Magical Japan
 

New 16 DAYS Grand Japan
Explore the ancient, modern, scenic and remote area of Japan.

  • Tokyo morning tour (3 nights)
  • Nikko tour
  • Mt Fuji and Hakone tour
  • Yudanaka Onsen Snow Monkeys
  • 1 night Ryokan stay
  • Matsumoto (1 night)
  • Takayama tour (1 night)
  • Shirakawago tour
  • Kanazawa tour (1 night)
  • Kyoto: Morning tour (3 nights)
  • Nara tour
  • Himeji (1 night)
  • Miyajima & Hiroshima tour (1 night)
  • Osaka (1 night)
  • Bullet trains
  • Transfer back to Tokyo - Optional

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Tour Details at a Glance

  • Professional English Speaking guide service
  • Airport meeting service and airport to hotel transfer on arrival.
  • Quality selection of hotels.
  • Luggage transfers between destinations as stated in itinerary.
  • No hidden extras, all entrance fees & transport included.
  • Guided tours by coach, trains and public transport all included.
  • Bullet train tickets.
  • Airport transfer on departure.
  • International flights can be provided - Full ATOL Protection.
  • Ryokan stay in Yudanaka Onsen.
  • Optional tours available including Tea ceremony and Origami.

Day 1
Depart from your preferred airport for a scheduled flight to Tokyo. Meals on board.

Day 2 Tokyo
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.

Day 3 Tokyo
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.

Our 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.

Day 4 Tokyo - Nikko - Tokyo (Includes lunch)
Full 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.

After 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.

The 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. Overnight in Tokyo.

Day 5 Tokyo - MT Fuji - Hakone - Tokyo (Includes Lunch)
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).

Lunch 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. (includes: Lunch).

Day 6 Tokyo - Nagano - Yudanaka (Includes dinner in Ryokan).
This morning take the unassisted transfer to Yudanaka by train via Nagano. Upon 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).

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 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.

Later 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.

In 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.

Day 7 Yudanaka - Matsumoto (breakfast in Ryokan)
Today enjoy traditional breakfast in your Ryokan before taking the train for the unassisted transfer to Matsumoto via Nagano. Proceed to your Ryokan accommodation.

During 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).

Day 8 Matsumoto - Takayama
Today take the free shuttle bus to Matsumoto bus terminal and board the Nohi bus to Takayama (unassisted). Upon arrival proceed to your hotel.

Takayama 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.

Day 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.

Day 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.

Day 11 Kyoto - Nara - Kyoto (Includes Lunch)
Full 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.

After 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: Lunch).

Day 12 Kyoto
Day free at Leisure, or purchase our optional Kyoto afternoon tour.

The 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).

Day 13 Kyoto - Hiroshima & Miyajima
Check 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.

Today 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.

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 Osaka (1 bag per person). Therefore prepare an light carry bag for your stay in Hiroshima and Himeji.

Day 14 Hiroshima - Himeji
In 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.

We will recommend you visit Koko-en Japanese style Gardens, situated near the castle and beautifully designed.

Day 15 Himeji - Osaka
In 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)

Day 16 Osaka - Departure
You will be transferred to the futuristic Kansai International Airport in Osaka for your departure flight homeward.

**Optional - Bullet train transfers back to Tokyo & Narita Airport can also be provided, as can tour extensions -Contact us for details.**

2017 Departure Dates & Prices
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Weekly Monday departures

Land Only (twin share)

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January - Feb 2017

£3630
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1st March - 19th March 2017

£3785
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20th March to 9th April 2017

£3799
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10th April - May 2017

£3785
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June - September 2017

£3630
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Oct - November 2017

£3785

** 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 later.

The 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.

Price Includes (The prices shown above are 'per person')

  • Airport/hotel transfers.
  • Sightseeing day tours by professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • All entrance fees whilst on guided tours.
  • All Train tickets and private vehicle transfer as specified in itinerary.
  • Selections of quality accommodation in well furnished hotel rooms with private facilities.
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary.
  • Free large luggage transfer from hotel to hotel between Tokyo to Takayama, Takayama to Kyoto and Kyoto to Osaka. one piece per person.
  • Guaranteed departure.

Price Does Not Include

  • International Flights: We are happy to provide flights with full ATOL Protection.
  • Optional tours.
  • Travel Insurance.

Optional Tours & Ryokan Experience
A 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.

This 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 tours page.

FAQ and further Tour information
Please see our FAQ page for further essential tour information.

Additional Tour Notes:
Nijo 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.

Our 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 or due to heavy traffic conditions or bad weather. Please refer to the booking form for detailed terms & conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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