Places Visited: Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Hakone, Takayama, Kanawzawa, Kyoto
Starting in Tokyo our Japan Experience tour takes in some of the best that Japan has to offer. After a day’s sightseeing of the old and new city of Tokyo, venture out of the city to the shrines of Nikko and Mount Fuji.
Spend two days immersed in the timeless town of Takayama and move on to the World Heritage Site of Shirakawago, before continuing to Kanazawa. In the cultural heartland of the Kyoto region, you have three full days to explore the rich history, culture and tradition of this fascinating city. You will have the chance to rejuvenate in the hot springs at Hakone and visit the ancient capital city of Nara. Travel home via Osaka.
Cultural Holidays Landscape & Nature Holidays
- Group Size 4-16 people
- Internal Travel Arrival & departure transfers by public transport. Internal travel by road and rail
- Accompanying Guide English speaking guides where applicable
- Accommodation 11 nights
- Meal Plan Bed and Breakfast, lunch on days 2, 3, 4 & 10
Itinerary for Japan Experience
Arrive in Tokyo and transfer by airport bus to the Shiba Park hotel or similar, for a three-night stay.
Explore the capital with a private guide using Tokyo’s excellent public transportation. Visit Meiji Jingu shrine, the historic Asakusa district and take a cruise down the Sumida river to Hamarikyu gardens.
Take a trip north, by shared coach, to visit Nikko today. Set in beautiful surroundings, this World Heritage site has been a Centre of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship for many centuries.
Mount Fuji, Hakone
Travel to the beautiful Hakone National Park via Mount Fuji by shared coach. Stop on the slopes, at a height of over 2000m and admire the panoramic views (weather permitting). Later enjoy a cruise on Lake Ashi, and a lovely cable car-ride. Stay overnight at the Ichinoyu Honkan or similar. You can enjoy a soak in the hotel’s hot spring bath.
In the morning transfer to Odawara then by bullet and express train to Takayama. This journey takes in some glorious mountain scenery. After checking into the Takayama Ouan hotel for a two-night stay, take time at leisure to enjoy an afternoon stroll. You can visit the old traditional district, festival hall and folk craft museum.
Day at leisure to explore the town on your own.
Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa
Take a public bus to Shirakawa-go World Heritage village, nestling in the scenic mountains of Central Japan. Continue on to Kanazawa and check in to the ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa Hotel or similar for two nights.
Day is at leisure to visit the famous Kenroku-en gardens.
Take the bullet train to Kyoto and stay for three nights at Hotel Vista Premio Kyoto hotel or similar. Rest of the day is at leisure.
A treasure trove of Japanese history and tradition, Kyoto used to be the national capital for more than one thousand years. Explore the city with a private guide, using public transportation. Visit the Imperial Palace, Kyoto Handicraft centre, Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji and the Kiyomizu temple on your full day tour.
This morning, take part in a Tea Ceremony at Wak Japan. Visit Nara in the afternoon, known for some of Japan’s oldest and largest temples. Afternoon is at leisure.
Transfer to Kansai airport for your onward flight.
Group Tour 12 days from £2725 per person
✓ 11 nights accommodation
✓ All internal transportation and transfers, predominately using public transport
✓ English-speaking guides as listed in the tour itinerary
✓ Shared sightseeing by coach
✓ Accompanying tour escort when minimum group size is achieved
✓ Breakfast daily, lunch on days 2, 3, 4 & 10
✓ Entrance fees to sites and monuments listed in the tour itinerary
Holiday Extensions for this tour
Japan Experience - Hiroshima
4 days, 3 nights from £675 per person
Single supplement £ 295 per personview itinerary
Take the bullet train to Hiroshima and stay at the Hotel Granvia Hiroshima for two nights. Day is at leisure to explore the city.
Day at leisure to explore Hiroshima and Miyajima on your own.
Travel back to Kyoto by bullet train and stay at Hotel Vista Premio Kyoto for the night.
Transfer to Osaka's Kansai airport for your onward flight.
Japan Experience - Kyoto
3 days, 2 nights from £275 per person
Single supplement £ 245 per personview itinerary
Stay at the Hotel Vista Premio Kyoto for an additional two nights. Day is at leisure.
Day at leisure.
Transfer to Osaka’s Kansai airport for your onward flight.
Places and Experiences in this tour
As the epicentre of the world’s largest and most cutting-edge conurbation, Tokyo is where the nation’s heart beats fastest. If there’s a new gadget or fashion accessory out, you’l...
Rising from the Pacific coast of central Honshu, Mount Fuji is Japan’s iconic sacred mountain – an active volcano whose elegantly sloping flanks have inspired painters, printers, ...
Hakone and Lake Ashi
A popular retreat for over a thousand years, this thermal resort to the west of Tokyo serves as a springboard for the popular Hakone National Park, whose natural wonders include M...
In a country as comprehensively modernized as Japan, it’s a rare pleasure to stroll along streets whose shopfronts, coffee shops and old sake bars look almost exactly as they woul...
Physically remote from the rest of Japan, the thatched villages of Shirakawa-go survived for many centuries from cultivating mulberry trees and spinning fine silk. Known as gassho...
Buffered by the ocean and Alps of central Honshu, Kanazawa has over the centuries enjoyed longer periods of peace and prosperity than most Japanese cities. This has enabled it to ...
Lines of moss-covered Jizo bodhisattvas sporting knitted crimson caps and bibs; stone lanterns backed by towering Japanese cedars; a red-lacquer bridge framed by snowy white mount...
Nara ranks among the most charismatic cities in Asia, thanks to its extraordinary collection of antique buildings, many of which are more than a thousand years old. Its UNESCO-lis...
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