THE CLASSIC JAPAN TOUR IN SEPTEMBER
Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Mt Fuji & Tokyo
Experience the ancient temples, exquisite landscape and highlights of Japan with our Classic Tour of Japan.
Being the heartbeat of Japan, Kyoto is home to over 2,000 temples and shrines, exquisite crafts and some of the best cuisine in the country. Here we will enjoy dinner with a Maiko (apprentice Geisha).
You will then head for a day trip to peaceful Hiroshima and, a short ferry ride away, you will be stunned by the fantastic views of the lovely island of Miyajima.
Next, enjoy a stay near beautiful Mt Fuji where you will be relaxing in the wonderful indoor and outdoor hot springs.
Finally, head to the bright lights of the buzzling metropolis of Tokyo, the capital of Japan where ancient and modern meet.
Escorted tours of Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Miyajima, and Tokyo
Travel on the Bullet Train
Japanese hot spring experience in Hakone
Dinner with a Maiko in Kyoto's Gion district
Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
Services of a knowledgeable Japan Journeys tour leader throughout
Day 1 and 2: UK / JAPAN
Depart from London Heathrow on day 1 and arrive at Kansai International Airport (Osaka) the next day (with a change of plane en route). You will be met on arrival and transferred to your centrally-located 4* Kyoto hotel for 5 nights.
Day 3: GUIDED SIGHTSEEING IN KYOTO
Enjoy a full day visiting the sights of Kyoto by private air-conditioned coach, beginning with the beautiful Kinkaku-ji (the Golden Pavillion), a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top floor is covered in gold leaf. After that we will visit wonderful Ryoan-ji, possibly the temple with the most famous Zen rock garden in Japan arranged in the kare-sansui (dry landscape) style. Following a bento box lunch at Kyoto Handicraft Centre, we will visit Sanjusangendo, a famous temple in eastern Kyoto renowned for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included).
Day 4: NARA & UJI
Today we will take a coach to the sleepy town of Nara, Japan’s first permanent capital. The highlight of the day is a visit to Todai-ji Temple, home to the Great Buddha. After a quick stroll in Nara Park, where you can get close to the deer, we will move on to Uji which is famous for the most delicious green tea. We will visit a lovely tea shop that has provided tea to the Shoguns and Imperial family and you will have the opportunity to learn how to prepare green tea. (Breakfast included).
Day 5: KYOTO FREE DAY
Today is yours to enjoy at leisure. In the late afternoon, we will enjoy a walk in the famous Geisha district of Gion followed by a very special experience where we will enjoy a light dinner in the company of a Maiko (apprentice Geisha) who will entertain us with dances and Oshaku (pouring drinks). Afterwards, we will have the opportunity to take pictures with the Maiko. (Breakfast & Dinner included).
Day 6: DAY EXCURSION TO HIROSHIMA, MIYAJIMA
Today we will make an early start and board the world-famous Bullet Train to the moving city of Hiroshima. We first visit the Atomic Bomb Dome, Peace Memorial Park, and Peace Memorial Museum. We will then stop for a delicious lunch before taking a short ferry ride to the beautiful island of Miyajima, once considered so sacred that commoners were forbidden. We return to Kyoto this evening. (Breakfast & Lunch included).
N.B. In order to make your journey to Tokyo more comfortable, we recommend that you pack a small overnight bag for your night’s stay in Hakone as the remainder of your luggage will be sent ahead separately to your Tokyo hotel. The cost of sending one standard-sized suitcase is included in our tour price. Additional baggage will cost extra. Your suitcase will be collected tomorrow morning.
Day 7: KYOTO TO HAKONE
Today we say goodbye to Kyoto and board the Bullet Train bound for Hakone, a peaceful mountain resort in the foothills of Mt Fuji. We check into a lovely 4* hotel for the night. You are free to spend the afternoon strolling through the mountain paths and relaxing in your hotel’s soothing private indoor and outdoor hot spring baths. Enjoy a delicious dinner tonight. (Breakfast & Dinner included).
Day 8: HAKONE TO TOKYO
Following breakfast, we will explore the landscape of Hakone by private coach, ride in a cable car for a 360-degree panorama of the surrounding mountains and volcanic valleys of Owakudani, and enjoy a wonderful cruise across Lake Ashi. Later this afternoon the Bullet Train will speed you to Tokyo, a city which must be seen to be believed. Your 4* hotel is located in central Tokyo, an ideal place to experience modern, urban Japan. (Breakfast included).
Day 9: GUIDED SIGHTSEEING IN TOKYO
Today we will enjoy a full-day city tour by private coach beginning with a visit to the Sumida Hokusai Museum where you can browse the fantastic exhibits on show. We will then visit bustling Senso-ji Temple in the downtown area of Asakusa, before ending the day by ascending Tocho (the Tokyo Municipal Government Building) for a panoramic view of Tokyo. (Breakfast included).
Day 10: TOKYO FREE DAY
Today you are free to explore more of Tokyo’s attractions. We recommend the electronics district of Akihabara. Alternatively, you might like to join a 1-day optional tour to Kamakura (the political centre of medieval Japan) and Enoshima Bay, or a 1- day optional tour to Nikko, a superb temple town in the mountains north of Tokyo. Lunch is included on both optional tours. (Breakfast included).
Day 11: TOKYO
This morning we will visit lovely Koishikawa Korakuen garden. We will then visit serene Meiji Shrine and the trendy nearby district of Harajuku. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure. We will have a fantastic Farewell Dinner in the evening. (Breakfast & Dinner included).
Day 12: JAPAN TO UK
Transport by private coach to Narita International Airport from where we will depart.
KYOTO: KARASUMA KYOTOHOTEL
HAKONE: HAKONE HIGHLAND HOTEL
TOKYO: JR KYUSHU BLOSSOM SHINJUKU
DATES & INCLUSIONS
TOUR DATES: September 2022, dates tbc
Land Only Price: TBC
Single Room Supplement: TBC
Economy class scheduled international flights (with a change of plane en route)
10 nights’ accommodation at centrally located 4* hotels in Kyoto, Hakone, and Tokyo with breakfast daily
Services of a knowledgeable Japan Journeys Tour Manager throughout
Airport Transfers in Japan for those passengers arriving and/or departing with the main group (pre and post extension passengers will need to arrange their own airport transfers).
Welcome and Farewell Dinners
Dinner with a Maiko in Kyoto’s Gion district
7-day Japan Rail Pass allowing you unlimited travel on the entire Japan Rail network including Shinkansen (Bullet Train) services
Entrance fees for and transportation fares to all attractions mentioned above
All Japanese sales taxes and service charge
Full financial protection via Japan Journeys’ membership of the Travel Trust Association through which your monies are held in a Trust Account until you return home (under Membership No. U3078), see: http://www.traveltrust.co.uk
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE
Any journeys made by you on your free days.
Other meals not mentioned above.
Entrance to any attractions not named above.
Pre and post-tour extension (If you wish to extend your trip please let us know and we will give you an extension package quote)
1 Day Nikko World Heritage Tour: £150.00 per person (Lunch included)
1 Day Kamakura & Enoshima Bay Tour: £125.00 per person (Lunch included)
To make a booking, a deposit of 10% of the total price is required.
The balance of the price of the trip must be made 12 weeks prior to departure.
All price estimates are based on a minimum of 20 persons travelling in September 2022.
All price estimates are based on current rates of exchange.
In order to maximise our customers' safety on tour, we request all guests over 18 years old be fully vaccinated (i.e. they must have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination at least 14 days prior to departure.) A vaccination document, certificate or evidence will be required at the time of departure.
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