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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 Osaka.
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Overnight flight from London (regional
connections available) to Tokyo Haneda airport
via Dubai with Emirates. (N)
Arrive and transfer to the Grand Prince Hotel
New Takanawa 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) and a visit to
the Hakone Open-Air Museum. (B, L)
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. Afternoon
visit to Nijo castle, then experience a
traditional tea ceremony in a machiya
(wooden townhouse), followed by a visit to
Nishiki market. Stay 2 nights at the Kyoto
Hotel Okura (or similar). (B, L)
Morning visit to Kinkakuji temple (Golden
Pavilion), then Ryoanji temple, famous for its
zen rock garden. Afternoon tour of the historic
city of Nara. Return to Kyoto. (B)
Morning at leisure to explore Kyoto at your
own pace. Afternoon bullet train journey to Hiroshima. Stay 2 nights at the Granvia
Hiroshima / Sheraton Hiroshima. (B)
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)
Take a bullet train north to Himeji city. Take
a tour of Himeji castle, still in its original
form and arguably the finest example
of medieval castle architecture in Japan.
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 coach on to Osaka
airport for the overnight flight with Emirates
back to London, via Dubai. (B)
Early morning arrival in London. (N)
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.
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
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JCP2019: 9 Nights
Kyoto was Japan’s capital from the 7th century until around the 11th and it is known...