Nostalgic Japan Private Tour (9 days)

9 days from £3,920 pp
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flag Tokyo - Takayama - Shirakawago - Kanazawa - Kyoto
What's included?
+ included - not included
  • International Flight
  • Accommodation
  • Water
  • Meals
  • Escorted Tour
  • Domestic Flights
  • Airport Taxes Charges
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Tipping

Day 1 London Heathrow to Tokyo

Depart London Heathrow for international flight to Tokyo.

We can also arrange departures from your local airport at no extra cost.

Day 2 Tokyo

Upon arrival at Tokyo International Airport, you will be greeted by our English-speaking assistant and transferred to hotel.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 3 Tokyo

This morning meet our guide in hotel lobby, embark on tour of Tokyo, visiting Meiji Shrine, Shibuya Crossing Street, Asakusa Kannon Temple, Sumida River Cruise and Ginza etc. Return to hotel after tour.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 4 Tokyo - Takayama

Morning take Shinkansen bullet train to Nagoya and proceed to Takayama with our guide. Located in the mountainous Hida region, Takayama is well preserved and offers a rare glimpse into the ancient past. Visit Yatai Kaikan, Jinya House and Kamisannomachi.

Transfer to ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) for dinner.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 5 Takayama - Shirakawago

After breakfast, we enjoy a guided tour of Takayama and Shirakawago (deep in the mountains in Shogawa River Valley, and UNESCO world heritage site, Shirakawago is famous for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses). Visit Takayama Morning Market, Shirakawago Hamlet, Wada House and Observatory Deck.

Tonight we will have the opportunity to stay at minshuku (local farmhouse).

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 6 Shirakawago - Kanazawa

After breakfast at minshuku, we proceed to Kanazawa – a beautiful coastal city with a rich history and well preserved buildings. Take a guided tour of Kanazawa, visit Kenrokuen, Higashichaya Street and Nomura Samurai House.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 7 Kanazawa - Kyoto

Morning continue to Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan. After check in to hotel, you’ll have some free time to explore this historical city.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 8 Kyoto

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. Continue to visit the Heian Shrine, a brightly coloured shrine with vermilion 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.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 9 Kyoto / Osaka to London Heathrow

Sadly it’s time to say Sayōnara. Transfer to Osaka Kansai Airport for return flight to London.

Tokyo - 4* Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa

Part of a trio of hotels on wooded grounds, this understated business hotel is a 5-minute walk from Shinagawa train station, 10 minutes on foot from the Aqua Park Shinagawa aquarium and 7 km from the shops in Ginza.

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Tokyo - 5* The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Nestled among gardens and trees, this chic, contemporary hotel lies a 6-minute walk from Shinagawa train station, 4 km from Tokyo Tower and 7 km from the Tsukiji Market.

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Kyoto - 4* Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto

This upmarket hotel is 4 km from both Kiyomizu-dera temple and Nijo Castle.

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Kyoto - 5* Hotel Granvia Kyoto

Set in the contemporary Kyoto Station complex, this sprawling, high-end hotel features interiors filled with modern art. It’s 2 km from To-ji Buddhist temple and 4 km Nijo-jo Castle.

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Kanazawa - 4* ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa

A 3-minute walk from Kanazawa railway station, this upmarket hotel is 2 km from Kanazawa Castle and 3 km from the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Kanazawa - 5* Hotel Nikko Kanazawa

A 3-minute walk from Kanazawa train station, this upscale high-rise hotel is 2 km from both Kanazawa Castle and Kenroku-en garden, which is considered 1 of Japan’s 3 perfect gardens.

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Takayama - 4* Honjin Hiranoya Bekkan

Alongside the Miyagawa River, this understated hot spring inn is an 8-minute walk from Takayama train station and 3 km from farmhouses at the Hida Minzoku Mura open-air museum.

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Takayama - 5* Hidatei Hanaougi

This sleek inn encircled by trees is 2 km from Hidakokubun-ji Temple and 4 km from Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village.

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Shirakawago - 4* Minshuku

Tour Price includes:

  • International economy flights;
  • Hotel / Ryokan accommodation as shown (based on twin occupancy);
  • Meals as described (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner);
  • Meeting and assistance on arrivals and departures;
  • Luggage forwarding service between cities;
  • Sightseeing excursions with English speaking private guides;
  • Entrance fees for visits mentioned in program;
  • Bullet Train (Shinkansen) journeys where mentioned in program;
  • All currently applicable taxes.

Tour Price excludes:

  • Drinks during meals;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, souvenirs etc;
  • Travel insurance (can be arranged, please ask for details);
  • Optional tours;
  • Early check-in or late check-out;
  • Flight and accommodation upgrades.
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