Timeless Tradition & Modern Marvels

This tour of Japan is the perfect introduction to one of the world’s most enthralling countries - a mix of ancient and modern, and stunning works of nature. Beginning in Hiroshima, where you’ll visit the Peace Park and view Miyajima’s famous torii gate, this very special journey will take you to Himeji’s awe-inspiring castle, bustling Osaka, Japan's Sixth-century capital Nara, and ancient, mesmerising Kyoto. Kanazawa’s gardens, Shirakawa-Go’s traditional thatched gassho-zukuri houses and picture-book Takayama are followed by Nagoya’s museums of the modern age, and (hopefully) some unforgettable views of majestic Mount Fuji from 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

  • See Tokyo’s Imperial Palace, Senso-ji temple and Meiji shrine
  • Explore Imperial Kyoto and Kanazawa
  • The views of Mount Fuji (weather permitting)
  • Visit Nara – Japan’s first capital
  • Discover Osaka’s food quarter – Japan’s Kitchen
  • Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park
  • Miyajima’s famous 'floating' torii gate
  • Visit Himeji-jõ, Japan’s finest castle
  • See Shirakawa-go’s traditional houses
  • Spend the day in Takayama – gateway to the Japanese Alps
  • Visit Nagoya’s Railway and Toyota museums
  • A cruise on Lake Ashi and cable-car ride

Inclusions

  • 10 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at hotels in Hiroshima (2 nights), Osaka (2), Kyoto (1), Kanazawa (1), Nagoya (1), Mount Fuji (1), Tokyo (2), plus one night on the aircraft
  • Three lunches and one dinner
  • A bullet train journey from Hiroshima to Osaka
  • Return flights to London to Hiroshima via Beijing, returning from Tokyo
  • Comfortable coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager