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This tour of Japan is the perfect introduction to one of the world’s most enthralling countries, a heady mix of ancient shrines and modern developments, plus stunning works of nature. You’ll start in bustling Osaka, from where you’ll explore Himeji’s awe-inspiring castle, Japan's 6th-century capital Nara,and ancient, mesmerising Kyoto. Kanazawa’s gardens, Shirakawa-Go’s traditional thatched gassho-zukuri houses and picture-perfect Takayama are followed by Nagoya’s museums of the modern age, and (hopefully) some unforgettable views of majestic Mount Fuji from Fujinomiya and Hakone. Two days in Tokyo's non-stop, neon futurescape – where gleaming modern towers and the latest technology share the landscape with temples and palaces – complete a fascinating journey.

Highlights

  • Explore Himeji, Japan’s best-preserved feudal-era fortress
  • Take the train to Nara, Japan’s 6th-century capital with its sacred deer
  • Experience bustling Osaka, ‘Japan’s Kitchen’
  • Head to Kyoto and visit the famous red torii gates and Arashiyama bamboo forest
  • Journey to coastal Kanazawa with its famous gardens
  • Discover Shirakawa-Go’s traditional thatched houses and picture-perfect Takayama, gateway to the Japanese Alps
  • Stay in modern Nagoya, home of the Toyota Museum
  • Travel to Hakone National Park, where you’ll get a glimpse of fabled Mount Fuji, and enjoy a cruise on Lake Ashin
  • Spend two nights in futuristic capital Tokyo, with an included tour, time at leisure and a sushi-making lunch offering the perfect mix

Inclusions

  • 10 nights’ carefully chosen bed and breakfast accommodation, plus two on the aircraft
  • 14 meals (10 breakfasts, three lunches and one evening meal)
  • 11 tours and excursions
  • Return flights to Japan, outbound to Osaka and returning from Tokyo
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

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