This tour of Japan is an ideal introduction for first-time visitors, with guided tours of the country's key sites.
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Explore Tokyo's highlights, which includes a visit to a sumo wrestling training centre. Optional Japanese drumming and cookery lessons are also on offer. Stay in a traditional ryokan in Hakone National Park where you can enjoy the hot spring theme park.
In Kyoto, you can try on a kimono or take samurai sword training, before boarding a shinkansen (bullet train) to the Japanese Alps. Enjoy a rural cycling tour before returning to Tokyo for dinner at the Robot Restaurant.
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You will be met on arrival and transferred
to the Asakusa View Hotel for 4 nights. The
hotel is located in Asakusa, one of the oldest
parts of the city with lots of character and
good transport links. (N)
Today you will have the services of a guide
for a full day, who will help you orientate
yourselves while you visit some of Tokyo’s
highlights. The following day is at leisure; a
range of optional activities and experiences
can be pre-booked including lessons in
Japanese drumming and cooking. On your
final day in Tokyo, a guide has been booked
for the morning to escort you on a visit to a
sumo wrestling training centre. (B)
Drive south-west from Tokyo into Hakone
National Park, a picturesque landscape of lakes, green valleys and volcanic hot springs.
Stay overnight at one of the best ryokans in
Japan, Gora Kadan, the former retreat of the
imperial family and now a luxurious Relais &
Châteaux property. Rooms are available here
with private outdoor onsen (hot springs), or
there is a luxury spa and access nearby to
fishing, golf and hiking trails. (B, D)
Private transfer to Odawara station, then
board a shinkansen (bullet train) for the
journey south to Kyoto. You will be met on the
platform by your guide, who will accompany
you throughout your time in the city. Your
itinerary and sightseeing will be tailor-made to
your interests and requirements. Either let the
guide introduce you to the cultural highlights
of the city or structure travels around a theme:
focus on Kyoto's best gardens; join an expert
potter and gallery owner for a tour of Kyoto's
ceramic legacy; discover local crafts such as ukiyo-e woodblock prints, Japanese dollmaking,
roketsu indigo dyeing or kanoko-shibori
tie dyeing; or enjoy touring Kyoto's best sake
district and the wonderful Fushimi Inari shrine,
dedicated to the rice gods. Stay 3 nights at the
Hyatt Regency Kyoto. (B)
Take a train from Shinjuku Station direct to
Hakone National Park. A 2-day ‘Hakone Free
Pass’ will be provided to explore the area.
Take a boat trip across Lake Ashi, visit the
open-air sculpture and art museum, or visit
a hot spring theme park. Stay 2 nights at the
traditional Mikawaya Ryokan. (B)
Take a day trip outside the city to Nara,
travelling by taxi to Kyoto station then on to
Nara by train. Visit Kofukuji temple, the many
pagodas in the park and Naramachi, a part
of Nara's old town. Other options include
Todaiji museum and the Nigatsudo pavilion.
Your guide will be able to explain all about
the history of ancient Nara and the numerous
world heritage sights. (B)
Transfer to Odawara train station and board
a shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto. Stay at
the Hyatt Regency Kyoto for 4 nights. (B)
For your first full day in Kyoto you will have a
private guide to escort you around the city.
The following two days are at leisure; activities
such as kimono wearing and samurai sword
training can be pre-booked. (B)
Private transfer to Osaka airport to catch a
flight back to the UK. (B)
Take a bullet train into the Japanese Alps
and stay at the Tanabe Ryokan in Takayama
for 2 nights. The following morning, take a
cycling tour in the countryside, escorted by
a private guide. (B)
Return to Tokyo for your final night in Japan,
staying at the Century Southern Tower hotel.
A reservation will be made for you at the
Robot Restaurant, a unique Japanese ‘robot
cabaret’ experience with dancers, lasers and
strobe lights. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly home. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
Available on request.
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