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DAY 1: – Depart for Japan

Depart from London Heathrow Airport on your preferred airport on your scheduled flight to Tokyo. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey.


DAY 2: – Arrive in Tokyo

Welcome to Japan. Upon arrival in Tokyo, Japan’s the bustling capital of “the Land of the Rising Sun”; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to the new time zone. In the evening dinner at an Indian Restaurant.

Meals: Dinner                                                                                               Overnight: Tokyo


DAY 3:– Tokyo City Tour

Today we proceed for city tour of Tokyo visiting a number of the main highlights of this magnificent City. The tour includes a visit to the Tokyo Tower where you can enjoy panoramic views across the city from the observation tower. We proceed to the peaceful picturesque setting of the Meiji Shrine, set in thick woodland and considered to be one of the finest examples of Shinto Architecture. Next we drive by the ‘Akasaka Guest House’ for a photo opportunity. The Guest House is a magnificent ‘Western Style Palace’ built in the Baroque Architectural style. We then drive alongside the imposing National Diet Building, which is home to the Japanese House of Parliament.

Our tour continues across Tokyo to the Imperial Palace East Gardens. Enjoy a pleasant walk in the East Garden of the Imperial Palace, which is filled with scenic and historic beauty. (Alternatively for tours on Monday & Friday & when the garden is closed, we will visit the Imperial Palace plaza and famous Double Bridge instead). Our tour will continue with a drive and stroll along Ginza high street, the famous shopping area of Tokyo. The tour disbands in Ginza, giving you a great opportunity for shopping.

Later we board our Sumida River Cruise and visiting the Asakusa Kannon Temple & Nakamise shopping street. In the evening dinner at an Indian Restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                                     Overnight: Tokyo

DAY 4: – Tokyo City Tour – Tokyo / Kamakura / Tokyo

After breakfast, proceed for full day tour to Kamakura.

En-route we visit the busiest Zebra crossing in Shibuya (Tokyo).

The phenomenon gave rise to its nickname “scramble,” as pedestrians cross from all directions. Shibuya Crossing walks the line between manic chaos and perfect synchronization. It is located in front of the Shibuya Station Hachikō exit and stops vehicles in all directions to allow pedestrians to inundate the entire intersection. The statue of Hachikō, a dog, between the station and the intersection, is a common meeting place and almost always crowded.

Get a taste for the beautiful landscapes and serene religious monuments outside Tokyo as you visit the city of Kamakura and Enoshima on this guided day trip. Visit Kotoku-in Temple featuring the Great Buddha of Kamakura (Kamakura Daibutsu) is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple. With a height of 11.4 meters, it has long been the second tallest bronze Buddha in Japan

Enjoy green tea ceremony at Jomyo-ji Temple overlooking a rock garden.

You’ll learn about Japan’s long history before returning to Tokyo.

In the evening transfer for dinner at an Indian restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                                   Overnight: Tokyo


DAY 5: – Tokyo – Mt. Fuji – Hakone

We board our deluxe coach and drive to the 5th station on Mount Fuji. Along the way you will enjoy the scenery of rural Japan, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and mountainous peaks. From our vantage point on the 5th station on MT Fuji, we will enjoy spectacular views (weather permitting).

Afternoon – we proceed to Hakone for a cruise on Lake Ashi, which is set in serene natural beauty. Weather permitting, spectacular views of Mount Fuji can be seen silhouetted in the lake. Following the cruise we take the Komagatake cable car which provides the opportunity to see the magnificent volcanic Hakone mountain range below.

We will then travel to the Owakudani Boiling Valley where you will see ancient volcanic craters with sulfurous fumes and clouds of steam spiraling from crevasses across the mountain side giving a truly mystical image. Later we visit the recently restored Hakone Sekisho, which was an important check point established by the Tokugawa shogun.

Check in hotel and experience hot springs indoor baths for ultimate relaxation. Please bring suitable swim wear.

In the evening dinner at an Indian Restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                            Overnight: Hakone

Note:

  1. To make your train journey more comfortable we have arranged to transfer your large luggage (1 piece per person) from Tokyo directly to Osaka.
  2. Please pack an overnight bag hand carrier for 2 nights to take with you on the Bullet Train to Hakone & Hiroshima, whilst your main luggage is transferred to Osaka 

DAY 6:– Hakone – Ordawara  – Nagoya – Toyota cars museum

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to Odawara Station to board the Bullet Train Shinkansen for Nagoya.

On arrival at Nagoya station, we proceed to the city of Toyota, less than one hour east of central Nagoya to visit Toyota cars Kaikan Museum, where Toyota displays its new models and technologies to the public and periodically holds robot shows.

Later check-in to your hotel.

In the evening transfer for dinner at an Indian restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                                        Overnight: Nagoya


DAY 7: – Nagoya – Hiroshima – Miyajima – Hiroshima

After breakfast we transfer to Hakone Station to depart for Hiroshima via Ngoya by JR Limited Express Train and JR Bullet Train.

Upon arrival we proceed to visit the Peace Memorial Park to see the Flame of Peace, continually burning to symbolise the hope for worldwide peace, and surrounding area, including the A-bomb Dome and Museum.

In the afternoon we transfer to Miyajimaguchi, where we board a ferry to Miyajima Island otherwise known as Itsukushima or Divine Island. Visit the famous Itsukushima Shrine, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and known worldwide for its floating Red Torii Gate rising majestically out of the sea. The stunning Shinto Shrine and Torii Gate are unique as they are constructed over the sea with each building in the complex connected by a series of walkways.

In the evening dinner at an Indian Restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                         Overnight: Hiroshima


DAY 8:– Hiroshima – Shinkansen Bullet train – Osaka – Nara – Osaka

Today after breakfast, we meet our English speaking guide, board our coach and transfer to Hiroshima station to board the Bullet train Shinkansen to Osaka. Upon arrival at Shin Osaka station we board our coach and proceed to visit Nara.

On arrival In Nara we enjoy a sight seeing tour which includes visiting the home of the impressive Todaiji temple Daibutsu (Great Buddha) bronze statue in the world’s largest wooden building, rising over 50 feet high.

Next we visit the famous and beautiful Kasuga Taisha Shinto Shrine which features hanging 3,000 bronze and stone lanterns.

Continue to Nara Park to see over 1,000 tame deers roaming freely in the peaceful park. Encounter wild deer up close while walking through Nara Park, a rarity in Japan and worldwide.

Finally enjoy shopping at Nara Nagomikan the largest souvenir shop in Nara.

Later check in to your hotel in Osaka for overnight.

In the evening transfer for dinner at an Indian restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                               Overnight: Osaka


DAY 09:– Osaka – Kyoto – Osaka

Today after breakfast, we proceed for full day sightseeing tour of Kyoto city.

We visit the Bamboo Forest, or Arashiyama Bamboo Grove or Sagano Bamboo Forest, a natural forest of bamboo in Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan.

We visit to the celebrated gold-gilded Kinkakuji Temple, known as the “Golden Pavilion’ surrounded by trees and nestled on a reflective pond.

Then visit to Nijo Castle, former residence of the Tokugawa Shogun built in 1603. Nijo Castle is noted for its Ornate interior and ‘nightingale floor’ designed to sing when stepped upon to warn of Ninja assassins.

End the day with a walk in Gion, Kyoto’s most famous Geisha district; visit the shops, restaurants and tea houses where Geisha entertain.

In the evening transfer for dinner at an Indian restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                 Overnight: Osaka


 DAY 10:– Osaka – City Tour

After breakfast, we board our coach and  proceed for sightseeing tour of Osaka city, which begins with a visit to the dramatic Osaka Castle(from outside)  built as a display of power in the 16th century, strategically looming over the surrounding park and moat.

We visit the Umeda sky building(twin tower), to enjoy panoramic views of Osaka at the Floating Garden Observatory at the top of the Umeda Sky Building, which is also popular among international travellers for its unique architecture.

Then we board the Osaka Aqua Liner (60 minutes cruise), and enjoy seeing the seasonal scenery with a cruise along the Ogawa River aboard the Aqua Liner water bus. See a view of the famous places and historic spots of Osaka from the river.

Continue to the Kuromon Market, an Osaka landmark, with vendors selling fresh food and fast-food Japanese-style. Stop for lunch, or just try the tasty snacks.

Then, free time to wander along the Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori shopping streets with an array of fabulous selection of fashionable boutiques.

In the evening transfer for dinner at an Indian restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                               Overnight: Osaka


DAY 11:– Osaka – Flight to London

After breakfast free time at leisure, later we say Sa-yo-na-ra and depart for Osaka Kansai International Airport to board your flight for London.

Meals: Breakfast                   


   DAY 12:– Arrival London

Upon arrival at London Heathrow Airport, follow signs for arrival/baggage claim, clear immigration, collect baggage and follow sign for EXIT.

Note:

  • Return flight – If your flight departs in the morning, you will arrive in U.K. on the same day.
  • Return flight – If your flight departs in the afternoon / evening, you will arrive in U.K. on the next day.

 

** Your tour ends, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a wonderful holiday. **

Highlights

Tokyo (3 Nights):

  • City tour, Imperial Palace East Gardens
  • Boat cruise, Meiji Shrine
  • Tokyo Tower, Akasaka Guest House
  • Kamakura, 2nd largest Budha in Japan

Hakone(1 Night):

  • Mt. Fuji, Boat cruise on Lake Ashi
  • Hot water spring
  • Cable Car Ride

Nagoya(1 Night):

  • Toyota museum

Hiroshima (1 Nights):

  • JR Bullet Train, City tour
  • Peace Memorial Park
  • A-bomb Dome and Museum
  • Red Torii Gate, Itsukushima Shrine

Osaka (3 Nights):

Kyoto

  • City tour, Kiyomizu Temple
  • Kodaiji temple, Zen rock garden
  • Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji Temple)
  • Ryoanji Temple, Heian Jingu Shrine
  • Sanjusangen do Hall
  • Nijo castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace
  • Bamboo Forest

Nara:

  • Nara deer park
  • Todaiji temple
  • Kasuga Taisha Shinto Shrine

Osaka:

  • City Tour
  • Osaka Castle
  • Boat cruise
  • Umeda Sky Twin Tower

Included/Excluded

Escorted Tour Package Includes:

  1.  Meet and greet with our Tour Manager upon your arrival at London Heathrow Airport check in desk.
  2. International flights in economy class departing from London Heathrow Airport with Full ATOL Protection.
  3.  We can also arrange departures from your local airport upon request.
  4.  Return hotel / airport transfers at your destination.
  5.  Quality accommodation on Twin / Double sharing room at excellent hotels with private facilities including general hotel amenities.
  6.  Meals Plan - (B = Breakfast, L= Lunch, D = Dinner, N =No Meal). Indian dinners will be provided daily as specified in the itinerary.
  7.  All International and Domestic flights during your holiday including airport taxes.
  8.  Sightseeing excursions and activities including entrance fees.
  9.  Services of our multilingual Tour Manager including English speaking local tour guide.
  10. All entrance fees whilst on guided tours. All Train tickets as specified in the itinerary.
  11. Free luggage transfer from hotel to hotel between Tokyo & Kyoto. 1 item per person.
  12. Tips for local tour guides and drivers. No hidden Extra Charges.
  13.  Entertainment and lots of surprises.

Escorted Tour Package Excludes:

  1. Travel & Medical Insurance – We request you to purchase your own comprehensive travel insurance to cover you during your holiday.
  2.  Optional tours that may be available during your holiday. Please speak to your Tour Manager.
  3. Any expenses of personal nature, for example: Room service, drinks, porterage, telephone calls, laundry, bar service and beverages with meals etc.
  4. Any additional expenses incurred due to flight delay, flight cancellation, unforeseen weather conditions, natural disasters, political unrests / closures and technical faults etc.
  5.  Excess luggage costs.
  6. Any surcharges, taxes, fuel increases and rate of currency exchange prior to your tour departure.

Visa Requirements

  1. British citizens require machine-readable passports, valid for 30 days after the return date, when travelling abroad.
  2. Visa: Japan - British Citizen passport holders do not require visas to enter Japan for up to 90 days. Please ensure you make your own arrangements to obtain the Visas if you require them.
  3.  Ensure your passport has sufficient blank pages. Most destinations require that you have adequate un-used pages in your passport, allowing for any necessary stamps upon arrival and departure. We recommend for each country you are visiting that you have at least two free pages in your passport before any international travel