A Journey to Japan

This tour of Japan is an ideal introduction for first-time visitors, with guided tours of the country's key sites. Discover Tokyo's rich cultural heritage with visits to the city's temples, museums & shrines, tour the scenic Hakone National Park with a lake cruise and cable-car ridge for views of Mt Fuji, then explore Kyoto's famous geisha district and experience a traditional tea ceremony.

7 nights from £3695pp

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  • A Journey to Japan
  • A Journey to Japan

A Journey to Japan Itinerary

  • Day 1: Fly to Tokyo

    Fly from London (regional connections available) to Tokyo, with British Airways. (N)

  • Day 2: Tokyo

    Arrive and transfer to the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa (or similar) for 2 nights. (N)

  • Day 3: Tokyo

    Full-day tour visiting Asakusa Kannon temple, Tokyo National Museum, the Imperial East Garden, the Meiji shrine and the busy Shibuya district. (B, L)

  • Day 4: Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

    Drive to Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, where you will take a cruise on Lake Ashi and a ride on the Mount Komagatake Ropeway (cable car) for views of Mount Fuji. Stay overnight at the Yumoto Fujiya Hotel. (B, L, D)

  • Day 5: Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park • Kyoto

    Visit the Hakone Open-Air Museum, which displays artwork and sculptures by Rodin, Miró, Anthony Gormley and Picasso. Continue by shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto for 3 nights at the Hotel Keihan Kyoto Grande (or similar). (B)

  • Day 6: Kyoto

    Morning visit to Kinkakuji temple (Golden Pavilion), then Ryoanji temple, known for its Zen rock garden. Afternoon tour of the historic city of Nara. (B)

  • Day 7: Kyoto

    Continue your tour of Kyoto with a visit to Nijo castle, the Nishiki fresh food market, and a traditional tea ceremony in a machiya (wooden townhouse). Afternoon visit to a handicraft centre for a traditional woodblock printing class, then take a walk in Gion, Kyoto’s renowned geisha district. (B)

  • Day 8: Osaka • Fly to London

    Early morning coach journey to Kansai international airport in Osaka and fly to London with British Airways. (B)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

  • Important information

  • Please note

    Travellers will need to pack an overnight bag for days 4-5 in Hakone, as your main luggage will be transferred from Tokyo to Kyoto.

  • Accommodation

    Please note that in Japan room sizes can be significantly smaller than in Europe.

  • Locally escorted tour

    This tour is led in each destination en route by a local tour guide.

  • Superior tour

    This tour is based in 4-star accommodation.

  • Single supplement

    From £795pp.

  • Private & tailor-made travel

    This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, but note that the cost of travelling on a private basis rather than as part of a group is significantly higher in Japan than in most countries. This is because of the very high costs of private guides and vehicles. To reduce costs, a similar itinerary can be booked using public transport and some self-guided excursions, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements.

Tour Highlights

  • Discover Tokyo’s temples, museums & shrines
  • Cruise on Lake Ashi in Hakone National Park
  • Visit the open-air sculpture museum in Hakone
  • Traditional tea ceremony & woodblock printing experience in Kyoto
  • Stay in 4-star accommodation
  • Small group size - maximum 26

Price Includes

4-star accommodation
Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available
Small group size - maximum 26
International flights
Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
Experienced local guides in each destination
6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
Bullet train travel
Cherry blossom season departures

Dates and Prices

2020 Departures £ prices per person based on 2 people sharing

  • October
    • 8th Brochure Price from: £3895 Our Price from: £3695
  • November
    • 5th Our Price from: £3895
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