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Essential Japan

Group Tour

Essential Japan

The Essential Japan tour is perfect for the first time visitor to Japan

Enjoy spending time in the vibrant capital, Tokyo. Take a journey to the 5th station at Mt. Fuji, marvel at Japan’s highest mountain with its single, volcanic snowy peak. The cultural city of Kyoto is where you will discover beautiful gardens, ancient temples and traditional townhouses. Learn about Hiroshima and its past and present. Visit the Itsukushima Shrine, said to be one of the three most beautiful sights in Japan, and try delicious Japanese cuisine, Takoyaki (octopus ball) and Okonomiyaki (savoury pancake) in Osaka, your final destination.

Three geishas walking Gion Kyoto- apan

Locations you will be visiting

  • Asakusa Tokyo

    Tokyo, Japan

    Discover the sights and traditions for Tokyo with this handy destination guide.

    2 Days

  • Mt Fuji Cherry Blossom japan

    Mt. Fuji, Japan

    Discover the sights and traditions for Mt. Fuji with this handy destination guide.

    1 Day

  • Kinkakuji Temple The Golden Pavilion Kyoto japan

    Kyoto, Japan

    Discover the sights and traditions for Kyoto with this handy destination guide.

    2 Days

  • Itsukushima Shrine Miyajima Hiroshima Japan

    Hiroshima and Miyajima, Japan

    Hiroshima, rebuilt after World War II, and stunning Miyajima island, are among the most visited spot...

    1 Day

  • Osaka Castle Autumn Osaka Japan

    Osaka, Japan

    Discover the sights and traditions for Osaka with this handy destination guide.

    1 Day


Essential Japan

9 day Tour Itinerary

An overview of your trip

DAY 1 Fly to Tokyo

Take a scheduled flight from your regional UK airport to Tokyo.

  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 2 Arrive Tokyo

Arrive at Tokyo’s Narita or Haneda International Airports, where you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your accommodation. The rest of day is at your leisure to relax or explore the local area.

DAY 3 Tokyo City Tour

Start the day with a visit to the Miraikan, a Science and Technology museum, filled with technology, robots and more. Enjoy a cruise on the Sumida River for a unique view of the city from the water. Have lunch in Asakusa then visit the Sensoji Temple and the popular Nakamise Street, said to be one of the oldest shopping streets in Japan. Experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, then stroll around Shinjuku, a lively shopping and entertainment area. The day ends with a visit to the observation deck at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for spectacular views of this unique metropolis.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 4 Mt. Fuji and Hakone

Your main luggage will be transferred from Tokyo to Kyoto, so pack a small bag for your stay at Mount Fuji. View the scenery as rural Japan passes your window on your drive to Mt. Fuji and Hakone. Board a pleasure boat cruise across Lake Ashi, and drink  in the picturesque and serene natural beauty of the surrounding area. Ride the Owakudani Ropeway, an aerial lift with spectacular views of Mt. Fuji and Ashinoko Lake. Lunch at a local restaurant, and marvel at the panoramic vista from the Fuji’s 5th station, about 2,300 metres above sea level. (Subject to weather conditions). Transfer to your accommodation where tonight’s dinner will be served.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner
  • Transport: Drive
DAY 5 Mt. Fuji to Kyoto and Nara

After breakfast take your transfer to Atami or Odawara Station for a bullet train to Kyoto, where our representative will meet you and take you on a tour of Nara. Visit the Todaiji Temple, a  UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buddhist temple in Nara Park, famed for its gilt bronze Great Buddha statue, which was cast in 749. Nara Park, is home to hundreds of sacred deer, who are allowed to freely roam the city and the Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Following the tour, check-in at your accommodation for a two night stay.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Train
DAY 6 Kyoto City Tour

Your Kyoto City Tour includes the Nijo Castle which was built in 1603, and the beautiful Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion), a zen temple where the top two floors are covered in gold leaf. The afternoon includes the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, home to thousands of torii gates, and the Buddhist Sanjusangendo Temple, filled with 1001 statues of Kannon, the Goddess of mercy. Finally, enjoy the panoramic view of Kyoto from the main hall of the Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Your tour ends in the atmospheric Gion district, where you can explore and may perhaps glimpse a Geisha on her way to her evening appointments.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 7 Kyoto to Hiroshima

Your main luggage will be transferred from Kyoto to Osaka, so pack a small bag for tonight. After breakfast, catch a bullet train to Hiroshima, where you will be met and taken by ferry to Miyajima to visit the spiritual Itsukushima Shrine. Here, the mountains, sea and shrine blend in harmony, to create a magical scene. Upon return to Hiroshima, visit the moving Peace Memorial Park, and the Genbaku-dome, the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded on 6 August 1945, and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Transport: Train
DAY 8 Hiroshima to Osaka

After breakfast, leave your accommodation and make your way to the station by foot, for a bullet train to Osaka. On arrival, your guide will take you to visit the 450 year old Osaka Castle, one of the most recognisable landmarks in the country, and on to the Dotonbori District, an iconic area, known for its neon lights, restaurants and tasty street food. Check-in at your hotel for the final night of the tour.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Train
DAY 9 Fly to UK

Time at leisure before being transferred to Kansai International Airport for your flight back to the UK.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
Optional Extras - Cultural Experiences

There is some free time in your itinerary for you to explore on your own, or treat yourself to an excursion. Use the links below to create a to-do list, or, if you’d prefer us to book you onto one of these or any other excursions, please let us know when booking your tour.

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    Japan: Sushi Workshop Morning Tour, Tokyo

    Experience hand-shaping and rolling sushi from a Tsukiji sushi chef and tour around Tsukiji Outer Fish Market to have an insight into how chef selects their fish for sushi.

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  • geisha performing music japan

    Japan: Dinner with Maiko, Kyoto

    Enjoy a traditional dinner with a Maiko, or apprentice Geisha and enjoy two traditional dance performances. Opportunity to ask questions and take photos with Maiko.

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  • ninja wifi features japan

    Ninja Wifi, Japan

    WiFi on the go in Japan to help you stay connected.

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  • Samurai Experience Osaka Japan

    Japan: Samurai Experience, Osaka

    Be a Samurai for a day! Learn about the Samurai (old Japanese soldier) in Kimono or Ninja costume!

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Sample Accommodation

3★ Sunshine City Prince Hotel, Tokyo

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4★ Resorpia Atami, Mount Fuji

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3★ Karasuma Hotel, Kyoto

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3★ The Royal Park Hotel Hiroshima Riverside, Hiroshima

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3★ Hotel Elsereine, Osaka

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Your holiday details
Departures and Prices 2020 / 21
Depart Return Days Price from Availability Reservation
Depart11/10/2020 Return19/10/2020 Day9 Depart£3,699 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart08/11/2020 Return16/11/2020 Day9 Depart£3,699 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart11/04/2021 Return19/04/2021 Day9 Depart£3,799 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart09/05/2021 Return17/05/2021 Day9 Depart£3,799 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart10/10/2021 Return18/10/2021 Day9 Depart£3,699 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart07/11/2021 Return15/11/2021 Day9 Depart£3,699 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart10/04/2022 Return18/04/2022 Day9 Depart£3,799 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart08/05/2022 Return16/05/2022 Day9 Depart£3,799 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation

Single supplement from £550
Land only from £2,799
(without international flights)

Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 12 weeks before departure.

This tour itinerary is also available as a Private Tour. Please ask for more details.

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What's included:
  • International flights
  • Accommodation
  • English speaking guides
  • Transfers
  • Bullet trains
  • Baggage transfer for one piece
  • Meals as specified
  • Airport taxes
  • Local tips
  • Personal Spendins
  • Travel insurance

When making an enquiry or reservation we will request your contact details, however no payment will be required at this stage. We will contact you for payment details and to confirm your booking, your details and the details of those travelling with you along with any extras you’d like to add.


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