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There are few places on Earth where the contrast between traditional and modern is quite so marked as in Japan and on this holiday you’ll discover many of its incredible highlights. Beginning in dazzling Tokyo, you’ll go on to admire incredible views of Mount Fuji, see the beautiful Matsumoto Castle and visit the traditional city of Takayama. After riding the famous Bullet Train to Kyoto, you’ll spend three nights exploring this charming city before heading to Hiroshima and uncovering its poignant history. Your journey ends in bustling Osaka, where you’ll visit Osaka Castle and have some free time for shopping if you wish.
Today you’ll depart on your scheduled flight to Tokyo via Hong Kong.
This evening you’ll arrive in Tokyo, where we’ll transfer you to your hotel. After time to settle in, why not head out for stroll to get your bearings.
Your explorations of Japan begin here in dazzling Tokyo and take you first to the Meiji Jingu Shrine. This collection of buildings and tranquil grounds is dedicated to the first emperor of modern Japan. Next we’ll transfer to the district of Asakusa, where you’ll visit the fascinating Sensoji Buddhist temple, and head to the vibrant Nakamise shopping street.
A spectacular sight awaits us today, as we journey to Hakone. This is the gateway to Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain, and the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. The scenery here is breathtakingly beautiful and we’ll take a cable-car ride to admire views of mountains, hot springs and crystal-clear Lake Ashi.
Your next base is Takayama, a traditional Japanese city in the mountains, and a day of discoveries starts with a visit to the perfectly preserved Matsumoto Castle. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Japanese Alps, it’s the country’s oldest five-tiered wooden castle and has been designated a National Treasure of Japan.
Your day out today starts early at Miyagawa morning market, where you’ll see and even sample the region’s exotic fruit and vegetables. We’ll then have the chance to see a traditional house and enjoy some free time in Takayama.
A journey by train this morning takes us to Nagoya, where we board one of Japan’s famous Bullet Trains bound for Kyoto. Start the sightseeing as soon as we arrive in historic Kyoto. It’s filled with fascinating temples, ancient buildings and splendid gardens, and we’ll see highlights including Nijo Castle, built in 1603 for the first Shogun of the Edo Period.
We’ll start the day by viewing the Kinkakuji Temple with its Golden Pavilion. Next we’re heading to the beautiful district of Arashiyama today, where a rickshaw ride through a bamboo forest promises to be an exhilarating experience. Sit back and enjoy the sight of the towering stalks swaying gently in the wind and casting shadows on the path. A sushi-making demonstration and lunch are also included before an afternoon of exploration in Nara.
How you spend today in Kyoto is entirely up to you. You could take part in a Kendo lesson, a modern martial art which uses bamboo swords, or maybe enjoy a more genteel experience, a traditional tea ceremony. Kyoto is the birthplace of the tea ceremony and there are a number of places which offer you a chance to experience it for yourself.
We’re taking another Bullet Train today, and this time it will transport us to Hiroshima. This city is infamous as the target of the first-ever atomic bomb, dropped by the US at the end of the Second World War.
Osaka is the final destination of your tour, and you’ll journey here by road, so this morning is all about relaxing and admiring the view from your window. Your hotel in Osaka is located close to the city’s main shopping and entertainment district, so there’s plenty to keep you busy during a free afternoon.
You’ll spend the first half of today discovering Osaka Castle and the Floating Garden Observatory at the top of the Umeda Sky Building. From here you’ll get panoramic views of the city and there will be free time for lunch if you wish. Later, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK via Hong Kong.
You’ll arrive back in the UK today.
Offering fantastic views over the city and located close to the popular sights, you will stay at the Keio Plaza Hotel. Hotel facilities include restaurant, bar, fitness room and pool(seasonal).
The 4-star Associa Takayama Resort is situated in Takayama. Hotel facilities include a restaurant and a bar. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning and a TV.
The 4-star Kyoto Tokyu Hotel is ideally located within reach of Kyoto”s main tourist attractions. Hotel facilities include a restaurant and a bar. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and tea/coffee-making facilities.
The 4-star Granvia Hiroshima is ideally located within easy reach of the main tourist attractions of Hiroshima. Hotel facilities include a selection of restaurants and a bar. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Hotel Nikko Osaka is a deluxe hotel located in a prime area of central Osaka. The hotel faces the famous tree-lined Mido-suji Avenue, the city’s main boulevard.
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 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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