Take in Tokyo's famous fish market.
See the giant bronze Buddha at Kamakura.
Visit Kyoto's Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion, and other temples.
Travel by super-fast bullet train.
Go to Hiroshima to see the Peace Park Museum and Atomic Bomb Dome.
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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Day 1 International outbound flight
International outbound flight
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Tokyo.
Day 2 Tokyo
Arriving in Japan you're met by an Audley representative who will hand you your welcome pack and show you to the Narita Express train service into the city. From here, take a taxi to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day relaxing after your long flight. A good introduction to the city would be to board the monorail, which weaves through skyscrapers as it heads towards the island of Odaiba in Tokyo Bay. Here you'll get excellent views of the Tokyo skyline.
Day 3 Tokyo
Make use of any lingering jet lag and visit the early morning Tsukiji Fish Market. Buzzing with life, this is the biggest fish market in the world. The rest of the day will be spent exploring the busy metropolis at your own pace. We recommend following an easy route around the city which takes in the Imperial Palace, pretty Hamarikyu Gardens, the Asakusa Kannon Temple and the Meiji Jingu Shrine in Harajuku.
Day 4 Tokyo
Spend the day exploring Kamakura, a pretty seaside town which was once Japan's capital and is home to the Great Bronze Buddha. You can take the train there unaccompanied - trains depart regularly from Tokyo and the journey takes an hour and a quarter. There are many temples and shrines which you can visit here; one of our favourites is the Hase Kannon Temple.
Day 5 Kyoto
Today travel by bullet train to Kyoto, home to some of Japan's most important works of art, its richest culture and its most refined cuisine. This is a journey of around three hours. After leaving your bags at your hotel, we recommend that you set off for the north west of the city to see some of the iconic sights, including the Golden Pavilion.
Day 6 Kyoto
A whole day at leisure to explore Kyoto. We suggest starting at Nijo Castle, visiting a few covered markets and the Nishiki-dori food market to sample some Japanese delicacies such as squid, octopus, eel and matcha powder sweets. Wander the narrow streets of Gion, the Geisha district, and visit a few of Kyoto's most iconic temples and shrines nearby.
Day 7 Kyoto
Make use of your rail pass and take the bullet train (a journey of just over two and a half hours) to Hiroshima to explore the moving Peace Park and Memorial Museum. Be sure to stop for a lunch of the local speciality of okonomiyaki (a gourmet savoury pancake eaten with cabbage and many other different ingredients).
Day 8 Tokyo
Today we suggest taking a day trip to nearby Nara, Japan's ancient capital and celebrated for its Giant Buddha and Todaiji Temple. Returning to Kyoto visit Fushimi Inari Shrine to see its 'tunnels' of red torii gates swirling up the hillside. The journey can be made independently and the train journey each way lasts just under an hour. Return to Tokyo in the afternoon/early evening for a final night in the capital.
Day 9 International return flight
Tokyo , International return flight
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