Welcome to Japan
Japan’s culture is strikingly unique and original compare to the rest of the world, making this Asian country a tantalising destination. Our tour begins in Osaka and takes us through Kyoto, to Japan’s iconic Mount Fuji, and finally concluding in Tokyo. You’ll soon discover that Japan is a country of contrasts, balancing modern life with respectful tradition and vibrant cities adding a striking difference to the breathtaking countryside. We’ll also be able to enjoy the world class cuisine offered throughout Japan while we explore the gorgeous spring blossom that covers Japan at this time of year.
- Discover Japanese high culture in Kyoto
- Try your hand at making traditional Japanese Sushi
- Visit Japan’s legendary Mount Fuji
- Explore the modern metropolis of Tokyo
- Surround your self with wildlife at Nara Deer Park
Dates & Prices
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March 11 - March 23, 2020 (13 days)
Standard Blind Price: £4499 Contact us for availability
Discounted Sighted Price: £3099 Contact us for availability
The prices shown below are for non-UK travellers and do not include return flights and transfers. If you are travelling from within the UK, please .
Standard Blind Price: 3899 GBP Contact us for availability
Discounted Sighted Price: 2499 GBP Contact us for availability
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- Direct flights and transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
- 4 nights’ hotel accommodation at Osaka Hinode Hotel
- 1 night hotel accommodation at Hotel Sunroute Plaza Nagoya
- 2 nights’ hotel accommodation at Ryu Resort and Spa
- 1 night hotel accommodation at Motosu View Hotel
- 3 nights’ hotel accommodation at Hotel Keihan Tsukiji Ginza Grande
- All breakfasts
- 1 lunch
- 3 dinners
- Specified excursions
- Services of local guides
- Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
- Kinkakuji Temple and Kodaiji Temple
- Nara Deer Park and Sushi Making
- Fushimi Inari Shrine and Lake Biwa
- Hakurankan Gujo Dance Museum and Shirakawago Village
- Takyama Morning Market and Sake Tasting
- Shin Hokata Ropeway and Wasabi Farm
- Matsumoto Castle
- Matsumoto Castle
- Imperial Palace East Garden and Asakusa Kannon Temple
- Origami Experience
- Nikko Tour including Kegon Waterfalls and lunch (Optional - £140)
- Hiroshima Tour including bullet train ride and lunch (Optional - £300)
- Tea Making Experience (Optional - £30)
Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.
Wednesday 11th March
We depart early afternoon today for our flight to Osaka, Japan. It’s a direct flight so wear something comfortable, download some good music and relax before our adventure starts!
Overnight on flight.
Thursday 12th March
We’ll be in Osaka around lunchtime and the rest of the day is free to relax after we’ve checked into our hotel.
Overnight in Osaka.
Friday 13th March
Our first day of exploring takes us to Kinkakuji Temple and Kodaiji Temple. Kinkakuji, also known as the Golden Pavilion thanks to the two top floors which are completely covered in gold leaf, is in the north of Kyoto. Surrounded by gardens, we’ll pass the Sekkatei Teahouse and a large pond which the temple looks over. Kodaiji Temple is another of Kyoto’s incredible temples and was built in 1606 in memory of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a great figure in Japan’s history. There are also ornate gardens here including a rock garden, and an impressive Tsukiyama style garden with beautiful pine and maple trees.
On our tour of Kyoto, we’ll also take a stroll through Gion, an entertainment district and also Kyoto’s most famous geisha district. You won’t be short of picturesque streets here, and in the evening, an atmospheric energy fills the streets as lanterns are lit.
Breakfast included. Overnight in Osaka.
Saturday 14th March
Our main visit today is to Nara Deer Park, an area where 1200 sacred deer freely roam. They are quite tame so grab some deer biscuits which are available from kiosks around the park to feed these cute creatures! It’s then our turn for food as we try our hand at sushi making! This food is heavily associated with Japan and consists of cooked rice, combined with raw seafood, vegetables, and tropical fruits. Whilst preparing these specialist dishes, we’ll learn about typical Japanese culture before tucking into our own creations!
Todaiji Temple, a landmark of Nara, is also on the cards for today where we’ll step inside the Big Buddha Hall which is the largest wooden building in the world! This big hall also features one of Japan’s largest bronze statues of Buddha.
Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Osaka.
Sunday 15th March
Enjoy today at your leisure and explore parts of Osaka we haven’t had chance to visit. You might also want to take advantage of Osaka’s food scene. Word has it that in other Japanese cities, residents will spend money on clothes and shoes, but in Osaka, money goes on food. Walk through “The Kitchen Of Japan” and try out Takoyako or Okonomiyaki.
There’s also the optional trip of taking a tour to Hiroshima. You’ll visit Miyajima Island, which is well known for its iconic floating torii gate, the Hiroshima Peace Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome. Get prepared too for a high-speed journey on a Japanese bullet train – one of the world’s fastest trains!
Please note, the optional excursion to Hiroshima is a public tour. The journey from Osaka to Hiroshima is approximately 3 hours each way.
Breakfast included. Overnight in Osaka.
Monday 16th March
We say farewell to Osaka today as we journey to Nagoya. Along our route we shall visit Fushimi Shrine, Lake Biwa and Nagoya Sakae. Our tour to Fushimi Shrine is one of Japan’s most intriguing points of interest known for being the principle shrine of Inari, the patron of business and commerce. An endless arcade of wooden red gates and stone fox statues line the path into the wooded mountain creating a beautiful and ethereal atmosphere.
We’ll continue to Lake Biwa, the largest freshwater lake in Japan that holds a special place in Japanese history, frequently appearing in poetry and accounts of war. We’ll conclude our day in Nagoya, Japan’s fourth most prosperous city and home to Toyota. Nagoya Sakae is the city’s downtown featuring vibrant restaurants and is the perfect opportunity to do a bit of shopping.
Breakfast included. Overnight in Nagoya.
Tuesday 17th March
After a morning visit to the Spring of Gujo we’ll go to the Hakurankan Gujo Dance Museum where we’ll enjoy a demonstration of festival dances and learn about the town’s water system, history, and crafts. It’s then onto Shirakawago Village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is famous for traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses which means they are constructed like hands in prayer, much like those of the Buddhist monks.
Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Takyama.
Wednesday 18th March
We wake up this morning to venture to Takayama’s Morning Market to take in fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers that are on sale. Later on in the day, it’s time to enjoy Sake tasting! This traditional Japanese beverage is made by fermenting rice and there’s no doubt you’ll find it all over Japan, especially in restaurants and bars. We’ll learn about the Sake making process and the different types of the popular alcoholic drink! After our Sake tasting, grab a bottle of water as we enjoy our last stop of the day, Sannomachi Street – a quaint historic street that’s perfect for a relaxing stroll.
Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Takayama.
Thursday 19th March
A chance to soak up the “Japanese Alps” this morning as we take in the views of the mountains from the Shin Hotaka Ropeway. You’ll climb over 1000 metres up the side of the Hotake Mountain range for incredible views over the Okuhida Region. It’s then onto Daio Wasabi farm in the rural Azumino City near Matsumoto. This popular tourist destination is a farm of meticulously maintained fields and networks of streams that provide each wasabi plant with crystal clear water from the Northern Alps. Wasabi plants need very particular conditions to grow and this farm provides the perfect place. Before we go back to our hotel, we stop at Matsumoto Castle, one of the most complete and beautiful among Japan’s original castles, which rather than being built on a hill or a mountain, is located on a flat plain.
Breakfast included. Overnight in Fuji.
Friday 20th March
It’s time to visit Japan’s most iconic place – Mount Fuji. We’ll be going to Mount Fuji 5th Station which is at the halfway point from the Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine at the base of Mount Fuji to the summit. It’s then onto Oshino Hakkai, a set of 8 ponds in Oshino. These lakes are fed by the snow melt from the slopes of Mount Fuji and is revered by locals for its clarity. Before going to the big city of Tokyo, we’ll stop by Lake Ashi, a lake formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone after the volcano’s last eruption over 3000 years old.
Breakfast included. Overnight in Tokyo.
Saturday 21st March
Tokyo is a huge city and we’ll start our few days here by exploring the Imperial Palace, a large park area surrounded by moats and stone walls in the centre of Tokyo. It’s also the residence of Japan’s Imperial Family. It’s then onto Asakusa Kannon Temple, a Buddhist temple which is one of Tokyo’s most colourful, before experiencing Nakamise Arcade, a shopping street of over 200 metres. This street leads from the outer gate to the Hozomon and is the perfect place to pick up some unique souvenirs!
Breakfast included. Overnight in Tokyo.
Sunday 22nd March
Explore Tokyo at your own pace today – there’s plenty to explore. Take in the digital art museum, enjoy drinks with the locals on an Izakaya Alley bar tour, or visit the Shibuya Scramble Crossing – the world’s busiest crossing used by half a million people a day.
Alternatively, join our optional tour to Nikko where you’ll visit the Toshogu Shrine, Lake Chuzenji, and Kegon Waterfall, a dramatic 100-metre-tall fall which is said to be one of Japan’s most beautiful.
Monday 23rd March
Today we depart for home after our incredible tour through Japan. We hope you’ve had a great time and hope to see you on future Traveleyes adventures!
Single supplement: £500