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14 days from £5,299 per person

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Marvelling at the harmonious contrast of Japan’s old and new. Enjoying three exhilarating rides on the modern marvel that is the bullet train. Experiencing a traditional Japanese tea ceremony in Kyoto, the country’s ancient capital (and birthplace of this refined ritual).

Summary

Ancient and ultra-modern sit shoulder to shoulder in Japan. Over two weeks, we’ll experience both, exploring high-paced cities, hushed shrines and temples, and serene gardens. We’ll attend a traditional tea ceremony, learn a little about geisha and samurai culture, catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji and whizz between cities on the sleek, slick Shinkansen (bullet train). We travel in spring, when cherry blossoms and hydrangea bloom, and autumn, when maple trees are a blaze of fiery red and orange.

Your holiday includes:

17 excursions and visits

  • City tours of Tokyo, Kanazawa (including Kenroku-en Garden), and Kyoto
  • Mount Fuji Visitor Centre
  • Visits to Matsumoto Castle, Shirakawago Village, Miyajima Island and Nara (including Todaiji Temple and Nara Park)
  • Sake tasting at a traditional brewery
  • Walking tours of Takayama and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
  • Three journeys on the bullet train
  • Traditional tea ceremony
  • Lake Ashi cruise
  • Cable car to the Owakudani Valley and hot springs

Plus:

  • 12 nights in hotels and 1 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • International flights. Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports
  • 13 meals: 12 breakfasts (days 3-14) 1 lunch (day 4)

Plus

  • Portable audio headset system on excursions
  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Titan tour manager and local guide
  • Travel in destination by coach
  • Porterage

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  • VIP Outbound4

    Day 1 UK - In flight

    Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your overnight flight to Tokyo.

    In flight


  • Tokyo - Titan Travel

    Tokyo

    We stay in Shinjuku, the futuristic, neon-lit neighbourhood in the heart of Tokyo. On arrival the rest of the day is free.

    Keio Plaza Hotel, Tokyo (4-star)


  • Senso-ji shrine - Titan Travel

    Tokyo

    A tour guide helps us to embrace this dazzling city. As we walk out amidst skyscrapers and the world’s tallest self-supporting tower (the Tokyo Skytree), we find Tokyo’s traditional side. Learn the stories behind legendary landmarks like the moated Imperial Palace, Tokyo’s oldest temple - Sensō-ji, and Meiji Shrine, a serene Shinto shrine set on a tree-lined avenue.

    Keio Plaza Hotel, Tokyo (4-star)


  • Mount Fuji - Titan Travel

    Mount Fuji - Matsumoto

    Standing out from its surroundings at 3,776m high, Japan’s tallest mountain has inspired countless artists and photographers. Clouds often linger around this active volcano, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed for you to catch a sight of the iconic snow-capped peak as you travel from Tokyo to Matsumoto. If the weather is clear, you’ll see the volcano’s image reflected on the placid waters of Lake Jawaguchi.

    Matsumoto Buena Vista (3.5-star) or Alpico Plaza Hotel (3.5-star)


  • matsumoto castle - titan travel

    Matsumoto - Takayama

    Known as one of the most beautiful castles in Japan, Matsumoto is a striking timber and stone structure with a unique moon-viewing turret. In the spring, take your time to stroll among the cherry blossoms in the spacious castle gardens. Stop to sample sake (Japanese rice wine) in a traditional brewery, before we take the breathtaking journey through thick pine forests and snow-tipped peaks of the Japanese Alps to the hill town of Takayama. We’ll call in at the Hida Folk Village, an open-air museum with a collection of antique houses from the region and displays highlighting crafts and ancient traditions.

    Takayama Green Hotel (3-star) or Associa Takayama (3-star)


  • Takayama - Titan Travel

    Takayama

    Meiji-era inns, hillside shrines and a pretty riverside setting - the hamlet of Takayama is traditional Japan at its finest. Soak in the local character on our walking tour, when we’ll see highlights such as the open-air flower and fruit market and government house.

    Takayama Green Hotel (3-star) or Associa Takayama (3-star)


  • Kanazawa - titan travel

    Kanazawa

    We transfer by coach to Kanazawa, visiting the World Heritage Shirakawago Village en route. Kanazawa is a historic castle town, boasting beautifully preserved samurai and geisha districts. Our sightseeing tour includes Omicho market and Higashi Chayagai (the ‘teahouse district’).

    Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel (4-star)


  • Kenroku-en Garden

    Kanazawa - Hiroshima

    We pack overnight bags whilst our main luggage is transferred to Kyoto for our arrival on day 10. We’ll have another sweep of the city before we leave this morning, stopping at the gorgeous Kenroku-en Garden and BukeYashiki (Samurai’s house). Located outside the gates of Kanazawa Castle and covering an area of 11.4 hectares, the Kenroku-en Garden was created by the Maeda family in the 1620s and opened to the public in 1874. It’s the epitome of a traditional Japanese garden with plum and cherry blossoms, artificial ponds, hills and buildings. From the quaint, quiet streets of Kanazawa, we’ll go full throttle (quite literally) into one of Japan’s other passions. The Shinkansen (bullet train) will hurtle us from Kanazawa to Hiroshima in perfect comfort - you’ll hardly notice you’re travelling at 198mph.

    Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima (4-star)


  • Miyajima Island - Titan Travel

    Hiroshima

    Leafy Hiroshima, with its wide boulevards and friendly locals, might not be what you expected. It’s a vibrant and cosmopolitan city of peace with a devastating history. Today we’ll catch a ferry over to Miyajima Island to admire the ancient Itsukushima Shrine, rising out of the sea (may be under restoration), and spend some time strolling through the park. In autumn, the maples here are ablaze with rich reds and oranges. Back in Hiroshima, we’ll take a walking tour around the Peace Memorial Park and take some time for reflection at the Atomic Bomb Museum.

    Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima (4-star)


  • Todaiji temple Nara

    Nara - Kyoto

    Another bullet train takes us to Osaka, where we’ll board our coach for the onward journey to Nara, a former capital of Japan. The 8th-century Todaiji temple - supposedly the oldest wooden structure in the world - is wondrous, but the real highlight here are the adorable deer roaming through Nara Park. You can buy a packet of crackers to feed them - they’ll even bow to you before you feed them. We arrive in Kyoto this afternoon, with its wealth of shrines and temples, colourful gardens and variety of arts and crafts shops. We’ll uncover geisha culture with some time in the Gion area - Japan’s most famous geisha district.

    Kyoto Hotel Okura (4-star)


  • Kinkakuji Temple - Titan Travel

    Kyoto

    Highlights of this morning’s tour include the wonderful Ryoanji Temple (a Zen temple with a famous rock garden), and the beautiful Kinkakuji Temple, or ‘Golden Pavilion’, whose top two floors are completely bedecked in gold leaf. We also visit Nijo, a fortified castle with unique ‘nightingale’ floors designed to replicate the sound of the nightingale song when stepped on.

    Kyoto Hotel Okura (4-star)


  • Tea ceremony - Titan Travel

    Kyoto - Mishima

    We’ll sit down for a cuppa before leaving Kyoto this morning - it is the birthplace of the traditional tea ceremony, after all. Learn the intricacies of this graceful discipline, considering simple details like holding the bowl so your friends can enjoy the beauty of its decoration. You’ll never drink tea at home the same again! Another bullet train whisks us from Kyoto to Mishima. We’ll check into our hotel and if the weather is kind you’ll have views of Mount Fuji from your room.

    Fujisan Mishima Tokyu Hotel (3.5-star)


  •  Lake Ashi, Mount Fuj - Titan Travel

    Hakone - Tokyo

    We drive to Hakone and embark on a cruise on Lake Ashi for stunning views of the snow-capped mountains. We’ll jump in a cable car all the way up to the Owakudani Valley and Hot Springs, in the crater of Mount Hakone. Later, we’ll arrive in Tokyo.

    Kawasaki King Skyfront Tokyu Rei Hotel, Tokyo (3-star)


  • VIP Inbound

    Day 14 Tokyo - UK

    Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

    Arrive Home


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Please note: This tour covers many must-see and memorable included visits. You should expect typical days to be early starts and early evening arrivals at hotels, and there is a significant amount of walking involved which includes areas of steep gradient and steps.

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Solo - Essence of Japan

14 days from £5,299 per person