Experience the many faces of Japan, from dazzling streets in Tokyo to antique tea-houses in Kyoto. Speed through the countryside on the bullet train and stay in a traditional inn near Mount Fuji. Delight in a tea ceremony and walk the absorbing streets of Takayama. Discover thriving geisha culture and take a touching trip to Hiroshima. Leave with a heartfelt understanding of this magical country.
Days 1-3 Tokyo and Hakone
A carefully crafted walking tour immerses you in the tantalizing streets of Tokyo, including dazzling Harajuku and the peaceful Rikyu Garden. Look down on the city from Tokyo Tower and take a stunning river cruise to Arakusa. After an early morning trip to the massive Tsukiji Fish Market, travel by train to Hakone, a picturesque town famous for its hot springs and natural beauty. Cruise on Lake Ashi-no for a chance to spot majestic Mount Fuji.
Days 4-5 Takayama
A thrilling ride on the Shinkansen (bullet train) brings you to Nagoya and then on to Takayama. Set in the remote mountains of the Hida Region, Takayama is renowned for its skillful artisans and sake breweries. Explore the Old Town by foot and delight in the local museums and vibrant morning markets.
Days 6-10 Kyoto and Hiroshima
Here you will have some free time to explore Takayama before taking the Shinkansen to Kyoto, filled with shrines and temples, countless tea-houses and a thriving geisha culture. Explore the historic Gion region then amble amongst the city's lovely gardens. Take a day trip to the reinvented Hiroshima to visit the Bomb museum, Peace Memorial and Miyajima Island.
8 nights hotel accommodation
1 night Ryokan accommodation
6 day trains
Transport in air-conditioned vehicles
Western tour leader
English speaking local guide
Prices from £3700
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