Tokyo skyline (left), and the bullet train (right)
Tokyo skyline (left), and the bullet train (right)
Kiyomizu Temple (left), and Hiroshima Peace Memorial (right)
Kiyomizu Temple (left), and Hiroshima Peace Memorial (right)
Seasonal flora in Kyoto, Japan
Seasonal flora in Kyoto, Japan
Tokyo Cityscapes
Tokyo Cityscapes

Highlights of Japan

10 Nights from £3,739 Including Flights

Overview

Discover Japan’s futuristic cities, natural beauty and historic attractions on this wonderful 10-night small group tour. Starting in Tokyo and ending in Osaka, you’ll have the opportunity to board the iconic bullet train, as well as enjoying fabulous trips including the picturesque Iya Valley, historic Matsumano Castle and the fascinating Arashiyama area (BRT).

Highlights

  • Travel on board the famous Shinkansen (bullet train)
  • Explore the vibrant cities of Tokyo and Kyoto
  • Discover the natural beauty of Miyajima Island
  • Experience Hiroshima
  • Visit Matsumoto Castle
Whats included?
  • Flights & taxes
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Checked baggage
  • ATOL protection
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
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Day 1

Tokyo

Upon arrival in Tokyo, you’ll check in to your hotel before meeting your fellow travellers over a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Dinner included

Overnight: Hotel Ann Asakusa (or similar)

Day 2

Tokyo

You’ll spend the first half of the day on a guided tour of Tokyo’s most famous attractions, including the Edo-Tokyo Museum – documenting Tokyo’s transformation from a small fishing village to the huge metropolis it is today, and the Kokyo Gaien National Gardens in the Imperial Palace – the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. The rest of the day will be spent relaxing, or you could explore the city on your own.

Breakfast included

Overnight: Hotel Ann Asakusa (or similar)

Day 3

Matsumoto – Tsumago

Today you will explore the stunning Matsumoto Castle, an iconic structure that holds over 400 years’ worth of history and offers amazing views of the Japanese Alps. Next up is Tsumago, a town steeped in heritage and retaining its traditional Edo Period architecture.

Breakfast and dinner included

Overnight: Hotel Kisoji (or similar)

Day 4

Kyoto

The day begins with a ride on board the famous Shinkansen (bullet train) for to travel to Kyoto. Once there, you’ll check-in to your hotel and spend some time exploring at your own pace – including the traditional teahouses, bustling markets and picturesque Zen Gardens.

Breakfast included

Overnight: The B Kyoto Shijo (or similar)

Day 5

Kyoto

Your driver and tour leader will drive you to the western outskirts of the city for a tour of the Arashiyama area. The tour starts at the peaceful Gio-Ji Temple – known for its lush maple trees and moss garden, before heading to Okochi-Sanso Villa to see an example of traditional Japanese residential architecture. Take a sip of complimentary matcha green tea and Japanese sweets in the garden, before moving on to the Arishiyama Bamboo Grove for a stroll along the towering stalks.

Breakfast included

Overnight: The B Kyoto Shijo (or similar)

Day 6

Kurashiki – Takamatsu

Jump onboard the Shinkansen again for a short journey to Kurashiki, a historic city that was once a former rice distribution centre and still remains unspoiled. Take an idyllic stroll along the canal-side laneways and stop by Ohashi House, a unique building decorated with tatami floors and paper sliding doors. The last stop is the port city of Takamatsu, where you can explore at your own pace.

Breakfast included

Overnight: Takamatsu Tokyu REI Hotel (or similar)

Day 7

Iya Valley

Your day begins with a visit to the Ritsurin Garden, one of the most famous Japanese gardens that was built by feudal lords in the Edo Period. Spend some time discovering the manicured ponds, bridges and footpaths, before venturing to the mountain slopes and gorges of Iya Valley to check-in to your traditional Japanese hotel accommodation. The afternoon can be spent enjoying the facilities, including the open-air onsen (hot spring baths).

Breakfast and dinner included

Overnight: Hotel Iya Onsen (or similar)

Day 8

Okayama – Hiroshima

Before boarding the bullet train again, we recommend picking up an authentic Japanese bento box to enjoy during the journey from Okayama to Hiroshima – the site of the 1945 atomic bombing. The visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is humbling, as is the UNESCO World Heritage A-Bomb Done – the remains of one of the few buildings to somewhat survive the explosion; the Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall.

Breakfast included

Overnight: Vista Hotel Hiroshima (or similar)

Day 9

Miyajima Island – Hiroshima

Day eight will be spent exploring Miyajima Island, to marvel at the striking scene of mountains, ocean and the famous ‘floating’ Torii gate. (Please note the renovation works are currently underway at Torii gate, and it’s unknown how long this will take).

Whilst there, you’ll discover the Itsukushima Shrine – a gorgeous example of 12th century Shinto architecture, before wandering through Momijidani Park to see the towering maple trees and to climb Mt Misen via ropeway. The views at the top are truly stunning.

Breakfast included

Overnight: Vista Hotel Hiroshima (or similar)

Day 10

Osaka

The final stop of our tour is Osaka – every foodie’s idea of haven. The morning begins with the city’s 16th century castle and its picturesque park – the castle is adorned with beautiful gold motifs and artefacts detailing the city’s history. Next up is a visit to Umede Sky Building’s observatory for incredible views, before having time free to try out the flavoursome cuisine on Takimi-Koji Street.

Breakfast included

Overnight: Shin Osaka Esaka Tokyu REI Hotel (or similar)

Day 11

Osaka

Today marks the end of your tour.

Breakfast included

  • 10 nights’ accommodation
  • Driver and tour leader
  • Air conditioned transport
  • Daily breakfast and three dinners
  • Entrance to attractions: Tokyo’s Imperial Palace, Edo-Tokyo Museum, Kokyo Gaien National Garden, Matsumoto Castle, Gio-Ji Temple, Okochi-Sanso Villa, Ohashi House, Ritsurin Garden, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum, A-Bomb Dome, Itsukushima Shrine, Momijidani Park and Osaka Castle

Holly Reid
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