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£5045

Discover Japan

Traversing Japan by Bullet Train, from neon-lit cityscapes to geisha lanes, from Shinto shrines to views of Mount Fuji, 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, focused instead on vibrant shopping streets, with pretty riversides thrown in for good measure. Kyoto is quite the opposite, with imperial palaces, over a thousand Buddhist temples, timber townhouses and old-world shopping streets. Of course, modernity has made a mark on the city, but in the home of geishas, manners, and tradition, it may take much longer to alter the essence of Kyoto. 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, white-capped and wondrous. One last transition is to Tokyo’s famously soaring skyline, but, down at street level, it masters the mix of old and new with simple wooden structures, and cobbled lanes weaving between the towers.

Overview

  • Flight  - 1 night
  • Osaka  - 1 night
  • Kyoto  - 3 nights
  • Hiroshima  - 1 night
  • Hakone  - 1 night
  • Tokyo  - 3 nights
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Tour Highlights

  • Explore contemporary Osaka
  • Wander through Ancient Kyoto
  • Reflect in Hiroshima
  • Marvel at Mt. Fuji
  • Staying at a Ryokan
  • Be amazed by bustling Tokyo

Traversing Japan by Bullet Train, from neon-lit cityscapes to geisha lanes, from Shinto shrines to views of Mount Fuji, from Osaka to Kyoto, Hakone, and Tokyo, this small-group tour reveals the country’s seamless blend of timeless tradition and mesmerising modernity

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.

Accommodation

Rihga Royal Hotel - Osaka

A modern 4-star hotel in the Kita neighbourhood and close to Keihan Nakanoshima railway station. Restaurants, bar, gym, pool, sauna and WiFi (free). 1041 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
May 2024 & all 2025 departures

Osaka Excel Hotel Tokyu – Osaka

A modern 4-star hotel, close to Namba Shrine. Restaurant, bar, gym, WiFi (free). 364 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-fridge, tea making facilities and satellite TV.

Rihga Gran Hotel - Kyoto

3-star hotel in Kyoto’s Minami neighbourhood and close to the railway station. Restaurant, bar, public bath and WiFi (free). Air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Hotel Granvia - Hiroshima

Hiroshima is directly connected to the JR Hiroshima Station and a 20-minute tram ride from Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park and a 10-minute drive from Hiroshima Castle. This Michelin 3-star rated hotel offers modern accommodation with 6 restaurants, massage services and WiFi (free). Rooms with air-conditioning and heating, fridge, trouser press and a flat-screen TV. Buffet breakfast daily.

Yunohana Prince - Hakone

A traditional Japanese-style 4-star hotel with hot spring baths. Restaurant, WiFi (free) and 59 air-conditioned Japanese-style rooms with hairdryer, mini-fridge and satellite TV.

Royal Park Hotel – Tokyo

A classic 4-star hotel in Tokyo’s Chuo neighbourhood, close to Suitengumae underground station. Restaurants, bars and WiFi (free). 419 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
Notes:

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

Extra Nights

Stay in Osaka before you start your tour or spend extra nights in Tokyo before flying back to the UK

Extra nights are on request, please call to discuss your requirements

Rihga Royal Hotel
(per night) £175
Single supplement £82

Royal Park Hotel
(per night) £145
Single supplement £105

Righa Royal Hotel - Osaka

A modern 4-star hotel in the Kita neighbourhood and close to Keihan Nakanoshima railway station. Restaurants, bar, gym, pool, sauna and WiFi (free). 1041 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Royal Park Hotel – Tokyo

A classic 4-star hotel in Tokyo’s Chuo neighbourhood, close to Suitengumae underground station. Restaurants, bars and WiFi (free). 419 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin room
Japan Airlines from Heathrow

March
March 22 (Friday)
  • Sold out
March 29 (Friday)
  • 1 Place Remaining
  • On Request: Please Call
May
May 10 (Friday)
October
October 25 (Friday)
  • 2 Places Remaining
November
November 1 (Friday)
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.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • 2024: Mar
  • £795
  • 2024: May, Oct, Nov
  • £675
  • 2025: Mar, Apr
  • £795
  • 2025: May, Oct, Nov
  • £725
Flight Options
  • Japan Airlines Premium Economy
  • On request, please call
  • Japan Airlines Business Class
  • On request, please call
Privately Guided
  • Privately guided options available based on 2+ people
  • On request, please call
Tour Only
  • Save
  • £900
  • Arrival transfer from Kansai Airport
  • £230
  • Arrival transfer from Itami Airport
  • £200
  • Departure transfer by shuttle bus from Haneda Airport
  • £80
  • Departure transfer by shuttle bus from Narita Airport
  • £88

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