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Imperial Palace, Tokyo
Lake Ashi  & Mt Fuji
Old town, Takayama
Saihoji Temple, Kyoto
Hiroshima, Miyajima
Hiroshima, Miyajima
Kinkakuji, Kyoto
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Tokyo, Skytree Imperial Palace, Tokyo Lake Ashi  & Mt Fuji Old town, Takayama Saihoji Temple, Kyoto Hiroshima, Miyajima Hiroshima, Miyajima Kinkakuji, Kyoto kyoto-to-ji osaka

Self Guided Tour with Japan Rail Pass

Japan: Tradition and Modernity

Price per person based on twin share
minimum participant : 1 persons
Days: 16
from £2348

Price Includes:

* Return Economy Class Flights from London to Japan
* Accommodation as specified in the itinerary or similar hotels
* Airport taxes and fuel surcharges
* 7 Days Japan Rail Pass (ordinary class)
* Tours and meals as specified in the itinerary

Tour Detail

Tokyo, Takayama, Kanazawa, Miyajima, Kyoto and Osaka.

Experience the unique and distinct charms of 6 of the most famous locations in Japan on this 16-day Tour of mainland Japan. Tradition, modernity and nature are all present on this journey of a lifetime.

Take in the sights, sounds (and smells!) of perhaps the world's most iconic city, the bustling metropolis of Tokyo. Admire the breathtaking mountain scenery of Takayama, a city part of which seem untouched by the modern world. Have a stroll through one of Japan's best gardens in the Northern city of Kanazawa. Gaze out across the sea at the beautiful Itsukushima Shrine. Drink tea with a Geisha in Japan's old 'thousand year capital', Kyoto. Finally, return to the hustle and bustle of modern city life in Osaka, western Japan's answer to Tokyo that has a whole different feel to its Eastern companion.

Each place different and yet each boasting its own charms, this tour takes you through some of the best that Japan has to offer.

Itinerary - 16 Days

  1. Day 1

    Location
    London > Tokyo
    Meal
    In flight
    Get ready for the journey of a lifetime! Take off in London, land in Tokyo.
  2. Day 2

    Location
    Tokyo
    Arrival in Tokyo - Narita / Haneda International Airport
    After you arrive, make your own way to the hotel and take some time to get adjusted - or dive right in!

    Our suggestion:
    Why not head to Shibuya crossing and try out some Japanese food (and if you're feeling really adventurous some karaoke)?
  3. Day 3

    Location
    Tokyo
    Meal
    Breakfast
    With your first full day in Japan, Tokyo is your oyster!

    Our suggestion:
    Check out the old and the new in Asakusa, with Sensoji, a 7th century Buddhist temple, hugely popular at new year and then look up at the Sky Tree, Japan's tallest structure. (You're welcome to go up it and look down at everything else, as well!)

    < Hotel: Villa Fontaine Shiodome or similar >
  4. Day 4

    Location
    Tokyo
    Meal
    Breakfast & Lunch
    Join a one-day tour to Mt Fuji & Hakone. Mt. Fuji, or 'Fuji-san' as it is respectfully called in japan, is a real spiritual homeland and a truly awe-inspiring sight. Enjoy panoramic views across Lake Ashi and get the perfect photo to really make your friends jealous!
  5. Day 5

    Location
    Tokyo
    Meal
    Breakfast
    Free time in Tokyo!

    Our suggestion:
    After all that nature, maybe it's time to check-out Japan's futuristic side. Head to Odaiba and see Asimo the robot in action at the 'Miraikan' the Museum of Future Technology. Shop until evening and enjoy the view of the Rainbow bridge and the rest of Tokyo from a distance.
  6. Day 6

    Location
    Takyama
    Hotel
    Spa Hotel Alpina
    Meal
    Breakfast
    It's time to head to the mountains! Start using your 7 Day JR Pass and head to Takayama via Nagoya by the Hikari bullet train or via Toyama by Kagayaki bullet train and JR Limited express train Hida.

    Takayama is a city renowned for tradition with a beautifully preserved old town.
  7. Day 7

    Location
    Takayama
    Hotel
    Spa Hotel Alpina
    Meal
    Breakfast
    Free time in Takayama

    Our suggestion:
    Go on a trip to the past in the Old Town and Hida Folk Village, an open air museum full of traditional houses built in the 17th to 19th centuries.
  8. Day 8

    Location
    Kanazawa
    Hotel
    Dormy inn Kanazawa
    Meal
    Breakfast
    Travel to Kanazawa via Toyama by JR Limited Express with your Japan Rail Pass.

    In the past, Kanazawa was host to the Maeda Clan, one of the most powerful clans in Japan. These days it is best known for Kenrokuen, said to be one of the three great gardens of Japan.
  9. Day 9

    Location
    Kanazawa
    Hotel
    Dormy inn Kanazawa
    Meal
    Breakfast
    Free time in Kanazawa

    Our suggestion:
    Kanazawa is a modern place, too!Check out the 21st Century Museum, a truly amazing collection of contemporary art.
    In the afternoon, why not book a tour of the Ninjadera, the 'Ninja Temple'? The Maeda clan created this temple as a secret lookout, full of traps and tricks right out of a movie, disguised as a normal Buddhist temple.
  10. Day 10

    Location
    Miyajima
    Hotel
    Kinsuikan
    Meal
    Breakfast & Dinner
    Head West!

    Travel to Miyajima with your JR Pass. Stay in a traditional ryokan and enjoy a well-earned rest in one of Japan's hot spring, or onsen. Don't be embarrassed, you'll love it, I promise!
  11. Day 11

    Location
    Miyajima
    Hotel
    Kinsuikan
    Meal
    Breakfast & Dinner
    Free time in Hiroshima and Miyajima

    Our suggestion:
    If you haven't already, feed some deer and admire the beautiful shrine on the island.
    Afterwards, head back to Hiroshima itself, and allow yourself to be overwhelmed at the Peace Museum.
  12. Day 12

    Location
    Kyoto
    Hotel
    Dormy inn Premium Kyoto Eki mae
    Meal
    Breakfast
    Travel to Kyoto with your JR Pass.

    I hope you're ready for some temples!
    What Tokyo is to skyscrapers, Kyoto is to temples. They're everywhere and many of them are spectacular. Particular highlights include Kinkakuji, Kiyomizu-dera, and Roan-ji.
  13. Day 13

    Location
    Kyoto
    Hotel
    Dormy inn Premium Kyoto Eki mae
    Meal
    Breakfast
    Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Kyoto and Nara, another old capital renowned for its giant Buddha and deer that roam free throughout the city.
  14. Day 14

    Location
    Kyoto
    Hotel
    Dormy inn Premium Kyoto Eki mae
    Meal
    Breakfast
    Free time in Kyoto

    Our suggestion:
    Why not take the morning and have a short hike through the Fushimi Inari Shrine, where thousands of red gates cover a path up a small mountain?
  15. Day 15

    Location
    Osaka
    Hotel
    Dormy inn Premium Namba
    Meal
    Breakfast
    Time to head to Osaka.
    (Please purchase single train ticket at the station)

    Back to the Future! Osaka may seem a bit like Tokyo-- on the surface. Osaka is the main city in a region called Kansai, known in Japan as being a little less uptight and a little more wild than their Tokyo counterparts. Fantastic food, shopping and nightlife and the people are the real highlights of Osaka.
  16. Day 16

    Location
    Osaka > London
    Meal
    Breakfast
    All good things must come to an end. The trip may be over, but your memories and photos will hopefully keep you feeling warm for years to come. Having said that, Japan isn't going anywhere! Travel again and you can be guaranteed that a whole different set of sites and experiences will await you. We're always here to help if you need us!

    Leave from Osaka - Kansai Airport back to London
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Price includes

* Return Economy Class Flights from London (Regional departure available with supplement) to Japan
* Accommodation as specified in the itinerary or similar standard class hotels
* Airport taxes and fuel surcharges
* 7 Days Japan Rail Pass (ordinary class)
* Day tours as specified in the itinerary
* Meals as specified in the itinerary

Not included

* Travel Insurance
* Any meals and drinks not shown in the above itinerary
* Laundry, telephone, additional meals and drinks, and any other expenses of personal nature
* Excess Baggage
* Passport and other visa document fees
* Transportation from Osaka city to the Airport

Additional Notes

* The price is per person based on twin share
* The prices are subject to availability
* Extension Plan is available
* Non Changeable and Non Refundable once confirmed

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