14 DAYS ●
Along with the must-see sites on
the island of Honshu and a day trip
to Nikko, this is a tour of varying
landscapes as it journeys south from
Hokkaido uncovering the charming
cities of Sapporo, Otaru and Hakodate.
Discover the less-visited island of Hokkaido
Tour a traditional sake brewery
Explore the beautiful surroundings of Nikko
Ascend Japan's iconic and inspirational mountain
Fly overnight to the vibrant city of Sapporo,
capital of the northern Japanese island of
Hokkaido. Depending on your time of arrival,
the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up
the local culture.
This morning, ascend to the Okurayama
viewing point, soaring up to the summit of
the Sapporo Winter Olympics ski jump by
chair lift – the views over the surrounding
mountains are breathtaking. Continue to
the pretty port town of Otaru and take some
time to walk along the streets of the village
and stroll along the picturesque canal. This
evening visit the Sapporo Beer Museum
where there is an optional beer tasting before
popping next door to the Sapporo Beer Garden
to dine on a Genghis Khan dinner – barbeque
lamb, a Sapporo special!
Depart Sapporo and travel to a lovely lakeside
spot to visit a museum of Ainu culture, an
indigenous people of the area. Continue to
Noboribetsu Jigokudani (Hell Valley) and walk
through a volcanic caldera where you can
see steam jets, vents and hot springs. After
lunch, hop on a train to the harbour city of
Hakodate, set on Hokkaido’s southern tip,
where you’ll embark on a night tour with time
to ascend the ropeway up Mount Hakodate,
for magnificent views over the illuminated city.
Start the day wandering Hakodate’s bustling
asaichi (morning market), where hundreds
of stores and stalls sell fresh local produce, seafood and the odd souvenir. Ascend Goryokaku Tower for views over Goryokaku
Fort and Mount Hakodate before boarding the
bullet train to the lovely city of Aomori in the
north of Honshu, Japan’s largest island. Visit
the Nebuta Warasse, a museum dedicated
to Aomari’s famous, 300-year-old Nebuta
Matsuri, a lively summer festival.
Depart Aomari for Kakunodate, an old samurai
stronghold still known for its samurai traditions.
Visit the Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum for a
fascinating look at samurai culture and stroll
around Ishiguro House, a traditional samurai
residence. Continue to the hot spring resort of
Tsunagi, where you can make use of the onsen
facilities at the traditional Japanese ryokan you will stay at tonight.
Travel to Hiraizumi, where you’ll explore the
peaceful Chusonji with its beautiful old gold
leaf-covered hall. Continue to Matsushima to
enjoy a relaxed cruise on Matsushima Bay,
passing amongst the small pine tree-covered
islands of this picturesque seascape.
Walk to Sendai station and take the bullet
train to the culture-filled town of Nikko. Start
your explorations in the beautiful surroundings
of Nikko National Park, where you’ll visit
Toshogu shrine. Built in the 1600s, this is
Japan’s most lavish shrine, built as the final
resting place of shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu.
Continue to the magnificent Kegon Waterfall,
taking a 100-metre tall elevator up to the
perfect viewing spot. Transfer to Tokyo.
Tokyo, Japan’s capital, is the ultimate 24-
hour city, but look behind its frantic, high-tech
frontage and you’ll find plenty of tranquil
backstreets and old temples to explore. Start
the day in the vibrant district of Asakusa, where
you will visit Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest temple,
and wander down Nakamise shopping street
before a visit to Edo Tokyo Museum. After lunch,
stroll through the peaceful Meiji Jingu Shrine
complex, before ascending to the observatory
deck of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government
building for exceptional views over the city.
Travel by road from Tokyo to Mount Fuji,
where you’ll ascend 2,400 metres up Japan’s
most iconic sight to the 5th Station (weather
permitting). Transfer to the Hakone area.
Embark on a cruise on the spectacular Lake
Ashi before flying high above the lake on the
Komagatake Ropeway to the summit of Mount
Komagatake where the views of Mount Fuji
will be breathtaking, if the peak isn’t hiding in
cloud of course! Return to Tokyo.
Take a bullet train to Kyoto. Capital for 1,000
years, the city today is full of the legacy of
ancient Japan and home to tranquil temples,
silk-clad geisha and sublime gardens. This
afternoon, visit Togetsukyo Bridge in the heart
of the vibrant Arashiyama district and walk
through the bamboo forest, with its towering
This morning, visit one of Japan’s most
famous temples, Kinkakuji, the ‘Golden Pavilion’. Set amongst classical Japanese Zen gardens and on the edge of a reflecting pool,
the temple’s main hall is covered in gold leaf.
Then, stroll through Nishiki Market, dubbed
‘Kyoto’s kitchen’, where there are many
interesting food and sake stores to explore
before a free afternoon to spend as you wish.
Try your hand at handkerchief dyeing and
then experience the rituals of a tea ceremony.
After lunch, walk the vermillion, torii gate-lined
pathways of the Fushimi Inari Shrine
and tour a traditional sake brewery, where
you can have a few cheeky tasters. Drive to
the booming city of Osaka.
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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