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Japan - Land of the Rising Sun

13 Days from £3,949

Guided Tour Holiday to Japan

Discover the unforgettable highlights of Japan including an incredible high-speed ride on the Bullet Train.

Departure from: Oct 2019 - Nov 2020

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • Return flights from Heathrow with Cathay Pacific
  • 10 nights in 4-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight
  • 14 meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Audio Guide​
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Included holiday highlights

  • Tour of Japan's capital, Tokyo
  • Hakone, gateway to Mount Fuji
  • Cruise on Lake Ashi and cable-car ride over Owakundi Valley
  • Matsumoto Castle, Japan's oldest existing castle
  • Visit a wasabi farm
  • Takayama, a traditional city in the mountains
  • Shirakawago visit
  • Ride the Bullet Train to Kyoto
  • Sightseeing in Kyoto including Nijo Castle
  • Kinkakuji Temple
  • Arashiyama and rickshaw ride through a bamboo forest
  • Sushi-making demonstration
  • Visit the historic city of Nara​
  • Bullet Train journey to Hiroshima
  • Hiroshima sightseeing tour and Miyajima Island
  • Tour of Osaka including Umeda Floating Garden and Osaka Castle

Your Itinerary

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Day 1 UK/Tokyo

Today you'll depart on your scheduled flight to Tokyo via Hong Kong.​


Day 2 Tokyo

​This evening you'll arrive in Tokyo, where we'll transfer you to your hotel. After time to settle in, why not head out for stroll to get your bearings.

Day 3 Tokyo

​Your explorations of Japan begin here in dazzling Tokyo and take you first to the Meiji Jingu Shrine. This collection of buildings and tranquil grounds is dedicated to the first emperor of modern Japan. Next we'll transfer to the district of Asakusa, where you'll visit the fascinating Sensoji Buddhist temple, and head to the vibrant Nakamise shopping street.
In the afternoon we're going to visit the Tokyo Tower and make a stop close to the spectacular Imperial Palace. This is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan, so make sure you bring your camera! Tonight we'll head to a restaurant for a welcome dinner.

Day 4 Hakone & Mount Fuji

​A spectacular sight awaits us today, as we journey to Hakone. This is the gateway to Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain, and the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. The scenery here is breathtakingly beautiful and we'll take a cable-car ride over the Owakudani Valley to admire views of mountains, sulphur hot springs and crystal-clear Lake Ashi.
The lake formed thousands of years ago in the crater of a dormant volcano, and we'll take a tranquil and scenic cruise across its waters.  At the hot springs, you'll have a chance to try the local delicacy of 'black eggs'. Cooked in the sulphur, eating just one egg is believed to add seven years to your life! We'll also make a photo stop at a great spot close to Mount Fuji, so you can capture its stunning beauty if the weather is on our side.

Day 5 Takayama

​Your next base is Takayama, and a day of discoveries starts with a visit to the ancient and perfectly preserved Matsumoto Castle. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Japanese Alps, it's the country's oldest five-tiered wooden castle and has been designated a National Treasure of Japan.
In the afternoon we're going to tour Daio Wasabi Farm to see how Japanese horseradish is grown. The farm has a number of large fields where the wasabi plants grow and we will admire them from specially designed walking trails. To round off your visit, why not treat yourself to a wasabi-flavoured ice cream!

Day 6 Takayama

​Our day out today starts early at Miyagawa morning market, where you'll see and even sample the region's exotic fruit and vegetables. We'll then have the chance to see a traditional house and enjoy some free time in Takayama.
One of Japan's most scenic areas is Shirakawago, located along the Shokawa River. We'll head here later to take in wonderful sights of pine-covered mountains and centuries-old thatch-roofed farmhouses.

Day 7 Kyoto

​A journey by train this morning takes us to Nagoya, where we board one of Japan's famous Bullet Trains bound for Kyoto. 
We'll start the sightseeing as soon as we arrive in historic Kyoto. It's filled with fascinating temples, ancient buildings and splendid gardens, and we'll see highlights including Nijo Castle, built in 1603 for the first Shogun of the Edo Period. We'll also admire the Sanjusangendo Temple, the longest wooden building in Japan, which houses 1,001 unique carved statues of Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy.

Day 8 Kyoto

We'll start the day by viewing the Kinkakuji Temple with its Golden Pavilion. Next we're heading to the beautiful district of Arashiyama today, where a rickshaw ride through a bamboo forest promises to be an exhilarating experience. Sit back and enjoy the sight of the towering stalks swaying gently in the wind and casting shadows on the path. A sushi-making demonstration and lunch are also included before an afternoon of exploration in Nara. This historic city is where we'll find the Todaiji Temple, one of the most famous in Japan, and the Deer Park with its hundreds of free-roaming deer. where you can purchase crackers and feed the deer. We'll also visit Kasuga Taisha, the most celebrated shrine in Nara.

Day 9 Kyoto

How you spend today in Kyoto is entirely up to you. You could take part in a Kendo lesson, a modern martial art which uses bamboo swords, or maybe enjoy a more genteel experience, a tea ceremony. Kyoto is the birthplace of this traditional ceremony and there are a number of places which offer you a chance to experience it for yourself.
If you fancy a spot of retail therapy, Downtown Kyoto has plenty to offer, including department stores and a wonderful food market. Alternatively, you could opt to learn more about Japanese culture on a Kimono-wearing experience.​

Day 10 Hiroshima

​We're taking another Bullet Train today, and this time it will transport us to Hiroshima. This city is infamous as the target of the first-ever atomic bomb, dropped by the US at the end of the Second World War.
You'll tour this rebuilt city and nearby Miyajima Island, taking in views of the beautiful Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO-listed site built over water. You'll also see the Peace Memorial Park, a vast area of open land dedicated to the promotion of world peace, and the Atomic Bomb Dome. This building stood at the epicentre of the devastating bomb blast and has been preserved as a lasting reminder of that tragic event.  
Tonight we'll get together for a farewell dinner. We'll head to a restaurant and try okonomiyaki, savoury pancakes served with a variety of toppings including seafood, vegetables, pork and noodles.

Day 11 Osaka

Osaka is the final destination of your tour, and you'll journey here by road, so this morning is all about relaxing and admiring the view from your window. Your hotel in Osaka is located close to the city's main shopping and entertainment district, so there's plenty to keep you busy during a free afternoon. If you fancy a spot of retail therapy, you could make your way to the upmarket stores along Midosuji Street, the so-called Champs-Élysées of the East. And later on, why not head to a nearby restaurant and sample some of the local cuisine. ​

Day 12 Osaka/UK

​You'll spend the first half of today discovering Osaka Castle and the Floating Garden Observatory at the top of the Umeda Sky Building. From here you'll get panoramic views of the city and there will be free time for lunch if you wish. Later, we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK via Hong Kong .

Day 13 UK

​You'll arrive back in the UK today.​


Accommodation

Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

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Day 2 - 4 :

Keio Plaza Hotel - Tokyo
Offering fantastic views over the city and located close to the popular sights, you will stay at the Keio Plaza Hotel.

Hotel facilities include restaurant, bar, fitness room and pool(seasonal). Bedrooms have private facilities, hairdryer, air-conditioning and tea/coffee making facilities.

Day 5 - 6 :

Associa Takayama Resort Takayama
The 4-star Associa Takayama Resort is situated in Takayama.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant and a bar. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning and a TV.

Day 7 - 9 :

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel
The 4-star Kyoto Tokyu Hotel is ideally located within reach of Kyoto''s main tourist attractions.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant and a bar. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and tea/coffee-making facilities.

Day 10 :

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima
The 4-star Granvia Hiroshima is ideally located within easy reach of the main tourist attractions of Hiroshima.

Hotel facilities include a selection of restaurants and a bar. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Day 11 :

Hotel Nikko Osaka
Hotel Nikko Osaka is a deluxe hotel located in a prime area of central Osaka. The hotel faces the famous tree-lined Mido-suji Avenue, the city's main boulevard.


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Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Japan - Kimono Wearing Experience

FROM £46

With over 150 fashionable Komon (fine pattern) kimonos for ladies and Yukata for men to choose from you are bound to find a pattern that suits you. You will be dressed by experienced staff and you will be provided with footwear and undergarments, so you can venture out to the Kyoto streets where you can take your own pictures. If you are feeling brave you can also get up on the stage after enjoying the Kimono cat walk show. Hair, makeup and transfers are not included.

Half day – Minimal walking – Authentic experience

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Add-on

Take the opportunity to maximise your travel experience and extend your holiday with an add-on. The number of days shown is inclusive of the main tour and the price shown is in addition to the cost of the main tour:

Japan - Land of the Rising Sun with Hong Kong Add-on

Extend your holiday to 16 days from £949

Oct 2019 - Oct 2019 Departures

On the final day of your holiday you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Hong Kong. Hong Kong is known for its diverse culture, spectacular skyline and glittering natural harbour. It also boasts a unique blend of fascinating museums, stunning country parks and vibrant festivals. Please note: You will not be accompanied by a Tour Manager.

Please note: Our Make Your Own way option does not apply if you book this add-on.

Your add-on includes

  • Scheduled flights, transfers and other transportation
  • 4 nights' accomodation on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Services of a local guide
  • Half day Hong Kong island tour
  • Porterage

Your Hotel

You will stay in a hotel such as the 4-star Dorsett WanChai Hong Kong.

Itinerary

DAY 12 Osaka/Hong Kong
Today we include a half-day tour starting with a visit to Osaka Castle and the Floating Garden in Umeda. Later, we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight to Hong Kong, where you'll stay for four nights.

DAY 13 Hong Kong
This morning you'll get to know Hong Kong Island during a tour. First you'll journey by road to the top of Victoria Peak for fantastic views over the city. You will also see Repulse Bay and Hong Kong's most famous beach.

Next you'll head to the floating village of Aberdeen, home to a thriving community of 30,000 people living in variety of junks, sampans and boats. Aberdeen is also host to some fabulous seafood restaurants, so why not stop to enjoy lunch.

After time at leisure this afternoon, you might choose to join our optional evening excursion. Hong Kong really is magical at night, and on this trip you'll take a cruise around Victoria Harbour before enjoying at meal at a restaurant on The Peak. After dinner there's time for shopping at one of the bustling outdoor markets.

DAY 14 Hong Kong
You'll discover more of Hong Kong today if you choose to join an excursion into the Western Territories, a rural area offering a glimpse of traditional Chinese life.

Alternatively, you could take an optional full-day tour of Macau. Located across the Pearl River, this former Portuguese colony is a centre for gambling, but among the many casinos there are some wonderful historic buildings to admire, such as the 17th century Church of Sao Paulo.

DAY 15 Hong Kong
Hong Kong is incredibly easy to get around, thanks to excellent public transport links. During a free day, why not take the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour to Kowloon. Once here, take a walk along the Avenue of the Stars, Hong Kong's answer to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This is also an ideal vantage point to enjoy the nightly spectacle of 'A Symphony of Lights'. Be sure to visit the Western Market too. Built in 1906 and renovated in 1991, this Edwardian building is full of enticing shops.

Alternatively, join our full-day optional excursion to Lantau Island, where you'll see the Po Lin Monastery and Giant Buddha Statue, and take a ride on the Ngong Ping Cable Car.

DAY 16 Hong Kong/UK
Today we'll transfer you to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Japan - Land of the Rising Sun with Hong Kong Add-on

Extend your holiday to 17 days from £699

Mar 2020 - Nov 2020 Departures

On the final day of your holiday you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Hong Kong, where you will stay for four nights. Hong Kong is known for its diverse culture, spectacular skyline and glittering natural harbour. It also boasts a unique blend of fascinating museums, stunning country parks and vibrant festivals, so you’re sure to leave with lasting memories of your time here. Please note: You will not be accompanied by a Tour Manager.

Unique Hong Kong Experiences

Choose our optional Hong Kong add-on and you'll conclude your holiday in style with a stay in one of the world's most dynamic and exciting cities.

Sophisticated, cosmopolitan with a spectacular skyline and harbour, Hong Kong is Asia’s World City. It is a unique blend of East and West, successfully combining contemporary style with over 5,000 years of ancient Chinese heritage. Hong Kong offers so many fantastic attractions and events that will leave a lasting impression of this wonderful city.

Skyline viewpoints

From gleaming skyscrapers to peaceful outlying islands, Hong Kong has breathtaking viewpoints. There are many beautiful sights to see in Hong Kong but the most popular attraction is The Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island. Visitors can travel to the top of The Peak by a tram service and admire the view of skyscrapers and Victoria Harbour all the way to the green hills of the New Territories.

Buzzing street markets

For shopaholics, Hong Kong offers a vast contrast and choice of shopping experiences from bustling markets to ultra modern malls and department stores. Visitors should head to the Mongkok District for a chance to practice their haggling skills on goods such as clothing, watches, bags, home furnishings, CDs and trinkets. For more market action other options include Temple Street night market and Ho Hung Kee in Causeway Bay.

Outlying islands

To escape the hustle and bustle of city life, Hong Kong has over 260 outlying islands to explore. Lantau Island is a great choice to experience the Hong Kong countryside and admire the beautiful greenery. Visitors can take the NP360 cable car to see this other side of the city. They can climb to the top of the Big Buddha statue and also visit the Tai O Fishing Village.

Victoria Harbour tram
Hong Kong Food Market
Big Buddha statue, Lantau Island

Culture and heritage

Hong Kong’s culture is a melting pot of customs and traditions, influenced by thousands of years of immigration. Wherever you look in the city, there is a story to be told that will take you back centuries. The Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple is a scenic attraction to visit due to its beautiful ornate building and rich history, it a perfect opportunity to see the cultural side to Hong Kong.

Harbour cruise

Hong Kong has emerged as one of the world’s most fast-paced and dynamic cities. With beautiful harbour views there is no better way to see Hong Kong than a harbour cruise. Start off your trip my taking a ride on one of the traditional Chinese junk boats and tour the Victoria Harbour with the best view in the house.

World-class cuisine

With over 11,000 restaurants Hong Kong is known as the ‘Culinary Capital of Asia’; ranging from Michelin star dining to street stalls, it is a gourmet paradise. It is also home to the cheapest Michelin starred restaurant in the world, Tim Ho Wan, and other lovely local eateries, there is something for everyone.

Wong Tai Sin Temple
Junk boat, Victoria Harbour
Dim Sum

Beautiful beaches

Hong Kong’s coastal area has a rich array of beaches, coves, bays, cliffs, arches and sea caverns just waiting to be explored. Repulse Bay is one of the most popular beaches with both locals and visitors, it is ideal for beach strolls or to enjoy a beautiful sunset. This crescent-shaped stretch of sand is one of the most stunning beaches in Hong Kong.

Great outdoors

Hong Kong has a rich natural side with quaint villages and beautiful rolling mountains. Visitors can hike, camp and enjoy the green country parks away from the busy city. Sai Kung is known as the 'back garden of Hong Kong', a great area to fish or sail in the sheltered waters, BBQ or sunbathe on secluded beaches, and swim or snorkel in the clear blue waters.

Rooftop bars

To escape the hustle and bustle of city life, Hong Kong has over 260 outlying islands to explore. Lantau Island is a great choice to experience the Hong Kong countryside and admire the beautiful greenery. Visitors can take the NP360 cable car to see this other side of the city. They can climb to the top of the Big Buddha statue and also visit the Tai O Fishing Village.



Bullet Train

Japan was the first country to build a dedicated railway line for these high speed trains and now with a 20,000km network of lines and high performance, punctual trains, Japan is a train lover's paradise.

Japan’s high speed bullet trains are called Shinkansen and are operated by Japan Railways, they run at a speed of 320km/h and offer passengers an experience like no other. The English name ‘Bullet Train’ is a translation which came from a nickname given to the project ‘Dangan Ressha’ (弾丸列車).  They are known for their punctuality as they depart on time to the very second, their average delay was only 54 seconds.

Their comforts in their spacious and always forward facing seats in almost silent cars and on a clear day guests aboard the train are able to enjoy the beautiful views of Mount Fuji right from their seat. The Bullet Train offers seats in two classes, ordinary which like the name suggests are regular seats and Green Car, similar to business class on airplanes. Seats are larger and offer more foot space.

Bullet Train
Bullet Train
Bullet Train