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Experience Japan

  • Duration
    11 days
  • Tour Type
    Group Tour
  • Tour Style
    Classic
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    £5,590pp
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This tour not only visits the famous sights of Japan including Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Mt Fuji and Tokyo, but is brimful of experiences allowing you to immerse yourself in the local culture, from traditional tea ceremonies to origami.

  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 9 , Lunches: 8 , Dinners: 9
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    9 nights in 3+/4 star accommodation
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 28
  • Physical Rating 1Learn More
    X A reasonable level of fitness is required and you should expect to be on your feet for much of the day. You’ll be getting on and off coaches, trains or boats and walking around the sights, often including steps, plus occasional longer walks. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Walking, some steps and time on your feet
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Tour Highlights

Our Experience Japan tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine. We pack all of tours to Japan with incredible things to do - here are just a few of the highlights

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Tour Experiences

Tour Itinerary

This tour not only visits the famous sights of Japan including Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Mount Fuji and Tokyo, but is brimful of experiences allowing you to immerse yourself in the local culture, from traditional tea ceremonies to origami.

  • Days 1-2
    Fly overnight to Osaka
    Days 1-2: Fly overnight to Osaka

    Fly overnight to the lively, fast-paced city of Osaka! Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure to start soaking up the local culture.

    • Dinner
  • Day 3
    Discover Nara
    Day 3: Discover Nara

    Visit the impressive Osaka Castle before cruising along the Yodogawa River. After lunch, continue to Nara and enjoy a leisurely walk through Nara Park to Todaiji Temple and admire the traditional Isuien Gardens before returning to Osaka.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4
    Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
    Day 4: Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

    Journey by road to Kyoto. Capital for 1,000 years, this enchanting city is the epitome of traditional Japan. Start with a visit to Togetsukyo Bridge located in the heart of the vibrant district of Arashiyama and stroll through the bamboo forest with its towering and impressive thickets. Also visit Ryoanji Temple, home to Japan's most famous zen garden and the famous 'Golden Pavilion' Kinkakuji Temple. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to further explore the city.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5
    Experience Kyoto
    Day 5: Experience Kyoto

    Begin the day with a visit to one of Kyoto's most famous sites – Fushimi Inari Shrine, renowned for its 10,000 vermilion torii gates and follow a forested hillside pathway passing numerous shrines along the way. Later, enjoy the age-old rituals of a tea ceremony with a tea master, and try your hand at origami. After lunch, your immersive experience continues with a fan painting class where you will learn the technique of this highly refined and sought-after visual art.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6
    Search for Snow Monkeys
    Day 6: Search for Snow Monkeys

    Spend the morning travelling by bullet train to Nagoya and then journey on the limited express train to Nagano. Upon arrival, head to Jigokudani Yaen-Koen and walk through a picturesque, forested valley to the hot pools where you can search for the famous Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) - sighting not guaranteed. Also visit the 7th-century Zenkoji Temple, one of Japan's most popular Buddhist temples, before continuing by road to Matsumoto.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 7
    Miso and Sake Tasting
    Day 7: Miso and Sake Tasting

    Begin the day with a visit to the magnificent 16th-century Matsumoto Castle, also known as 'Crow Castle', due to its intense black exterior. Next, head to a miso house and learn about the process of making this famous Japanese seasoning. After lunch, visit a sake brewery and enjoy a tipple or two! There will be some free time this afternoon to further explore Matsumoto.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8
    Mount Fuji
    Day 8: Mount Fuji

    Travel by road to the Fuji Five Lakes area. Ascend by road to the 5th Station to view Mt Fuji (weather permitting). Also, enjoy a peaceful cruise on Lake Ashi before taking to the skies on the Komagatake Ropeway to enjoy the breathtaking scenery below. Continue to Mishima and stay overnight.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9
    Kamakura Grand Buddha
    Day 9: Kamakura Grand Buddha

    Journey to Kamakura, a popular coastal city located south of Tokyo. Visit Kotokuin Temple, which houses Japan's second tallest bronze buddha statue, followed by a stroll through Komachi Street which is lined with pretty little shops before visiting Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, Kamakura's most important shrine. After lunch, continue to Tokyo and enjoy a leisurely walk though Hamarikyu Gardens.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10
    Discover Tokyo
    Day 10: Discover Tokyo

    Begin the day by ascending to the observation deck at the Tokyo Skytree, the world's tallest tower, for panoramic views over the city below. Next, head to the old district of Asakusa and soak up the atmosphere at Sensoji, Tokyo's oldest and most famous temple, before browsing the stalls on Nakamise shopping street. After lunch, explore the Tokyo National Museum to learn about Tokyo's historical heritage. End the day with a cruise on the waters of Tokyo Bay and enjoy dinner from the perfect vantage point to admire the supercharged lights of the city.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 11
    Fly Tokyo to UK
    Day 11: Fly Tokyo to UK

    Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.

    • Breakfast

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

  • Nights 2
    Respire Osaka
    Respire Osaka
    Set in the heart of Osaka, the Respire Osaka features spacious ensuite guest rooms with air conditioning, a flat screen TV and free WiFi. The hotel was designed to help guests forget the hustle and bustle of the city around them and features the unique charm and character of Osaka.
  • Nights 2
    Rihga Gran Kyoto
    1 Higashikujo Nishisannocho, Minami-ku, Kyoto 601-8003 Kyoto Prefecture
    Rihga Gran Kyoto
    Located near the hub of transportation Kyoto station and many of Kyoto's top attractions, the Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto is in a great location for exploring this beautiful city. It's contemporary guest rooms are complete with Japanese touches and ensuite bathrooms. The hotel features many facilities, including six restaurants, a luxurious bar, a heated indoor pool, and a fitness gym.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Restaurant
    • Non-smoking
    • Bar
  • Night 1
    Fuji Mishima Tokyu
    Fuji Mishima Tokyu
    The 4-star Fuji Mishima Tokyu hotel features contemporary ensuite guest rooms with air conditioning, free WiFi and a flat screen TV. The location offers great access to the famous Mount Fuji and the beautiful resort areas in Hakone.
  • Nights 2
    Sunshine City Prince Hotel
    3-1-5 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima 170-8440 Tokyo Prefecture
    Sunshine City Prince Hotel
    The Sunshine Prince is located in Sunshine City, a shopping and entertainment hub of Tokyo and close to Ikebukuro Station, providing convenient transport links to the rest of the city. The hotel's en-suite rooms are simple, comfortable and traditionally furnished with a television, electric kettle, a mini fridge and a safety deposit box. Facilities in the hotel include onsite restaurants serving Japanese, Cantonese and Western cuisines, a café and bar and a 24 hour convenience store.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Restaurant
    • Non-smoking

The best time to visit Japan is during spring (March to May) when the cherry blossoms are bursting into life and autumn (September to November) when the scenery is ablaze with colour.

City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kyoto
  • 5°c
  • 50mm
  • Mount Fuji
  • -19°c
  • 0mm
  • Nagano
  • 0°c
  • 51mm
  • Nara
  • 4°c
  • 50mm
  • Osaka
  • 6°c
  • 45mm
  • Tokyo
  • 5°c
  • 65mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kyoto
  • 6°c
  • 68mm
  • Mount Fuji
  • -18°c
  • 0mm
  • Nagano
  • 0°c
  • 50mm
  • Nara
  • 5°c
  • 63mm
  • Osaka
  • 7°c
  • 62mm
  • Tokyo
  • 6°c
  • 58mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kyoto
  • 9°c
  • 113mm
  • Mount Fuji
  • -14°c
  • 0mm
  • Nagano
  • 4°c
  • 59mm
  • Nara
  • 8°c
  • 103mm
  • Osaka
  • 10°c
  • 104mm
  • Tokyo
  • 9°c
  • 77mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kyoto
  • 14°c
  • 116mm
  • Mount Fuji
  • -9°c
  • 0mm
  • Nagano
  • 11°c
  • 54mm
  • Nara
  • 14°c
  • 98mm
  • Osaka
  • 15°c
  • 104mm
  • Tokyo
  • 14°c
  • 118mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kyoto
  • 19°c
  • 161mm
  • Mount Fuji
  • -4°c
  • 0mm
  • Nagano
  • 16°c
  • 75mm
  • Nara
  • 18°c
  • 144mm
  • Osaka
  • 20°c
  • 146mm
  • Tokyo
  • 18°c
  • 145mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kyoto
  • 23°c
  • 214mm
  • Mount Fuji
  • 1°c
  • 0mm
  • Nagano
  • 21°c
  • 109mm
  • Nara
  • 22°c
  • 189mm
  • Osaka
  • 24°c
  • 184mm
  • Tokyo
  • 22°c
  • 135mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kyoto
  • 27°c
  • 220mm
  • Mount Fuji
  • 5°c
  • 0mm
  • Nagano
  • 25°c
  • 134mm
  • Nara
  • 26°c
  • 165mm
  • Osaka
  • 28°c
  • 157mm
  • Tokyo
  • 26°c
  • 81mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kyoto
  • 29°c
  • 132mm
  • Mount Fuji
  • 6°c
  • 0mm
  • Nagano
  • 26°c
  • 98mm
  • Nara
  • 28°c
  • 112mm
  • Osaka
  • 29°c
  • 91mm
  • Tokyo
  • 27°c
  • 113mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kyoto
  • 25°c
  • 176mm
  • Mount Fuji
  • 3°c
  • 0mm
  • Nagano
  • 21°c
  • 129mm
  • Nara
  • 24°c
  • 163mm
  • Osaka
  • 26°c
  • 161mm
  • Tokyo
  • 23°c
  • 131mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kyoto
  • 18°c
  • 121mm
  • Mount Fuji
  • -3°c
  • 0mm
  • Nagano
  • 14°c
  • 83mm
  • Nara
  • 17°c
  • 111mm
  • Osaka
  • 19°c
  • 112mm
  • Tokyo
  • 18°c
  • 132mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kyoto
  • 12°c
  • 71mm
  • Mount Fuji
  • -9°c
  • 0mm
  • Nagano
  • 8°c
  • 44mm
  • Nara
  • 11°c
  • 71mm
  • Osaka
  • 14°c
  • 69mm
  • Tokyo
  • 12°c
  • 128mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kyoto
  • 7°c
  • 48mm
  • Mount Fuji
  • -15°c
  • 0mm
  • Nagano
  • 3°c
  • 46mm
  • Nara
  • 7°c
  • 47mm
  • Osaka
  • 9°c
  • 44mm
  • Tokyo
  • 8°c
  • 109mm
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Experience Japan map

Places Visited: UK - Osaka (2N) – Nara – Kyoto (2N) – Nagano – Matsumoto (2N) – Mount Fuji (Mishima 1N) – Kamakura - Tokyo (2N) - UK

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Tour Dates & Prices

All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal. If your tour departs in less than 30 days, please call our travel experts to book.

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Departures for Solo travellers only are available for this tour on selected dates.
In addition to being for solos only these departures feature smaller group sizes, free airport lounge access and complimentary cocktails on arrival.

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