9 days
Essential Japan

Depart from your preferred airport for a scheduled flight to Tokyo.

Arrive in Japan, where you are met by our Tour Assistant and transferred to Tokyo by Airport Limousine bus or train. 

The rest of the day is at your leisure to adjust to the 9 hours time difference.

Morning city tour of Tokyo visiting Tokyo Tower and Meiji Shrine. Next we drive by the Akasaka Guest House and the National Diet Building, home to the Japanese House of Parliament. Our tour continues to the Imperial Palace East Gardens and a drive and stroll along Ginza high street.

Afternoon is free at leisure, or take an optional afternoon Tokyo city tour. Ask for details at time of booking.

(Includes Lunch)

Full day tour by motorcoach to Nikko National park, a designated  World Cultural Heritage site. The tour includes visiting the magnificent Toshogu shrine, Five-Story Pagoda, Niomon Gate, Three Monkeys, Yomeimon Gate and Main Sacred Hall. 

After enjoying a Japanese style lunch at a local restaurant, we travel to see Tamozawa Imperial Villa, the Tokugawa family  summer retreat for the Imperial Family.  Later we visit the spectacular Kirifuri waterfall before returning to Tokyo.  Tour disbands on arrival in Ginza & Shinjuku.

(Includes Lunch)

You will be picked up from your hotel and driven by deluxe motorcoach to Mount Fuji. Lunch will be provided at a Hotel /Restaurant in Hakone. 

In the  afternoon we proceed to the Hakone National Park where we  will take a cable car ride with the opportunity to see the  magnificent volcanic Hakone mountain range below. We will then travel to the Owakudani Boiling Valley and afterwards take a boat cruise on Lake Ashi. 

After the tour take Bullet train to Kyoto.

For  your convenience and due to luggage restriction on the bullet train, we have arrange free luggage transfer to take your large luggage directly to Kyoto (1 bag per person).

(Includes Lunch)

Full day sight-seeing tour of Kyoto & Nara, including visiting Nijo Castle, former residence of the Tokugawa Shogun. Next we visit the Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) and Kyoto Imperial Palace.

After lunch we travel to Nara and visit the Deer Park and Todaiji Temple, which houses the Great Buddha in the worlds largest wooden building. Next we visit Kasuga Taisha Shinto Shrine and Nara Nagomikan before returning to Kyoto. 

In  the morning join our guide. and take the train to Fushima Inari, the oldest Shinto Shrine in Japan. The shrine is famous for one thousand red Toriii gates. We travel by train to Uji and walk around the 11th century Byodoin Temple. Afterwards enjoy traditional Japanese Tea ceremony and learn about Japanese customs and spirituality.  

Free time explore Kyoto or take an optional tour

You will be transferred to the futuristic Kansai International Airport in Osaka for your departure flight homeward.

Dates and Prices

Interested in this tour?
Weekly Departures - Wednesday, Saturday
June - September 2017
Twin share, Excluding Flights
£1775
October - November 2017
Twin share, Excluding Flights
£2020
December - February 2018
Twin share, Excluding Flights
£1860
1st March -19th March 2018
Twin share, Excluding Flights
£2120
20 March - 9th April 2018
Twin share, Excluding Flights
£2140
  • Airport/hotel transfers
  • Sightseeing tours by professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • All entrance fees whilst on guided tours.
  • Overland luggage transfer as stated in itinerary
  • All Train tickets as specified in the itinerary.
  • Selections of quality accommodation in well furnished hotel rooms with private facilities. 
  • Meals  as specified in the itinerary.
  • Guaranteed departure
  • International Flights: We are happy to provide flights with full ATOL Protection
  • Optional  tours
  • Travel Insurance

Hotels in this tour

TOKYO - Shiba Park Hotel,  KYOTO - New Miyako Hotel

(or similar, subject to availability) 

Optional Extras & Extensions

Hiroshima and Osaka - 2 night extension - 2 Days
Hiroshima / Miyajima , Osaka
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