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Japan’s Cultural Treasures

Group Tour | General interest 12 Days & 10 Nights Lead-in price: £6,295 Current prices from: £6,295
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)

Hakone National Park

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 541 541 846 1457 1864 2068 2475 2679 2272 1661 1254 846
Min temp (C)(F) -621 -621 -228 439 846 1254 1763 1864 1457 846 236 -327
Sunshine hours 6 6 6 5 6 4 5 6 4 4 5 6
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 15 14 13 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 612 823 1426 1787 1907 27211 2199 24810 28511 2229 1155 703
Rainy Days 11 12 18 16 15 19 20 16 20 16 12 8
Humidity M M H VH VH VH VH VH VH H M L
UV 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 10/VH 10/VH 8/VH 6/H 3/M 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Kanazawa

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 643 745 1152 1763 2272 2577 2984 2170 2781 2170 1559 1050
Min temp (C)(F) 32 32 236 745 1254 1763 2272 2373 1966 1355 745 337
Sunshine hours 2 3 4 6 7 5 5 6 5 5 3 2
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 15 14 14 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 29211 1938 1596 1486 1496 2048 24610 1737 24910 1928 2359 30512
Rainy Days 28 25 25 17 16 17 18 16 20 19 23 27
Humidity L M M H VH VH VH VH VH M M L
UV 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 9/VH 8/VH 5/M 3/M 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 1254 1152 1152 1254 1559 1864 2272 2679 2475 2170 1864 1559

Kyoto

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 643 643 1050 1763 2272 2577 2984 3086 2679 2068 1457 846
Min temp (C)(F) -228 -130 134 745 1254 1661 2170 2272 1763 1152 541 32
Sunshine hours 3 4 5 6 6 5 5 6 4 5 4 4
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 783 833 1114 1345 1426 2289 2148 1265 1817 1114 783 653
Rainy Days 23 22 22 17 15 19 19 17 18 16 17 19
Humidity N N N N N L H VH M N N N
UV 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 11/E 10/VH 8/VH 6/H 3/M 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Mount Koya

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 439 541 846 1457 1864 2170 2577 2679 2373 1763 1254 745
Min temp (C)(F) -327 -327 32 643 1050 1559 1966 2068 1661 1050 541 32
Sunshine hours 5 5 5 6 6 5 5 6 5 5 5 5
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 733 843 1496 2068 2209 33413 29111 25110 29712 1907 1144 663
Rainy Days 18 18 19 16 16 19 20 18 20 15 13 15
Humidity M M H VH VH E E VH VH H M M
UV 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 11/E 11/E 10/VH 9/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Naoshima Island

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 948 948 1355 1966 2373 2781 3188 3290 2882 2272 1763 1254
Min temp (C)(F) 32 134 337 846 1355 1864 2373 2475 2068 1355 745 337
Sunshine hours 5 5 6 6 7 5 6 7 5 5 5 5
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 402 492 803 954 1134 1687 1677 883 1626 1014 592 381
Rainy Days 15 15 17 14 14 16 16 13 17 12 11 13
Humidity M M H VH VH VH E VH VH H M M
UV 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 11/E 10/VH 8/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M
Sea temp (C)(F) 1661 1559 1559 1661 1966 2272 2577 2781 2679 2373 2170 1864

Okinawa

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1966 1966 2170 2475 2781 2984 3188 3188 3086 2781 2475 2170
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1457 1661 1864 2170 2475 2679 2679 2577 2272 1966 1559
Sunshine hours 3 3 4 5 5 6 8 7 7 6 4 4
Daylight hours 11 11 12 13 13 14 14 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1205 1175 1536 1667 25110 27311 1837 26811 1687 1596 1285 1165
Rainy Days 24 22 22 18 21 20 20 23 20 19 20 21
Humidity H VH VH E E E E E VH VH H M
UV 6/H 8/VH 10/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 8/VH 6/H 5/M
Sea temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2272 2373 2577 2781 2984 2984 2882 2781 2577 2475

Osaka

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 948 948 1355 2068 2475 2781 3188 3391 2984 2373 1763 1254
Min temp (C)(F) 134 236 439 1050 1559 1966 2373 2577 2170 1457 948 439
Sunshine hours 4 4 5 6 6 5 6 6 5 5 5 4
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 522 653 1024 1365 1416 2158 1707 1064 1837 1104 723 422
Rainy Days 17 18 19 16 15 18 18 16 17 14 13 14
Humidity N N N N N L H VH M N N N
UV 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 11/E 10/VH 8/VH 6/H 3/M 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 1661 1559 1661 1763 1966 2272 2577 2781 2679 2373 2170 1966

Sapporo

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) -130 -130 337 1152 1763 2170 2577 2679 2272 1661 846 236
Min temp (C)(F) -916 -818 -425 236 745 1254 1763 1864 1355 643 134 -523
Sunshine hours 3 4 5 6 6 6 5 5 6 5 3 2
Daylight hours 9 11 12 13 15 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1054 914 783 643 602 713 783 1466 1395 1175 1014 1024
Rainy Days 28 25 25 17 18 17 17 18 18 20 24 27
Humidity N N N N N N L L N N N N
UV 1/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 6/H 7/H 8/VH 8/VH 6/H 3/M 2/L 1/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Shirahama

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1050 1050 1355 1864 2272 2577 2882 3086 2781 2272 1763 1254
Min temp (C)(F) 236 337 541 1050 1559 1966 2373 2373 2068 1559 1050 541
Sunshine hours 5 5 6 6 6 5 6 7 5 5 5 5
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 733 883 1355 2128 2289 32313 24510 2309 29712 1907 1456 632
Rainy Days 14 15 17 16 16 19 18 17 18 15 13 12
Humidity N N N N N L H H M N N N
UV 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 11/E 10/VH 8/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M
Sea temp (C)(F) 1864 1763 1763 1864 2170 2373 2679 2882 2781 2475 2272 2068

Tokyo

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Avg temp (C)(F) 438 440 745 1355 1763 2169 2576 2679 2272 1762 1152 643
Sunshine hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daylight hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rainfall (mm)(in) 50 70 110 131 141 181 141 151 221 191 100 50
Rainy Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Humidity
UV
Sea temp (C)(F)

Yudanaka

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 134 236 643 1355 1966 2170 2577 2781 2170 1661 1050 439
Min temp (C)(F) -916 -818 -523 134 643 1254 1763 1864 1355 643 32 -523
Sunshine hours 4 5 6 6 6 5 5 6 4 4 4 4
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 15 14 14 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 773 733 773 914 1084 1687 1887 1596 1777 1315 773 753
Rainy Days 24 22 22 17 17 20 22 20 21 16 17 21
Humidity L M M H VH VH VH VH VH M M L
UV 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 10/VH 10/VH 10/VH 8/VH 5/M 3/M 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A
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Superior Private Tour in brief

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 and the Kenroku-en garden. Stay 2 nights at the Crowne Plaza ANA Kanazawa (or similar). (B)

Days 6: Kanazawa • Shirakawago

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)

Days 7-8: 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. The following day is at leisure to explore Kyoto at your own pace. Stay 2 nights at the New Miyako Hotel (or similar). (B)

Day 9: Kyoto • Hiroshima

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 Hiroshima. (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)

Meal basis:

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

Important information

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)

Festival departures

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)

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 Kyoto in 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.

Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Single suplement

Available on request.

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, for which guideline prices are shown. For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

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) and a visit to the Hakone Open-Air Museum. (B, L)

Day 2: Tokyo

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

Day 1: Fly to Tokyo via Dubai

Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Tokyo Haneda airport with British Airways. (N)

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, for which guideline prices are shown. For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Hotel Okura Kyoto
    Hotel Okura Kyoto

    Hotel Okura Kyoto, the tallest building in Kyoto with a spectacular all-round view, is conveniently located right in the city centre. It was first established in 1888 so is a landmark of the city. It has been totally rebuilt with a hint of the1920s. All guest rooms are Western-style and there is a range of first class facilities including 6 restaurants, 3 lounges and a tea room.

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  • Hiroshima
    Hiroshima

    Hiroshima holidays Hiroshima needs no introduction as the first city on Earth to suffer an atomic bombing. These days Hiroshima is a young and lively city. The people of the city built a Peace Memorial park to symbolize its wishes for everlasting peace.

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  • Haneda Royal Park Hotel
    Haneda Royal Park Hotel

    The Haneda Royal Park Hotel is directly connected to the departure lobby of Haneda Airport International Terminal. The entrance to the hotel is located in the Departure Lobby on the third floor. There is also a complimentary shuttle bus to the Domestic Terminal. The restaurant and bar is open from 06:00 to 10:00 for breakfast, and from 17:00 to 23:00 (last order at 22:30) for dinner. Rooms are small but comfortable and well-equipped for a good night's sleep.Features: 313 rooms, restaurant &amp; bar, 24-hour front desk, currency exchange, Wi-Fi.<br>Room amenities: Television, fridge, hairdryer, internet access, green tea &amp; coffee making facilities, safe.

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  • Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa
    Grand Prince Hotel New 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. Features: 940 rooms, 2 restaurants, cafe, lounge, bar, chocolate shop, 2 swimming pools (available in summer only), spa, sauna, fitness centre, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Balcony, fridge, hairdryer, kettle, television, safe, coffee & tea facilities.

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  • ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kanazawa
    ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel 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. Features: 249 rooms, 4 restaurants, cafe, lounge bar, beer terrace. Room amenities: Minibar, television, wired internet access, tea & coffee facilities, air conditioning.

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Dates & prices

JCP2020

Guideline Prices

Low season from £3,545 per person

High season from £3,995 per person

 

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

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.

 
  • • 4-star accommodation
    • International flights
    • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
    • Bullet train travel
    • Cherry blossom season departures

Destinations on this tour

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  • Kanazawa

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

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  • https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/far-east/japan/hiroshima
  • Hiroshima

    Hiroshima needs no introduction as the first city on Earth to suffer an atomic...

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  • https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/far-east/japan/tokyo
  • Tokyo

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

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  • https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/far-east/japan/kyoto
  • Kyoto

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

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  • https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/far-east/japan/tokyo
  • Tokyo

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

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