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Discover Japan

Explore Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Tokyo and travel by Bullet Train

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. Revealing refined reproductions of nature's beauty and splendid pieces of art, this blend of marvellous harmony is complemented by the Japan of today where leading-edge technology and ultramodern urban lifestyles combine.

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. The Peace Memorial Park houses the Atomic Bomb Dome, which was one of the few buildings that remained standing.

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 stonefenced 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.

Discover Japan

Explore Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Tokyo and travel by Bullet Train

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 Mar 24/31. Apr 7/Oct: Travel to Kamakura by train for the cherry blossom/autumn colours including Hasedera Temple, Great Buddha and Hachimangu Shrine. Mar 17/Apr 21/22/Sep 16: 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)

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

Notes

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

Elements of this itinerary use local transport, accompanied by a guide/assistant, which may involve standing and walking for extended periods.

Special Departures

Spring & Autumn Colours in Japan

We have selected three departures that coincide with the anticipated spring flowering of cherry blossom - Mar 24/31 & Apr 7 and two departures - Oct 7 & 21 that coincide with the brilliant colours of autumn. 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.

Discover Japan

Explore Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Tokyo and travel by Bullet Train

Grand Palace - Tokyo

Grand Palace - Tokyo

A classic 3-star hotel, close to Kudanshita Subway Station. Imperial Palace is a 10 minutes' walk away. Restaurants, WiFi (free) and 464 rooms with private facilities, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.

Keihan Grande - Kyoto

Keihan Grande - Kyoto

This modern 3-star hotel is directly connected to Kyoto station. Restaurants, WiFi (free) and 286 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer and satellite TV.

New Hiroden - Hiroshima

New Hiroden - Hiroshima

A modern 3-star hotel in front of Hiroshima station and 15 minutes' walk from Hiroshima Castle. Restaurants, WiFi (free) and 256 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, minifridge, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.

Sheraton Miyako - Osaka

Sheraton Miyako - Osaka

This contemporary 4-star hotel is close to Osaka Train station. Restaurants, bar, indoor pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 579 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Monterey - Kyoto

Monterey - Kyoto

This modern 3-star hotel is a 15 minutes'walk from the Imperial Palace. Restaurants, spa, sauna and WiFi (free). 327 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Aranvert Hotel - Kyoto

Aranvert Hotel - Kyoto

A contemporary 3-star hotel close to centre of Kyoto. Restaurant, spa, WiFi (free) and 183 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea making facilities and satellite TV.

Discover Japan

Explore Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Tokyo and travel by Bullet Train

2017

Saturdaysper person in a twin roomKLM from Heathrow
DatePrice
September 16 £3145
October 07 £3295
October 21 £3295

2018

Saturdaysper person in a twin roomKLM from Heathrow
DatePrice
March 17 £3595
March 24 £3895
March 31 £3895
April 07 £3895
April 21 £3595

Supplements per person

Single supplement £425
(Apr 22/Sep 16 £365; Mar £425; Mar 24/31/Apr 7 £465)
KLM Business Class from £2095
Flights are available from Bristol, Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow at no extra cost.
Extra nights - Tokyo
Hotel Grand Palace (per night) £125
Single supplement £85
Departure transfer add £195
Save £600
Arrival transfer included with group
Departure transfer £195

Price Includes

Air travel and taxes, transfers, 8 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 1 dinner, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives.

Not Included

Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes

On Day 6, your main luggage is transported to Tokyo so an overnight bag is needed for the Hiroshima stay. Elements of this itinerary use local transport, accompanied by a guide/assistant, which may involve standing and walking for extended periods.

Special Departures

Spring & Autumn Colours in Japan

We have selected three departures that coincide with the anticipated spring flowering of cherry blossom - Mar 24/31 & Apr 7 and two departures - Oct 7 & 21 that coincide with the brilliant colours of autumn. 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.

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