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Enjoy a private tour of the Wonders of Japan with Wendy Wu tours. Experience 11 days visiting a variety of places in Japan. Starting in the modern metropolis Tokyo, Japan's capital city, discover the blend of traditional Japan and innovative Japan. Visit Mount Fuji, Japan's iconic landmark and be treated to stunning views of the mountain vista. Journey to Kyoto for an insight into the cultural heritage and traditions of Japan, experiencing performances of Geishas, seeing the Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines at World Heritage sites.
- Explore the vibrant city of Tokyo
- Visit the iconic Mount Fuji
- See the cheeky Snow Monkeys
- Relax in a traditional Japanese onsen
- Travel by speedy bullet train
- Discover the charms of Kyoto
- Return international flights
- All Accommodation
- Selected meals
- All transportation & transfers
- All sightseeing & entrance fees
- English speaking National Escort & local guides
- Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
Day 1: Fly to Tokyo
Fly overnight from the UK to Tokyo
Day 2: Arrive Tokyo
Prepare for a culture and land entirely different from what you are used to. Check into your hotel and explore.
Day 3: Explore Tokyo
One-quarter of all Japanese live in Tokyo or the near vicinity and with a population of over 12 million inhabitants, Tokyo is one of the largest cities in the world. The street-level detail is what makes Tokyo such an incredibly interesting place to explore and at every turn, you will be met with an array of sights, sounds and smells to enliven the senses. The city has many major sights to visit such as Senso-Ji Temple in the old downtown area of Asakusa or the fashion hub of Shibuya.
Day 4: Mount Fuji & Hakone
Head south-west of Tokyo to Hakone for breath-taking views of Mount Fuji, Japan's tallest and most iconic mountain. Afterwards, travel to Hakone National Park where you will cruise Lake Ashi and visit the Hakone-en Gardens. Take a cable car up Mount Komagatake for even more spectacular views of Mount Fuji.
Day 5: Travel to Yudanaka
Travel on Japan's ultra-modern and super-fast train network through the spectacular snow-covered landscape to Nagano, the host city of the 1998 Winter Olympics. Take some time to visit the iconic Zenkoji Temple, one of the most important in Japan. Afterwards, continue your journey deep into the northern mountains of the Japanese Alps to the Onsen resort town of Yudanaka
Day 6: Yudanaka Onsen
Enjoy exploring the hot spring town of Yudanaka today, taking in all the sights, including the famous snow monkeys who come down from the mountain during the winter months to soak in natural hot springs at the Jigokudani Monkey Park. The monkeys completely ignore their human watchers and you can spend hours watching them play, and even swimming in the Onsen.
Day 7: Bullet train to Kyoto
Don't expect any delays or signal failures as you board the speedy bullet train for a thrilling train ride across the Japanese countryside to Kyoto, a city famous for its traditional Japanese lifestyle and Geisha performances.
Day 8: Kyoto
Follow your guide on an in-depth tour of this former capital, home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, over 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines. Track down Kyoto's treasures: sacred shrines tucked in among shopping arcades, time-honoured teahouses nestling among modern businesses and mysterious geisha scuttling down backstreets among the tourist souvenirs.
Day 9: Explore Kyoto
You could easily spend another full day discovering more of Kyoto's wonders, however for those eager to see even more of Japan, we do provide you with a rail pass enabling you to visit one of the nearby cities, including Nara, Kobe, Osaka or Hiroshima.
Day 10: Travel to Tokyo
From Kyoto, jump back on the trains and travel back to Tokyo. Enjoy one last evening in this sky-scraping metropolis.
Day 11: Fly Tokyo to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
This is a moderate tour. This means that the itinerary requires a good level of fitness. On several days there will be sightseeing on foot for extended periods of time, often involving steps or uneven ground. Of course, our local guides will always endeavour to provide the highest level of service and assistance; however, they cannot be expected to cater for customers who are unfit to complete the itinerary.
Three, Four and five star hotels are available on private tours. Please speak to one of our reservation consultants to discuss the standard of hotels you would like to book. 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.
This tour has a Level 1 fitness rating. This means that a reasonable level of fitness is required but it's more about spending time on your feet rather than covering large distances. You'll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps.
As this is a private Japan tour, there will be times when you will need to transfer independently; transfers are simple and can easily be done in a taxi. You will also be travelling on the trains independently when transferring between cities.
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