Duration: tbc, September 2017
Location: Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Takayama
Price: tbc

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Discover the back roads of Japan with this lovely tour. You begin your journey in the lively metropolis of Tokyo from where you’ll take the newest Bullet Train line to the Sea of Japan side of the country and the delightful town of Kanazawa – home to some of the best preserved samurai and geisha teahouses. Kanazawa is also home to Kenrokuen Garden – considered one of the top three gardens in Japan. You will not only have the pleasure of exploring the beautiful town but also trying your hand at some cultural activities. You will learn how decorate a pair of traditional Japanese chopsticks with gold leaf, as well as making some tasty Japanese confectionary. We will then make our way to Kyoto – the cultural heartland of Japan. Here you will explore the highlights of this fascinating city with its countless temples and shrines. While in Kyoto we will also make a day trip to the first capital of Japan, Nara where you can feed the sacred deer in the park on your way to visit the giant Buddha housed in the equally impressive Todaiji Templ e- the largest wooden building in the world. Your last stop of the tour will be Takayama, located in the lovely Japan Alps. Whilst here we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Shirakawago and Gokayama where you can wander amongst the picturesque thatched houses and marvel at their unique architecture that enabled them to cope with the heavy winter snow.

Day 1-2: Depart UK/Arrival in Japan
Fly overnight to Narita International Airport (Tokyo) from where you will be met and taken to Tokyo by private coach. Check into your centrally-located 4* Tokyo hotel for three nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 3: Tokyo Tour
We start today by ascending Tocho (the Tokyo Municipal Government Building) for a fantastic panoramic view of Tokyo. We then move on to the bustling, traditional Asakusa district to visit Sensoji Temple- the oldest temple in Tokyo. After lunch we will enjoy a pleasure cruise from Asakusa pier along the Sumida River to Hama-Rikyu – site of one of Tokyo’s loveliest gardens. We will travel by local public transport. Breakfast & Dinner included.

Day 4: Tokyo
This morning we will visit the beautiful Meiji Shrine and then you will have the rest of the day to enjoy at leisure. Breakfast included.

Day 5: Tokyo to Kanazawa
Today we speed on the new Bullet Train line to Kanazawa, a beautiful town on the Sea of Japan coast. We will spend the afternoon visiting the well preserved Higashi Chaya district by local bus, giving you a sense of old Japan. You will also have an enjoyable included hands-on opportunity to decorate your own pair of chopsticks with gold leaf. We check into our 4* hotel for 2 nights. Breakfast included.

Day 6: Kanazawa
Today we will again be using the local loop bus and our first stop of the day will be the magnificent Kenroku-en, one of Japan’s top three gardens. We will have another hands-on experience making some delicious Japanese confectionary before visiting the superb 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Modern Art. Breakfast included.

Day 7: Kanazawa to Kyoto
After a leisurely morning we will board the train to Kyoto, the cultural heartland of Japan. On arrival in Kyoto we will visit the imposing Nijo Castle -famous for its nightingale floor, which made a chirping noise under pressure to warn of intruders. We will check into our centrally-located 4* Kyoto hotel for four nights. Breakfast included.

Day 8: Kyoto
Enjoy a full day visiting the sights of Kyoto by private air-conditioned coach, beginning with the beautiful temples and gardens of Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion. Next, we will visit the famous Zen Buddhist rock garden at Ryoan-ji. Following a buffet lunch at Kyoto Handicraft Centre, we will visit Kiyomizu-dera, a hillside temple offering fabulous views over the city. Breakfast & Lunch included.

Day 9: Nara
Today we will take the train to the sleepy town of Nara, Japan’s first permanent capital and home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The highlight of the day is a visit to Todai-ji Temple, the largest wooden building in the world and home to the Great Buddha. Nara Park is a lovely place to stroll, relax and feed the deer. This afternoon you are free to continue exploring Nara or return to Kyoto. Breakfast included.

Day 10: Kyoto at Leisure
Spend another day in Kyoto or alternatively use your JR Pass to explore the surrounding area. Japan’s lively second city, Osaka, is only a short train ride away. Hiroshima is also possible as a day excursion. Breakfast included.

Day 11: Kyoto to Takayama
This morning we leave Kyoto and transfer by Bullet and local train to Takayama, a lovely town in the Japan Alps. You will have time this afternoon to relax and explore Takayama’s atmospheric streets, museums and folkcraft. We will check in to our lovely 4* hotel in Takayama for two nights. Breakfast included.

Day 12: Takayama
We join a guided bus tour today to visit the two UNESCO World Heritage sites of Shirakawago and Gokayama. These two picturesque villages are famous for their traditional ‘gassho-style’ Japanese houses that are unique to their region. We will enjoy delicious local cuisine for lunch. Breakfast & Lunch included.

Day 13: Tokyo
After breakfast we take the train back to Tokyo. We return to Tokyo for our final night in Japan. You have the afternoon at leisure before we all get together for a lovely Farewell dinner. Breakfast & Dinner included.

Day 14: Depart Japan
Transfer from your hotel to Narita International Airport (Tokyo). Return to the UK (arrive same day).

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Citadines Central Shinjuku (Tokyo)

Citadines Central Shinjuku

Located a short walk from JR Shinjuku station which is serviced by the Narita Express train, the main shopping, eating and entertainment area of Shinjuku, the Best Western is the ideal place from which to explore Tokyo.

The hotel has comfortable rooms with a sense of style. Many amenities are provided, including a Corby trouser press in standard single rooms. Families and couples can relax in double or twin rooms, and some standard rooms can accommodate three beds.

Breakfast consisits of Japanese and Western cuisine, served buffet-style. Fresh baked bread and a selction of fruit.

Kanazawa MyStays Hotel (Kanazawa)

Kanazawa MyStays Hotel

Conveniently located only five minutes walk from Kanazawa Station.

The hotel is brand new, opening at the end of 2014, and room size is generous for a Japanese hotel.

All rooms have a TV, safety box, refrigerator and tea making facilities. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

The hotel has a Japanese restaurant and Western Café/Restaurant. Guest can also make use of the on-site gym free of charge.

Karasuma Kyoto Hotel (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.

Best Western Hotel Takayama


Located in the heart of downtown Takayama, the Best Western Hotel Takayama offers is within walking distance from all major tourist attractions, shopping centres, convenience stores with banking machines, post office, city hall, bus terminal and JR Takayama Train Station.

The bilingual staff are happy to assist with any questions you may have. Each of the modern rooms feature amenities such as AM/FM alarm clock, hairdryers, coffee and tea services, desk/work areas, fax and modem connections, and cable televisions and mini-bars.

Breakfast is a mix of Japanese and Western and wifi is available in the lobby and rooms.


  • Economy class scheduled international flights (with a change of plane en route)
  • 12 nights accommodation at centrally located 4* hotels in Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto, and Takayama with breakfast daily
  • Services of a knowleadgeable 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 on Days 3 & 13
  • Lunch on Day 8
  • Gold Leaf Decorating Experience
  • Japanese Confectionary Making Experience
  • 14-day Japan Rail Pass allowing you unlimited travel on the entire Japan Rail network including Shinkansen (Bullet Train) services
  • Entrance fees for all attractions mentioned above



  • Any journeys made by taxi, subway or tram
  • Other meals not mentioned above
  • Entrance to any attractions not named above
  • Insurance


All price estimates are based on current rates of exchange. Minimum numbers apply.

Tour dates: tbc, September 2017

Price: tbc

Land Only Price: tbc

Single Room Supplement: tbc

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