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This tour of Japan is an ideal introduction for first-time visitors, with guided tours of the country's key sites. Discover Tokyo's rich cultural heritage with visits to the city's temples, museums & shrines, tour the scenic Hakone National Park with a lake cruise and cable-car ridge for views of Mt Fuji, then explore Kyoto's famous geisha district and experience a traditional tea ceremony.
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Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Tokyo, with British Airways. (N)
Arrive and transfer to the Grand Prince Hotel
New Takanawa (or similar) for 2 nights. (N)
Full-day tour visiting Asakusa Kannon temple,
Tokyo National Museum, the Imperial East Garden, the Meiji shrine and the busy Shibuya
district. (B, L)
Drive to Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, where
you will take a cruise on Lake Ashi and a ride
on the Mount Komagatake Ropeway (cable car)
for views of Mount Fuji. Stay overnight at the
Yumoto Fujiya Hotel. (B, L, D)
Visit the Hakone Open-Air Museum, which
displays artwork and sculptures by Rodin, Miró,
Anthony Gormley and Picasso. Continue by
shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto for 3 nights at
the Hotel Keihan Kyoto Grande (or similar). (B)
Morning visit to Kinkakuji temple (Golden
Pavilion), then Ryoanji temple, known for its
Zen rock garden. Afternoon tour of the historic
city of Nara. (B)
Continue your tour of Kyoto with a visit to
Nijo castle, the Nishiki fresh food market,
and a traditional tea ceremony in a machiya
(wooden townhouse). Afternoon visit to a
handicraft centre for a traditional woodblock
printing class, then take a walk in Gion, Kyoto’s
renowned geisha district. (B)
Early morning coach journey to Kansai
international airport in Osaka and fly to
London with British Airways. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Travellers will need to pack an
overnight bag for days 4-5 in Hakone, as your main luggage will be transferred from Tokyo
Please note that in Japan
room sizes can be significantly smaller than
This tour is led in each
destination en route by a local tour guide.
This tour is based in 4-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. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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JTJ2020: 6 Nights
Kyoto was Japan’s capital from the 7th century until around the 11th and it is known...