Classic Japan: The Golden Route

  • 12 Days

  • Japan

  • Steady pace

Imperial and beautiful, Japan’s epic mountain landscapes and grand shrines make for a bewitching holiday. Explore shogun castles in Kyoto, stand before a 750-year-old Buddha, and glide towards the epic Mount Fuji: immersive experiences in a captivating country.

Your journey starts here

New for 2018

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
All airport taxes
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

of 12 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 13th May 2018

Meals included: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch,

Overview

Imperial and beautiful, Japan’s epic mountain landscapes and grand shrines make for a bewitching holiday. Explore shogun castles in Kyoto, stand before a 750-year-old Buddha, and glide towards the epic Mount Fuji: immersive experiences in a captivating country.

At a glance

  • Tokyo Purify your hands and write a wish at Meiji Shrine.
  • Kamakura See the 750-year-old Great Buddha statue in the serene grounds of Kotokuin Temple.
  • Mount Fuji Cable Car For panoramic views of spectacular Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain.
  • Cruise on Lake Ashi Sail across this peaceful lake, formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone.
  • Nijo Castle Once the grand residence of the Tokugawa shoguns in Kyoto.
  • Kiyomizu Temple The “Pure Water Temple” is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan.

Day 1

Depart UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Arrive Tokyo

On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Tokyo

Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions prior to morning sightseeing in Tokyo. Your tour starts with a visit to Meiji Shrine, a magnificent 20th-century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest. Next visit Shinjuku Gyeon Garden, one of Tokyo's largest and most popular parks. Later visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple and the Nakamise shopping arcade.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Tokyo - Kamakura - Mount Fuji Area

This morning, leave Tokyo and head south along the coast to Kamakura to see the 750-year-old Great Buddha. Continue on to the Mount Fuji area for a cruise on Lake Ashi, followed by a cable-car ride(weather permitting) for panoramic views of spectacular Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Mount Fuji Area - Kyoto

This morning, board one of Japan's famous bullet trains bound for Kyoto. Upon arrival, visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, renowned for the thousands of brightly coloured Torii Gates.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Kyoto

Your day begins with a visit to Nijo Castle, built in 1603 as the official residence of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Then, visit stunning Kinkakuji, the Temple of the Gold Pavilion, covered in shimmering gold leaf. Lastly, visit Kiyomizu Temple, the "Pure Water Temple," with stunning views over Kyoto. Along the way, walk through the busy streets where shops and restaurants have been catering to pilgrims for centuries.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Kyoto - Hiroshima

This morning at leisure to explore more of Kyoto's historic temples and shrines. This afternoon transfer to Hiroshima.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Hiroshima.

Today visit the Peace Memorial Park and Miyajima Island.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Hiroshima - Osaka.

Today drive to Osaka, stopping at Koraku-en Garden en route.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Osaka

This morning visit the Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses, Osaka Castle and take a walking tour of Dotonbori. Afternoon at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Kyoto - Osaka - UK

Transfer to Osaka airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Tokyo: Shibuya Tokyu REI Hotel
  • Mount Fuji Area: Daiwa Roynet Numazu
  • Kyoto: Kyoto Tokyu Hotel
  • Hiroshima: Hiroshima Tokyu REI Hotel
  • Osaka: Shin-Osaka Esaka Tokyu REI Hotel

Notes

Note: Hotels as stated or similar.

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