Allure of Japan with Snow Monkeys

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  • Overview
  • Itinerary
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  • Scenic

Destinations
  • Asia
  • Japan
Day 1: Depart UK

Start your cultural adventure by flying to Fukuoka from a choice of UK airports with selected airports.



Day 2: Fukuoka

Enjoy your welcome reception at your luxury hotel in the centre of the city.

. Dinner Included

Day 3: Fukuoka > Hiroshima

Visit Maizuru Park and the castle ruins located within. Relax in your Green (Business) Class seats on the Shinkansen train to Hiroshima. Check into the Sheraton Hiroshima hotel for two nights enjoying the view from your Deluxe Corner View rooms.

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Experience an emotional visit to the Peace Park and Museum before visiting Orizuru Tower to create your own special origami crane offering.

Tonight, sample Okonomiyaki, a delicious Japanese-style pancake, a specialty of the region. 

Breakfast Included. Lunch Included. Dinner Included

Day 4: Hiroshima > Miyajima Island

Sail by ferry to Miyajima Island to visit Daisho-in Temple and the floating Torii Gate at the Itsukushima Shrine. This afternoon see the industrial robots perform at the Mazda car factory on your guided visit. 

Breakfast Included

Day 5: Hiroshima > Osaka

En-route to Osaka on the Shinkansen train, stop at Himeji Castle and marvel at Japan’s most spectacular and one of the few remaining original feudal castles. This evening, admire the view of Osaka at night from the Floating Garden Observatory. Then settle in for a two night Special Stay in an Executive Room at your hotel.

Breakfast Included. Lunch Included. Dinner Included

Day 6: Osaka > Asuka

Drive to the cradle of Japanese culture in Asuka. Wander through the Inabuchi terraced rice paddy fields, the ancient Tobiishi stone bridge and visit Ishibutai tumulus, the largest known megalithic structure in Japan. 

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Learn about the history, life and training routine of a sumo wrestler during a private visit to a Sumo Museum in Kehayaza, where Sumo originated. After your welcome ceremony, see a demonstration of Jinku and the wrestlers in action in
the dohyo.

This evening catch the Osaka Metro to wander around the lively entertainment area of Dotonbori and Hozenji Yokocho food alley.

Breakfast Included. Lunch Included

Day 7: Osaka > Kyoto

Begin the day with a walking tour of Osaka’s Kitchen, the Kuromon Food Market. Drive to the culturally rich city of Kyoto for a memorable three night stay. This afternoon visit impressive Nijo Castle.

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Tonight’s dinner will allow you to interact with a Maiko who will host your meal presentation. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn about what is involved in becoming a Geisha and the art of Japanese hospitality.

Breakfast Included. Lunch Included. Dinner Included

Day 8: Kyoto > Nara

Begin your day with an early visit to Fushimi Inari Shrine then continue to Nara, where you’ll visit Todaiji Temple and see deer in Nara Park. You will have time this afternoon for some shopping or relaxation.

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After a short stroll through the Gion area be entertained at dinner with a Samurai Kembu show. After the show you can choose to learn the way of the Samurai yourself with a lesson in swordsmanship.

Breakfast Included. Dinner Included

Day 9: Kyoto

Explore the World Heritage listed Tenryu-ji Temple before gliding through the surreal Arashiyama Bamboo Grove by traditional rickshaw. Visit the famous Kinkaku-ji or Golden Pavilion before enjoying some free time this afternoon.

Freechoice: Revel in the atmosphere of the ancient preservation districts or visit the Silver Pavilion before strolling along the Philosopher’s Walk. 

Breakfast Included. Lunch Included. Dinner Included

Day 10: Kyoto > Kanazawa

Visit the Kinkaku-ji or Golden Pavilion before travelling by the ‘Thunderbird’ to Kanazawa. Upon arrival wander around Kenroku–en Garden, one of Japan’s three great gardens located across from Kanazawa Castle Park. Then try your hand at making your own chopsticks at the Kanazawa Gold Leaf craft shop. Enjoy a two night stay.

Breakfast Included. Lunch Included

Day 11: Kanazawa

This morning visit Omi-cho Market, commonly known as Ishikawa’s Kitchen with over 180 stalls.

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Explore the historic Higashi Chaya Teahouse district and partake in a Japanese tea ceremony while dressed in a traditional Japanese kimono, a great photo opportunity.

Later, catch a glimpse of life in Feudal Japan with a visit to former Kaga Clan Samurai houses in the Nagamachi district.

For a unique insight into Japanese culture, choose to stay tonight in a Ryokan (at additional cost, must be pre-booked before departure). This traditional Japanese Inn has tatami mat flooring with futon beds, sliding shoji paper doors, onsen hot spring baths and private facilities, and includes dinner and breakfast.

Breakfast Included. Lunch Included

Day 12: Kanazawa > Shirakawa-go > Takayama

Drive to Takayama stopping en route at the historical farmhouses of nearby mountain villages in Shirakawa-go, now a World Cultural Heritage site. Continue to Takayama and partake in Sarubobo mascot-making at the Hida Folk Village before beginning a two night stay at your hotel with amazing views over the Takayama township.

Freechoice Dining: Choose between Le Midi, a French-inspired bistro in town famed for its Hida Beef, or Sakanaya, a fine Japanese restaurant set in a renovated former sake brewery near your hotel.

Breakfast Included. Lunch Included. Dinner Included

Day 13: Takayama

Begin the day wandering through Miyagawa morning markets before gaining unique insights into the region’s culture and history at the Festival Float Exhibition Hall. After lunch, try a tasting at a sake brewery before moving to Takayama’s old quarter to explore the small alleyways and shops on your own.

Breakfast Included. Lunch Included

Day 14: Takayama > Tsumago Juku > Karuizawa

Drive to Tsumago Juku, a fully restored and preserved Edo era post town in the Kiso Valley. Continue to Karuizawa, a resort town in the mountains near Nagano, and your hotel for two nights.

Breakfast Included. Lunch Included. Dinner Included

Day 15: Karuizawa > Jigokudani Monkey Park

Move to Jigokudani Monkey Park to view the wild Japanese macaques going about their daily lives including the unique behavior of bathing in onsens (natural hot springs). After lunch in Nagano, visit the 7th-century Zenko-ji Buddhist temple before returning to your hotel.

Breakfast Included. Lunch Included

Day 16: Karuizawa > Matsumoto > Five Lakes

Drive to the Daio Wasabi Farm to learn how wasabi paste is made. Then continue to Matsumoto to visit one of Japan’s most beautiful and original castles, the unique “hirajiro” style Matsumoto Castle. As you venture deep into the stunning scenery of Kawaguchiko Area via Suwa Lake, lookout for your first view of Mt Fuji. Check into your hotel for an overnight stay.

Breakfast Included. Lunch Included. Dinner Included

Day 17: Five Lakes > Hakone

Discover the incredible workmanship involved in creating kimonos at the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. After visiting many scenic stops for photos of Mt Fuji, enjoy a cruise on Lake Ashinoko and a short walk along the heritage trail. This evening enjoy a Special Stay at your hotel overlooking Lake Ashinoko.

Freechoice Dining: Choose from Japanese or French menus at the hotel restaurant. 

Breakfast Included. Lunch Included. Dinner Included

Day 18: Hakone > Tokyo

This morning study the art works and sculptures at the Hakone Open Air Museum before continuing to Tokyo. Upon arrival in Tokyo, wander through Harajuku, the epicentre of Tokyo’s teenage youth. 

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Given by Taiko Masters, partake in an interactive, private group demonstration and lesson in playing the
Taiko drums. 

Check into your hotel in Tokyo, your home for the next three nights.

Freechoice Dining: Choose from dining at a ninja themed restaurant or culturally immerse yourself in the traditional Izakaya bar scene serving Yaki-tori and Kushiyaki. 

Breakfast Included. Lunch Included. Dinner Included

Day 19: Tokyo

Visit the Asakusa district, paying your respects at Sensoji, the city’s oldest Buddhist temple. 

Freechoice: Head to west Tokyo. Here visit the Imperial Shinto Meiji Shrine before walking across the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world and seeing the famous Hachiko dog statue in Shibuya. Alternatively, wander through picturesque Shinjuku-Gyoen Gardens before witnessing the Shinjuku entertainment district come alive at dusk. 

Breakfast Included. Lunch Included

Day 20: Tokyo

Begin the day in the beautiful Imperial Palace’s East Gardens then dress up in your chefs clothes to make your own sushi lunch with the help of a local chef. This afternoon is yours at leisure to finish shopping for gifts for home. Tonight, relive your experiences at your beautiful farewell dinner.

Breakfast Included. Lunch Included. Dinner Included

Day 21: Tokyo > UK

Time to bid farewell and take many wonderful memories with you.

Breakfast Included

Day 22: Arrive UK

Welcome home.



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