Essence of Japan

14 days from £4,899 per person

£195 deposit 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).

17 excursions & visits

13 meals

Group size up to 30

Moderate pace

Holiday details

Ancient and ultra-modern sit shoulder to shoulder in Japan. On this Japan itinerary, we’ll experience both over two weeks, 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). Our Japan tours travel in spring, when cherry blossoms and hydrangea bloom; in summer, when you can time your tour with the fascinating Gion Festival; and in autumn, when maple trees are a blaze of fiery red and orange. In April and October, some dates coincide with the colourful Takayama Festival, and May and September also offer opportunities to experience a Sumo wrestling tournament. Which will you choose?

Your itinerary

Essence of Japan

What's included

13 meals

12 breakfasts (days 3-14)

1 lunch (day 4)

International flights

International flights. Prices are based on return flights with British Airways or Japan Airlines from London Heathrow.


12 nights in hotels and 1 in flight


Travel in destination by coach

Tour highlights

17 excursions & 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

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Titan tour manager and local guide

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Headset system on excursions


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