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Join other Solo Travellers on this 11-night trip of a lifetime, discovering the very best of Japan. Begin your tour in Tokyo, the city that never gets old, where tradition meets modernity and neon skyscrapers tower over historic temples. Take a day trip to the beautiful Mount Fuji, Japan’s most famous landmark. Sip on sake before spending the night in a traditional Japanese ryokan in Takayama. Travel around on the country’s famous bullet trains. Learn the art of sushi-making in Kyoto, the former imperial capital. And finally visit Hiroshima, the world’s first atomic bomb target, now home to the stunning Peace Memorial Park. Now is the time to explore what this fascinating country has to offer so get booking!
Depart UK 16th April 2018
17 April 2018 - Day 1 – Arrive Tokyo
Upon arrival in Tokyo, you will make your way to the hotel. (Please note, you won't be able to check-in to the hotel until 1500, so if your flight arrives earlier there is the option to book an extra night at the hotel to ensure your room is ready when you arrive). Welcome dinner in the evening.
Day 2 – Tokyo (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be given a full day’s tour of Tokyo, which will include Tokyo Tower, the world-famous seafood market of Tsukiji, The Imperial Palace where Japan’s Imperial family have lived since 1888, Asakusa Temple one of the most popular sights in traditional Tokyo, the Edo Tokyo Museum, the tallest tower in the world Tokyo Sky Tree, the Akihabara area famous for electronics and finally Harajuku, a trendy shopping area geared towards fashion conscious teens. Overnight in Tokyo.
Day 3 – Tokyo (B,L)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will embark upon a full day tour to see the incredible Mount Fuji, Japan’s tallest peak. Overnight in Tokyo.
Day 4 - Tokyo Free Day (B)
After breakfast you will have the day at leisure. Optional excursion to see the snow monkeys. Overnight in Tokyo.
Day 5 – Nikko / Tokyo (B)
After breakfast, you will be travelling to Nikko, a small but beautiful city in Japan’s Tochigi region. Here you will be given a private guided tour of the area and learn about the Edo Period, for which this area is famous. Overnight in Tokyo.
Day 6 – Tokyo / Takayama (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be assisted to the train station to catch a bullet train to Takayama. Upon arrival in Takayama, you will be transferred to your Ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn where you will spend the night. You will then have the afternoon free to explore the town and the Sake Brewery. Overnight in Takayama.
Day 7 - Takayama / Kyoto (B)
This morning you will have at free to visit the local market. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the train station to catch the bullet train to Kyoto, formerly the Imperial capital of Japan and home to many classical Buddhist temples. You will have the evening free to explore Gion. Overnight in Kyoto.
Day 8 – Kyoto (B)
After breakfast, you will be given a full day’s guided tour of Kyoto by public transport. The tour will include the Buddhist temple of Sanjyusangen-do, the UNESCO Kiyomizu Temple, Nishiki Market also known as the ‘kitchen of Kyoto’, Tenryuji Temple with its beautiful garden, and finally the Kinkakuji Temple Japan’s second most famous site. Overnight in Kyoto.
Day 9 – Kyoto (B,L)
Today you will be given a course in the art of sushi making and an insight into Japanese tea. You will have the rest of the afternoon free for more sightseeing. Overnight in Kyoto.
Day 10 – Kyoto / Hiroshima (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will make your way to Kyoto’s train station to catch another bullet train to Hiroshima. Upon arrival in Hiroshima, you will make your way to the hotel for check-in. Then you will begin your half-day tour of Peace Park and the museum. If time permits, you may like to take the ferry across to Miyajama, a small island also known as ‘Shrine Island’. Overnight in Hiroshima.
Day 11 – Hiroshima / Osaka (B)
Today you will take the train to Osaka where you will spend your final night of the tour. You will have the day at your leisure.
28th April 2018 - Day 12 - Depart Osaka (B)
Today is the last day of your tour. You will make your way to Osaka Kansai International Airport for international flights home.
The price of the above tour is £[masked] based on sharing a twin room. This does not include flights from the UK. I will give the go ahead to book flights once we have a minimum of 5 people paid their deposits. The sooner you book, the better deals you will be able to get on flights so it is advised to book early. We have both ATOL and TTA bonding for all trips for complete financial protection. Any trips that include flights are ATOL bonded whereas tours without flights are TTA bonded. A non refundable deposit of £315.00 via PayPal (£[masked] via bank transfer) will secure you a place on the trip. Visas are not required for British passport holders, if you hold an alternative passport please get in touch. Please ensure you have 6 months validity on your passport and at least 2 blank pages. We strongly advise making an appointment with your doctor or travel nurse a minimum of 8 weeks before departure date.
Please note that a check-in time of 14.00 is typical at most hotels. If you are arriving on an early flight, please let us know if you would like the room to be booked from the night before (for an additional cost) to ensure that the room is available for you when you arrive.
It may sometimes be necessary to make small, last-minute changes to our itineraries or hotels for reasons beyond our control. We will ensure that you are kept updated of any changes.
By paying a deposit you will be agreeing to the following cancellation and booking policies:
What’s included in the Japan tour?
· Sharing a twin room at 3-star hotels (single supplement £399)
· Tour of Tokyo
· Tour of Nikko
· Half-day tour of Hiroshima
· 7-day JR train pass
· Entrance fees on sightseeing tours
· Meals as mentioned in itinerary (B,L)
What’s not included in the Japan tour?
· International flights into and out of Japan
· Extra food and drink
· Activities during free time