Experience Japan over 7 days with a guided coach group tour – an exciting new concept. Explore together Tokyo, Mt.Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi, Nagoya, Kyoto, and Osaka.

From £1,450 p/person 

Through the Essential Japan coach tour, travellers can travel to a range of locations in comfort. You will travel with your tour guide to Tokyo. Take time to enjoy the Tokyo views from the top of the Metropolitan Government Building before passing by Akihabara, the “Electric Town” of Tokyo.  After, travel to Mt. Fuji and Kawaguchiko (Also known as Lake Kawaguchi) for awe-inspiring Japanese nature. In Nagoya, car enthusiasts can visit the Toyota Museum. After Nagoya, move to Kyoto, where you can visit Gion for its well-known, traditional streets and maiko (apprentice geisha). After, take time to wander through Kyoto’s many historical temples and shrines. Your tour will end with a visit to Nara – an ancient capital that contains Todaiji Temple – before Osaka. Here, you can sample famous Osaka food- such as Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki – and enjoy the vibrant nightlife. Be sure to visit Dontonbori, the bright heart of Osaka.

This is a GROUP tour with regular departures until March 2021.

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 and UNESCO World Heritage sites
Europamundo

Day 1 : Tokyo

Arrive at Tokyo Narita Airport. Transfer by coach to the hotel in Tokyo.
In the late afternoon,  meet the tour guide and the other members of the group. Travel by metro to the Shinjuku area of Tokyo. A visit to the top of the Metropolitan Government Building is included in your tour for its 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 Tokyo morning sightseeing with a local guide. Pass near the walls and gardens of the Imperial Palace. After, visit the Shinto shrine dedicated to 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 for 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

Note: if winter snow makes the route impossible, the coach will proceed to the highest possible point.

Return to Kawaguchiko to our ryokan (Japanese inn) located in Kawaguchiko so that you can enjoy its onsen (public hot spring bath) and Japanese dinner.

Day 4 : Kawaguchiko - Toyota - Nagoya (From April 2020: - End in Kyoto)

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. After, visit the Shiraito Falls, with a waterfall height of 150m. A stop for lunch (included) will take place before travelling onwards to Nagoya. A visit to the Toyota Museum is included, a must-see for motor-lovers.

(From April 2020: After the Toyota Museum, have a drive to Kyoto, only 130km away. Rest well in your Kyoto accommodation.)

Day 5 : Nagoya - Kyoto (From April 2020: Kyoto Only)

Up until March 2020: Leave early today for the drive to Kyoto (130km) in time for a full-day tour of the city.

From April 2020: Kyoto was the country’s capital from 794 to 1868, and because it escaped bombing during WW2, historic buildings are preserved. In Kyoto, many temples and shrines in the city are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. With the local guide, visit Kinkakuji (the Golden Pavilion), Fushimi Inari and the Imperial Palace. Walk in the Gion area of Kyoto, well-known for its traditional streets and sights of maiko (apprentice geisha).

From April 2020: Start your tour from your accommodation in Kyoto. 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. Kyoto was the country’s capital from 794 to 1868, and because it escaped bombing during WW2, historic buildings are preserved. With the local guide, visit Kinkakuji (the Golden Pavilion), Fushimi Inari and the Imperial Palace. Walk in the Gion area of Kyoto, well-known for its traditional streets and sights of maiko (apprentice geisha).

Day 6 : Kyoto - Nara - Osaka

Up until March 2020: Head for Arashiyama, a peaceful refuge amid nature on the outskirts of Kyoto. Visit the Tenryuji Temple and the bamboo forest.

All departures: After, leave for the nearby city of Nara, once a capital of Japan. Visit Nara’s Todaiji Temple with its giant Buddha statue. After lunch (included), continue to Horyuji Temple on the outskirts of Nara, a World Heritage site. Its main pagoda is one of the oldest wooden buildings in the world. 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 : End Osaka

After breakfast, the tour arrangement ends.
(If you would like to extend your stay, please see Contrasts of Japan tour or contact us for a quoted for a tailor-made extension.)

Until March 2020:

from £ 1,450 per person

sharing twin room

 

From April 2020:

from £ 1,582 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, dinner on Day1, 3 and 4
  • 6 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

15 February 2020
14 & 28 March 2020

11, 18 & 25 April 2020
02, 09, 16, 23, 30 May 2020
06, 13, 20, 27 June 2020
4, 11, 18, 25 July 2020
01, 08, 15, 22, 29 August 2020
05, 12, 19, 26 September 2020
03, 10, 17, 24 October 2020
14, 21, 28 November 2020
05, 12, 19, 26 December 2020
02, 09, 16, 23, 30 January 2021
06, 13, 20, 27 February 2021
06, 13, 20, 27 March 2021