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Japan Revealed

From £6,349
Duration 12 Days
Departures from: Mar 2024 - Nov 2025
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From £6,349
Duration 12 Days
Departures from: Mar 2024 - Nov 2025
Tour Overview

This unforgettable adventure to enigmatic Japan begins in the capital, Tokyo. Here you will take in stunning views from the Observation Deck of the Tokyo Tower and experience an authentic rickshaw ride. Next, you'll discover the natural beauty of Mount Fuji and enjoy a cruise on Lake Ashi before travelling by Bullet Train to Kyoto. You'll stay here for three nights and will visit the Gion area, a famous Geisha district, and take part in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. From here you will also visit the historic city of Nara and Osaka, where you will stop to take photographs of beautiful Osaka Castle. In Hiroshima, you'll take in Miyajima Island and see poignant sights dedicated to the nuclear bombing of the Second World War, before spending the last night of your holiday in the pretty port city of Kobe.

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Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Holiday Director as your host & Specialist Local Guide
  • Return flights from London
  • Use of an airport lounge in the UK
  • 9 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight
  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own
  • 17 meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners including a welcome drink & farewell dinner
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Tokyo including rickshaw ride
  • Visit Tokyo Tower's Observation Deck
  • Dinner on board a traditional Yakatabune boat
  • Mount Fuji & an Atami Onsen
  • Cruise on Lake Ashi
  • Cable car ride to Great Boiling Valley
  • Journey on the iconic Bullet Train
  • Kyoto sightseeing including the historic city of Nara
  • Sake museum visit including tasting
  • Osaka sightseeing
  • Miyajima Island
  • Okonomiyaki-making experience
  • Hiroshima tour
  • Shukkeien Garden
  • Kurashiki canal area
  • Pass by Himeji Castle
  • Japanese Uji tea ceremony

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Tokyo

Today, you fly to Tokyo, arriving on day 2.

Day 2 Tokyo

Today you'll arrive and get to know your travelling companions over a welcome drink and dinner this evening.

Meals included: D

Day 3 Tokyo

Tokyo is a dazzling city of contrasts. Traditional temples, shrines and gardens sit alongside ultra-modern skyscrapers and designer shopping outlets, and we'll discover more on our included tour. A real highlight is Tokyo Tower, an Eiffel Tower-inspired lattice structure standing 1,093 feet high. Here we'll head up to the Observation Deck for stunning views over the city, with even Mount Fuji in our sights if it's a clear day.
We'll also make a stop close to the Imperial Palace, the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. Next we'll view the stunning 7th century Asakusa Sensoji Temple, and to top it all off, we'll experience an authentic rickshaw ride too. 
Dinner tonight is served as we cruise the Sudima River on board a traditional and ornate Yakatabune boat, where we'll enjoy wonderful views of the city's illuminated skyline.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Tokyo - Atami

​Iconic Mount Fuji, Japan's tallest peak, is our destination today. We'll cruise on Lake Ashi for fabulous views of Fuji, before travelling by cable car and visiting Owakudani, a volcanic valley with active sulphur and hot springs known as the Great Boiling Valley. We'll also visit the natural thermal springs of Atami Onsen before settling down for an overnight stay in the popular seaside spa resort of Atami.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Atami - Kyoto

Kyoto is nicknamed 'the city of ten thousand shrines' and is where we'll stay for the next three nights. We'll transfer here today on Japan's famous Bullet Train.
On our tour we'll visit the famous Golden Pavilion, a stunning temple covered with pure gold leaf. We'll also tour the stunning Heian Shrine, with its giant entrance gate and beautiful Japanese gardens, before sightseeing in the Gion area. This is Kyoto's most famous Geisha district and is filled with teahouses where Geisha entertain. There's plenty of free time for shopping or relaxing, too. ​

Meals included: B

Day 6 Kyoto

Kyoto is a truly enchanting city. We'll explore further today as we visit the beautiful Kiyomizu Temple, which is built into the side of a mountain, supported by pillars. It takes its name, which means 'clear water', from a waterfall within the temple complex. 
In Fushimi, Kyoto's traditional sake-brewing district, you can find out more about the long history of this traditional fermented rice drink. We'll visit the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum for a tasting, before heading to Fushimi Inari, a vast tribute to the gods of rice and sake, with its winding mountain trails leading to a series of stunning shrines. Look out for the dozens of stone foxes you'll see en route – foxes are considered messengers of the gods. 
We'll round off today's fascinating cultural experiences as we take part in a traditional Uji Japanese tea ceremony.

Meals included: B,L

Day 7 Kyoto

Today we include a visit to historic Nara, the 'City of Temples'. Here we will see Todaiji Temple, with its huge bronze Buddha statue, and Deer Park, home to hundreds of free-roaming deer.
​In the afternoon, we'll visit Osaka, stopping for photographs at the beautiful Osaka Castle, one of the most famous in Japan. We'll see the Umeda Floating Garden, a spectacular building made up of two towers connected on the 39th floor by the 'Floating Garden Observatory'. We'll also take in the shops and restaurants of the Dontonbori shopping area, before returning to Kyoto tonight.

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Kyoto - Hiroshima

Hiroshima is an intriguing city with many fascinating sights and we'll head here today by Bullet Train. We'll visit Miyajima Island, one of the most scenic spots in Japan, known for the floating shrine of Itsukushima, before arriving at our hotel.
Later, why not try your hand at okonomiyaki-making. Often referred to as Japanese pancakes or Japanese pizza, this unique dish is actually quite different to both – taste it and see what you think!​

Meals included: B,D

Day 9 Hiroshima - Okayama

Our Hiroshima sightseeing tour today takes in the poignant sights of the Peace Memorial Park and A-Bomb Museum. Dedicated to Hiroshima's nuclear bombing in the Second World War, the park was built on an open field created by the explosion.
From the central cenotaph, view the A-Bomb Dome – this is the skeletal ruins of the former Industrial Promotion Hall, left untouched after the bombing as a constant reminder of the victims and the need for peace.
After our visit, we'll stop by the beautiful Shukkeien Garden, whose name means 'landscape garden in miniature' and is an imitation of West Lake in Hangzhou, China. Badly damaged by the atomic bombing in 1945, it was restored and reopened in 1951.
We'll also visit the beautifully preserved canal area of Kurashiki, where the former storehouses that line the canal have been converted into smart boutiques and quaint cafés.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 10 ​Okayama - Kobe

The pretty port city of Kobe is where we'll head today for an overnight stay. En route, we'll pass by Himeji Castle, a fantastic hillside complex dating back to 1333.
There will be time to explore Kobe at your own pace. Perhaps you'll visit Harbourland, its popular shopping and entertainment complex, or journey on the Shin-Kobe Ropeway cable car for great views over the city.
Tonight, gather together with your fellow travellers to enjoy an authentic farewell dinner​.

Meals included: B,D

Day 11 Osaka - UK

​Today we'll transfer to Osaka for our return flight to the UK.

Meals included: B

Day 12 Arrive UK

You'll arrive back in the UK today.

Additional Information

 Please note - On two occasions during this tour your main luggage will be transferred by luggage delivery service to your next location, therefore you will need an overnight bag suitable for essentials for a two night stay.    

Please note: While you are travelling through Japan you may find that meals are local and differing to our usual diets. Meal choices may be limited, particularly for those with dietary requirements such as gluten-free or vegetarian where you will be served simple vegetables or salad. Please ensure to advise us and clearly describe any dietary requirements at least 60 days before you arrive in Japan.

  1. Memorable Moment

    Discover unforgettable views of Mount Fuji and the Hakone Shrine on a cruise of Lake Ashi.

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba

Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba, situated in the Tokyo Bay area, is within easy access of Tokyo central areas by monorail. Hotel rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minifridges and tea/coffee-making facilities.

Other hotel amenities include various restaurants serving both Japanese and International cuisine. There's also a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, gym, spa and acupuncture center.

Hotel Resorpia Atami

Our hotel in Atami is the Resorpia, expect quite a different experience to city hotels, with a more traditional and local feel. The hotel overlooks the Sagami Sea and features a hot spring bath, restaurant and bar. 

Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo

Guest rooms offer amenities such as a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and air conditioning, and guests can go online with free wifi offered by the hotel. New Miyako Hotel features a 24 hour front desk, room service, and a concierge to help make your stay more enjoyable. The property also boasts a hot tub and breakfast.

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima is ideally located within easy reach of the main tourist attractions of Hiroshima. Hotel rooms feature private facilities, air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and electric kettle.

Other hotel facilities include a selection of restaurants and a bar featuring views of the city.

Hotel Granvia Okayama

Hotel Granvia Okayama is elegant and contemporary hotel, located close to the Korakuen Garden and Okayama Castle. Hotel rooms feature private facilities, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, hairdryer and electric kettle.

Other hotel amenities include various restaurants serving Japanese and International cuisine, bar with panoramic views, fitness centre and indoor swimming pool.

Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel

The 4-star Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel is an urban hotel surrounded by the sea on three sides. Bedrooms include private facilities, air-conditioning, safe and TV