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) direct to Tokyo Haneda
airport with British Airways. (N)
Arrive and transfer to the Tokyo Marriott (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). (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
Kushage meal of fried meat and vegetables. (B,L)
Morning departure by Shinkansen (bullet train)
to Kanazawa. Visit Kanazawa castle and the
Kenroku-en garden. Stay 2 nights at the Crowne
Plaza ANA Kanazawa (or similar). (B, L)
Visit the Omi fresh food market then stroll
in the Higashi-Chayamachi district, home to
various traditional buildings, before stopping
at a workshop to observe the kinpaku process
of gold leaf production. Afternoon excursion to
Shirakawago to see the Unesco-listed gasshozukuri
houses and their unique architectural
Travel by bullet train to Kyoto. Visit Nijo castle
and experience a traditional tea ceremony in a
machiya (wooden townhouse). Stay 3 nights at
the Kyoto Tokyu Hotel (or similar). (B, L)
Morning visit to Ryoanji temple, famous for
its zen rock garden, and the Kinkakuji temple
(Golden Pavilion). Afternoon tour of the historic
city of Nara. Return to Kyoto. Optional evening
excursion to walk in the Gion geisha district. The
following day is at leisure. (B)
Morning departure to Hiroshima by train. Visit
the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park where a short
talk by a bomb attack survivor, or one of their
relatives, has been arranged (subject to local
conditions). Overnight at the Sheraton Hiroshima
Hotel or the Hotel Granvia Hiroshima. (B, L)
Take the ferry over to Miyajima island and visit
the Itsukushima shrine and the Torii gate. Return
to the mainland and take the train back to Tokyo.
Overnight at the Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu. (B)
Transfer to Haneda airport for the flight back to
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a local tour manager from arrival
This tour is based in 4-star
accommodation. Please note that in Japan
room sizes can be significantly smaller than in
Excursions on Days 3 and 4 may
be switched, subject to local conditions.
The itinerary above applies only to departures
from April 2017 onwards. For January to March
2017, the itinerary includes similar excursions
but is operated using flights via Hong Kong
with Cathay Pacific and ends in Osaka instead
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 a 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 7808 6786 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 throughout the itinerary.
This is the annual festival of the Hie shrine in the
southern half of Takayama’s old town, ranked
as one of the most colourful festivals in Japan
with decorated floats. On this departure, Day 6
will be an excursion to Takayama for the festival
instead of Shirakawago.
At the annual festival of the Hachiman shrine
in the northern half of Takayama’s old town,
colourful processions of elaborate floats are
one of the main highlights. On this departure,
Day 6 will be a trip to Takayama for the festival,
instead of Shirakawago.
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 hotel is well located, near the railway station and within walking distance of many of the key sights in the city. The rooms are comfortably furnished, some with excellent views of the city. The hotel has a swimming pool and fitness centre as well as a wide variety of dining and entertainment...
The Kyoto Royal Hotel & Spa is superbly located in Kyoto city centre, 15 minutes' drive from Kyoto's railway station and within walking distance of the Geisha district of Gion and the Shiyakushomae subway station. Rooms have a contemporary style with a floorspace of between 18 to 22 sq metres.
Features: 443 rooms, restaurant, bar, spa, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Television, air conditioning, fridge, hairdryer, Japanese green...
The stylish and contemporary Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel is located on the upper floors of Japan's tallest high-rise building. The 360 well-appointed rooms and suites offer unrivalled views of Osaka Bay, the Ikoma mountains or the city itself. Dining options include Restaurant ZK on the top floor of the hotel, and the COOKA...
The Park Hotel, a member of the Design Hotels portfolio, occupies the top floors of the Shiodome Media Tower in Tokyo's Minato ward, close to the Shiodome Subway Station and only a 10-minute walk to the peaceful Hamarikyu Gardens. The hotel has modern, artistic feel, and is centered around a high atrium with Japanese art on display in the lobby lounge and communal areas.
Features: 273 rooms, 2 restaurants, wine bar, café, beauty salon, Wi-Fi,
Room amenities: Minibar, hairdryer, air conditioning, safe, tea and coffee facilities,...
The Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel is conveniently located in the city centre, next to JR Hiroshima Station, with direct access to the bullet train terminal. Rooms and suites are decorated with contemporary western furnishings.
Features: 238 rooms, Miyabi-tei teppanyaki restaurant, Bridges international restaurant, indoor heated pool, fitness centre, Shine Spa for Sheraton.
Room amenities: 37-inch televisions, DVD players, high-speed internet access (chargeable), minibar, refridgerator, air conditioning,...
The Tokyo Marriott Hotel has a convenient location in the busy Shinagawa district, which has easy access by train to other parts of the city, with the shops of Ginza and the nightlife of Roppongi both less than 20 minutes away. A complimentary shuttle bus runs from the hotel to Shinagawa Station.
Features: 242 rooms & 7 suites, 3 restaurants, pool, fitness room, Wi-Fi access in communal areas.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, tea and coffees facilities, minibar, fridge, safe, television, internet...
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.
JCT2017: 10 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...