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Japan

Explore the cities of Japan!

The Itinerary…

Explore the highlights of Japan!

Day 1…

Fly to Tokyo.

Day 2…

Tokyo Transfer to your hotel on arrival. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 3…

Today’s guided tour starts at Hamarikyu, a Japanese garden that once served as a private villa during the Edo period. After a break in the teahouse take a scenic river cruise to Asakusa, part of Tokyo’s old town, and home to its oldest Buddhist temple. Sensoji, as well as Tokyo’s oldest Geisha district. The tour ends with a visit to Meiji Jingu, Tokyo’s most famous shrine, dedicated to Emperor Meiji. Also a popular venue for traditional Shinto weddings.

Day 4…

Perhaps visit some of the city’s world-class museums and art galleries, the electronics district of Akihabara or see the world-famous Tsukji Fish Market. Alternatively, venture out of Tokyo and explore the delightful seaside town of Kamakura.

Day 5…

Tokyo Takayama Travel by Shinkansen bullet train before changing onto the Limited Express Hida Wideview for a scenic journey through tall mountains and stunning gorges to Takayama. Nestled high in the Hida alpine region, this beautifully preserved old town was cut off from the rest of Japan. Allowing it to develop its own unique culture. We recommend a stroll in Takayama’s shitamachi, where the streets are lined with century-old merchants’ homes and sake breweries. Stay overnight in a ryokan, the traditional Japanese-style inn furnished with low tables and chairs, sliding shoji doors and tatami flooring.

Day 6…

At leisure to continue exploring independently. An optional food and culture walk and Hida cycling tour is available (additional expense), during which you’ll explore some of Takayama’s food shops with a knowledgeable guide. Take a cycling tour in Hida Furukawa, a small, quiet farm village.

Day 7…

Takayama/Kanazawa For today’s self-guided tour, we suggest you rise early and travel by bus to Shirakawago. Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its gassho-zukuri farmhouses. These houses are private homes but some are open to the public, such as Wada House. In the afternoon, continue by bus to Kanazawa, a beautifully preserved castle town and now a thriving centre for culture and arts.

Day 8…

Kanazawa During today’s self-guided tour we suggest you start with pristine Kenroku-en Garden, ranked as one of Japan’s top three gardens. Adjacent is Kanzawa Castle, a designated Important National Cultural Asset. Finally, visit the old Samurai district and visit Nomura House, a restored residence of a high ranked samurai family.

Day 9…

Kanazawa/Hiroshima Travel by train to Hiroshima, famous as the first target of an atomic bomb. The city has risen phoenix-like from the ashes and rebuilt itself as one of Japan’s most laid-back, vibrant cities, full of wide boulevards and art museums, great food and welcoming people.

Day 10…

Travel by ferry to Miyajima Island where you will find perhaps the most photographed site in Japan, The Floating Torii Gate. Also dates back to the 6th century. Be sure to visit the Peace Park and Museum for a sobering reminder of the events of 1945 far from being a depressing experience, the overriding theme is one of hope and peace.

Day 11…

Hiroshima/Kyoto Board the Shinkansen for the journey to Kyoto. On arrival the rest of the day is yours.

Day 12…

Kyoto Join a local guide and explore some of Kyoto’s World Heritage Sites using the city’s comprehensive bus system. Start with a visit to ornamental Nijo Castle, which was completed in 1603 and is surrounded by stunning gardens. Continue on to the serene Ryoan-ji Temple to see its well-maintained rock garden and then visit Kinkaku-ji Temple. Later, visit Kiyomizu-dera (Pure Water) Temple for amazing views before visiting the atmospheric Higashiyama district.

Day 13…

Kyoto/Nara/Kyoto This morning visit a Machiya, a beautifully restored wooden townhouse typical of Kyoto. Before an induction to the Tea Ceremony, a quintessential part of Japanese culture and then walk through the old neighbourhood to visit a nearby Sake brewery. In the afternoon you have the option to take the short journey by train to Nara where we recommend you visit the Todaiji Temple, the world’s largest wooden building and home to Japan’s largest Buddha. Alternatively, continue to explore Kyoto.

Day 14…

Kyoto/Osaka… Explore the lively streets of Osaka. Don’t miss the Doguyasuji market and then see Sennichimae, a lane filled with small eateries.

Your tour concludes with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

Your Trip…

Fly from various UK airports to Tokoyo.  If you would like to book or enquire about this fantastic Luxury Japan Holiday offer please give one of the team at Pillinger World Travel a call on 01772 3374478, alternatively please fill in our enquiry form for this special offer.

  • Departs -


    April - July 2019

  • Price (based on 2 people)


    £4,509 per person– based on 2 people for 13 nights

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