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Journey through Japan

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Price per person
from £3,555

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Key inclusions

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

  • Japan

  • On the go pace

  • Classic escorted tours

This Japan tour showcases the very best that the country has to offer. You’ll start in Tokyo and end in Kyoto with many stops in between to see stunning scenery and visit many of Japan’s celebrated sites.

During your tour of Tokyo, visit Asakusa Kannon Temple and Meiji Shrine, built in the 1920s to enshrine the emperor. Journey to nearby Nikko to see the Toshogu Shrine, Lake Chuzenji, and Kegon Falls. See Shirakawa’s unique Gassho-Zukuri thatched houses, which can only be found here, then continue to historic Kyoto where you will visit several popular sites including the shimmering Temple of the Gold Pavilion.

In Hiroshima, visit Peace Memorial Park and see the only remaining structure—the Atomic Bomb Dome—that predates the 1945 atomic blast. An excursion from Hiroshima takes you to the Itsukushima Shrine, built over water and known for its iconic floating Torii gate.

All of this—and more—await you on this value-minded tour through Japan!

At a glance


  • Tokyo: Sighseeing tour
  • Nikko: Toshogu Shine
  • Kyoto: Temple of the Gold Pavilion
  • Matsue: Adachi Museum of Art
  • Hiroshima: Peace Memorial 
  • Osaka: Bullet train.

What's included

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

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Customer Reviews

Covered all that we wanted to see. Would have liked...

28th April 2018
Mrs Maureen Dent

Covered all that we wanted to see. Would have liked an extra day in Tokyo and Kyoto and more time on some of the trips to the castles etc. Several in our group thought that the trip to Nara should be part of the itinnery.

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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.

Multiple itineraries are available

This itinerary changes on some dates - select your preferred departure date to see the details.


Overview

This Japan tour showcases the very best that the country has to offer. You’ll start in Tokyo and end in Kyoto with many stops in between to see stunning scenery and visit many of Japan’s celebrated sites.

During your tour of Tokyo, visit Asakusa Kannon Temple and Meiji Shrine, built in the 1920s to enshrine the emperor. Journey to nearby Nikko to see the Toshogu Shrine, Lake Chuzenji, and Kegon Falls. See Shirakawa’s unique Gassho-Zukuri thatched houses, which can only be found here, then continue to historic Kyoto where you will visit several popular sites including the shimmering Temple of the Gold Pavilion.

In Hiroshima, visit Peace Memorial Park and see the only remaining structure—the Atomic Bomb Dome—that predates the 1945 atomic blast. An excursion from Hiroshima takes you to the Itsukushima Shrine, built over water and known for its iconic floating Torii gate.

All of this—and more—await you on this value-minded tour through Japan!

Total meals included:

  • 10 breakfasts

Depart the UK

Day
1

Tokyo, Japan

Day
2

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for three nights (check in from 2pm).

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

Tokyo

Day
3

Today’s sightseeing tour takes you to the MEIJI SHRINE, a magnificent 20th century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest. Afterward, 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

Tokyo

Day
4

Enjoy a full day at your leisure in Tokyo. You may choose an optional excursion to the Mount Fuji area for a leisurely cruise on Lake Ashi and an aerial cable-car ride (weather permitting) over the beautiful Owakudani Valley.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Tokyo–Nikko–Utsunomiya

Day
5

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 scenic Iroha-zaka Driveway, which reaches elevations of 3,940 feet, to visit LAKE CHUZENJI and the KEGON WATERFALL. Continue to Utsunomiya, home of Japan’s famous gyoza dumplings.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Utsunomiya–Matsumoto.

Day
6

This morning, travel to Matsumoto where you will see MATSUMOTO CASTLE and the MATSUMOTO CITY MUSEUM.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Matsumoto–Takayama

Day
7

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 (joined hands) thatched houses can only be found here. This afternoon, journey through the Japanese Alps to the secluded town of Takayama, where old traditions are untouched by the passage of time.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Takayama–Kyoto

Day
8

Journey to Kyoto, one of the most fascinating cities in Japan. The remainder of your day is free to explore. This evening, you may choose to stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan (additional expense).

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Kyoto

Day
9

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 the TEMPLE OF THE GOLD PAVILION and the HEIAN SHRINE AND GARDEN. During the day, there will also be a chance to participate in a traditional JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Kyoto–Matsue.

Day
10

Journey to the city of Yonago on the coast of the Sea of Japan. After a brief visit, continue to 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 BUKE YASHIKI, a former samurai residence.

Matsue–Hiroshima.

Day
11

En route to Hiroshima, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of ITSUKUSHIMA SHRINE and its famous FLOATING TORII GATE. From here, continue to Hiroshima. This city bear’s significant historic importance, for it was here that the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped in 1945. Your tour features the PEACE MEMORIAL PARK to see the PEACE MEMORIAL. Commonly referred to as the Atomic Bomb Dome, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has been preserved just as it was on August 6, 1945, immediately after the bombing. Also, visit the SHUKKEI-EN GARDEN, which dates back to 1620.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Hiroshima–Osaka

Day
12

Your fascinating journey to Osaka, aboard one of Japan’s famous BULLET TRAINS, is sure to be a highlight of your tour. The rest of the day is yours to explore Japan’s second largest city. (B) Day 12 OSAKA. Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Osaka. - UK

Day
13

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home Landing in the UK

Day
14

Things to note

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

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.

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