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This tour of Japan is dedicated to solo travellers. You’ll uncover Japan’s best-known cities, discover the hidden treasures of Koya-san and Nara and view majestic Mt Fuji. The tour is designed especially for solo travellers who want to travel with other, like-minded solo travellers, so together you can explore, discover and share your passion for travel. As well as all the excursions included, there will also be time at leisure to further explore on your own or with your newfound companions. Plus your own room is guaranteed at no further cost.
Discover the stunning white facade of the feudal Himeji Castle
Visit Koya-san, one of Japan's most sacred mountains
Explore Kyoto's outstanding temples, each one unique
Ascend Mt Fuji, Japan's iconic and inspirational mountain
Fly overnight to the lively, fast-paced city of Osaka. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture
Meet the group in the hotel lobby and together begin your first day of exploring Japan! Travel to Himeji to visit the city’s magnificent feudal era castle before strolling through the beauty of Koko-en, a classical Japanese garden. After lunch in a local restaurant, return to Osaka and spend some time at leisure. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers. (B,L,D)
This morning, head for the holy mountain of Koya-san, home to a cluster of over a hundred monasteries nestled in a valley enclosed by peaks. Wander around Okunion, a vast cemetery of 200,000 stupas, and enjoy the tranquility of Kongobuji Temple. Continue to the charming city of Nara, Japan’s first capital, and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (B)
Together, stroll through Nara Park to Todaiji Temple, seeing the resident sika deer en-route, before exploring Isui-en Garden. Travel by road to Kyoto. An enchanting city, Kyoto’s thousand-year stint as Japan’s capital has left behind an impressive legacy. Sightseeing today includes a visit to Kinkakuji Temple, also known as 'Golden Pavilion', and Ryoanji Temple, home to Japan's most famous zen garden. (B,L)
An exciting day awaits the group as you start the day with some traditional Japanese activities. At the 17th Century Kodaiji Temple, experience the age-old rituals of a traditional tea ceremony, before a session of zen meditation. Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (B)
Travel on the super-fast bullet train to the Hakone area and board a coach to explore the area. Take a boat cruise on spectacular Lake Ashi before soaring high on the Komagatake Ropeway for gorgeous Fuji views. There is free time in Hakone before a dinner with the group in the evening. (B,D)
Travel to Mt Fuji and ascend by road to the 5th Station (weather permitting) for spectacular views of the surrounding landscape below. Proceed to Tokyo, Japan’s dazzling capital city. (B)
Tokyo is the ultimate 24-hour city, but look behind its frantic, high-tech frontage and you will find plenty of tranquil backstreets and old temples to explore. Visit the observation deck of the 634-metre Skytree, the world’s tallest tower, before seeking out the tranquillity of Sensoji Temple. Enjoy free time for lunch, then stroll through beautiful Hamarikyu Gardens. (B)
Today is a day at leisure for you to spend as you wish; your guide will be on hand to give options and ideas. Tonight, get together for your final meal as a group where you can share your highlights of Japan. (B,D)
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day. (B)
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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A visa is not required to travel to Japan for British Citizen passport holders. Should you hold any other passport then please contact the Japanese Embassy for more information.
To call the UK the international access code is 0044. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 0044 1888 288 288. Mobile Phones Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find high quality coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK. Most hotels have Wi-Fi, which may come at a cost.
Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, served buffet style. As is traditional, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine, placed on the table for everyone to share a speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the group. We aim to cater to the tastes of all and the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste. Drinks will be at each tour members’ expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available. Western style wine is not widely available. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are widely available.
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