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Step into Japanese culture with this magnificent trip to the east. Discover the country at your own pace using your Japan Rail Pass. Marvel at the ancient art and modern architecture of Tokyo. Do not miss the breathtaking views of Mount Fuji and the traditional cherry blossom gardens of Kanazawa. Visit Kyoto's most iconic palaces and temples and encounter the wild deer roaming free in Nara.
* Rail pass use from day 5-11 of trip
** Possibility of booking optional excursions in next stage of the booking process. Please note that all additional optional excursions which are not selected at time of booking must be requested before final payment is made at least 30 days before departure.
IMPORTANT: You must get your passport stamped at the airport on entering Japan to enable you to use your Japan Rail Pass
IMPORTANT: When making your booking, the details of your postal address must be correct in order for you to receive your Japan Rail Pass.
IMPORTANT: Please note that due to limited availability of tours they may be on different days than the ones on the itinerary. The days of the tours will be confirmed before departure. This includes any optional excursions.
Please note that some flights back to the UK on day 11 also land in to the UK on day 11.
If you want to stay in a Twin room instead of a Double room, please, contact our customer service to know the supplement.
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Entrances, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
Arrival at UK departure airport ready to check-in for flight to Tokyo.
Arrival in Tokyo and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day you are free to relax or to get to know this lively, fascinating city. Overnight stay.
Half day tour of Tokyo included. Visit three of Tokyo's quintessential sightseeing spots on the tour this morning. Get a spectacular view of Metropolitan Tokyo from the observation deck of Tokyo Tower. In the Imperial Palace Plaza you can admire the view of Nijubashi Bridge and the surrounding scenery at this National Garden that was formerly a private garden of the Royal Family. Of the 33 temples in Eastern Japan dedicated to the Goddess Kannon, Asakusa Kannon is the only one in the capital. In this historic area explore Nakamise-dori, the street leading to the temple. Enjoy a pleasant drive through Ueno, where Tokyo's first coffee shop once stood, to Akihabara which is home to the famous Electric Town. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. We suggest a lovely walk under the cherry trees that border the Sumida River and across the famous zebra crossing of Shibuya. Overnight stay.
Full day tour included. Today come face to face with the impressive Mount Fuji on a full day excursion. The bus heads up to the 5th Station along the Subaru Line, at 2,300 metres above sea level. At this height, you will be amazed by the breathtaking views from above the clouds. After lunch, visit Ashi Crate Lake and admire the superb view of Mt. Fuji whilst sailing on the lake. Take the short journey to the peak of Mt. Komagatake and then a cable car ride up to the spiritual Hakone Shrine, Mototsumiya, that nestles at the top of the mountain. Return to Tokyo by bus. Overnight stay.
Using your Japan Rail Pass you can begin to travel the country in high speed bullet trains. We recommend visiting Nikko, where you can find the most beautiful sanctuaries in Japan, such as the Toshogu Shrine, a World Heritage Site. Another option is to go early to the Tsukiji Market and see the famous fish auction. Discover the beautiful gardens of the Imperial Palace and learn about the history of Japan at the Edo-Tokyo Museum. Overnight stay.
*Optional tour of Tokyo, street food and fashion area of Harajuku: Explore the streets of Takeshita and Cat, highly famous for its vibrant life and also renowned for its shops. Get to the unique Daiso 100 Yen Shop. Then you will head to Omotesando hills also called the " Champs Elysees " of Tokyo. Stop at the Kiddy Land Harajuku and Jingumae intersection and finally return at Harajuku station. This tour includes Harajuku crepe a local Japanese delicacy. Price: £71 per person. (Tour operates on the following days: 06 Jan-26 Feb and 07May-29Dec: Monday, Wednesday and
Saturday. 02 Jan and 01 Mar-30 Apr and 02-05 May: Daily)
Using your Japan Rail Pass, travel to Kanazawa, a historical jewel of a city and home to some of Japan's most beautiful landscaped gardens. We recommend visiting Kenrokuen, a castle garden originating from the 17th century. Enjoy strolling in the picturesque landscapes. Overnight in Kanazawa.
Spend the day further exploring Kanazawa at your leisure. Explore this nostalgic city and admire its celebrated penchant for the traditional arts, including hand-painted lacquerware, ceramics and delicate gold leaf work. Spot a traditional geisha at work, discover authentic tea houses and inns, and wade your way through the charming markets. Overnight stay.
Using your Japan Rail Pass, travel to Kyoto, the capital of the Japanese Empire for 11 centuries. We recommend visiting Mount Hiei and its main temple in the Buddhist school Tendaishū. Visit he Nijo Castle, one of the most spectacular buildings in Kyoto. Explore Pontocho, an emblematic neighbourhood known for its traditional architecture and geishas. Overnight stay.
Half day Tour included. Today, embark on a morning tour of Kyoto and discover some of Japan's most important historical and cultural centres. Nijo Castle is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The historical castle was completed in 1626 and was built to provide lodging for Tokugawa Shogun. It was also used as a palladium for Kyoto Imperial Palace. Visit Kinkaku-Ji Temple, a World Heritage Site also known as the Golden Pavilion. The wooden architecture is covered in thin layers of pure gold and it is surrounded by a beautiful lake. Discover Kyoto Imperial Palace and its spectacular garden. Enjoy a visit to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine main hall which is a designated national treasure and famous for housing the God of Scholarship. The shrine is beautiful to visit during the spring plum blossom and autumn leaf seasons.
Rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay.
Afternoon tour included. Today, travel to Nara and visit two World Heritage Sites: Todai-Ji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Encounter wild deer up close while walking through Nara Park, a rarity in Japan and worldwide. Enjoy the view whilst passing through the suburbs of Kyoto to Nara. Nara Park & Todai-Ji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the symbol of the Nara Period and one of the world's largest wooden structures. Its huge main hall and bronze Great Buddha are impressive to behold. Overnight stay.
Take the train to Osaka Airport using your Japan Rail Pass and check in for your return flight back to the UK. Night on board. (Dependant on choice of flight, you may arrive back in the UK today)
Arrive in the UK and end your trip.
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