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Japan’s Cultural Treasures

Group Tour | General Interest 12 Days & 10 Nights Lead-in price: £5495

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 Tokyo.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Traditional tea ceremony experience & cooking class in Kyoto
  • Visit Shirakawago to see the Unesco-listed gassho-zukuri houses
  • Tour the Nomura Samurai House historic home & garden
  • Try your hand at gold-leaf making in Kanazawa
  • Stay in 4-star accommodation
  • Small group size - average 15 people (max 24)
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Superior Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Tokyo

Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Tokyo Haneda airport with British Airways. (N) (Note: the 03 October 2022 departure will use Japan Airlines flights)

Day 2: Tokyo

Arrive and transfer to the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa (or similar) for 3 nights. (N)

Day 3: Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

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)

Day 4: Tokyo

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)

Day 5: Kanazawa

Morning departure by shinkansen (bullet train) to Kanazawa. Visit Kanazawa castle park, Kenroku-en garden and the Nomura Samurai House. Stay 2 nights at the Crowne Plaza ANA Kanazawa (or similar). (B, L)

Day 6: Kanazawa - Shirakawago

Morning visit to a gold-leaf workshop, where you can learn how to embellish with gold leaf, and Omicho market. Afternoon excursion to Shirakawago to see the UNESCO-listed gassho-zukuri houses notable for their unique architectural style. (B)

Day 7: Kyoto

Travel by express train to Kyoto. Visits include Nijo Castle, a walking tour of Nishiki market to tour the numerous food stalls, and the WAK cultural centre, housed in a wooden townhouse known as a machiya, for a cooking class and a traditional tea ceremony experience. Stay 2 nights at the New Miyako Hotel (or similar). (B)

Day 8: Kyoto

Day at leisure to explore Kyoto at your own pace. (B)

Day 9: Kyoto - Hiroshima

Morning visit to Kinkakuji temple (Golden Pavilion), then Ryoanji temple, famous for its Zen rock garden. Afternoon tour of the historic city of Nara, then continue to Osaka to catch the bullet train south to Hiroshima. Stay 2 nights at the Granvia Hiroshima / Sheraton Hiroshima (or similar). (B)

Day 10: Miyajima island - Hiroshima

Take the ferry 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)

Day 11: Himeji - Tokyo

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 the country. 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 train on to Tokyo, and stay at the Royal Park Haneda (or similar) for 1 night. (B, L)

Day 12: Fly to London

Transfer to the airport and board a British Airways flight back to London, arriving later the same day. (B)

 (Note: the 03 October 2022 departure will use Japan Airlines flights)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.


Hanami (cherry blossoms) 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 Kyotoin early April. Cherry blossom can be seen on many of the excursions on the March and April departures.


Accommodation: Please note that in Japan room sizes can be significantly smaller than in Europe.

Itinerary: Excursions on days 3 and 4 may be switched, subject to local conditions. Please note that travellers will need to pack an overnight bag for days 5–6 and 9–10, as main luggage will be transferred separately between hotels.

Private & tailor-made travel: 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.

Superior group tour accommodation

  • Grand Prince Hotel Shin Takanawa
    Grand Prince Hotel Shin Takanawa

    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.

  • ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa
    ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa

    Set in central Kanazawa next to the JR train station and the Ishikawa concert hall, the ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel 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. Kaga Teppanyaki restaurant on the 19th floor has views out to the Sea of Japan.

  • Hotel Granvia Hiroshima
    Hotel Granvia Hiroshima

    The Hotel Granvia Hiroshima is a large property located in central Hiroshima, within 15 minutes walk of the Shukkei-en Japanese garden and the Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum. The hotel has excellent transport links, with connections to the JR Shinkansen train station as well as a bus stop just in front of the hotel for the Hiroshima Sightseeing Loop bus. Rooms are well equipped and contemporary in style, and there is a range of restaurants and bars on site. Features: 403 rooms, 8 restaurants, tea lounge, 2 bars, Wi-Fi, gift shop. Room amenities: Air conditioning, fridge, television, minibar.

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Dates & prices


Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Saving Single Supplement Guaranteed Departures Click to Book
3 Oct 2022 - 14 Oct 2022 £5,495 £0 £1,495 Reserve
7 Nov 2022 - 18 Nov 2022 £5,495 £0 £1,495 Reserve

Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • * Small group size - average 15 people (max 24)
  • * 4-star accommodation
  • * Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available
  • * International flights
  • * Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • * Experienced local tour manager
  • * 10 breakfasts & 4 lunches
  • * Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • * Bullet train travel
  • * Cherry blossom season departures

Destinations on this tour

  • Tokyo

    The huge, energetic and fascinating city of Tokyo has been the capital of Japa...

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  • Kanazawa

    Kanazawa is the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture beside the Sea of Japan. Its...

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  • Kyoto

    Kyoto was Japan’s capital from the 7th century until around the 11th and it is known...

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