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Discover the cultural heritage of Japan on this exciting journey through the country’s main island of Honshu. Begin with an exploration of Tokyo and the nearby Hakone National Park, visit the tranquil Kenroku-en garden and the castle of Kanazawa before exploring the imperial city of Kyoto, with its many temples and shrines. Experience the sombre modern history of Hiroshima, then visit the picturesque island of Miyajima with its celebrated torii gate. Finish with a visit to Himeji, famed for its castle and Japanese gardens, before flying home from Tokyo.
– 4-star accommodation
– Flexible – extensions & flight upgrades available
– Average group size – 15 people (max 24)
– International flights
– Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
– Experienced local tour manager
– Selected Meals: 10 breakfasts & 4 lunches
– Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
– Bullet train travel
– Cherry blossom season departures
– Traditional tea ceremony experience in Kyoto
– Cooking class in Kyoto
– Try gold-leaf making in Kanazawa
– Visit Shirakawago to see the UNESCO-listed gassho-zukuri houses
– Tour the Nomura Samurai House & gardens
– Stay in 4-star accommodation
– Small group size – average 15 people (max 24)
Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Tokyo Haneda airport
Arrive and transfer to the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa (or similar) for 3 nights.
Full-day excursion to the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park for views of Mount Fuji, a cruise on Lake Ashi and a ride on the Mount Komagatake Ropeway (cable car).
(Breakfast and lunch)
Today, take a tour to discover more about Japanese cuisine. Options include lessons in cooking, or a tour of the capital’s finest ramen restaurants.
(Breakfast and dinner)
Morning departure by shinkansen (bullet train) to Kanazawa. Visit Kanazawa castle park and the Kenroku-en garden and the Nomura Samurai house. Stay 2 nights at the Crowne Plaza ANA Kanazawa (or similar).
(Breakfast and lunch)
Morning visit to a gold leaf workshop, where you can learn how to embellish, and Omicho market. Afternoon excursion to Shirakawago to see the Unesco-listed gassho-zukuri houses and their unique architectural style.
Travel by express train to Kyoto. Visits include Nijo Castle, Nishiki market and WAK cultural centre. Here, in a townhouse known as a machiya, take part in a cooking class and traditional tea ceremony. The following day is free for you to explore Kyoto at your own pace. Stay 2 nights at the New Miyako Hotel (or similar).
Morning visit to Kinkakuji temple, then Ryoanji temple, famous for its Zen rock garden. In the afternoon, tour the historic city of Nara, then continue to Osaka to catch the bullet train south to Hiroshima. Stay 2 nights at the Granvia Hiroshima / Sheraton Hiroshima (or similar).
Take the ferry over to Miyajima island to visit the Itsukushima shrine and see the Torii gate. Return to the mainland and take the train back to the city to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the Memorial Museum.
Board a bullet train for the journey north to Himeji city. Take a tour of Himeji castle. Afterwards, take a stroll in the Koko-en gardens, which consist of nine separate, walled gardens with ponds, waterfalls and a tea ceremony house. Travel by train to Tokyo and stay 1 night at the Royal Park Haneda (or similar).
(Breakfast and lunch)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to London, arriving later the same day.
Set in central Kanazawa next to the JR train station and the Ishikawa concert hall, the ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kanazawa is an ideal base to explore the city. Among the dining options is the Unkai restaurant, which serves wagyu steaks, is set on tatami mats and looks out over the manicured garden. Kaga Teppanyaki restaurant on the 19th floor has views out to the Sea of Japan.
The Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa is located at the top of Zakuro-zaka Street, just a 5-minute walk from the Takanawa exit of Shinagawa train station, and just three minutes to the Toei subway station. The hotel’s striking structure was designed by Togo Murano, one of Japan’s leading architects. With a range of leisure facilities, well-equipped rooms and Japanese, Chinese and western restaurants, the hotel makes a comfortable base from which to explore Tokyo.
The Hotel Granvia Hiroshima is a large property located in central Hiroshima, within 15 minutes walk of the Shukkei-en Japanese garden and the Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum. The hotel has excellent transport links, with connections to the JR Shinkansen train station as well as a bus stop just in front of the hotel for the Hiroshima Sightseeing Loop bus. Rooms are well equipped and contemporary in style, and there is a range of restaurants and bars on site.
The New Miyako Hotel has a prime location less than 5 minutes’ walk from Kyoto Station. The hotel offers a range of rooms and suites across three categories. Dining options include Japanese, Chinese and European buffet restaurants.
Please note that in Japan room sizes can be significantly smaller than in Europe.
Excursions on days 3 and 4 may be switched, subject to local conditions. Please note that travellers will need to pack an overnight bag for days 5–6 and 9–10, as main luggage will be transferred separately between hotels.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don’t include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment’s notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0808 258 4739 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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