This tour of Japan is an ideal introduction for first-time visitors, with guided tours of the country's key sites. Discover Tokyo's rich cultural heritage with visits to the city's temples, museums & shrines, tour the scenic Hakone National Park with a lake cruise and cable-car ridge for views of Mt Fuji, then explore Kyoto's famous geisha district and experience a traditional tea ceremony.
The Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa is located at the top of Zakuro-zaka Street, just a 5-minute walk from the Takanawa exit of Shinagawa train station, and just three minutes to the Toei subway station. The hotel's striking structure was designed by Togo Murano, one of Japan's leading architects. With a range of leisure facilities, well-equipped rooms and Japanese, Chinese and western restaurants, the hotel makes a comfortable base from which to explore Tokyo. Features: 940 rooms, 2 restaurants, cafe, lounge, bar, chocolate shop, 2 swimming pools (available in summer only), spa, sauna, fitness centre, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Balcony, fridge, hairdryer, kettle, television, safe, coffee & tea...
Hotel Keihan Kyoto Grande is just a 3-minute walk from JR Kyoto Train Station and is directly connected via an underground passage. The Avanti shopping mall is next door so guests have easy access to many shops, cafes and restaurants. The hotel also has its own restaurant, serving a range of Mediterranean-style cuisine in the evening and Japanese and western-style breakfast in the morning. Features: 320 rooms, restaurant, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Air conditioning, safe, television, Wi-Fi,...
The Yumoto Fujiya Hotel is a modern hotel conveniently located for access to transport routes and local restaurants. It is surrounded by the natural beauty of Hakone National Park and offers a range of facilities, including a swimming pool, natural hot spring bath and a number of restaurants serving Japanese, Chinese and French...
Fly from London (regional connections available) to Tokyo, with British Airways. (N)
Arrive and transfer to the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa (or similar) for 2 nights. (N)
Full-day tour visiting Asakusa Kannon temple, Tokyo National Museum, the Imperial East Garden, the Meiji shrine and the busy Shibuya district. (B, L)
Drive to Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, where you will take a cruise on Lake Ashi and a ride on the Mount Komagatake Ropeway (cable car) for views of Mount Fuji. Stay overnight at the Yumoto Fujiya Hotel. (B, L, D)
Visit the Hakone Open-Air Museum, which displays artwork and sculptures by Rodin, Miró, Anthony Gormley and Picasso. Continue by shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto for 3 nights at the Hotel Keihan Kyoto Grande (or similar). (B)
Morning visit to Kinkakuji temple (Golden Pavilion), then Ryoanji temple, known for its Zen rock garden. Afternoon tour of the historic city of Nara. (B)
Continue your tour of Kyoto with a visit to Nijo castle, the Nishiki fresh food market, and a traditional tea ceremony in a machiya (wooden townhouse). Afternoon visit to a handicraft centre for a traditional woodblock printing class, then take a walk in Gion, Kyoto’s renowned geisha district. (B)
Early morning coach journey to Kansai international airport in Osaka and fly to London with British Airways. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Travellers will need to pack an overnight bag for days 4-5 in Hakone, as your main luggage will be transferred from Tokyo to Kyoto.
Please note that in Japan room sizes can be significantly smaller than in Europe.
This tour is led in each destination en route by a local tour guide.
This tour is based in 4-star accommodation.
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, but note that the cost of travelling on a private basis rather than as part of a group is significantly higher in Japan than in most countries. This is because of the very high costs of private guides and vehicles. To reduce costs, a similar itinerary can be booked using public transport and some self-guided excursions, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.
• 4-star accommodation
• Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available
• Small group size - maximum 26
• International flights
• Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
• Experienced local guides in each destination
• 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
• Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
• Bullet train travel
• Cherry blossom season departures
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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