Discover the cultural heritage of Japan on
this exciting journey through the country’s
main island of Honshu. Begin with an
exploration of Tokyo and the nearby Hakone
National Park, visit the tranquil Kenroku-en
garden and the castle of Kanazawa before
exploring the imperial city of Kyoto, with its
many temples and shrines. Experience the
sombre modern history of Hiroshima, then
visit the picturesque island of Miyajima with
its celebrated torii gate. Finish with a visit
to Himeji, famed for its castle and Japanese
gardens, before flying home from Osaka.
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Overnight flight from London (regional
connections available) to Tokyo Haneda airport
via Dubai with Emirates. (N)
Arrive and transfer to the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa (or similar) for 3 nights. (N)
Full-day excursion to the Fuji-Hakone-Izu
National Park for views of Mount Fuji, a cruise on
Lake Ashi and a ride on the Mount Komagatake
Ropeway (cable car) and a visit to the Hakone
Open-Air Museum. (B, L)
Full-day tour visiting Asakusa Kannon temple,
Tokyo National Museum, the Imperial East
Garden and the peaceful Meiji shrine. Lunch
will be a kushiage meal of fried meat and
vegetables. (B, L)
Morning departure by shinkansen (bullet train)
to Kanazawa. Visit Kanazawa castle park
and the Kenroku-en garden. Stay 2 nights at
the Crowne Plaza ANA Kanazawa (or similar).
Early morning stroll in the Higashi-Chayamachi
district, home to various traditional buildings,
then visit the busy Omi fresh food market.
Afternoon excursion to Shirakawago to see the
Unesco-listed gassho-zukuri houses and their
unique architectural style. (B)
Travel by express train to Kyoto. Afternoon visit
to Nijo castle, then experience a traditional tea
ceremony in a machiya (wooden townhouse),
followed by a visit to Nishiki market. Stay
2 nights at the Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto
(or similar). (B, L)
Morning visit to Kinkakuji temple (Golden
Pavilion), then Ryoanji temple, famous for its
zen rock garden. Afternoon tour of the historic
city of Nara. Return to Kyoto. (B)
Morning at leisure to explore Kyoto at your
own pace. Afternoon bullet train journey to
Hiroshima. Stay 2 nights at the Rihga Royal
Hotel Hiroshima. (B)
Take the ferry over to Miyajima island to visit
the Itsukushima shrine and see the Torii gate.
Return to the mainland and take the train back
to the city to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial
Park and the Memorial Museum. (B)
Board a bullet train for the journey north to
Himeji city. Take a tour of Himeji castle, which,
unlike most castles in Japan, is still in its original form and is arguably the finest example of
medieval castle architecture in Japan. Afterwards,
take a stroll in the Koko-en gardens, which consist
of nine separate, walled gardens with ponds,
waterfalls and a tea ceremony house. Travel by
coach to Osaka airport for the overnight flight with
Emirates back to London, via Dubai. (B)
Early morning arrival in London. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Hanami, literally meaning ‘flower viewing’, is
the traditional Japanese custom of enjoying
the blossoming cherry trees from March to early
May, and specifically in Tokyo and Kyoto in early
April. Cherry blossom can be seen on many of the
excursions on the March and April departures.
Please note that in Japan room
sizes can be significantly smaller than in Europe
Excursions on days 3 and 4 may be
switched, subject to local conditions.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
This itinerary can
be taken privately on a date that suits you, but
note that the cost of travelling on a private basis
rather than as part of a group is significantly
higher in Japan than in most countries. This is
because of the very high costs of private guides
and vehicles. To reduce costs, a similar itinerary
can be booked using public transport and some
self-guided excursions, for which guideline prices
are shown. Please call 020 3930 5233 or email
Set in central Kanazawa next to the JR train station and the Ishikawa concert hall, the Crowne Plaza ANA Kanazawa is an ideal base to explore the city. Among the dining options is the Unkai restaurant, which serves wagyu steaks, is set on tatami mats and looks out over the manicured garden. From the 19th floor Kaga Teppanyaki restaurant there are views out to the Sea of Japan.
Features: 249 rooms, 4 restaurants, cafe, lounge bar, beer terrace.
Room amenities: Minibar, television, wired internet access, tea and coffee facilities, air...
The Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa is located at the top of Zakuro-zaka Street, just a 5-minute walk from the Takanawa exit of Shinagawa train station, and just three minutes to the Toei subway station. The hotel's striking structure was designed by Togo Murano, one of Japan's leading architects. With a range of leisure facilities, well-equipped rooms and Japanese, Chinese and western restaurants, the hotel makes a comfortable base from which to explore Tokyo.
Features: 940 rooms, 2 restaurants, cafe, lounge, bar, chocolate shop, 2 swimming pools (available in summer only), spa, sauna, fitness centre, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Balcony, fridge, hairdryer, kettle, television, safe, coffee & tea...
The centrally located Rihga Royal Hotel is close to the river and Shukkien garden. It is designed in the style of Hiroshima's renowned Carp Castle and is one of Hiroshima's landmarks, its 33 floors making it one of the tallest buildings in the city. Rooms and hotel facilities offer good views across the city skyline, the Seto Inland Sea or Hiroshima castle. Rooms are comfortable with a classic, subtle decor.
Features: 488 rooms, 6 restaurants, 2 bars, swimming pool (payable locally), fitness centre, sauna, spa.
Room amenities; Television, air conditioning, kettle, hairdryer,...
The Rihga Royal hotel is located in central Kyoto and offers a range of 5 star facilities. There is a complimentary shuttle bus to Kyoto station, a heated swimming pool and sauna, 7 restaurants including ‘Top of Kyoto’ on the 14th floor with views above the city. Well-equipped rooms include sliding doors made from shoji (rice paper) to create a Kyoto...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
JCT2018: 9 Nights
We have recently returned from our honeymoon in Japan and just wanted to let you know what an absolutely fantastic time we had! Our guide was fantastic, the accommodation in Tokyo and Kyoto was first class and the ryokan on Miyamira Island was an amazing experience. The trip was certainly the holiday of a lifetime, which was perfect as it was our honeymoon.Mr & Mrs Turner
The contrast between high-tech Tokyo and the Bullet trains, and the tranquility and peace of the Rock Garden and the floating gate at Hiroshima. The two nights in the Ryokens were memorable experiences. We also deliberately chose to go in November to experience the Autumn colour, and we were not disappointed.Ms Janice Murton
The friendliness of all the people and the stunning countryside was what most impressed us. The cleanliness of everywhere from train stations to pavements is astounding. Mr Kevin Garner
The huge, energetic and fascinating city of Tokyo has been the capital of Japan since...
Kyoto was Japan’s capital from the 7th century until around the 11th and it is known...