Immerse yourself in Japanese culture from the bright lights of Tokyo to the haunting beauty of Hiroshima’s Memorial Peace Garden. See Mount Fuji and snow monkeys, sleep in a ryokan, explore historic temples, make sushi, and meet a charming and courteous people.
- VIP door-to-door travel service
- 11 nights in hotels and 2 in flight
- 16 meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners
- Exciting excursions
- Optional travel insurance
- Return flights and transfers
- Saga tour manager
- Welcome drink
- Porterage at all hotels.
- Coach tour of Tokyo
- Sushi making experience
- Kimono wearing experience
- Owakudani cable-car ride
- Cruise on Lake Ashi
- Marquetry experience
- Visit Mount Fuji’s 5th Station
- Explore a wasabi farm
- Overnight stay in a traditional Japanese Inn
- See the Snow Monkeys of Hell Valley
- Tour of Kanazawa
- Explore the mountain village of Shirakawa-go
- See traditional architecture in Takayama
- Artisan gold-leaf demonstration
- Sightseeing tour of Kyoto
- Authentic teahouse visit and tea ceremony
- Dine in a ‘Ninja’ themed restaurant
- Walking tour of Tomonoura
- Sake tasting
- Visit Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park
- Explore the historic Senko-Ji temple
- City tour of Osaka
Day 1 UK to Tokyo, Japan
After taking Saga’s UK door-to-door travel service to Heathrow, fly overnight to Tokyo.
Day 2 Tokyo
On arrival at the airport you'll be met and taken to the locally rated 4-star Dai-ichi Hotel Tokyo Seafort for two-night stay.
Day 3 Tokyo
Compare and contrast Tokyo's old and new sights, on a tour from the traditional Asakusa district to modern streets swathed in neon signs. Visit Imperial Palace Plaza to see the Japanese Royal Family’s official residence, the upmarket shopping district of Ginza, then, after a sushi demonstration, make your own sushi lunch.
Day 4 Tokyo to Kawaguchi
Head for Hakone in the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park which is celebrated for its ethereal scenery. Ride the Hakone Walkway – a cablecar – and sail over Owakudani’s steaming crater, then take a cruise across Lake Ashi to drink in the world-famous view of snow-capped Mount Fuji, and to see the hot springs that bubble up in this crater lake.
Day 5 Kawaguchi to Yudanaka
Ascend Japan’s tallest mountain travelling up to the 5th station, the highest point you can reach if you’re not climbing, you may find you’re looking down at the clouds! Move on to Matsumoto Castle, dubbed Crow Castle because of its black walls and roofs that look like spreading wings, it dates back to the Sengoku period and is the country’s oldest castle. Next stop is Daio Wasabi Farm, where you can learn about the complexities of wasabi cultivation and its culinary uses, you can even treat yourself to a wasabi-themed lunch.
Day 6 Yudanaka to Kanazawa
A highlight of your trip will be today’s visit to Hell Valley in Yaen Jigoku National Park, home to snow monkeys. These Japanese macaques survive at lower temperatures than many primates, and here they go about their business and frolic in and out of the hot springs, apparently oblivious to the watchful eyes of the visitors.
Day 7 Kanazawa
Today you’ll visit Shirakawa-go a UNESCO-listed mountain village with Gassho houses with thatched roofs designed to withstand large amounts of snow and constructed ‘like hands in prayer’. Inaccessible for long years, here the locals cultivated mulberry trees and reared silk worms. Tour Wade-Ke house that dates from the mid-Edo period and enjoy some free time here.
Day 8 Kanazawa to Kyoto
Gold was found in Kanazawa some 400 years ago, and working gold leaf is a flourishing local craft. The leaf is so thin that if you hold it up, you can see light though it. See an artisan at work and learn about the complexities of the process. Move on to explore the traditional Higashichaya district, to see the wooden houses where ornately costumed geishas and maikos once entertained.
Day 9 Kyoto
On a full-day sightseeing tour see the Kiyomizu and Kinkakuji Temples, Nijo Castle, you can treat yourself to lunch in Nishiki market and enjoy a stroll around the Gion district, once the haunt of geisha. While here participate in the intricacies of a tea ceremony and sample matcha tea and Japanese sweetmeats.
Day 10 Kyoto to Kurashiki
Travel to the small coastal town of Kurashiki and walk the willow-lined canals and get a feel of the local culture and architecture.
Day 11 Kurashiki to Hiroshima
Head off to the atmospheric old port of Tomonoura, large parts of which date from the Edo period, see the historic harbour and wander the streets. Move on to Saijo – dubbed the spring water capital of Japan – to visit a Sake brewery.
Day 12 Hiroshima
Tour this thriving modern city, and pay a moving visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Dedicated to the victims of the world’s first nuclear attack, and build on land flattened by the explosion, it is designed to advocate world peace and is home to museums, monuments and memorials.
Day 13 Hiroshima to Osaka to UK
Take the ferry to Mijima Island – your luggage will be taken separately to the airport – to see the centuries-old Itsukushima shrine which has been named as one Japan’s three best views. Built over water it seems to float at high tide. Return to Hiroshima and take the bullet train to Osaka.
Day 14 UK
Arrive and take your onward UK door-to-door travel service.
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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