Starting in Japan's vibrant capital city, you will discover the remarkable sights and uncover the wonderful culture this country has to offer, on a trip that comprises travel on the famous Bullet Train.
Make your way to London Heathrow for your flight to Japan.
Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure. Tonight, meet your APT Tour Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception at the hotel.
It’s your first full day in Japan. Begin your day with a visit to Meiji Shrine, dedicated to Emperor Meiji. It’s then onto the Samurai Museum, where you’ll have the chance to learn all about these honour-bound warriors. For some retail therapy and a dose of local culture, head to Ginza, Tokyo’s most exclusive shopping mecca. The afternoon is yours at leisure before a welcome dinner.
The morning is off to an exciting start with a visit to the Sumo Museum, where you will gain an in-depth insight into Japan’s national sport. After, it’s time to see a sumo demonstration for yourself. Meet a retired sumo wrestler and hear stories from their heyday. If you’re up for it, you might like to try a round of wrestling. After lunch at a local restaurant, head to Asakusa for a wander through old Tokyo before passing Thunder Gate entrance to Sensoji temple. Next stop is the Tokyo Skytree, a television broadcasting tower and the tallest structure in Japan.
Hakone is a city renowned for its natural beauty, and that’s where you’re heading. En route, visit Honma Yosegi Museum to admire the Edo-period artisan crafts exhibition. After stopping for lunch, you’ll ride the Hakone Ropeway and, if the sky is clear, see Mt Fuji. Cap off your day with a visit to the Hakone Open-Air Museum.
Board a bullet train to Kanazawa. On arrival, visit the Kenroku-en Garden, one of Japan’s most beautiful landscaped gardens. At the old castle town, a tour includes the Nagamachi Samurai district and the Nomura Samurai House, a traditional Japanese home from the Edo period. Dinner is at a local restaurant.
Head out this morning to explore the Higashi Chaya district, where you may spot some of Kanazawa’s geishas. Learn the history of gold leaf art and create your very own set of gold leaf chopsticks. The historic village of Shirakawa-go is your next stop. Take a stroll, admiring the Gassho-zukkuri farmhouses.
A bullet train takes you to Hiroshima, where, upon arrival, you’ll have free time. Tonight, choose where you’d like to go for dinner.
Spend the morning at the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Once the political and commercial hub of the city, the park now stands as a sombre reminder of the importance of peace. From here, a brief ferry ride takes you to Miyajima Island, where you’ll see the iconic ‘Floating Torii Gate’. Drawing visitors from all over the world, the gate gives the illusion of floating atop the water at high tide.
Board the train bound for Kyoto. On arrival, you’ll take part in a tea ceremony, dressing in traditional Japanese attire, before strolling through Higashiyama district in the hopes of seeing a geisha.
Today you will discover the incredible attractions of the cultural capital of Japan on a full day tour. Visit Kinkakuji (the Golden Pavilion), the World Heritage-listed Tenryuji temple, and Arashiyama's famous bamboo groves. This evening, take in a unique and memorable Signature Experience.
In the former capital, Nara, visit the iconic Todaiji temple, located within the popular Nara Park. Also coined ‘Deer Park’ by many, you’ll see hundreds of roaming deer who will enthusiastically bow in exchange for treats. Continue on to the Kasuga Taisha shrine, first established in AD768. After lunch at a local restaurant, return to Kyoto and stop by at the Sake Brewery Museum where you’ll relish the chance to sample the local brew. Cap off the day with a visit to the Fushimi Inari Shrine where you’ll receive a Shinto blessing by a priest.
Unleash your inner celebrity chef with a ramen making workshop this morning. When it comes to a delicious bowl of ramen, it’s all about the broth, seasoning, noodles and toppings. Have a go mastering the art yourself, and then enjoy your hard work for lunch. The rest of the afternoon is yours to while away however you like. Tonight, a farewell dinner is the perfect way to end to your trip.
After breakfast, be transferred to the airport for your onward journey.
Arrive back in the UK.
|16-Oct-2020 for 14 Nights||Flight Included||
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