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Discover Japan is a fantastic Wendy Wu Tour and is ideal for travellers who want to experience the wonders of Japan; from traditional Kyoto to the modern and futuristic Tokyo. Spend 13 days seeing many highlights of Japan including Mount Fuji, Kinkakuji Temple, Koya-San, Osaka Castle and much more.
Ascend Japan's iconic and inspirational highest mountain
Stop in amazement at the dramatic flair of the Matsumoto Castle
Explore this authentic Japanese town known as the 'thousand-year capital'
Meander through the 10,000 red torri arches of this stunning shrine
- Return international flights
- All Accommodation
- All meals
- All transportation & transfers
- All sightseeing & entrance fees
- English speaking National Escort & local guides
- Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
Days 1-2: Fly to Tokyo
Fly overnight to the neon-lit metropolis of Tokyo, Japan's capital city.
Day 3: Sensoji Temple
Take a city tour of Tokyo, starting with the Tokyo Sky Tree, the tallest structure in Japan. Afterwards visit the Sensoki Temple and the Hamarikyu Gardens. This evening, enjoy a cruise on the Sumida River for city vistas.
Day 4: Mt Fuji
Travel to Hakone, the gateway to Mt Fuji and head up to the 5th Station to enjoy the amazing views. Cruise on Lake Ashi and take the world's second longest cable car up to Mt Owakudani where we can sample a hardboiled egg from the sulphuric hot springs for which Hakone is famous.
Day 5: Matsumoto Castle
Visit the magnificent Matsumoto Castle and then travel to Takayama, which is nestled high in the mountainous Hida region of Japan.
Day 6: Explore Takayama
Head to the Miyagawa morning market where we can purchase local crafts and sample the regions delicious fruit and vegetables. We then visit some of Takayama's traditional houses and local museums including the Takayama Festival Floats Museum, Kusakabe Folk Museum and Takayama Jinya.
Day 7: Travel to Kanazawa
Journey to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Shirakawago, famous for its gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are over 250 years old. Continue to Kanazawa and visit the Nomura Samurai House, followed by a stroll through the Old District.
Day 8: Kenroku-en Garden
Stroll through Kenroku-en Garden, one of Japans top three gardens followed by a visit to the Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. Later travel by coach to Kyoto, the former capital of Japan.
Day 9: Explore Kyoto
Visit Nijo Castle and one of Kyoto's Zen temples, where we have the opportunity to take part in a meditation class with a Buddhist priest. Next, visit the famous Kinkakuji Temple, known as the Golden Pavilion. Head to a restored Japanese wooden townhouse where we learn about origami and calligraphy, witness the Japanese art of Ikebana and enjoy a tea ceremony. End the day with a visit to Kiyomizu Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and stroll through Higashiyama District.
Day 10: Discover Nara
Travel to Nara, the ancient capital of Japan. Visit Todaiji Temple, the world's largest wooden structure which is home to Japan's largest Buddha. Later, visit the Isuein Gardens and stroll through Nara Park. Return to Kyoto stopping en-route at Fushimi Inari Shine, also known as 10,000 Torii Gates, which features in the film Memoirs of a Geisha.
Day 11: Koya-San
Journey to Koya-San, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, visit Kongobunji Temple and the Garan Temple complex. Okunoin is Japan's largest cemetery and holds the mausoleum of the founder of Shingon Buddhism, Kobo Daishi. Walk to the mausoleum, passing 200,000 tombstones belonging to feudal lords and prominent monks on the way. Tonight we stay in a Buddhist Shukubo Temple Lodge and enjoy a traditional Shojin Ryori vegetarian dinner.
Day 12: Travel to Osaka
Rise early to witness the monks chant their morning prayers, followed by a traditional breakfast. Travel to Osaka, Japan's third-largest city, where we visit Osaka Castle and cruise along the Yodogawa River. This evening stroll down the restaurant mecca, Dotonbori, before our farewell dinner.
Day 13: Fly Osaka to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
These tours are designed for those who wish to see the iconic sites and magnificent treasures of Japan on an excellent value group tour whilst travelling with like-minded people. The tours are on a fully-inclusive basis so you’ll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of. You will be accompanied by our dedicated and professional National Escorts and local guides, whose unparalleled knowledge will turn your holiday into an unforgettable experience.
Coaches with air conditioning are used in group tours for city sightseeing, short excursions to the countryside and longer transfers where necessary. Roads in Japan are extremely well maintained and are comparatively smooth with the rest of Asia.
Your accommodation is selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range from a business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. In more remote areas, accommodation may be of a lower standard and may not have all western amenities.
Most Wendy Wu groups consist of 10 travellers or more and will be accompanied by a national escort. There will usually be no more than 29 travellers in each group although you may encounter other Wendy Wu tour groups while you are travelling.
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