Dubai + Journey through Japan

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Dubai + Journey through Japan

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  • Torii Gate, Hiroshima Torii Gate, Hiroshima
  • Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai
  • Mount Fuji Mount Fuji
  • The Bullet Train and Mount Fuji The Bullet Train and Mount Fuji
  • Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo
  • Tokyo Tokyo
  • Tokyo Tower Tokyo Tower
  • Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo
  • Lake Ashi, Tokyo Lake Ashi, Tokyo
  • Lake Ashi, Tokyo Lake Ashi, Tokyo
  • Outdoor Tea ceremony, Kyoto Outdoor Tea ceremony, Kyoto
  • Toshogu Shrine, Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Nikko
  • Geisha, Tokyo Geisha, Tokyo
  • Nijo Castle, Kyoto Nijo Castle, Kyoto
  • Meiji Shrine, Tokyo Meiji Shrine, Tokyo

DAY 1 : UK - Dubai.

On arrival transfer to your hotel for two nights.

DAY 2 : Dubai.

A full day at leisure to explore this opulent city. To make the most of your time in Dubai, why not join an optional city tour, visiting some of Dubai's most iconic sights? Includes Breakfast

DAY 3 : Dubai - Tokyo (morning departure)

On arrival in Tokyo you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for three nights (check in from 2pm). The rest of the day is yours to relax. Includes Breakfast

DAY 4 : Tokyo.

One of the most exciting cities in the world, Tokyo is home to more than 8 million people. Today's sightseeing tour takes you to the Meiji Shrine - a magnificent 20th century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest. Afterwards, pass by the Imperial Palace Plaza, the State Guest House, the Akihabara district and the famous Ginza shopping street. Your tour concludes with a visit to the Asakusa Kannon Temple and the Nakamise Shopping Arcade. Enjoy a free afternoon and evening in this cosmopolitan city. Includes Breakfast

DAY 5 : Tokyo - Nikko - Tokyo.

Journey north to Nikko for a visit to Toshogu Shrine and its famous Yomeimon Gate, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Next, continue on to the I-Ro-Ha Zaka driveway, which reaches elevations of 3,940 feet, to visit Lake Chuzenji and the Kegon Waterfall. Later, return to Tokyo. Includes Breakfast

DAY 6 : Tokyo - Matsumoto - Nagano - Toyama.

This morning drive to Matsumoto where you will see Matsumoto Castle and the Matsumoto City Museum. Later, travel to Nagano to visit Zenkoji Temple. Founded 1400 years ago, the temple houses what is said to be the first Buddhist statue brought to Japan. In the evening, arrive in Toyama. Includes Breakfast

DAY 7 : Toyama - Shirakawa - Takayama - Nagoya.

Continue through Japan's beautiful mountain scenery to one of the country's most remote regions - Shirakawa. Protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the unique Gassho-Zukuri (meaning joined hands) style thatched houses can only be found in this area. This afternoon, journey through the Japanese Alps, via one of Japan's longest road tunnels, to the secluded town of Takayama, where old traditions are untouched by the passage of time. Visit the Kusakabe Heritage House for a glimpse of traditional Japanese architecture of the late 19th century before heading to Nagoya. Includes Breakfast

DAY 8 : Nagoya - Toba - Osaka.

Begin with a trip to Toba and visit Mikimoto Pearl Island to learn about the pearl cultivation process. Later, enjoy a visit to the most important shrine of the Shinto 'church' - Ise Grande Shrine. This afternoon, continue to Osaka, Japan's second largest city, where the rest of the day is at leisure. Includes Breakfast

DAY 9 : Osaka - Matsue.

Head to the city of Yonago, on the coast of the Sea of Japan and after a brief visit, continue to the Adachi Museum of Art to view Japanese-style gardens and view paintings by one of the greatest Japanese painters Yokoyama Taikan. Later, visit Matsue to see Matsue Castle and Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum, to learn about the life of an international writer. Includes Breakfast

DAY 10 : Matsue - Hiroshima.

En route to Hiroshima, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Itsukushima Shrine and its famous floating Torii Gate. From here, continue to Hiroshima where your sightseeing tour of this important historical city features the Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Museum, which commemorates the victims of the atomic bomb. Also visit the Shukkeien Landscape Garden, which dates back to 1620. Includes Breakfast

DAY 11 : Hiroshima - Kyoto by Bullet Train.

A highlight of your tour is a journey on one of Japan's famous bullet trains, bound for Kyoto. Reaching Kyoto, one of the most fascinating cities in Japan, the remainder of the day is free for you to relax or explore. Includes Breakfast

DAY 12 : Kyoto.

Enjoy a tour of Kyoto, visiting many of the city's temples, shrines, palaces and pagodas. A highlight of the day is a visit to the extraordinary Nijo Castle, built in 1603 as the official residence of the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. You will also visit Kinkakuji, the Temple of the Gold Pavilion and the Heian Shrine and garden. During the day there will also be the chance to participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Includes Breakfast

DAY 13 : Kyoto - Hakone National Park - Tokyo.

Drive on the Meishin and Tomei expressways to Hakone National Park for a leisurely cruise on Lake Ashi and an aerial cable car ride over the beautiful Owakudani Valley. From here, weather permitting, enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Fuji, before continuing on to your hotel at Tokyo's Narita airport for one night. NOTE: If you are extending your stay at the Ryokan, continue onto your accommodation after the visit to the Owakudani Valley. Includes Breakfast

DAY 14 : Tokyo - UK.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast

Dubai Tourist Tax

As of 31 March 2014 Dubai has introduced a tourist tax payable on departure from the hotel. Tax varies according to the star rating of the hotel.

5 Star 20 AED per room per night

4 Star 15 AED per room per night

Holiday Highlights

  • Asakusa Kannon Temple
  • Toshogu Shrine (UNESCO World Heritage site)
  • Gassho-Zukuri houses (UNESCO World Heritage site)
  • Peace Memorial Park
  • Bullet Train - Hiroshima to Kyoto
  • Traditional Tea Ceremony

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday

DAY 1 : UK - Dubai.

On arrival transfer to your hotel for two nights.

DAY 2 : Dubai.

A full day at leisure to explore this opulent city. To make the most of your time in Dubai, why not join an optional city tour, visiting some of Dubai's most iconic sights? Includes Breakfast

DAY 3 : Dubai - Tokyo (morning departure)

On arrival in Tokyo you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for three nights (check in from 2pm). The rest of the day is yours to relax. Includes Breakfast

DAY 4 : Tokyo.

One of the most exciting cities in the world, Tokyo is home to more than 8 million people. Today's sightseeing tour takes you to the Meiji Shrine - a magnificent 20th century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest. Afterwards, pass by the Imperial Palace Plaza, the State Guest House, the Akihabara district and the famous Ginza shopping street. Your tour concludes with a visit to the Asakusa Kannon Temple and the Nakamise Shopping Arcade. Enjoy a free afternoon and evening in this cosmopolitan city. Includes Breakfast

DAY 5 : Tokyo - Nikko - Tokyo.

Journey north to Nikko for a visit to Toshogu Shrine and its famous Yomeimon Gate, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Next, continue on to the I-Ro-Ha Zaka driveway, which reaches elevations of 3,940 feet, to visit Lake Chuzenji and the Kegon Waterfall. Later, return to Tokyo. Includes Breakfast

DAY 6 : Tokyo - Matsumoto - Nagano - Toyama.

This morning drive to Matsumoto where you will see Matsumoto Castle and the Matsumoto City Museum. Later, travel to Nagano to visit Zenkoji Temple. Founded 1400 years ago, the temple houses what is said to be the first Buddhist statue brought to Japan. In the evening, arrive in Toyama. Includes Breakfast

DAY 7 : Toyama - Shirakawa - Takayama - Nagoya.

Continue through Japan's beautiful mountain scenery to one of the country's most remote regions - Shirakawa. Protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the unique Gassho-Zukuri (meaning joined hands) style thatched houses can only be found in this area. This afternoon, journey through the Japanese Alps, via one of Japan's longest road tunnels, to the secluded town of Takayama, where old traditions are untouched by the passage of time. Visit the Kusakabe Heritage House for a glimpse of traditional Japanese architecture of the late 19th century before heading to Nagoya. Includes Breakfast

DAY 8 : Nagoya - Toba - Osaka.

Begin with a trip to Toba and visit Mikimoto Pearl Island to learn about the pearl cultivation process. Later, enjoy a visit to the most important shrine of the Shinto 'church' - Ise Grande Shrine. This afternoon, continue to Osaka, Japan's second largest city, where the rest of the day is at leisure. Includes Breakfast

DAY 9 : Osaka - Matsue.

Head to the city of Yonago, on the coast of the Sea of Japan and after a brief visit, continue to the Adachi Museum of Art to view Japanese-style gardens and view paintings by one of the greatest Japanese painters Yokoyama Taikan. Later, visit Matsue to see Matsue Castle and Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum, to learn about the life of an international writer. Includes Breakfast

DAY 10 : Matsue - Hiroshima.

En route to Hiroshima, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Itsukushima Shrine and its famous floating Torii Gate. From here, continue to Hiroshima where your sightseeing tour of this important historical city features the Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Museum, which commemorates the victims of the atomic bomb. Also visit the Shukkeien Landscape Garden, which dates back to 1620. Includes Breakfast

DAY 11 : Hiroshima - Kyoto by Bullet Train.

A highlight of your tour is a journey on one of Japan's famous bullet trains, bound for Kyoto. Reaching Kyoto, one of the most fascinating cities in Japan, the remainder of the day is free for you to relax or explore. Includes Breakfast

DAY 12 : Kyoto.

Enjoy a tour of Kyoto, visiting many of the city's temples, shrines, palaces and pagodas. A highlight of the day is a visit to the extraordinary Nijo Castle, built in 1603 as the official residence of the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. You will also visit Kinkakuji, the Temple of the Gold Pavilion and the Heian Shrine and garden. During the day there will also be the chance to participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Includes Breakfast

DAY 13 : Kyoto - Hakone National Park - Tokyo.

Drive on the Meishin and Tomei expressways to Hakone National Park for a leisurely cruise on Lake Ashi and an aerial cable car ride over the beautiful Owakudani Valley. From here, weather permitting, enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Fuji, before continuing on to your hotel at Tokyo's Narita airport for one night. NOTE: If you are extending your stay at the Ryokan, continue onto your accommodation after the visit to the Owakudani Valley. Includes Breakfast

DAY 14 : Tokyo - UK.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast

Dubai Tourist Tax

As of 31 March 2014 Dubai has introduced a tourist tax payable on departure from the hotel. Tax varies according to the star rating of the hotel.

5 Star 20 AED per room per night

4 Star 15 AED per room per night

Holiday Highlights

  • Asakusa Kannon Temple
  • Toshogu Shrine (UNESCO World Heritage site)
  • Gassho-Zukuri houses (UNESCO World Heritage site)
  • Peace Memorial Park
  • Bullet Train - Hiroshima to Kyoto
  • Traditional Tea Ceremony

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday

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