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.
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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)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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.
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.
This tour is based in 4-star accommodation.
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.
- 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
Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available
Small group size - maximum 26
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