Jewels of Japan

  • 9 Days

  • Asia & The Far East

Discover the Jewels of Japan and visit Tokyo and Kyoto that offer two totally diverse images of Japan. Experience the thrill of riding on the Bullet Train between Tokyo and Kyoto. The impressive architecture of the modern-day Tokyo skyscrapers contrast with the vintage atmosphere that surrounds Kyoto's old temples and buildings.

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Highlights

Accommodation on tour
Flights
Meals on tour
Services of a local guide in Tokyo and Kyoto
All airport taxes/service charges excluding locally paid departure tax where applicable
Transfers
Travel of tour

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  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

of 9 days

Your detailed itinerary

Meals included: 6 breakfasts,

Overview

Discover the Jewels of Japan and visit Tokyo and Kyoto that offer two totally diverse images of Japan. Experience the thrill of riding on the Bullet Train between Tokyo and Kyoto. The impressive architecture of the modern-day Tokyo skyscrapers contrast with the vintage atmosphere that surrounds Kyoto's old temples and buildings.

At a glance

  • Tokyo Tokyo Tower
  • Mount Fuji Bullet Train - Tokyo to Kyoto Kyoto Nijo Castle, Imperial Palace, Temple of the Gold Pavilion

Extensions

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.

Day 1

Depart UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Tokyo

After breakfast begin this morning's sightseeing tour. Highlights of the tour include visits to the Toyko Tower, Asakusa Kannon Temple and Nakamise Shopping Arcade. You will also drive through Akihabara and Ueno Park. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Tokyo - Mount Fuji - Tokyo

Today, visit one of the most recognisable sights in the world on a full day excursion to Mount Fuji. An active volcano that last erupted in 1707. Locally known as Fuji-san it is Japan's tallest peak. It is surrounded by 5 lakes and after a stop at the visitor centre there is an included cruise on Lake Ashi. Afterwards, take a cable car ride (weather permitting) for unforgettable views of spectacular Mount Fuji, Lake Ashi and the surrounding area.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Tokyo - Bullet Train - Kyoto

Leave the modern skyscrapers of Tokyo behind and head for the Ancient Capital of Japan, Kyoto. This is a highlight of your holiday and you will board Japan's one of Japan's high speed trains (bullet trains) locally called shinkansen and are operated by Japan Railways. Running at speeds of up to 320 km/h, the shinkansen is known for it's punctuality (most trains depart on time to the second), comfortable in relatively silent cars with spacious and always forward facing seats. The journey will be no longer than 3 hours to cover the 318 miles/ 513kms between the modern and ancient capitals of Japan. On arrival in Kyoto you will be met and transferred to your hotel, the remainder of the day is free for you to relax or explore.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Kyoto

Today you will be met by the local guide to enjoy a tour of Kyoto, visiting many of the city's temples, shrines, palaces and pagodas. One of the highlights of the tour is a visit to the extraordinary Nijo Castle, built in 1603 as the official residence of the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. The ornate gardens that surround the flat-land mountain castle are some of the best in Japan. Also included is a visit to Kinkaku-ji, the Temple of the Gold Pavilion and the Imperial Palace, one of Kyoto's leading temples. Its' formal name is Rokuon-ji. It was built at the end of the 14th century originally as a villa for Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, the shogun at the time.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Kyoto

Enjoy a full day to explore the charms of Kyoto at your leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Kyoto - Osaka - UK

This morning, transfer to Osaka airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Tokyo: Either Shibuya Excel or Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu;
  • Kyoto: Kyoto Tokyu Hotel.

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.

Notes

  • 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.

Latest customer reviews

25th April 2017

The tour was good but there wasn't enough time in Tokyo - only 1 day before we went off to Mount Fuji, then we had 3 days in Kyoto. It should have been the other way around. Too much time in Kyoto (2 1/2 days on our own) and only one half day on our own in Tokyo.

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