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What to expect

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Explore ancient temples & iconic districts

Sa-do Tea Ceremony

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture

Mt. Fuji Adventure

Cruise serene Lake Ashi for stunning views

Shinkansen Bullet Train

Ride Japan's exhilarating high-speed trains

About the trip

Embark on a thrilling 13-day journey through the vibrant landscapes and rich traditions of Japan, where ancient customs blend seamlessly with modern marvels. From the bustling streets of Tokyo to the serene beauty of Mount Fuji, immerse yourself in the allure of the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’. Discover hidden gems like the preserved Shirakawago Village and the enchanting Higashi Chaya district, while indulging in unforgettable experiences like tea ceremonies with geishas and learning the art of crafting chopsticks with gold leaf. With visits to iconic landmarks, including majestic castles and tranquil gardens, and exhilarating rides aboard the legendary bullet train, this tour promises an unforgettable exploration of Japan’s captivating culture and breathtaking scenery.

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What's included?

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Transfers by Private Coach and Shinkansen Bullet Train
  • Twin for sole use room
  • Breakfast daily and 4 Dinners
  • Visit to Sensoji Temple, Hama-rikyu Gardens, Tokyo Imperial Palace, Meiji Shrine & Tokyo Mertopolitan Government observatory
  • Tokyo River Cruise & Lake Ashi Pirate Boat Cruise
  • Visit to 5th station, Owakudani Valley
  • Visit to Nomura Samurai House, Kenrokuen Garden, Shirakawago Gassho-zukuri Village & Kanda house
  • Gold leaf chopsticks workshop , Sa-do Tea Ceremony & Visit to Sake Brewery and tasting
  • Visit to Kiyomizu Temple, Fushimi Inari shrine, Ryoanji Temple, Kinkakuji temple, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and Gion District
  • Visit to Nara park with Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine
  • Visit to Ituskushima shrine & Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and park
  • Visit to Himeji castle, Kobe Port tower, Osaka Castle, Osaka Museum of Housing and living & Umeda Skybuilding observatory
  • Local Tour Leader throughout
  • Fully Financially Protected

Itinerary

  • Overnight flight from the UK
  • Kon'nichiwa and welcome to Japan!
  • Sensoji Temple, Hama-rikyu Gardens and Ginza
  • Tokyo Imperial Palace, Harajuku and Shibuya district
  • Mt. Fuji 5th station, Owakudani valley and Lake Ashi
  • Kanazawa Omicho Market, Nomura Samurai House & Higashi Chaya district
  • Kenrokuen Garden, Gold Leaf Workshop & Shirakawago Village
  • Kyoto Nishiki Ichiba Market, Kiyomizu Temple & Sa-do tea ceremony
  • Fushimi Inari shrine & Nara Park
  • Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and Gion district
  • Hiroshima Miyajima, Peace Memorial Museum and Park
  • Himeji Castle & Kobe Port Tower
  • Osaka Castle & Umeda Skybuilding
  • Say Farewell
  • Arrive back into the UK

Extras

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What you’ll be doing

DAY 1

Overnight flight from the UK

Today we depart the UK and head to Japan on a overnight flight.

DAY 2

Kon'nichiwa & welcome to Japan!

Upon arrival, we’ll proceed through immigration, collect our luggage and meet our local guide at the arrival lobby. Then we transfer to the centre of Tokyo!

Greater Tokyo is to home over 30 million people which equates to ¼ of the entire population of Japan, making it one of the world’s biggest cities.

We break the ice over a welcome dinner in a local restaurant, where we get our first taste of life in Japan with some delicious food and maybe a glass or two of sake!

After dinner we check-in to our hotel.

  • Hotel Vista Tokyo Tsukiji or similar
  • Dinner Included
DAY 3

Sensoji Temple, Hama-rikyu Gardens & Ginza

After breakfast, we’re off on our private coach to explore Tokyo! First stop: Sensoji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple. Then, we’ll cruise to Hama-rikyu Gardens for lush landscapes amidst towering skyscrapers. Next, it’s on to Odaiba, passing by the iconic Rainbow Bridge, a sight to behold! Once in Odaiba, we’ll explore this bustling entertainment district on a man-made island. Finally, we’ll shop ’til we drop in Ginza, Tokyo’s premier destination for upscale shopping and dining. Let the adventure begin!

  • Hotel Vista Tokyo Tsukiji or similar
  • Breakfast Included
DAY 4

Tokyo Imperial Palace, Harajuku & Shibuya district

Today, our Tokyo adventure kicks off at Tsukiji Outer Market, Japan’s renowned ‘Food Town,’ brimming with traditional delicacies. Then, we’ll explore the majestic Tokyo Imperial Palace, once the site of Edo Castle. Next, we’ll pay homage at Meiji Shrine, dedicated to Emperor Meiji, followed by a stroll through vibrant Harajuku, home to Japan’s extreme teenage cultures. After lunch, you’ll have free time to explore the bustling shopping and dining scene of Shibuya, where we’ll cross the famous Shibuya Scramble Crossing and pay tribute to Hachiko Statue. Finally, we’ll cap off our day at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Observatory, soaking in breathtaking city views.

  • Hotel Vista Tokyo Tsukiji or similar
  • Breakfast  Included
DAY 5

Mt. Fuji 5th station, Owakudani valley & Lake Ashi

Today, we’ll start our journey with a visit to iconic Mt. Fuji, standing tall at 3776 meters. After soaking in panoramic views from the 5th station, we’ll venture to Owakudani Valley via the Hakone Ropeway, where you’ll witness the active volcanic zone’s sulfurous fumes and hot springs. Then, we’ll cruise to Lake Ashi, nestled in Mount Hakone’s caldera, offering another glimpse of Mt. Fuji. Finally, we’ll check into our Hakone hotel, where you can enjoy dinner and unwind in the hotel’s hot spring.

  • Hakone Tenseien Hotel or similar
  • Breakfast & Dinner Included

* Your main luggage will be transferred to Kanazawa. Please bring one overnight bag by yourself for a night in Hakone as it takes one day to deliver.

DAY 6

Kanazawa Omicho Market, Nomura Samurai House & Higashi Chaya district

After breakfast, we’ll hop on the bullet train to Kanazawa. Our first stop is Omicho Market, renowned as the ‘kitchen of Kanazawa’, offering a vibrant array of fresh seafood from the nearby Sea of Japan. Next, we’ll visit the Nomura Samurai House, a beautifully preserved historic home showcasing the life of Kanazawa’s samurai. Finally, we’ll explore the charming Higashi Chaya district, known for its geisha tea houses, where you’ll have free time to wander among boutique shops, cafes, and traditional teahouses.

  • Hotel Vista Kanazawa or similar
  • Breakfast Included
DAY 7

Kenrokuen Garden, Gold Leaf Workshop & Shirakawago Village

We’ll kick off our day at Kenrokuen Garden, hailed as one of Japan’s most exquisite landscapes, boasting captivating designs and seasonal charm. Then, we delve into Kanazawa’s rich legacy of gold leaf production with a hands-on chopstick-making adventure. We then visit the sake brewery in Kanazawa and discover range of different flavours of sake. Next, we’ll venture to Shirakawago Gassho-zukuri Village, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its traditional Gassho-style architecture. Explore the fascinating Kanda House, marvelling at its intricate construction and historical significance, before returning to Kanazawa for a relaxing overnight stay.

  • Hotel Vista Kanazawa or similar
  • Breakfast & Dinner Included
DAY 8

Kyoto Nishiki Ichiba Market, Kiyomizu Temple & Sa-do Tea Ceremony

After breakfast, we’ll meet our guide and head to Kanazawa station by bus, then catch the shinkansen to Kyoto. Our first stop in Kyoto is Nishiki Ichiba Market, a bustling food paradise offering a variety of local delights. Enjoy free time for lunch before strolling through historic Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka streets, leading to the iconic Kiyomizu Temple, known for its scenic wooden stage. Finally, immerse yourself in the serene Sa-do tea ceremony, steeped in Japanese tradition and tranquillity.

After the tour, we check-in to the hotel in Kyoto.

  • Urban Kyoto Nijo Premium or similar
  • Breakfast Included

*Main luggage will be transferred to Kyoto. Please bring one overnight bag by yourself for a night in Kyoto as it takes one day to deliver.

DAY 9

Fushimi Inari shrine & Nara Park

Today, we kick off at Fushimi Inari Shrine, renowned for its stunning vermilion torii gates winding through Mount Inari’s forested trails. Then, we venture to Nara Park, where friendly deer roam freely. Explore Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine amidst the park’s tranquil beauty.

  • Urban Kyoto Nijo Premium or similar
  • Breakfast Included
DAY 10

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest & Gion district

Today in Kyoto, we begin at Ryoanji Temple, home to Japan’s iconic rock garden, then proceed to Kinkakuji Temple, renowned for its stunning golden pavilion. Our journey continues to Arashiyama, where we wander through the famous Bamboo Grove and admire the scenic Togetsukyo Bridge. Finally, we explore the historic Gion district, Kyoto’s famed geisha enclave, offering glimpses of traditional entertainment and culture.

  • Urban Kyoto Nijo Premium or similar
  • Breakfast Included
DAY 11

Hiroshima Miyajima, Peace Memorial Museum & Park

Embark on an excursion to Hiroshima, starting at Miyajima, renowned for Itsukushima Shrine, with its iconic torii gate seemingly floating over the sea. Then, we’ll visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Park, commemorating the devastation caused by the atomic bomb in 1945. Explore the Atomic Bomb Dome ruins and immerse yourself in the poignant exhibits of the Peace Memorial Museum, featuring personal artifacts from the tragic event.

After the tour, we check-in to the hotel in Hiroshima.

  • Hotel Vista Hiroshima or similar
  • Breakfast Included

* Main luggage will be transferred to Osaka. Please bring one overnight bag by yourself for our first night in Hiroshima as it takes one day to deliver.

DAY 12

Himeji castle & Kobe Port Tower

Today’s adventure begins at Himeji Castle – known as the White Heron Castle for its elegant white appearance and celebrated as Japan’s most spectacular castle. Next, we’ll visit Kobe to admire the iconic Kobe Port Tower and explore the lively Kobe Harborland district, bustling with shops and eateries. Finally, we’ll head to Osaka to settle into our hotel for the night.

  • Holiday Inn & Suite Shinosaka or similar
  • Breakfast Included
DAY 13

Osaka Castle & Umeda Skybuilding

Today in Osaka, we start our day at Osaka Castle, a historic icon built in 1583 and once intended to become the centre of a unified Japan. Next, we’ll explore the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living to experience the city’s evolving architecture from the Edo period to modern times. Then, it’s off to Dotombori for shopping and lunch. Afterward, we’ll visit the Umeda Skybuilding observatory for stunning views. In the evening, we gather for a farewell dinner to cap off our unforgettable journey.

*Dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Holiday Inn & Suite Shinosaka or similar
  • Breakfast & Dinner Included
DAY 14

Say Farewell

We bid “sayonara” to our epic Japanese adventure,  before transferring to the Kansai airport and our flight home.

  • Breakfast Included

Accommodation

Japan - Land of the Rising Sun

We stay in comfortable hotels throughout as detailed below (or similar).

  • Hotel Vista Tokyo Tsukiji Three-star
  • Hakone Tenseien Four-star
  • Hotel Vista Kanazawa Three-star
  • Urban Kyoto Nijo Premium Three-star
  • Hotel Vista Hiroshima Three-star
  • Holiday Inn & Suite Shinosaka Three-star

Frequently Asked Questions

Average Temperatures

Month(s) Highest temperature Lowest temperature
May 24 °C 15 °C
November 17 °C 10 °C

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