Japan - Land Of The Rising Sun
- Duration: 13 days
- Board Basis: Mixed Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99494
- Travel Type: Air
12 nights. February 2022 - November 2022. From £4605.00.
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This tour of Japan is the perfect introduction to one of the world’s most enthralling countries - a mix of ancient and modern, and stunning works of nature. Beginning in Hiroshima, where you’ll visit the Peace Park and view Miyajima’s famous torii gate, this very special journey will take you to Himeji’s awe-inspiring castle, bustling Osaka, Japan's Sixth-century capital Nara, and ancient, mesmerising Kyoto. Kanazawa’s gardens, Shirakawa-Go’s traditional thatched gassho-zukuri houses and picture-book Takayama are followed by Nagoya’s museums of the modern age, and (hopefully) some unforgettable views of majestic Mount Fuji from Hakone. Two days in Tokyo's non-stop, neon futurescape – where gleaming modern towers and the latest technology share the landscape with temples and palaces – complete a fascinating journey.
What's Included10 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at hotels in Hiroshima (2 nights), Osaka (2), Kyoto (1), Kanazawa (1), Nagoya (1), Mount Fuji (1), Tokyo (2), plus one night on the aircraft
Three lunches and one dinner
A bullet train journey from Hiroshima to Osaka
Return flights to London to Hiroshima via Beijing, returning from Tokyo
Comfortable coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
Holiday HighlightsSee Tokyo’s Imperial Palace, Senso-ji temple and Meiji shrine
Explore Imperial Kyoto and Kanazawa
The views of Mount Fuji (weather permitting)
Visit Nara – Japan’s first capital
Discover Osaka’s food quarter – Japan’s Kitchen
Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park
Miyajima’s famous 'floating' torii gate
Visit Himeji-jõ, Japan’s finest castle
See Shirakawa-go’s traditional houses
Spend the day in Takayama – gateway to the Japanese Alps
Visit Nagoya’s Railway and Toyota museums
A cruise on Lake Ashi and cable-car ride
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Fly overnight from the UK, via Beijing, to Hiroshima.
Day 2You'll meet your tour manager when you arrive in Osaka, and transfer into the city, heading to your hotel.
Day 3Join your guide and cross to the tiny island of Miyajima, where one of Japan’s most famous sights – the 'floating' torii gate – acts as a ceremonial entrance to Itsukushima Shrine. Return to the mainland to visit the Peace Memorial Park, where the startling ruins of the UNESCO-listed A-Bomb Dome and the Cenotaph, under which the names of over 220,000 victims are recorded, serve as poignant reminders of the destruction of the now-rebuilt city.
Day 4Board the coach and head to historic Kurshiki, with its ancient kura rice storehouses, before continuing to Himeji’s extraordinary White Egret castle – perhaps Japan’s finest fortified palace. Entry to the fortress and its adjoining Kokoen gardens is included, and after your visit, you'll board a Shinkansen Bullet Train for the journey to Osaka. Once here, relax or enjoy a first evening in this colourful city.
Day 5Today you'll head to Nara, Japan’s Sixth-century capital, where sights include Todai-ji temple’s Great Buddha, the sacred deer of the Nara Koen Park and Kasuga Taisha shrine, one of Japan’s most important Shinto shrines and famous for its traditional lanterns. Return to Osaka for a guided exploration of the retro World Expo Shinsekai area, the dazzling electronic wonderland of the Den-Den district and Dotonbori – Japan’s Kitchen, with its restaurants and street vendors.
Day 6Discover the highlights of Japan's former imperial capital, including the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine’s red torii gates, the spectacular Kiyomizu-dera temple, which offers breath-taking views of the whole city, and the famous Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion. See the Zen Buddhist rock garden of Ryoan-ji, and the lovingly restored streets of Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka. This evening, why not visit the Gion district to catch sight of geishas hurrying along?
Day 7Journey to coastal Kanazawa today, to visit the exquisite Kenroku-en Garden, one of the world’s great horticultural treasures, and to get a glimpse of Japan's past at Nagamachi’s Samurai House and in the Higashi Chaya-Gai geisha district. Lunch is included today, and you’ll also spend the night in the city.
Day 8Today you'll head to UNESCO-listed Gokayama, to see its beautifully preserved, thatched gassho-zukuri farmhouses. We'll then proceed to Takayama, in the heart of the Japanese Alps. Here, the streets of Sanmachi Suji are lined with traditional buildings and sake breweries, one of which you'll visit with your guide for a tasting. You'll also visit the fascinating folk museum chronicling Japanese life through the centuries, then head to contrastingly modern Nagoya for an overnight stay.
Day 9Explore two of modern Japan’s most fascinating museums – the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, which showcases the automotive giant’s growth from a small textile manufacturer, and the equally compelling SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, whose collection includes both steam locomotives and ultra-modern magnetic-levitating trains. Afterwards, you'll head to Fujinomiya, in the shadow of iconic, volcanic Mount Fuji, which you’ll hopefully see from the heritage centre’s observation deck. This evening enjoy dinner – and perhaps a hot-spring Onsen bath – at your hotel.
Day 10Today you'll journey north to beautiful Hakone National Park, dominated on clear days by the cone of Mount Fuji. Take a cruise on Lake Ashi and ride the cable car above the Owakudani Valley, then travel through the volcanic landscape to Tokyo for a first evening in the capital.
Day 11Join your guide for a fascinating day, that will include the gardens of the Imperial Palace, the ancient Buddhist Senso-ji temple and nearby, traditional Nakamise shopping street. Enjoy an entertaining lunch that includes a sushi-making experience, a bird’s eye view of the city from the observation floor of Shinjuku’s government buildings, a stroll along the tree-lined avenues of Yoyogi park, the Meiji Shrine and a visit to world-famous Shibuya Crossing – a chaotic four-way sea of humanity. Why not visit one of Omote-sando’s Parisian-style cafés or discover the shops and stores of Ginz, Tokyo’s equivalent of Fifth Avenue, before returning to your hotel at the end of an exciting last day?
Day 12Today you'll transfer to the airport to check in for your flight home via Beijing. Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from Hiroshima airport to your hotel is approximately one hour. On departure the transfer time to Tokyo airport is approximately 30 mins.
Luggage allowanceYou are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
Passports and visasBritish citizens require passports when travelling overseas and this must be valid for six months beyond the date you return. If you are not a British citizen, you may need a visa for the country/countries you are visiting (please contact the respective embassies to check and to apply).
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made. In many developing countries access is sometimes not as easy as at home. Should you have walking difficulties, getting around monuments and attractions may be harder and, in some cases, impossible. Should you have any concerns whatsoever please do contact us prior to travel.
Travel vaccinationsRequirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotelsShould circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Road ConditionsIn developing countries road networks are continually being improved and expanded, which can mean that, from time to time, roadworks and rough road surfaces can extend journey times. Some journeys are made on winding mountain roads and passes, which may also make for slow travelling - although the scenery is usually worth it! Many roads do not have separate pavements or safety barriers, and great care should be taken when crossing or walking alongside roads.
Flight informationPlease note, all flights operate via Beijing.
Terms and conditions15% Offer applies to new bookings only on air-inclusive holidays to destinations outside of the UK and Europe booked between 4th January and 31st January 2021 inclusive. The Offer does not apply to holidays with late availability pricing and cannot be combined with any other concession. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount which will be applied to your booking once the promo code OFFER15 has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. The discount applies to your final holiday price (excluding holiday insurance) at the time of booking. The Offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Back to top