Overview

Flight - 1 night
Tokyo - 3 nights
Kami Suwa - 1 night
Kanazawa - 1 night
Kyoto - 2 nights
Nara (Osaka) - 1 night (Nov 2021)
Matsue - 2 nights
Tokyo - 1 night

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Japan's Earthly Treasures

A journey across Japan exploring her finest gardens and true cultural treasures, all immersed in a way of life unchanged for generations

The Japanese archipelago has an intriguing history of emperors, shoguns, samurai, geisha, colourful kimonos, exquisite gardens and Zen Buddhism. Bustling Tokyo, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. Kyoto, former Imperial capital, is famous for its Shinto shrines, gardens and geishas, and tranquil Kanazawa for breathtaking gardens and castles. Travel on a bullet train and spend an unforgettable night near Mount Fuji in a ‘Ryokan’, a typical Japanese inn. Nara, Japan’s first capital, dates back to the 8th century and Matsue in the north is a water city famed for its wondrous castle and gardens.

Japanese gardens are a traditional art form with intrinsic aesthetic and philosophical ideals that date back 1400 years. They highlight the natural landscape to encapsulate the spirit of nature and the transience of life. Originally created as idylls to tempt the deities from heaven, they range from tiny landscaped spaces, to historic Imperial gardens over many acres. They are undeniably beautiful and pacifying, calming yet challenging and esoteric.

Japan's appeal is multifaceted, its heritage; the feudal era, time of the samurai and ninja is reflected in its palaces and castle gardens. If you lean more towards Zen arts there are some fabulous gardens to explore and our travel dates are ideal for ‘spring blossoms’ and ‘autumn leaves’. Be captivated by the Land of the Rising Sun, this enigmatic country filled with cultural treasures.

Key Features

Culture & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
5 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Geisha Maiko Experience
High-Speed Train Included
Local Expert Guide 
Group Size: 10 – 25

 

Special Event

Tea Ceremony

Experience the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha at the Daitokuji temple.

Day 1 Fly overnight from Heathrow to Tokyo.

Day 2 Visit the Imperial Palace Plaza, primary residence of the Emperor of Japan and Asakusa Sensoji Buddhist temple. Spend three nights at the 3-star Hotel Monterey Hanzomon. (L)

Day 3 Explore Tokyo, visiting Showa Kinen Park and Meiji Jingu Shinto shrine. (B)

Day 4 Visit Kamakura’s most important shrine, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, the Great Buddha at Kotokuin and Hase temple. Travel to Yokohama the second largest city in Japan and visit the fine classical Japanese garden at Sankeien, renowned for its seasonal beauty. (B, L)

Day 5 Travel by bullet train to Odawara. Cruise on Lake Ashi and visit Hakone Open-Air museum. Overnight at the 3-star Shibu-no-yu Hotel or similar, in Japanese style rooms. Enjoy the Onsen hot springs. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Travel to Kanazawa (4½ hours) via Matsumoto castle (photo stop).Visit Kenrokuen Garden, regarded as  one of Japan’s most beautiful, continue to East Chaya Old Street, a historic entertainment district with  tea houses where geisha perform song and dance. Overnight at the 3‐star Hotel Vista Kanazawa. (B)

Day 7 Travel by express train to Kyoto (2 hrs). Visit Nijo castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Kyoto’s most impressive, Heian Jingu shrine and explore Shin’en Garden. Spend two nights at the 3-star Hotel Elcient Kyoto (Righa Gran Kyoto Hotel  for Nov 2021). (B, L)

Day 8 Visit Kinkakuji Golden Pavilion and its garden continue to Ryoanji temple famous for its stone garden followed by Gioji temple with its famous moss garden Enjoy a tea ceremony at Daitokuji temple and a traditional dinner and Maiko experience. (B, D)

Day 9 Travel to Nara, visiting Uji Byodoin temple and garden, the best surviving example of a Pure Land Garden. Stroll through Nara Park to Kasuga Grand Shrine and botanical gardens. Visit Kofukuji and Todaiji temples. Overnight at the Piazza Hotel Nara. (B, L)

Day 10 Depart for Okayama, visit Korakuen Garden, one of Japan’s three most celebrated gardens. Continue to Matsue for two nights at the 3-star Matsue Excel Hotel Tokyu. (B, L)

Day 11 Visit Adachi Museum of Fine Art, named the best garden in Japan annually since 2003 by the Journal of Japanese of Gardening. Continue to Matsue’s 17th century castle. Stroll along Nawate-Koji Old Street and enjoy a traditional tea ceremony. (B, L)

Day 12 Visit Iwami Silver Mine and Izumo Taisha Shinto shrine. Fly to Tokyo for a night at the 3-star Hotel Monterey Hanzomon. (B, L)

Day 13 Return flight to London. (B)

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

Notes

This is a full itinerary with most visits on foot and sites with steps/inclines and uneven surfaces.
On Day 5, main luggage is transported by road to Kyoto, so an overnight bag is needed for your stay in Kami Suwa and Kanazawa.
Please note that in Japan room sizes are generally smaller than in Europe.

November 2021
Day 9 Travel to Nara, visiting Uji Byodoin temple and garden, the best surviving example of a Pure Land Garden. Stroll through Nara Park to Kasuga Grand Shrine and botanical gardens. Visit Kofukuji and Todaiji temples. Continue to Oaska for overnight at the 4-star Righa Royal Hotel Osaka. (B, L)

Notes

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

2021

Mondays
per person in a twin room
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
March 22 £4295
March 29 £4395
November 8 £4095
Prices Reduced

Save up to £400
(8 November 2021)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £695
(Nov 2021 £645)

Flight Options

World Traveller Plus from £525
Business Class from £3195

Extension Options

Hiroshima Extension
2 nights £695
Single supplement £75

Extra nights – Tokyo
Hotel Monterey Hanzomon
(per night) £115
(Saturday/Sunday £165)
Single supplement £105

Independent Arrival

Save £650
Arrival transfer (Haneda Airport) add £115
Arrival transfer (Narita Airport) add £180
Departure transfer (Haneda Airport) add £90
Departure transfer (Narita Airport) add £160

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 11 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 8 lunches and 2 dinners, itinerary as described, services of expert local guides and representative. 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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