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Great Rail Journeys Grand Tour of Japan 2019
from £5395 pp
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  • Location
    Japan, Asia
  • Board Basis
    Selected Meals Included
  • Duration
    16 Days
  • Holiday Type
    Escorted Tours
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Absorb ancient history and timeless tradition as we travel through the 'Land of the Rising Sun' by futuristic bullet train. Sample Japanese whiskey, soak up the spectacular sight of Mount Fuji, experience an authentic tea ceremony and explore the bustling cities of Tokyo and Hiroshima on an all-encompassing route through Japan's highlights.

What's Included
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An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

Fully escorted by a UK Tour Manager from start to finish

All rail and coach travel

Scheduled flights from London to Sapporo and Fukuoka to London

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

13 nights' hotel accommodation

Delicious meals included:

17 meals including 13 breakfasts and 4 dinners

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Guided tour of Sapporo
  • Tasting of Nikka whiskey
  • Explore Hakodate, including its bustling seafood market
  • Sightseeing tour of Tokyo
  • Hakone, including a guided tour and cruise across Lake Ashi
  • Visit to Mount Fuji and Matsumoto Castle
  • Excursion to Hida Folk Village and tour of Takayama
  • Visit to the Daio Wasabi Farm
  • Kyoto, including a traditional tea ceremony
  • Nara sightseeing tour
  • Discover Hiroshima, with a guided tour and talk from a Hiroshima survivor
  • Enjoy Hakata on a sightseeing tour
  • Explore Japan by bullet train

Enhance your tour:

  • Upgrade your flights to Premium Economy from £450 per person each way
Tour Highlights
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  • Sapporo
  • Nikka whiskey tasting
  • Hakodate
  • Hakone and a Lake Ashi cruise
  • Tokyo
  • Mount Fuji
  • Takayama & Kyoto
  • Miyajima Island
  • Nara & Hiroshima
Tour Itinerary
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Days 1-2: London to Sapporo

Our holiday begins with a flight from London to Sapporo, travelling via Hong Kong and arriving on Day 2. After settling in to our hotel, we enjoy dinner together tonight.

Day 3: Exploring Sapporo 

Sapporo is famed for its 19th-century architecture, pretty public spaces and gastronomy, some of which we explore today on our guided tour. We discover the delights of Otaru, Sapporo's famously romantic port, before heading to the nearby Yoichi Distillery, where award-winning Nikka whisky is produced.

Days 4-5: Hakodate

We leave Sapporo behind this morning, travelling to Hakodate on the Super Hokuto limited express train. On arrival, we check into our hotel with overnight bags, as the remainder of our luggage continues ahead to Tokyo. This afternoon, we take a sightseeing tour of the local sights by coach, including Goryokaku, a star-shaped fortress that dates back 150 years.On Day 5 we visit Hakodate's vibrant fish market, where fresh produce is bought and sold in a lively atmosphere.

Days 6-7: Tokyo and Hakone

Today we enjoy a full day tour of Tokyo. Japan's capital represents the very best of the nation and is one of the world's most contemporary cities, giving an insight into a hightech, modern world, yet its ancient attractions are of equal allure. On Day 7, we transfer to Shinjuku, where we board the 'Romance Car' train to Hakone. On arrival, we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Hakone's scenic beauty, including a delightful cruise across serene Lake Ashi.

Day 8: Mount Fuji and on the Matsumoto

Today we visit iconic Mount Fuji, arguably Japan's most distinctive landmark. Travelling by coach, we drive along the foot of the famous mountain, soaking up scenic views along the ascent. We arrive at the Mount Fuji Visitor Centre, where we learn more about this world-famous peak.

Day 9: Hida Folk Village and Takayama

Today our tour takes us to Hida Folk Village, an open-air museum of rustic farm dwellings in the mountains. Set on a hillside overlooking the idyllic Takayama Valley, some of the buildings in the picturesque village date back 500 years. We continue to Takayama, where we spend the night.

Day 10: To Kyoto

Set deep in the mountains, Takayama is a fascinating town of narrow streets and wooden houses which is almost untouched by time - some of which we explore today on a guided walking tour. After time to enjoy the ancient architecture, we leave Takayama behind, travelling by bullet train to Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital.

Day 11: Exploring Kyoto

Discover the delights of historic Kyoto today on a guided tour. We take in the attractions of this ageless city, from the UNESCO-listed Nijo Castle, an incredible complex of fortifications and gardens that dates back to the 17th century, to some of the charming temples Kyoto is famed for.

Day 12: Sightseeing in Nara

Today we explore Nara, another former capital from Japan's fractured ancient history, and home to an impressive 8 UNESCO World Heritage sites. On our sightseeing tour, we take in the Toda-ji Temple, the largest wooden building in the world, where we find the imposing Great Buddha, a 13th century bronze statue that dominates with its 37-foot frame. 

Day 13: Hiroshima

Our tour today takes us around Hiroshima, a city remarkably unscarred by modern history. Our explorations take in the highlights of this peaceful, thriving city, from the Peace Memorial Park and the A-Bomb Dome, both dedicated to the victims of the tragic devastation of WWII. 

Day 14: Hakata

After breakfast, we take another bullet train, this time to Hakata. On arrival, we take a sightseeing tour, taking in the Dazaifu Tenman-gu Shrine, dedicated to the Shinto god of literature, Komyozenji Temple, a Zen temple and rare 'karesansui', or Japanese rock garden, dating back to the 13th century, and the Kyushu National Museum.

Days 15-16: Return to London

After breakfast this morning, we transfer from our hotel to Fukuoka Airport, for our scheduled flight to London. Arriving on Day 16, our tour concludes when we touch down in the UK.

Accommodation
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HOTEL NEW OTANI HAKATA, FUKUOKA

Combining contemporary, business-standard hospitality with classic Japanese courtesy, the Hotel New Otani Hakata is perfectly placed for your explorations of high-rise Fukuoka. 

LA VISTA HAKODATE BAY, HAKODATE

The fantastic 5-Star La Vista Hakodate Bay is our hotel whilst in Hakodate. Boasting of an enviable location overlooking the waters of Hakodate Bay, this wonderful hotel boasts of numerous amenities that are typical of a 5-Star establishment. 

HAKONE KOWAKIEN TEN-YU, HAKONE

The Hakone Kowakien Ten-yu is a natural haven hidden against the woodland of the spectacular Mount Hakone is an excellent place to discover the true beauty of Japanese nature. 

SHERATON HIROSHIMA HOTEL, HIROSHIMA

In Hiroshima, we stay at the 5-Star Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel, located a short walk away from the train station.

KYOTO TOKYU HOTEL, KYOTO

Our hotel in Kyoto is the 3-Star Kyoto Tokyu Hotel. Located within walking distance of many of the beautiful Buddhist temples that dot the city. 

HOTEL BUENA VISTA, MATSUMOTO

Set in the heart of Matsumoto, the 4-Star Hotel Buena Vista boasts a broad range of eateries, featuring Japanese, Chinese and French cuisine, plus a cafe, bar and a bakery.

MATSUMOTO MARUNOUCHI HOTEL, MATSUMOTO

Set in a fascinating grey stone building, the 3-Star Matsumoto Marunouchi Hotel is exceptionally close to the finest attractions which the 400-year old Matsumoto has to offer including the majestic Matsumoto Castle.

JR TOWER NIKKO SAPPORO, SAPPORO

Instantly recognisable in the Sapporo skyline, granting exceptional views across the lights of the city, the 3-Star JR Tower Nikko Sapporo occupies a central position, close to many attractions. 

HOTEL ASSOCIA TAKAYAMA, TAKAYAMA

The 4-Star Hotel Associa Takayama is our base whilst in Takayama. Located at the edge of a beautiful and verdant forest.

KEIO PLAZA HOTEL, TOKYO

The 4-Star Keio Plaza Hotel in Tokyo is located close to Shinjuku railway station and is ideally placed for exploring the city.

Price Information
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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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