Treasures of Japan

19 Days
Fukuoka to Tokyo
From (GBP)
£ 12,645
£ 12,145
Dates & Pricing

2019/2020 Fukuoka > Tokyo

Tour Map
Tour Code:
DJFT
Duration:
19 days
Departure City:
Fukuoka
Return City:
Tokyo

Selected Itinerary

19 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - UK > Fukuoka

    Fly to Fukuoka from a choice of UK airports with selected airlines.

  2. Day 2 - Fukuoka

    Arrive in Fukuoka and transfer to your luxury hotel for a two night stay. This evening enjoy your welcome reception at your hotel.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Fukuoka

    Visit Shofuku-ji, the oldest Zen Temple in Japan and the sixth century Kushida Shrine. Next, wander through the Hakata Machiya Folk Museum where you can witness first-hand the prestigious Hakata-ori woven textile being made. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Fukuoka > Hiroshima > Miyajima Island

    Travel by Shinkansen train to Hiroshima. Later, take the ferry to Miyajima Island to visit Daisho-in Temple and the iconic floating Torii Gate at the Itsukushima Shrine. Tonight, sample Okonomiyaki, a delicious savoury Japanese-style pancake and speciality of the region. Enjoy two nights at Hiroshima.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Hiroshima

    Enrich

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

    This afternoon, see the industrial robots at work at the Mazda car factory.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  6. Day 6 - Hiroshima > Kyoto

    Travel by Shinkansen to marvel at Himeji Castle, Japan’s most spectacular castle. Continue to Kyoto, home to many World Heritage-listed sites, for a memorable three night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Kyoto

    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 the Nijo Castle.

    Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to shop or explore.

    Enrich

    After strolling through the Gion District, tonight’s dinner will allow you to interact with a Maiko 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

  8. Day 8 - Kyoto > Nara

    Enjoy an excursion to Nara to visit Todaiji Temple and Nara Park.

    Freechoice Dining

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Kyoto > Kanazawa

    Visit the magnificent Kinkaku-ji or Golden Pavilion before travelling to Kanazawa on the Thunderbird Express. Wander around Kenroku–en Garden, one of Japan’s three great gardens located across from Kanazawa Castle Park. Enjoy a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  10. Day 10 - Kanazawa

    This morning visit Omi-cho Market, commonly known as Ishikawa’s Kitchen with over 180 stalls.

    Enrich

    Explore the historic Higashi Chaya Teahouse district and partake in a Japanese tea ceremony whilst dressed in a traditional Japanese kimono,
    a great photo opportunity.

    Later catch a glimpse of life in feudal Japan with a visit to former Kaga Clan Samurai houses in the Nagamachi district.

    Freechoice Dining

    Savour the best local Kaga cuisine or enjoy some international fare.

    Ryokan Upgrade - Choose to stay in a Ryokan, a traditional Japanese Inn with futon beds and private facilities including dinner and breakfast. Must be pre-booked before departure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Kanazawa > Takayama

    Travel through beautiful countryside on your way to Takayama, stopping en-route at the famous historical farmhouses of nearby mountain villages in Shirakawa-go, now a World Heritage-listed Site. In Takayama, partake in Sarubobo mascot-making at the Hida Folk Village before your two night stay at your resort with amazing views over the Takayama township.

    Freechoice Dining

    Choose between Le Midi, a French-inspired bistro in town famed for its Hida Beef, or Sakanaya, a fine Japanese restaurant set in a renovated former sake brewery.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Takayama

    Stroll through Miyagawa morning markets before gaining unique insights into the region’s culture and history at the Festival Float Exhibition Hall. After lunch, try some sake tasting at a sake brewery and explore the small alleyways and shops of Takayama’s old quarter. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon and evening at leisure in the historic centre of the town.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  13. Day 13 - Takayama > Matsumoto > Five Lakes

    Drive to the Daio Wasabi Farm to learn how wasabi is made. Continue to Matsumoto to visit one of Japan’s most beautiful and original castles, the unique ‘hirajiro’ style Matsumoto Castle. As you venture deep into the stunning scenery of the Kawaguchiko area, look out for your first view of Mount Fuji. Enjoy an overnight stay.

    Freechoice Dining

    Choose from Japanese or French menus at the hotel restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Five Lakes > Hakone

    Discover the incredible workmanship involved in creating kimonos at the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum.
    Continue to Hakone and cruise on Lake Ashinoko before enjoying a short stroll along the heritage trail after lunch. This evening enjoy a Special Stay overlooking Lake Ashinoko.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Hakone > Tokyo

    Study the art works and sculptures at the Hakone Open Air Museum before continuing to Tokyo.

    Enrich

    Given by Taiko Masters, partake in an interactive, private group demonstration and lesson playing the traditional Taiko drums.

    Check into your hotel in Tokyo, your wonderful Special Stay for the next three nights.

    Sundowners

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Tokyo

    Visit the Asakusa district, paying your respects at Sensoji, the city’s oldest Buddhist temple.

    Freechoice

    Visit the Imperial Shinto Meiji Shrine, walk across the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world and see the Hachiko dog statue. Alternatively, visit Shinjuku-Gyoen Gardens before exploring the lively Shinjuku entertainment district, or sample local snacks while strolling through the Yanaka District.

    Freechoice Dining

    Choose contemporary Asian at China Blue. Alternatively, join your Tour Director and immerse yourself in the traditional Japanese evening Izakaya bar scene serving Yakatori and Kushiyaki.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Tokyo

    Wander through the Tsukiji old outer market, which still remains in business, to see the morning’s catch being distributed by the retail shops and myriad of restaurants and street food stalls located here.

    Enrich

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

    Walk off your lunch in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace and stop at Ginza for some last minute shopping time. Tonight relive your experiences at your beautiful farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Tokyo > UK

    Sadly, it’s time to bid farewell, but you’ll take many wonderful memories with you. Transfer to Narita airport in Tokyo for your return flight home.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  19. Day 19 - Arrive UK

    Welcome home.

Pricing & Availability