Journey through Japan

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Price per person
from £3,747

Price based on
London Heathrow
11th Jun 2018 departure

Key inclusions

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

  • Japan

  • On the go pace

  • Classic escorted tour

An enchanting mix of the traditional and modern: explore Tokyo’s bustling downtown and visit its ornate and colourful Buddhist shrines and temples; see Hiroshima’s moving Peace Memorial Park, and then ride a speeding bullet train to Kyoto for a traditional tea ceremony.

At a glance


  • Asakusa Kannon Temple Tokyo's oldest and one of its most colourful Buddhist temples.
  • Toshogu Shrine Lavishly-decorated shrine of Tokugawa Ieyasu, once the most powerful man in Japan.
  • Gassho-Zukuri houses Explore these unique thatched-roofed houses in Shirakawa-go in Gifu Prefecture.
  • Peace Memorial Park Visit the moving Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Museum in Hiroshima.
  • Bullet Train - Hiroshima to Kyoto Ride one of the country's famous bullet trains.
  • Traditional Tea Ceremony Enjoy this most Japanese of cultural practices in Kyoto.
Journey through Japan 2016

What's included

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

Customer Reviews

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18th October 2017
Mr Stephen Slater

Absolutely fantastic trip, VIP transfer and lounge kicked this trip...

26th September 2017
Miss JANE PEARCE

Absolutely fantastic trip, VIP transfer and lounge kicked this trip off to a great start. Qatar Air were fantastic great menus & service, Easy to change flights at Doha.JAPAN is wonderful. the pace is definitely on the go with mostly one night in in each hotel. Good variety of places to see, MANY Shrines, art galleries, lakes, cable car, Hiroshima Peace Museum. and gardens. NOTE- there are a lot of shrines on this trip, all beautiful but on a few occasions some of us suffered 'shrine fatigue' Guide Mokka, H her trainee and tommi our driver all provided excellent service.Hotels all spotless and in ideal locations for venturing out for evening meal and shopping.I am solo traveller and felt thoroughly safe at all times. japanese people are so gentle. I was the only traveller who had booked through Archers and from England and bulk of group (only 19) were fun loving fantastic Australians. A fantastic trip was had by all. thank you archers. Definitely No one holiday.

good experience .............

24th May 2017
Mr Brian Standish

good experience ..........

We saw a lot, the guide was well-organised and informative...

3rd May 2017
Trusted Customer

We saw a lot, the guide was well-organised and informative and tried to entertain us with a variety of items, including an origami class when we were stuck in a traffic jam. The hotels were good to excellent and we enjoyed our holiday very much. One point for the future - a couple of the hotels didn't have room safes which I think are essential these days with most people having electronic devices to store while they are out of the room.

Good variety of experiences. Felt quite rushed at times....

27th April 2017
Mrs Jayne Bennett

Good variety of experiences. Felt quite rushed at times.

excellent itinery and good variety....

25th April 2017
Mr David Alcock

excellent itinery and good variety.

Overview

An enchanting mix of the traditional and modern: explore Tokyo’s bustling downtown and visit its ornate and colourful Buddhist shrines and temples; see Hiroshima’s moving Peace Memorial Park, and then ride a speeding bullet train to Kyoto for a traditional tea ceremony.

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts

Depart UK

Day
1

No meals included

Arrive Tokyo

Day
2

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.

No meals included

Tokyo

Day
3

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Tokyo - Nikko - Tokyo

Day
4

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Tokyo - Matsumoto - Nagano - Toyama

Day
5

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Toyama - Shirakawa - Takayama - Nagoya

Day
6

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Nagoya - Toba - Osaka

Day
7

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Osaka - Matsue

Day
8

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Matsue - Hiroshima

Day
9

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hiroshima - Kyoto by Bullet Train

Day
10

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Kyoto

Day
11

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Kyoto - Hakone National Park - Tokyo

Day
12

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Tokyo - UK

Day
13

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

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

Accommodation will be as stated or 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.

Hotels

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


  • 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;
  • Hiroshima: Hiroshima Tokyu Rei;
  • Kyoto: Kyoto Tokyu Hotel;
  • Tokyo Narita Airport: Narita Excel Hotel Tokyu.

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