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based on 11 nights inc. flights & selected experiences
* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
International economy flights and taxes from the UK
Yoshimatsu Included on a half board basis
Please note if travelling during Japan's popular Cherry Blossom season prices can increase considerably.
Taste some of the world's freshest and most amazing sushi in Tokyo
Miyagima is one of the crown jewels of Japan
Chance to explore over 2,000 temples and shrines in Kyoto
Spend the day climbing Mt Misen on Miyajima Island, one of Japan's most beautiful destinations
Japan has four seasons and is best visited in spring from March to May and autumn from September to November. December to January can be cold with snow and the summer is hot and humid. The end of March and early April is a particularly good time to visit as this is the cherry blossom season as is October for the autumn colours.
Japan is one of the most fascinating destinations in Asia and this classic itinerary is perfect for those wanting to experience the delightful diversity of the country, with stops at the main highlights of Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Hakone.
Begin your exploration of fascinating Japan in the exciting capital, Tokyo. We have included three nights for you to explore the city, however you could spend three weeks in this sprawling metropolis and still have new sites to see. During your time in Tokyo we have included a full day tour of the city with a private guide, using the super-efficient public transport system. This is a brilliant way to see the city, beating the traffic, and having a local show you how everything works for when you want to venture out on your own. There is so much to do and see in the city but as a start we have included visits for you for the Imperial Palace Gardens, the exclusive shopping at Ginza and the bright lights of Shinjuko.
From Tokyo, take the world-famous bullet train to Kyoto, just over two and a half hours away and where you will be spending your next three nights. Japan’s cultural centre, Kyoto, has hundreds of Shinto and Buddhist shrines and temples to explore, a beautiful Geisha district and Japan's ancient culture. As there is so much to do and see in Kyoto we have included a full day guided tour of the city so that you get the most out of your time here, as there are over 2,000 temples that can be visited! Temples are not the only thing to see in the city, as Kyoto is famed for its foodie scene and culture and we have included a visit to the buzzing Nishiki Market for you, full interesting market stalls to stop in at.
After Kyoto, head south to Hiroshima, again by bullet train, for your next two nights. Famous for the Atomic Bomb Museum, we very much suggest a visit to this humbling site on the day that you arrive in Hiroshima. The following day, head further south by train and ferry to the picturesque Miyajima Island for a wonderful day of sightseeing. Feeling like you have stepped back in time, Miyajima is a lovely area to explore and this Unesco World Heritage site boasts one of Japan’s most photographed shrines, the red floating Tori Gate.
From Hiroshima, you will head back up the island of Honshu to Hakone. Again, using the bullet train you’ll connect in Nagano and continue on to Odawara Station where you will be met by your chauffeur and driven up to Lake Ashi for two nights to experience a traditional ryokan. Known for its onsens, or natural hot spring baths, Hakone has long been known as an area for relaxation and over your two nights here spend your days exploring the surrounding countryside with some beautiful hikes or visiting one of the many fantastic art museums in the region. Each evening, you will be treated to incredible multi-course Kaiseki cuisine with each course beautifully presented with amazing detail.
For your final night in Japan, you’ll head to Tokyo at just a short 45-minute bullet train transfer from Odawara. Here visit sites that you missed on your first stay in the city and allow us to recommend one of our favourite restaurants for you, as your grand finale on the journey before heading home the following day.
Spend a day exploring the treasures of Hakone, including a cruise on Lake Ashi, marvelling at the magnificent views of Mount Fuji and surrounding mountains, before visiting the Hakone Open Air Museum, home to works by Rodin, Miro and Picasso.
A full day tour of the highlights of Tokyo with your English speaking guide, exploring the Meijijingu shrine, Roppongi Hills where you'll go up to the observation deck for 360 degree views of the city, and the areas of Omotesando, Aoyama and Ginza.
A guided day in Arashiyama district, located at the base of Kyoto's western mountains. Take a boat trip on the Hozugawa River before discovering Zen Buddhist temples and the famous bamboo grove, one of Japan's most iconic scenic areas.
Enjoy a shopping trip around Kyoto. Wander down the picturesque streets of Gian where you can visit local handicraft and pottery shops.
Take part in a traditional Tea Ceremony and gain an insight into this ancient art form and key part of Japanese culture.
Visit a Master Swordsmith at their home in Tokyo to see the art of Japanese sword making.
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