A magical land of contrasts where the hyper-modern capital Tokyo contrasts with ancient traditions, culture and heritage in the historic Imperial capital, Kyoto. Highlights include Mount Fuji, insights into the world of the Shoguns and Emperors, temples and shrines, castles and gardens, the famous Bullet Train and a poignant visit to Hiroshima where the first atomic bomb was used in anger.
Tokyo • Nikko • Mount Fuji • Shirakawa River Valley • Bullet Train • Hiroshima • Kyoto
Day 1 Fly overnight from the UK to Tokyo.
Day 2 Afternoon excursion to the Asakusa District, lively Nakamise Street, Sensoji Buddhist temple and the observation deck of the Tokyo Sky Tree.
Day 3 Excursion to Nikko UNESCO World Heritage site visiting Toshogu Shrine, Tamozawa Imperial Villa and Kegon Falls.
Day 4 Independent sightseeing in Tokyo.
Day 5 Excursion to Mount Fuji, cruise on Lake Ashi and a trip on the Owakudani Ropeway.
Day 6 Excursion to Matsumoto Castle, Takayama Jinya and Takayama's beautifully preserved old town.
Day 7 Visit the Shirakawa River Valley, a UNESCO world heritage site, famous for its historic farmhouses, the Higashi Chaya District for its traditional teahouses and Kanazawa's Omicho Market.
Day 8 Excursion to Kenrokuen Japanese garden, Seisonkaku Villa, and Gujo Hachiman riverside town.
Day 9 Japan's Imperial Capital, Kyoto including Nijo Castle, Kiyomizudera Temple and Kinkakuji Zen Temple.
Day 10 Hiroshima by Bullet Train, visiting Itsukushima Shrine Miyajima Island, Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park and Memorial Museum.
Day 11 More of Kyoto's delights including Heian Shrine, Arashiyama, Togetsukyo Bridge and the famous bamboo groves. Then Gion, Kyoto's most famous geisha district.
Day 12 Independent sightseeing in Kyoto.
Day 13 Visit Todaiji Temple, the world's largest wooden building, housing a 15m tall bronze Buddha, see deer in Nara Park, and experience the Isuien Japanese garden.
Day 14 Transfer to the airport for a return flight to the UK.
All tours are tailored to your requirements
All hotels are a minimum standard of 4 star. Full details of the hotels will be provided with your quotation.
Your tour includes:
• Flights from the UK to Japan
• Return transfers from destination airport to the hotels
• 12 nights hotel accommodation with:
4 lunches and 7 dinners
• English speaking guide
• Excursion program as detailed in the itinerary
• Coach and train travel as detailed in the itinerary
• Baggage transfers when traveling between cities by train.
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