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Splendours of Japan

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$5030

Days

9

Operated by Trafalgar
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Day 1

Arrival in Tokyo

Your in-depth exploration of Japan begins in Tokyo. Take a shuttle bus transfer to your centrally located hotel.

Day 1
City view of Japan's capital, Tokyo

Day 2

A Day in Tokyo

We launch our City Tour in the old-time entertainment centre of Asakusa, where we'll encounter the Sensoji Buddhist Temple. Tour one of Tokyo's most colourful and popular temples, Sensoji.

Day 2
Tour through one of Tokyo's oldest temples
Day 2
And a very colourful one!

We immerse ourselves in the sights and sounds of Shitamachi, admiring the wooden dolls, colourful chiyogami and traditional Japanese sweets.

Day 2
Japanese wooden dolls

We'll ascend Tokyo Skytree, the world's highest free-standing broadcasting tower for panoramic views of the city, then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or on an Optional Experience.

Day 2
Standing at 634 m, visit the Tokyo Skytree!
Day 2
Views from the top

Day 3

En Route to Lake Yamanakako

Our first stop today is the Imperial Palace Plaza. We'll have the opportunity to explore the leafy Imperial Palace East Gardens before continuing our City Tour.

Day 3
Seimon Ishibashi stone bridge of main gate of Tokyo Imperial Palace
Day 3
Imperial Palace East Gardens

At the Edo-Tokyo Museum, we delve into the history and culture of Tokyo's Edo era. Continue to the Ginza district where we'll learn how to make sushi.

Day 3
Become a professional sushi maker!

We venture to the Five Lakes District next, keeping a keen eye out for the UNESCO listed Mt. Fuji which dominates the landscape.

Day 3
View of the Five Lakes District with Mt. Fuji in the distance

Day 4

Exploration of Mt. Fuji

Visit Oshino Hakkai, a small rural village in the Fuji Five Lakes district. Admire the reflections of the sky and landscapes in its clear waters, then ascend Mt. Fuji.

Day 4
Stunning village in the Five Lakes district

Ride up Mt. Tenjo on the Kachikachiyama Ropeway next, for jaw-dropping views of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchiko. Then, journey through the Japanese Alps to the beautiful hillside town of Takayama.

Day 4
Take in the beautiful views from the ropeway
Day 4
Views of Mt Fuji at view point of Kawaguchiko Ropeway

Day 5

Old Town of Takayama

Walk through the Edo-style streets of Takayama's Old Town. Indulge a lunch of Japanese Hida-gyu - beef from a black-haired Japanese cattle breed.

Day 5
Walk around Takayama's Old Town
Day 5
Traditional Japanese Hida-gyu - beef for dinner!

Visit the peaceful UNESCO-listed Gokayama, a mountain village set amidst five valleys. Admire the unique construction of the local Gassho-zukuri wooden houses.

Day 5
Visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site
Day 5
Gassho-zukuri wooden houses in the little town

Next, meet a local family in one of these houses, observing local artisans making washi paper and trying your hand at making your own. Stay overnight in Kanazawa.

Day 6

Culture and Beauty in Kanazawa

Learn the secrets of painting gold leaf, a delicate craft of the Japanese. Continue to the tranquil gardens of Kenroku-en, one of Japan's most beautiful gardens.

Day 6
Learn how to painting gold leaf, a Japanese craft
Day 6
A tour through one of Japan's most beautiful gardens

Take a short walk through the Omicho market next to see the local fish catch. Visit the Nagamachi District with its beautifully preserved samurai houses that line the traditional stone streets.

Day 6
Sample some delicious local fish in the market
Day 6
Walk along the stone streets of the Nagamachi District

Day 7

Travel to Kyoto

We board an Express train this morning to Kyoto, where we'll connect with locals at a traditional ryokan. We'll enjoy a lunch and learn about local Japanese customs.

Day 7
City views of Kyoto

After lunch, we visit the UNESCO-listed Kinkakuji Temple with its famous Kinkaku, the proud symbol of Kyoto and a Zen temple, which has its origins as a 14th century villa.

Day 7
Visit the Golden Pavillon, UNESCO-listed Kinkakuji Temple
Day 7
Don't forget your pictures!

Day 8

Sightseeing in Kyoto

The blazing orange torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine guide our path through the forest up into the mountains.

Day 8
Enter the shrine through the torii gates
Day 8
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Day 8
Picturesque views of the walk through the shrine

We continue to Sanjusangen-do Hall and admire the detail of each of its 1,001 "thousand-handed" goddesses of mercy.

Day 8
Sanjusangen-do Hall

This evening, we indulge in a festive Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and fellow guests.

Day 9

Depart Kyoto or Osaka

Our encounter with Japan's age-old traditions and modern cityscapes at its end, we take a transfer by airport shuttle service to Kansai International Airport or Osaka Itami Airport for our onward flight.

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Splendours Of Japan

from

$5030

Days

9

Operated by Trafalgar
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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival In Tokyo

Your in-depth exploration of Japan begins in Tokyo. Take a shuttle bus transfer to your centrally located hotel.

Day 1
City view of Japan's capital, Tokyo

Day 2

A Day In Tokyo

We launch our City Tour in the old-time entertainment centre of Asakusa, where we'll encounter the Sensoji Buddhist Temple. Tour one of Tokyo's most colourful and popular temples, Sensoji.

Day 2
Tour through one of Tokyo's oldest temples
Day 2
And a very colourful one!

We immerse ourselves in the sights and sounds of Shitamachi, admiring the wooden dolls, colourful chiyogami and traditional Japanese sweets.

Day 2
Japanese wooden dolls

We'll ascend Tokyo Skytree, the world's highest free-standing broadcasting tower for panoramic views of the city, then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or on an Optional Experience.

Day 2
Standing at 634 m, visit the Tokyo Skytree!
Day 2
Views from the top

Day 3

En Route To Lake Yamanakako

Our first stop today is the Imperial Palace Plaza. We'll have the opportunity to explore the leafy Imperial Palace East Gardens before continuing our City Tour.

Day 3
Seimon Ishibashi stone bridge of main gate of Tokyo Imperial Palace
Day 3
Imperial Palace East Gardens

At the Edo-Tokyo Museum, we delve into the history and culture of Tokyo's Edo era. Continue to the Ginza district where we'll learn how to make sushi.

Day 3
Become a professional sushi maker!

We venture to the Five Lakes District next, keeping a keen eye out for the UNESCO listed Mt. Fuji which dominates the landscape.

Day 3
View of the Five Lakes District with Mt. Fuji in the distance

Day 4

Exploration Of Mt. Fuji

Visit Oshino Hakkai, a small rural village in the Fuji Five Lakes district. Admire the reflections of the sky and landscapes in its clear waters, then ascend Mt. Fuji.

Day 4
Stunning village in the Five Lakes district

Ride up Mt. Tenjo on the Kachikachiyama Ropeway next, for jaw-dropping views of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchiko. Then, journey through the Japanese Alps to the beautiful hillside town of Takayama.

Day 4
Take in the beautiful views from the ropeway
Day 4
Views of Mt Fuji at view point of Kawaguchiko Ropeway

Day 5

Old Town Of Takayama

Walk through the Edo-style streets of Takayama's Old Town. Indulge a lunch of Japanese Hida-gyu - beef from a black-haired Japanese cattle breed.

Day 5
Walk around Takayama's Old Town
Day 5
Traditional Japanese Hida-gyu - beef for dinner!

Visit the peaceful UNESCO-listed Gokayama, a mountain village set amidst five valleys. Admire the unique construction of the local Gassho-zukuri wooden houses.

Day 5
Visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site
Day 5
Gassho-zukuri wooden houses in the little town

Next, meet a local family in one of these houses, observing local artisans making washi paper and trying your hand at making your own. Stay overnight in Kanazawa.

Day 6

Culture And Beauty In Kanazawa

Learn the secrets of painting gold leaf, a delicate craft of the Japanese. Continue to the tranquil gardens of Kenroku-en, one of Japan's most beautiful gardens.

Day 6
Learn how to painting gold leaf, a Japanese craft
Day 6
A tour through one of Japan's most beautiful gardens

Take a short walk through the Omicho market next to see the local fish catch. Visit the Nagamachi District with its beautifully preserved samurai houses that line the traditional stone streets.

Day 6
Sample some delicious local fish in the market
Day 6
Walk along the stone streets of the Nagamachi District

Day 7

Travel To Kyoto

We board an Express train this morning to Kyoto, where we'll connect with locals at a traditional ryokan. We'll enjoy a lunch and learn about local Japanese customs.

Day 7
City views of Kyoto

After lunch, we visit the UNESCO-listed Kinkakuji Temple with its famous Kinkaku, the proud symbol of Kyoto and a Zen temple, which has its origins as a 14th century villa.

Day 7
Visit the Golden Pavillon, UNESCO-listed Kinkakuji Temple
Day 7
Don't forget your pictures!

Day 8

Sightseeing In Kyoto

The blazing orange torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine guide our path through the forest up into the mountains.

Day 8
Enter the shrine through the torii gates
Day 8
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Day 8
Picturesque views of the walk through the shrine

We continue to Sanjusangen-do Hall and admire the detail of each of its 1,001 "thousand-handed" goddesses of mercy.

Day 8
Sanjusangen-do Hall

This evening, we indulge in a festive Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and fellow guests.

Day 9

Depart Kyoto Or Osaka

Our encounter with Japan's age-old traditions and modern cityscapes at its end, we take a transfer by airport shuttle service to Kansai International Airport or Osaka Itami Airport for our onward flight.