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24th March 2023
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24th March 2023
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• Return flights
• Return airport transfers
• 11 nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kyoto
• Pre-paid local travel card for transport between hotels and train stations
• Train travel between cities
• Tour to Japan’s world-famous Sakura Season with Cherry Blossoms
• Privately guided tour of Asakusa, Tokyo
• Half Day Tour of Kyoto
• Privately guided tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Day 1: Arrive in Tokyo
Upon arrival into Tokyo, you will be met by your meet & greet assistant to be transferred to Red Planet Asakusa hotel, where you will stay for three nights. After check-in, you may wish to spend time exploring Tokyo, Japan’s ultra-modern capital, and orientate yourself with the city. As you will be travelling during Cherry Blossom season, be sure to keep your eye out for the beautiful, pink displays wherever you go.
Day 2: Tokyo
Set off on your privately guided morning tour of Asakusa, which has been a traditional or "shitamachi" area of the city since the Edo period in the 15th century. During your journey, wander down Nakamise Street for a glimpse at one of Tokyo’s oldest shopping arcades in action. Wrap up your day at Kappabashi Kitchen Street, with some time to enjoy its collection of restaurants and souvenir shops.
Days 3-4: Tokyo
The next two days in Tokyo you have at leisure. Either choose to explore this magnificent city by yourself, or pre-book one of our recommended tour options below (own expense):
- You can take part in an authentic sushi-making class, making sure you head home armed with the skills to impress your friends with your sushi-making ability and knowledge.
- You can take part in a samurai sword cutting experience, which will make any childhood dream of being a real samurai come true, with help from your expert swordmaster.
- You can take part in a spectacular full-day tour of Mt. Fuji, where you’ll experience the splendour of Japan’s highest mountain, visit Lake “Kawaguchi-ko”, and much more!
- You can take part in the art of bonsai half-day tour, which showcases one of the traditional and cultural art forms in Japan.
Day 5: Tokyo - Kyoto
This morning after breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to Tokyo and head to Tokyo station, where you will travel in comfort on Japan's fast and efficient high-speed rail network to Kyoto. The train covers the 513km distance in approximately 2.5 hours. Upon arrival in Kyoto, make your way to your hotel, where you will spend the next four nights on a bed & breakfast basis. The rest of your day is free for you to explore the city.
Please note, there is a luggage forwarding service in Japan known as "Ta-q-bin" and for a very low fee, usually around 2000JPY, your heavy bags can be sent onwards to your next destination. Between most major cities, the service will be overnight and this can be organised and paid for at your hotel. You can also forward your luggage to the airport at the end of your trip.
If you would like suggestions as to when to use this service we can provide advice and details.
Day 6: Kyoto
This morning after breakfast, you’ll head on your Half-Day Tour of Kyoto. Firstly, you will join a private Japanese calligraphy lesson. Calligraphy, known as Shodo in Japan, is said to reflect the writer's mind as well as their writing skill. During this one-hour program, you can create your own calligraphy after a few practice attempts and bring your creations home with you. You’ll then head to Nishiki Market, a narrow shopping street lined with over 100 shops and restaurants. Known as ‘Kyoto's Kitchen’, this lively retail market specialises in all things food related and is a great place to find seasonal foods and Kyoto specialities, such as Japanese sweets, pickles, dried seafood, and sushi. This afternoon is free to explore more of Kyoto.
Days 7-8: Kyoto
The next two days in Kyoto you have at leisure. Enjoy a relaxed breakfast, before either choosing to explore the home of Japanese culture by yourself or pre-book one of our recommended tour options below (own expense):
- You can take part in the real Kyoto backstreet cycling private tour, where while pedalling along the backstreets, you can uncover the little-known treasures of Kyoto
- You can take part in the Kyoto Tea Ceremony, a Japanese tradition with more than 400 years of history, and receive hands-on experience of making a matcha green tea by yourself.
- You can also go on a Nara half-day tour, where you’ll hop on a short train ride to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nara, home to some of the most impressive and ancient historical landmarks in the country.
- You can also enjoy a Geisha/Maiko performance evening tour, an elegant evening that celebrates the traditional dress and is a beautiful experience for everyone
Day 9: Kyoto - Hiroshima
This morning after breakfast, check out of your hotel and make your way to Kyoto station for your half-day sightseeing excursion to Hiroshima, taking one of the fastest trains in Japan (the Nozomi Shinkansen) which reaches speeds of up to 300km on the route.
Upon arriving at Hiroshima station, meet your guide and visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum by public transportation, which is located at the centre of Hiroshima City. The A-Bomb Dome, also known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is what remains of the former Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. This afternoon, check into your hotel where you will stay for the next two nights on a bed & breakfast basis, then enjoy free time to explore more of Hiroshima.
Day 10: Hiroshima
Today you have a full free day in Hiroshima, but we would recommend you take a visit to the island of Miyajima. The island is easy to reach by tram and ferry and is located less than an hour outside the city of Hiroshima. Its most famous site is the floating torii gate, which, at high tide, gives the impression of floating on the water. Take a cable car to the top of Mount Misen, boasting views over the Seto Inland Sea, with many other small shrines and temples to visit. One of the best is Daisha-in Temple located only a short walk from the floating torii.
** Renovation works on Miyajima's famous floating torii gate has started in June 2019. During the renovation works, the torii gate will be covered up by scaffolding. Furthermore, a bridge has been built on the left side of the gate (when viewed from the shrine) to aid the renovation works. A date for the completion of the renovation works has not been set yet. In addition, renovation works are currently conducted on the western side of the complex (around the entrance) from September 2020 to December 2022. **
Day 11: Hiroshima - Kyoto
This morning, make your way to Hiroshima station and travel back to Kyoto by Shinkansen from Hiroshima, which takes just under 1.5 hours. Upon arrival, make your way to your hotel in Kyoto to check-in for one night on a bed & breakfast basis, then the rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure.
Day 12: Depart Kyoto
Enjoy your final morning in Kyoto before meeting your transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.