Osaka - Kyoto - Kanazawa - Nagoya - Mishima - Tokyo



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This tour of Japan is the perfect introduction to one of the world’s most enthralling countries, a heady mix of ancient shrines and modern developments, plus stunning works of nature.

You’ll start in bustling Osaka, from where you’ll explore Himeji’s awe-inspiring castle, Japan's 6th-century capital Nara,and ancient, mesmerising Kyoto. Kanazawa’s gardens, Shirakawa-Go’s traditional thatched gassho-zukuri houses and picture-perfect Takayama are followed by Nagoya’s museums of the modern age, and (hopefully) some unforgettable views of majestic Mount Fuji from Fujinomiya and Hakone. Two days in Tokyo's non-stop, neon futurescape – where gleaming modern towers and the latest technology share the landscape with temples and palaces – complete a fascinating journey.

Tour Highlights:-

  • Explore Himeji, Japan’s best-preserved feudal-era fortress
  • Take the train to Nara, Japan’s 6th-century capital with its sacred deer
  • Experience bustling Osaka, ‘Japan’s Kitchen’
  • Head to Kyoto and visit the famous red torii gates and Arashiyama bamboo forest
  • Journey to coastal Kanazawa with its famous gardens
  • Discover Shirakawa-Go’s traditional thatched houses and picture-perfect Takayama, gateway to the Japanese Alps
  • Stay in modern Nagoya, home of the Toyota Museum
  • Travel to Hakone National Park, where you’ll get a glimpse of fabled Mount Fuji, and enjoy a cruise on Lake Ashin
  • Spend two nights in futuristic capital Tokyo, with an included tour, time at leisure and a sushi-making lunch offering the perfect mix

This Tour Includes:-

  • 10 nights’ carefully chosen bed and breakfast accommodation, plus two on the aircraft.  You will be staying in a series of comfortable hotels that are conveniently located for your tour itinerary.
  • 14 meals (10 breakfasts, three lunches and one evening meal)
  • 11 tours and excursions
  • Return flights to Japan, outbound to Osaka and returning from Tokyo
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

Your Itinerary:-

Day 1 - Fly overnight from UK to Osaka

Day 2 - Arrival
You'll meet your tour manager when you arrive in Osaka, and transfer into the city, heading to your hotel for a three-night stay. The rest of the day is at leisure, as you relax and unwind after the journey.

Day 3 - Himeji Castle
Board the coach and head to Himeji’s extraordinary White Egret castle – perhaps Japan’s finest fortified palace and certainly the best-preserved feudal-era castle in the country. Enjoy a tour of the extraordinary 14th-century fortress and then take a relaxing stroll around the  adjoining Kokoen gardens (entry included), before an included lunch and tour of a traditional sake brewery.

Day 4 - Nara and Osaka Sightseeing
This morning you'll board the train to Nara, Japan’s sixth-century capital, where sights include Todai-ji temple’s Great Buddha, the sacred deer of the Nara Koen Park and Kasuga Taisha shrine, one of Japan’s most important Shinto shrines and famous for its traditional lanterns.

Return to Osaka by train for a guided exploration of Dotonbori, known as ‘Japan’s Kitchen’, with its restaurants and street vendors.

Day 5 - Kyoto Tour
Head to Kyoto for a one-night stay. Discover the highlights of Japan's former imperial capital, including the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine’s red torii gates, the spectacular Kiyomizu-dera temple, which offers breathtaking views of the city, and the famous Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion. After lunch, enjoy some free time wandering the lovingly restored streets of Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka before you head to Arashiyama's bamboo forest.

Day 6 - Kanazawa Sightseeing
Journey to coastal Kanazawa today and visit the exquisite Kenroku-en Garden, one of the world’s great horticultural treasures. Here you’ll get a glimpse of Japan's past at Nagamachi’s Nomura Samurai House and, if time allows, visit the Higashi Chaya-Gai geisha district, followed by a gold leaf-decorating class. Overnight in Kanazawa.

Day 7 - Shirakawa-Go and Takayama Sightseeing
Board the coach for the scenic journey to the UNESCO-listed village of Shirakawa-Go, where several thatched gassho-zukuri farmhouses, built to withstand the snows of winter, are beautifully preserved. You’ll visit the Wada-ke house, built by one of the region’s wealthiest families, then enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before journeying to the picture-perfect surroundings of Takayama, a charming, laid-back gateway to the Japanese Alps, with its preserved Sanmachi-Suji area of streets lined with traditional streets and sake breweries.

Continue to Nagoya for an overnight stay.

Day 8 - Nagoya and Fujinomiya Sightseeing
Join your guide this morning as you head to the nearby Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, which documents the fascinating history and development of Toyota, which began life as a textile machinery company in the 1920s.

Continue to Fujinomiya and the Mount Fuji World Heritage Centre, where you’ll visit the Fuyinomiya Sengen shrine, which sits in the centre of the town and dates back to the 10th century.

Tonight you’ll spend the night in nearby Mishima, where an included dinner and hot springs (onsen) await at your hotel.

Day 9 - Hakone National Park & Tokyo
Journey north today to beautiful Hakone National Park, dominated on clear days by the cone of Mount Fuji. You’ll visit the atmospheric Hakone Shrine, shrouded in dense forest, near the shore of Lake Ashin, then take a cruise on the lake and ride the cable car above the Owakudani Valley. After the tour, travel through the volcanic landscape to Tokyo for the first of two evenings in Japan’s pulsating capital.

Day 10 - Tokyo City Tour
Join your guide for a fascinating day that will include Asakusa, ancient Buddhist Senso-ji temple and nearby, traditional Nakamise shopping street.

Enjoy an entertaining lunch that includes a sushi-making experience, a bird’s eye view of the city from the observation floor of Shinjuku’s government buildings, a stroll along the tree-lined avenues of Yoyogi Park, the Meiji Shrine and a visit to world-famous Shibuya Crossing – a chaotic four-way sea of humanity.

Day 11 - Tokyo At Leisure
Make the most of the final day of your tour as you enjoy vibrant, cacophonous Tokyo at your leisure.

Day 12 - Departure and arrive back in the UK
Transfer to the airport for your return flight at the end of a fascinating adventure in Japan.

All prices below are based on 2 adults sharing.

Departure dates:-

13th March 2022  £3,951 (was £4,389)
15th May 2022  £3,870 (was £4,299)
12th June 2022 £3,776 (was £4,195)
25th September 2022  £3,870 (was £4,299)
23rd October 2022 £3,960 (was £4,399)
20th November 2022  £3,960 (was £4,399)
11th February 2023  £3,420  (was £3,799)
11th March 2023  £3,951 (was £4,389)
13th May 2023  £3,870  (was £4,299)
10th June 2023  £3,776  (was £4,165)
23rd September 2023  £3,870  (was £4,299)
21st October 2023 £3,960 (was £4,399)
18th November 2023  £3,960 (was £4,399)

An ATOL protected holiday as always!


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