Timeless Japan

This Timeless Japan tour is a must for value-minded travellers who enjoy history, beautiful settings, and fascinating architecture. You’ll start in Tokyo, end in Osaka, and overnight along the way in the Mount Fuji area, Kyoto, and Hiroshima.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Tokyo

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

Hotel: Shiba Park Hotel, 2 nights

Day 2: Tokyo  

Meet your Tour Director and travelling companions prior to morning sightseeing in Tokyo. Your tour starts with a visit to Meiji Shrine, a magnificent 20th-century Shinto monument set in a manmade forest. Next, visit Shinjuku Gyoen Garden. Originally dating from the early 1600s, the garden was destroyed in World War II and reopened in 1949 as a public park. Today, it remains a very popular stop for locals and visitors alike. Last stop is the Asakusa Kannon Temple and the bustling Nakamise Shopping Arcade. The balance of the afternoon is at leisure.

Day 3: Tokyo – Kamakura – Mount Fuji Area

This morning, leave Tokyo and head south along the coast to Kamakura to see the 750-year-old Great Buddha. Continue on to the Mount Fuji area for a Cruise on Lake Ashi, followed by a Cable-Car Ride (weather permitting) for panoramic views of spectacular Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain.

Hotel: Daiwa Roynet Numazu

Day 4: Mount Fuji Area – Kyoto

This morning, board one of Japan’s famous Bullet Trains bound for Kyoto. Upon arrival, visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, renowned for the thousands of brightly coloured Torii Gates. This evening, you may choose to stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan (additional expense).

Hotel: Daiwa Roynet Shijo Karasuma, 2 nights

Day 5: Kyoto  

Your day begins with a visit to Nijo Castle, built in 1603 as the official residence of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Then, visit stunning Kinkakuji, the Temple Of The Gold Pavilion, covered in shimmering gold leaf. Lastly, visit Kiyomizu Temple, the “Pure Water Temple,” with stunning views over Kyoto. Along the way, walk through the busy streets where shops and restaurants have been catering to pilgrims for centuries.

Day 6: Kyoto – Hiroshima

The morning is at your leisure to explore more of Kyoto’s historic temples and shrines. This afternoon, drive south to Hiroshima.

Hotel: Daiwa Roynet Hotel Hiroshima, 2 nights

Day 7: Hiroshima

Today’s sightseeing starts at Peace Memorial Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the Peace Memorial, commonly referred to as the Atomic Bomb Dome, that has been preserved just as it was on August 6, 1945, immediately after the bombing. You will also visit the Memorial Museum and Memorial Hall, which commemorate the lives lost that day. Next, join the afternoon excursion to Miyajima Island to visit Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its floating Torii Gate.

Day 8: Hiroshima – Okayama – Osaka

Drive north to Okayama and visit Koraku-En, one of the “Three Great Gardens of Japan.” Covering some 30 acres, the garden features ponds, plum groves, and tea fields. A unique feature not typically found in Japanese gardens are the wide lawns which are said to help uplift the spirit and promote open mindedness. Continue on to Osaka and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Hotel: Shin-Osaka Esaka Tokyu Rei Hotel, 2 nights

Day 9: Osaka

Your sightseeing tour starts at the Open-Air Museum Of Old Japanese Farm Houses, where traditional thatchedroof farm houses dating from the Edo period have been restored. See the old architecture and be transported back in time. Next, visit Osaka Castle and take a Walking Tour in Dotonbori, the city’s most famous entertainment district. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Perhaps return to Dotonbori this evening to sample some local cuisine and see the sparkling neon lights.

Day 10: Depart Osaka

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 23, 30$4,179.00$4,991.00
April: 06, 20$4,179.00$4,991.00
May: 11$4,179.00$4,991.00
June: 01$4,179.00$4,991.00
July: 06$4,179.00$4,991.00
August: 17$4,179.00$4,991.00
September: 07, 21$4,179.00$4,991.00
October: 05$4,179.00$4,991.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunches
Transport:Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Rail:Bullet Train Ticket: Mount Fuji Area / Kyoto
Accommodation: 9 nights accommodation
Guide:Experienced Travel Director & Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Journey Through Japan

This 12 Day Journey Through Japan tour showcases the very best that the country has to offer. You’ll start in Tokyo, end in Osaka, and overnight along the way in Matsumoto, Takayama, Kyoto, Matsue, and Hiroshima. You’ll have the opportunity to see many famous shrines, castles and UNESCO Heritage Sites.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1:  Arrive Tokyo

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

Hotel: Shiba Park Hotel, 3 nights

Day 2: Tokyo

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.

Day 3: Tokyo

This morning, leave Tokyo and head south along the coast to the beautiful Five Lakes region. Here, take a Cable-Car Ride (weather permitting) for panoramic views of Lake Kawaguchi and spectacular Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain. Return to Tokyo and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Day 4: Tokyo-Azumino – Matsumoto

Journey to the Nagano prefecture and stop at a Wasabi Farm for a glimpse into how wasabi is grown. Tour the beautiful grounds and perhaps sample some of the unique offerings like wasabi noodles or wasabi chocolate. Then, it’s just a short drive to Matsumoto, gateway to the Japanese Alps. Visit famous Matsumoto Castle, dating back to 1593, and discover the history at the Matsumoto City Museum.

Hotel: Alpico Plaza Hotel

Day 5: Matsumoto – Takayama

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.

Hotel: Associa Takayama

Day 6: Takayama – Kyoto

Travel 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).

Hotel: Daiwa Roynet Shijo Karasuma, 2 nights

Day 7: Kyoto

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.

Day 8: Kyoto – Matsue

This morning travel the to the coast of the Sea of Japan. Visit the Adachi Museum Of Art to view Japanese- style gardens and view paintings by one of the greatest Japanese painters, Yokoyama Taikan. Then, continue to Matsue to see Matsue Castle and Buke Yashiki, a former samurai residence.

Hotel: Matsue Excel Hotel Tokyu

Day 9: Matsue – Hiroshima

En route to Hiroshima, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Itsukushima Shrine and its famous Floating Torii Gate. Then, arrive in the city to visit the Shukkei-En Garden, which dates back to 1620.

Hotel: Hiroshima Tokyu, 2 nights

Day 10: Hiroshima

Hiroshima bears 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.

Day 11: Hiroshima – Osaka

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.

Hotel: Shin-Osaka Esaka Tokyu

Day 12: Depart Osaka

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 24, 31$4,959.00$5,981.00
April: 07, 14$4,959.00$5,981.00
May: 05, 26$4,959.00$5,981.00
August: 25$4,959.00$5,981.00
September: 01, 22, 29$4,959.00$5,981.00
October: 13$4,959.00$5,981.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 Lunch
Transport:Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Rail:Bullet Train Ticket: Hiroshima - Kyoto
Accommodation: 11 nights accommodation
Guide:Experienced Travel Director & Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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