Discover the unique culture and history of the Land of the Rising Sun on this superb holiday. You’ll begin your Japanese adventure in the entrancing former capital, Kyoto, famous for its age-old temples and teahouses and its exquisitely dressed geishas; and there will be an optional excursion to visit Hiroshima, with its poignant Peace Memorial. Explore historic Nara and relax in the lakeside spa resort of Hakone before experiencing the ultra-modern, neon-lit urban energy of Tokyo, one of the world’s great cities, and the natural beauty of Nikko National Park.
7 nights in hotels and 2 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
8 meals: 7 breakfasts (days 3-9) 1 dinner (day 5)
Portable audio headset system on excursions
Included excursions and visits: 7
Kyoto city tour
Traditional tea ceremony
Visit Nara’s attractions, including Todaiji Temple and Nara Park
A journey on the Bullet Train
Hakone sightseeing tour
Tokyo city tour
Full-day excursion to Nikko
Plus all these benefits:
Services of an experienced Titan tour manager and local guide
Scheduled Air France flights via Paris
Best available coaches with experienced drivers
Hotel porterage (one bag per person)
Airport taxes, security charges and fuel surcharges
Make your own way to London Heathrow Airport for a scheduled Air France flight to Osaka, via Paris.
Day 2 Osaka - Kyoto
On arrival at Osaka Airport, we transfer to our hotel in Kyoto, the Daiwa Roynett Hotel Kyoto Ekimae (3T). The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 3 Kyoto
Today we will explore Kyoto on a guided tour, beginning with a visit to the beautiful Zen Buddhist Kinkaku-ji Temple, known as the ‘Golden Pavilion’. We will also experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and there will be free time to discover the sights of Gion, one of Japan’s best-known Geisha districts. Also on today’s itinerary is the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, housed in a former brewery, where we can learn about the history and production of sake; and the Fushimi Inari Shrine, a vast Shinto temple famous for its numerous wooden torii gates.
Day 4 Kyoto
You are free to explore independently today, or you may choose to join an optional excursion on the bullet train to Hiroshima.
Day 5 Kyoto - Nara - Kyoto - Hakone
An overnight bag will be required tonight, as our luggage is transferred to Tokyo separately. After breakfast, we check out of our hotel and head to Nara, Japan’s first permanent capital and home to a particularly fine collection of historic temples and shrines. On our sightseeing tour here we will visit the eighth century Todai-ji Temple, said to be the world’s largest wooden building, and the ornate Kasuga Taisha Shinto shrine, adorned with numerous bronze lanterns. We return to Kyoto to board the Bullet Train to Odawara and onward transfer by coach to Hakone, a popular hot spring spa resort. We stay at the Palace Hotel Hakone (3T+) or Hakone Sengokubara Prince Hotel (3T), or alternatively you may like to upgrade and stay overnight in a Ryokan - a traditional Japanese inn.
Day 6 Hakone - Tokyo
This morning we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Hakone, including a cruise on beautiful Lake Ashi, formed in the caldera of a volcano. It’s a beautiful setting with a fine view of Mount Fuji (weather permitting). Later we travel to Mt Fuji Visitor Centre and then on to Tokyo, arriving late this afternoon at our hotel for the next three nights, the Hearton Hotel Higashi Shinagawa (3T). This evening is at leisure.
Day 7 Tokyo
Our guided tour this morning introduces us to some of the highlights of the dynamic Japanese capital city. We will visit the Buddhist Senso-ji temple, the oldest and most visited temple in Tokyo, founded almost 1,400 years ago, although this impressive structure has been rebuilt over the centuries. Leading to the temple, Nakamise is a busy shopping street and a good place to sample traditional Japanese street food and browse for souvenirs. Our tour continues with a walk in the gardens of the Imperial Palace, official residence of the Emperor. This afternoon you are free to make your own discoveries. The picturesque Meiji Shinto shrine complex and the Art Triangle Roppongi, a collection of three absorbing art museums, are worth visiting.
Day 8 Nikko
Comfortable shoes are needed today, as we take a day-trip north of Tokyo to the attractive mountain town of Nikko, gateway to the spectacular Nikko National Park. The town has been a centre of Buddhist and Shinto worship for centuries and is known for its many splendid shrines and temples, recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. We will visit the richly decorated Toshogu shrine, which houses the mausoleum of the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, and head into the park to see the impressive 97m-high Kegon Falls. We return to our hotel in Tokyo this evening.
Day 9 Tokyo - In flight
We transfer to Tokyo Airport today for a scheduled Air France flight to London via Paris.
Day 10 London
Upon arrival at London Heathrow Airport, you are free to make your own way home.