based on 10 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
Half Board Included at Beniya Mukayu
Bullet Train Transfers
Please note if travelling during Japan's popular Cherry Blossom season prices can increase considerably.
A fantastic combination of classic cities such as Tokyo and Kyoto, with some time off the beaten track destinations, giving a great feel for what Japan is all about
Stay in a traditional ryokan, a truly authentic experience
Visit the historic cities of Takayama and UNESCO protected Shirakawago in the scenic Kiso Valley
Optional cycling through paddy fields, traditional villages and forests near Takayama
Visit one of Japan's most beautiful and revered gardens, Kenroku-en, in beautiful Kanazawa
The Japanese bullet train makes travelling around Japan a simple and pleasant experience
Explore the extraordinary samurai and geisha districts in Kanazawa
Japan has four seasons and is best visited in spring from March to May and autumn from late 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.
Journey through Japan on this 11-night adventure that mixes Japan's neon bright cutting-edge cities with graceful temples, Shinto shrines and heritage villages. Japan is a country like no other and nothing quite prepares you for its extraordinary world class cities, refined and discreet culture and truly unique way of life. This itinerary brilliantly combines some of Japan's most famous cities, such as Tokyo and Kyoto, with more unique locations such as Takayama, Shirakawgo and Kanazawa.
Starting off in Tokyo, you'll spend three nights in this amazing city. With your private guide you'll be able to visit a fantastic selection of highlights including some incredible modern art galleries and Harajuku, an area home to Japan's unique teen subcultures. Alongside spend time at the glorious Meiji Shrine and Sensoji Temples, giving you a taste of traditional and ancient Tokyo. On your full day with your private guide, you’ll be using the public transport system in Tokyo which is incredibly efficient and gives you a great chance to understand how everything works for when you want to explore on your own.
From Tokyo you will board your bullet train to Takayama via Nagoya where you will have one night. On arrival you will be met by your private guide and driver. Spend time this afternoon visiting the historical Sanmachi area, a beautiful district in Takayama full of old merchant houses and sake breweries. You can enter some of the old houses along with doing a spot of shopping. You'll also visit Takayama Yatai Kaikan, the float festival museum and late in the afternoon your driver will escort you to your accommodation.
After departing from Takayama with your driver and guide you will head towards Kanazawa, visiting the local farmers market and UNESCO protected Shirakawago en route. This secluded mountain village is best known for its Gassho-zukuri farmhouses that have been designed to withstand heavy snow. Afterwards transfer approximately 90 minutes to Yamashiro Onsen and spend your afternoon at leisure. The following day will be spent exploring Kanazawa with time in the Higashi-chaya geisha district, a traditional geisha house, local handicraft stores and gold leaf workshops. Your guide will also take you through Kanazawa's samurai district, Omicho fish market and Kenrokuen, one of Japan's most beautiful gardens. If time permits, we also recommend visiting the 21 Century Museum of Contemporary Art.
From Yamashiro Onsen you will be driven the short distance to Kaga Onsen station where you will catch your direct bullet train to Kyoto, which takes a little over two hours. Kyoto is Japan's sacred and most revered city that is home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, testament to the unrelenting commitment to conserving Japan's history. In Kyoto we have included a day with a private guide and car for you to visit all of the highlights including the Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) temple, Ryoan-ji temple and the Geisha district of Gion. As you will have two full days and three nights in the city we suggest, when exploring independently, that you visit Yasakajinja shrine, Kodaiji Temple as well as the ancient neighbourhood of Sannenzaka.
From Kyoto you will hop back on the bullet train and head back to Tokyo, with a journey of just over two hours. You’ll have your final night in Japan surrounded by the buzzing lights of super modern Shinjinku, giving the perfect contrast to Kyoto from ancient to modern. On departure from Japan, you'll be driven to the airport in time for your flight home.
Enjoy the height of sophistication in Japanese society, having a sublime Kaiseki dinner made up of many delicious courses, accompanied by entertainment from two Geishas whilst you enjoy your meal.
This half day guided experience is a fantastic introduction to Kanazawa, visiting Omicho Fish Market, Kanazawa's Samurai district and Kenrokyen Gardens.
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.
Spend a day discovering the traditional Japanese experiences of Zen meditation as you learn about the history of Zen before trying your hand at this spiritual form of meditation.
Take a tour of one of Kanazawa's key industries, Sake brewing. Have the chance to watch the process from start to finish which uses the same unchanged techniques that have been utilised for centuries.
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