Travel 2 Touring 18/19

ASIA

LAND AIR NIGHTS STAYED

1

JAPAN

Takayama

2

Tokyo

4

Hakone LAND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 2

Kyoto

3

Nagoya

1

1

Osaka

2

Hiroshima

LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

1

INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

1

• The bright lights of Megalopolis Tokyo, including a full-day tour to see the top sights • A traditional Ryokan stay in Takayama • The quaint UNESCO site of Shirakawa-go home to traditional houses over 250 years old • Travelling in style between cities at up to 200mph on Japan’s famed Bullet Train • 2 nights in Historic Hiroshima • Trying some of Japans best cuisine in Osaka • Exploring Hakone’s peaceful mountain setting and enjoying its hot springs LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1

INDEPENDENT TOUR PRICES FROM £2979pp

15 day Highlights of Japan Tokyo • Takayama • Shirakawa-go • Kyoto • Hiroshima • Osaka • Hakone

Days 1 - 3: Tokyo On arrival, take your shared transfer to your hotel. On day 2 take a full-day sightseeing tour to 4 of Tokyo’s popular spots including Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace, Asakusa and Sensoji. On day 3, you are free to explore at your leisure. (BL,B*) Standard: Shiba Park Hotel; Superior: Park Hotel Shiodome; Deluxe: Mandarin Oriental (3 nights) *No meals on day 1 Day 4: Tokyo - Takayama From Tokyo, take the world-famous Shinkansen bullet train and then the Limited Express Hida Wide View, winding your way through mountains and stunning gorges to Takayama. That afternoon, a visit to one of the town’s many sake breweries is recommended. (BD) Standard: Sumiyoshi Ryokan; Superior: Koto no Yume Ryokan; Deluxe: Honjin Hiranoya Kachoan (2 nights) Day 5: Takayama - Shirakawa-go Visit the Miyagawa Market in Takayama and the ancient town. End the morning by stopping at a sake brewery and enjoy a tasting of Japan’s national tipple. In the afternoon, the tour will move onto the UNESCO site of Shirakawa-go village. Your guide will show you around the village, famous for its traditional gassho- zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old. (BD) Day 6: Takayama - Kyoto Enjoy beautiful views of the Japanese countryside as you travel via train from Takayama to Kyoto, the journey includes a stop in Nagoya. Your afternoon will be spent at your leisure (B) Standard: Vista Premio Hotel; Superior: Granvia Kyoto; Deluxe: Hyatt Regency Kyoto (3 nights) Days 7 & 8: Kyoto Visit some of Kyoto’s most charming spots on a sightseeing bus tour of Kyoto. Visit Kinkaku-ji Temple and Nijo Castle, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Continue to Nara and visit 2 World Heritage Sites, Todai-ji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine. (BL,B) Days 9 & 10: Kyoto - Hiroshima Hop on the Shinkansen bullet train and journey west to Hiroshima. While you’re here, it is recommended you check out the historic Hiroshima castle and bustling downtown area. On day 10 you will take a shared tour to visit the Peace Memorial Park with the A-Bomb dome and Miyajima Island. (B,B) Standard: New Hiroden; Superior: Hotel Granvia Hiroshima; Deluxe: Sheraton Hiroshima (2 Nights)

Day 11: Hiroshima - Osaka Back on the bullet train as you travel to Osaka. Culturally distinct from its counterpart Tokyo in the east, Osaka is a lively city with a buzzing comedy scene and considered a foodies delight, be sure to try some of the city’s famous dishes such as takoyaki and okonomiyaki. (B) Standard: Osaka Tokyu Rei Hotel; Superior: New Otani Osaka Hotel; Deluxe: Intercontinental Osaka Days 12 & 13: Osaka - Hakone Head east to Hakone on the Shinkansen as you travel to Osaka. The rest of your time is free to enjoy at leisure – Hakone is blessed with natural hot springs, stunning Lake Ashi, and a ropeway that offers an amazing view of Mount Fuji. (BD,BD) Standard: Pax Yoshino; Superior: Gora Tensui; Deluxe: Tenyu (2 nights) Days 14 & 15: Hakone – Tokyo From Hakone, head back to Tokyo on the bullet train, time to pick up some last minute souvenirs and get some final sightseeing in. On your final day take a shared transfer back to the airport. (B) Standard: Shiba Park Hotel; Superior: Park Hotel Shiodome; Deluxe: Mandarin Oriental

TOUR DETAILS

£2979 per person

PRICES FROM:

PRICES INCLUDE • 14 nights’ accommodation in named hotels or similar • Meals as specified: 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners • All rail tickets • Airport transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary

DEPARTURES Daily

TOUR STYLE: Independent

GROUP SIZE: 2+

PHYSICAL DEMAND:

ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 3 - 5 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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