Duration: TBC
Destinations: Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka
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This fantastic tour is a guided, group version of our Essential Japan Independent Tour – perfect for those who wish to see the best of Japan and have the benefits of being escorted by an experienced Japan Journeys guide throughout. This fantastic tour is a guided, group version of our Essential Japan Independent Tour – perfect for those who wish to see the best of Japan and have the benefits of being escorted by an experienced Japan Journeys guide throughout. 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.
We will then make our way to Kyoto – the cultural heartland of Japan, with its countless temples and shrines. 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 Temple- the largest wooden building in the world. Then head to Hiroshima and to the beautiful island of Miyajima where you can see the famous torii gate, considered one of Japan’s three best views. You will then finish your trip in Osaka, Japan’s second biggest city known as the “kitchen of Japan”.

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    • Discover a Japan very much off the beaten path
    • Explore the past and future, with Tokyo, a modern metropolis and the world’s largest, and Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan
    • Travel in style and speed on the world-famous Bullet Train
    • Enjoy excellent Guided tours of Tokyo & Kyoto
    • Indulge yourself in world class cuisine
    • Try your hand at decorating chopsticks, and making your own traditional Japanese dish

Exquisite Japan Itinerary

Day 1-2 October: 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 3 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 private coach. 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. 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 Kenrokuen, 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 4 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. Breakfast included.

Day 11: Kyoto to Hiroshima
This morning we leave Kyoto and transfer by Bullet Train to Hiroshima. The Atomic Bomb Dome and the moving Peace Memorial Park and Museum are sights not to be missed. Make the short trip by ferry to the lovely island of Miyajima. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and fantastic views of the o-torii of Itsukushima Shrine, one of the most famous sights in Japan. You will stay in a centrally located hotel for 1 night. Breakfast included.

Day 12: Hiroshima to Osaka
Speed on the Bullet Train to Osaka, Japan’s lively second city. If Kyoto is the soul of Japan then Osaka is surely its heart, being famous for its friendly people and hearty cuisine. You will spend 2 nights in a 4* hotel in the heart of Osaka. Breakfast included.

Day 13: Osaka at leisure
Enjoy your last day exploring the lively Dotonbori district for shopping and sampling famous Osaka food. Osaka Castle and the wonderful Osaka Aquarium are well worth a visit too. Breakfast included.

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


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.

Accommodation in Kanazawa

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.

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 Hiroshima

Oriental Hotel Hiroshima


Boasting international cuisines and views of Hiroshima, the Oriental Hotel Hiroshima is a 10-minute drive from JR Hiroshima Train Station. It features a beauty salon, stylish rooms and free Wi-Fi throughout the property.
Rooms include an en suite bathroom with original bath amenities. Guests can wear the provided night wear and enjoy watching the satellite flat-screen TV.
The hotel has a French restaurant and a Japanese restaurant as well as a cafe where you can enjoy live music shows.

Accommodation in Osaka

Hotel Granvia Osaka


Hotel Granvia Osaka, located in the center of the spirited and historic city of Osaka, Japan, offers guests a sophisticated retreat and direct connection to JR Osaka train lines.
Generously proportioned and astutely decorated, the rooms here have a mixture of chic and warmth that mirror the personality of the city of Osaka, with its dizzying skyline rising above the bustling and cheerful streets. There is a full range of quality amenities as one would expect from a hotel of this calibre.
The Granvia, Osaka, features an array of fine dining and casual restaurants, including Japanese, Italian, French and Chinese cuisines. Revel in the city’s nightlife at the hotel’s chic bar and two lounges, or grab a quick snack at the café.

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  • Economy Class scheduled international flights from London Heathrow (with a change of plane en route)
  • 12 nights’ accommodation at centrally located 4* hotels in Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka with breakfast daily
  • Services of a knowleadgeable Japan Journeys Tour Manager throughout
  • Airport Transfer in Japan for those passengers arriving with the main group (pre and post extension passengers will need to arrange their own airport transfers)
  • Full day coach transfer in Tokyo on day 3 and in Kyoto on day 8
  • Half day coach transfer in Kyoto on day 7
  • 14-day Japan Rail Pass allowing you unlimited travel on the entire Japan Rail network including Shinkansen (Bullet Train) services
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Lunch on Day 8
  • Entrance fees for all attractions mentioned above
  • 2 separate baggage transfers for one piece of luggage per person from Tokyo to Kyoto & Kyoto to Osaka
  • 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


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

Tour dates:  TBC

Price: TBC per person based on Twin/Double room occupancy

Land Only Price: TBC per person (available for non-UK passengers only)

Single Room Supplement: TBC

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  • To make a booking, a deposit of £200.00 per person is required.
  • The balance of the price of the trip must be made 12 weeks prior to departure.
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