Nowhere on earth is the contrast between traditional and modern quite so marked as in the mysterious land of Japan.
Today you’ll depart on your scheduled flight to Tokyo.
You’ll arrive in Tokyo early evening and transfer to your hotel, located in downtown Tokyo.
After breakfast join your Tour Manager for a full-day sightseeing tour of Tokyo. Your fi rst stop is the city’s most famous shrine, Meiji Jingu, dedicated to the spirit of the Emperor Meiji. It is a popular location for Japanese weddings so if you are lucky you may see a bride and groom dressed in traditional Shinto wedding attire. Your Tour Manager will point out the incredible Tokyo Tower, built as a broadcast tower in 1958, before there’s time to stop for lunch. You’ll then visit the Buddhist Sensoji Temple in Asakusa and have the chance to view the beautiful gardens of the Imperial Palace – the main residence of Japan’s emperor. Your tour concludes in the famous Akihabara area, considered the largest single place in the world to buy electronic goods. Tonight enjoy an included dinner at the hotel.
Today is free for you to spend at leisure. Alternatively, join our optional excursion to the town of Nikko, where you’ll visit the lavishly decorated Toshogu Shrine which consists of more than a dozen Shinto and Buddhist buildings set in a forest. You’ll also see the impressive Kegon Waterfall.
Leaving Tokyo today you’ll travel by road to Hakone, gateway to Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain, and the Fuji- Hakone-Izu National Park. Enjoy scenic mountain views during an included cable car ride and lake cruise before an afternoon visit to Owakudani Valley. Also known as the Great Boiling Valley, it was formed thousands of years ago by volcanic eruptions and today smoke still pours from vents in the ground and the aroma of sulphur lingers in the air. Before reaching your hotel, there will be a photo stop for you to capture the beauty of the spectacular Mount Fuji. Dinner is included at a local restaurant this evening.
Your tour continues today as you head to Takayama. En route stops will be made at Miyagawa morning market, where you can sample the region’s exotic fruits and vegetables, and you will visit local museums and view a traditional house.
You’ll also visit Matsumoto Castle, a unique and perfectly preserved timber and stone structure, and this afternoon you’ll tour Daio Wasabi Farm to see how Japanese horseradish is grown.
After breakfast join your Tour Manager for an included half-day excursion. After a walking tour of Takayama you’ll visit Shirakawago, one of Japan’s most scenic areas located along the picturesque Shokawa River and surrounded by pine-covered mountain and centuries-old thatch-roofed farmhouses.
After checking out of your hotel and a morning visit to a local market you’ll board the Bullet Train bound for Kyoto. The 325-mile journey takes just two hours and 30 minutes and on a clear day you’ll be able to enjoy excellent views of Mount Fuji from your seat.
On arrival in Kyoto, join your Tour Manager for a sightseeing tour before checking into your hotel for a two-night stay.
You’ll explore Kyoto in more depth today on a further sightseeing tour. Highlights include the Kinkakuji Temple with its Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle – built in 1603 for the fi rst Shogun of the Edo Period – and the Heian Shrine, dedicated to the spirits of the fi rst and last emperors who reigned from the city. After an included lunch which includes a sushi-making demonstration, you might choose to join our optional excursion to Nara, the ‘City of Temples’.
Another journey by Bullet Train takes you from Kyoto to Hiroshima, infamous as the fi rst city in history to be targeted by a nuclear weapon when United States Army Air Forces dropped an atomic bomb on it near the end of the Second World War. A sightseeing tour will introduce you to this rebuilt city and Miyajima Island, with highlights including the Itsukushima Shrine, Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome, one of the few surviving buildings that stood at the epicenter of the bomb blast. Dinner is included this evening at a local restaurant.
Your tour continues with a Bullet Train journey to Osaka. The rest of the day is to enjoy at leisure.
Tonight we offer an optional fugu dinner at a local licenced restaurant. A feature of the Dotonbori area, this is a speciality dish of blow fish – a fish that is poisonous if not prepared properly by trained chefs!
Today we include a half-day tour starting with a visit to Osaka Castle,the 1,400-year-old Shitennjo-ji Temple, and taking in Dotonbori, Osaka’s vibrant entertainment district. Your fi nal stop is the shopping district of Umeda, where you’ll find several department stores and a large underground mall. Later, you’ll transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
Arrive back in the UK.
We want you to get the most from your holiday with us so please be
advised that this tour is not suitable for anyone with mobility problems.
Accommodation throughout is in hotels of a comfortable standard, typical of the hotels you will stay in are:
All hotels have a restaurant and a bar. All guest rooms have en suite facilities, air conditioning and TV.