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Lead Price
From £3980pp
11 days & 10 nights
Itinerary Type
Tailor Made
Holiday Type
General Interest
Tour Highlights

Essential Japan

This tour of Japan is an ideal introduction for first-time visitors, taking in key sites and attractions in Tokyo, Hakone National Park and Kyoto. You will be supplied with a Japan Rail Pass and instructions on self-guided touring to ensure you get the most from your visit, with some private guides provided for selected parts of the journey


DAY 1: Fly to Tokyo
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Fly to Tokyo


Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meal

DAY 2: Tokyo
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Arrive and transfer by airport shuttle bus to the Park Hotel Tokyo for a 3-night stay, which is located close to the Shiodome subway station. (N)

DAY 3: Tokyo
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Full-day private guided city tour using public transport, visiting the Asakusa Kannon temple, Tokyo National Museum’s Japanese gallery, the Imperial East Garden and the tranquil Meiji shrine. The following day is at leisure to explore the city at your own pace, or make a day trip to the coastal city of Kamakura or the temples and shrines at Nikko. (B)

DAY 4: Tokyo
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Day at leisure.

DAY 5: Hakone
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Travel by train to Hakone National Park, a picturesque landscape of lakes, green valleys and volcanic hot springs. Stay for 2 nights at the Kowakien Tenyu hotel. (B, D)

DAY 6: Hakone
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Today you will have a Hakone Free Pass at your disposal to explore the area. See the steaming vents and hot springs of the volcanic Owakudani valley, visit the Picasso Pavilion at the Open-Air Art Museum, take a ride on the Hakone Tozan Railway or cruise across scenic Lake Ashi. (B, D)

DAY 7: Kyoto
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Take the bus to Odawara, then continue by shinkansen (bullet train) south to Kyoto. Stay at the Rihga Royal Kyoto Hotel, located near Kyoto station, for 3 nights. (B)

DAY 8: Kyoto
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Full-day private guided city tour using public transport. Recommendations include the Ryoanji temple with its famous zen rock garden, and Kinkakuji temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion. End the day with a visit to the En Tea House for a private tea ceremony experience where you can learn about the history and philosophy of this ancient rite, taste some tea and try some traditional sweets. The following day is at leisure to explore more of the city or venture further afield to the former capital of Nara, or the gardens and bamboo forests of Arashiyama. (B)

DAY 9: Kyoto
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Day at leisure.

DAY 10: Fly home
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Fly home

Take a shuttle bus from your hotel to Kansai airport, located on an artificial island in Osaka Bay, and board your flight home. (B)

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

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The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Discover Tokyo's temples, shrines & the National Museum
  • Explore the scenic Hakone National Park for views of Mount Fuji
  • Travel on a shinkansen bullet train
  • Experience a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto
  • Stay in 4-star accommodation
Low Season
From £3,980 per person
High Season
From £5,550 per person

What's included

  • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
  • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
  • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
  • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
  • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
  • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Important information

Superior tour
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
Tailor-made travel
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.
Guideline prices
Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin/double-room. Single supplement available on request. Pricing is indicative and may be subject to change due to external factors such as variable flight prices.
Meal basis
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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