Best of Japan Tour including Hiroshima
JAPAN TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Join other Solo Travellers on this 12-day trip of a lifetime, discovering the very best of Japan. Begin your Best of Japan Tour in Tokyo, the city that never gets old, where tradition meets modernity and neon skyscrapers tower over historic temples. Take a day trip to the beautiful Mount Fuji, Japan’s most famous landmark. Sip on sake before spending the night in a traditional Japanese ryokan in Takayama. Travel around on the country’s famous bullet trains. Learn the art of sushi-making in Kyoto, the former imperial capital. And finally visit Hiroshima, the world’s first atomic bomb target, now home to the stunning Peace Memorial Park. Now is the time to explore what this fascinating country has to offer so get booking!
Explore the exciting city of Tokyo
Take a day trip to the stunning Mount Fiji
Spend a night in a traditional Japanese Ryokan
Discover the endless UNESCO temples & shrines in Kyoto
Visit the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima
Day 1 – Arrive Tokyo
Upon arrival in Tokyo, make your way to the hotel for check-in. (Please note, you won’t be able to check-in to the hotel until 1500, so if your flight arrives earlier there is the option to book an extra night at the hotel to ensure your room is ready when you arrive). A welcome dinner will be arranged for the evening. Overnight in Tokyo.
Day 2 – Tokyo
After breakfast at the hotel, we will start a full day’s tour of Tokyo. We will start at The Imperial Palace where Japan’s Imperial family have lived since 1888. We will then go up to the main deck of the Tokyo Tower to see the stunning views of Tokyo and afterwards we will stop for lunch at the world-famous seafood market of Tsukiji. After lunch we will continue with our sightseeing and visit the famous Senso-Ji Temple in Asakusa, one of the most popular sights in traditional Tokyo, and finally we’ll visit the Edo Tokyo Museum where you will see exhibits from Edo Tokyo history. Overnight in Tokyo.
Day 3 – Tokyo / Mount Fuji
After breakfast at the hotel, you will embark upon a full day tour to see the incredible World Heritage listed Mount Fuji, Japan’s tallest peak. En-route we will visit Kawaguchi-ko Lake and stop for a lovely Japanese lunch. Afterwards we will continue up-to the 5th Station of Mount Fuji for amazing views. Overnight in Tokyo.
Day 4 – Tokyo Free Day
After breakfast you will have the day at leisure. Optional things to do and see would be the Meiji Shrine, which is located in Shibuya, meaning you could visit the world’s busiest intersection, the Shibuya Crossing before or afterwards. You could also do a walking tour around the traditional district of Yanaka, one of the only areas that avoided bombing during WWII. A great way to finish your day would be to head to the Tokyo Sky Tree for sunset. Overnight in Tokyo.
Day 5 – Nikko / Tokyo
After breakfast, you will be travelling to Nikko, a small but beautiful city in Japan’s Tochigi region surrounded by breath-taking scenery and access to the famous Nikko National Park. Here you will be given a private guided tour of the area to learn about the Edo Period, and you’ll also visit the famous Tosho-gu Shrine. Overnight in Tokyo.
Day 6 – Tokyo / Takayama
After breakfast at the hotel, you will catch a bullet train to Takayama, a small town with a stunning mountainous backdrop; the Japanese Alps. Upon arrival in Takayama, you will be transferred to your Ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn, where you will spend the night. After check-in you will be given a walking orientation tour of the area and visit one of the Sake Breweries. Overnight in Takayama.
Day 7 - Takayama / Kyoto
This morning you will have free to visit the local market, where you will find local produce and souvenirs. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the train station to catch the bullet train to Kyoto, formerly the Imperial capital of Japan and home to many classical Buddhist temples. After you have checked-in to your new hotel, you will head to the Gion District, a place well-known for spotting Maiko (apprentice Geisha), and learn more about this area and its history. Overnight in Kyoto.
Day 8 – Kyoto
After breakfast, you will be given a full day’s guided tour of Kyoto by public transport. The tour will include the Buddhist temple of Sanjyusangen-do, the UNESCO Kiyomizu Temple, Nishiki Market also known as the ‘kitchen of Kyoto’, Tenryuji Temple with its beautiful garden, and finally the Kinkakuji Temple Japan’s second most famous site. Overnight in Kyoto.
Day 9 – Kyoto
After breakfast you will be given a course in the art of sushi making and an insight into Japanese tea. The rest of the afternoon will be free for more sightseeing. Overnight in Kyoto.
Day 10 – Kyoto / Hiroshima
After breakfast at the hotel, you will make your way to Kyoto’s train station to catch another bullet train to Hiroshima. Upon arrival in Hiroshima, you will make your way to the hotel for check-in. Then you will begin your tour of the Peace Park and museum and in the afternoon you will take the ferry across to Miyajama, a small island also known as ‘Shrine Island’ and home to lots of friendly deer. Overnight in Hiroshima.
Day 11 – Hiroshima / Osaka
After breakfast, you will take the train to Osaka where you will spend the final night of your tour. After you’ve checked-in you will be given a short orientation tour of this vibrant area. Overnight in Osaka.
Day 12 – Depart Osaka
After breakfast, you will make your way to Kansai International Airport for flights home.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE JAPAN TOUR
- Sharing a twin room at 3-star hotels (single supplement £399)
- Tour of Tokyo
- Tour of Nikko
- Half-day tour of Hiroshima
- 7-day JR train pass
- Entrance fees on sightseeing tours
- 9x Breakfast 2x Lunch
- Baggage transfer service between hotels
- Up to six weeks before departure, a place can be reserved on the Japan Tour on payment of a deposit of £250.00, after this date it would be the full amount of the trip.
- Click the book now button and fill in the details and tick the box confirming you accept booking conditions.
- The outstanding balance is due 6 weeks before travel.
- Please ensure you have checked visa requirements. Get in touch if you are unsure.
- Ensure you have purchased travel insurance, as this is mandatory for all trips.
- International flights into and out of Japan are not included and will need to be booked separately. Get in touch if you need help with booking.
Trip Type Discover
Group Size Maximum 12
Physical Rating Moderate (please note this is a fast-paced trip with lots of walking everyday)
Currency & Spending Money Japanese Yen / Spending £20 and upwards a day
Hosts One of our UK based hosts will be accompanying you on this trip and will be your main point of contact throughout. Our hosts will organise dinners and anything else you might need, to ensure you have the best holiday. You will also have local guides in each of the cities, so if you need local, insider knowledge – they’re the ones to ask!.
Clothing Spring (March – May) and Autumn (September – November) are generally the best times to visit Japan, with warm temperatures and low rainfall, so take light loose-fitting clothing and a raincoat just in case. Make sure you also pack comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for visiting the temples – keep your shoulders and knees covered.
Health Always seek medical advice from your doctor or travel nurse at least 8 weeks before you travel and make sure your vaccinations are up to date. Remember that your travel insurance may not cover you if you do not have up-to-date vaccinations.
Single Supplement £399
Travel Advice We highly recommend that you read the foreign travel advice for Japan before your departure date.
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