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Japan Discovery

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Experience the many contrasts of Japan, from the modern metropolis of Tokyo to the breathtaking beauty of Mt. Fuji and enchanting Kyoto with its stunning temples and colourful Geisha district.

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      • Visas are generally not required for Japan for many nationalities. Please contact your the consulate/embassy for further information.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
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      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      Experience the many contrasts of Japan, from the modern metropolis of Tokyo to the breathtaking beauty of Mt. Fuji and enchanting Kyoto with its stunning temples and colourful Geisha district.


      Trip type: CostSaver i

      Trip code: JPDI

      9 Nights

      accommodation

      13 Meals
      • 9 Buffet breakfasts

      • 4 Dinners

      On-trip Transport

      All transport shown.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • Hakone
          View Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi from the Komagatake Ropeway

        • Himeji
          Visit Himeji Castle and a sake brewery en route to Osaka

        • Hiroshima
          Visit Itsukushima Shrine, Peace Memorial Park and Museum and Miyajima island

        • Kurashiki
          Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes a visit to the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

        • Kyoto
          Visit Kinkakuji Temple and the Heianjigu Shrine

        • Mt. Fuji
          Drive up to 5th Station for panoramic views

        • Tokyo
          Visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Observatory, Meiji Jingu Shinto Shrine and Nakamise shopping street


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 Buffet breakfasts

        • 4 Dinners


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        • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Variety of Optional Experiences

        • City orientation tours

        • An expert Travel Director and separate driver

        • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

      Japan Discovery

      Your Itinerary

      1. Arrive Tokyo (3 Nights)

      Welcome to Japan. On arrival at Tokyo Narita or Haneda International Airport transfer to your hotel by airport shuttle service. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow guests for an enjoyable dinner.

      Meal(s)
      Dinner
      Hotel
      Shimbashi Atagoyama Tokyu Rei

      2. Tokyo Sightseeing

      Following breakfast, your sightseeing starts with a visit to the Tokyo Metropolitan Observatory to enjoy great panoramic views of the city. Explore the Meiji Jingu Shinto Shrine which is surrounded by greenery and gives the shrine a rural feel in the middle of the bustling city. Later, travel to Asakusa and absorb the Edo period's rich traditional atmosphere of an ancient town. Walk through the Nakamise Shopping Street and then visit the Sensoji Temple, one of Tokyo's most colourful temples. This afternoon enjoy some time at leisure or choose to take part in an optional trip to explore Tokyo further.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Izakaya Dining Experience

      Join your Travel Director for a a different kind of Japanese dining experience at an ‘izakaya’. It is a type of informal Japanese pub where the food is shared by everyone at the table (similar to Spanish tapas).These are popular with the local office workers who tend to frequent them at the end of their working day. The menu changes according to the season but generally includes small Japanese appetizers, seasonal sashimi, tempura, grilled chicken, yaki soba, yakitori, boiled rice and dessert. Three drinks are also included with a choice of wine, beer or soft drinks. The price shown is in Japanese Yen.

      Adult Price: ¥5500.00

      Tokyo National Museum, Ameyoko & Ginza

      Visit The Tokyo National Museum which displays the world's largest collection of Japanese art, including ancient pottery, Buddhist sculptures, samurai swords, colourful ukiyo-e (woodblock prints), gorgeous kimonos and much, much more. Continue with a visit to Ameyoko shopping street, once a black market built just after the World War II and selling American goods. Now it comprises of about 400 shops attracting thousands of shoppers every day. Then take a stroll around Ginza, Tokyo’s most famous upmarket shopping district featuring numerous department stores, boutiques, and restaurants. Afterwards choose to either remain in Ginza for some free time to explore further or return to the hotel by coach. The price shown is in Japanese Yen.

      Adult Price: ¥3500.00

      3. Mt. Fuji and Hakone Sightseeing

      This morning drive up to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji and admire the magnificent views from this majestic mountain (weather permitting) at 2300 metres. After some free time for lunch take the Komagatake Ropeway for views of Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi and later return to your hotel.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      4. Tokyo - Kyoto (2 Nights)

      Depart Tokyo and travel to Kyoto by bullet train. This afternoon visit Kinkakuji; a Buddhist temple and a UNESCO World heritage site which is famous for its golden pavilion. Built between the 14th and 15th centuries, this temple was previously the residence of Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu before being converted into a Zen temple when he died. Later, visit the Heian-jingu shrine and admire the torii gate and the architecture. Afterwards, visit a handicraft centre to explore Japanese crafts and later check-in to your hotel. This evening dine in a local restaurant.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Dinner
      Hotel
      Kyoto Annex Tower

      5. Kyoto

      The day is yours to explore Kyoto at your own pace or perhaps choose to take an optional experience.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Fushimi Inari Shrine and Sake Tasting Experience

      Leave the hotel by coach to visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its tunnel of thousands of bright orange torii gates guiding the path through the sacred site and up into the mountains. Continue to the Gekkeikan Okura Museum to learn about the history of sake and the process of making it followed by a sake tasting. The family run sake brewery, which is next door to the museum, was founded in 1637 by Jiemen Okura and has been passed down through 14 generations to the current President of Gekkeikan, Haruhiko Okura. The price shown is in Japanese Yen.

      Adult Price: ¥4500.00

      Ninja Dining Experience

      Visit the Ninja-themed restaurant for a truly unique dining experience. You will be welcomed by a Ninja guide who will guide you through the labyrinth-like caves into the underground restaurant and to your table. The Ninja theme is carried on in incredible detail; the menus are ninja scrolls and while you are waiting for your meal there are crackers shaped like throwing stars to keep you going. Even the food itself is themed with dishes having names like ‘Ninja Teleportation Chicken Steak’ for example. If you’re lucky you might even meet one of the Ninja masters who’ll show you some of their magic tricks at your table. Also included are 60 minutes of unlimited drinks with a choice of wine, beer or soft drinks. The price shown is in Japanese Yen.

      Adult Price: ¥7000.00

      Nara Visit and Ink Making Experience

      Nara was the first permanent capital of Japan and specialises in ‘bokusho’ the art of ink-making. The ink sticks are delicately crafted by artisans and the meticulous process involves kneading soot with glue, adding fragrances and carefully moulding the mixture into the desired shape before slowly drying it into its finished form. Handcrafted ink sticks are more than just everyday utensils used by calligraphers and artists – their inspired quality and shapes also make them works of art. Observe the artisans at work and have a go at making your own ink stick which you are welcome to keep as a souvenir. Later visit Todaji Temple which is one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara. It houses one of Japan’s largest bronze statues of Buddha at 15 metres tall. Afterwards visit Nara Park, home to hundreds of freely roaming deer before returning to Osaka by coach. The price shown is in Japanese Yen.

      Adult Price: ¥5500.00

      6. Kyoto - Kurashiki - Hiroshima (2 Nights)

      Travel to Kurashiki and on arrival meet a Local Specialist for a walking tour of the Bikan Historical Quarter. See the many classic black and white walled warehouses which have now been converted to museums and the moats which were used for transportation. Continue on to Hiroshima and this evening enjoy okonomiyaki in a local restaurant. This is a kind of pancake made with egg, cabbage, soba noodles and meat or seafood and cooked in front of you.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Dinner
      Hotel
      New Hiroden

      7. Hiroshima Sightseeing

      This morning set off for Miyajima Island by ferry which is regarded as one of the most scenic areas in Japan. Upon arrival visit the Itsukushima Shrine and view the floating torii gate rising from the sea. Enjoy some free time at leisure and immerse yourself in the sights of this tranquil island. Later return to Hiroshima and visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. See the UNESCO listed Peace Memorial, the only structure which survived the first Atomic bomb in 1945. This afternoon, consider joining an optional experience to explore further.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Secrets of Hiroshima

      Start with a delicious lunch of oysters, sashimi, miso soup and rice in a local restaurant followed by a visit to Shukkeien Japanese Garden. The name ‘Shukkeien’ can be translated into English as ‘shrunken-scenery garden’ which is also a good description of the garden itself which features miniature valleys, mountains and forests. The entire garden is connected by a path which winds around the pond and passes through all the miniaturised sceneries. Later, visit Hiroshima Castle, built on a plain in the centre of the city, its main keep is five storeys high and its grounds are surrounded by a moat. It was built in 1589 and like the rest of the city; it was destroyed by the atomic bomb in 1945 and then rebuilt 13 years later. For the lunch vegetarian options are available. The price shown is in Japanese Yen. "

      Adult Price: ¥5500.00

      8. Hiroshima - Himeji

      Travel to Himeji and have some free time for lunch before visiting Himeji Castle with a Local Specialist. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and an iconic and historic building which has survived for around 400 years. Later check in to your hotel.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Dinner
      Hotel
      Nikko Himeji

      9. Himeji - Osaka

      On the way to Osaka, stop and make a visit to a sake brewery with a Local Specialist. Learn about the history of sake and the process of brewing it. Continue to Osaka and spend the afternoon at leisure or consider taking an optional experience to explore further.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Hotel
      New Hankyu

      Optional Experiences

      Umeda Sky Building & Osaka Castle

      Visit the Umeda Sky Building which is about 170m tall and one of the most famous landmarks of Osaka. Admire the panoramic views of the city from the Floating Garden Observatory – an open air viewing platform that straddles the two towers of the Umeda Sky Building. Enjoy some free time in Umeda before continuing to Osaka Castle, a striking historical landmark in the middle of the modern cityscapes which was built around 1585 by the warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Admire the historical artefacts, samurai costumes, colourful paintings and a model village of a 16th century castle town before returning to the hotel. The price shown is in Japanese Yen.

      Adult Price: ¥4000.00

      Dinner in Dotonbori

      Travel by coach to Namba; the dining and entertainment district of Osaka. At a local restaurant enjoy a dinner of traditional Osaka cuisine such as okomomiyaki, takoyaki, kushikatsu and fried meats followed by dessert. Also included are unlimited drinks for 90 minutes with a choice of beer, sake or soft drinks. The price shown is in Japanese Yen.

      Adult Price: ¥7000.00

      10. Depart Osaka

      Take a transfer by airport shuttle service to Kansai International Airport or Osaka Itami Airport for your onward flight.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

      Japan Discovery 924294282
        • Hakone
          View Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi from the Komagatake Ropeway

        • Himeji
          Visit Himeji Castle and a sake brewery en route to Osaka

        • Hiroshima
          Visit Itsukushima Shrine, Peace Memorial Park and Museum and Miyajima island

        • Kurashiki
          Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes a visit to the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

        • Kyoto
          Visit Kinkakuji Temple and the Heianjigu Shrine

        • Mt. Fuji
          Drive up to 5th Station for panoramic views

        • Tokyo
          Visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Observatory, Meiji Jingu Shinto Shrine and Nakamise shopping street


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 Buffet breakfasts

        • 4 Dinners


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      What's Included

      Unbeatable Features

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        • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Variety of Optional Experiences

        • City orientation tours

        • An expert Travel Director and separate driver

        • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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