Be captivated by the unique culture of Japan as you discover lively Tokyo, beautiful Mt Fuji and historic Kyoto. A visit to Hiroshima's Peace Memorial and the holy island of Miyajima complete this fascinating tour of this enigmatic country
Am mega metropolis that fuses its historical past with hightech modern living
Gaze upon the iconic partially submerged orange giant Tori Gate that marks the entrance to Itsukushima shrine.
Find a moment to reflect at the Peace Memorial Park and Museum, a memorial to the events of 6th August 1945. Today Hiroshima is a vibrant and modern city.
Explore the former captial famous for its Buddhits temples, gardens and imperial palaces.
Fly overnight from London to Tokyo
On arrival, you will be met by an English-speaking representative and transfer approximately 1.5 hours to your hotel.
Please note: Early check in is not included. If your flight arrives in the morning and you wish to arrange this, please speak to your reservations consultant. Transfers will differ depending on group size but you may share a coach with other passengers who are not part of your group.
Tokyo is the ultimate 24-hour city, but look behind its frantic, high-tech frontage and you’ll find plenty of tranquil backstreets and old temples to explore; today take a tour by coach of this fascinating city. Head to the 1st observatory of the Tokyo Skytree for panoramic views over the city before taking a wander through the district of Asakusa for an opportunity to pick up some souvenirs on Nakamise Shopping street and visit Sensoji Temple. Explore the Edo Tokyo Museum or the Tokyo National Museum (which you visit is dependent on the day of the week) and Tokyo’s Imperial Palace East Garden (you will not enter the palace itself). You will be on your feet for 4-5 hours during your touring in Tokyo. Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant within walking distance of your hotel.
Spend a relaxed morning wandering around the classical landscapes of the Hamarikyu Garden and exploring the huge evergreen forest that encompasses the Shinto Meiji Shrine. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel, driving by the Shibuya “Scramble” Crossing on the way. Return to your hotel where your guide will let you know what time to meet for this evenings dinner cruise, the rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore independently or relax in the hotel. Transfer from the hotel to your boat and take a leisurely 1-hour dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay for some excellent city vistas. You will need to get on and off your boat this evening without assistance.
Journey 2 hours through the foothills of the iconic Mount Fuji to its base, where you will find the Fuji Five Lakes. The region is spectacular with the calm waters of the five lakes, formed by past volcanic eruptions, reflecting Fuji’s picture-perfect cone. Try your hand at making traditional Japanese soba noodles before tucking in to your creations for lunch. Continue to Oshino Hakkai, a scenic area of ponds full of crystal clear spring water created by Fuji’s melting snow, where there is also a small museum, Hannoki Bayashi Shiryokan. The museum is a traditional farm house with household items, samurai armour and weapons. Please note during bad weather or if there is a special event on Hannoki Bayashi Shiryokan may be closed.
Please Note: In the Fuji Five Lakes area a selection of hotels are used, some of which are more traditional in style but you will be accommodated in Western-style rooms.
Today is a full day of touring, start with a visit to the Fuji San World Heritage Centre where you can learn about the cultural and ecological history of Mount Fuji. Head up Fuji’s 5th Station for spectacular mountain vistas, please note it is only possible to reach the 5th station if weather permits. After lunch transfer 1.5 hours to Iyashi no Sato historical village, located on the western shores of Lake Saiko, it is famous for its thatchedroofed houses. Return to your hotel for dinner.
Please note: You will need to pack a smaller overnight bag for tonight as your main luggage will be transferred this morning to your Kyoto hotel
Drive 1 hour 45 minutes to Mishima to board your 2-hour bullet train to Kyoto. An enchanting city, Kyoto was capital for a thousand years; today it is the legacy of ancient Japan, full of tranquil temples, silk-clad geisha and sublime gardens. Visit a traditional teahouse where you will be joined by a Geisha or an apprentice Geisha, known as a Maiko. Next, take a tour of the Ryoanji Temple before heading to the Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion, due to its gold-like exterior. Continue to your hotel to check in for a 2-night stay
Start the day visiting the spectacular Kiyomizu Temple. You will spend 1.5 hours on foot exploring the temple. After lunch, learn traditional Japanese handicrafts such as origami and enjoy the art of a tea ceremony. Return to your hotel and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Please note: Kiyomizu Temple is undergoing renovations which may last until 2020. You can still visit the temple and the shrines around it and your touring will not be affected. Please ask if you require further information.
his morning, transfer to Kyoto station and take the bullet train to Hiroshima, a journey of 1 hour 40 minutes. A modern and prosperous city, Hiroshima will be forever remembered as the world’s first atomic bomb target. Travel by coach to the famous Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Please be aware that the museum may be confronting and upsetting for some group members and it is at your discretion if you wish to visit or enjoy time at leisure exploring the Peace Memorial Park. After lunch, travel 1 hour by coach and take a short ferry ride to Miyajima Island, where sightseeing will be at a leisurely pace on foot. Visit Itsukushima Shrine and explore the traditional market town at leisure. Later this afternoon, return by ferry and then coach to Hiroshima for dinner before checking into your hotel.
Travel 3.5 hours by coach to Himeji, with a rest stop along the way. On arrival, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the beautiful Himeji Castle and Koko-en Garden. Himeji Castle is largely in its original condition so, please be mindful of your step when walking around. You will have to remove your shoes before walking along some of the wooden floors and there are some steep wooden steps to reach certain areas. After the reopening in March 2015, Himeji Castle has welcomed a large number of visitors. As such, they now issue numbered tickets to enter the Main Keep in order to limit the number of people who can enter, reducing congestion, waiting time and to protect the cultural properties. Please note this means that there may be cases where some visitors are not allowed to enter the Main Keep, however, there are many other parts of the castle to explore. Transfer approximately 2 hours to Osaka for your overnight stay.
This morning is free at leisure before you transfer to Osaka airport for your return flight to London.
Please note: Only breakfast is included today. Late check-out is not included in our Jewels of Japan tour. If you wish to book a late check-out for your final day in Osaka, please contact our reservations department who can confirm the additional price and make this arrangement for you, subject to availability at the hotel.