Places Visited: Tokyo, Hakone, Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto
This focussed, 13-day tour ticks off the great sights of central Honshu, beginning with three nights of acclimatisation and sightseeing in the capital. From Tokyo, you’ll take a short train ride to Hakone to savour the mesmerising views of Mt Fuji and Lake Ashi, staying at a ryokan inn with its own thermal hot tub. Next, it’s over to the other side of the island to soak up the Edo-period charm of Takayama’s antique streets before delving into traditional splendours of Kanazawa and Kyoto – both crucibles of old-world Japanese style and culture. If you’re travelling to Japan to see Zen gardens, cross paths with geishas in full regalia, marvel at exotic landscapes and experience Japanese hospitality at its most refined, then this tour is for you.