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Japan Heritage

Semi-escorted tour

Japan Heritage

Explore the classic sights of Japan

Explore Japan’s classic sights, starting in the exciting capital city of Tokyo, famous for its fresh sushi. Journey on the famous bullet train through scenic central Japan. Visit Takayama, a mountainside town, which features authentic markets, culture and preserved traditional Japanese wooden houses. Enjoy time at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shirakawago. See classic landscape designs, gardens, castle and art museums in Kanazawa. Visit the Gion district in Kyoto, spend time in the historic city of Hiroshima. Finish your tour in the vibrant city of Osaka.

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Locations you will be visiting

  • street Takayama- Jpan

    Takayama, Japan

    Takayama, has a riverside setting and is surrounded by nature

    1 Day

  • Kinkakuji Temple The Golden Pavilion Kyoto japan

    Kyoto, Japan

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

    2 Days

  • Koyasan Onsen Fukuchiin Miyajima Japan

    Mount Koya

    Mount Koya is the name of mountains in Wakayama Prefecture to the south of Osaka.

    1 Day

  • Osaka Castle Autumn Osaka Japan

    Osaka, Japan

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

    1 Day

YOUR TOUR ITINERARY

Japan Heritage

15 day Tour Itinerary

An overview of your trip

DAY 1 UK to Tokyo

Take a scheduled flight from your regional airport to Tokyo.

  • Transport: Flight
DAY 2 Arrive Tokyo

Arrive at Narita or Haneda Airport, where you will be met by your guide and taken to the shuttle bus for your accommodation transfer.

DAY 3 Tokyo Morning City Tour

Today, you will be picked up from your accommodation to join a Tokyo Morning City Tour, with an English speaking guide. Visit the Meiji Shrine, a famous Shinto shrine nestled in a peaceful area in Shibuya. Continue to the Imperial Palace East Garden and Asakusa. The tour ends at Tokyo Station. Afternoon is at leisure.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 4 Mount Fuji and Hakone

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your accommodation to join a Mt. Fuji and Hakone Day tour by coach. The tour includes a trip to Mt. Fuji’s 5th station, a Japanese style lunch, Hakone Ropeway and a cruise across tranquil Lake Ashi. Arrive back to Tokyo in the evening.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Transport: Drive
DAY 5 Tokyo to Takayama

Your main suitcase will be transferred directly from Tokyo to Kyoto, but keep the luggage you need for your nights in Takayama, Shirakawago and Kanazawa. Make your own way to the station for your bullet train to Nagoya and onward train to Takayama. Upon arrival, make your own way to your accommodation.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Train
DAY 6 Takayama to Shirakawago

Morning at leisure. Why not explore the morning market along the Miya-gawa River, Takayama Jinya, the Yatai Kaikan Hall, Kusakabe Folk Craft Museum and the streets of Kami Sannomachi, where you can see traditional Japanese wooden houses. In the afternoon, take a Nohi bus to Shirakawago, and upon arrival, make your way to your accommodation for an overnight stay with dinner. The historic village of Shirakawago was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, and is famous for preserving the traditional gassho-zukuri style houses with their iconic thatched roofs, some of which are more than 300 years old.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Transport: Drive
DAY 7 Shirakawago to Kanazawa

Take a bus from Shirakawago to Kanazawa, and on arrival, make your way to your accommodation. Afternoon free at leisure.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Drive
DAY 8 Kanazawa to Kyoto and Nara

Following breakfast there is some free time at leisure before catching your express train to Kyoto. Upon arrival, you will be met by an English speaking assistant and transferred to your accommodation. In the afternoon, join the tour to Nara, and visit the Todaiji Temple with Great Buddha, and Nara Park, home to over 1,200 wild shika deer. Visitors may feed the deer with Shika-senbei, a special snack for the deer only, available to buy in the park. Finally, look around the Kofuku-ji Temple before returning to Kyoto.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Train
DAY 9 Kyoto Full Day Tour

Today join a full day tour of Kyoto. Visit the impressive Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and marvel at the panoramic view of Kyoto, from the main hall. Continue to Sanjusangendo Temple, a Buddhist temple filled with 1001 statues of Kannon, the Goddess of mercy, and the intriguing Fushimi Inari Shrine, with its brightly coloured Torii gates. This will be followed by Arashiyama, and a walk through the famous Sagano Bamboo Grove, where the plants tower above both sides of you, forming a picturesque tunnel. Then on to the Tenryu-ji Temple, one of Kyoto’s best Zen temples, and the chance to wander around its beautiful landscaped garden. The last stop of the day will be at the beautiful Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion), a zen temple where the top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 10 Kyoto

Day at leisure. Should you want to, there are many optional tours available to pre-book. Home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Kyoto was the centre of politics for 1,100 years, and this culturally rich city offers many interesting places to visit including museums, art galleries, shrines and temples. During your time in Kyoto you may come across a Geisha and Maiko (apprentice Geisha) wearing traditional kimono in Gion, one of the main downtown districts in Kyoto.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 11 Kyoto to Mount Koya

Your main suitcase will be transferred directly from Kyoto to Osaka. With your overnight bag you will be met by an English speaking assistant at your accommodation who will take you to the station for your train to Mt. Koya, followed by cable car via Gokurakubashi. Tonight you will stay in a temple lodging. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner will be served at your lodging.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Transport: Train/cable car
DAY 12 Mount Koya to Hiroshima

Leave Mt. Koya for Hiroshima via Osaka, and on arrival, make your way to your accommodation. Afternoon at leisure.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Train
DAY 13 Hiroshima

Day free at leisure to explore Hiroshima and Miyajima, with optional tours available to pre-book. Discover Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome, Peace Memorial Park and Itsuku-shima-jinja, located on Miya-jima Island, which is said to be one of the three most beautiful sights in Japan.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 14 Hiroshima to Osaka

Leave Hiroshima for Osaka by train and make your own way to your accommodation. The rest of the day at leisure.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Train
DAY 15 Fly to UK

Day at leisure until your transfer to Kansai International Airport by airport shuttle bus for your flight to the UK.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Flight
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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  • Sagano Bambo Grove Arashiyama japan
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    Japan: Kyoto Sagano Bamboo Grove and Arashiyama Walking Tour

    Take a walk through the scenic Sagano Bamboo Grove visiting Jojakko-ji Temple and Togetsu Bridge over Katsura River. Enjoy Japanese style lunch on a Yakatabune Boat in Arashiyama.

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  • Samurai Experience Osaka Japan
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    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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    Japan: Traditional Crafts

    Join a workshop to make different Japanese traditional crafts, e.g. Ikebana flower arranging, Origami, Calligraphy, Japanese sweet making and Japanese pottery.

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Sample Accommodation

Shiba Park Hotel, Tokyo

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Hida Hotel Plaza Takayama

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Minshuku Koeman

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Hotel Kanazawa

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New Miyako Hotel Kyoto

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Koyasan Onsen Fukuchiin

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New Hiroden Hotel Hiroshima

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Hotel Elsereine Osaka

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What's included:
  • International flights
  • Hotel accommodation
  • English speaking guides
  • Transfers
  • Bullet Train
  • Baggage transfer for one piece
  • Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Local tips
  • Personal spending
  • Travel Insurance

Departures are available everyday
Prices from £3,899 per person
Land Only from £3,099
Single supplement from £990
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.

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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