Japan, with its high-rise-filled cities, imperial palaces, mountainous national parks and thousands of shrines and temples. From the crowded capital Tokyo, known for its neon skyscrapers and pop culture, to Kyoto, offering Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, gardens and cherry blossoms.
Depart London Heathrow for international flight to Osaka Kansai international airport. We can also arrange departures from your local airport at no extra cost.
Arrive at Osaka Kansai International Airport.
Take own taxi or shuttle bus to Kyoto city centre.
There you will check into a traditional style Japanese inn (Ryokan).
This evening enjoy a tour of the Geisha District.
Today enjoy a full day tour of Kyoto which will include Nijo Castle, the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shogun in 1603, noted for the contrast of its solemn appearance and gorgeous interiors.
Then continue to the Golden Pavillion, with the most authentic and exquisite Japanese style garden. Enjoy a buffet lunch and shopping at the Kyoto Handicraft Centre.
After lunch you will visit the Heian Shrine, a brightly coloured shrine with vermillion pillars and green roof, with enchanting inner gardens and ponds.
Later this afternoon the tour continues with Sanju-Sangendo Hall and Kiyomizu Temple, where you will enjoy a sweeping view of the entire city from its lofty terrace, surrounded by a quaint old lane lined with pottery shops.
Today is free to explore the many other wonderful sights and temples in this traditional old city.
Today we take a ride on Japan’s famous Bullet Train to Shinagawa station- reaching speeds up to 300 kilometres per hour. From Shinagawa take connecting Yokosuka local train to Kamakura.
Upon arrival take own taxi to the Kamakura Prince Hotel, where each room boasts of wonderful sea-views.
The hotel is a few minutes walk from Shichirigahama Station on the Enoden Line, where 3 short stops takes you to Hase Station, where you can visit the many wonderful temples.
These include the Kotokuin Temple (famous for the giant Buddha statue) and the Hasedera Temple. Another 3 short stops further takes you into the heart of Kamakura, where you will find many temples, shrines and museums.
Another day free in this wonderful seaside retreat to either relax or explore the many wonderful sights and sounds of Kamakura.
This morning take train journey to Kamakura Station, where you will then connect to the JR Yokosuka Line train to Shinbashi.
Upon arrival take own taxi to the Keio Plaza Hotel in the city centre.
The hotel is located in the skyscraper Shinjuku district directly opposite the Tokyo Metropolitan Government buildings. Shinjuku is the most modern area of Tokyo.
Start this morning with a tour to Tokyo Tower and enjoy a panoramic view from its observatory.
Then you will continue to the “Happoen” Japanese Garden, where you will have the opportunity to take part in a traditional tea ceremony. The tour then continues to the Imperial Palace Plaza with a short photo stop.
You will then have a barbecue lunch at Chinzanso Restaurant.
After lunch you will drive past the National Diet Building (the Japanese House of Parliament) and then take a 40 minute Sumida River Cruise from Hinode pier of Tokyo Bay to Asakusa.
The tour finishes with a visit to the Asakusa Kannon Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street.
Today we take a deluxe motorcoach drive along the expressway to Mt. Fuji. We visit the Fuji Visitor Centre and then drive halfway up Mt. Fuji to the 5th Station, enjoying the natural scenery en route.
We then stop for lunch at the Hotel Highland Resort, before continuing to Lake Ashi for a relaxing cruise.
We then take a ride on the Mt. Komagatake Aerial Cableway, where we will get sweeping views of the celebrated Hakone National Park and Mt. Fuji from a distance. Return to Tokyo late afternoon / early evening.
Today take own taxi or bus to Tokyo Narita International airport for your return flight to London.
Traditional style Japanese Inn (Ryokan)
Ryokan are Japanese style inns found throughout the country, especially in hot spring resorts. More than just a place to sleep, ryokan are an opportunity to experience the traditional Japanese lifestyle and hospitality, incorporating elements such as tatami floors, futon beds, Japanese style baths and local cuisine.
4* Kamakura Prince Hotel
Kamakura Prince Hotel is located right off the shore of Shichirigahama beach, which is a part of famous Shonan area of Sagami Bay. We have 95 rooms all facing towards the ocean, you can see two of most famous Japanese landscape Mt.Fuji and Enoshima Island right out of your window.
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4* Keio Plaza Hotel
Keio Plaza Hotel is modern, simple, and convenient.It is the ideal location to explore the delights of the city of Tokyo. located in central Tokyo and only minutes away from the most popular shopping and tourist attractions. The rooms are painted in soothing shades, and they are comfortable and functional.
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