Discover the cultural heritage of Japan
on this exciting journey through the
country’s main island of Honshu. 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 iconic Torii gate before
finishing back in Tokyo.
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Overnight flight from London to Tokyo, via Hong
Kong, with Cathay Pacific. (N)
Arrive and transfer to the Tokyo Marriott or the
Park Hotel for 3 nights. (N)
Full-day excursion to Mount Fuji and the
beautiful Five Lakes region. (B, L)
Visit the Asakusa Kannon temple and Tokyo
National Museum’s Japanese gallery, followed by
a kushiage lunch of fried meat or vegetables. In
the afternoon, visit the Imperial East Garden and
end the day at the tranquil Meiji shrine. (B, L)
Morning departure by Shinkansen (bullet train)
to Kanazawa. Visit the Kanazawa castle park, the
Kenroku-en garden, and see the production of
gold leaf. Stay 2 nights at the Nikko Kanazawa
or the Crowne Plaza ANA Kanazawa. (B, L)
Visit the Gokayama region south of Kanazawa
and see the Unesco-listed gassho-zukuri houses,
an architectural style where the thatched roofs
are constructed like hands in prayer. (B)
Depart by bullet train to Kyoto. Visit Nijo castle
and enjoy a traditional tea ceremony in a
machiya (wooden townhouse). Stay 3 nights at
the Kyoto Royal Hotel & Spa (or similar). (B, L)
Morning visit to Ryoanji temple, with its famous
zen rock garden, and Kinkakuji temple, also
known as the Golden Pavilion. Afternoon visit
to the historic city of Nara, and see the Todaiji
temple and Kasuga-taisha shrine. (B)
Morning visit to Kiyomizu temple, followed by
an afternoon walk in the Arashiyama district,
including the Tenryuji temple and the Sagano
bamboo grove. Optional evening walk in Gion,
Kyoto’s geisha district (B)
Morning departure for Hiroshima by train. Visit
the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. A short talk
by a bomb attack survivor has been arranged
(subject to local conditions). Overnight stay at
the Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel. (B)
Tour Miyajima island, including the Itsukushima
shrine and the Torii gate. Ferry back to the
mainland and train to Osaka. Overnight at the
Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel (or similar). (B)
Transfer to Osaka Kansai airport and fly to
London, via Hong Kong. (B)
Early morning arrival in London. (N)
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
Based in 4-star accommodation.
Please note that in Japan room sizes are smaller
than in Europe.
The difference in price for travelling
on a private basis rather than as a part of a
group is significantly higher in Japan than 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.
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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.
Ranked as one of the most colourful festivals in
Japan, with decorated floats, this is the annual
festival of the Hie shrine in the southern half of
Takayama’s old town. On this departure, Day 6
will be an excursion to Takayama for the festival,
instead of Gokayama.
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 Gokayama.
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 many bars and restaurants. Rooms are comfortable and contemporary in design. There are also 6 restaurants and bars, a shopping arcade and a...
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.
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