Details at a Glance
English Speaking guide service
meeting service and airport to hotel transfer on arrival.
selection of hotels.
transfers between destinations as stated in itinerary.
hidden extras, all entrance fees & transport included.
tours by coach, trains and public transport all included.
transfer on departure.
flights can be provided - Full ATOL Protection.
stay in Yudanaka Onsen.
tours available including Tea ceremony and Origami.
Depart from 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 drive by 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.
tour continues across Tokyo to the Imperial Palace East Gardens.
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 & when the garden is closed,
we will visit the Imperial Palace plaza and famous Double bridge
instead). Our tour will continue with a drive and stroll along Ginza
high street, the famous shopping area of Tokyo. The tour disbands
in Ginza, giving you a great opportunity for shopping. We highly
recommend you visit the Sony Centre building to see the futuristic
electronics on display. Ginza is also convenient for the subway
to explore further areas of Tokyo.
Afternoon is free at leisure, or take an optional
afternoon Tokyo city tour. The optional tour includes visiting the
beautiful Hama-Rikyu garden, enjoying our Sumida River
Cruise and visiting the Asakusa Kannon Temple &
Nakamise shopping street. We then drive through Kappabashi,
Ueno and Akihabara districts of Tokyo before finishing the tour.
Ask for details at time of booking.
Tokyo - Nikko - Tokyo (Includes
day tour by deluxe motorcoach to Nikko National park, a designated
World Cultural Heritage site. Nikko is a gem of Natural scenic beauty
and home to some of the most spectacular examples of ancient 17th-century
Architecture in Japan. The tour includes a visit to the magnificent
Toshogu shrine, which houses the Mausoleum of the founder
of the Tokugawa Shogunate. We will see the Five-Story Pagoda, Niomon
Gate, Three Monkeys, Yomeimon Gate and Main Sacred Hall.
enjoying a Japanese style lunch at a local restaurant, we
travel to see the architectually stunning Tamozawa Imperial Villa,
constructed in 1899 and which served as the Tokyo residence of the
Tokugawa family and later a summer retreat for the Imperial Family.
Later we visit the spectacular Kirifuri waterfall before
continue our drive back to Tokyo.
tour disbands on arrival in Ginza & Shinjuku at
around 7-8pm, where you will have ample restaurants and bars to
choose from for your evening meal and entertainment. If you prefer,
you can return to your hotel and our tour guide will be happy to
provide you with information on return transportation/directions.
Tokyo - MT Fuji - Hakone - Tokyo
You will be picked up from your hotel and driven by deluxe motorcoach
to Mount Fuji. Along the way you will enjoy the scenery of
rural Japan, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and mountainous
peaks. From our vantage point on the 5th station on MT Fuji, we
will enjoy spectacular views (weather permitting).
will be provided at a Hotel/Restaurant in Hakone. In the
afternoon we proceed to the Hakone National Park where we
will take a cable car ride with the opportunity to see the
magnificent volcanic Hakone mountain range below. We will then travel
to the Owakudani Boiling Valley where you will see ancient
volcanic craters with sulphurous fumes and clouds of steam spiralling
from crevasses across the mountain side giving a truly mystical
image. We then proceed with our tour for a boat cruise on
Lake Ashi, which is set in serene natural beauty, where weather
permitting spectacular views of Mount Fuji can be seen silhouetted
in the lake. Afterwards return to your hotel in Tokyo by motorcoach.
Tokyo - Nagano - Yudanaka (Includes
dinner in Ryokan).
morning take the unassisted transfer to Yudanaka by train via Nagano.
arrival at Nagano train station, our tour assistant will meet
you and help you board the correct local train to Yudanaka.
Upon arrival at Yudanaka walk to your Ryokan which has indoor &
outdoor Onsen hot spring spa facilities (approx 8 minutes walk or
2 min by taxi).
your convenience and due to luggage restriction on the bullet train,
we have arrange free luggage transfer to take your large luggage
directly to Takayama. Prepare a light carry bag for your stay in
Yudanaka & Matsumoto. Leave your large luggage (1 bag per person)
at the designated pick up point in your Tokyo hotel prior to departure.
visit the nearby snow monkey park on your own (entrance fee
not included aprox £5pp). Note the hotel offers a twice daily
free shuttle bus to the snow monkey park, or make your own arrangements.
the evening return to the Ryokan for a beautiful Japanese dinner
which is exquisitely made with fresh seafood and seasonal ingredients.
Later relax in the Onsen hot spring spa.
Yudanaka - Matsumoto
enjoy traditional breakfast in your Ryokan before taking the train
for the unassisted transfer to Matsumoto via Nagano. Proceed to
your Ryokan accommodation.
your free time in Matsumoto we recommend visiting Matsumoto
castle, known as 'crow castle' due to its unique black exterior.
Matsumoto castle is one of only four castles designated as National
Treasures of Japan and is stunningly beautiful. Afterwards stroll
around the traditional old quarter (Nawate Dori).
8 Matsumoto - Takayama
take the free shuttle bus to Matsumoto bus terminal and board the
Nohi bus to Takayama (unassisted).
Upon arrival proceed to your hotel.
is a tranquil old castle town often nickname 'little Kyoto. Upon
arrival at Takayama we take a walking tour to visit Yatai Kaikan
Hall, where colourful traditional festive floats are on display,
Kami Sannomachi, with traditional wooden houses and Kusakabe
folkcraft museum, which was formerly the residence of powerful
merchants. We then visit Kami Sannomachi town before walking
to our hotel accommodation in Takayama.
9 Takayama -- Shirakawago - Kanazawa (Includes
Japanese style Lunch)
We start todays guided tour by visiting Takayama morning market. Afterwards we take the Nohi bus for a scenic drive alongside Lake Miboro and the Shokawa River to towards Shirakawago. Upon arrival, we visit Shirakawa-go Observatory and the Wada residence. Afterwards we enjoy Japanese style lunch.
Shirakawago has World Heritage designation status and are 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 landscape. Finally we continue to Kanazawa by local motorcoach and our hotel accommodation.
10 Kanazawa - Kyoto
Morning sight-seeing of Kanazawa by coach through the Nagamachi old Samurai District and visit the Kenrokuen Garden, which is regarded as one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan. Later we drive through the Higashi-chayo district and Hakaza (gold leaf shop).
In the afternoon take the train to Kyoto (no guide service on board train). Upon arrival at Kyoto train station, walk to your conveniently located hotel.
For your convenience and due to luggage restriction on the bullet train, we have arrange free luggage transfer to take your large luggage directly to Kyoto (1 bag per person). Leave your luggage at the designated area in the hotel lobby for morning pickup. Prepare a light carry bag for your stay in Kanazawa.
11 Kyoto - Nara - Kyoto
day sight-seeing tour of Kyoto & Nara,
including a visit Nijo Castle, former residence of the Tokugawa
Shogun built in 1603. Nijo Castle is noted for its Ornate interior
and 'nightingale floor' designed to sing when stepped upon to warn
of Ninja assassins. Next we visit the Kinkakuji Temple (Golden
Pavilion) centred around one of the best examples of a Japanese
Zen gardens in the world. We then travel to Kyoto Imperial
Palace, the impressive former residence of the Imperial family.
lunch we travel to the ancient capital of Japan, Nara. Our
tour includes visiting Nara Deer Park and the Todaiji
temple housing the Great Buddha in the worlds largest wooden
building. Next we visit the Kasuga Taisha Shinto Shrine
which features 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns. Finally enjoy Nara
Nagomikan before returning to your hotel in Kyoto (includes:
free at Leisure, or purchase our optional Kyoto afternoon
option tour includes visiting the colourful Heian Jingu Shrine
and inner garden and ponds. Next we explore Sanjusangendo Hall,
a renowned long wooden hall housing all of 1,001 statues that date
back to the 13th century. Finally we visit the magnificent Kiyomizu
Temple with spectacular views across the entire city. (This
highly recommended afternoon tour can be included at time of booking).
13 Kyoto - Hiroshima & Miyajima
out of your hotel and proceed
to Kyoto station and board your bullet train to Hiroshima. Upon
arrival self transfer to your hotel, which is conveniently located
near the station.
enjoy a full day tour to Hiroshima & Myajima. Tour highlights
include Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park / museum, Atomic Bomb
Dome, a boat ride to the Island of Miyajima and the beautiful
Itsukushima shrine and floating red Torii Gate. Return
to your hotel in Hiroshima after the tour.
your convenience and due to luggage restriction on the bullet train,
we have arrange free luggage transfer to take your large luggage
directly to Osaka (1 bag per person). Therefore prepare an light
carry bag for your stay in Hiroshima and Himeji.
14 Hiroshima - Himeji
the morning take the train to Himeji. Upon arrive store any bags
at your hotel and then you can go and explore Himeji castle
at your leisure, which is concidered one of the greatest and most
beautiful castles in Japan. Himeji castle is easy to get to and
has only recently been fully restored, after 5 years of intensive
renovation, which finishes in March 2015.
will recommend you visit Koko-en Japanese style Gardens,
situated near the castle and beautifully designed.
the morning self transfer to Himeji station and leave by Bullet
train to Shin Osaka station, where you change to a local train for
the approx 4 minutes ride to JR Osaka station (ticket included).
Upon arrival take the short walk to your hotel which is conveniently
located near to JR Osaka station.
Rest of the day is free at leisure to explore Osaka, which
is easily navigated using the underground subways. 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 frenetic.
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)
You will be transferred to the futuristic Kansai International Airport
in Osaka for your departure flight homeward.
- Bullet train transfers back to Tokyo & Narita Airport can
also be provided, as can tour extensions -Contact
us for details.**
2017 & 2018 Departure Dates & Prices
Only (twin share)
April - May 2017
- September 2017
- November 2017
January - Feb 2018
1st March - 19th March 2018
20th March to 9th April 2018
The peak season to Japan is cherry blossoms viewing
(late March & early April), and autumn leave changing
(October & early November). The
first day of blooming (Kaika) in Tokyo usually comes at the end
of March, with the trees reaching full bloom about one week
prices shown above are 'per person' based upon twin share. Single
rooms occupancy and hotel upgrades can be provide, please
contact us for details. The price may be different around festivals
period in Japan.
prices shown above are 'per person')
day tours by professional English-speaking tour guide.
entrance fees whilst on guided tours.
Train tickets and private vehicle transfer as specified in itinerary.
of quality accommodation in well furnished hotel rooms with private
as specified in the itinerary.
large luggage transfer from hotel to hotel between Tokyo to Takayama,
Takayama to Kyoto and Kyoto to Osaka. one piece 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, or a Ryokan with
Onsen spa whilst in Hakone. 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.
Castle (Kyoto) is closed (every Tuesday in Jan, July, Aug &
Dec), 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 instead.
Hiroshima & Miyajima optional tour usually operates Mon
- Wed, Frid -Sunday. If the Toyota museum is closed we will visit
Noritake garden, Tokugawaen garden or Tokugawa Art Museum instead.
If Wado family residence is closed, we visit Nagase Residence or
Myozenji temple instead.
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.