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Essential Japan

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Essential Japan

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

The Essential Japan tour is a perfect tour for the first time traveller 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 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.

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Locations you will be visiting

  • Asakusa Tokyo

    Tokyo, Japan

    Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional

    2 Days

  • Mt Fuji Cherry Blossom japan

    Mount Fuji, Japan

    Japan's most famous and iconic mountain and a must-see destination

    2 Days

  • Kinkakuji Temple The Golden Pavilion Kyoto japan

    Kyoto, Japan

    Kyoto, Japan's former capital, is home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites

    2 Days

  • Itsukushima Shrine Miyajima Hiroshima Japan

    Hiroshima and Miyajima, Japan

    Hiroshima is a modern city, rebuilt after the Second World War. Nearby Miyajima Island home of the I...

    2 Days

  • Osaka Castle Autumn Osaka Japan

    Osaka, Japan

    Osaka is a large port city known for its modern architecture, boisterous nightlife and hearty street...

    2 Days


Essential Japan

10 day Tour Itinerary

An overview of your trip

DAY 1 UK to Tokyo

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

  • Transport: Flight
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 leisure.

DAY 3 Tokyo Tour

Start the day with a visit to Toyosu Market, one of the largest fish market’s in the world, where a large amount of marine products are sold each day. Continue to the Miraikan, a Museum of Science and Technology, with exhibits on technology, robots and much more. Enjoy lunch in the Odaiba area of Tokyo followed by a cruise in Tokyo Bay to enjoy a unique view of the city from the water. Continue to Asakusa and enjoy 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. End the day with a visit to the Tokyo Skytree and enjoy views over the city from the observation deck.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4 Mount Fuji and Hakone

Your main luggage will be transferred from Tokyo to Kyoto. Pack a small bag for your stay at Mount Fuji. View the scenery of rural Japan as you drive towards Mt. Fuji and Hakone. Take a pleasure boat cruise across the peaceful Lake Ashi, relaxing in the picturesque and serene natural beauty of this crater lake. Ride the Owakudani Ropeway, an aerial lift with spectacular views of the surrounding areas including Mount Fiji and Ashinoko Lake. Lunch at a local restaurant, and marvel at the panoramic view from the mountains 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 Mount Fuji, Nagoya and Kyoto

After breakfast travel by coach towards Kyoto. Pausing in Nagoya, visit the lovely Tokugawa Japanese Garden, a traditional garden with a lake, rock formations and waterfalls. Continue to the fascinating Toyota Museum which commemorates the history of the automobile. Finally you will arrive in the cultural city of Kyoto and your

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Drive
DAY 6 Kyoto

Today there is a day tour of Kyoto. Places of interest that you will visit include Nijo Castle which was built in 1603, and the beautiful Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion), a zen temple where the top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. In the afternoon spend time at the Heian Jingu Shrine, home of perhaps the world’s most authentic and exquisite Japanese Garden. See the Sanjusangendo Temple, a Buddhist temple filled with 1,001 statues of Kannon, the Goddess of mercy, and visit the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, which has a main hall on a steep slope with a wooden platform supported by pillars, from which a panoramic view of Kyoto can be enjoyed.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 7 Kyoto to Hiroshima

Your main luggage will be transferred from Kyoto to Osaka. Pack a small bag for your stay in Hiroshima. After breakfast, depart Kyoto by bullet train and arrive in Hiroshima in two hours. On arrival visit the Peace Memorial Park. The Genbaku-dome (The Atomic Bomb Dome) is the symbol of Hiroshima, the city that advocates peace in the world. It is part of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and was designated a
UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. While all structures vanished in the atomic bomb explosion, only this building miraculously remained standing.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Bullet Train
DAY 8 Miyajima and Hiroshima to Osaka

After breakfast, leave your accommodation for a sightseeing tour of Miyajima with a ferry ride. Visit the Itsukushima Shrine situated on Itsukushima Island, popularly known as Miyajima, south-western Hiroshima. It is a striking sight where the mountains, sea and red shrine buildings blend in harmony, and the entire island is designated as a historic site. It is one of the three most beautiful sites in Japan, along with Matsushima in Miyagi and Ama-no-hashidate in Kyoto. After lunch, transfer to Osaka by bullet train, and on arrival transfer to your accommodation.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Transport: Bullet Train
DAY 9 Osaka and Nara

On a morning tour of Osaka, visit the impressive Osaka Castle, built in the 16th century and one of Japan’s most famous landmarks. Enjoy a river cruise on the Aqua Liner to view the city panorama from the water. In the afternoon transfer to Nara and visit Todaji Temple (Great Buddha), the picturesque Nara Park, home to hundreds of freely roaming deer and the Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Return to Osaka.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 10 Fly to UK

Time at leisure before being transferred to Kansai International Airport for your flight to London Heathrow.

  • 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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    Japan: Gion Kimono Tour, Kyoto

    Walk around Gion like a real Japanese in Kimono!

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    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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Sample Accommodation

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo

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Motosu View Hotel Mount Fuji

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Ariston Hotel Kyoto Jujo

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Oriental Hotel Hiroshima

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Osaka Castle Hotel

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Your holiday details
Departures and Prices 2019/20
Depart Return Days Price from Availability Reservation
Depart06/05/2019 Return15/05/2019 Day10 Depart£3,499 AvailabilityFully booked
Depart04/11/2019 Return13/11/2019 Day10 Depart£3,799 AvailabilityLimited spaces Reservation
Depart06/04/2020 Return15/04/2020 Day10 Depart£3,799 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart20/04/2020 Return29/04/2020 Day10 Depart£3,699 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart11/05/2020 Return20/05/2020 Day10 Depart£3,699 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation

Land only price from £2,649
Single supplement from £550
The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure.
Please call 020 8543 8133 for more information or to make a booking.

04 April 2019 departure is 9 days from £3,299 - please call for further 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 (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Local tips
  • Personal Spending
  • 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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