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 or Kamakura optional tour)
Free day to explore Tokyo at your leisure or purchase an
optional full day tour to either Nikko, or Kamakura and Yokohama.
optional professionally guided tour to Nikko involves taking a Deluxe
motor coach to Nikko National park, a designated World
Cultural Heritage site. Nikko is a gem of natural beauty and
home to some of the most spectacular examples of ancient 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 also visit the 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.
Afterwards we visit the spectacular Kirifuri waterfall.
Japanese style Lunch included.
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
Tokyo - MT Fuji - Hakone - Kyoto
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. Proceed to Odawara and take the Shinkansen (Bullet
train) to Kyoto. Our Standard accommodation is the New Miyako
hotel or similar (includes:
Morning sight seeing tour of Kyoto including
a visit to 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.
Tour ends around 1:00pm.
is free at leisure, or take an optional tour to Nara.
The optional 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 retuning to Kyoto. (Optional
tour includes buffet lunch). Enquire at time of booking
to include the Nara tour in your itinerary)
Day free at Leisure to explore the fascinating city of Kyoto,
or purchase our optional Kyoto afternoon tour.
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).
overnight stay in a traditional Japanese Ryokan is available (inc
Breakfast & Evening Dinner) - Contact us for details.
Kyoto - Osaka
Check out of your hotel in the morning and leave your luggage with
the bellboy. You are then free to further explore Kyoto before taking
the train to Osaka (train
tickets provide). The JR train from Kyoto to Osaka, is a regular
local train service and does not require reserved seats. Therefore
you can take the train whenever you like. Upon arrival at Osaka,
check in to your hotel.
standard hotel is the New Hankyu Hotel, which is very conveniently
located just minutes walk from the JR Osaka station, therefore making
your transfer very easy. Typical of many hotels in Osaka, room sizes
are small and basic at 20sqm. If you prefer a larger room, we can
We recommend arriving early afternoon so that you still have free
time to explore Osaka city, 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 the 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)
You will be transferred to the Airport in Osaka for your flight
Upon arrival at airport in Seoul, you are met and transferred to
your Hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Morning city tour of seoul provides a facinating insight into ancient
and modern Seoul. The tour includes Passing by the Blue House
(Presidential residence), visiting Gyeongbok palace (built
in 1395 by the first King of the Joseon Kingdom), Folklore Museum
and Jogyesa Temple.
Seoul - Korean folk village or
DMZ tour (optional) (breakfast
Full day to explore the exciting city of Seoul or take one of the
following optional excursions:
Option 1: After breakfast your
guide will meet you in the hotel lobby for your tour to a traditional
Korean folk village. The Korean Folk Village is a living museum
where you can enjoy live performances where highlights the traditional
customs and culture of 19th century Chosun Dynasty Korea. The hand
crafted reconstructed village provides an unique glimse into the
diverse architectural structures of the wealthy aristocrats and
the humble dwelling of the farmers.
2: Full day Panmunjeom + Demilitarised zone (DMZ)
tour. Panmunjeom is the historic location where the armistice was
signed in 1953 ending the 3 year Korean War. Literally on the border
between the democratic South and communist North, you will be able
to look across the Border into the world's most sealed-off society,
All visitors to the DMZ must conform to the stict dress code, access
may be denied to visitors wearing jeans, sandals, shorts, miniskirt,
evealing clothes or military style outfits. You must also have your
passport on hand. In any circumstance that Panmunjeom tour is not
available due to military operation or meetings, the tour will be
substituted with the Demilitarises zone tour (DMZ tour). The DMZ
tour has the following itinerary: 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, Dora
Observatory, Station, Unification Village on the way to Imjinkak
Pavilion & Freedom Bridge.
Seoul - UK
Driver will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to Incheon airport
for your departure flight to the UK.
2017 Departure Dates & Prices from
Only (twin share)
Jan & Feb
March to May
June to Sept
Oct to Dec
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.
tours by professional English-speaking tour guide.
entrance fees whilst on guided tours.
Train tickets as specified in the itinerary.
of quality accommodation in well furnished hotel rooms with private
as specified in the itinerary.
Does Not Include
Flights & flights from Japan to South Korea: We are happy
to provide flights with full ATOL Protection.
overland Luggage transfer Tokyo-Kyoto.
tours & Ryokan stay.
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.
Overland luggage transfer service can be arranged from
hotel to hotel. This safe and affordable service carries your luggage
by van between hotels to enable your transfer by bullet train to
be more relaxed and enjoyable. Contact us for prices & details
at time of booking.
and further Tour information
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 our optional
tour is enables our customers to use the One Asia Pass, which provide
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on your tour. Please click Welcomeasia
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accommodation in Kyoto may requires guests to make their own
travel arrangements to the nearest tour pickup point, which departs
from the lobby of our standard hotel. Details will be provided
for your assistance.
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.
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
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.