Japan Experience    *alt*

12 days, from £2398
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Small group tour to the main highlights of Japan
Starting in Tokyo our Japan Experience tour takes in some of the best that Japan has to offer. After a day's sightseeing of the old and new of Tokyo, venture out of the city to the shrines of Nikko and Mount Fuji.

Holidays types: Group Tours, Cultural Holidays


 Day 1 Tokyo

Arrive in Tokyo and transfer by airport bus to the Shiba Park hotel or similar, for a three-night stay.

 Day 2 Tokyo

Explore the capital with a private guide using Tokyo's excellent public transportation. Visit Meiji Jingu shrine, the historic Asakusa district and take a cruise down the Sumida river to Hamarikyu gardens.

 Day 3 Tokyo

Take a trip north, by shared coach, to visit Nikko today. Set in beautiful surroundings, this World Heritage site has been a Centre of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship for many centuries.

 Day 4 Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Hakone

Travel to the beautiful Hakone National Park via Mount Fuji by shared coach. Stop on the slopes, at a height of over 2000m and admire the panoramic views (weather permitting). Later enjoy a cruise on Lake Ashi, and a lovely cable car-ride. Stay overnight at the Ichinoyu Honkan hotel or similar. You can enjoy a soak in the hotel's open-air hot spring bath.

 Day 5 Takayama

In the morning transfer to Odawara then by bullet and express train to Takayama. This journey takes in some glorious mountain scenery. After checking into the Takayama Ouan hotel or similar for a two-night stay, time at leisure to enjoy an afternoon stroll. You can visit the old traditional district, festival hall and folk craft museum.

 Day 6 Takayama

 Day at leisure to explore the town on your own.

 Day 7 Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa

Take a public bus to the World Heritage site of Shirakawa-go nestling in scenic mountains. Continue on to Kanazawa and check in to ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa hotel or similar for two nights.

 Day 8 Kanazawa

 Day is at leisure to visit the famous Kenroku-en gardens.

 Day 9 Kanazawa, Kyoto

Take the bullet train to Kyoto and stay for three nights at Hotel Vista Premio Kyoto hotel or similar. Rest of the day is at leisure.

 Day 10 Kyoto

A treasure trove of Japanese history and tradition, Kyoto used to be the national capital for more than one thousand years. Explore the city with a private guide, using public transportation. Visit the Imperial Palace, Kyoto Handicraft centre, Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji and the Kiyomizu temple on your full day tour.

 Day 11 Kyoto

This morning, take part in a Tea Ceremony at Wak Japan. Visit Nara in the afternoon, known for some of Japan's oldest and largest temples. Afternoon is at leisure.

 Day 12 Kyoto

Transfer to Osaka's Kansai airport for your onward flight.