Classic Japan: The Golden Route

Offer

New for 2018

Price per person
from £3,165

Price based on
London Gatwick
7th Oct 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

Book any 2018 worldwide tour or cruise and pay just £99 deposit per person when you book before 28 February. 

More details
  • 10 days

  • Japan

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tour

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.

What's included

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

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

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.

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch

UK

Day
1

On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.

No meals included

Tokyo - Tokyo

Day
2

Welcome to Japan’s capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

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 Gyoen Garden. Originally dating from the early 1600s, the garden was destroyed in World War II and reopened in 1949 as a public park. Today, it remains a very popular stop for locals and visitors alike. Last stop is the Asakusa Kannon Temple and the bustling Nakamise shopping arcade. The balance of the afternoon is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Tokyo - Kamakura - Mount Fuji Area

Day
3

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

Mount Fuji Area - Kyoto

Day
4

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. This evening, you may choose to stay (additional expense) in a traditional Japanese Ryokan.

Traditional Ryokan Stay

Immerse yourself in the Japanese culture and hospitality at a Ryokan (Japanese inn). Your Ryokan, Gion Hatanaka, features traditional touches—tatami mat floors, a thin sleeping mattress on the floor, and the chance to experience a Japanese-style bath—as well as the modern convenience of a private bathroom. Included: transfers to/from Ryokan and from/to hotel in Kyoto; traditional Japanese dinner and breakfast.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Kyoto

Day
5

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

Kyoto - Hiroshima

Day
6

The morning is at your leisure to explore more of Kyoto’s historic temples and shrines. This afternoon, drive south to Hiroshima.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hiroshima.

Day
7

Today’s sightseeing starts at peace memorial park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see the Peace Memorial, commonly referred to as the Atomic Bomb Dome, that has been preserved just as it was on August 6, 1945, immediately after the bombing. You will also visit the Memorial Museum and Memorial Hall, which memorialize the lives lost that day. Next, join the afternoon excursion to Miyajima Island to visit Itsukushima shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its floating Torii Gate.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hiroshima - Osaka.

Day
8

Drive north to Okayama and visit Koraku-En, one of the “Three Great Gardens of Japan.” Covering some 30 acres, the garden features ponds, plum groves, and tea fields. A unique feature not typically found in Japanese gardens are the wide lawns which are said to help uplift the spirit and promote open mindedness. Continue on to Osaka and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Osaka

Day
9

Your sightseeing tour starts at the Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses, where traditional thatched-roof farm houses dating from the Edo period have been restored. See the old architecture and be transported back in time. Next, visit Osaka Castle and take a walking tour in Dotonbori, the city’s most famous entertainment district. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Perhaps return to Dotonbori this evening to sample some local cuisine and see the sparkling neon lights.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Osaka - UK

Day
10

Your tour ends today with breakfast this morning. 

Transfer to Osaka airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Home landing in the UK

Day
11

No meals included

Things to note

Note: Hotels as stated or similar.

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • 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

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