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Highlights of Japan Escorted Tour

10 days fr £2,771pp

Tokyo • Hakone • Takayama • Kyoto • Hiroshima

Save 10% plus traditional Japanese hot spring hotel stay · 9 nights fr £3,359 pp (Including flights)

Take in the very best of Japan with this insightful 10 day tour that takes you from the bright lights of Tokyo to the traditional capital of Kyoto. Along the way you'll see beautiful landscapes and gardens, impressive temples and even Mount Fuji as you take in Hakone, Takayama and Hiroshima. You'll also have the chance to enjoy unique experiences, including sake tastings, a night on a futon in a traditional Japanese hotel and dinner with a geisha.

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9 nights from £3,359pp (incl flights)
Valid 01/10/2020 - 05/12/2020
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TOUR DETAILS
Accommodation:
  • Standard Rate fr £2,771pp
Validity (selected dates between):
  • 01/06/2020 - 30/06/2020
Also 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 (unless otherwise stated)
  • International flights & visas
Overview
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.
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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.
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Day 3
Tokyo to Hakone
This morning you will take the 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Day 8
Hiroshima
Today is a free day for you to explore at leisure. Why not take the opportunity to travel by by bullet train to Hiroshima, infamous as the target of the world's first atomic bomb attack. Here you can visit the Itsukushima Shrine, whose offshore red torii gate is one of Japan's most famous and photographed sites. Or explore central Hiroshima and visit the Peace Memorial Museum and Peace Memorial Park. Your local Japanese guide will be able to advise you on the best options to make the most of your free day.
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Day 9
Kyoto
Another 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.
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Day 10
Depart Kyoto
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.
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