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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.
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Overnight flight from London (regional
connections available) to Tokyo Haneda airport
with British Airways. (N)
Arrive and transfer to the Grand Prince Hotel
New Takanawa (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).
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)
Morning departure by shinkansen (bullet train)
to Kanazawa. Visit Kanazawa castle park and
the Kenroku-en garden. Stay 2 nights at the
Crowne Plaza ANA Kanazawa (or similar). (B)
Early morning stroll in the Higashi-Chayamachi
district, home to various traditional buildings,
then visit the busy Omi fresh food market.
Afternoon excursion to Shirakawago to see the
Unesco-listed gassho-zukuri houses and their
unique architectural style. (B)
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. The following day is at leisure to
explore Kyoto at your own pace. Stay 2 nights
at the New Miyako Hotel (or similar). (B)
Mornig 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
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)
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)
Transfer to the airport and board a British
Airways flight back to London, arriving later the
same day. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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 on the March and
Please note that in Japan
room sizes can be significantly smaller than
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
This tour is based in 4- and 5-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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JCT2020: 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
Kyoto was Japan’s capital from the 7th century until around the 11th and it is known...