Duration: 7 - 18 September 2020
Destinations: Kyoto, Mt Fuji, Tokyo
Price: £4,435.00


Experience the ancient temples, exquisite landscape and highlights of Japan with ourClassic Tour of Japan. Being the heartbeat of Japan, Kyoto is home to over 2,000 templesand shrines, exquisite crafts and some of the best cuisine in the country. Here we willenjoy a dinner with a Maiko (apprentice Geisha). You will then move on to peacefulHiroshima and, a short ferry ride away, you will be stunned by the fantastic views of thelovely island of Miyajima. Next, enjoy a stay near beautiful Mt Fuji where you will relaxin the wonderful indoor and outdoor hot springs. Finally, head to the bright lights of thebuzzling metropolis of Tokyo, the capital of Japan where ancient and modern meet.

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Tour includes:

    • Escorted tours of Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima 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



On this Classic Japan Tour, you’ll experience the ancient temples and shrines of Kyoto each with their own associated gardens. Your knowledgeable Guide will help you understand the background of the sites you visit and will help interpret the intriguingly foreign experiences you’ll undoubtedly come across.

In Kyoto where your tour commences, you’ll get beneath the surface and will explore the back streets of this lovely city where the traditional rhythm of life remains remarkably unchanged despite this nation’s apparent modernity. It’s not just the grand gardens that will impress you, but the minute ones spied up an alleyway, beautifully tended to with exquisite attention to detail. Kyoto is also a place of highly refined cuisine, and your Guide will take you to a variety of delicious places to eat in the evenings (or you, of course, can do your own thing). In terms of food, your senses will be pleasantly bombarded by delicious sights, smells and tastes and every meal will contribute more experiences to savour that make this such a wonderful tour.

This fabulous itinerary includes a visit to the former capital of Nara where you cannot fail to be impressed by the magnificent Tōdaiji Temple containing the famous Great Buddha, the largest bronze Buddha in the world – all the more amazing considering it was first built over a millennium ago!

A visit to the moving city of Hiroshima will stay with you always – as will the short ferry journey over the bay to the lovely island of Miyajima, where the locals live a more gentle pace of life.

You’ll speed on the superb Bullet train to the resort of Hakone where you will stay at a lovely 4* resort hotel with views of beautiful Mt Fuji. Your hotel has its own private indoor and outdoor hot springs where you can luxuriate in the invigorating waters. Afterwards, you’ll feel revived and refreshed. You can then enjoy a lovely day of sightseeing in and around Mt Fuji and the Hakone region before heading off to the buzzing city of Tokyo.

Whilst in Tokyo, you’ll visit the old downtown district, museums and other wonderful spots. The abundance of local character in every district makes this truly one of the great metropolises of the world. Tokyo boasts a plethora of fine eateries, and remarkably there are more Michelin-starred restaurants here than in Paris. Culture-wise there is always some sort of festival or event taking place, not to mention flea markets and a vibrant theatre and sports scene. If all that is not enough, you can always go shopping in Tokyo’s stunning department stores.

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Classic Japan Tour Itinerary

Mon 7 – Tue 8 Sept: UK / Japan
Depart from London Heathrow on the evening of 7 September 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.

 Wed 9 September: Guided sightseeing in Kyoto

Enjoy a full day visiting the sights of Kyoto by private air-conditioned coach,beginning with the beautiful Kinkakuji(the Golden Pavillion), a zen templein northern Kyoto whose top floors arecovered in golden leaf. After that we willvisit wonderful Ryoan-ji, possibly thetemple with the most famous Zen rockgarden in Japan arranged in the karesansui(dry landscape) style. Following a bentobox lunch at Kyoto Handicraft Centre, wewill visit Sanjusangendo, a famous templein eastern Kyoto renowned for its 1001statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy.Enjoy a Welcome Dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch& Dinner included).

Thu 10 September: Nara & Uji

Today we will take a coach to the sleepytown of Nara, Japan’s first permanentcapital with eight UNESCO World HeritageSites. The highlight of the day is a visitto Todai-ji Temple, home to the GreatBuddha. Nara Park is a lovely place tostroll, relax and get close to the deer. Onthe way back to Kyoto we will make abrief stop in Uji which is famous for themost delicious green tea. We will visit alovely tea shop that has provided tea tothe Shoguns and Imperial family and youwill have the opportunity to learn how toprepare green tea.  (Breakfast included).

 Fri 11 September: Kyoto 

Today is yours to enjoy at leisure. In the evening 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 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 and talk with the Maiko. (Breakfast & Dinner included).

 Sat 12 September: Kyoto 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.

 Sun 13 Sep: 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).

 Mon 14 Sep: 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).

 Tue 15 Sep: Guided sightseeing in Tokyo   

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).

 Wed 16 Sep: Tokyo at leisure

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).

 Thu 17 Sep: 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).

 Fri 18 Sep: Japan to UK

Transport by private coach to Narita International Airport from where we will depart.


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Accommodation in Kyoto

Karasuma Kyoto Hotel


Located a few minutes walk from Shijo Street which is the main street for shopping with a number of department stores and fantastic restaurants.

Single rooms are compact and doubles more generously sized and recently renovated. All rooms have TV, refrigerator and tea making facilities. Free LAN internet is available in room and free wifi is available in the lobby.

The Karasuma Kyoto Hotel has a large selection of Western and Japanese breakfast items and there is also an onsite Starbucks and bakery. Other facilities include a Chinese and Japanese restaurant and a bar.

Accommodation in Hakone

A lovely resort hotel set on the shores of the spectacular Lake Ashi. On clear days, you can enjoy views of Mt Fuji.

You can relax and unwind in the hotel’s natural hot spring baths. You have a choice of outdoor and indoor baths and also a sauna and cold plunge pool.

The hotel has high-end Japanese and French restaurants, where Western and Japanese breakfast options are served every morning.

The vast grounds include tennis courts, a selection of shops and restaurants and even a petting zoo and aquarium. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful woodland perfect for a gentle walk.

Accommodation in Tokyo

Shinjuku Prince Hotel


Shinjuku Prince Hotel is located but 5 minutes away from Shinjuku station and its various train lines (JR, subway and private railways). It is also not far from both the lively, tree-lined Omotesandō Avenue, funky Harajuku or the wooded, lake filled Yoyogi Park.
All the room are cozy and modern, and come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, telephones and your usual amenities.
The hotel has a cafe, a relaxed buffet eatery, and a refined Japanese restaurant/bar with panoramic views.

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  • 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 and also Dinner on 13 September
  • Lunches on 9 and 12 September
  • Dinner with a Maiko in Kyoto’s Gion district on 11 September
  • 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



  • Travel Insurance
  • 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)

Optional Tours:
1 Day Nikko World Heritage Tour:
 £150.00 per person (Lunch included)

1 Day Kamakura & Enoshima Bay Tour: £125.00 per person (Lunch included)

All prices estimates are based on a minimum of 20 persons travelling in September 2020
All price estimates are based on current rates of exchange.

Price:  £4,435.00 per person on a sharing basis

Land-Only Price: £3,675.00 (not including flights, non-UK passengers only)

Single Room supplement: £425.00

To make a booking, a 10% deposit of the total price is required.


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