See Japan by coach! This 10-day tour visits the highlights of Japan on a guided coach tour – a unique and exciting new concept. See Tokyo, Kawaguchiko, Himeji, Inbe, Mt.Koya and Kurashiki. This is a GROUP tour with regular departures until March 2017.

 

This coach tour visits the highlights of Japan, including small towns which are not easily accessible by other means. An English-speaking guide accompanies the group throughout.

Visits:

  • Tokyo
  • Kawaguchiko, and the beautiful natural surroundings of Mt. Fuji
  • Kyoto, the magnificent Himeji Castle, and the pottery town of Inbe
  • Mt.Koya, with its important temples in tranquil forest
  • Old-world Okayama and Kurashiki
  • Hiroshima and picturesque Miyajima

 

Tour departures:

13 January 2017
10 February 2017
10 March 2017

Day 1 : Leave UK

Depart from London Heathrow on overnight flight to Tokyo.

Day 2 : Arrive Tokyo

Arrive at Tokyo Narita Airport. Meeting staff at customs exit to provide assistance in boarding the regular “Airport Limousine” bus service to the hotel in Tokyo.

In the late afternoon, meet the tour guide and the other members of the group. Travel by metro to Shinjuku area of Tokyo; a visit to the top of the Metropolitan Government Building is included, for great views of the city and Mt.Fuji beyond, weather permitting. Shinjuku is an area with lively nightlife and plenty of restaurants. Free time for dinner (your guide will advise). Return to the hotel.

Stay 2 nights at the Mercure Tokyo Ginza or similar.

Day 3 : Tokyo

This morning’s tour of Tokyo by coach with the English-speaking guide visits the Meiji Shrine, passes through the tree-lined avenues of Omotesando and Roppongi Hills. Walk around the perimeter of the Imperial Palace, then continue to Akihabara, the “electric town” full of electronics, anime and manga merchandise. Visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple, and Yasukuni Shrine, where Japan’s war dead are commemorated.

Afternoon free.

Day 4 : Tokyo - Kawaguchiko

Board the coach to leave Tokyo for the beautiful region of Mt.Fuji. Our trip includes a cablecar ride to the top of Kachi Kachi Mountain for wonderful views of the nearby lakes and Mt.Fuji. Take a boat trip on Lake Kawaguchi, and take in the spectacular scenery. The next stop is Saiko Iyashinosato Nenba, a small town that was devastated by a landslide during a typhoon in 1966 and then rebuilt as a traditional outdoor highland museum town. Its typical thatched houses have been converted into craft workshops, restaurants and museums. Free time for lunch.  After lunchtime, the coach returns to your ryokan (Japanese inn) in Kawaguchiko so that you can enjoy its onsen (public hot spring bath) and Japanese dinner.

Overnight at Oike Ryokan or Tagaogi Ryokan,

Day 5 : Kawaguchiko - Mt.Fuji - Nagoya

Today on the way to Mt Fuji the first stop is at Fuji Sengen Shrine, where the pilgrimage to the top of Mt.Fuji traditionally started. Then the coach climbs up the mountain road to the Fuji 5th station, halfway up the mountain. (If winter snow makes the route impossible, the coach will proceed to the highest possible point.) At the 5th station, free time to visit the shops and restaurants. Then continue to Nagoya. Entrance to the Toyota museum is included.

Overnight at the Hotel Mercure Cypress or similar.

Day 6 : Nagoya - Kyoto

Leave early today for the drive to Kyoto (130km) in time for a full day tour of the city. Kyoto was the country’s capital from 794 to 1868, and because it escaped bombing during WW2, historic buildings are preserved and many temples and shrines in the city are designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. With the local guide visit Kinkakuji (the Golden Pavilion), Fushimi Inari and Nijo Castle. Visit the Gion area of Kyoto, well-known for its traditional streets and sights of maiko (apprentice geisha).

Stay overnight at the Hotel Ibis Styles Kyoto Station or similar.

Day 7 : Kyoto - Nara - Mt.Koya - Osaka

Today travel to the nearby city of Nara, which was also an ancient capital, to visit the Todaiji Temple with its giant Buddha statue, and Horyuji Temple on the outkirts of Nara, a World Heritage site. Its main pagoda is one of the oldest wooden buildings in the world. Then set off for the sacred Mt.Koya, a place of temples and tranquillity among the forests and mountains, and a place of pilgrimage. Lunch at the monastery is included (vegetarian). Then continue to Osaka, the second city of Japan. In the evening visit Dotonbori, a district of bright lights, nightlife and plenty of restaurants.

Overnight at the Hotel Courtyard Shin Osaka Station.

Day 8 : Osaka - Himeji - Inbe - Okayama

Leave Osaka for Himeji, home of one of the best Edo-period castles in Japan, which has re-opened after extensive restoration work. Then on to Inbe, a small town famous for its pottery (Inbe ware, also known as Bizen ware). Stroll though its quiet streets lined with traditional houses and visit its shops and pottery kilns. Continue to Okayama, to visit Korakuen, one of the most beautiful traditional gardens in Japan, with its lakes, waterfalls and traditional tea houses.

Stay overnight at the ANA Crowne Plaza or Hotel Mitsui Garden.

Day 9 : Okayama - Kurashiki - Hiroshima

Leave Okayama for Kurashiki, a town with a very well-preserved historic centre. Time to explore this town and its old-world charm. Then on to Hiroshima, where the coach will stop at Hiroshima station, for a coffee break. Continue the short distance to Miyajima, to take the ferry over to the island with its Shinto shrine of Itsukushima, dedicated to the guardian of the seas and built partially on the sea. Time to explore the shrine, stroll through the town and have lunch. Then return on the ferry and rejoin the coach to return to Hiroshima, to visit the Peace Memorial, the atom bomb dome and the impressive Peace Memorial Museum.

Stay overnight at the RIHGA Royal or Grand Prince Hotel.

Day 10 : Hiroshima - Tokyo

Transfer to the station to take the Bullet train to Tokyo. It takes 4 hours to travel the 800km back to Tokyo, arriving at around 14:00.

The group tour ends on arrival in Tokyo.

Transfer to your hotel for another night in Tokyo.

Day 11 : Tokyo - UK

A transfer is provided to the airport for your flight back to the UK, arriving the same day.

£ 3,020

per person sharing twin room

Single Supplement: £ 906

Total package price is a “from” price, and is subject to availability of flights on the specified airline in the required class of travel. Different airlines may be offered, at different package prices, depending on availability on your selected dates of travel.

Included

  • Return flights from the UK in Economy class
  • Day2 - 10: group tour by JTB/Europamundo, including:
  • - English-speaking meeting assistant at Narita airport on arrival, and transfer Narita Airport - Hotel by "Airport Limousine" bus
  • - English-speaking guide throughout
  • - Accommodation on room & breakfast basis at the hotels indicated or similar - 1nt Tokyo, 1nt Kawaguchiko (at Japanese inn including Japanese dinner and Japanese breakfast), 1nt Nagoya, 1nt Kyoto, 1nt Osaka, 1nt Okayama, 1nt Hiroshima.
  • - Full sightseeing programme including entrance fees
  • - Bullet train Hiroshima - Tokyo (Ordinary class reserved seat)
  • Additional 1 night accommodation in Tokyo
  • Transfer Hotel - Narita Airport on Day 10 by "Airport Limousine" bus.

Not included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Any meals, beverages, accommodation or travel arrangements not shown in the itinerary
  • Incidental costs such as personal laundry, drinks, snacks
  • Passport and other visa document fees (UK citizens do not need a visa for stays up to 90 days in Japan)