Overview

Flight - 1 night
Osaka - 1 night
Kyoto - 3 nights
Hiroshima - 1 night
Hakone - 1 night
Tokyo - 3 nights

DISCOVER JAPAN

Japan is a truly timeless country, very traditional yet vibrantly modern; explore ancient Kyoto, travel by Bullet Train and admire the cherry blossoms or autumn leaves

The roots of the history and culture of Japan can be found in the Kansai region which includes the ancient capital of Kyoto and its third largest city, Osaka, which has prospered as a capital of commerce for centuries. Tranquil shrines and magnificent Buddhist temples stand with understated architectural elegance surrounded by exquisite gardens developed over centuries and unchanged to this day.

The city of Hiroshima was deemed uninhabitable after the devastation caused by the atomic bomb in 1945 but great efforts were taken to restore its historical heritage.

In Kyoto, the 15th-century Zen dry garden of Ryoan-ji is one of the best known in Japan and the Gion district showcases the Japan of old with its historic stone-fenced merchants’ houses and tradition of geisha/ maiko entertainment. Advancing rapidly into the 21st century, we visit the hightech city of Tokyo. However, beyond the roar of traffic, the glitter of neon and smart stores, pockets of Japanese serenity may still be found.

Key Features

Cultural & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
High Speed Train Included
Local Guide Throughout
Small Group Size: 7 - 18

 

Special Departures

Spring & Autumn Colours in Japan

We have selected departures that coincide with the anticipated spring flowering of cherry blossom (2020: Mar 21 & 28, Apr 4) and departures that coincide with the brilliant colours of autumn (2019: Oct 26 and Nov 9). An excursion on Day 8 is included to highlight this. Whilst we have selected the best viewing periods, the full variations of colour are dependent upon the weather patterns in the region.

Day 1 Fly overnight from your chosen airport to Osaka (Kansai) via Amsterdam.

Day 2 Transfer to the 4-star Sheraton Miyako for an overnight stay in Osaka. Visit Floating Garden Observatory.

Day 3 Visit the castle and stroll in Dotonbori Shopping Street. Okonomiyaki lunch. Travel to Kyoto and visit the Gion district. Spend three nights at the 3-star Hotel Monterey. (B, L)

Day 4 Full-day sightseeing of Kyoto. Visit Kinkaku-ji Pavilion, Ryoan-ji temple and Arashiyama Park, famous for its bamboo groves and stunning scenery, especially during the cherry blossom and autumn periods. (B)

Day 5 Further exploration of Kyoto using local transport, visits to Kiyomizu-dera Temple and a stroll on Ninenzaka street. Experience a Zen meditation and learn how to make Japanese tea. (B)

Day 6 Travel by Bullet Train to Hiroshima for overnight at the 3-star Hotel New Hiroden. Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park including the Atomic Bomb Dome and the museum. (B)

Day 7 Take a ferry to Miyajima Island to view Itsukushima Shrine. Travel by Bullet Train to Odawara via Osaka. Transfer to Hakone, near Mount Fuji, for overnight at the Japanese style Yunohana Prince. (B, D)

Day 8 Take a cable car ride over Owakudani Valley, a Lake Ashinoko cruise and visit Hakone Onshi Park. Transfer to Tokyo for three nights at the 4-star Grand Palace Hotel. (B)

Day 9 Full-day tour of Tokyo using local transport includes the Tokyo National Museum, Asakusa Nakamise Shopping Street and Ginza district. Enjoy a sushi making experience. (B)

Day 10 Further exploration of Tokyo using local transport, visits Imperial Garden for a photo stop, Meiji Shrine and Shinjuku Observatory. (B, D)

Day 11 Return flight from Tokyo Narita via Amsterdam, arriving the same day. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

This is a full itinerary with most visits on foot including the use of public transport and carrying luggage on and off trains.

On Day 6, main luggage is transported to Hakone so an overnight bag is needed for the Hiroshima stay.

Please note that in Japan room sizes are generally smaller than in Europe.

Notes

Please note that in Japan room sizes are generally smaller than in Europe.

2019

Saturdays
per person in a twin room
KLM from Heathrow

Date Price
September 14 £3995
October 12 £3995
October 26 £4095
November 9 £4295

2020

Saturdays
per person in a twin room
KLM from Heathrow

Date Price
February 22 £4295
March 21 £4595
March 28 £4695
April 4 £4695

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £495
(Sep/Oct/Nov £580; 2020 £645)

Twin for single use £695
(Sep/Oct/Nov £795; 2020 £895)

Flight Options

KLM Business Class from £2095
Flights are available from Bristol, Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow at no extra cost

Extension Options

Extra nights – Osaka
Sheraton Miyako Hotel
(per night) £175
Single supplement £80

Extra nights – Tokyo
Grand Palace Hotel
(per night) £145
Single supplement £105

Independent Arrival

Save £700
Arrival transfer add £155
Departure transfer add £195

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 9 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 2 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

 

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