One of the highlights of Japan is travelling in the autumn when the turning colours of the leaves create a beautiful backdrop to Japan's many sights, especially in parks, gardens and temples. This small group tour at this time of year provides excellent value for money, covering the main sights of Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Hiroshima and Kyoto as well as Takayama and Kanazawa.
Visit Japan at a great time of year for a very special price. Price includes flights, accommodation, daily breakfast and some lunches, transport and sightseeing.
This tour departs UK on 11 November 2019.
Price: £4,245 per person including international flights (based on 2 persons sharing a twin/double room).
Single room supplement: £900
Flight supplements may apply for late bookings, so early confirmation is recommended.
Depart London or regional airport for your flight to Tokyo.
Once you arrive in Tokyo, you are met by our representative and helped on your bus. You then travel to your hotel.
Pick-up from hotel and enjoy a full day's sightseeing tour of Tokyo visiting the Tokyo Tower Observatory, the Meiji Shrine, the Imperial Palace East Gardens, Hama-rikyu Garden, a short cruise on the Sumida River, the Senso-ji (Asakusa Kannon) Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street.. (B, L)
Free day in Tokyo.
Excursion to Mt Fuji and Hakone. Your heavy luggage will be transported from Tokyo to Takayama so you should take an overnight bag for the night. Ascend half way up the mountain. After lunch, enjoy an aerial cable car ride with spectacular views and a boat trip on Lake Ashi. Then transfer for your stay at your hotel with traditional "onsen" or hot springs. (B, L)
Transfer to Odawara railway station for a bullet train to Nagoya. Change to train to Takayama. This ancient city is often known as 'Little Kyoto', with streets of old-style wooden houses. An afternoon walking tour includes the Kusakabe Folkcraft museum, formerly the residence of powerful merchants, and the Yatai Kaikan Hall where the colourful floats for the city's twice yearly festival are held. This tour also includes Kami-Sannomachi town, with its streets of well-preserved old houses, sake breweries, courtyards and shops. (B, L)
Visit Takayama's colourful morning market before travelling alongside Lake Miboro and the Shokawa River to the World Heritage site of Shirakawago, with its unique 'gassho-zukuri' farmhouses with steep grass-roofed houses designed to shed snow during the winters in this mountainous region. The journey continues in the afternoon to Kanawaza. Your heavy luggage will be transported to Kyoto to await your arrival there. (B, L)
Enjoy this morning sightseeing tour of Kanazawa, visiting the classic Kenroku-en Garden - one of the most beautiful in Japan - and driving through the Higashi-chaya District. Also visit the Nagamachi samurai district where the samurai and their families lived in residences among the narrow lanes. In the afternoon, board an express train to Kyoto. Walk to your nearby hotel. (B)
Morning tour to the nearby town of Nara, the ancient capital of Japan and an important Buddhist centre. Visit the Todai-ji Temple, a vast wooden building housing a giant bronze Buddha, the Deer Park and the Kasuga Shrine. Return to Kyoto and rest of the day free for you to explore, whether you want to see some of the exquisite temples and gardens, or the historic streets, such as those of the Gion district. (B)
Free day for you to explore more of Kyoto's many treasures on your own. (B)
Travel to Hiroshima by bullet train. Your heavy luggage will be transported to Osaka, so overnight bag for stay in Hiroshima. Full day tour to Hiroshima and nearby Miyajima Island. First visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and museum, and the Atomic Bomb Dome. Then take the ferry to Miyajima Island to visit the beautiful Itsukushima Shrine and the iconic "floating" red torii gate. (B)
In the morning take a bullet train to Osaka. Afternoon walking tour of Osaka including Osaka Castle and cruise on the Aqau Liner along Osaka's waterways. (B)
Transfer to Kansai International Airport and travel safely back to the UK, arriving later the same day. (B)
Here are details of the preferred hotels for this tour. Similar hotels may be substituted. All are good 3- or 4-star standard, and are modern, clean, well-presented hotels offering a comfortable stay on a touring holiday.
This large central hotel has more than 800 rooms. Located in Chiyoda, near the Imperial Palace, it has its own extensive grounds. It also boasts a number of restaurants serving Japanese, Chinese, and French cuisine. The hotel contains an indoor pool and spa centre.
Kyoto: ANA CROWNE PLAZA
The Crowne Plaza is in a good central location, directly opposite Nijo Castle. A free shuttle bus operates to the railway station. There are 5 restaurants, including French, Japanese and Chinese cuisine, plus an indoor swimming pool.
This modern hotel has a rooftop spa with mountain views, a heated swimming pool, and indoor and outdoor hot spring baths. Rooms either a Western or Japanese style. It has several restaurants serving Japanese, Chinese, and French food. The hotel is within easy walking distance of the train station and the main historic sights.