Japan is a very unique country with a long, fascinating history. It’s full of contradictions. At the cutting edge of technology and yet deeply traditionalist, it’s a dream destination for many travellers. During the Edo period (1603-1868) Japan cut itself off from the rest of the world. Its culture has evolved throughout the centuries, unbroken by colonisation. Until of course the Americans became a military presence after 1945. In this respect, Japan is similar to the UK: another island country that tends towards isolation.
On this luxury trip, you’ll visit the megacity of Tokyo, the former capital of Kyoto and Japan’s third city, Osaka. We’ll visit some of Japan’s most beautiful temples, learn to make sushi, explore the night markets, visit Itsukushima shrine on Miyajima island, visit the old Higashi-chaya district in Kanazawa and so much more. All the while you’ll be staying in luxury accommodation and dining in the finest restaurants.
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- 23rd May 2021 Sunday
Group Trip Breakdown
Days 1 And 2: Tokyo
You’ll be met at the aiport by our representative and transferred to the hotel. We’ll have a welcome dinner and then enjoy an evening at leisure. You may need one to recover from the flight.
After breakfast our Tokyo adventure begins. We’ll explore the Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Street in Asakusa. Lunch includes a sushi-making class – you’ll be able to eat what you make, of course. This will be followed by a sumo tournament at the Ryogoku Stadium. Our guide will take us for a food tour of Shinbashi in the evening.
Day 3: Tokyo To Nikko
Today we’ll take a trip to the national park and the heritage town of Nikko. We’ll take a morning trip to the Kanmangafuchi Abyss, have lunch at the famous Kanya Hotel and explore the Toshogu shrine. We’ll return to Toyko in the evening. You’re free to explore the city at your own pace.
Day 4-5: Tokyo To Kanazawa
We’ll take a morning bullet train to Kanazawa, a city with many Edo period buildings. In Kanazawa we’ll discover the architecture, try some excellent seafood and then drive along the coast to a traditional Ryokan Hotel. Here we’ll have an elaborate Japanese dinner in a banquet room.
The following day we’ll return to Kanazawa and explore the Kenroku Gardens. A top French chef will cook lunch for us. We’ll then see more historic buildings in the Higashi Chaya dating back to the Bunsei era.
Day 6-8: Kyoto
Kyoto is Japan’s historic capital and famed for its food scene. We’ll take a train there and enjoy a bento box on board for lunch. In Kyoto we’ll check into our hotel and later head to a Japanese Kaiseki dinner with Maiko.
The following day we’ll go for a full tour of the city, exploring the Kinkakuji Temple and famous Arashiayama District. There are many historic temples to explore in Kyoto! We’ll also take a ride on the Sagano Romantic Train and sail on the Hozu-gawa riverboat. Evening at leisure.
You’ll have day 8 to explore Kyoto at your own pace. The local temples are real highlights. If you’re a foodie we could sign you up for a cookery class.
Day 9: Kyoto - Himeji - Hiroshima
Today we’ll head to Himeji and explore the Himeji Castle. For lunch we’ll have real Kobe beef at a local steakhouse. Anyone how has tried Kobe beef knows that it’s the best in the world. We’ll then take a train to Hiroshima and check into our hotel. In the evening we’ll have dinner at a local restaurant.
Days 10: Hiroshima – Miyajima - Hiroshima
We’ll transfer to Miyajima by coach and take a ferry to Miyajima Island. It’s famed as the home of the giant torii-gate – it seems to float over the water during high tide. Lunch on your own. We’ll then return to Hiroshima.
Day 11 To 12: Hiroshima - Osaka
In Hiroshima we’ll see some of the memorials to the terrible event that made this city so famous. These include the Peace Memorial and museum. After lunch we’ll take a bullet train to Osaka, a city known for its cuisine, castles and ancient shrines.
Our last full day in Japan includes a city tour of Osaka, where we’ll visit the lively Dontonburi and explore the local food scene. Explore the city at your own pace. We’ll gather for a farewell dinner in the evening.
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