Essential Japan

Duration: 8 nights escorted tour

Price from: £3299pp

Tokyo 2 nights
Mount Fuji 1 night
Kyoto 2 nights
Hiroshima 1 night
Osaka 1 night

Day 1: Fly to Tokyo.

Day 2 Tokyo: On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or, begin exploring Tokyo, a city where neon-lit skyscrapers rub shoulders with historic temples and attractive gardens.

Day 3 Tokyo: Start the day with a visit to the Hamarikyu Garden, located at the mouth of the Sumida River and good for seeing cherry blossom trees in spring. Enjoy a cruise on the Sumida River for a unique view of the city and afterwards experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. See Sensoji Temple and the popular Nakamise shopping Street, said to be one of the oldest shopping streets in Japan. Take a walk in the lively shopping and entertainment area of Shinjuku before ending the day with a visit to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatory to take in the views.

Day 4 Tokyo/Mount Fuji: Pack a small bag for your stay at Mount Fuji, while your main luggage is taken to Kyoto. View scenery of rural Japan as you head to Mt Fuji and Hakone and on arrival cruise across peaceful Lake Ashi, absorbing the picturesque and serene natural beauty. You can then ride the  Ropeway, a Japanese aerial lift, for spectacular views that include Mount Fuji and Ashinoko Lake. After lunch at a local restaurant admire the panoramic view from Mt Fuji’s 5th station (subject to weather conditions) before transferring to your hotel.

Day 5 Mount Fuji/Kyoto: After breakfast travel by coach to Kyoto, stopping en route in Nagoya to visit the lovely Tokugawa Japanese Garden. Continue to the interesting Toyota Museum which commemorates the history of the automobile before arriving in Kyoto.

Day 6 Kyoto: Today’s tour of Kyoto includes Nijo Castle which was built in 1603 and the beautiful Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion). In the afternoon, spend time at the Fushimi Inari Shrine; see the Sanjusangendo Temple and visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple, a celebrated temple offering wonderful views of Kyoto. This evening, you may wish to stroll around the Gion district where you may come across Geisha wearing traditional kimonos.

Day 7 Kyoto/Hiroshima: Pack a small bag for your stay in Hiroshima whilst your main luggage goes on to Osaka. After breakfast, depart Kyoto by bullet train and on arrival visit the Peace Memorial Park to see the Genbaku-dome (The Atomic Bomb Dome), which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. While all structures vanished in the atomic bomb explosion, only this building miraculously remained standing.

Day 8 Hiroshima/Osaka: After breakfast, transfer to Osaka by bullet train. On arrival you will be met and taken to visit the impressive Osaka Castle. Built in the 16th century, it is one of Japan's most famous landmarks.Your tour concludes in the Dotonbori District, one of the most famous areas in Osaka, known for its entertainment, restaurants and tasty street food.

Day 9 Osaka: At leisure before your tour concludes with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

Departures: Tours depart on fixed dates.

Accommodation: 3* hotels are used on this tour.

Meals: Breakfast. Lunch is also included on day 4. Dinner is also included on days 4 & 7.

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

Tour prices: The price shown for this Links Travel & Tours coach tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes return international flights from the UK, all domestic transportation, accommodation, English speaking guides, sightseeing as outlined and entrance fees.

Note: The itinerary shown is for departures in 2020. Any departures in 2019 may differ slightly.

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