Charms of Nippon - CHARM

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  • Exoticca

Discover the beauty of Japan's architecture, ancient customs and gastronomic excellence. Enjoy the neighbourhoods of Asakusa, Shibuya and Shinjuku in Tokyo before coming face-to-face with mighty Mount Fuji. Explore the landscapes of Kanazawa, fall in love with the traditions of Kyoto and get lost in modern Osaka, all the while travelling by train with an included Japan Rail Pass.

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  • Japan
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Day 1: UK/Ireland - Night on board

Prepare for an unforgettable journey across Japan, exploring its natural wonders and ancient traditions! Arrive at your departure airport, ready for a flight to Tokyo. Night on board.

If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

Day 2: Tokyo

Arrive in Tokyo and transfer to the hotel. Tokyo is a dazzling metropolis rich in history and tradition. Once settled at the hotel, the rest of the day is free to start discovering this exciting city of contrasts and its delicious cuisine. We recommend heading to one of the many food markets where you can sample lots of different dishes for bargain prices! Overnight stay in Tokyo.

Day 3: Tokyo

Today, take a half-day tour of the city of Tokyo including the most important sights in the city. Begin at the famous 'Love' statue in Shinjuku and drive past Harajuku and the Meiji Jingu Shinto Shrine. See the National Diet Building and the Imperial Palace among other highlights before stopping in the historic neighbourhood of Asakusa, home to the Senso-ji Temple Kaminari-mon Gate and the Nakamise shopping avenue. End the tour at Tokyo Station. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight stay in Tokyo.

Day 4: Tokyo

Today, set off on an unforgettable excursion to legendary Mount Fuji. Head up to the 5th Station, stopping at the market and viewing area of Michi no Eki Subashiri. At this height, you will be amazed by the breathtaking views from above the clouds. After lunch at Mount Fuji View Restaurant, visit Ashi Crater Lake and admire the superb view of Mt. Fuji whilst sailing on the lake. Afterwards, head to Hakone to enjoy the views from the Ropeway and be amazed by the volcanic Owaku-Dani Valley. Return to Tokyo with the option of ending the excursion at Odawara station. Overnight stay in Tokyo.

Please note: If road conditions or unforeseen circumstances restrict the ascent to the 5th station, you will instead travel the highest elevation possible considering the circumstances. The same also applies for the cruise on Ashi Crater Lake; if conditions or circumstances prevent sailing on the lake, alternative visits and experiences will be taken to replace the activity.

Day 5: Tokyo - Kanazawa

Using your Japan Rail Pass, travel to Kanazawa, a historical jewel of a city, home to some of Japan's most beautiful landscaped gardens. We recommend visiting Kenrokuen, a castle garden originating from the 17th century. Enjoy strolling in the picturesque landscapes and get to know the more traditional aspects of Japanese culture. Overnight stay in Kanazawa.

Day 6: Kanazawa

Spend the day on a self-guided tour of the sights of Kanazawa. Take the Kanazawa Loop Bus for an overview of the city before admiring the pristine landscaped gardens and Japanese architecture of the Kenrokuen Gardens & Seisonkaku Villa. Soak up the artistic atmosphere at a traditional Gold-Leaf Experience and refresh with tea coupons to redeem at Kikantei. Overnight stay in Kanazawa.

Day 7: Kanazawa - Kyoto

Today, use your Japan Rail Pass, travel to Kyoto, the capital of the Japanese Empire for 11 centuries. We recommend visiting Mount Hiei and its main temple in the Buddhist school of Tendaishu or exploring Pontocho, an emblematic neighbourhood known for its traditional architecture and geishas. Overnight stay in Kyoto.

Day 8: Kyoto

Set off this morning on an exciting tour of Kyoto to discover it's imperial treasures and most beautiful monuments. Visit Niji-jo Castle, Kinkakuji Temple and the amazing Kyoto Imperial Palace. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Kyoto.

Day 9: Kyoto

Spend today at your leisure, exploring the delights of Kyoto at your own pace. Perhaps explore the iconic Bamboo Forest, the perfect backdrop for budding photographers, or walk through the tranquil Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine. We recommend an optional afternoon excursion to the peaceful sanctuary of Nara.* Overnight stay in Kyoto.

* Optional Nara Excursion: Head to Nara on the Kintetsu Express Train, for a tour of two World Heritage Sites: Todai-Ji Temple and Kofukuji Temple. Encounter wild deer up close while walking through Nara Park, a rarity in Japan and worldwide and discover Todai-Ji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world's largest wooden structures.

Day 10: Kyoto - Osaka

Use your Japan Rail Pass to travel to Osaka. Upon arrival, the rest of the day is free to discover this charming city. We recommend visiting the Kuromon local market and its Floating Garden Observatory in the Umeda Sky Building, from which there is an unforgettable panoramic view of the city. Overnight stay in Osaka.

Day 11: Osaka

Spend the day exploring Osaka at your leisure. Get to know the local area and sampling the iconic local cuisine. We recommend an optional excursion to Himeji Castle.* Overnight stay in Osaka.

* Optional Himeji Castle Excursion: This hilltop castle is a truly magnificent example of traditional Japanese architecture. It is nicknamed the 'White Heron', owing to its white exterior, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a must-see attraction in this part of Japan and is sure to transport you back in time with its authentic decoration and fascinating interior.

Day 12: Osaka - Night on board

At the indicated time, self-transfer to the airport for a flight back to the UK/Ireland. Night on board.

* Optional transfer to the airport can be purchased in the next step of the booking process.

Day 13: UK/Ireland

Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip.

  • -International flights: UK/Ireland - Tokyo, Osaka - UK/Ireland. *
  • -Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • -7 day Japan Rail Pass, Tokyo Subway Pass 72h and Kyoto Bus/Subway Pass 48h. **
  • -Tokyo Airport arrival transfer in an air conditioned vehicle. ****
  • -10 nights accommodation in Charm category hotels. ***
  • -Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
  • -All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • -Japanese SIM card.
  • -ATOL Protection.
  • -English-speaking guide.
  • -International flights: UK/Ireland - Tokyo, Osaka - UK/Ireland.
  • -10 nights accommodation in Charm category hotels. **
  • -Tokyo Airport arrival transfer in an air conditioned vehicle. ***
  • -7 day Japan Rail Pass, Tokyo Subway Pass 72h and Kyoto Bus/Subway Pass 48h. *
  • Meals
    -1 lunch in Mount Fuji.

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Meals:1 lunch in Mount Fuji.
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