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£12,780 Per person
16 days
Includes flights
Includes transfers
Includes activities
Includes hotels

This trip is ideal for a first time visitor to Japan, taking in all of the major highlights as well as some more off the beaten track places. The itinerary is complimented by some of the very best accommodation Japan has to offer and includes some truly unique experiences.

Itinerary highlights

  • Watch a live sumo training match.

  • Geisha walk in Gion and cookery course, Kyoto.

  • Hot spring bathing in Hakone.

  • Walking the Nakasendo Highway, Tsumago.

  • Helicopter ride over Tokyo.

Audley Travel specialist Laura

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Treat this trip purely as a starting point for your own tour to Japan. Your specialist will ask you what you want and then shape your itinerary to match.

  • Your trip will be unique
  • We work to your interests and budget
  • Advice from first-hand expertise
  • Tokyo
  • Tsumago
  • Hiroshima
  • Kyoto
  • Hakone and Mt Fuji
  • Tokyo

Itinerary idea in detail

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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

Tokyo

After passing through customs and luggage collection, you're met by an airport guide who will give you your trip documents and direct you to the private shuttle service which takes you to your hotel. After checking in, spend the rest of the day at leisure, resting and relaxing after your flight. If you do feel like starting exploring, you may wish to walk around the Imperial Gardens.

Day 3 Tokyo

Tokyo

Your guide will meet you today in the hotel lobby to run through your trip and offer any local advice to you so you can enjoy the country with confidence. In the first section the guide will explain your itinerary in more detail and answer any questions you might have. This can take up to two hours so afterwards head out with your guide to see some of the highlights of the city. Perhaps start with taking a cruise up from the Hamarikyu gardens up to the old district of Asakusa to see the beautiful Sensoji temple.

Day 4 Tokyo

Tokyo

Spend the morning at a Sumo stable in the Ryogoku area of the city to watch Sumo wrestlers training up close. The national sport in Japan is still widely followed today and has millions of avid followers worldwide. After the training, head out for a typical Sumo lunch accompanied by some of the wrestlers to get a unique look at their lifestyles.

Day 5 Tsumago

Tokyo , Tsumago

Travel by bullet train and local lines to Tsumago, a quiet post town in the Kiso Valley. This afternoon walk along the scenic Nakasendo Highway, which once connected Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo) in the 1800s

Day 6 Tsumago

Tsumago

At leisure to walk along and explore the Nakasendo Highway

Day 7 Hiroshima

Tsumago , Hiroshima

Take the train back to Nagoya and then travel West to Hiroshima.

Day 8 Hiroshima

Hiroshima

Have a full day at leisure to explore Hiroshima and nearby Miyajima island, with its "floating" torii gate.

Day 9 Kyoto

Hiroshima , Kyoto

Travel to Kyoto. With 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, more than 1600 Buddhist temples and over 400 Shinto Shrines, Kyoto is one of the worlds most culturally rich cities. Take the afternoon at leisure to find your feet in Kyoto. Perhaps follow the Kamo river North to see the philosopher's walk and silver pavillion (Kinkakuji).

Day 10 Kyoto

Kyoto

In the morning, head out with a local guide to see some of the spectacular temples in Kyoto. Stop at Kodai-ji, one of the most exclusive places for tea ceremonies in the city, before continuing on to the Higashiyama district to gaze upon the awe-inspiring architecture of the area. In the evening, set out to the Gion geisha district to the East of the city to hopefully spot a geisha as they go about their business.

Day 11 Kyoto

Kyoto

This morning, head out on a tour of the Nishiki market in Kyoto also known as "Kyoto's kitchen". The guide is the owner and head chef at a restaurant nearby. In the tour, you will walk around the market where the guide selects their locally produced ingredients such as vegetables from Ohara and Satsuma beef raised in Southern Kyushu. Return to his restaurant in the evening for a special dinner cooked using all the ingredients you source together.

Day 12 Kyoto

Kyoto

Visit the Fushimi Inari shrine, famous for its never-ending vermillion gates. Then, visit Nara where you can see the Todaiji Temple (the largest wooden structure in the country) and see the bowing deer - they have learned to bow for food in typical Japanese fashion!

Day 13 Hakone and Mt Fuji

Kyoto , Hakone and Mt Fuji

Transfer to the Hakone National Park area by bullet train and local lines. You have the rest of the day to explore at your own pace or simply relax in your luxurious accommodation.

Day 14 Hakone and Mt Fuji

Hakone and Mt Fuji

At leisure in the Hakone National Park

Day 15 Tokyo

Hakone and Mt Fuji , Tokyo

Return to Tokyo for your final afternoon at leisure in Japan

Day 16 International return flight

Tokyo , International return flight

Today you are transferred by private car to Narita airport in time for your return flight. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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