Be captivated by the unique culture of Japan as you discover lively Tokyo, beautiful Mt Fuji and historic Kyoto. A visit to Hiroshima's Peace Memorial and the holy island of Miyajima complete this fascinating tour.
Witness the fusion of past and present on a city tour in Japan's capital
Ascend Japan's iconic and inspirational tallest mountain
Discover the stunning white facade of the feudal Himeji Castle
Explore this quintessential Japanese city known as the 'thousand-year capital'
11 Day Jewels of Japan Tour Itinerary
Days 1-2 Fly to Tokyo
Fly overnight to the dazzling metropolis of Tokyo, Japan's capital city. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Day 3 Discover Tokyo
Begin today with a stroll through the Imperial
Palace East Garden and then take time to
explore the Edo-Tokyo Museum to learn
about Tokyo’s historical heritage. After lunch,
seek out the tranquillity at Sensoji Temple
in Asakusa district, followed by a visit to the
observation deck of the 634-metre Skytree
for panoramic views over the sprawling
Day 4 Meiji Shrine
Start the day with a relaxing wander around
the classical landscapes of the Hamarikyu
Garden. Continue to the Meiji Shrine, a Shinto
shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of
Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken,
before driving past the famous Shibuya
Crossing. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to
explore as you wish. End the day with a
dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay and witness the
city lit up at night.
Day 5 Mount Fuji & Fuji Five Lakes
Journey through the foothills of the iconic
Mount Fuji to its base where we find the Fuji
Five Lakes. Upon arrival, ascend
2,000 metres up to Mount Fuji’s 5th Station
(weather permitting) where you can take in the breathtaking views over the
landscapes below. After lunch, continue
to Itchiku Kubota Art Museum to view the
artist’s elaborate dyed silk creations and
spend some time strolling around the
beautiful garden. Also explore Iyashi no
Sato Historical Village, a former farming
village on the shores of Lake Saiko.
Day 6 Bullet train to Kyoto
Start the day with a visit to Oshino
Hakkai before learning how to make
your very own traditional Japanese soba
noodles which you will then tuck into
for lunch! Later, transfer to Mishima
station and journey on the bullet train
to Kyoto. An enchanting city, Kyoto
was capital for 1,000 years; today it
is the legacy of ancient Japan, full of
tranquil temples, silk-clad geisha
and sublime gardens.
Day 7 Explore Kyoto
Enjoy a full day tour of Kyoto starting
with a visit to one of Kyoto’s
delightful temples – the 17th-century
Buddhist Kiyomizu. Immerse yourself
in the culture by experiencing the ritual
of the sacred tea ceremony and try your
hand at the art of origami. Also meet with
either a maiko (apprentice geisha) or
geisha and learn about their way of life
and culture before exploring the impressive
Fushimi Inari Shrine with its remarkable
10,000 red torii gates.
Day 8 Journey to Hiroshima
Begin the day with a visit to Ryoanji Temple,
home to Japan’s most famous zen garden and
the famous Kinkakuji Temple, known as the
‘Golden Pavilion’. Continue to Osaka, arriving
in time for lunch in the vibrant Dotonbori
district. Later, travel by bullet train to
Hiroshima. A city that needs no introduction,
Hiroshima today is vibrant and modern with a
forward thinking, sunny outlook.
Day 9 Hiroshima and Miyajima
Hop on the ferry to the holy island of
Miyajima and visit the Itsukushima Shrine,
a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of
Japan’s most recognisable, rising majestically
out of the waters of the Seto Inland Sea.
Enjoy some free time and take an optional
ride on the cable car up Mount Misen to enjoy
the panoramic views. Return to Hiroshima
and take a moment to reflect at the Peace
Memorial Park and Museum, paying homage
to the victims of the 1945 atomic bomb and
also visit the Orizuro Tower.
Day 10 Himeji Castle
Travel to Himeji to visit its famous castle. The
feudal era fort, one of the most impressive in
Japan, towers over the city and is recognisable as
the backdrop to several major films. Appreciate
its turbulent past before strolling around Kokoen,
the Edo-style gardens just across the castle moat.
Later, transfer to Osaka for an overnight stay.
Day 11 Fly Osaka to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
Any customer looking to travel between September - December 2019 should refer to the 2019 Tour Dossier
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.
Travel partner flies free or solo travellers save 50% on airfare - discounts vary and are shown per person below. Book by 15 December.
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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.
Sample Tour Hotels
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.
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....Read more
Breezebay Lake Resort
Situated in the scenic Mount Fuji area and a 15 minute walk from Kawaguchiko Train Station, Breezbay Lake Resort Kawaguchiko features a hot-spring bath for guests to relax in. Offering the views of Lake Kawaguchi, the air-conditioned rooms feature a seating area by the window, a flat-screen TV and an electric kettle. The en suite bathroom includes slippers for all guests....Read more
Karasuma Kyoto Hotel
Located in the downtown area of Kyoto, the Karasuma hotel has good access to the popular sightseeing spots. The stylish, simple rooms all have ensuite bathrooms and free internet access. The bar offers a menu of seasonal cocktails and guests can dine at the hotel’s two restaurants serving Japanese and Chinese cuisine....Read more
Grand Prince Hotel
Overlooking the Seto Inland Sea, Grand Prince Hotel offers 5 dining options, a seasonal outdoor pool and hot spring baths. Air-conditioned rooms with a large picture window and a flat-screen TV await guests of the Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima. ...Read more
Hotel Monteray Osaka
A 5-minute walk from JR Osaka Train Station, Hotel Monterey Osaka offers European-style rooms with free Wi-Fi. It features French and Japanese cuisine, and a 24-hour front desk. All rooms come with a flat-screen TV and a minibar. Bathrooms have a bathtub. Guests can relax and unwind with a massage. The hotel also provides laundry services and meeting rooms. ...Read more