Travel with expert Suzanne Perrin to
experience the celebrated temples,
stunning gardens and traditional crafts
during the beautiful Sakura (cherry
blossom) or Momiji’ (maple) season. See
the scenic views of old Kyoto and Nara,
Hiroshima’s Peace Park and Miyajima’s
famous Torii Gateway in the bay,
Hakone’s national park with Mount Fuji,
and Tokyo’s bustling 21st-century city.
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Take the overnight flight from London to Osaka
Kansai airport via Hong Kong with Cathay
On arrival in Osaka, transfer to Kyoto for an
introductory lecture and welcome dinner. Stay 5
nights at Kyoto Royal Hotel (or similar). (D
Explore the world heritage site of Kyoto, which
preserves Japan’s traditional architecture,
culture, arts and crafts. Visit Heianjingu shrine,
the site of the former Imperial Palace with
richly-coloured buildings and a garden, and
the Museum of Traditional Handicrafts. In the
afternoon, explore the traditional Crafts Centre
Museum and nearby Yasaka shrine, before
taking a walking tour through the tiny streets
of Gion quarter, where maikos (trainee geishas)
can be seen in the evenings in their beautiful
Today travel by train to Nara for a walking tour
of Japan’s first capital. See the Great Buddha
statue in the Todaiji temple and the Grand
Shrine of Kasuga Taisha, dedicated to Shinto,
the endemic belief system in Japan. Following a
traditional tea ceremony, make your way back
to Kyoto. (B)
Kyoto is the home of Nishijin textiles – beautiful
silk brocades and hand-dyed kimonos that
are renowned for their intricate patterns. Visit
Nishijin Textile Centre and a craft establishment
to view the weaving and dyeing process.
Continue to potter Kawai Kanjiro’s house.
Afternoon at leisure or optional visit to the
Kyoto Costume Museum, which has a collection
ranging from the 17th century to the present
day, and Kodai Yuzen Museum, which has a
collection of kimonos and yuzen products. (B)
Today, visit Daitokuji temple, the head temple
of the Daitokuji school of Rinzai, a sect of
Japanese Zen Buddhism, and its sub-temples
and gardens. Continue to Kiyomizudera, one
of the most famous temples in Kyoto, and the
Kiyomizu-yaki ceramics shops in the vicinity. End
the day at Nijo castle, home to the Shogun’s
administration in the 17th century. (B)
Travel by Shinkansen bullet train to Hiroshima
and visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum,
which documents the A-Bomb. Stay overnight at
Sheraton Hiroshima (or similar). (B)
Take a ferry to scenic Miyajima island and walk
to the world heritage site of Itsukushima shrine and the beautiful Torii Gate in the bay. Return to
Hiroshima, then take the bullet train to Hakone.
Spend 1 night at Palace Hotel (or similar) and
experience the onsen hot springs. (B)
Set off by coach for Tokyo, first visiting Hakone
Open-Air Museum, which houses an art and
sculpture collection from around the world.
Continue to Lake Yamanaka and Mount Fuji 5th
station for views of Japan’s highest mountain,
followed by the unique Itchiku Kubota Art
Kimono Museum. Stay at the Marriott Hotel (or
similar) in Tokyo for 2 nights. (B)
Tokyo encompasses the ultra-modern with
traditional culture. Take a tour on foot and
public transport to visit Ukiyo-e woodblock print
museum, housing the famous works of Hokusai
and Hiroshige, and Edo City Museum, which
tells the story of this great city. Continue to see
special collections of textiles and kimonos and
view historical and contemporary textiles, as well
as the famous Mitsukoshi department store to
see how kimonos are presented and sold to the
public. Evening farewell dinner. (B, D)
Morning at leisure. Transfer to Narita
International airport for an overnight flight to
London via Hong Kong. (B)
Morning arrival in London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a lecturer who has specialist
knowledge of the destination and its culture,
as well as an experienced local guide.
Typically based in 4- and 5-star
This tour involves some long walks
over uneven ground and therefore requires a
good level of fitness.
Please note that hotel rooms
in Japan are small compared to similar standard
hotels elsewhere in the world.
Due to lack of space on the bullet
train, when travelling to Hiroshima you can
only take an overnight bag. The remainder of
your luggage will be taken direct from Kyoto to
Suzanne Perrin studied
history of art and nihonga
painting) before teaching
Japanese history and
culture at Richmond
American International University, London.
She lectures for Nadfas, adult education,
universities, and museums, and contributed
to the Asian Arts Courses for Sotheby’s at the
V&A and the British Museum.
The Hakone Palace hotel is located atop a hill in the Sengoku-hara Highlands, surrounded by the volcanic crater walls of the Hakone amidst spectacular views of Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi. Well equipped facilities include a grand hot spring bath and sauna, swimming pool and tennis court. Guest rooms are well equipped and you can dine in a wide range of restaurants and...
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 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.
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