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(Tour code: 19JAS)

Fall in love with this unique country

Cherry blossoms, geisha, tea ceremonies, sake, Shinto and sacred temples; Japan has it all, and when you travel through cities and countryside alike by rail, it is all too easy to fall in love with this unique country

Highlights
  • Tokyo
  • Mount Fuji
  • Hiroshima
  • Miyajima Island
  • Kyoto
  • Arashiyama bamboo forest
  • Nara deer park
  • Osaka
  • Journey on the bullet train
What’s Included
  • Journey on the Bullet Train
  • Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Lunches
    11 nights’ hotel accommodation
  • Return Scheduled Flights

Adventures through Japan 2019Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Tokyo
Tokyo

Journey to Tokyo

Board your flight to Dubai, then once in the United Arab Emirates continue your journey by air, flying directly to Tokyo where you'll arrive on Day 2. A coach transfer is included to your hotel and after time to check, there'll be a short orientation tour of the area.

Days 3-4 Meiji Jingu Shrine
Meiji Jingu Shrine

Sightseeing in Japan’s capital

Begin your Japanese experience with a fullday's guided city tour of Tokyo, where cutting edge technology sits alongside ancient temples, flashing neon lights, and shining skyscrapers towering above stunning Shinto shrines. Included in the sights you'll see are Tokyo's government building, whose observation deck you'll visit for panoramic views over the city, the Meiji Jingu Shrine, dedicated to deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken, as well as some free time in Harajuku and Omotesando, one of Tokyo's premier shopping districts. After seeing the regal double-bridged entrance to the Imperial Palace Plaza you'll head into the Ginza district, renowned for its sushi restaurants.

Continue your explorations on the morning of Day 4 as you travel by coach to the Senso-ji Buddhist temple, dedicated to the Bodhisattva Kannon - otherwise known as the goddess of mercy. Afterward, take a stroll along Nakamise shopping street, one of the oldest of it's kind in the whole of Japan. Enjoy a group lunch at a local restaurant before an afternoon and evening at leisure.

Day 5 Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji

Today you'll travel by coach to Mount Fuji, one of the highlights of your tour and arguably Japan's most distinctive landmark. Driving along the foot of the famous mountain and up it's northern slopes, arrive at the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station, which provides the closest view of Mount Fuji you possible, unless you make the hike to its summit. If the weather doesn't allow for a safe ascent, there'll be a visit to the Mount Fuji Visitor Centre instead. Following your visit, take the Hakone rope-way (cable car) to the sulphurous hot springs at Owakudani, after which you'll descend to Lake Ashi for a short cruise.

Day 6 Hiroshima
Hiroshima

Hiroshima

Board the world-famous bullet train today for a high-speed journey to Hiroshima, a city that rose to prominence after the dropping of the atomic bomb by the United States Air Force on 6th August 1945. Approximately 90% of the city was levelled, and Hiroshima's busiest commercial district was eradicated - leaving an open field. This was turned into the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, which opened on 1st April 1954. You'll also spend time at the A-bomb Dome, the closest building to the hypo-centre of the bomb that remained at least partially standing. It would have been demolished, but was more intact than originally thought, and in 1996 it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Entrance is also included to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

Days 7-8 Miyajima Island
Miyajima Island

Miyajima Island & Kyoto

Just off the coast from Hiroshima, Miyajima Island - otherwise known as Itsukushima - is seen as sacred. Trees cannot be cut here, and some animals including monkeys and deer can roam freely. To further preserve the apparent purity of the island, children cannot be born here. There are also a number of shrines on the island, but none are more famous than the magnificent 'floating' Itsukushima Shrine, which is a recognised UNESCO World Heritage site. Its recognisable gate (torii) is one of Japan's most iconic sights and entrance is included in your tour, after which you'll have some free time to stroll around independently.

On Day 8 travel again by bullet train, this time to Kyoto - Japan's ancient capital. Embark on a tour that takes you to the Fushimi Inari shrine, dedicated to the god of rice and sake before, appropriately, making a visit to the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum and enjoying a tasting of this unique national tipple.

Day 9 Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

Arashiyama bamboo forest

Continue sightseeing in and around Kyoto today with visits to the secluded Kinkaku-ji temple and Ryoan-ji temple, both built for the practise of Zen Buddhism. This is followed by an excursion to the the incredible Arashiyama bamboo forest which provides a truly otherworldly experience as you walk through the sprawling grove of bamboo trees which tower, seemingly endlessly, above you.

Days 10-11 Todai Ji Temple, Nara
Todai Ji Temple, Nara

Nara deer park

Transfer by coach to ancient Nara, where you'll make a stop at Nara deer park, so named due to the large number of tame deer that roam around it. Originally believed to be messengers of the gods, the deer were seen as sacred, and killing one of these deer was a capital offence punishable by death until relatively recently. As well as being a vast expanse of beautiful parkland, Nara Park is home to Todai-ji Temple, a Buddhist building founded in the first half of the 8th century. On Day 11 you are free to explore at you own pace.

Days 12-14 Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle

Osaka and the journey home

Travel by coach to the futuristic city of Osaka today and explore Osaka Castle, a traditional pagodastyle building dating back to the 16th century, and experience the dynamic Dotonbori district with it's neon signs lining the waterfront. Transfer to the airport on Day 13 for your flight back to London, travelling via Dubai. Your tour ends at Heathrow airport on Day 14.

Departure Times

On many of our UK & Ireland tours, you may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

What’s included
  • Fully escorted by a UK Tour Manager from start to finish 
  • Flight from London to Tokyo, via Dubai, and from Osaka to London, via Dubai 
  • Rail and coach travel throughout your tour 
  • 11 nights' hotel accommodation, with breakfast each day and 1 traditional Japanese lunch 
  • Guided tours of Tokyo and Kyoto and a guided visit to Mount Fuji 
  • See Owakudani volcanic valley & cruise Lake Ashi 
  • Travel on the bullet train to Hiroshima and Kyoto 
  • Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Osaka Castle 
  • A walking tour of Miyajima Island and experience a sake tasting 
  • Excursions to Arashiyama bamboo forest & Nara deer park

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.

This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Julie Pacalon
Julie
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