See a country of contrasts on this two week tours around central section of Honshu, Japans biggest island and often referred to as The Mainland. Start in the magnificent, modern metropolis of Tokyo where skyscrapers and neon lights are separated by ancient monuments and shrines. Travel across country to the West Coast and spend time in Kanazawa, home to the only active Giesha district outside of Kyoto. Travel south and spend time in Kyoto before visiting Hiroshima and learning of the terrible effects of the atomic bomb and how the city has been rebuilt. End the journey with a Shinkansen ‘Bullet Train’ ride back to Tokyo.
Our expert tour specialists can tailor this trip to exactly meet your needs. We make the suggestions but the decision is yours
Depart the UK on an overnight service to Tokyo. Upon arrival, transfers will be waiting to take you to the hotel for the first night in Tokyo with the rest of the first day in Japan at leisure.
• International departure to Tokyo
• Airport to hotel transfers
Take a day tour of this fascinating city with a local guide, making use of Tokyo’s comprehensive and user friendly public transport system. The tour includes several city highlights:
• Meiji Shrine
• Omotesando shopping street
• Asakusa, Tokyo’s old town
• Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest temple
• Boat cruise on the Sumida River
• Hamarikyu Garden
Spend a full day of free time to explore Tokyo at your leisure. A haven for foodies, head to Tsukiji Fish Market early on to explore the bustling stalls. Maybe the urban sprawl of Tokyo’s CBD is your thing and sample the famous scramble crossing at Shibuya or leave the hustle and bustle behind for a stroll around the Imperial Palace. In the evening, head to Shinjuku to sample some of Japans best restaurants and famous karaoke bars.
Travel in comfort on Japan's fast and efficient high speed rail network. The trains – often referred as the Bullet Train - travel at speeds of up to 300km/hr and cover the 450km distance to Kanazawa on the West Coast in approximately two and a half hours.
Spend your day on the Western side of the country learning all about Kanazawa on this detailed tour of the sights and sounds around the city including:
• Kazuemachi – Giesha District
• Terashima Kurando Samurai House
• Owaricho District and Omicho Market
• Kanazawa Castle Park
• Kenrokuen Gardens
• D.T. Suzuki Museum
Travel aboard the Limited Express Thunderbird from Kanazawa to Kyoto. The train takes approximately 2 hours to travel 225km.
Explore the former imperial capital of Japan with a knowledgeable local guide, utilizing Kyoto’s comprehensive bus system to visit some of the city’s famous World Heritage Sites. The amazing sites to be seen in this fascinating city include:
• Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
• Nijo Castle
• Heian Shrine
• Nishiki Market – “Kyoto’s Kitchen”
• Kiyomizu Temple (Pure Water Temple)
A full day to further explore Kyoto and its surrounding area. Why not take a short trip to Nara which has significant temples and artwork dating back to the 8th century when it was Japan's Capital. Deer roam freely in the grounds of Todai-ji Temple, home to Daibutsuden, the largest wooden building in the world.
You could either make a stop at Uji on the way to Nara or visit Byodo-in Temple famous for its Phoenix Hall. Constructed in 1053, this hall now graces the back of the 10 yen coin, or Fushimi Inari famous for its corridors of tori gates as seen in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha.
Another day, another bullet train. Wake early for a direct service from Kyoto to Hiroshima or change en-route in Kobe or Osaka. Total time should be less than two hours.
Today enjoy a day tour of Hiroshima with a local guide. Highlights include:
• Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
• Miyajima Island
• The Floating Torii Gate
A final Shinakansen ride from Hiroshima to Tokyo. The fast trains cover the near 900km distance in under 5 hours but you will need to change the which Bullet Train you are travelling on in Osaka or Kobe.
A final morning spent in Tokyo before a transfer from your hotel in to either Narita or Haneda airport, depending on your preferred flights.
• Hotel to airport transfer
• Daytime flight from Japan to the UK
‘Urban Oasis; Good Location’
Keio Plaza Hotel offers a great location within Tokyo’s Shinjuku entertainment and shopping district. All 1,437 guestrooms overlook the bustling streets below and feature modern amenities, while the dining options range from Japanese and Chinese to French and Italian cuisine. Facilities include a fitness room and an outdoor pool on the seventh floor, open during the summer season.
‘Convenient Location; Comfortable Rooms’
Crowne Plaza Kanazawa is ideally-placed in front of the JR Kanazawa Station, connecting you to other areas of the city. The hotel boasts a collection of modern and comfortable rooms, complimentary WiFi, a dedicated quiet zone for those peaceful moments, and fitness and wellness options for the health conscious. Restaurants include excellent Chinese and Japanese venues.
‘Convenient Location; Peaceful Atmosphere’
Kyoto Century Hotel resides only a short walk away from JR Koyoto Station, meaning you can access the nearby attractions with ease. The hotel itself offers a relaxed ambience throughout, from the comfortable guest rooms to the restaurants and bars. Delight in sumptuous cuisine including sumptuous buffets, aged beef and seafood, and a cake shop filled with tasty treats.
‘Central Base; Modern Amenities’
Located in the heart of the city, ANA Crowne Plaza Hiroshima is on the main street of Peace Boulevard, an area with trees and flowers of over 4km and close to Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Hiroshima Castle. Alternatively, you can enjoy a swimming pool, gym, sauna and beauty treatment centre without leaving the hotel. Dining includes Japanese, Chinese and European options.
Flights with British Airways
All accommodation as listed
Tours and transfers as mentioned on private and shared basis
English speaking guides
Japan Rail 14 day pass
Meals unless otherwise stated
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