Discover Japan Part-escorted Tour
Travel 25 Mar 2020 - 25 Nov 2020
Book by 31 Jan 2020
Saving £533 per person
- 8 nights Discover Japan Part-escorted Tour, - in standard rooms with breakfast
- Flights to Tokyo Haneda via Dubai and returning from Kansai via Dubai with Emirates, accommodation in standard rooms, and prepayable taxes.
- This holiday is 100% financially protected. ATOL protected 2713
in standard rooms with breakfast
Day One Tokyo: Upon arrival at the airport, a representative will be waiting to assist with transportation into the city (either boarding the right train or finding the appropriate shuttle bus). After reaching the hotel and checking in, the remainder of the day is free at leisure.
Day Two Tokyo: Today, spend a half day taking in some of the many highlights Tokyo has to offer in company of a local guide, using the city’s efficient public transportation system.
This morning, accompany the guide to Meiji Jingu, Meiji Jingu is Tokyo’s most famous Shinto shrine dedicated to the spirit of the late Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken, and is one of the most popular sites in Japan for a traditional Japanese wedding. The park that surrounds the shrine is tranquil, and contains around 170,000 trees, making one forget that just outside the shrine grounds are two of the city’s most popular, bustling shopping districts - Harajuku and Omotesando. After that, take the subway to Asakusa, a part of Tokyo’s shitamachi, or old town, which still exudes an Edo Period atmosphere. Tourists flock to this charming area, which is also the city’s oldest geisha district, and which is also home to Senso-ji, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple. The streets around Senso-ji feature many traditional shops and are a delight to wander through. The tour ends with a visit to Akihabara, an area in Tokyo made famous by its hundreds of electronics shops, and more recently as the centre for Tokyo’s anime, manga, video game, maid cafés, and figurine culture. 'Electric Town' in particular is the go-to place for anime and manga fans, electronics and gadget aficionados, and those seeking out the vibrant Japanese pop culture scene.
Day Three Tokyo: Day at leisure.
Day Four Tokyo - Kyoto: At 11:00 am, using the Self Guide application, head to Tokyo Station to board the shinkansen bullet train for Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital and home to around 2,000 shrines and temples, including 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Take the Nozomi super express train – reserved seat tickets can be found in the infopack.
Upon arrival at Kyoto Station, with the assistance of the Self Guide application, head to the hotel for check-in.
Day Five Kyoto: Meet the English-speaking guide at the hotel reception and start a half day tour of the city by public transportation. The first stop of the day is Kinkaku-ji Temple, which is also known as the “Golden Pavilion.” The temple grounds are relatively smaller than those of most temples and shrines in Kyoto, but what is undoubtedly impressive is the main temple building, whose top two floors are completely covered in handmade gold leaf. Visitors circle the temple, passing the temple garden with its Anmintaku Pond that is said to never dry up, statues that people throw coins at for good luck, and Sekkatei Teahouse. Outside the temple are souvenir shops and a small tea garden where green tea and traditional Japanese sweets can be enjoyed. Just a short distance from Kinkaku-ji is the serene Ryoan-ji Temple, which is famous for its well-maintained rock garden. Originally serving as an aristocrat's villa during the Heian Period, the site was later converted into a Zen Buddhist temple in the year 1450. Now, it belongs to the Myoshinji School of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism and serves as a perfect spot for a bit of zazen meditation. Today’s tour will end in the center of the city, after which there will be free time to do some souvenir shopping around the Nishiki, Kawaramachi, and Shijo-dori areas.
Day Six Kyoto: Day at leisure.
Day Seven Kyoto - Osaka: At 11:00 am, using the Self Guide application, head to Kyoto Station to board the shinkansen bullet train for Osaka, Japan’s culinary capital. Indeed, the motto that the city’s flamboyant inhabitants live by is kuiadore – “to eat oneself bankrupt.” Take the Nozomi super express train – reserved seat tickets can be found in the infopack.
Upon arrival at Shin-Osaka Station, with the assistance of the Self Guide application, head to the hotel for check-in.
Day Eight Osaka: Day at leisure.
Day Nine Osaka: Your tour concludes.
Flights to Tokyo Haneda via Dubai and returning from Kansai via Dubai with Emirates, accommodation in standard rooms, and prepayable taxes.
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing (unless stated otherwise). Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply.
in standard rooms with breakfast