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Ever-welcoming and always fascinating, Japan is a land of ancient cultures, austere traditions and groundbreaking technology. Experience the best that this diverse country has to offer from the excitement of lively Tokyo to the sacred resting places of shoguns at Nikko. Feast on local delights at a Takayama market, make a sobering visit to the Hiroshima Peace Park and explore magnificent Kyoto temples. Discover ancient castles, lush countryside and fascinating feudal history on this authentic travel adventure. If you pack a good sense of humour and leave all inhibitions behind, the Land of the Rising Sun rarely disappoints.
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|28 December 2013||14 days||£2,322||Available||Book now|
|25 January 2014||14 days||£2,665||Available||Book now|
|15 February 2014||14 days||£2,750||Available||Book now|
|15 March 2014||14 days||£2,890||Available||Book now|
|22 March 2014||14 days||£2,975||Available||Book now|
|12 April 2014||14 days||£2,920||Available||Book now|
|26 April 2014||14 days||£2,835||Available||Book now|
|10 May 2014||14 days||£2,890||Available||Book now|
|14 June 2014||14 days||£2,830||Available||Book now|
|21 June 2014||14 days||£2,750||Available||Book now|
|12 July 2014||14 days||£2,890||Available||Book now|
|26 July 2014||14 days||£2,890||Available||Book now|
|16 August 2014||14 days||£2,665||Available||Book now|
|30 August 2014||14 days||£2,665||Available||Book now|
|20 September 2014||14 days||£2,915||Available||Book now|
|27 September 2014||14 days||£2,915||Available||Book now|
|11 October 2014||14 days||£2,915||Available||Book now|
|18 October 2014||14 days||£3,020||Available||Book now|
|1 November 2014||14 days||£2,890||Available||Book now|
|15 November 2014||14 days||£2,750||Available||Book now|
|17 January 2015||14 days||£2,665||Available||Book now|
|24 January 2015||14 days||£2,665||Available||Book now|
|14 February 2015||14 days||£2,665||Available||Book now|
|14 March 2015||14 days||£2,835||Available||Book now|
|21 March 2015||14 days||£2,890||Available||Book now|
|4 April 2015||14 days||£2,835||Available||Book now|
|11 April 2015||14 days||£2,835||Available||Book now|
|25 April 2015||14 days||£2,835||Available||Book now|
|9 May 2015||14 days||£2,890||Available||Book now|
|13 June 2015||14 days||£2,750||Available||Book now|
|20 June 2015||14 days||£2,750||Available||Book now|
|11 July 2015||14 days||£2,890||Available||Book now|
|25 July 2015||14 days||£2,890||Available||Book now|
|15 August 2015||14 days||£2,835||Available||Book now|
|29 August 2015||14 days||£2,665||Available||Book now|
|19 September 2015||14 days||£2,915||Available||Book now|
|26 September 2015||14 days||£2,915||Available||Book now|
|10 October 2015||14 days||£2,915||Available||Book now|
|17 October 2015||14 days||£2,915||Available||Book now|
|31 October 2015||14 days||£2,915||Available||Book now|
|14 November 2015||14 days||£2,750||Available||Book now|
Japan, known as the land of the rising sun, is a fascinating country full of history, culture and high technology. East meets West in this land, which boasts a stunning array of traditional shrines and temples, breathtaking scenery including mountains, forests and the famous cherry blossom, and ultra modern, futuristic cities.
The country’s capital, Tokyo, ranks as one of the most modern and fast-paced cities in the world and the local people always welcome tourists due to their fascination with Western cultures.
Day 1 Tokyo
Arrive in Japan and travel down the bustling, neon-lit streets of central Tokyo. Beneath the lights, high-tech gadgetry and crowded suburbs is a city steeped in ancient tradition. Visit Tokyo's iconic Ueno Park where delicate cherry blossom trees provide a beautiful backdrop to various museums or catch the train to Ginza for some retail opulence.
Day 2 Tokyo/Nikko
Experience Japan's sleek, modern trains while watching the breathtaking Japanese scenery fly by on your way to regal Nikko.
Day 3 Nikko
Boasting some of Japan's most renowned shrines and temples, Nikko houses several sacred sites including Toshu-gu Shrine, the resting place of the founding Tokugawa shogun. If ornate architecture and multicoloured carvings don't appeal, hiking the cedar-covered shores of Lake Chuzenji is a pleasant alternative.
Days 4-5 Hakone
Relax on a cruise across Ashino-ko before enjoying picturesque views of the region from a cable car ride through the surrounding mountains - perhaps catch a glimpse Mt Fuji looming in the distance. Don't miss the chance to soak in one of Hakone's many outdoor onsen (hot springs).
Days 6-7 Takayama
Traditional markets and food festivals make Takayama a treat to visit all year round. Nestled in the Japanese Alps, the Hida Folk Village is a great place to see traditional thatched-roof houses and life among artisans. Gobble a delicious taiyaki and explore.
Days 8-10 Hiroshima
This rebuilt and reborn Hiroshima city has a vibrant energy that belies its tragic history. Sights like the A-Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Museum make for a moving experience or perhaps visit the nearby island of Miyajima to see the free-roaming deer.
Days 11-14 Kyoto
Gain insight into feudal Japan at Himeji-jo castle, en route to Japan's ancient capital, Kyoto. Temples framed by golden trimming, like the magnificent Kinkaku-ji, are on today's agenda, followed by a wander through the geisha district of Gion. Bid new friends farewell as the sun sets over the Land of the Rising Sun.
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Minimum age 18 years. These trips can and do attract a variety of ages and customers will be of different nationalities too. It's all about having a passion for travel which is age-less!
Guesthouse (7 nts), Ryokan (5 nts), Hotel (1 nt)
Train, Bus, Train (bullet), Ferry, Boat, Cable car
Maximum of 12 travellers per group
Allow USD $400 for meals not included.
All travellers must arrive with a 14-day Japan Rail (JR) pass. Please see FAQs for more details.
Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.
You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.
In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.
All travellers must arrive with a 14 day ordinary JR Rail Pass. The cost is around JPY61200 or equivalent in your local currency depending on exchange rates. The price may be subject to agent service fee. Your group leader will assist in validating your pass on Day 2 of the trip. The pass can be used on Day 14 to travel to Tokyo or Osaka airports for your international flights. Please note the JR Rail Pass is only valid for 3 months after issue. If you're unable to apply for a JR pass due to living in Japan at the time of travel, we are able to purchase tickets for you along the way. Please allow US$700 for this.
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