Take a trip out east and visit the fascinating country of Japan. This short highlight tour shows off two iconic locations within this island nation. Start with the sprawling, bustling capital of Tokyo before boarding the countries famous ‘Bullet Train’ and heading south west to Kyoto. In both cities, sample the history, culture, temples and shrines that you will find in abundance. This is all mixed in with the ultra-modern sky scrapers and neon lights that you expect in this high tech country.
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 513km distance to Kyoto in approximately two and a half hours.
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.
An early start on the final day, with a transfer from your hotel in Kyoto to Kansai International airport, built on reclaimed land in the middle of Osaka Bay.
• 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; 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.
Flights with Air France via Paris
All accommodation as listed
Tours and transfers as mentioned
English speaking guides
Meals unless otherwise stated
Price based on travel in September 2017
Hakone option: One night extension including trains from Tokyo can be added for £220 per person
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