China tour information
|Beautiful Scenery||Temples & Palaces||UNESCO World Heritage||Cultural Show||Shopping|
The ultimate tour of Japan
13 days from £4990
Immerse yourself in the remarkable country of Japan. Visit the iconic Mt Fuji, traditional Kyoto and ultramodern Tokyo. Spend the night in a Buddhist temple on Mt Koya, learn the art of origami and see the beautiful gardens of Kanazawa.
Days 1-2 : Fly to Tokyo
Fly overnight to the neon-lit metropolis of Tokyo, Japanâ€™s capital city.
Day 3 : Sensoji Temple & Meiji Shrine
Take a city tour of Tokyo, starting with a stroll through Hama-Rikyu Teien; a former private garden of an Edo Period Lord. Cruise along Sumida River to Asakusa where we visit Sensoji Temple before wandering through the famous Nakamise shopping street. After lunch, drive past the Imperial Palace and visit Meiji Shrine before heading to the top of Tokyo Tower to marvel at the sweeping views of this vast city.
Day 4 : Mt Fuji
Travel to Hakone, the gateway to Mt Fuji and head up to the 5th station to enjoy the amazing views. Cruise on Lake Ashinoko and take the worldâ€™s second longest cable car up to Mt Owakudani where we can sample a hardboiled egg from the sulphuric hot springs for which Hakone is famous.
Day 5 : Matsumoto Castle
Visit the magnificent Matsumoto Castle and then travel to Takayama, which is nestled high in the mountainous Hida region of Japan.
Day 6 : Explore Takayama
Head to the Miyagawa morning market where we can purchase local crafts and sample the regionâ€™s delicious fruit and vegetables. We then visit some of Takayamaâ€™s traditional houses and local museums including the Takayama Festival Floats Museum, Kusakabe Folk Museum and Takayama Jinya.
Day 7 : Travel to Kanazawa
Journey to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Shirakawago, famous for its gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are over 250 years old. Continue to Kanazawa and visit the Nomura Samurai House, followed by a stroll through the Old District.
Day 8 : Kenroku-en Garden
Stroll through Kenroku-en Garden, one of Japanâ€™s top three gardens followed by a visit to the Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. Later board the Thunderbird Express train to Kyoto, the former capital of Japan.
Day 9 : Explore Koyto
Visit Nijo Castle and one of Kyotoâ€™s Zen temples, where we have the opportunity to take part in a meditation class with a Buddhist priest. Next, visit the famous Kinkakuji Temple, known as the Golden Pavilion. Head to a restored Japanese wooden townhouse where we learn about origami, calligraphy, witness the Japanese art of Ikebana and enjoy a tea ceremony. End the day with a visit to Kiyomizu Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and stroll through Higashiyama District.
Day 10 : Discover Nara
Travel to Nara, the ancient capital of Japan. Visit Todaiji Temple, the worldâ€™s largest wooden structure which is home to Japanâ€™s largest Buddha. Later, visit Kasuga Taisha and stroll through Nara Park. Return to Kyoto stopping en-route at Fushimi Inari Shine, also known as 10,000 Torii Gates, which features in the film â€˜Memoirs of a Geishaâ€™.
Day 11 : Koya-San
Journey to Koya-San, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, visit Kongobunji Temple and the Garan Temple complex. Okunoin is Japanâ€™s largest cemetery and holds the mausoleum of the founder of Shingon Buddhism, Kobo Daishi. Walk to the mausoleum, passing 200,000 tombstones belonging to feudal lords and prominent monks on the way. Tonight we stay in a Buddhist Shukubo Temple Lodge, and enjoy a traditional Shojin Ryori, vegetarian dinner.
Day 12 : Travel to Osaka
Rise early to witness the monks chant their morning prayers, followed by a traditional breakfast. Travel to Osaka, Japanâ€™s third largest city where we visit Osaka Castle and cruise along the Yodogawa River. This evening, stroll down the restaurant mecca, Dotonbori, before our farewell dinner.
Day 13 : Fly Osaka to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
Dates and Prices
|Depart UK||Arrive UK||Price pp from|
|16 Oct 2013||28 Oct 2013||£4,990|
|26 Mar 2014||7 Apr 2014||£5,490|
|15 Oct 2014||27 Oct 2014||£5,490|
Tour departs Wednesday and returns Monday
Prices are fully inclusive from the UK and based on London Heathrow departures
- Regional connections to London Heathrow are available on request
- Flight upgrades available on request
- Land only from Â£4,490pp (Tokyo - Osaka)
- Single supplement to be confirmed (no supplement if you are willing to share)
This document is designed to be read in conjunction with the other pre-departure information provided by Wendy Wu Tours including the tour itinerary as described in our brochure and/or website. It aims to provide a straightforward description of the physical activities involved in sightseeing or travelling during the tour.
If there are any particular challenges, from the length of time spent on your feet, the length of drives and flights, to the standard of remote accommodation for our more adventurous tours; they will be explained here.
All passengers must read this document to ensure the itinerary is suitable for their interests and physical capabilities. This is not your final itinerary and therefore does not mention all the sites visited. The order of sightseeing is subject to change.
|Discover Japan - November 2012|