Sail past Gunkanjima in Nagasaki, a World Heritage Site of the “Meiji Industrial Revolution” that appeared in the James Bond movie “Skyfall”. In Kawaguchiko, try paragliding or ziplining in the Japanese countryside before witnessing sumo wrestlers fight in front of you in Tokyo.
Day 1 : Arrival in NAGASAKI
Arrive at Nagasaki Airport. After clearance through immigration and customs, you will transfer to your hotel by a small shuttle bus transfer. Stay for 2 nights in the heart of Nagasaki.
Day 2 : NAGASAKI
The morning is free at leisure to visit the city. Suggestion of activities:
- The Nagasaki Peace Park is a tranquil space that commemorates the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, which destroyed a significant portion of the city.
- Mount Inasa is a 333-meter high mountain close to Nagasaki’s city centre. The summit can be reached by ropeway, bus, or car and offers great views over the city.
After lunch, go on a cruise to Gunkanjima Island, which was designated as a World Heritage Site of the “Meiji Industrial Revolution.”
Day 3 : NAGASAKI to HIROSHIMA
Leave your baggage at the hotel’s reception. Your bags will be delivered to your hotel in Kyoto (Make sure to pack a 1-night bag for Hiroshima).
Check out of your accommodation and make your way to Hiroshima using your JR Pass (approx. 2h 40min).
The rest of the day is then free at your leisure.
|Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour|
Day 4 : HIROSHIMA to KYOTO
This morning, take the bullet train to Kyoto (2 hours, covered by your JR Pass). Stay for 3 nights.
Day 5 : KYOTO
Today, visit Kyoto’s main spot on a 1-day bus tour.
- Visit Nijo Castle, with its impressive, elaborate carvings and decors in the Ninomaru Palace, considered a must-see.
- Explore Kinkakuji Temple, a wooden architecture covered in thin layers of pure gold and surrounded by a beautiful pond.
- See the Kyoto Imperial Palace, which was used as the Emperor’s residence until about 150 years ago (end of the morning tour).
- Go visit Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine. This spot is known for its thousands of brilliant red torii gates, called Senbon Torii.
- Finish with a stroll in World Heritage Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and discover why this ancient political capital of Japan is now its history and sightseeing capital. The road leading to Kiyomizu-dera Temple is lined with rows of souvenir shops, great for shopping.
Day 6 : KYOTO
A part of the day is free at leisure. Explore at leisure, or join one of the optional excursion tours.
|Kyoto Night Tour|
|Sagano Bamboo Grove & Arashiyama Tour|
|Fushimi Inari Shrine & Sake Tasting Tour|
|Tea Ceremony & Nishiki Market Tour|
|Nara Afternoon Tour|
Day 7 : KYOTO to KAWAGUCHIKO
Today, leave your baggage with the bell captain as your bags will be delivered to your hotel in Tokyo (Make sure to pack a 1-night bag for Kawaguchiko).
This morning, make your way to Mishima station using your JR Pass (2 hours direct). From there, use your Mt Fuji Pass and get on a bus heading to Kawaguchiko.
The rest of the day is at leisure.
Suggested sightseeing spots (all accessible using your Mt Fuji Pass):
- The Chureito Pagoda, part of the Arakura Sengen Shrine, is a five-storied pagoda on the mountainside overlooking Fujiyoshida City and Mount Fuji off in the distance.
- Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine: here are more than a thousand Fuji Sengen shrines across Japan, dedicated to Princess Konohanasakuya, the Shinto deity associated with Mount Fuji.
- Iyashi no Sato is an open-air museum and traditional craft village where people can learn about the culture and try out and purchase different local handicrafts.
- Oishi Park at the Lake Kawaguchiko northern coast is a park with a superb view that can look at both lake and Mt. Fuji at a time. It is popular as a rest area for bicycle and motorcycle tours.
Stay for 1 night in a traditional lodging, a ryokan, with hot spring baths. Futon mattresses will be prepared on the tatami mat floor. In the evening, Japanese ‘kaiseki’ cuisine will be served, in the typical delicate Japanese-style.
Day 8 : KAWAGUCHIKO to TOKYO
This morning, you will have two activity options:
- Go on a paragliding adventure, marvel at the magnificent Mt. Fuji, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery that unfolds right before your eyes. Beginners welcome.
- Take an exhilarating zip line ride with a view of magnificent Mt. Fuji and Japan’s longest pedestrian-only suspension bridge. From the bridge, enjoy impressive views of Mt. Fuji, Suruga Bay, the Izu Mountains, and more.
After your activity, take a bus from Kawaguchiko and head to Tokyo, the last stop of your trip. Stay for 3 nights.
Day 9 : TOKYO
Enjoy 1 day of sightseeing around Tokyo’s old and new sights.
Visit the historical spots of the Imperial Palace (Nijubashi Bridge) and then Tsukiji Outer Fish Market, a shopping district with history originating from the Taisho period (1912-1926) and primarily features wholesaling. The market features over 400 shops including fresh fish retailers, grocers, and restaurants. Enjoy shopping and try some local food while exploring.
Continue on to Asakusa, offering plenty to see with Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest temple, as well as a statue of the god of thunder, Kaminarimon Gate, and a five-story pagoda. Enjoy the bustling shopping street of Nakamise, the approach path stretching nearly 250 meters from Kaminarimon Gate to Senso-ji Temple that is filled with a plethora of shops.
Head to Toyosu Market, the newest kitchen of Tokyo before finishing this tour at teamLab Borderless*, the newly trending digital art museum. There, you can experience a 10,000 square meter three-dimensional world with no boundaries.
Day 10 : TOKYO
Today, you will have a half-day activity planned:
- Watch the early morning practice of sumo wrestlers in a sumo stable. See the Sumo Wrestlers as they earnestly engage in their practice, right before your eyes. Visit the sumo museum which is inside the ryogoku kokugikan, the sumo tournament stadium. Feel free to take photos of the sumo wrestlers while the early morning practice is ongoing.
- Watch sumo wrestling, a 1,500-year-old Japanese cultural tradition, accompanied by an English interpreter who is also a sumo fan.
Please note the sumo training watching and sumo tournament do not run every day/every month. If the activity cannot be organised, we will offer an alternative activity instead (like a Sushi making workshop, a food tour, or any other activity that might be of interest).
Day 11 : Departure from TOKYO
This morning, please check out of your accommodation. A shuttle bus will be waiting to collect you from your accommodation, and take you to Tokyo Airport (Haneda or Narita), ready for your departing flight back home.
|Dates||Per person sharing a twin room|
|2020 – 2021||£2,305|
Total package price is a “from” price, and is subject to availability.
Single traveller supplement, on request basis only.
All prices are per person, sharing twin room in superior (4 star) accommodation. Higher accommodation is available upon request.
* During the Summer Games (23th Jul – 8th Aug & 24th Aug – 5th Sep 2021), the tour will be altered to cater around this period, and Tokyo will most likely be missed (inquiry basis)*
- 11 nights superior accommodation based on twin rooms
- Daily breakfast
- Shuttle bus from Nagasaki airport to hotel in Nagasaki
- 7-Day JR Pass Ordinary Class
- Bus from Kawaguchiko to Tokyo central
- PASMO transportation Card for a value of 5,000JPY
- Shuttle bus transfer from hotel in Tokyo to Tokyo airport
- Battleship Island Gunkanjima Cruise & Landing
- 1-Day Kyoto Tour (including English speaking guide, lunch, entrance fees and transportation by coach)
- Half-day activity in Kyoto (to be decided)
- Paragliding or ZipLine/Tree Top Walking activity
- 1-Day Tokyo Tour (including English speaking guide, lunch, entrance fees and transportation by coach)
- Tokyo Sumo Tournament (including English speaking guide, entrance fees and public transportation) or Early Morning Sumo Practice Viewing (including English speaking guide, entrance fees and public transportation) or another activity
- Luggage Transfer from Nagasaki to Kyoto to Tokyo (2 pieces per person)
- Wifi router
- International flights (can be included as an option)
- Meals and transportation not mentioned above
- Incidental costs such as personal laundry, drinks, snacks
- Travel Insurance
- Passport and other visa document fees (UK citizens do not need a visa for stays up to 90 days in Japan)