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Traditional Geisha

Grand tour of Japan

22 days from £6,615pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

This itinerary is designed to give you a flavour of what is possible.

  • We can tailor this trip to suit your specific requirements

  • Any aspect of the itinerary can be altered, from excursions to accommodation

Highlights of this Itinerary

  • Simple temple lodgings on Mount Koya.

  • Walking the Nakasendo Highway between Tsumago and Magome.

  • Visiting Kanazawa's Kenrokuen garden in the morning.

  • Shirakawago village's traditional "gassho zukuri"housing.

  • Getting under the surface in Kyoto and Tokyo.

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Your Itinerary

Day By Day

Day 1

International Outbound Flight

Today you will begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Tokyo.

Day 2


You arrive in Tokyo, and will be met by our representative and shown to the correct limousine bus to take you to your city centre hotel. They will also help you exchange your rail pass and make any train reservations necessary.

Accommodation: Park Hotel

Day 3


Have a day in Tokyo to explore at your leisure.

Accommodation: Park Hotel

Day 4


Make your way to Nikko to see the Toshogu Shrine complex.

Accommodation: Park Hotel

Day 5


A second full day in Tokyo allows you the chance to first visit Tsukji fish market, bright and early around 5am. Later you can take in some of the quieter neighbourhoods or do some serious shopping!

Accommodation: Park Hotel

Travelling by express train, you head to the quiet postal village of Tsumago.

Accommodation: Hanaya Ryokan

Today walk part of the scenic Nakasendo Highway between Tsumago and Magome, along the road that once connected Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto. Later, travel further into the Alps to Takayama, a quaint town with an interesting merchant district and sake breweries.

Accommodation: Sumiyoshi Ryokan

Day 8


Explore Takayama at your own pace

Accommodation: Sumiyoshi Ryokan

Travel to Kanazawa, home to one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan, Kenrokuen.

Accommodation: ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa

Day 10


Visit the garden, Geisha district and Samurai quarters today, along with the artisan gold leaf making workshops.

Accommodation: ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa

Take the express train to Osaka and then board the bullet train on to Hiroshima. You have the afternoon at leisure after this long day of travel.

Accommodation: Sheraton Hiroshima

Day 12


Have a full day to explore Hiroshima, including the evocative Peace Park and Memorial Museum, dedicated to the memory of the tragic events of August 6th 1945.

Accommodation: Sheraton Hiroshima

Day 13


Today cross over to the scenic Miyajima Island, with its "floating" torii gate, which is said to be one of the most beautiful spots in all Japan. On the way back to Hiroshima, visit the small town of Iwakuni.

Accommodation: Sheraton Hiroshima

Travel on to Kyoto, the ancient capital and cultural heart of Japan. Enjoy the afternoon taking part in a traditional Japanese crafts or cultural activity of your choice, such as tea ceremony or calligraphy.

Accommodation: Mitsui Garden Kyoto Sanjo

Day 15


Explore Kyoto at your own pace today, taking in some of the temples, shrines and traditional shopping streets.

Accommodation: Mitsui Garden Kyoto Sanjo

Day 16


Have a full day to visit the quiet gardens of Kyoto, such as Ryoanji at your leisure. In the evening you will be escorted by a knowledgeable private guide on a walk around the Gion district.

Accommodation: Mitsui Garden Kyoto Sanjo

Day 17


Visit nearby Fushimi-Inari Shrine this morning to see the iconic tunnel of red "torii" gates. Later, continue by train to Nara to see the Todaiji Buddha and tame deer park.

Accommodation: Mitsui Garden Kyoto Sanjo

Day 18

Mount Koya , Kyoto

Using the travel pass provided take the train and funicular rail to Koyasan, the sacred Buddhist town on Mount Koya. You overnight in simple temple lodgings, where vegan food is served and early morning prayer observation is a must.

Accommodation: Tentoku-in Shukubo

Explore the town today, including the cemetery and Garan Temple. Take the train back down the mountain to Osaka, and then continue by train to the Hakone National Park. This is a long day of travelling but with some great scenery en route.

Accommodation: Fujiya Hotel Miyanoshita

Day 20


Using the travel pass provided take in the Open Air Sculpture Museum, Owakudani Valley and the cable car that provides views of Fuji on a clear day.

Accommodation: Fujiya Hotel Miyanoshita

Day 21

Hakone , Tokyo

Return to Tokyo for your final afternoon in Japan.

Accommodation: Park Hotel

Day 22

Tokyo , International Return Flight

Meet your airport transfer for the return flight home. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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Route Map

  • Tokyo
  • Tsumago
  • Takayama
  • Kanazawa
  • Hiroshima
  • Kyoto
  • Mount Koya
  • Kyoto
  • Mount Koya
  • Hakone
  • Tokyo

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Mount Koya
Hakone & Mt Fuji

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When things go wrong, an independent traveller may find themselves putting in a good deal of time re-organising their plans, when they should be enjoying the trip. We also regularly hear from travellers claiming that they can independently organise the same trip for a lower price. Almost invariably it is not 'like for like' and they may find they incur much more expense during their travels.

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