11 days from £ 2,420 p/person
See Japan by coach! This 11-day trip visits Tokyo, Kawaguchiko, Himeji, Okayama, Hiroshima and Matsuyama, ending in Osaka. This is a GROUP tour with regular departures until March 2020.
|This JTB/Europamundo coach tour visits:
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 stop briefly at the Zozoji Temple for a great view of Tokyo Tower. Walk to the lively Harajuku area, home of trendy and eccentric boutiques. 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.
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 your 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
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 a cablecar ride up Mt.Shosha to visit the temple complex of Engyo-ji with over a thousand years of history, where the film “The Last Samurai” was shot. Lunch included at a local restaurant. Continue to Okayama, to visit Korakuen, one of the most beautiful traditional gardens in Japan, with its lakes, waterfalls and traditional tea houses.
Day 8 : 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. Continue to Miyajimaguchi, for the short ferry ride to Miyajima, 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 drive the short distance to Hiroshima, to visit the Peace Memorial, the atom bomb dome and the impressive Peace Memorial Museum.
Dinner is included.
Day 9 : Hiroshima - Matsuyama
Today we take the ferry across Japan’s “Inland Sea” to the major island of Shikoku. Landing at Matsuyama, visit the impressive castle, and Ishiteji, a beautiful Buddhist Temple and place of pilgrimage. After lunch (included), visit Dogo Onsen, one of the oldest onsen hot springs in Japan, with a history stretching back over 1,000 years. The main building in the movie Spirited Away was modeled on the present building of the Dōgo Onsen public bathhouse.
Day 10 : Matsuyama - Kotohira - Takamatsu - Naruto - Kobe
We depart for Kotohira, a Shinto shrine dedicated to the god of sailors and a place of pilgrimage. The shrine stand on Mt. Zosu and is reached by climbing 785 steps. Then in Takamatsu we will visit the Ritsurin Garden, one of the best traditional gardens in Japan. After lunch (included), continue to the bridge across the Naruto Strait, where large tidal whirlpools can be seen from the glass windows in the floor of the bridge 45m above. Arrive at Kobe for overnight accommodation.
Day 11 : Kobe - Osaka
In Kobe, visit the Earthquake Memorial Museum, and continue to Osaka, where the group tour ends.
from £ 2,420 per person
sharing twin room
- all travel by coach as shown in the itinerary
- English-speaking guide throughout
- entrance fees to places mentioned in the itinerary
- ferry Miyajimaguchi - Miyajima island, Hiroshima - Matsuyama
- lunch on Day2, 7, 9 and 10, dinner on Day1, 4 and 8.
- 10 nights accommodation at Superior-grade hotels (equivalent to 4*) in towns mentioned or similar
- any accommodation other than on days shown in the itinerary
23 November 2019
21 December 2019
18 January 2020
15 February 2020
14 & 28 March 2020