9 days from £ 1,945 p/person
This 9-day tour visits the highlights of Japan on a guided coach tour. See Tokyo, Mt.Fuji, Kawaguchiko, Nagoya, Kyoto and Hiroshima, ending in Hiroshima or Tokyo. This is a GROUP tour with regular departures until March 2020.

This JTB/Europamundo coach tour visits:

  • Tokyo
  • Kawaguchiko, and the beautiful natural surroundings of Mt. Fuji
  • Kyoto and Nara, two former national capitals, full of historic buildings an UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Himeji, with its dramatic Samurai-era castle
  • Hiroshima and nearby Miyajima

For departure dates, see the Departures tab.

Europamundo

Day 1 : Tokyo

Arrive at Tokyo Narita Airport. Transfer by coach to hotel in Tokyo.
In the late afternoon,  meet the tour guide and the other members of the group and travel by metro to the 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; dinner is included this evening before returning to the hotel.

Day 2 : Tokyo

A full morning’s sightseeing of Tokyo with local guide. Pass near the walls and gardens of the Imperial Palace and visit the Shinto shrine dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and his wife. Visit the Yasukuni Shrine, built in remembrance of the 2.5 million Japanese who lost their lives in World War II. Pass through Akihabara, the “electric town” full of electronics, anime and manga merchandise, and Kokugikan, the sumo stadium. Visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple, and the shops of the Nakamise Arcade.
Lunch is included.
Afternoon free.

Day 3 : Tokyo - Mt Fuji - Kawaguchiko

Board the coach to leave Tokyo for the beautiful region of Mt.Fuji. On arrival at the pretty town of Kawaguchiko, visit the Fuji Sengen Shrine, the starting point for the traditional pilgrimage to the mountain. The trip includes a cablecar ride to Mt Tenjo, for wonderful views of the nearby lakes and Mt.Fuji. Take a boat trip on Lake Kawaguchi, and take in the spectacular scenery. After lunch, drive up to the “5th station” halfway up Mt.Fuji (if winter snow makes the route impossible, the coach will proceed to the highest possible point.) Return to Kawaguchiko, to our ryokan (Japanese inn) in Kawaguchiko so that you can enjoy its onsen (public hot spring bath) and Japanese dinner.

Day 4 : Kawaguchiko - Toyota - Nagoya

Drive along the lake roads to 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. Then visit the Shiraito Falls, with a waterfall height of 150m. A stop for lunch (included) and then on to Nagoya. A visit is included the the Toyota Museum, a must-see for motor-lovers.

Day 5 : 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 the Imperial Palace. Visit the Gion area of Kyoto, well-known for its traditional streets and sights of maiko (apprentice geisha).

Day 6 : Kyoto - Nara - Osaka

We head for Arashiyama, a peaceful refuge amid nature on the outskirts of Kyoto. Visit the Tenryuji Temple – one of the “five major Zen temples of Kyoto” and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and the bamboo forest. Then leave for the nearby city of Nara, which was also an ancient capital, to visit the Todaiji Temple with its giant Buddha statue. After lunch (included), continue to 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 continue to Osaka, the second city of Japan. In the evening visit Dotonbori, a district of bright lights, nightlife and plenty of restaurants.

Day 7 : Osaka - Himeji - Engyo-ji - Okayama

We leave for Himeji, and visit its immense castle which has been carefully restored. Then a cablecar ride up Mt.Shosha, to see the Engyo-ji temple complex with over a thousand years of history, where the film “The Last Samurai” was shot. Lunch included at a local restaurant. Then continue to Okayama to visit Korakuen, one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan, with its lakes, waterfalls and traditional teahouses. Overnight in Okayama.

Day 8 : Okayama - Kurashiki - Hiroshima

Leave for Kurashiki, and time for a stroll around this city’s well-preserved historic centre. Continue to Hiroshima, and visit the Peace Memorial and Peace Museum commemorating the atomic bomb which fell on the city in 1945. A little way outside the city, take the short ferry ride to the small island of Miyajima, with its Shinto shrine of Itsukushima dedicated to the guardian of the seas, built partially over the water. After a stroll around and time to find lunch, return to Hiroshima. Dinner and overnight in Hiroshima.

Day 9 : Hiroshima (- Tokyo)

The tour (A) ends after breakfast at hotel.
With Tour (B) you can return to Tokyo, on the 4-hour Bullet train service arriving Tokyo at around 14:00.

Option A (Tokyo – end Hiroshima)

from £ 1,945 per person

Option B (Tokyo – end Tokyo)

from £ 2,245 per person

sharing twin room

Included

  • all travel by coach as shown in the itinerary
  • English-speaking guide throughout
  • entrance fees to places mentioned in the itinerary
  • Funicular railway up Mt.Tenjo
  • lunch on Day2 and 7, dinner on Day1, 3, 4 and 8
  • 8 nights accommodation at Superior-grade hotels (equivalent to 4*) in towns mentioned or similar

Not included

  • flights
  • any accommodation other than on days shown in the itinerary

10 & 24 November 2018
08 & 22 December
05 & 19 January 2019
02 & 16 February
02, 16 & 30 March
13 & 27 April
11 & 25 May
08 & 22 June
06 & 20 July
03, 17 & 31 August
14 & 28 September
12 & 26 October
23 November
21 December
18 January 2020
15 February
14 & 28 March