13 DAYS ●
Uncover the beauty of the lesser-known
island of Kyushu, renowned for its active
volcanoes, hot springs and stunning
beaches, before exploring the must-see
sights of Hiroshima, Kyoto and Tokyo on
Japan's largest island - Honshu.
Uncover the beauty of the lesser-known island of Kyushu
Visit Iwakuni and see the Kintaikyo Bridge
Explore this quintessential Japanese city known as the 'thousand-year capital'
Witness the fusion of past and present on a city tour of Japan's capital
Fly overnight to the charming city of Fukuoka,
the gateway to the island of Kyushu. Depending
on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is
yours to start soaking up the local culture.
The lovely Fukuoka is at the heart of an
area considered a cradle of culture – the
city’s position facing Korea and China
across the sea means it’s long been a
channel of outside influence. This morning
take a stroll to the traditional Rakusuien
Garden and visit the famous Dazaifu
Tenmangu Shrine, dedicated to the god
of academic achievement. Later, take a
relaxed cruise on the Yanagawa River,
passing through a National Site of Scenic
Beauty on a small ‘donkobune’.
Transfer to Kumamoto, a city famous for
its majestic castle, one of Japan’s largest
and most complete. You’ll see the castle
as part of your full day city tour, as well as
Suizenji Garden. A traditional-style garden
built in the 17th century, the garden
recreates in miniature the important road
that linked Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto, including
a mini Mount Fuji.
Travel from Kumamoto to Mount Aso, an
active volcano at the centre of Kyushu
island. Aso’s crater is one of the world’s
largest; with a circumference of over 100km
it encompasses a number of other active
peaks, which you’ll be able to see (weather
dependent). Continue to Beppu, one of Japan’s most famous hot spring resorts – your hotel for the night has onsen facilities for
you to make the most of the steamy waters.
Venture out into Beppu, starting the day with
a jigoku meguri, a hell tour! Here you’ll find all
sorts of volcanic features, including thermal
mud and hot springs that have bubbled from
the ground here for a millennium. Pop over
to Yufuin, another hot spring resort that is
home to a wealth of art museums, cafes and
boutiques and is a delight to explore. This
afternoon transfer back to Fukuoka.
Depart Fukuoka for Hiroshima. Stop en route to
explore the city of Yamaguchi, spending some
time at Rurikoji, a Buddhist temple that boasts
a spectacular national treasure – a five-storey
pagoda built in 1442. Continue to Iwakuni for
a lunch stop and then to the Kintaikyo Bridge,
an elegant wooden bridge that crosses the
Nishiki River. Arrive in Hiroshima.
Hiroshima is a vibrant, forward-thinking city that
is a pleasure to explore. Take a ferry across the
Seto Inland Sea to the holy island of Miyajima
and visit the Itsukushima Shrine before enjoying
some time at leisure. Back in the city, reflect on
Hiroshima’s tragic past at the Peace Memorial
Park and Museum paying homage to the victims
of the 1945 atomic bomb.
Depart Hiroshima for Kyoto, stopping in
Himeji en route to visit the magnificent Himeji
Castle, one of Japan’s most impressive feudal
era forts, and stroll through Kokoen, an
Edo-style garden just across the castle moat.
Drop in on a sake brewery to learn about the
process of this traditional Japanese spirit and
enjoy some tasters, before arriving in Kyoto.
Capital for 1,000 years, until 1879, today
Kyoto is the legacy of ancient Japan, full
of tranquil temples, silk-clad geisha and
sublime gardens. Start the day with a visit to
the Fushimi Inari Shrine, remarkable for its
10,000 vermillion torii gate-lined pathways
and impressive Nijo Castle. This afternoon
gaze on the famous Kinkakuji, also known as
the ‘Golden Pavilion’ before a stroll around the
Gion district, Kyoto’s famous geisha district
and centre of the city’s traditional arts.
Transfer to Kyoto station, board a bullet
train to Atami and transfer to Hakone by road. Discover the mountainous
beauty and rich culture of the Hakone area,
before travelling to Lake Ashi for a cruise that will allow you to take in the spectacular panoramas of the area, including the iconic,
snow-capped silhouette of Mount Fuji
(weather permitting). Next, fly high over the
thick forest on the Hakone Ropeway, passing
the volcanic Owakudani Valley with its hot
springs and steam vents. Later, continue to
Tokyo, Japan’s capital city.
As modern as Tokyo may appear,
behind the neon façade is a traditional soul
that is easy to find amongst the old alleyways,
temples and shrines of the Edo era. Experience both sides of the city,
ascending the soaring Tokyo Skytree, the
world’s tallest tower, for panoramic views,
and wandering through the old district of
Asakusa. Stop at Sensoji, Tokyo’s most
beloved temple. You will also
drive by the Imperial Palace Plaza, soak up
the atmosphere at the peaceful Meiji Jingu
Shrine and see the world’s most famous road
crossing at Shibuya.
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or
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.
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.
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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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