Overview

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

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DISCOVER JAPAN

Traversing Japan by Bullet Train, from Osaka to Kyoto, Hakone, and Tokyo, this small-group tour reveals the country’s seamless blend of timeless tradition and mesmerising modernity

Exploring the country’s culture and contrasts, past and present, the tour begins in commercial and very contemporary Osaka. With a castle and ancient Shinto shrine, it is not without historic sites but doesn’t dwell on heritage. Kyoto is quite the opposite, with imperial palaces, over a thousand Buddhist temples, timber townhouses and old-world shopping streets. Another sharp contrast follows as we visit Hiroshima, still an affecting site, but defying predictions of its permanent demise with a modern downtown, and the Peace Memorial Park’s reconstruction of heritage monuments. Tranquillity comes naturally to Hakone, a blissful retreat of botanical gardens, forest-shrouded shrines, the gorgeous Lake Ashinoko, and matchless views of Mount Fuji. One last transition is to Tokyo’s famously soaring skyline, but, down at street level, it masters the mix of old and new.

Key Features

Cultural & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
High Speed Train Included
Local Guide Throughout

Special Event

Sushi Making

A taisho will demonstrate how to create diff erent pieces of sushi. Enjoy preparing your own sushi lunch. Sushi is prepared from vinegared rice, accompanied by a variety of ingredients, such as raw seafood and vegetables. Styles of sushi and its presentation vary widely, but the one key ingredient is ‘sushi rice’.

Special Departures

Autumn Colours in Japan

Japanese cherry blossom are about appreciating the present so we have selected departures coinciding with the brilliant colours of autumn foliage (koyo) to be surrounded by scarlet maple and golden ginkgo trees.
2023: Oct 27 & Nov 3

Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow, via Tokyo to Osaka.

Day 2 On arrival, transfer to the 4-star Rihga Royal Hotel for an overnight stay; and later visit the Floating Garden Observatory, topping the 40-storey Umeda Sky Building.

Day 3 Visit the 16th-century, though much-rebuilt, Osaka Castle, a moated confection within fortress walls. Stroll in the city’s entertainment area, Dotonbori; and enjoy an ‘Okonomiyaki’ savoury pancake lunch. Travel to Kyoto, the country’s capital for eleven centuries, and still the epicentre of Japanese culture. Visit Gion, the city’s geisha district. Three nights at the 3-star Rihga Gran Hotel. (B, L)

Day 4 A full day of discovery in Kyoto includes visits to the Buddhist Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion; the 15th-century Zen dry garden of Ryoan-ji Temple, and Arashiyama Park, renowned for its bamboo groves, particularly scenic during cherry blossom time and in autumn foliage. (B)

Day 5 For an immersive introduction to the rhythm and culture of Kyoto, we use local transport to visit the Buddhist Kiyomizu-dera; explore on foot in the stepped lanes of Ninenzaka Street; and experience a Zen meditation, and a lesson in making Japanese tea. (B)

Day 6 Travel by Bullet Train to Hiroshima, etched in collective memory as the ‘ground zero’ of 6th August, 1945. Visit the Peace Memorial Park, created around one of the few buildings still standing, including the Atomic Bomb Dome and the museum. Overnight at the 3-star Hotel Granvia. (B)

Day 7 Take a ferry to Miyajima Island to view Itsukushima Shrine and its ‘torii’ gate. Travel by Bullet Train (via Osaka) to Odawara, and transfer to Hakone, set within the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Overnight at the 4-star Yunohana Prince Hotel, furnished in Japanese style. (B, D)

Day 8 A scenic tour of the area includes a cable car ride over Owakudani Valley, a cruise on the blue waters of Lake Ashinoko, and a visit to Onshi Park. Travel by road to high-tech Tokyo, for three nights at the 4-star Royal Park Hotel. (B)

Day 9 Using local transport throughout our time in Tokyo, today’s visits include the National Museum; Asakusa district’s Nakamise shopping street; and the very different Ginza district. Later, enjoy a sushi making experience. (B, L)

Day 10 Continue exploring the city’s highlights, with a photo-stop at the Imperial Garden; and visiting the Shinto ‘Meiji Shrine’ and the tower-top Shinjuku Observatory. (B, D)

Day 11 Transfer to Tokyo Haneda airport for the return flight, arriving at London Heathrow 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 and double beds are not available at all hotels.

Notes

Please note that in Japan room sizes are generally smaller than in Europe and double beds are not available at all hotels.

2023

Fridays
per person in a twin room
Japan Airlines from Heathrow

Date Price
October 27 £4695
November 3 £4715

2024

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Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £665
Twin for single use £875

Flight Options

Japan Airlines Premium Economy – On request
Japan Airlines Business Class – On request

Extension Options

Extra nights – Osaka
Righa Royal Hotel
(per night) £195
Single supplement £95

Extra nights – Tokyo
Royal Park Hotel
(per night) £160
Single supplement £115

Privately Guided

Add £2595 per person

Tour Only

Save £900
Arrival transfer from Kansai Airport add £190
Arrival transfer from Itami Airport add £155
Departure transfer by shuttle bus from Haneda Airport add £50
Departure transfer by shuttle bus from Narita Airport add £75

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 9 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches 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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