Depart from Heathrow or your preferred airport for a scheduled flight
to Tokyo. Meals on board.
Arrive at Narita Airport in Tokyo, you are met by your tour assistant
and transferred to your hotel for a 3 night stay. The rest of the
day is at your leisure to adjust to the 9 hours time difference.
Morning - City tour of Tokyo visiting a number of the main highlights
of this magnificent City. The tour includes a visit to the Tokyo
Tower where you can enjoy panoramic views across the city from
the observation tower. We proceed to the peaceful picturesque
setting of the Meiji Shrine, set in thick woodland
and considered to be one of the finest examples of Shinto
Architecture. Next we visit the 'Akasaka Guest House'
for a photo opportunity. The Guest House is a magnificent
'Western Style Palace' built in the Baroque Architectural style.
We then drive alongside the imposing National Diet Building,
which is home to the Japanese House of Parliament. Our
tour continues across Tokyo to the Imperial Palace East Garden,
where we enjoy a pleasant walk in the East Garden of the Imperial
Palace, which is filled with scenic and historic beauty. (Alternatively
for tours on Monday & Friday we will visit the Imperial Palace
plaza and famous Double bridge instead of the East Garden, including
a visit to the inner moat and towering Palace walls surrounded by
pine trees). Our tour will continue with a drive and stroll along
Ginza high street, the famous shopping area of Tokyo. Our
tour will disband at Ginza giving you the opportunity for shopping.We
also recommend you visit the Sony Centre building to see
the futuristic electronics on display. Ginza is also convenient
for the subway to explore further.
Afternoon - free at leisure or take optional afternoon city
tour, which includes Asakusa Kannon Temple and Sumida
river cruise. (ask for details at time of booking).
(Optional day tour -Mt Fuji, Lake Ashi and Hakone)
day to explore Tokyo at your leisure. We recommend a visit to Akihabara
or Ueno shopping districts.
purchase an optional full day guided tour excursion to either Mt
Fuji, Lake Ashi & Hakone or to Nikko a designated
World Cultural Heritage site and home to some of the most
spectacular examples of ancient architecture in Japan.
for details at time of booking.
Tokyo - Takayama
transfer to Takayama by Express train (ex Nagoya by bullet train).
Upon arrival walk to your accommodation.
ensure you have a smooth trip and due to luggage restrictions on
bullet trains we offer a free 1 item per person luggage transfer
from hotel to hotel between Tokyo & Kyoto. You will need to
keep with you the light luggage you need for your 3 nights stay
in Takayama, Shirakawago and Kanazawa.
Takayama - Shirakawago (Dinner)
Free time in Takayama until your early afternoon self transfer
to Kanazawa. Upon arrival make your own way to accommodation. Rest
of day you are free to explore at your leisure. Shirakawago has
World Heritage designation and is truly a spectacular experience,
which many believe is the 'hidden treasure' in Japan. Visiting Shirakawago
is like stepping back in time, with uniquely crafted traditional
wooden farmhouses (Gassho-Zukuri) set in a beautiful mountainous
- Kanazawa (Breakfast)
Free time until your departure to
Kanazawa, arriving early afternoon. Upon arrival make your own way
Rest of day you are free to explore Kanazawa at your leisure.
time until departure in late afternoon where you board an express
train to Kyoto.
Upon arrival make your own way to accommodation.
Kyoto - Nara - Kyoto
Full day guided sight-seeing walking tour of Nara
the morning we assemble at Kyoto station and travel with our Tour
guide by train to visit Nara,the
ancient capital of Japan. Our guided walking tour includes visiting
Todaiji Temple housing the Great Buddha in one of the worlds
largest wooden building. Afterwards we explore Nara Deer Park,
home to 1100 tame deer and the magnificent Kofukuji Temple with
its 5 storey pagoda. Return to Kyoto by train.
the afternoon have free time for a quick lunch near Kyoto train
station, before joining the afternoon guided walking tour of Kyoto.
We walk to the magnificent
Kiyomizu Temple with spectacular views across the entire
city and then visit Todaiji Temple built to commemorate the
great 16th century general Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Later we explore
Yasaka Shrine and finally the Gion District
where you may catch a glimpse of a Geisha rushing to a dinner appointment.
The tour disbands in Gion, where there is plenty of places to eat
and explore, with traditional restaurants and tea houses. (approx
Free day to explore Kyoto at your leisure. We recommend a visit
temple and Heian
- Mt Koya (Dinner)
You will be met in the hotel reception by our English speaking
assistant and together you will be transfered to Shin Imamiya.
Upon arrival at Shin Imamiya take the self transfer to Mt Koya by
train and cable car via Gokurakubashi. Afternoon free at
leisure to explore Mt Koya.
overland large luggage transfer to Osaka, therefore prepare an overnight
carry bag for your stay at Mt Koya.
Koya is home to over 117 temples and is where we stay overnight
in 'Japanese style' accommodation at the magnificent Temple for
the Shingon Esoteric sect of Buddhism, which is still in use
by monks today. The peaceful temple is set in beautiful wooded mountainous
countryside, 1000m above sea level and is ideal to relax, meditate
and learn more of buddhist monk rituals (include:
Vegetarian 'monk style' Dinner at Temple).
12 Mt Koya -
Wake early to see the morning Buddhist Ceremony with the monks at
the temple and for your Vegetarian Breakfast. The monks are more
than happy for you to attend or watch the ceremony, however this
tour is designed for cultural interest and not for any particular
religious practice. Leave Mt Koya to Osaka by cable car and train
via Gokurakubashi by yourself. Upon arrival in Osaka, check in to
your hotel which is conveniently located just minutes on foot from
the JR Osaka station. Afternoon free at leisure.
A must-see sight in Osaka is the magnificent Osaka Castle
located in the city centre. Then explore Dotonbori
which is one of the most popular streets in Osaka and runs adjacent
to a canal of the same name. Nearby
Domi domi shopping and eating areas are one of most
exciting districts in Japan. Shinsaibashi
is probably the best shopping area and certainly the most frantic.
If you want to explore more historic culture then visit the beautiful
and peaceful Shitennoji Buddhist temple. Shitennoji
is the oldest officially administered temple in Japan built by Prince
Shotoku (574-622 A.D)
airport limousine bus from your hotel to the futuristic Kansai International
Airport in Osaka for departure to UK.
option 1- Hiroshima
person based upon twin share
Mt Koya - Hiroshima
Leave Mt Koya to Hiroshima via Osaka by cable car
and bullet train by yourself. Upon arrival make own way to accommodation.
Afternoon free at leisure.
Hiroshima - Miyajima
day to explore Hiroshima at your leisure. Optional tours available
to Hiroshima & Miyajima. Contact us for details.
Leave Hiroshima to Osaka by Bullet train by yourself. Afternoon
free at leisure. (Optional 1 night extension to Okayama
is available to see the beautiful
Castle & Korakuen gardens which
are regarded as one of the best gardens in Japan).
Osaka - Homeward
Take airport bus from hotel to the futuristic Kansai International
Airport in Osaka for your departure flight.
date can be arranged according to your requirements.
2017 Departure Dates & Prices (£)
Monday & Saturday
Only (twin share)
January - Feb 2017
1st March - 19th March 2017
20th March to 9th April 2017
April - May 2017
- September 2017
- November 2017
price may be different around festival periods in Japan. Please
contact us for confirmation.
prices shown above are 'per person')
to hotel transfers.
assistance at Narita airport.
Public transport tickets: Takayama - Shirakawago - Kanazawa.
As specified in itinerary, Ordinary class reserved seats.
tours by professional English-speaking tour guide.
entrance fees whilst on guided tours.
of quality accommodation in well furnished hotel rooms with private
as specified in the itinerary.
luggage transfer from hotel to hotel between Tokyo & Kyoto,
Kyoto & Osaka (1 item per person).
Does Not Include
Flights: We are happy to provide flights with full ATOL Protection.
Tours & Ryokan Experience
stay at a traditional Ryokan (Japanese style Inn) is a highly recommended
experience, with excellent standards of service. We can arrange
a 1 night Ryokan stay on your last day in Kyoto. The supplement
starts from £160 per person for 1 night with Japanese breakfast
& Dinner included.
tour is suitable for travellers of all ages, who are reasonably
fit and healthy. Add on tours and city extensions are available,
for details visit optional
and further Tour information
see our FAQ
page for further essential tour information. Note, the
overnight accommodation on Mount Koya is a temple stay in a 'Japanese
style' room for an unique experience to understand Buddhist
Castle (Kyoto) is closed (Tue in Jul & Aug), therefore if your
tour falls on these dates, we will visit Ryoanji Temple instead.
Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed at weekends and on national holidays,
we will visit Kitano Tenmangu, or Ryoanji Temple instead. Hiroshima
& Miyajima optional guided day tour usually operates
Mon - Wed, Frid -Sunday.
itinerary is designed according to the most up to date information
available at the time. The above itinerary
highlights the main attractions that are to be visited each day.In
regards to expected transfer times and train times these may vary
as they are subject to schedules and availability controlled by
the various railway companies. It is extremely
rare that itineraries ever need changes and we will always act
in your best interest to handle any amendments
if this did occur. However we reserve the right to change, amend
or alter the itinerary if required, for example
occasionally the tour sequence and duration of time spent in each
city can change due to local conditions which are out of our control
to heavy traffic conditions or bad weather.
Please refer to the booking form for detailed
terms & conditions.