The Japan Heritage tour offers a great Japan sightseeing experience. Visit a range of Tokyo attractions before travelling to Takayama, Shirakawago, and Kanazawa. The trip also includes Kyoto and Mt Koya. World Heritage sites are shining examples of the beauties and achievements of this world, and Japan has a range of amazing locations that you can visit. This value-for-money tour is a mixture of join-in coach excursions, English-speaking assistant meeting, and exploring Japan in your own way.
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 and have the rest of the day free.
Morning tour of Tokyo including the Tokyo Tower, the Imperial Palace East Garden, and Meiji Shrine, also driving past the National Diet Building (Parliament). The tour finishes in the Ginza shopping district. You have the afternoon free to relax or explore further on your own.
Choose what you want to do on this day! Optional tours to Mt Fuji/Hakone or Nikko are available.
Make your way to Shinagawa station for the bullet train to Nagoya. Then change to the train for Takayama. Located in the 'Japanese Alps', this ancient city is often known as 'Little Kyoto', with streets of old-style wooden houses. About 5 hour journey in total. On arrival, make your own way to the hotel. Your heavy luggage will be transported from Tokyo to Kyoto so you should take an overnight bag for the next few days.
You have free time on the morning. Either relax and unwind, or explore! You could visit the Kusakabe Folkcraft museum, formerly the residence of powerful merchants, and the hall where the colourful floats for the city's twice yearly festival are held. The colourful morning market is also available. Once ready, travel by bus to the World Heritage site of Shirakawago with its unique 'gassho-zukuri' farmhouses. On arrival, you make your own way to your traditional guesthouse created in one of the gassho-zukuri houses. (D)
After breakfast make your own way by bus to Kanazawa, and then travel to your accommodation, arriving early afternoon. You can then explore Kanazawa, perhaps visiting the classic Kenroku-en Garden - one of the most beautiful in Japan - the Kutaniyaki Pottery Kiln, or the Nagamachi samurai house district. (B)
Free time in Kanazawa before travelling on the late afternoon express train to Kyoto, the former capital of Japan, where you will make your own way to your hotel near to the station.
Experience a morning sightseeing tour of Nara to visit the Todaiji Temple, housing Japan's largest bronze image of the Buddha, Deer Park, and the Kasuga shrine with its 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns. In the afternoon enjoy a tour of Kyoto to include the Kiyomizu Temple, Kodaiji Temple, Yasaka shrine and the Gion entertainment district. The tour disbands in Gion and you can make your own way back to your hotel.
Explore the wondrous city on this free day!
Your suitcase is transported direct to Osaka, so take an overnight bag for your night on Mt Koya. Transfer to Shin-Imamiya by train with an English-speaking assistant. Then travel on the train for Mt Koya and ride the cable car via Gokurakubashi. You have the afternoon free to explore this sacred mountain, home to over 117 temples. Stay in Japanese-style accommodation at the main temple of the Shingon sect of Buddhism. Enjoy a vegetarian Buddhist dinner. (D)
Wake early to see the morning ceremony with the monks at the temple. After breakfast descend Mt Koya by cable car and travel by train to Osaka. On arrival, make your own way to your hotel near to the station. Rest of the time free to explore Osaka, for example Osaka Castle or the vibrant Dotonbori district. (B)
Transfer to Kyoto Kansai Airport by airport bus for your flight back to the UK.
Price from £3,190 per person (based on 2 persons sharing a twin/double room)
At Zero Distance Tours, we have a range of options available. Here are the tours that we provide: