From £ 3,925 p/person
See Japan by coach! See Tokyo, Kawaguchiko and Kyoto then continue northwards to Nikko, Sendai and all the way to Hokkaido. Then return to Tokyo via the eastern route to discover more of Hokkaido and Tohoku. This is a GROUP tour with regular departures until October 2019.

 

This JTB/Europamundo coach tour visits:

  • Tokyo
  • Kawaguchiko, and the beautiful natural surroundings of Mt. Fuji
  • Kyoto, a former national capital, full of historic buildings an UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Tsumago
  • Nagano
  • Morioka
  • Hokkaido
  • Mt.Usu
  • Aizu Wakamatsu
Europamundo

 

Day 1 : 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; 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 - 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. Our 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 Nijo Castle. Visit the Gion area of Kyoto, well-known for its traditional streets and sights of maiko (apprentice geisha).

Day 6 : Kyoto - Tsumago - Matsumoto - Nagano

Set out for Tsumago, passing attractive country scenery on the way. This small village with its wooden houses is one of the prettiest places in Japan. Free time to explore and lunch included. Then continue to Matsumoto , a tourist city where we will visit its impressive sixteenth century castle known as the “Castle of crows”. Continue to Nagano for overnight accommodation.

Day 7 : Nagano - Ikaho Onsen

In Nagano visit the Zenko-ji, a place of pilgrimage with the first Buddhist image in Japan. A Gomakuyo ceremony will be included to bring luck. Then on to the beautiful Japanese Alps, and the Jigokudani Monkey Park, to have lunch (included) and stroll amidst its forests with its rivers and spa waters where colonies of
Japanese macaques live and bathe. After this, pass through very beautiful high mountain scenery (up to 2,172 metres), passing semi-active volcanoes. At Kusatsu, an attractive spa town, a Yumomi show is included, its dance and drama presenting the traditional method used to cool the spa waters. Then a walk in the city park which has open air onsen. Then on to Ikaho, a picturesque spa town with an ancient centre with staircase streets. Stay at a ryokan, a Japanese style hotel and enjoy its baths. Traditional Japanese dinner included.
(NB: In the planned Ryokan, some rooms are Japanese style, with beds made on the tatami mat floor, and others are western-style).
Note: In the autumn, depending on the amount of fruit in the mountains, the movement of the monkeys is unpredictable.
If the macaques do not come down to the park, it may be closed. The visit to Kusatsu and the Yumoni show are cancelled due to the weather from November to April.

Day 8 : Ikaho Onsen - Nikko - Sendai

In the morning, take the coach to Nikko and visit the Nikko Toshogu Shrine and the Taiyuinbyo Mausoleum, set in impressive surroundings, followed by a walk by the river, under the watchful eye of 70 Jizo statues. Free time in the city before travelling on to Sendai for overnight accommodation.

Day 9 : Sendai - Matsushima - Hiraizumi - Morioka

Depart for the city of Matsushima, on the “Thousand Islands” Bay in the Pacific Ocean. Visit the magnificent “tea house” overlooking the sea, then take a 30-minute cruise. Free time to visit the historical museum, temples or take a walk to the islands which are connected by pretty pedestrian bridges. Lunch is included. Continue to Hiraizumi to visit its temples and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Takkoku no Iwaya, a temple carved into the rock in 1801, followed by a visit to the magnificent Buddhist temples of Chusonji. Relax in the gardens of Motsuiji Temple (possibility to take part in a Zen ceremony  – included). Continue to Morioka for overnight.

Day 10 : Morioka - Hirosaki - Aomori - Hakodate

We depart for Hirosaki, and visit its historic castle in a beautiful park. Then on to Aomori, to see the Nebuta Museum, and the illuminated floats used at the famous Nebuta Festival. Lunch included, then board the ferry to Hokkaido Island. After the 3.5 hour crossing, ascend Mt.Hakodate for wonderful views, descending by cable car.

Day 11 : Hakudate - Onuma - Noboribetsu - Sapporo

In the morning, visit the busy fish market and climb the Goryokaku Tower for impressive views. Then take a stroll through the area of Hakodate’s star-shaped fortress before continuing to Onuma, with its numerous small islands on the lake. Boat trip and lunch are included. In the afternoon, continue to Noboribetsu, an impressive volcano site. End at Sapporo for overnight.

Day 12 : Sapporo - Otaru - Sapporo

City tour of Sapporo including the Clock Tower, the beautiful shrine of Hokkaido Jingu (ceremonial prayer “Kito” session) and Shiroi Koibito, and attractive theme park and chocolate factory (entrance included). Continue to Otaru, a town a few miles to the north with a European atmosphere, and old canal and tiny museums. Lunch included. Return to Sapporo at around 4pm. Rest of the day free.

Day 13 : Toyako Onsen - Mt.Usu - night ferry

Visit the Ainu Cultural Museum, with information about the Ainu culture, a people of the Inuit that lived in the north of Japan. Amidst beautiful scenery in the interior of Hokkaido Island, pass lakes and mountains and eventually come to the spa city of Toyako, at the foot of an impressive volcano, on the banks of a pretty lake that occupies a former crater. Free time to wander along the shore. We will visit the volcanology museum to learn about the eruptions suffered by this region. Then we will take the cable car to the summit of the Usu Volcano with time to walk around the volcano and its awesome landscape.
Lunch included.
Then continue to Tomakomai where we take a modern ferry for a night crossing. Accommodation in double cabins
with private bathrooms. Dinner included. Spend the
night on board sailing south in the Pacific Ocean towards Sendai.

Day 14 : Sendai - Yonezawa - Aizu Wakamatsu

Arrive in Sendai port at around 10 in the morning and
go on to Yamadera, a very beautiful complex of temples
founded more than 1,000 years ago in the mountains, amidst forests of immense trees. Lunch included. Then continue to Yonezawa. This is one of the main sake-producing regions: visit the Sake Museum with its small distillery before carrying on through pretty scenery to Aizu Wakamatsu.
Accommodation.

Day 15 : Aizu Wakamatsu - Mito - Tokyo

In Aizu Wakamatsu visit the Samurai Mansion, a historic mansion from the samurai era. Stroll in the Castle Garden, and go up to Iimoriyama, and see the sculptures donated by Mussolini, and hear the story of the child martyrs of this
city. After lunch, travel to Mito where we find the gardens of Kairakuen, considered some of the most beautiful in Japan, with more than 3,000 cherry trees. Return to Tokyo, where the tour ends.

£ 3,925

per person sharing twin room
Single Supplement: £ 1,015

Included

  • Day2 - 13: 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
  • - 14 nights accommodation on room & breakfast basis
  • - Full sightseeing programme including entrance fees
  • - 9 lunches, 5 dinners

Not included

  • Flights
  • 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)

13 & 27 April 2019
11 & 25 May
08 & 22 June
06 & 20 July
03, 17 & 31 August
14 & 28 September
12 & 26 October