Experience various Wonders of Japan as part of an 11-day guided group coach tour! Visit Tokyo, Kawaguchiko, Himeji, Okayama, Hiroshima, Matsuyama in Shikoku, and Kobe, Japan.

From £2,420 p/person

Explore the wonders of Japan’s places through this group tour. Firstly, visit Tokyo – the capital of Japan. Wander through Shinjuku, one of Tokyo’s most lively areas. Pass by classic sites such as the Imperial Palace and Asakusa Kannon Temple (Sensoji Temple). Experience young culture at Harajuku before heading outside Tokyo to the beautiful region of Mt.Fuji. After visiting Nagoya, travel to Kyoto to walk through famous sites such as Fushimi Inari Shrine and Kinkakuji Temple.

Visit Himeji Castle, Korakuen Garden – one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan, and Kurashiki for its Bikan Historical Quarter with its picturesque canal. In Shikoku, take a bath at Dogo Onsen, one of the oldest onsen hot springs in Japan. Before ending your trip in Kobe or Osaka, marvel at large tidal whirlpools at the bridge across the Naruto Strait in Tokushima.

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

This JTB/Europamundo coach tour visits:

Tour departures:
February 2020– March 2021  (see “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. 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 in Tokyo with a local guide. Pass near the walls and gardens of the Imperial Palace and stop briefly at the Zojoji 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 (Sensoji 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 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 (From April 2020: Kyoto)

Until March 2020: 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) and then on 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: 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. 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

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 : 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. After, take 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. Wander around its Shinto shrine of Itsukushima, dedicated to the guardian of the seas and built partially on the sea. After walking around the shrine, stroll through the town and have lunch. 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.

Until March 2020: from £ 2,420 per person

sharing twin room

From April 2020: from £ 2,651 per person

Included

  • 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 Day 2, 7, 9 and 10, dinner on Day 1, 4 and 8.
  • 10 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
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