Depart from your preferred airport for a scheduled flight to Tokyo.
Meals on board.
Arrive at Narita Airport in Tokyo, you are met by your tour assistant
and transferred to your hotel for a 3 night stay. The rest of the
day is at your leisure to adjust to the 9 hours time difference.
Morning city tour of Tokyo visiting a number of the main
highlights of this magnificent City. The tour includes a visit to
the Tokyo Tower where you can enjoy panoramic views across
the city from the observation tower. We proceed to the peaceful
picturesque setting of the Meiji Shrine, set in thick
woodland and considered to be one of the finest examples
of Shinto Architecture. Next we drive by the 'Akasaka Guest House'
for a photo opportunity. The Guest House is a magnificent
'Western Style Palace' built in the Baroque Architectural style.
We then drive alongside the imposing National Diet Building,
which is home to the Japanese House of Parliament.
tour continues across Tokyo to the Imperial Palace East Gardens.
Enjoy a pleasant walk in the East Garden of the Imperial Palace,
which is filled with scenic and historic beauty. (Alternatively
for tours on Monday & Friday & when the garden is closed,
we will visit the Imperial Palace plaza and famous Double bridge
instead). Our tour will continue with a drive and stroll along Ginza
high street, the famous shopping area of Tokyo. The tour disbands
in Ginza, giving you a great opportunity for shopping. We highly
recommend you visit the Sony Centre building to see the futuristic
electronics on display. Ginza is also convenient for the subway
to explore further areas of Tokyo.
Afternoon is free at leisure, or take an optional
afternoon Tokyo city tour. The optional tour includes visiting the
beautiful Hama-Rikyu garden, enjoying our Sumida River
Cruise and visiting the Asakusa Kannon Temple &
Nakamise shopping street. We then drive through Kappabashi,
Ueno and Akihabara districts of Tokyo before finishing the tour.
Ask for details at time of booking.
Tokyo - Mt Fuji & Hakone
will be picked up from your hotel and driven by deluxe motorcoach
to Mount Fuji. Along the way you will enjoy the scenery of
rural Japan, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and mountainous
peaks. From our vantage point on the 5th station on MT Fuji, we
will enjoy spectacular views (weather permitting).
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 where you will see ancient
volcanic craters with sulphurous fumes and clouds of steam spiralling
from crevasses across the mountain side giving a truly mystical
image. We then proceed with our tour for a boat cruise on
Lake Ashi, which is set in serene natural beauty, where weather
permitting spectacular views of Mount Fuji can be seen silhouetted
in the lake.
The tour disbands on arrival in Ginza & Shinjuku at around 7-8pm.
Tokyo - Nagano - Yudanaka (includes
dinner in Ryokan).
morning take the unassisted transfer to Yudanaka by train via Nagano.
arrival at Nagano train station, our tour assistant will meet
you and help you board the correct local train to Yudanaka.
Upon arrival at Yudanaka walk to your Ryokan which has indoor &
outdoor Onsen hot spring spa facilities (approx 8 minutes walk or
2 min by taxi).
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. Prepare a light carry bag for your stay in Yudanaka
& Matsumoto. Leave your large luggage (1 bag per person) at
the designated pick up point in your Tokyo hotel prior to departure.
visit the nearby snow monkey park on your own (entrance fee
not included aprox £5pp). Note the hotel offers a twice daily
free shuttle bus to the snow monkey park, or make youre own arrangements.
the evening return to the Ryokan for a beautiful Japanese dinner
which is exquisitely made with fresh seafood and seasonal ingredients.
Later relax in the Onsen hot spring spa. Accommodation
in Japanese style guest Room.
Yudanaka - Matsumoto
breakfast in Ryokan).
enjoy traditional breakfast in your Ryokan before taking the train
for the unassisted transfer to Matsumoto and proceed to your hotel
accommodation conveniently located next to the station.
your free time in Matsumoto we recommend visiting Matsumoto
castle, known as 'crow castle' due to its unique black exterior.
Matsumoto castle is one of only four castles designated as National
Treasures of Japan and is stunningly beautiful. Afterwards stroll
around the traditional old quarter (Nawate Dori).
7 Matsumoto - Nagoya - Kyoto
take the Bullet train for the unassisted transfer to Kyoto via Nagoya.
Upon arrival at kyoto take the short walk to your accommodation
which is situated close by.
rest of the day is free at leisure in Kyoto.
sight seeing tour of Kyoto including
a visit to Nijo Castle, former residence of the Tokugawa
Shogun built in 1603. Nijo Castle is noted for its Ornate interior
and 'nightingale floor' designed to sing when stepped upon to warn
of Ninja assassins. Next we visit the Kinkakuji Temple (Golden
Pavilion) centred around one of the best examples of a Japanese
Zen gardens in the world. We then travel to Kyoto Imperial
Palace, the impressive former residence of the Imperial family.
Tour ends around 1:00pm.
is free at leisure, or take an optional tour to Nara.
The optional tour includes visiting Nara Deer Park and the
Todaiji temple housing the Great Buddha in the worlds largest
wooden building. Next we visit the Kasuga Taisha Shinto Shrine
which features 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns. Finally enjoy Nara
Nagomikan before retuning to Kyoto. (Optional tour includes
buffet lunch). Enquire at time of booking to include
the Nara tour in your itinerary)
Day free at Leisure, or purchase our optional Kyoto
option tour includes visiting the colourful Heian Jingu Shrine
and inner garden and ponds. Next we explore Sanjusangendo Hall,
a renowned long wooden hall housing all of 1,001 statues that date
back to the 13th century. Finally we visit the magnificent Kiyomizu
Temple with spectacular views across the entire city. (This
highly recommended afternoon tour can be included at time of booking).
overnight stay in a traditional Japanese Ryokan is available (inc
Breakfast & Evening Dinner) - Contact us for details.
You will be met at your hotel and transferred to the futuristic
Kansai International Airport in Osaka for your departure flight
- Bullet train transfers back to Tokyo & Narita Airport can
also be provided -Contact
us for details.**
Hiroshima & Osaka Tour Extension
Offer - £395pp
based upon twin share
train transfers, Hiroshima (1 night)
, Osaka (1
Enjoy free time in
Hiroshima to explore the facinating
city, or take an optional full day guided tour of Hiroshima and
The next day transfer to Osaka in the early
afternoon to have free time to explore Osaka and see the famous
Osaka Castle etc. Airport transfer is provided for your
departure from Kansai airport.
2017 & 2018 Flexible Departure Dates (Price Land-only)
Only (twin share)
April - May 2017
- November 2017
1st March - 19th March 2018
20th March to 9th April 2018
The peak season to Japan is cherry blossoms viewing
(late March & early April), and autumn leave changing
(October & early November). The
first day of blooming (Kaika) in Tokyo usually comes at the end
of March, with the trees reaching full bloom about one week
later. Snow monkeys should be in 'Onsen' during the cooler months
between October to April (Depends upon weather also in May)
prices shown above are 'per person' based upon twin share. Single
rooms occupancy and hotel upgrades can be provide, please
contact us for details. The price may be different around festivals
period in Japan.
to hotel transfers on arrival & departure.
speaking meeting assistance at Narita airport upon arrival.
return transfer from Odawara station to Ryokan in Hakone.
tours by professional English-speaking tour guide.
fees as stated in itinerary, during guided tours (Not during free
of quality accommodation in well furnished hotel rooms with private
as specified in the itinerary.
large luggage transfer from hotel to hotel between Tokyo - Kyoto
(1 item per person).
Train tickets as specified in the itinerary, Ordinary class reserved
Does Not Include
Tours & Ryokan Experience
stay at a traditional Ryokan (Japanese style Inn) is a highly recommended
experience, with excellent standards of service. We can arrange
a 1 night Ryokan stay on your last day in Kyoto. The supplement
starts from £160 per person for 1 night with Japanese breakfast
& Dinner included.
tour is suitable for travellers of all ages, who are reasonably
fit and healthy. Add on tours and city extensions are available,
for details visit optional
and further Tour information
see our FAQ
page for further essential tour information.
Castle (Kyoto) is closed (every Tuesday in Jan, July, Aug &
Dec), therefore if your tour falls on these dates, we will visit
Ryoanji Temple instead. Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed at weekends
and on national holidays, we will visit Kitano Tenmangu instead.
Hiroshima & Miyajima optional tour usually operates Mon
- Wed, Frid -Sunday.
itinerary is designed according to the most up to date information
available at the time. The above itinerary
highlights the main attractions that are to be visited each day.In
regards to expected transfer times and train times these may vary
as they are subject to schedules and availability controlled by
the various railway companies. It is extremely
rare that itineraries ever need changes and we will always act
in your best interest to handle any amendments
if this did occur. However we reserve the right to change, amend
or alter the itinerary if required, for example
occasionally the tour sequence and duration of time spent in each
city can change due to local conditions which are out of our control
to heavy traffic conditions or bad weather.
Please refer to the booking form for detailed
terms & conditions.