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Essential Japan 5 nights

Tokyo 2 nights
Kyoto 3 nights

Day 1: Fly to Tokyo.

Day 2 Tokyo: Transfer to your hotel on arrival. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 3 Tokyo: Morning coach tour of Tokyo which includes the Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace Plaza and Sensoji Temple before passing the Nakamise shopping area in Asakusa. Following a drive through the city’s largest green space, Ueno Park, the tour concludes in Akihabara or at a Tokyo station. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore independently.

Day 4 Tokyo/Kyoto: Travel by coach this morning to Mt Fuji, Japan’s largest and most famous mountain. Enjoy a visit to Fuji Visitor Centre before the drive up to Mt Fuji’s 5th station and then continue to Hakone where you will enjoy a Japanese-style lunch. In the afternoon, take a cruise on Lake Ashi and ride the Mt Komagatake Ropeway, which is the perfect way to enjoy Hakone’s scenic panorama. Transfer to the station where you will board Hikari or Koama Shinkansen (bullet train) for the two hour journey to Kyoto.

Day 5 Kyoto: Today’s tour of Kyoto includes Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto Imperial Palace and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. After a Japanese-style lunch continue to Nara, the ancient capital of Japan and home to some of the country’s best temples and shrines, along with several fine gardens, museums and traditional neighbourhoods. Sightseeing will include the mustsee Todai-ji Temple, Nara Park, Kasuga Grand Shrine and Nara Nagomikan. Return to your hotel in Kyoto.

Day 6 Kyoto: At leisure to sightsee independently. Perhaps take a stroll amid the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, enjoy time to shop for souvenirs or take the opportunity to visit some of the smaller temples or picturesque gardens.

Day 7 Kyoto/Osaka: At leisure before your tour concludes with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

What you need to know

Departures: Tours depart on fixed dates until 31 Dec 17. Please ask for details.

Accommodation: 4* hotels are used on this tour.

Meals: Breakfast. Lunch also included on days 4 & 5.

Group Size: Tours operate subject to a minimum of 10 travellers.

Tour prices: The price shown for this Japan Links coach tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes return international flights from the UK, all domestic transportation, 4* accommodation and English speaking guides.

5 nights escorted coach tour from £2949pp

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