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A Taste of Japan

Tour Overview

9-Day Fully Escorted Tour from £2,645

Japan is a fascinating country offering a mix of old and new, where modern cities sit side by side with ancient traditions, and scenery ranges from the futuristic skyline of Tokyo to the tranquillity of a Japanese garden or the misty backdrop of the country’s highest mountain, Mount Fuji.

At a Glance

  • 3 nights in Kyoto
  • 1 night in Hakone
  • 3 nights in Tokyo

Tour Highlights

  • Cruise on Lake Ashi with views of Mount Fuji
  • Bullet train journey to Kyoto
  • Sightseeing in Tokyo and Kyoto

Tour Itinerary

  1. London to TokyoAfter your door-to-door journey with our pick- up service, fly from London Heathrow to Tokyo with British Airways.
  2. Tokyo and KyotoFrom Tokyo, transfer to Kyoto by bullet train and check in at the 3* Karasuma Kyoto Hotel in the heart of the city for your three-night stay.
  3. KyotoOver the centuries, Kyoto was destroyed by many wars and fires but due to its great historic value, the city was spared from air raids during World War II. Countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures survive in the city today. More recently it was beautifully depicted in both the novel and movie, ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’, and today it is home to tradtional tea houses and Geisha. Take in sights on your morning tour such as the Nijo Castle and the Temple Kinkakuji (Golden Pavillion), a Zen temple whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. You will then experience a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony with the rest of the day at leisure to do as you please.
  4. KyotoToday is free for you to take one of the optional excursions available, which include an afternoon tour of the nearby town of Nara, Japan’s original capital city. The charming city of Nara remains full of historic treasures including some of Japan’s oldest and largest temples. Alternatively, explore Kyoto under your own steam; you could visit the Nishiki market, take a look around the Kyoto National Museum, or stroll in the Maruyama-koen park.
  5. Kyoto to Hakone National ParkBoard the Japanese Rail Shinkansen bullet train for your journey to Mishima and onward by road to Hakone. Admire the views of Mount Fuji as you cross Ten Province Pass. The 3* Hakone Palace Hotel is your home for the night.
  6. Hakone to TokyoThis morning take a cruise on nearby Lake Ashi where on a clear day you get spectacular views of Mount Fuji. Back on the road continue on passing through the Owakudani Valley to the stunning Five Lakes area at the base of Mount Fuji. After visiting Lake Kawaguchi, head up to the fifth station of Mount Fuji (weather permitting) for spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Reaching Tokyo late this afternoon, we go straight to the 3* Grand Palace Hotel for three nights.
  7. TokyoThis morning’s city tour of Tokyo includes several of the main attractions, particularly the Meiji Shrine, the Imperial Palace Plaza, the Asakusa Kannon Temple and the Nakamise arcade – one of the oldest shopping streets in Japan. This afternoon, explore at your own pace.
  8. TokyoDiscover the historical heritage and stunning scenery of Tokyo’s suburbs on one of the optional tours available from your tour manager; visit the Toshogu Shrine, Kirifuri Falls and Tamozana Imperial Villa (or Rinnoji Temple Treasure Hall), or spend the afternoon exploring Kotokuin Temple in Kamakura on a walking tour.
  9. Tokyo to LondonHead to Narita Airport for your morning British Airways flight to London Heathrow, where your door-to-door driver will meet you.

Tour Extras

Travel Notes

Japan has always been regarded as one of the more expensive destinations to visit but we are pleased to say it has become more affordable than ever. Sampling Japanese food adds to the whole experience. Chopsticks are used throughout the country but Western cutlery, as well as Western cuisine, is also available at most places.

You’ll find the overall pace of this tour is reasonably relaxed as we’ve allowed for lots of free time, no long days and only one single-night stay. You’ll need to pack an overnight bag for your one-night stay in Hakone, as space is limited on the train.

Tailor Your Tour

Optional excursions
Get more from your tour with the optional excursions available from your tour manager.

Unescorted extensions
Stay a few extra nights at the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel before you join the tour, or at the Grand Palace Hotel in Tokyo at the end of the tour. Please ask our Reservations team for details of hotel prices.

Your extension supplement of £25 per person plus any applicable flight supplements are not included.

Something special
For a real Japanese experience, stay in a Ryokan on Day 5 instead of the Hakone hotel. The traditional accommodation is complete with a low futon and a Japanese-style washroom (toilet and wash basin) and is available at a supplement starting from £120 per person, including dinner.

You can also upgrade to British World Traveller Plus, Club World or First Class for an extra-special flight. Upgrades cost from £700 per person one way (or £700 per person return).

Tour Price

Departure dates and prices:

Month Departure Date Price
March 2013 Thursday 28th £2,645
May 2013 Thursday 2nd £2,725
September 2013 Thursday 26th £2,695
March 2014 Thursday 27th £2,695
May 2014 Thursday 1st £2,775
September 2014 Thursday 25th £2,745

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