08444 937 531
Tokyo 3 nights
Kyoto 3 nights
Day 1: Fly to Tokyo.
Day 2 Tokyo: Transfer to your hotel on arrival. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 3 Tokyo: Today’s guided tour begins with a stroll through Hama-Rikyu Teien garden before a cruise along the Sumida River and then the chance to explore Asakusa, home to the Sensoji Temple. This afternoon, head to Omotesando, a broad, tree lined avenue with numerous shops before visiting the Meiji Shrine.
Day 4 Tokyo/Kamakura/Tokyo: Travel by train to Kamakura, the former de facto capital of Japan and now a sleepy seaside town with numerous temples and shrines. On arrival visit the Hokokuji Temple home to a stunning garden with over 2,000 bamboo trees. Continue to Jomyoji, one of the Five Great Zen Temples in Kamakura before stopping at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Return to Tokyo.
Day 5 Tokyo/Kyoto: Travel by the world-famous Shinkansen bullet train to Kyoto, considered the country’s cultural capital with an astonishing 2,000 shrines and temples. The afternoon’s culinary experience begins with a guided walk of the Nishiki covered food markets to buy the ingredients for a Japanese cooking class, during which you’ll learn how to make rolled sushi and miso soup.
Day 6 Kyoto: Today’s guided tour, using Kyoto’s comprehensive bus system, begins with Nijo Castle. Continue to Ryoan-ji, the site of Japan’s most famous rock garden and after lunch, visit Kinkakuji, or the “Golden Pavilion”, one of Kyoto’s most famous temples. The final stop is Kiyomizu, or “pure water”, Temple, from which you can enjoy amazing views of the whole of Kyoto, whilst at the foot of the temple you can stroll through the atmospheric Higashiyama district.
Day 7 Kyoto/Nara/Kyoto: Travel by train to the small town of Nara where we recommend you visit Todaiji Temple, the world’s largest wooden building and home to Japan’s largest Buddha; Kasuga Taisha, Nara’s most celebrated shrine; and Nara’s National Museum. Afternoon return journey to Kyoto for time at leisure.
Day 8 Kyoto: Enjoy further time at leisure before your transfer by shuttle bus to the airport for your onward journey.
6 nights part-escorted tour from £2775pp
08444 937 531