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Two geishas wearing traditional japanese kimono among red wooden Tori Gate at Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan. Fushimi …

With the bright lights of Tokyo, an ancient trading route, magnificent shrines and tea with a Geisha it could only be the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’. On this spectacular tour, centuries old traditions meld together with the ultra modern to make a country and culture that is truly unique.

Dt Mount Fuji

Why Go?

  • Quite simply a trip of a lifetime
  • Visit Tokyo, one of the world’s biggest cities
  • Experience Matsumoto Castle
  • Walk a section of the Nakasendo Way
  • Paper making experience and tea with a Geisha
  • Explore modern cities and traditional villages
  • Ride on the famous Bullet Train
  • Gain true insight to Japanese culture & customs

Itinerary

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  • Accommodation
  • MEALS No meals included

Greater Tokyo is to home over 30 million people which equates to ¼ of the entire population of Japan and makes it one of the world’s biggest cities. Here we’ll meet up with our local guide who will be accompanying us on our journey. Our local guides are all expats but have been living in Japan for many years, speak excellent Japanese and can give us an in-depth insight into local life. 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!

  • Accommodation 3 * Ibis Tokyo Shinjuku (Tokyo)
  • MEALS Dinner included

Our first full day involves a tour of Tokyo with a visit to Meiji shrine, Tokyo’s most important Shinto shrine, the Hamarikyu Gardens, a boat ride on the Sumidagawa River and time in the Asakusa district. Here we visit the famous Sensoji Buddhist Temple built in the 7th century as well as explore the Nakamise arcade.

  • Accommodation 3 * Ibis Tokyo Shinjuku (Tokyo)
  • MEALS Breakfast included

Free day to explore Tokyo.

  • Accommodation 3 * Ibis Tokyo Shinjuku (Tokyo)
  • MEALS Breakfast included

Leaving Tokyo for the Alpine town of Matsumoto the journey takes us through the suburbs of Tokyo before climbing into the mountains of rural Japan and if we are lucky, we may be treated to views of the iconic Mount Fuji. Our luggage will be sent ahead so no need struggling suitcases! In Matsumoto, we will glimpse into the world of the Samurai with a visit to one of the country’s few remaining original castles, known as the ‘Black Crow’ due to its striking black exterior.

  • Accommodation 4 * Buena Vista Hotel (Matsumoto)
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Today we experience the lovely walking trail of approximately 8km on the famous Nakasendo Way. Featured on Joanna Lumleys ‘JAPAN’ series on ITV, we follow a portion of this old trading route between the historic and preserved villages of Tsumago and Magome. 

  • Accommodation 4 * Buena Vista Hotel (Matsumoto)
  • MEALS Breakfast & Lunch included

We move on to the mountainous Hida region and the city of Takayama traditionally known for its high quality timber and skilled carpenters. Here we visit the Takayama Floats Museum and its spectacular exhibition of floats from one of Japans best loved festivals, the Kusakabe Museum set in an old Merchant House and the traditional architecture of the old Government House or Jinya. 

  • Accommodation 3 * Hida Hotel Plaza (Takayama)
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

As we make our way to Kanazawa, we stop for the day at the beautiful village of Shirakawago. Registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, we visit the thatched farm cottages known as ‘gasho zukuri’ or praying hands houses, a few of which are 250 years old. Lunch will be taken at the world-heritage restaurant of Chu-Bei before we try our hand at traditional Japanese Washi paper making.

  • Accommodation 4 * Trusty Kanazawa Korinbo (Kanazawa)
  • MEALS All meals included

Sometimes referred to as ‘little Kyoto’ with its rival of historical sights and culture, the city derived its name from the story of a peasant who washed gold dust from potatoes into a well. We visit the Kenrokuen gardens which are ranked in the top 3 gardens of Japan and covering 11.4 hectares, the garden was maintained by the Maeda family through generations. Further sightseeing includes the splendid House of this powerful Nomura family; an example of an old samurai house & the Gyokusen-en tea gardens. 

  • Accommodation 4 * Trusty Kanazawa Korinbo (Kanazawa)
  • MEALS Breakfast included

One of the highlights of the tour is the famous temple complex of Daianzen-ji where we can take part in a Sanrou zen Buddhist experience with meditation. Built by the 4th lord of Fukui Han (domain), Matsudaira Mitsumichi, in 1658 as a family temple, it also serves as the mausoleum for the Fukui Matsudaira Clan and has the cemetery in the hills surrounding the temple. Lunch will be a traditional 'shojin ryori' (Buddhist temple food). Our overnight accommodation is a Japanese style stay just a short drive from the complex. Rooms are on the 1st floor and are twin share with toilet attached, there is an option for bathing at the Japanese style hot springs bathhouse. There is also a bar and karaoke facilities! 

  • Accommodation Takekurabe Ryokan (Eiheji)
  • MEALS All meals included

The heart and soul of traditional Japan. Previously home of the Emperor for over a thousand years, Kyoto boasts over 2000 Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, amongst them 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We have a unique chance to have afternoon tea and talk with a Maiko (Geisha). Often misunderstood, Geisha literally translates to English as ‘artist’; their role is to act as a hostess and entertainer by performing various arts such as singing and dancing. 

  • Accommodation 4 * Gracery Kyoto Sanjo (Kyoto)
  • MEALS Breakfast included

Not to say that the city hasn’t been touched by the modern development that drives Japan with teahouses and gardens nestled amongst the modern buildings and neon lights. Highlights of our stay include the Ryoanji zen garden, Kinkakuji golden pavilion & Arashiyama which is a scenic area just outside of town by the river and home to Tenryuji temple with wonderful mountain views and one of the finest gardens in Kyoto. We will also visit and the bamboo groves nearby. 

  • Accommodation 4 * Gracery Kyoto Sanjo (Kyoto)
  • MEALS Breakfast included

The Fushimi Inari Shrine is dedicated to the Shinto god of rice famous for its numerous vermillion red pagoda lining which we discover with its surrounding hillside straddled with walking trails. We finish the day at Nijo Castle; once the samurai headquarters of Japan when the city of Kyoto was once capital. 

  • Accommodation 4 * Gracery Kyoto Sanjo (Kyoto)
  • MEALS Breakfast included

Returning to the capital as we as we travel by Shinkansen ‘Bullet Train’ and finishing this wonderful tour with a farewell dinner. 

  • Accommodation 4 * Royal Park The Shiodome (Tokyo)
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

A Sad “sayonara”. Transfer to the airport and our flight home.

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS Breakfast included
Approx. Flight Time

12 hours

TEMPERATURE

Average Daily:

Tokyo 18°C Jun         

Matsumoto 25°C Jun

Takayama 24°C Jun

Kanazawa 25°C Jun

Kyoto 27°C Jun



TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT  +9 hours

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What's Included:

  • Scheduled return flights London Heathrow/Tokyo with British Airways & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Single room with private facilities
  • Twin share room Japanese style in Eiheiji
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Same day luggage forwarding service between Tokyo/Matsumoto & Kyoto/Tokyo
  • Full day sightseeing tour of Tokyo including Meiji Shrine
  • Boat ride on Sumidagawa River
  • Express train from Tokyo to Matsumoto
  • Trip to the historic Matsumoto Castle
  • Walk a section of the Nakasendo Way
  • Takayama Floats Museum & Kusakabe Museum
  • Visit Shirakawago with Japanese Washi paper making experience
  • Sightseeing in Kenokuen gardens & Nomura House
  • Visit of the famous Eihiji Temple complex with Buddhism experience
  • Tea and talk with Geisha in tea house
  • Sightseeing in Kyoto
  • Visit to Fushimi Inari and Nijo Castle
  • ‘Bullet Train’ from Kyoto to Tokyo
  • Local Tour Leader throughout
  • Breakfast daily, 7 dinners and 3 lunches

What’s Extra:

  • Flight upgrades (World Traveller Plus) from £325 one way
  • Insurance, see here

Airline Information BA

  • All bookings featuring flights with British Airways are part of a group allocation which unfortunately means you will be unable to manage your reservation directly with BA online; The following actions can only be carried out on check in at the airport. 

  • Online Check in.
  • Pre-reserved seat selection
  • Seat Request
  • Baggage Extras eg, Golf Bags, Ski Carriage.

Useful Information

Visas

If you have a ‘British Citizen’ or ‘British National (Overseas)’ passport, you can enter Japan as a visitor for up to 90 days without a visa. You may need to provide evidence of a return or onward ticket.

If you have a different type of British nationality, or you wish to enter Japan for other purposes (long-term stay, study, settlement, employment); if you have any doubts about whether you’re eligible to enter Japan (eg, if you have a criminal record or have been arrested even if it did not result in a conviction) or about visa matters generally, contact a Japanese Embassy or Consulate. Visas aren’t issued after arrival in Japan.

Your specific passport and visa requirements, and other immigration requirements are your sole responsibility and you should confirm these with the relevant embassies and/or consulates of the countries in which you are planning to travel. 

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.

Hotels

We stay in comfortable hotels throughout the tour. Our accommodation in Eiheiji is twin shared Japanese style sharing with another member of the same gender for this evening only.

Transfer Time

The transfer time for the main tour between Tokyo Airport and the hotel is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes depending on traffic.

A reasonable level of fitness/mobility is required as we include plenty of sightseeing/travelling, sometimes with early starts.

Included Programme

A sightseeing programme is included in your touring package. On the free days there will be time for optional excursions along the way, and your Tour Leader and your local guide will provide this information.

Optional Excursions

Our tours are planned to be as fully inclusive as possible. However, from time-to-time your Tour Leader and Local Guide may suggest optional tours/sightseeing in addition to the standard sightseeing planned for that city. Such options are at an additional cost (payable in local currency). If you do not wish to take part in any optional extras, you will have the option of enjoying some free time at leisure or to return to the hotel.

Currency

Yen

Gratuities

There is often confusion on the question of gratuities, since it frequently depends on the type of holiday, location and, of course, your attitude towards tipping, as to what is normally expected. In order to give you a rough idea, we have given appropriate guidance below.

We suggest a group collection at the beginning of your holiday to cover drivers, guides, porters and hotel staff (including restaurant, kitchen and reception staff) of approximately £80 (or the equivalent amount in local currency). Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of bar staff and housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate add on.

Dress Code

During the day when sightseeing, we recommend casual, lightweight cotton clothing, that covers the shoulders and knees (both men and women). You will find that smart casual wear is acceptable, even in the best hotels during the evening. We would recommend an umbrella or hat for protection against the sun. Comfortable shoes are a “must” for sightseeing. From time to time, your guide will advise you about observing local customs. On certain occasions it will be necessary to remove your shoes to enter temples so easily removable footwear (eg. trekking sandals) is recommended.

Luggage Forwarding Service

As a small section on this holiday is done by public transport (Japan's excellent train network) a luggage forwarding service is used on 2 occasions as space is limited on the trains. This luggage service is a same day service

A reasonable level of fitness/mobility is required as we include plenty of sightseeing/travelling, sometimes with early starts. Please refer to Medical Conditions in Important Information.

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What's Included:

  • Scheduled return flights London Heathrow/Tokyo with British Airways & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Single room with private facilities
  • Twin share room Japanese style in Eiheiji
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Same day luggage forwarding service between Tokyo/Matsumoto & Kyoto/Tokyo
  • Full day sightseeing tour of Tokyo including Meiji Shrine
  • Boat ride on Sumidagawa River
  • Express train from Tokyo to Matsumoto
  • Trip to the historic Matsumoto Castle
  • Walk a section of the Nakasendo Way
  • Takayama Floats Museum & Kusakabe Museum
  • Visit Shirakawago with Japanese Washi paper making experience
  • Sightseeing in Kenokuen gardens & Nomura House
  • Visit of the famous Eihiji Temple complex with Buddhism experience
  • Tea and talk with Geisha in tea house
  • Sightseeing in Kyoto
  • Visit to Fushimi Inari and Nijo Castle
  • ‘Bullet Train’ from Kyoto to Tokyo
  • Local Tour Leader throughout
  • Breakfast daily, 7 dinners and 3 lunches

What’s Extra:

  • Flight upgrades (World Traveller Plus) from £325 one way
  • Insurance, see here

Airline Information BA

  • All bookings featuring flights with British Airways are part of a group allocation which unfortunately means you will be unable to manage your reservation directly with BA online; The following actions can only be carried out on check in at the airport. 

  • Online Check in.
  • Pre-reserved seat selection
  • Seat Request
  • Baggage Extras eg, Golf Bags, Ski Carriage.

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