Travel 2 Touring 18/19

LAND AIR NIGHTS STAYED

ASIA

1

LAND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

1

JAPAN

Tokyo

3

LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

1

Fuji Five Lakes

2

Himeji

2

Kyoto

Mishima

1

Osaka

1

Hiroshima Miyajima

RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

1

LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Discover the delights of vibrant Tokyo • Admire breathtaking Mount Fuji • Make your own Japanese soba noodles • Experience the speedy bullet train • Explore Japan’s history in Kyoto 1 LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1

ESCORTED TOUR PRICES FROM £4289pp

10 day Jewels of Japan Tokyo • Fuji Five Lakes • Mount Fuji • Kyoto • Hiroshima • Miyajima • Osaka

Day 6: Fuji Five Lakes - Kyoto Transfer to Mishima station for the bullet train to Kyoto. Sit back and relax as you speed across the country. An enchanting city, Kyoto was capital for a thousand years; today it is the legacy of ancient Japan, full of tranquil temples, silk-clad geisha and sublime gardens. The geisha is both an intriguing and integral part of Japanese history – meet with either a maiko (apprentice geisha) or geisha and learn about their way of life and culture. Continue to Ryoanji Temple, home to Japan’s most famous zen garden and end the day with a visit to Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the ‘Golden Pavilion’. (BLD) Day 7: Kyoto Today, you will explore one of Kyoto’s delightful temples – Kiyomizu Temple, a 17th Century Buddhist temple. In the afternoon, enjoy a traditional Japanese handicraft experience and sample Japanese tea at a restored wooden townhouse. (BLD) Day 8: Kyoto - Hiroshima Today, travel by bullet train to Hiroshima. Hiroshima needs no introduction. The city today is vibrant and modern with a forward-thinking, sunny outlook. Find a moment to reflect at the Peace Memorial Park and Museum, paying homage to the victims of the 1945 atomic bomb. Next, hop on the ferry to the holy island of Miyajima. Visit the Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Japan’s most recognisable, rising majestically out of the waters of the Seto Inland Sea. Take an optional cable car up Mt Misen to enjoy the panoramic views. (BLD) Day 9: Hiroshima - Osaka Travel to Himeji to visit its famous castle. The feudal era fort, one of the most impressive in Japan, towers over the city and is recognisable as the backdrop to several major films. Appreciate its turbulent past before strolling around Koko-en, the Edo-style gardens just across the castle moat. Afterwards, transfer to Osaka for an overnight stay. Due to tourist numbers, entrance to the main keep is strictly controlled and cannot be guaranteed. (BLD) Day 10: Depart Osaka This morning is free at leisure before you transfer to Osaka airport for your return flight home. (B)

Day 1: Arrive Tokyo After arriving in Tokyo, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture. (D) Day 2: Tokyo Tokyo is the ultimate 24-hour city. Begin today with a visit to the observation deck of the 634-metre Skytree, the world’s tallest tower for panoramic views, before seeking out the tranquillity of the ancient Buddhist Sensoji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest. Learn about Tokyo’s historical heritage at the Edo-Tokyo Museum and explore Tokyo’s Imperial Palace East Garden. (BLD) Day 3: Tokyo Today, the tour begins with a relaxed morning wandering around the classical landscapes of the Hamarikyu Garden. Continue to the Meiji Shrine, the Shinto shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken, before driving past the famous Shibuya Crossing. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore the city as you wish. This evening, take a relaxed dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay for some excellent city vistas. (BLD) Day 4: Tokyo - Fuji Five Lakes Journey through the foothills of the iconic Mt Fuji to its base where we find the Fuji Five Lakes. The region is spectacular with the calm waters of the Five Lakes, formed by past volcanic eruptions, reflecting Mt Fuji’s picture-perfect cone. Later, try your hand at making traditional Japanese soba noodles before tucking in to your creations. Continue to Itchiku Kubota Art Museum to view the elaborate dyed silk creations before strolling around scenic Oshino Hakkai. (BLD) Day 5: Mount Fuji Ascend 2,000 metres up to Mt Fuji’s 5th Station (weather permitting) where, with its perfectly conical peak looming overhead, you can take in the breathtaking views over the landscapes below. Returning to the beautiful Five Lakes region, explore Iyashi no Sato Historical Village*, a former farming village on the shores of Lake Saiko. Destroyed by a landslide in 1966, the remaining thatched roofed houses of this old village have been transformed into an open-air museum and craft village. *May 2019, this will be replaced by the Shibazakura Festival (BLD)

TOUR DETAILS

£4289 per person

PRICES FROM:

PRICES INCLUDE • 9 nights’ accommodation in selected hotels • Meals as Specified: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners

• All transportation and transfers • All sightseeing and entrance fees

• English-speaking National Escort (subject to minimum 10 passengers) and Local Guides DEPARTURES 2019: Mar 18, 24, 27, 30; Apr 1, 3, 5, 8, 12, 18; May 7, 14, 21; Sep 11, 24; Oct 7, 13, 18, 24; Nov 3, 10 2020: Mar 18, 24, 27, 30, 31; Apr 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 14, 18, 23; May 7, 14, 18, 21

TOUR STYLE: Escorted (Classic)

GROUP SIZE: 29 max

PHYSICAL DEMAND:

ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 3 - 4 stars

Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

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