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Wendy Wu Jewels of Japan

Jewels of Japan takes you on a fascinating adventure exploring the best of Japan in 11 days. Discover the world's tallest tower at Skytree in Tokyo and experience the exciting capital city of Japan. Visit scenic landscapes Japan has to offer from iconic Mt Fuji, Kyoto temples, historic Himeji to Hiroshima and Miyajima, finding yourself immersed in the wonderful culture and heritage.

Tour Highlights:

Tokyo
Mount Fuji
Himeji
Kyoto

What's Included: 

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.

Wendy Wu Jewels of Japan Itinerary

Days 1-2: Fly to Tokyo

Fly overnight to the dazzling metropolis of Tokyo, Japan's capital city. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

Day 3: Discover Tokyo

Today's city tour starts on the observation deck of the 634-metre Skytree, the world's tallest tower, before seeking out the tranquility of the ancient Buddhist Sensoji Temple. Glimpse Tokyo's historical heritage at the Edo-Tokyo Museum and explore Tokyo's Imperial Palace. This evening take a relaxed dinner cruise on the Sumida River for some excellent city vistas.

Day 4: Meiji Shrine

The city tour continues with a relaxed morning wandering around the classical landscapes of the Hamarikyu Garden. Explore the huge evergreen forest that encompasses the Shinto Meiji Shrine. The afternoon is free for you to explore as you wish.

Day 5: Fuji Five Lakes

Journey through the foothills of the iconic Mt Fuji to its base where we find the Fuji Five Lakes. The region is spectacular with the calm waters of the five lakes, formed by past eruptions, reflecting Fuji's picture-perfect cone. Try your hand at making traditional Japanese soba noodles before tucking in to your creations. Continue to Oshino Hakkai, a scenic area of ponds full of crystal clear spring water created by Fuji's melting snow, where there is also a small museum.

Day 6: Mt Fuji

Ascend Mt Fuji to the 5th Station. Return to the beautiful Five Lakes region and explore Iyashi no Sato. Destroyed by a landslide in 1966, the remaining thatched-roofed houses of this old Japanese village have been transformed into an open-air museum and craft village, exhibiting plenty of local, and traditional handicrafts.

Day 7: Bullet train to Kyoto

Transfer to the station at Mishima. Sit back and relax in the cool comfort of a bullet train as you speed across the country to Kyoto. An enchanting city, Kyoto was capital for a thousand years; today it is the legacy of ancient Japan, full of tranquil temples, silk-clad geisha and sublime gardens. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Day 8: Explore Kyoto

Spend the day soaking up some of Kyoto's delightful sights, starting at Kinkakuji Temple, known as the Golden Pavillion. Continue to Ryoanji, a Zen temple with an excellent example of a dry landscape garden, and Kiyomizu Temple, a 17th century Buddhist temple. This afternoon visit a restored wooden townhouse to learn the traditional Japanese arts of origami and calligraphy, witness Ikebana and enjoy a tea ceremony.

Day 9: Himeji

Jump on the bullet train again today for a day visit to Himeji. The feudal era fort, one of the most impressive in Japan, towers over the city recognisable as the backdrop to several major films. Appreciate its turbulent past before strolling around Kokoen, the Edo-style gardens just across the castle moat. Return to Kyoto. The geisha is both an intriguing and integral part of Japanese history - enjoy tea with either a maiko (apprentice geisha) or geisha at a typical teahouse.

Day 10: Hiroshima and Miyajima

Take a day trip by bullet train to Hiroshima and Miyajima. Hiroshima needs no introduction. The city today is vibrant and modern with a forward-thinking, sunny outlook. Find a moment to reflect at the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Hopping on a ferry, make the short trip to the holy island of Miyajima. Visit the Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Japan's most recognisable, it rises majestically out of the waters of the inland sea.

Day 11: Fly Osaka to UK

Transfer to Osaka and fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.

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