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Cultural Japan

14 Days From Only £3,200

Offer Based On

  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Board basis: Selected Meals Included
  • Departure airport: London (Heathrow)
  • Offer valid: 01/03/2019 to 20/12/2019
  • Offer bookable: to 09/11/2019

About Cultural Japan

To this day, culture remains an integral part of Japan. This culture-orientated tour will give you an insight into how and where the culture originated and continues to re-invent itself.
Start in the metropolis of Tokyo where you can experience the latest cultural trends in this futuristic city. Travel via the iconic Mount Fuji & Hakone on to Kyoto; the well-spring of Japanese culture. Enjoy a Tea Ceremony, see the world-famous Geisha and Maiko, visit some of the well-known temples, and learn Zen meditation whilst staring into the mesmerising rock gardens.

Following your Kyoto stay, you will journey onwards to the spiritual home of Japanese Buddhism; Mount Koya. Stay in a traditional temple lodging (shukubo) and immerse yourself in the fascinating history, and deeply-spiritual transcendence of Mount Koya.

Onsen culture in Japan is an important part of everyday life. After the unique cultural experiences from Tokyo to Mount Koya, you will head to Arima; one of the the oldest spa areas in Japan. Relax in the hot springs, full of natural ingredients which are known to cure skin ailments. Finally, make a stop in Kobe, a harbour city, known as one of Japan's most attractive, and visit a Japanese Sake museum to see the brewing process of this famous type of rice wine

Day 1. London
Depart London on a direct flight to Tokyo

Day 2. Tokyo
Upon arrival at Narita Airport you will be met by an English speaking assistant who will help you board an airport bus to Tokyo. Stay for 3 nights.

Day 3 Tokyo
Morning sightseeing tour of Tokyo by coach, including Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace East Garden and Asakusa Kannon Temple. Afternoon free.

Day 4. Tokyo
Free to explore Tokyo or you may join a Kimono-wearing tour and visit Roppongi (please ask for the supplement rate)

Day 5. Mount Fuji & Hakone
Depart Tokyo on a coach with a guide for Hakone, visiting Fuji Visitor Centre and the 5th station of Mount Fuji. Enjoy sightseeing in the Hakone National Park, including a cruise on Lake Ashi, Hakone Ropeway, and Mount Komagatake. Travel onwards to Kyoto for 4 nights

Day 6. Kyoto Nara
Full-day guided sightseeing tour of Kyoto and Nara, including Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle, and the Kyoto Imperial Palace / Kitano Tenmangu temple. After lunch, travel by coach to Nara, visiting Todaiji Temple; famous for its Great Buddha, and Kasuga Shrine.

Day 7. Kyoto
Free to explore Kyoto in the morning. Join a Kyoto night tour and visit Gion Corner to see some of the traditional performances, walk along Gion Geisha district and take part in a traditional tea ceremony followed by Zen dining (vegetarian)

Day 8. Kyoto
Free to explore Kyoto in the morning. As a optional supplement, you may join a Zen mediation tour this afternoon, including a visit to Daitoku-ji temple and learn Zen meditation at Daisen-in Zen Temple (please ask for supplement rate).

Day 9. Mount Koya
Travel independently to Osaka and join a guided Mount Koya tour. Travel with a guide by train and ropeway to Mount Koya. After enjoying a Japanese-style lunch, visit Okuno-in Temple then travel by coach to one of Mount Koya's two most sacred sites; Danjo Garan. Walk to your temple lodging and stay overnight..

Day 10. Arima Onsen
Return to Osaka by train before travelling independently to Arima onsen. Stay for 2 nights in a Japanese-style ryokan.

Day 11. Arima Onsen
Free to enjoy/relax in the hot-springs and explore the town.
Day 12. Kobe
Travel independently to Kobe and stay for 2 nights.

Day 13. Kobe
Join a full day Kobe sightseeing tour, including Kobe Kitano Iijikan, Meriken Park and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery.

Day 14. London
Transfer by airport bus to Osaka Itami Airport (pay locally). Take a domestic flight to Tokyo Narita Airport for your non-stop flight to London, arriving the same day.

 

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