Cultural Treasures of Japan

13 day guided tour of Japan - 21 meals

from £3299 per person excluding flights
  • Explore the famous Yanaka Ginza district, the 'shitamachi,' with old town ambience reminiscent of Tokyo's past.
  • Explore the hot springs of Hakone, on the shores of Lake Ashi.
  • Travel by the famous Shinkansen bullet train.

Visit     65 Station Road, Letchworth Garden City, Herts, SG6 3BJ

call       01462 677 111

email   holidays@onyourtravels.co.uk

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Your Tour Itinerary


Day 1 - Tokyo - Tour Begins

Explore ancient and modern Japanese culture firsthand. Discover peaceful temples and technological marvels set against unimaginable natural beauty. Welcome to Japan, the 'Land of the Rising Sun." Begin in the electrifying city of Tokyo, where pop culture is turned all the way up and traditions are rich and long-kept. Tonight, experience a traditional kaiseki-style meal alongside your fellow travellers at a festive welcome dinner.
Meals: Dinner
Stay: Tokyo Prince Hotel

Day 2 -Tokyo

Feel the excitement start to build when you explore Asakusa, Tokyo's oldest Geisha district. Then turn to the tranquility of the famous Buddhist temple, Senso-ji. Experience the long lasting tradition of the Japanese tea ceremony, dating back to the 15th century. During your free time, explore the Nakamise Shopping Arcade. Luckily, you don't need a time machine to get to Tokyo's old town, Yanaka Ginza, where quaint shops and vendors selling local cuisine transport you to a different time altogether.
Meals: Breakfast
Stay: Tokyo Prince Hotel

Day 3 -Tokyo

Begin the day at Tokyo Tower to see the magnificent view of the city from above on this iconic symbol of Tokyo. Then enjoy a morning stroll through the outside grounds of the Imperial Palace, the Kokyo Gaien National Gardens, and see the Niju Bridge and Sakurada Gate, the well-known symbol of the Imperial Palace. Walk through Tsukiji, the world's largest, busiest fish market and a preamble to a true taste of Japan - a sushi lunch inside the market itself. Later, amid a lush forest outside of Tokyo, visit the Meiji Shrine, dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Stay: Tokyo Prince Hotel

Day 4 -Tokyo - Hakone

Journey to the lakeside resort of Hakone, renowned for its hot springs and spas. In the shadow of Mt. Fuji (UNESCO), this scenic town hugs the shorelines of Lake Ashi. Make a stop at Owakudani, located in an active volcanic zone. The Owakudani crater was created some 3,000 years ago, when Mt. Hakone erupted. Climb aboard Hakone Ropeway, an aerial cable car descending from Owakudani for a breathtaking view of Mt. Fuji.* From there, take to the deep-blue waters of Lake Ashi on a cruise where you'll see epic views of the local mountains before stopping in the charming town of Moto-Hakone.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Stay: The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko

Day 5 -Hakone - Matsumoto - Takayama

This breathtaking day begins in Matsumoto. Start at Matsumoto Castle, known as the 'Crow Castle' because of its striking black exterior. Enjoy the local cuisine as we stop for lunch at a Soba noodle shop. Later, you'll step back in time in the rural Edo-period town of Takayama, nestled in the Japanese Alps. Well known to the locals for its connection to sake, this is the perfect place to gather for a visit to one of Japan's 200-year-old sake breweries. Afterward, experience a true Japanese epicurean treat - traditional rice wine paired with a special Hida beef dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Stay: Associa Takayama Resort

Day 6 -Takayama

The ancient cultures of Takayama come alive this morning in the town's historic district. Take a walk through the past and glimpse the 19th-century Jinya government building. Circuit the winding streets, where the town's traditional charms are preserved in the inns and houses. Feel the energy of bustling open-air markets that date back over 600 years. This afternoon, relish some free time to continue your exploration of Takayama on your own.
Meals: Breakfast
Stay: Associa Takayama Resort

Day 7 -Takayama - Shirakawa-go - Kanazawa

Today, embrace the unique charms of Shirakawa-go (UNESCO). Hidden away in the mountain, this harmonious village is famous for its gassho-zukuri-style houses - thatched-rooftops designed to resemble two hands joined in prayer. Journey to Kanazawa, the origin of gold-leaf making since the 16th century. Next, it's over to the Samurai district where we'll enter the former home of the Nomuras, a wealthy samurai family who served the ruling Maeda family. Then, travel to the Geisha quarters of Kanazawa, the Higashi Tea district. Gather in town this evening for dinner.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Stay: Ana Crowne Plaza Kanazawa

Day 8 -Kanazawa

More than 25 acres of absolute beauty awaits you today at Kenroku-En - Garden of Six Qualities. From the beauty of Japan's most stunning gardens, dive in to the ancient craft of gold leaf making during a hands-on lesson in decorating your own lacquer box at Kanazawa Katani! In the centre of town, take in the action of the Omicho fish market before venturing out on your own to really immerse yourself in Kanazawa's dynamic culture.
Meals: Breakfast
Stay: Ana Crowne Plaza Kanazawa

Day 9 -Kanazawa - Kyoto

Kyoto awaits! The former Imperial capital of Japan is now one of the nation's top cosmopolitan cities. At the same time, Kyoto's connection with its past is strong; you won't need to look far to see one of its 2,000 temples and shrines. Visit Kinkakuji (UNESCO), the Golden Pavilion, a zen temple whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Then, stroll through the Gion district where you may spot women in traditional dress along the narrow lanes of teahouses. Tonight, dine in the heart of the city at a traditional yakitori (grilled chicken) restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Stay: Westin Miyako Kyoto

Day 10 -Kyoto - Bullet Train - Hiroshima - Kyoto

All aboard the Shinkansen bullet train to Hiroshima. Upon arrival, board a ferry for the short trip to Miyajima Island, or 'Shrine Island' (UNESCO), where the iconic torii gate and the Itsukushima Shrine appear to float on water. After lunch, head into Hiroshima city to visit the Peace Memorial Park, and pause to see the ruined Atomic Dome (UNESCO). Reflect at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. As this moving day comes to a close, return to Kyoto by the Shinkansen bullet train.
Meals: Breakfast
Stay: Westin Miyako Kyoto

Day 11 -Kyoto

Explore Fushimi Inari Taisha for a tour of the most revered shrine of Inari. Follow the spectacular rows of orange torii (made famous in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha) that weave through the forest, leading you to the inner shrine. Move on to the home of the first Shogun, Nijo Castle (UNESCO), and see intricate woodcarvings, wall paintings, and the Ninomaru Garden, designed by Kobori Enshu, a landscape architect and tea master. Next, visit Marumasu Nishumuraya for a lesson in the art of stenciling at a traditional Kyoto townhouse.
Meals: Breakfast
Stay: Westin Miyako Kyoto

Day 12 -Kyoto

Today, spend some time relaxing or set out to explore Kyoto on your own. Fully immerse yourself in Japanese culture tonight during a special kaiseki farewell dinner and Geisha show.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Stay: Westin Miyako Kyoto

Day 13 -Kyoto - Tour Ends

Your tour comes to a close in this fascinating land. As you depart, reflect on its beauty and all you have learned about its rich history and culture.
Meals: Breakfast

Tour extensions

Extra nights in Tokyo possible.

The tour runs on around 38 dates throughout the year - please call for details.

Guide Prices

Please note that these should be seen as a guideline only - please call us for up to date availability and an exact costing. Prices are 'per person' based on 2 adults sharing one room.

* Prices range from £3299 to £3949 per person depending on dates.
* There is now extremely limited availability for 2018.
* Flights are in addition, and we will talk you through the options and prices. When you book a package including flights, you also get UK door-to-door airport transfers.

What's Included?

  • 23 meals (12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 dinners)
  • Accommodation as specified
  • All transfers
  • Tour manager
  • Luggage porterage
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Group Size: Maximum 24
  • PLUS - when you book the flights as part of a package you'll get complimentary UK door-to-door airport transfers


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Visit     65 Station Road, Letchworth Garden City, Herts, SG6 3BJ

call       01462 677 111

email   holidays@onyourtravels.co.uk

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