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. Spend two days immersed in the timeless town of Takayama and move on to the World Heritage Site of Shirakawago, before continuing to Kanazawa.
In the cultural heartland of the Kyoto region, you have three full days to explore the rich history, culture and tradition of this fascinating city. You will have the chance to rejuvenate in the hot springs at Hakone and visit the ancient capital city of Nara. Travel home via Osaka.
Day 1 Tokyo
Arrive in Tokyo and transfer by airport bus to the Shiba Park hotel, for a three night stay.
Day 2 Tokyo
Explore the capital with a private guide using Tokyo’s excellent public transportation. Start with the Tsukiji fish market, continue to Meiji Jingu shrine, the historic Asakusa district and the Shibuya crossing.
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 Hakone hotel. Enjoy a soak in the hotel’s open-air hot spring bath.
Day 5 Takayama
In the morning transfer to Odawara then Travel by Bullet Train and express train to Takayama . This journey takes in some glorious mountain scenery. After checking in to the Hida hotel, for a two night stay, time at leisure to enjoy an afternoon stroll. 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, Shirakawago, Kanazawa
Drive to the World Heritage site of Shirakawago nestled in scenic mountains. Continue on to Kanazawaand check in to Kanazawa Miyako hotel 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 New Miyako hotel. 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
Visit Nara in the morning, known for some of Japan’s oldest and largest temples. Afternoon is at leisure.
Day 12 Kyoto, London
Transfer to Osaka’s Kansai airport in the morning for your return flight home, arriving the same day.
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