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Discover some of Japan’s traditional and historic gardens, from Bonsai Museums to Botanical wetlands. Visit some of the country’s most iconic sights including the island of Miyajima, the bamboo forest of Kyoto and the Shinto Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.
– 12nts in 4* accommodation
– Return flights and transfers
– Programme of daily tours and visits
– Selected Meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
– Services of an expert tour manager
– Checked luggage
– Relax in the hot spring spa in the mountain resort of Hakone
– Visit 10 traditional and historical gardens
– Travel on a bullet train
Day 1 – Departure
Arrive at the airport for your overnight flight to Tokyo
Day 2 – Arrival in Tokyo
Upon arrival, transfer your hotel before short orientation walk of the city.
Day 3 – Tokyo
Start your day of exploration with a visit to the Shunkaen Bonsai Museum and the Imperial Palace East Gardens. After lunch, experience the Shinto Meiji shrine, dedicated to one of Japan’s past emperors.
Day 4 – Tokyo
This morning, embrace the modern Akihabara Electronic town and the Asakusa district. Later, take a short boat ride down the Sumida River to Ginza, where you’ll discover the peaceful Hamarikyu Gardens. The afternoon is free for you to explore.
Day 5 – Mount Fuji & Hakone
Drive towards Mount Fuji and visit the Kachi Kachi Yama Ropeway and the Ichiku Kubota Art Museum located on Lake Kawaguchi. Then head to the mountain resort of Hakone to discover the Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetland.
Day 6 – Hiroshima & Miyajima shrine
Travel to Hiroshima on Japan’s iconic bullet train. You’ll arrive in the afternoon and visit the Peace Park and museum, which displays the remains of the only building that survived the destruction of August 1945.
Day 7 – Hiroshima
Today, make your way to the nearby island of Miyajima, home to a huge torii gate that sits just offshore. After an included lunch at the hotel, venture to the historic Shukkeien Japanese Garden which you can explore before having the rest of the afternoon at leisure in the city.
Day 8 – Kyoto
Leaving Hiroshima, journey to the old imperial capital of Kyoto. En route, visit the superb Korakuen gardens at Okayama.
Day 9 – Kyoto
Today, you’ll get the chance to see the amazing Sagano Bamboo Grove, in the city’s Arashiyama district. You’ll also get the chance to visit the Sogenchi Garden at the Tenryu-ji Temple, followed by the more modern garden at Murin-an. Later on in the day, experience a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony.
Day 10 – Nara
Start the day with a visit to the famous Fushimi Inari shine and the Todai-ji temple. Here you’ll also find the Isuien Japanese Garden.
Day 11 – Nijo Castle
Visit another of Kyoto’s iconic sites, Nijo Caslte. You’ll also take an orientation walkng tour through the Gion district, full of traditional wooden houses and restaurants. After, enjoy the charming garden of the Heian Jingu Shrine.
Day 12 – Bullet Train to Tokyo
After a morning at leisure in Kyoto, take the bullet train to Tokyo for an overnight stay
Day 13 – Return flight
Take a morning flight to the UK, arriving later the same day
New Otani Hotel, Tokyo
The four-star superior centrally-located New Otani Hotel is one of Tokyo’s most established hotels, having been opened in time for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics
Hakone Hotel, Hakone
The four-star Prince Hakone Hotel is perfectly located right on the southern shore of Lake Ashi, offering wonderful uninterrupted views.
RIHGA Royal Hotel, Hiroshima
The four-star RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima is centrally located in the heart of Hiroshima, within walking distance to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Hiroshima Castle.
Century Hotel, Kyoto
The four-star Kyoto Century Hotel is located right in the centre of Kyoto’s bustling shopping and entertainment area and close to Kyoto Station.
Excel Tokyu, Tokyo
The four-star Excel Tokyu is located a short drive from Haneda airport and ideal for a relaxing last night before your flight home next morning.
UK Citizens do not require a visa to enter Japan however must have a valid passport.
*All times listed here are approximate.
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