Japan in SeasonsNortheast Asia
A stunning 10 day small group tour of the principal cities of Japan – in blossom time or autumn – at a price that we believe won’t be beaten!
From £1,220 per person + railpass and flights
Japan in Seasons – Spring or Autumn – over 10 Days / 9 Nights
Tokyo > Mt. Fuji > Kyoto > Nara (Option) > Hiroshima > Osaka
Discover the iconic cities and the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Japan on a splendid 10-day small group tour on dates in March, April or November that won’t break the bank. Stop off in spectacular Tokyo, experience the serenity of Mount Fuji, and bask in the aching beauty of Kyoto at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, before losing yourself in the bustle of the Dotonbori district in trendy Osaka –the country’s culinary capital.
DAY 1: Welcome to Tokyo
You’ll touch down at one of the capital’s two major international airports and either be met by our representative or make your own way to your first a comfortable three-star hotel in an enviable central location, for a good night’s sleep before the tour starts in earnest tomorrow.
DAY 2: Exploring the Metropolis
Welcome to Tokyo! Today you’ll experience a full-day tour of this amazing world city. Your guide will escort you through Tokyo’s famous public transport system to see diverse sites including the Meiji Shrine, the bustling Shibuya Crossing, the Nakamise Shopping Arcade, the stately Asakusa Kannon Temple and the regal Imperial Palace Plaza.
Includes Breakfast, Tokyo tour guide and public transport around Tokyo
DAY 3: Historic views of Mt. Fuji
After a short rail journey from Tokyo to Ostsukiusing with your JR pass, you’ll enjoy a full-day tour to Kawaguchiko, a beautiful lake right at the base of Mount Fuji where, on a clear day you will be able to see the very top of Japan’s iconic mountain from the water. There are unrivalled views of the mountain that dominates the skyline for miles around from the Mt Kachikachi ropeway, 1,000m above sea level. We’ve included a visit to the pagoda at Arakurayama Sengen Park, which has perhaps the most famous view of Mt Fuji of all.
Includes Breakfast, Kawaguchiko tour guide, return bus between Otsukiand and Kawaguchiko, lake cruise and ropeway tickets
DAY 4: Free day in Tokyo
Today is set aside for you to explore Tokyo at your own pace, exploring museums, galleries, markets and famous neighbourhoods with your JR pass.
There are far too many incredible things for us to describe here, but perhaps you’ll enjoy the futuristic man-made island of Odaiba, with its fantastic views of Tokyo Bay, or the historic Ginza, Japan’s premier shopping district.
DAY 5: The ancient capital – Kyoto
Today we say goodbye to Tokyo and catch a Bullet Train (using your JR pass) to historic Kyoto for a half-day tour of just a few of its most famous sites. You’ll stroll between the Torii gates at the Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine and step back through time at Sanjusangendo, an 850-year-old temple which contains 1,001 statues of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy.
Includes Breakfast, luggage transfer (one suitcase per person), Kyoto tour guide, public transport around Kyoto, entry to Sanjusangendo
DAY 6: Explore Kyoto
Wake up in Kyoto for a full day immersing yourself in this stunning ancient city. Your guide will escort you around Nijo Castle, the former formal residence of the Shogun, with its nightingale floors and sumptuous original decorations. You’ll take in the Heian Shrine, a popular shrine known for its festivals, as well as the Yasaka Shrine and Gion, which is Kyoto’s most famous historic Geisha district, some of whom you might glimpse in the evening, hurrying to their engagements.
Includes Breakfast, Kyoto tour guide, entry to Nijo Castle and the Heian Shrine, plus public transport around Kyoto
DAY 7: A free day in Kyoto
You get to decide the itinerary today, with a whole day free to explore whichever parts of Kyoto that excite you most. Perhaps you’ll stroll around Kinkaku-ji Temple, which is known as ‘The Golden Pavilion’ with its walls covered in rich gold leaf; or Tenryu-ji Temple and its beautiful gardens and the serene Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. You might also opt into a half-day tour of nearby Nara, with visits to Todai-ji Temple, the Kasuga-taisha Grand Shrine and Nara Deer Park and many other treasures at this sprawling UNESCO World Heritage site.
• Optional extra: Nara tour, including return train tickets, tour guide
DAY 8: Cooling off in Osaka
Osaka is Japan’s second city, not far from Kyoto on public transport with your JR pass. On your tour, you’ll visit Osaka Castle, built in 1583 and sample some of Japan’s tastiest tidbits in the foodie quarter of Dotombori. You’ll take in the dazzling lights that line the canals and draw visitors towards karaoke bars, shellfish restaurants and late-night ramen joints.
Includes Breakfast, Osaka tour guide, entry to Osaka Castle, same-day luggage transfer
DAY 9: A day for Reflections – Hiroshima
Today brings you on a full-day tour of Hiroshima and the nearby holy island of Miyajima – roughly 90 minutes by train from Osaka with your JR pass. Here you’ll learn all about the tragedy of the Second World War at the Peace Memorial Park, where you can contemplate the haunting ruins of the Atomic Bomb Dome, a lone building that survived a deadly blast. On Miyajima, you’ll visit the spectacular and spiritual Itsukushima Shrine.
Includes Breakfast, Hiroshima tour guide, entry to the Peace Memorial Museum, Itsukushima Shrine and Miyajima ferry
DAY 10: Back to Osaka
Your last day in Japan affords you another chance to explore Osaka at your leisure. Whether that means visiting the museums, taking in a view of the whole city from the Tempozan Ferris Wheel, or picking up souvenirs at Tenjinbashi-suji, the longest shopping street in Japan, is up to you but the possibilities are endless. Once the day is done, you’ll either make your own way to KIX Airport or use our representative and catch your flight back home.