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Japan Highlights

14 Day
Between Tokyo and Osaka
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We invite you to discover the exotic beauty and contrasts of Japan, an iconic island nation whose colourful history and heritage mingles with ultra-modern cities of intense pace and vibrancy. Over 14 days, travel from Tokyo to Osaka, exploring celebrated heritage highlights including Miyajima Temple, Nara’s Todaiji Temple and Kyoto’s Gion District, as well as the contemporary metropolises of Tokyo and Osaka. Our Journey Designers have handpicked a collection of immersive encounters to bring the Japan of your imagination to life, so you can look forward to an authentic journey through this remarkable country.

The first stop on your Japanese tour is Tokyo, a sprawling capital whose ultra-modern skyline hides pockets of ancient heritage. In the company of an experienced local guide, you’ll explore the sights of the city, from the Asakusa district to the peaceful gardens of Hama-Rikyu. With three nights to explore the city, your trip to Tokyo is rounded off with an unforgettable sushi lunch – an exclusive Scenic Enrich experience. From here, we board the famous Shinkansen bullet train to Himeji and Hiroshima, where you can trace the infamous legacy of the WW II atomic bomb, and pay an emotional visit to the Peace Park Museum. In beautiful Kyoto, visit the Gion District as evening falls to discover the rich heritage of Geisha, before partaking in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. As you travel to Osaka, enjoy an excursion to the peaceful enclave of Nara, before you’re drawn into the immersive bustle of Japan’s lauded second-city.

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* From price is for a 02 April 2019 departure. For a full list of pricing and availability, please see below. All prices are per person, twin share in GBP, based on two guests sharing. Terms and conditions apply and we reserve the right to withdraw our offers at any time. Please note, the ship operating a particular cruise is subject to change.
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Day 1

Fly from London Heathrow or Manchester. Regional airports on request at an additional supplement, please call for details

Day 2
Tokyo

Your journey begins in Tokyo with a four night Special Stay. Meet your fellow travellers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 3
Tokyo
Highlights: Asakusa old town, Sensoji Temple, Sundowner on dinner cruise

Begin your discovery of Tokyo in Asakusa district, paying your respects at Sensoji, the city’s oldest Buddhist temple. After lunch enjoy a cruise on the Sumida River before a gentle walk through the peaceful Hama-Rikyu Gardens located across from your hotel.

Sundowners

Take in the bright lights of Tokyo during your evening dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay on a yakatabune, an old fashioned houseboat.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Tokyo
Highlights: Enrich - Sushi making, Freechoice

Wander through the Tsukiji Fish Market to see the morning’s catch being distributed.

Choose from an Asian mix at China Blue or with your Tour Director, culturally immerse yourself in the traditional Japanese evening bar scene serving Yakatori.

Enrich

Immerse yourself in Japanese cuisine with the help of a local chef, as you prepare your own sushi lunch.

Freechoice

Head to west Tokyo and visit the Imperial Shinto Meiji Shrine, before seeing the Shibuya scramble crossing. Or, wander through picturesque Shinjuku-Gyoen Gardens before witnessing the Shinjuku entertainment district come alive at dusk.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Tokyo > Five Lakes > Hakone
Highlights: Mt Fuji cable car and cruise on Lake Ashinoko

Venture deep into the stunning scenery of Kawaguchiko Area. Discover the incredible workmanship involved in creating kimonos at the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. Near Hakone, walk around the hot springs of the Owakudani geothermal area before admiring the stunning scenery during your cable car ride down to your Lake Ashinoko cruise.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6
Tokyo > Himeji > Hiroshima
Highlights: Himeji Castle

Relax in your Green (Business) Class tickets on the Shinkansen train to Himeji Castle and marvel at Japan’s most spectacular and one of the few remaining original castle’s. Continuing to Hiroshima where tonight, sample Okonomiyaki, a delicious Japanese-style pancake, a specialty of the region. You’ll enjoy two restful nights in Hiroshima.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Hiroshima > Miyajima Island
Highlights: Mazda Car Factory, Itsukushima Shrine Miyajima Island

This morning see industrial robots perform around the Mazda car factory. Later sail by ferry to Miyajima Island to visit Daisho-in Temple and the floating sixth century Torii Gate at the Itsukushima Shrine.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8
Hiroshima > Kyoto
Highlights: Enrich - Peace Park and Museum

Later travel by Shinkansen train to the culturally rich city of Kyoto, home to many World Heritage-listed Sites. Settle into your three night stay at your hotel in Kyoto.

Enrich

Experience an emotional visit to the Peace Park and Museum before visiting Orizuru Tower to create your own special origami donation.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Kyoto
Highlights: Freechoice, Enrich - Maiko (apprentice Geisha) dinner

Spend the afternoon at leisure.

Freechoice

Revel in the atmosphere of the ancient preservation districts or visit the Silver Pavilion and then stroll along the Philosopher’s Walk. Alternatively visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, featured in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha and marvel at the architecture of Nijo Castle, a classic reminder of the fascinating Edo-period shogunate’s power.

Enrich

After strolling through the Gion District, tonight’s dinner will allow you to interact with a Maiko, an apprentice Geisha, who’ll host your meal presentation. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn about what is involved in becoming a Geisha and the art of Japanese hospitality.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10
Kyoto
Highlights: Tea Ceremony

Begin with a visit to the Kinkaku-ji known as the Golden Pavilion before wandering through the classical Zen Garden at Ryoanji Temple.

Choose between Japanese cuisine at Shinensen Heihachi, or international cuisine at the historic Fortune Garden.

Ryokan Upgrade
For a unique insight into Japanese culture, choose to stay tonight in a Ryokan. This traditional Japanese Inn has tatami mat flooring with futon beds, sliding shoji paper doors, onsen hot spring baths and private facilities. Includes dinner and breakfast (additional cost).

Enrich

Partake in a Japanese tea ceremony whilst dressed in a traditional Japanese kimono, a great photo opportunity.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11
Kyoto > Nara > Osaka
Highlights: Tondabayashi, Freechoice Dining

Begin your drive to Osaka with an excursion to Nara, where you’ll visit Todaiji Temple and see deer in Nara Park. Later stop at the timeless village of Tondabayashi Jinaimachi. Visit a traditional house and wander around this splendid historical time capsule, with houses and buildings that date
back to the Edo period.
Upon arrival in Osaka begin a memorable two night Special Stay in Osaka.

Choose from the Sky Lounge Windows on the World (35th floor), or the Cosmopolitan, a gorgeous grill style restaurant also overlooking the Osaka skyline.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12
Osaka
Highlights: Freechoice

Later see how beer is made at the Asahi factory before reliving your experiences at your tonight’s farewell dinner.

Freechoice

Admire the view from the Floating Garden Observatory and walk the lively and eccentric downtown area of Osaka or alternatively visit the Museum of History and the rebuilt Osaka Castle.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13
Osaka > UK

Depart today with treasured memories of your time in Japan. Be transferred to Osaka airport for your flight home.

Day 14
Arrive UK

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