Day 1 Fly overnight from your chosen airport to Osaka (Kansai) via Amsterdam.
Day 2 Visit Aerial Garden Observatory. Transfer to the 4-star Sheraton Miyako for an overnight stay in Osaka.
Day 3 Visit the castle and stroll along Dotonbori Shopping Street. Okonomiyaki lunch. Travel to Kyoto and visit the Gion district. Spend three nights at the 3-star Hotel Monterey Kyoto or similar. (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. (B)
Day 7 Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park including the Atomic Bomb Dome and the museum. Take a ferry to Miyajima Island to view Itsukushima Shrine. Travel by Bullet Train to Tokyo for three nights at the 4-star Grand Palace Hotel. (B)
Day 8 Oct 2017, Mar 24 & 31, Apr 7 2018: Travel to Kamakura by train for the cherry blossom/autumn colours including Hasedera Temple, Great Buddha and Hachimangu Shrine. Sep 2017, Mar 17 & Apr 21 2018: Optional full-day excursion to Hakone, near Mount Fuji, includes Owakudani Valley and a cable car ride to Lake Ashinoko for a cruise and visit to Hakone Onshi Park (£295). (B)
Day 9 Full-day city tour of Tokyo using local transport (Tokyo Tour ticket included) includes the Shinjuku Metropolitan Observatory, Meiji Shrine, The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace, Ginza district and Senso-ji Temple. (B, D)
Day 10 Return flight from Tokyo Narita via Amsterdam, arriving the same day. (B)