It was first established in 1888 so is a landmark of the city.
Single Supplement is available from £735.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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