Highlights of Japan

Description

This 10-day tour starts out among the skyscrapers and ancient temples of Tokyo, before heading to Hakone, Takayama, Hiroshima and Kyoto. Along the way you'll visit stunning temples and gardens, take in beautiful landscapes and enjoy unique experiences, including sake tastings, a night on a futon in a traditional Japanese hotel and dinner with a geisha.

Day 1
Arrive Tokyo

Your tour begins as you arrive at Narita Airport and transfer to your hotel. Tonight you'll meet your fellow travellers and guide for welcome drinks and a tour briefing.

Day 2
Tokyo

After breakfast this morning you'll take a tour of Japan's capital. You'll first stop at the serene Meiji Jingu shrine to admire the Tori gates made from 1500 year old Cypress trees. From here you will visit the Imperial Palace, still home to the Japanese royal family. The day will continue by train to Asakusa for explorations of the Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street.

Day 3
Tokyo to Hakone

This morning you'll take in the spectacular views of the city and Mount Fuji from Tokyo Tower. You'll then have some free time at your hotel before your short train journey to Hakone. Set in the mountainous countryside south of Mount Fuji, Hakone is famed for its onsen houses, where you can relax in the natural hot spring waters. The region is crisscrossed by ropeways, cable cars and funicular railways, from which you can enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. You'll start your explorations with visits to Mt Fuji's World Heritage sites. Later after checking into your traditional Japanese hotel, you'll change into a yukata and slippers and savour a sumptuous dinner. You'll be able to enjoy the onsite onsen and tonight you'll sleep in a tatami-floored room, on a futon mattress.

Day 4
Hakone to Takayama

This morning you'll travel by bullet train and limited express train to Takayama, a bustling market town surrounded by the Japan Alps. Here you'll be able to browse the craft shops and specialist food stores and enjoy a tasting at a sake brewery.

Day 5
Takayama

Today is a free day to continue exploring Takayama or perhaps venturing further afield to the UNESCO village of Shirakawago with its famous thatched roofs and beautiful surrounds.

Day 6
Takayma to Kyoto

This morning you'll board your train for Kyoto, home to more than 1,000 temples and the birthplace of tea ceremonies and shodo calligraphy. We'll start our exploration of this fascinating city with an afternoon tour.

Day 7
Kyoto

This morning you'll visit the 17th-century Nijo Castle and the nearby Golden Temple, as well as the World Heritage-listed Kiyomizudera temple and the tranquil Heian Shrine. You'll have the evening at leisure.

Day 8
Hiroshima

This morning you will travel by bullet train to Hiroshima, infamous as the target of the world's first atomic bomb attack. Here you'll board a ferry for the 10-minute passage to Miyajima Island, home to Itsukushima Shrine, whose offshore red torii gate is one of Japan's most famous and photographed sites. You'll have some free time to explore this pretty island before returning to central Hiroshima and visiting the Peace Memorial Museum and Peace Memorial Park. You'll return to Kyoto in the late afternoon, and have the evening at leisure.

Day 9
Kyoto

You have the full day at leisure today. You may like to ask your tour leader to help you put together an itinerary for exploring the city, or perhaps use your rail pass to travel to Nara, Japan's first permanent capital and home to some spectacular historic sites. This evening you'll enjoy a group kaiseki dinner, a traditional Japanese dining experience of beautifully arranged and garnished dishes, during which a maiko or geisha will perform traditional arts and talk with you.

Day 10
Kyoto & Hiroshima

Your adventure comes to an end today as you transfer by taxi to the train station, where you will use your rail pass for your onward travel.

Tour details 10 days

Standard Rate fr £3314pp
Valid between: 01/06/2017 - 31/10/2017

Tour Highlights

  • Tokyo
  • Hakone
  • Takayama
  • Kyoto
  • Hiroshima

Included:

  • 9 nights hotel accommodation
  • Train travel as specified
  • All road transport by air-conditioned vehicles
  • Sightseeing as specified
  • Entrance fees
  • Breakfast daily and 2 dinners.

Not included:

  • International flights & visas

TRUSTED REVIEWS
See what 249 customers thought of Japan

Journey went very smoothly. My assisted flight was great- had help all the way through to Japan. Peter at Croydon was really helpful. Would use DialAFlight again.

|
Flew to Japan

It would have been helpful to tell me that if I needed a special menu I should do it before checking in with at least 72 hours before departure.

|
Flew to Osaka

Many thanks to Zoe who reserved the best seats in our cabin

|
Flew to Tokyo

The service on Vietnam Air was very hit and miss and the seating was cramped. I wouldn't want to fly longhaul with them again.

|
Flew to Tokyo

Your performance is consistently wonderful - keep it up!

|
Flew to Tokyo

Great price. Great route for my destination. Helpful staff.

|
Flew to Tokyo

Al the details for my trip to Japan were sorted out perfectly. Thank you very much.

|
Flew to Japan

Very helpful service and highly efficient. Very impressed with the email to update us that our return flight was delayed a bit. Overall, very happy

|
Flew to Tokyo

Very helpful and efficient from start to finish. Helped us out when urgent flights needed at short notice. Thank you.

|
Flew to Tokyo

Great service - thanks

|
Flew to Tokyo

Always appreciative of good and professional service.

|
Flew to Tokyo

Efficient and good friendly manner on phone. Appreciate reminders being emailed.?

|
Flew to Osaka

10/10 to Lloyd for his efficiency and expertise.

|
Flew to Tokyo

A fantastic trip organised by a fantastic company!

|
Flew to Tokyo

Excellent service and everybody I spoke to was very helpful with any questions I had. Also, the staff were very quick to answer the phone and find my details. An absolute pleasure to book with your company and I will not hesitate to book again.

|
Flew to Tokyo

Thomas was lovely and went out of his way to make sure our trip was a success.

|
Flew to Tokyo

Richard is a star!

|
Flew to Tokyo

Having paid extra for premium economy I was gratified to find the amount of space was more than adequate. However on the return journey I had the passenger from hell in front of me who insisted on reclining his seat more than it was ever designed for, with the result that he seriously encroached on my space - for the entire 12 hour journey. There must be some way of dealing with this.

|
Flew to Okinawa

Conrad was extremely helpful and accommodating. He made the process stress free and enjoyable.

|
Flew to Tokyo

Happy, helpful staff.

|
Flew to Osaka

Brilliant caring service from Eric and the team. I will definitely use DialAFlight again.

|
Flew to Tokyo

Thank you for such a fantastic trip. The organisation was superb. Looking forward to our next holiday which we will definitely organise through you. Inside Japan was amazing!

|
Flew to Tokyo

Appreciated your recommendation for flying Cathay Pacific as well as having sufficient times for transfer.

|
Flew to Osaka

Everything worked out brilliantly as usual. Thank you Nadia.

|
Flew to Fukuoka

Dealing with Fergus was good. He was very patient with my many questions

|
Flew to Tokyo

Great first experience with DialAFlight. Already recommended to multiple friends and family.

|
Flew to Tokyo

Japan Airlines excellent service.

|
Flew to Sapporo

Charlie was helpful and professional. I couldn't ask for a better service. He got us a better deal on our hotel too which really helped.

|
Flew to Tokyo

As always a first class service!

|
Flew to Tokyo

Hotel in Seoul was excellent - exactly what we needed.

|
Flew to Fukuoka