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Famous for its thrilling ultra-modern cities, Japan is also home to some of the world’s most stunning areas of natural beauty, where cherry blossoms and hydrangea bloom in spring and maple trees blaze fiery red hues across the land in autumn. Having selected these two splendid seasons as the most magical times to visit, our fully-escorted Japanese tour highlights the vitality of Tokyo and Hiroshima, the tranquillity and charm of temples, shrines, museums and gardens and the march of technology with an included journey on the lightning-fast Shinkansen (Bullet Train), all enhanced with the most gracious hospitality of the Japanese.
- 12 Nights in a hotel and 1 in flight
- 13 Meals including; 12 breakfasts and 1 lunch
- 3 Guided excursions and visits
- City tours of Tokyo, Kanazawa and Kyoto
- Mount Fuji Visitor Centre
- Visits to Matsumoto Castle, Shirakawago Village, Miyajima Island and Nara (including Todaiji Temple and Nara Park)
- Sake tasting at a traditional brewery
- Walking tours of Takayama and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
- Three journeys on the bullet train
- Traditional tea ceremony
- Lake Ashi cruise
- Cable car to the Owakudani Valley and Hot Springs
- VIP door-to-door travel service
- Free connecting flights from regional airports
- Check-in service by Titan staff
- Services of an experienced Titan tour manager
- Scheduled British Airways or Etihad flights
- Best available coaches with Wi-Fi and experienced drivers
- Hotel porterage
- Airport taxes, security charges and fuel surcharges
- UK Air Passenger Duty
Day 1: London - In Flight
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Tokyo.
Day 2: Tokyo
On arrival, we transfer by coach to the Keio Plaza Hotel (4T), located in Shinjuku, in the very heart of the Tokyo metropolis, for a two-night stay.
Day 3: Tokyo
We embrace this dazzling city with a full day tour, taking in legendary landmarks - the moated Imperial Palace, the Ginza (Silver Mint) district, the five-storey Asakusa Kannon Temple and the 634m Tokyo Skytree.
Day 4: Tokyo - Mt Fuji - Matsumoto
The Five Lakes District is dominated by majestic Mt Fuji, an icon of world travel towering over this region of exceptional natural beauty - on a clear day, the snow-capped, conical volcano is mirrored on the placid waters of Lake Kawaguchi.
Day 5: Matsumoto - Takayama
This morning we visit Matsumoto Castle, a striking timber and stone structure with a unique moon-viewing turret. We also take time to sample sake at a traditional brewery. Our journey proceeds through the breathtaking Japanese Alps to the hill town of Takayama.
Day 6: Takayama
Our walking tour of Takayama, known as ‘little Kyoto’, is filled with fabulous attractions from the open-air flower and fruit market to the imposing government house.
Day 7: Takayama - Kanazawa
We transfer by coach to Kanazawa visiting the World Heritage Shirakawago Village en route. Kanazawa is an historic castle town.
Day 8: Kanazawa- Hiroshima
We pack overnight bags whilst our main luggage is transferred to Kyoto for our arrival on day 10. A sightseeing tour of Kanazawa this morning includes the gorgeous Kenroku-en Garden and Buke-Yashiki (Samurai's house).
Day 9: Hiroshima
Our journey begins at Miyajima Port to catch a ferry over to Miyajima Island, otherwise known as Itsukushima or Divine Island. On arrival we admire the elaborate gate, Itsukushima Shrine, rising majestically out of the sea, and spend time strolling through the park.
Day 10: Hiroshima - Nara - Kyoto
We transfer to Hiroshima Station for our JR Bullet Train journey to Shin Osaka, where we board our coach for Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan. Attractions here include the famous Todaiji temple, which was built in 794 and became the guardian temple for the city.
Day 11: Kyoto
Highlights of this morning’s tour include the wonderful Ryoanji Temple, a Zen temple with a famous rock garden, and also the beautiful Kinkakuji Temple, or the ‘Golden Pavilion’, whose top two floors are completely bedecked in gold leaf.
Day 12: Kyoto - Hakone
After further exploration of Kyoto, including the Kiyomizu Temple, we also enjoy a traditional tea ceremony. We later take the JR Bullet Train from Kyoto to Mishima and continue to Hakone.
Day 13: Hakone - Tokyo
This morning we embark on a cruise on Lake Ashi, from where stunning views of the snow-capped mountains can be seen. We continue by cable car to the Owakudani Valley and Hot Springs, lying in the crater of Mt Hakone.
Day 14: Tokyo - London
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
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