Journey through Japan

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Journey through Japan

Japan, a country of contrasts, offering ultra-modern technology in a unique, traditional and mysterious land. Discover modern cities and ancient marvels on this enchanting journey.

Enjoy the cosmopolitan city of Tokyo, before continuing to explore the ancient imperial city of Kyoto and the impressive Mount Fuji and the moving city of Hiroshima. There are a host of UNESCO World Heritage sites to explore on this tour, including the Itsukushima Shrine and an abundance of stunning temples and pristine gardens.

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13 days from

£3,484

per person, for 2 people

Based on departing 29/05/2017 from London Heathrow Airport

View Dates
  • Torii Gate, Hiroshima Torii Gate, Hiroshima
  • 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

Itinerary Map

Book Early With heavy demand for this tour, especially during Cherry Blossom season, you are encouraged to book early.

DAY 1 : Depart UK.

DAY 2 : Arrive Tokyo.

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

DAY 3 : 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 4 : 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 5 : 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 6 : 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 7 : 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 8 : 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 9 : 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 10 : 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 11 : 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 12 : 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 13 : Tokyo - UK.

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

Hotels on Tour

  • Hiroshima:Hiroshima Tokyu Rei
  • Kyoto:Kyoto Tokyu Hotel
  • Tokyo Narita Airport:Narita Excel Hotel Tokyu
  • NOTE:Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard. Single rooms in Japan are traditionally small with a single bed. Anyone booking a single room will be paying a supplement to have their own private room
  • Tokyo:Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu
  • Toyama:Toyama Excel Hotel Tokyu
  • Nagoya:Nagoya Sakae Tokyu Rei
  • Osaka:Shin-Osaka Esaka Tokyu Rei
  • Matsue:Matsue Excel Hotel Tokyu Inn

What's Included

  • VIP Private Home Pick-up Service to take you to and from your UK departure point (Terms & Conditions apply)
  • Flights
  • Accommodation on tour
  • Meals on tour - 11 breakfasts
  • Services of a tour director
  • All airport taxes/service charges excluding locally paid departure tax where applicable

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
Itinerary Map

Book Early With heavy demand for this tour, especially during Cherry Blossom season, you are encouraged to book early.

DAY 1 : Depart UK.

DAY 2 : Arrive Tokyo.

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

DAY 3 : 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 4 : 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 5 : 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 6 : 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 7 : 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 8 : 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 9 : 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 10 : 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 11 : 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 12 : 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 13 : Tokyo - UK.

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

Hotels on Tour

  • Hiroshima:Hiroshima Tokyu Rei
  • Kyoto:Kyoto Tokyu Hotel
  • Tokyo Narita Airport:Narita Excel Hotel Tokyu
  • NOTE:Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard. Single rooms in Japan are traditionally small with a single bed. Anyone booking a single room will be paying a supplement to have their own private room
  • Tokyo:Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu
  • Toyama:Toyama Excel Hotel Tokyu
  • Nagoya:Nagoya Sakae Tokyu Rei
  • Osaka:Shin-Osaka Esaka Tokyu Rei
  • Matsue:Matsue Excel Hotel Tokyu Inn

What's Included

  • VIP Private Home Pick-up Service to take you to and from your UK departure point (Terms & Conditions apply)
  • Flights
  • Accommodation on tour
  • Meals on tour - 11 breakfasts
  • Services of a tour director
  • All airport taxes/service charges excluding locally paid departure tax where applicable

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

Our Customers Rate this holiday 97% (31 reviews)

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30-Oct-2016

I chose Archers because of the itinerary, it was the only company which travelled by coach around Honshu so as to visit mountains, countryside and cities. All others only seemed to go by train to the cities. It didn't have Nara on the itinerary whic...

22-Oct-2016

Great tour really enjoyed it, visiting lots of places which provided a very good insight into Japan. The only negative was the long days, not getting to hotels until after 6pm, however we considered this was an acceptable inconvenience because we man...

21-Oct-2016

A stunning holiday. Our tour guide, Rumi, looked after us well and did a splendid job in explaining Japan and its culture to us. Some of the days when we were travelling were a little long, but we generally had one or two places to visit en route, an...

19-Oct-2016

Fantastic tour guide,Rumi was a lovely lady a lot of knowledge and helpful.Japan a scenic and clean country Time traveling in coach much too long.

18-Oct-2016

Good

16-Oct-2016

Excellent local guide/tour manager (Laura) - kept us well informed as to what was happening and was very helpful, e.g. in advising on a trip to Nara on the train. For those on late flights on the last day, the hotel by the airport is not ideal. Sugg...

12-Oct-2016

Hotel facilities good. Sights varied and interesting. Our guide was informative and congenial.

24-Sep-2016

Overall tour was god but some things were less than satisfactory viz:<br/>1) Although single supplement was paid rooms were often very small singles.<br/>2) Itinerary was curtailed and cable car in Owakundani Valley not taken although it was in opera...

23-Sep-2016

I loved this holiday but it did feel like a route march, not much time at the sights, ie 1.5 or 2 hours at each one, way too much time on the coach ie from 8am to 7pm with only one or two visits to nice places and the others to service stations for a...

21-Sep-2016

The itinerary was too rushed with little time in each city. If one or two of the shrines had been left out we could have arrived at the hotels with more time to explore.<br/>The last day started at 6am and finished after 8pm so they could get us to N...

21-Sep-2016

Again, a well thought out and prepared tour that showed us the highlights of Japan. Particular thanks to our guide, Kyoko, who went beyond expectations.

16-Sep-2016

Again, all arrangements as planned.<br/>First class guide who worked very hard at all times and great programme.<br/>Hotels always very good.<br/>Again, found the several one night stays demanding and tiring.

14-Sep-2016

Excellent

14-Sep-2016

Good

17-Jun-2016

Everything worked out exactly as we had hoped and expected - really enjoyed the experience

17-Jun-2016

The travel there and back was to much and there where to many shrines and not enough time at them and long coach trips other wise a good hoilday.

25-May-2016

Brilliant!<br/><br/>The only drawback was that Japanese couldn't speak English and all food items were presented in Japanese lingo. Our best chances was with Mcdonalds!!

24-May-2016

8.5/10

28-Apr-2016

Chauffeur service from home excellent but we were surprised to arrive in Japan and have to catch a shared shuttle bus with other hotels, ours being the last drop-off. Too many shrines/temples. Some included meals would be preferable, including welc...

28-Apr-2016

Overall a good trip. A direct flight should be a great option. Tour guide not very fit for the job, group dynamic extremely slow. More time in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto instead of visiting too many shrines and sights requiring far too much travelling ti...

27-Apr-2016

Good

26-Apr-2016

really good trip guide was amazing would cut out visit to the shrine that is replaced every 20 years,was waste of our time and was right off the route,would replace with overnight stay on the island we went to by boat with toury gate in the see.had 2...

26-Apr-2016

Satisfied in general excepting for following that require close examination with a view to improve the experience.<br/>Etihad Airways - completely dissatisfied. We shall try our level best to avoid flying Etihad or holidays that only offer Etihad. No...

26-Apr-2016

The itinary did not warn us about the very long journeys by coach. Some days as long as 10 hours which caused problems for my husband who cannot sit for long periods. Also the itinary said some afternoons we would have free time. The arrival day, we ...

23-Apr-2016

We thoroughly enjoyed the holiday, except we were deeply aggrieved that the cable car ascent near Mount Fuji was 'pulled' by the local office on the day; porterage was not provided at 2 hotels (in spite of it being included in the paid-for package) ;...

23-Apr-2016

Too much time on the coach and at service stations. Only one or two hours at each sight

13-Apr-2016

The holiday provided a very good overview of Japan (exactly as described in the broucher). Having experience this particular tour I can report that it was a little rushed & had extremely long days within the coach, particularly on the last day. I wou...

12-Apr-2016

A fascinating and comprehensive tour of the main sights and cities. There was more coach travel between places than we had envisaged, but the scenery was very varied and the service area stops a feature in themselves. Japanese toilets are amazing! Ru...

08-Apr-2016

Very intensive as usual with so many wonderful things to see. Two criticisms. Understanding the distances involved the lack of time for lunch on most days made us buy sandwiches in advance as there was simply not enough time given the need to go to t...

05-Apr-2016

Tour guide excellent, went that extra mile to help make the holiday really special with knowledge not only about the places visited but also language, traditions and even an origami class!

30-Mar-2016

Japan holiday excellent. One complaint more time needed for toilet stops. We were lucky as there were only 14 people on the coach.Twenty minutes would be impossible if we had a full coach. Tour guide excellent.

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Journey through Japan

Jackie Briscoe and Trevor Randall 12/11/2014

 First let us apologise for the delay in writing this letter, but we have not stopped telling everyone about the fantastic holiday we had in Japan. We did try to go online to answer your questionnaire but the link on the email did not work.

We had such a wonderful time with the organisation being first class, hotels surpassing our expectations and all trips and tours running so well.

Our party consisted of 16 including us which was a nice size for a tour of this type. We had a fantastic time, everyone was great to be with. Yumi our tour manager made sure we all had a good time and was able to answer all our questions about the sites visited, the culture and the lifestyle of the Japanese people.

The extra 3 days in Ryokan hotel was a sheer delight and gave us a great insight into Japanese living and the food. Can you pass on our thanks to the hotel staff.

Please say a big thank you to Yumi from us, also to our driver who was excellent and went out of his way to make sure we saw all the sites and made what would have been long coach journeys something to look forward to even the early morning starts and to Virgin for great flights with very attentive crews and great food.

Sorry we could not find any negatives to the holiday but we had such a memorable holiday that we will be boring people for years to come.

Please say an extra thanks to all at your administration office for the organisation of the tour.

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