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Destination: Centrair - Nagoya International Airport Day 1 - London / Nagoya
Destination: Centrair - Nagoya International Airport

Day 1 - London / Nagoya Destination: Centrair - Nagoya International Airport

  • Leave London for Centrair - Nagoya International Airport on a scheduled flight in economy class.
  • Night and meal on board.
  • Do not forget that it is entirely possible to stopover in Asia, Europe or the Middle-East for one or more nights to spice things up, relax and discover a new destination, on the way there or on the way back.
  • Depending on your preferences, choose from our partner airlines:
    • Asiana via Seoul
    • Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong
    • Eva Air via Taipei
    • Finnair via Helsinki
    • Lufthansa via Frankfurt or Munich
Visit the cultural heritage of Takayama, "little Kyoto" Day 2 – Nagoya / Takayama
Visit the cultural heritage of Takayama, "little Kyoto"Visit the cultural heritage of Takayama, "little Kyoto"

Day 2 – Nagoya / Takayama Visit the cultural heritage of Takayama, "little Kyoto"

  • Arrive at Nagoya International Airport. You will then take the train to Takayama
  • Takayama, also known as “little Kyoto” has a rich cultural heritage as the town centre and its traditional wooden houses, Kami Sannomachi, have been successfully preserved.
  • Once you have settled into your hotel and had some time to relax, walk around the town. At nightfall, admire the giant lanterns of the main street light up as night slowly falls on the town.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 3* Best Western Takayama Hotelin Takayama (or similar).
  • Spend the night in the 4* Hidatei Hanaougi Hotel in Takayama (or similar).
Visit Kusakabe Folk Museum Day 3 – Takayama / Shirakawa-Go
Visit Kusakabe Folk MuseumVisit Kusakabe Folk Museum

Day 3 – Takayama / Shirakawa-Go Visit Kusakabe Folk Museum

  • After a well-deserved good night’s sleep, stroll along the banks of the river and discover the quaint morning market, which sells local and regional products. After this, visit Takayama jinya, the former headquarters of the regional government of the Shogun. It is the only building of this type to remain in Japan.
  • Finally, do not miss Kusakabe Folk Museum, the former house of what were probably the town’s richest merchants. With large beams made of Japanese cypress wood, the house has given us a very clear picture of techniques used by local carpenters as well as the inside of a rich family’s house at the beginning of the Meiji period.
  • Hida no Sato Parkprovides a pleasant stroll to discover the typical architecture of houses in the region.
  • Later in the afternoon, take the bus to the little village of Shirakawa-go. This village in the heart of the Japanese Alps is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it is home to the largest concentration of historical thatched-roof houses in the region: Gassho-Zukuri. You will have dinner and spend the night in one of these wonderful Gassho-Zukuri, in a typical Japanese guesthouse.
  • Please note that, in this rural guesthouse, private bathrooms are not available. Furthermore, do not forget to bring towels as they will not be provided.
  • Lunch and dinner in your Gassho-Zukuri.
  • Spend the night in Koemon Gassho-Zukuri in Shirakawa-go (or similar).
Stroll around Kanazawa Castle Park Day 4 – Shirakawa-Go / Kanazawa
Stroll around Kanazawa Castle ParkStroll around Kanazawa Castle Park

Day 4 – Shirakawa-Go / Kanazawa Stroll around Kanazawa Castle Park

  • Enjoy the healthy mountain air and walk around this small village of Shirakawa-go, nestled among fields in a lush, natural setting. In the early afternoon, after having made the most of this open-air museum, take another bus to the town of Kanazawa, which is also home to many treasures.
  • Once you have settled into your hotel, you can enjoy a pleasant stroll in Kanazawa Castle Park, an enchanting location with a thick forest on one side and a more landscaped area on the other, offering amazing views of the castle.
  • In the evening, watch the town come alive in the Katamachi district, where you will find many restaurants and bars. Do not miss the pleasant pedestrian street of Tate-machi where you will find some of the most fashionable shops in town.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 3* Murataya Ryokan in Kanazawa (or similar).
  • Spend the night in the 4* Ana Crowne Plaza Hotel in Kanazawa (or similar).
Visit the historical samurai districts Day 5 – Kanazawa
Visit the historical samurai districtsVisit the historical samurai districts

Day 5 – Kanazawa Visit the historical samurai districts

  • Today, head out for an in-depth discovery of the town of Kanazawa. Walk around the amazing Kenrokuen garden, which is said to be one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan. It contains hundreds of different plant species and is criss-crossed by streams over which stride wood or stone bridges – this garden is a real gem! Not far from there, take a look at The 21st Century Museum, which houses some incredible works of modern art.
  • Then, visit the Samurai district and its well-preserved traditional wooden houses. The former residence of the samurai Nagamachi has a lovely indoor garden and houses an exhibit of samurai armour and period sabres that is open to the public! Inside, you can even enjoy delicious green tea served in the tea ceremony room.
  • Finally, you will go to the northern part of the town where you will see the former Geisha district, Higashi Chaya and its beautiful cobbled streets and lovely wooden houses. Do not miss the Shima Geisha House, which is perfectly well preserved. This National Treasure displays objects that used to belong to Geisha.
  • In the evening, you can take the train to Kyoto, the former capital of Japan.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 3* Monterey Hotelin Kyoto (or similar).
  • Spend the night in the 4* Granvia Hotelin Kyoto (or similar).
Visit the Golden Pavilion and Ryoan-ji temple’s Zen garden Day 6 – Kyoto
Visit the Golden Pavilion and Ryoan-ji temple’s Zen gardenVisit the Golden Pavilion and Ryoan-ji temple’s Zen garden

Day 6 – Kyoto Visit the Golden Pavilion and Ryoan-ji temple’s Zen garden

  • Discover the jewel of Japanese towns during three wonderful days just enough to scratch the surface of the immense historical and cultural heritage of the former capital of Japan.
  • On the first day, we recommend you visit the most beautiful temple in Kyoto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site: the famous Kinkaku-ji, better known as theGolden Pavilion as this elegant structure is entirely covered with gold leaf. A short distance away, Ryoan-ji temple, famous for its Zen garden, is an invitation to pause and to meditate.
  • A little further on, Ninna-ji houses beautiful structures: a palace surrounded by nature as well as a small pagoda.
  • In the eastern part of the city, visit the most impressive temple in Kyoto: Kiyomizu-dera, a beautiful wooden structure, perched on the side of a cliff and propped up by giant wooden stilts.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 3* Monterey Hotelin Kyoto (or similar).
  • Spend the night in the 4* Granvia Hotelin Kyoto (or similar).
Visit Heian and Fushimi inari shrines Day 7 – Kyoto
Visit Heian and Fushimi inari shrinesVisit Heian and Fushimi inari shrines

Day 7 – Kyoto Visit Heian and Fushimi inari shrines

  • During the days to come, Kyoto still has many wonders in store for you!
  • If you like temples, shrines and gardens, you are in luck: Kyoto has over 2,000 of them! In the town centre, we recommend Heian shrine, which has a gigantic red Torii at the entrance as well as one of the most beautiful gardens in Kyoto, and the Silver Pavilion and its lovely moss garden. In the outskirts of the city, visit the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine where thousands of red torii straddle a network of trails over a few kilometres in the midst of a thick forest.
  • If you like shopping, go to the Kyoto Handicraft Centre , which sells a wide range of local handicrafts: you will find prints and fans as well as high-quality kimono and yukata. Furthermore, the town centre is full of modern boutiques, especially in and around the Teramachi shopping street.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 3* Monterey Hotelin Kyoto (or similar).
  • Spend the night in the 4* Granvia Hotelin Kyoto (or similar).
Stroll around Arashiyama Day 8 – Kyoto
Stroll around ArashiyamaStroll around Arashiyama

Day 8 – Kyoto Stroll around Arashiyama

  • If you like nature hikes, discover Arashiyama district and its beautiful bamboo grove: Sagano Forest. Not far from there, do not miss Tenryû-ji temple, one of the five big Zen temples in Kyoto. Its garden represents a dry waterfall of rocks flowing into a pond shaped like the Chinese character "heart".
  • North of the town, stroll along the Philosopher’s Walk and enjoy a pleasant walk along a charming canal, which is truely beautiful when the cherry trees are in blossom. Take the time for a cup of tea and delicious cakes at the "Pomme" cafe , which is reminiscent of Paris of a past age.
  • If you like animals, climb up Iwatayama mountain in the Arashiyama district, where you can see hundreds of monkeys roaming freely. Enjoy the incredible view of Kyoto!
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 3* Monterey Hotelin Kyoto (or similar).
  • Spend the night in the 4* Granvia Hotelin Kyoto (or similar).
Discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites near Mount Uji Day 9 – Mount Hiei
Discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites near Mount UjiDiscover UNESCO World Heritage Sites near Mount Uji

Day 9 – Mount Hiei Discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites near Mount Uji

  • This morning, take a private car to discover two UNESCO World Heritage temples, slightly off the beaten track. Leave for the region of Mount Hiei on which is built Enryaku-ji temple. It was founded in 788 by the monk Saichô, who also founded the Buddhist Tendai sect.
  • Enryaku-ji temple was so successful that it became a real fortress with over 3,000 temples: in the 12th century, it had an army of over many thousands of warrior monks who regularly fought other temples. In the 16th century, the temples were destroyed and then rebuilt as the large complex that you can admire today. From the eastern part, you can walk to the observatory on Mount Shimei-dake, which offers a wonderful view of Lake Biwa and Osaka Bay.
  • Still in a private car, on the road to Nara, visit Byôdô-in temple as well as Hôô-dô building, which was built in 1053 and is one of the rare examples of Heian architecture. On the other side of the river is Ujigami-jinja shrine , which is considered to be the oldest Shinto structure in Japan. It was founded in 313 and the buildings that you are presently admiring date back to the 10th century. Your car will take you to your hotel, in the heart of the beautiful historical capital of Nara.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 3* Tenpyo Ryokanin Nara (or similar).
  • Spend the night in the 4* Nara Hotelin Nara (or similar).
Nara and its bronze Buddha, the biggest in Japan Day 10 – Nara
Nara and its bronze Buddha, the biggest in JapanNara and its bronze Buddha, the biggest in Japan

Day 10 – Nara Nara and its bronze Buddha, the biggest in Japan

  • Spend a pleasant day in the small town of Nara. Founded in the 8th century, Nara was the first real capital of Japan from 710 to 784. Forty kilometres (about 25 miles) from Kyoto, Nara is also a cultural hotspot that houses many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Wander around Nara Park, where thousands of deer roam freely. As you enter the Park, do not miss Kôfuku-ji temple, which is comprised of ten buildings, including a beautiful five-storey pagoda dating back to 1426.
  • Next, visit Todaiji temple, which houses the biggest Bronze Buddha in Japan. Then, walk through the forest until you reach Kasuga shrine. Erected in 768, its bright red buildings create a strikingly beautiful contrast with the surrounding greenery. Wrapped in light, the shrine shines brightly thanks to the 1,800 stone lanterns all around it and the thousands of metal lanterns hanging from the corridors’ eaves. In the town centre, Nara-machi district is a lovely place for a stroll. Its maze of small, narrow streets houses local craft shops. Make the most of this time and visit Gango-ji temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Nara Hotelin Nara (or similar).
Visit Tôshôdai-ji and Hôryû-jitemples Day 11 – Nara
Visit Tôshôdai-ji and Hôryû-jitemplesVisit Tôshôdai-ji and Hôryû-jitemples

Day 11 – Nara Visit Tôshôdai-ji and Hôryû-jitemples

  • Leave for a lovely stroll through the countryside near Nara and discover three large temples, some of the most important in the region. Start with Tôshôdai-ji temple, in a pastoral landscape, where you will find pavilions dating from the Tenpyo period (729 – 749). A ten-minute’s walk away, you will find Yakushi-ji temple, one of the oldest in Japan. Famous for its two pagodas, this white-walled building with red panelling and green shutters was built in the Chinese fashion in a perfectly symmetrical manner. Finally, Hôryû-ji temple has a five-storey pagoda, which is considered to be the oldest wooden building in the world. It is 37 metres high and has survived earthquakes and typhoons for thirteen centuries!
  • In the evening, explore the third largest city in Japan, after Tokyo and Yokohama: Osaka ! Do not miss the lively, colourful Dotonbori district where you can sample the local speciality, Okonomiyaki: a cross between a pancake and an omelette filled with delicious seafood, vegetables or meat.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 3* Monterey Hotelin Osaka (or similar).
  • Spend the night in the 4* Hyatt Regency Hotelin Osaka (or similar).
Discover Mount Koya and its 110 temples Day 12 – Mount Koya
Discover  Mount Koya and its 110 templesDiscover  Mount Koya and its 110 temples

Day 12 – Mount Koya Discover Mount Koya and its 110 temples

  • This morning, you will take the train for one of the most sacred sites for Japanese spirituality: Mount Koya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On a hill 900 metres above sea level, surrounded by eight mountains, the bonze Kukai built the first religious community in Japan in the 8th century. Mount Koya eventually became the main centre of the Shingon Buddhist sect who believes that spiritual enlightenment can be reached during life. Mount Koya now represents over more than 110 temples.
  • Visit the most important and most iconic temples: Kondo and Kongobuji , which manages the 3,600 temples of the Shingon sect. But we will mostly stroll around Okuno-in cemetery, where you will find over 200,000 tombstones of samurai and famous people resting in the shadows of a dense forest of age-old cedars.
  • Spend the night in a shukubo in a monastery, where you will share the monks’ vegetarian meal. Spending the night in the monastery is a unique experience: sleep in the Japanese style on tatami mats and a futon, in a relaxing atmosphere.
  • Lunch and dinner in your shukubo.
  • Spend the night in Rengejo-in Shukubo on Mount Koya (or similar).
Visit Osaka Castle Day 13 – Mount Koya / Osaka
Visit Osaka CastleVisit Osaka Castle

Day 13 – Mount Koya / Osaka Visit Osaka Castle

  • Get up early to attend the monks’ prayers in your monastery. Then, share their vegetarian breakfast before you leave for Osaka. Fall in love with this bustling, friendly city that is a pleasure to stroll around.
  • Start by visiting Osaka Castle, a beautiful white building surrounded by lovely gardens. Then stroll around the lively district of Umeda. Do not miss the incredible panoramic view from the top of the famous Floating Observatory on the roof of the Umeda Sky Building, the most futuristic building in the city. You will find many shops and delicious restaurants in this neighbourhood.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 3* Monterey Hotel in Osaka (or similar).
  • Spend the night in the 4* Hyatt Regency Hotel in Osaka (or similar).
Visit Himeji Castle and Koko-en garden Day 14 – Himeji
Visit Himeji Castle and Koko-en gardenVisit Himeji Castle and Koko-en garden

Day 14 – Himeji Visit Himeji Castle and Koko-en garden

  • Famous for its feudal castle, Himeji is one of the only three wooden castles still remaining in Japan with Matsumoto-jô and Kumamoto-jô. Built in the 14th century and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993, it is the largest and most elegant medieval fortress in the country. Also known as Hakuro-jô, White Heron Castle, because of its brilliant white exterior, this incredible structure survived, almost unharmed, the bombings of World War Two.
  • As you climb up to the different floors, you will start to get a clear picture of the structure of a Japanese castle. Furthermore, you will have an amazing view of the steep roofs of the castle and of the town of Himeji!
  • After visiting the castle, stroll around the charming Japanese garden of Koko-en which boasts a lovely landscape of small ponds where the much-loved Japanese carps live, as well as little stone bridges.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 3* Claire Higasa Hotelin Himeji (or similar).
  • Spend the night in the 4* Nikko Himeji Hotelin Himeji (or similar).
The sacred island of Miyajima and its Floating Torii Day 15 – Miyajima
The sacred island of Miyajima and its Floating ToriiThe sacred island of Miyajima and its Floating Torii

Day 15 – Miyajima The sacred island of Miyajima and its Floating Torii

  • In the morning, leave for the sacred island of Miyajima a thirty minute train ride and ten minute ferry ride from Hiroshima. This lush island houses one of Japan’s most famous treasures: the famous Floating Torii, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the amazing bright-red shrine of Itsukushima, built on a pier-like structure over the bay, to which the torii is the entrance.
  • You will spend the whole day on the island, which houses many other wonders : follow the small forest paths that will lead you to the banks of clear-blue streams in which you can dip your feet. Make the most of the island’s famous natural beauty: not only will you see deer roaming freely, you will probably also run into a few monkeys!
  • To admire the beautiful panorama, take the ropeway to the top of Mount Misen. From there, breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the lovely scenery spread out before your eyes! As a fit end to this lovely day, spend the night in a beautiful ryokan, a Japanese-style guesthouse, where you can enjoy Japanese hot baths! The perfect way to relax after a day of sightseeing.
  • Lunch and dinner in your ryokan.
  • Spend the night in the 3* Hotel Makoto in Miyajima (or similar).
  • Spend the night in the 4* Mayarikyu Hotel in Miyajima (or similar).
Hiroshima Day 16 – Hiroshima / Tokyo
Hiroshima

Day 16 – Hiroshima / Tokyo Hiroshima

  • This morning, after a filling, traditional Japanese breakfast, take a trip to the town of Hiroshima. Stroll around the Peace Memorial Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which includes the A-bomb Dome – the former Industrial Promotion Hall located at the point of impact of the explosion, which has been preserved as a memorial. You can also visit the remarkable Peace Memorial Museum, designed by architect Kenzo Tange and devoted to the atomic bomb.
  • In the evening, take the, Shinkansen bullet train to Tokyo and get ready to discover the iconic Japanese capital!
  • Lunch at your leisure and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 3* Remm Hibiya Hotel in Tokyo (or similar).
  • Spend the night in the 4* Mayarikyu Hotelin Tokyo (or similar).
Discover the biggest fish market in the world Day 17 – Tokyo
Discover the biggest fish market in the world

Day 17 – Tokyo Discover the biggest fish market in the world

  • Tokyo, the charming capital, is yours to enjoy! In the early morning, stroll around the largest fish market in the world, Tsukiji market, where thousands of different kinds of fish are sold every day! For breakfast, you can even try the freshest sushi imaginable at the Daiwa sushi restaurant, located inside the market!
  • Admire an impressive view of Tokyo as you take a cruise on the Sumida River all the way to Senso-Ji temple in the working-class Asakusa district. Then, discover the district of Akihabara, the Electric Town, where you will find state-of-the-art electronics as well as shops selling manga and fan merchandise, which your children will surely enjoy!
  • As night falls over the city, admire the colourful neon lights of the Ginza district, which is renowned for housing all the international fashion brands! In the Sony Building, you will find a showroom where you can test all of the brand’s latest gadgets!
  • In the evening, discover Tokyo by night, as you explore the Odaiba district, which is on an artificial island. Enjoy dinner in a restaurant overlooking the lights of Tokyo Bay and the Rainbow Bridge.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure
  • Spend the night in the 3* Remm Hibiya Hotel in Tokyo (or similar).
  • Spend the night in the 4* Pacific Tokyo Hotel in Tokyo (or similar).
Escape to a forest of giant cedar trees Day 18 – Nikko
Escape to a forest of giant cedar treesEscape to a forest of giant cedar trees

Day 18 – Nikko Escape to a forest of giant cedar trees

  • This morning, take the train to the small town of Nikko, located in the north of Tokyo. The small town of Nikko has been an important site for Japanese Buddhism for over a thousand years and houses wonderful temples and shrines, recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This trip to the countryside will allow you to discover an exceptional site: in the heart of a forest of giant Japanese cedars, five sacred temples and shrines are hidden, including the Baroque Togoshu, which is probably the most ornate temple in the country.
  • Take the time to stroll around the site and admire the other wonderful temples and shrines it houses. As you enter the forest, do not miss the quaint sacred bridge of Shinkyo which strides across the river Daya.
  • Lunch at your leisure and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 3* Minshuku Rindou-no-ie Hotel in Nikko (or similar).
  • Spend the night in the 4* Senhime Monogatari Hotel in Nikko (or similar).
Admire the waterfalls near Mount Nantai Day 19 – Nikko
Admire the waterfalls near Mount Nantai

Day 19 – Nikko Admire the waterfalls near Mount Nantai

  • Today, set off for the region of Lake Chuzenji-ko, which offers a beautiful panorama of Mount Nantai in the background. Admire Kegon Falls, one of the tallest and most famous waterfalls in Japan. Walk around Ryuzu no Taki Falls, at the foot of which you can take a beautiful stroll in the forest.
  • In the evening, you will take the train back to Tokyo.
  • Lunch at your leisure and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 3* Remm Hibiya Hotel in Tokyo (or similar).
  • Spend the night in the 4* Pacific Tokyo Hotelin Tokyo (or similar).
Admire the Daibutsu, a 13-metre high statue of Buddha Day 20 – Kamakura
Admire the Daibutsu, a 13-metre high statue of Buddha

Day 20 – Kamakura Admire the Daibutsu, a 13-metre high statue of Buddha

  • Take the train to discover Kamakura, a small seaside town, south of Tokyo. The former capital of the Shogun from 1185 to 1333 is far from the bustling capital. Walk around this small coastal town, and enjoy wonderful temples and shrines in a hushed atmosphere. Engaku-ji is one of the most famous Zen Buddhist temples in Japan.
  • It was built in 1282, but now only 17 of the 40 original buildings still remain. You can also visit Hachiman-gu shrine, which was originally built by the water. This shrine, which dates back to 1063, was moved to its current location in 1191. Consecrated to Hachiman, the God of War, it is one of the most important Shinto shrines in Japan.
  • Admire the Daibutsu, a giant bronze statue of Buddha, which was cast and sculpted in 1252. It is 13 metres high, which makes it the second tallest Buddha in Japan after the one in Nara. The Buddha is sitting in the lotus position and has been meditating under the skies for over 700 years.
  • Lunch at your leisure and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 3* Remm Hibiya Hotel in Tokyo (or similar).
  • Spend the night in the 4* Pacific Tokyo Hotel in Tokyo (or similar).
Walk down Omotesando Avenue, Tokyo’s Champs Elysees Day 21 – Tokyo
Walk down Omotesando Avenue, Tokyo’s Champs Elysees

Day 21 – Tokyo Walk down Omotesando Avenue, Tokyo’s Champs Elysees

  • Tokyo still has many wonders in store for you! For a bird’s-eye view of the city, start with Shinjuku district and climb to the 45th floor of Tokyo City Hall , which offers an amazing panoramic view of the city! You might even catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji on a clear day!
  • Then, stroll around the relaxing greenery of Yoyogi Park, a wooded haven of tranquillity within the city where you will find Meiji Jingu shrine. After that, wander along the colourful streets of Harajuku, the fashion district for young people and the perfect place for a shopping spree! Not far from there, walk down Omotesando Avenue Tokyo’s Champs-Elysees, where you will find many fashion and luxury boutiques offering you an opportunity for yet more shopping. As the day comes to an end, explore the famous Shibuya district, renowned for having the largest intersection in the world and for its thousands of blinking neon lights and giant TV screens that are never turned off!
  • We recommend you have dinner in one of the many restaurants in this area: there is something for everyone!
  • Lunch at your leisure and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 3* Remm Hibiya Hotel in Tokyo (or similar).
  • Spend the night in the 4* Pacific Tokyo Hotel in Tokyo (or similar).
Back to London Day 22 - Tokyo / London
Back to London

Day 22 - Tokyo / London Back to London

  • The day of departure has arrived.
  • Transfer to Tokyo Narita Airport, where you will take a scheduled flight to London in economy class filled with unforgettable memories!

Tour's activities

Our selection of activities

We invite you to take full advantage of your experiences with Marco Vasco by selecting among our additional guided tours. Don’t hesitate to talk to one of our specialists for more information or if you would prefer a Spanish-speaking guide!

Activities included

One night in a Gassho-zukuri

One night in a Gassho-zukuri

One night in a Gassho-zukuri

What experience could be more exceptional and unforgettable than spending the night in a UNESCO World Heritage Site? On this trip, you will stop off in the small village of Shirakawa-go in the Japanese Alps where you will have the opportunity to spend the night in a typical local building: a Gassho-zukuri . These buildings do not exist anywhere else in the world and there are only 150 of them today. They are now protected and their current occupiers would like to invite you to spend one night in these historical buildings where you will experience Japanese life in a remote region unaffected by the passing of time.

One night in a Buddhist monastery in a shukubo

One night in a Buddhist monastery in a shukubo

One night in a Buddhist monastery in a shukubo

What experience could be more exceptional and unforgettable than spending the night in a UNESCO World Heritage Site? When you visit Mount Koya, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004, you will have the opportunity to spend the night in a Buddhist monastery, a shukubo, where you will experience the daily life of a monastery first hand. You will eat the same vegetarian food as the monks and will sleep on tatami mats and futons in a typical Japanese setting. Finally, at dawn, you will attend the monks’ morning prayers, as they rise with the sun.

Two nights in a Ryokan in Miyajima

Two nights in a Ryokan in Miyajima

Two nights in a Ryokan in Miyajima

Spend two magical nights in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese guesthouse that provides all the charm and tranquillity of the Japanese architectural style, from sliding doors to rice paper windows! You will sleep on a very comfortable futon on traditional tatami mats! You can also wear yukata— indoor kimonos – to relax or to go to the hot baths! Finally, you will have the opportunity to taste exquisite homemade Japanese cuisine prepared by the owner with fresh, seasonal ingredients. A real treat!

Activities recommended in Tokyo

Watch a Kabuki performance

Watch a Kabuki performance

Watch a Kabuki performance

Watch a Kabuki performance, a theatrical art typical to Japan. In beautiful sets representing traditional Japanese landscapes, the actors – all men – wear extremely elaborate costumes and make-up and act, sing, dance and play musical instruments to the delight of the crowd. This show is rich in colour and full of poetry – let it transport you to another world!

Odaiba Ferris Wheel

Odaiba Ferris Wheel

Odaiba Ferris Wheel

Go up on the Ferris Wheel on the artificial island of Odaiba! You will have an amazing view of the city of Tokyo and Tokyo Bay! In the evening, you will be delighted by the beauty of Rainbow Bridge.

Dinner and Cruise in Tokyo Bay

Dinner and Cruise in Tokyo Bay

Dinner and Cruise in Tokyo Bay

Cruise Tokyo Bay in the evening aboard a Yakatabune, a Japanese-style boat dating back centuries, and admire the lights of the Odaiba district, on an artificial island, as well as those of the Rainbow Bridge, which light up the bay and its little islands. You will be served a traditional Japanese tempura dinner: vegetables, seafood or meat fried in a delicate batter that literally melt in your mouth. A delight for the taste buds!

Tea ceremony and Kaiseki dinner

Tea ceremony and Kaiseki dinner

Tea ceremony and Kaiseki dinner

Experience an authentic three-hour tea ceremony performed by tea master Soryu Maruyama. Discover all the steps of the ceremony, from preparing the tea to drinking it, Kaiseki-style. An incredible experience that will bring you closer to one of the most traditional Japanese arts following a meticulously codified ritual that enhances the beauty of each movement.

Cruise on the river Sumida in Tokyo

Cruise on the river Sumida in Tokyo

Cruise on the river Sumida in Tokyo

Discover Tokyo in a different way by taking a cruise on the river Sumida that flows through Tokyo! For 40 minutes, you will enjoy a unique panorama of the city and will be able to observe all the buildings that make Tokyo an incredible city! The river Sumida is 27 kilometres long and is crossed by 26 bridges, which are all built in a different architectural style. Keep your camera close at hand for stunning pictures of the city and its bay.

Ghibli Museum in Mitaka

Ghibli Museum in Mitaka

Ghibli Museum in Mitaka

Enter into the wonderful world of the greatest manga artist in Japan: Hayao Miyazaki, father of the adorable Totoro and mischievous Chihiro. Take a look behind the scenes of a manga production and walk into the master’s office where you can view beautiful original drawings. In a giant Cat Bus, the children will enjoy viewing an original, unaired twenty-minute animated film. A must-see! This activity is also offered with an English-speaking guide on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:40 p.m. to 6 p.m. – 62 Euros (about 53 GBP)

Watch a sumo match in Tokyo

Watch a sumo match in Tokyo

Watch a sumo match in Tokyo

Experience a unique holiday by watching a sumo match, a traditional Japanese sport which is extremely popular in the island chain. These fights were born almost 1,500 years ago as part of a Shinto ceremony. They were dedicated to the Gods along with songs and dances to ensure a good harvest. This sport is particularly impressive as it still contains religious rituals that are performed before and after the game, and the matches themselves are incredible! It is possible to follow this activity with a Japanese dinner: discover the meal of sumo wrestlers, Chanko Nabe – 42 Euros (about 38 GBP).

Watch sumo training and meet champions!

Watch sumo training and meet champions!

Watch sumo training and meet champions!

Experience an enriching, incredible moment as you meet sumo champions! They are highly respected and even worshipped in Japan! You will watch them train and then share a traditional meal with them: Chanko Nabe. A genuine, unique experience!

Learn how to make sushi and visit the Tsukiji fish market

Learn how to make sushi and visit the Tsukiji fish market

Learn how to make sushi and visit the Tsukiji fish market

Walk around the incredible Tsukiji market, the largest fish market in the world, where thousands of different kinds of fish and seafood are sold. Then take a cooking class and learn how to make the most popular Japanese food in the world: sushi. To top it all off, enjoy the results of your cooking class for lunch!

Guided tour of Kamakura

Guided tour of Kamakura

Guided tour of Kamakura

Discover one of the most famous towns in Japan, renowned for its rich heritage! Kamakura was the Shogun’s capital in the 12th century and still has some amazing remnants of its past. You will visit some of the town’s temples and shrines: Hachiman-gu and Hase-dera and their beautiful gardens. After lunch, you will go and admire the second largest Buddha in Japan, after the one in Nara, who has been meditating under the sky for hundreds of years. A rickshaw version of this tour is also possible: visit the town in a human-powered tricycle.

Watch a baseball match

Watch a baseball match

Watch a baseball match

Did you know that, sumo wrestling aside, the most popular sport in Japan is baseball? This typical American sport has taken over the island chain that passionately supports the different teams! In fact, the Japanese became the baseball world champions this year for the second time in a row, beating the American and Korean teams ! Outside of the US, the most famous baseball team in the world is the Tokyo Giants whose home stadium Tokyo dome is nicknamed “the Big Egg”. Attend a match and watch the crowd go wild!

Visit Hakone and Mount Fuji

Visit Hakone and Mount Fuji

Visit Hakone and Mount Fuji

Spend a day visiting the region of Mount Fuji and Hakone. The symbol of Japan, Mount Fuji is 3776 metres high and is the highest mountain in the country. A perfect cone volcano, it is religiously worshipped as the refuge of the kami, mountain spirits. You will take the bus to the fifth station to admire the view. After lunch, you will go to Hakone, the famous spa resort, where you will take a cruise on Lake Ashi. Finally, you will walk on the side of Mount Komagatake, where you will see steam rising from the fumaroles!

Visit Tokyo

Visit Tokyo

Visit Tokyo

Visit Meiji shrine in the heart of Yoyogi Park, walk in the Imperial Palace Park, wander around the colourful Asakusa district and admire its beautiful temple. Then, take a lunch cruise on the Sumida all the way to Tokyo Bay. Finally, visit the artificial island of Odaiba.

Visit Tokyo by Night and have dinner in a Japanese restaurant

Visit Tokyo by Night and have dinner in a Japanese restaurant

Visit Tokyo by Night and have dinner in a Japanese restaurant

Have dinner in a typical Japanese restaurant where you can choose from a selection of Japanese delicacies from Tempura to Sashimi and Sukiyaki. Then discover Tokyo by night and visit the artificial island of Odaiba and the Ginza district, famous for its multi-coloured neon lights, and admire the view from the observatory in Roppongi Hills.

Tokyo morning visit

Tokyo morning visit

Tokyo morning visit

The Asakusa district and its beautiful temple, walk in the Imperial Palace Park, tour of the Ginza district and visit of Meiji shrine in the scenic Yoyogi park.

Tokyo afternoon visit

Tokyo afternoon visit

Tokyo afternoon visit

Take in the incredible view of Tokyo from the top of Tokyo Tower. Visit the lively Asakusa district, wander around the Imperial Palace Park and walk down Ginza avenue.

Activities recommended in Kyoto

Dine in Gion and watch a traditional Japanese show

Dine in Gion and watch a traditional Japanese show

Dine in Gion and watch a traditional Japanese show

Enjoy a guided walking tour of the narrow streets of Gion – Kyoto’s historical district. Dine in a Japanese restaurant where you will have the opportunity to taste tempura. Visit Gion Corner, the Geisha school, where you will attend a show presenting different traditional Japanese arts : a dance performed by Maiko dancers (apprentice Geisha), a piece of music played on the Koto (Japanese harp), Kado (a style of flower arrangement), Kyogen (traditional theatre) and Bunkaru (puppet theatre). There will also be a tea ceremony where you will learn to prepare matcha, Japanese green tea. A shorter version of this activity is also offered from 5:20 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from March to December – 115 Euros (about 100 GBP).

Japanese dinner with Maiko dance show

Japanese dinner with Maiko dance show

Japanese dinner with Maiko dance show

Enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner in the Hatoya Zuihoukaku restaurant, near Kyoto station. You will have the opportunity to sample various traditional Japanese dishes. After that, you will watch Maiko, apprentice Geisha, perform traditional dances for the crowd’s delight. At the end of the show, you will be able to meet the Maiko and talk with her.

Sake-tasting in Fushimi

Sake-tasting in Fushimi

Sake-tasting in Fushimi

Sake is a typical Japanese rice-based alcoholic beverage. Come and discover the secrets of sake production in the small town of Fushimi in the south of Kyoto, with an English-speaking guide. You will have the opportunity to taste some of the region’s best sake and, who knows, maybe bring some back for your own parties.

Renting a bicycle in Kyoto

Renting a bicycle in Kyoto

Renting a bicycle in Kyoto

Discover the charming town of Kyoto and its secret passageways by bicycle! A quiet, wide town built in a valley, Kyoto is the perfect place for a nice bike ride! You will have the bicycle for the day and can choose where you want to go.

Half-day visit of Kyoto by bicycle

Half-day visit of Kyoto by bicycle

Half-day visit of Kyoto by bicycle

Kyoto is full of charming, secret passageways that are fun to discover by bicycle. With an English-speaking guide, you will bike around the Gion district and its teahouses where Geisha perform. You will then ride along the river Shirakawa before discovering the vast park of the former Imperial Palace, a peaceful retreat in the city centre.

Learn how to make Japanese desserts and enjoy a Kaiseki lunch

Learn how to make Japanese desserts and enjoy a Kaiseki lunch

Learn how to make Japanese desserts and enjoy a Kaiseki lunch

Enjoy a delicious traditional Japanese meal in the Kaiseki style. This refined cuisine is famous for the way it is beautifully presented. The ingredients are always fresh and seasonal. Then, with an English-speaking guide, you will take a Japanese cooking course to learn how to make Japanese desserts, traditionally served with green tea.

Visit of Sagano and Arashiyama

Visit of Sagano and Arashiyama

Visit of Sagano and Arashiyama

All those who enjoy nature walks will love discovering the district of Arashiyama with an English-speaking guide. You will visit its famous bamboo grove – Sagano forest – as well as Tenryû-ji temple, one of the five main Zen temples of Kyoto. Its garden represents a dry waterfall of rocks throwing themselves into a pool and forming the Chinese character “heart”. You will also visit Jojakkoji temple, which is less known but well worth discovering. Finally, you will walk on the famous Togetsukyo bridge that connects both banks of the river and offers a beautiful view of this part of Kyoto.

Zazen meditation and Hiei Garden

Zazen meditation and Hiei Garden

Zazen meditation and Hiei Garden

Experience spiritual Japan by attending a session of Zazen meditation in the UNESCO World Heritage Buddhist temple of Enryakuji, on Mount Hiei. After meditating, you will partake of the same vegetarian meal as the temple’s monks. You will then visit the truly beautiful Hiei Garden.

Tofu cooking course

Tofu cooking course

Tofu cooking course

Tofu is a soft, white block produced by coagulating soy milk by adding lemon juice, salt and vinegar. It is a common ingredient in Asian dishes and is renowned for its health benefits. During this class, you will learn how to cook tofu with an English-speaking guide. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to eat the food you have prepared

Have lunch with a Maiko in Gion

Have lunch with a Maiko in Gion

Have lunch with a Maiko in Gion

Maiko are apprentice Geishas in the Gion district. They wear beautiful coloured kimonos and have elaborate hairstyles with Kanzashi – lovely ornaments usually shaped like flowers – in the image of traditional Japanese dolls with porcelain complexions. You will have the opportunity to share a meal with one of these generally inaccessible artists. An English-speaking guide will come to pick you up at the hotel around noon and will take you to see the Gion district. You will be served a traditional Japanese meal in a charming restaurant overlooking the Shirakawa river. At the end of the meal, a young Maiko will come and join you. You will have the opportunity to take pictures with her and then she will dance for you.

Tour's hotels

Our selection of hotels

Voici les hébergements que nous vous proposons pour ce séjour. N'hésitez pas à consulter nos conseillers si vous souhaitez une catégorie d'hébergements supérieure ou inférieure.

Hotels included

Gassho-Zukuri - Shirakawago

Hotel Shirakawa-Go

Gassho-Zukuri - Shirakawago

What experience could be more exceptional and unforgettable than spending the night in a UNESCO World Heritage site? On your trip, you will discover the small village of Shirakawa-go with its 59 thatched houses: the Gassho-zukuri. These historical buildings, some of which are hundreds of years old, were built according to traditions dating from the Neolithic era. This style is known as Gassho-zukuri, which means “hands clasped in prayer”, after the shape of the steep thatched roofs.

Minshuku Hanaya - Tsumago

Hotel Tsumago

Minshuku Hanaya - Tsumago

Experience a unique holiday by spending two nights with the locals in a minshuku in the small town of Tsumago, in the heart of the Japanese Alps and Kiso valley. You will stay in a beautiful, welcoming historical house from the Edo period (1603 - 1867). This Minshuku offers Japanese-style rooms where you will sleep on an authentic, comfortable futon and tatami mats. You can relax in Japanese hot spring water in traditional bathtubs made of cypress wood.

Monterey - Osaka

Hotel Osaka

Monterey - Osaka

Located in the Umeda district near Osaka station, the 4* Monterey Hotel welcomes you to its elegant, refined setting. The 194 rooms are all decorated in a Western style and have real character. They are all equipped with satellite television, A/C, refrigerator and mini-bar. You will find plenty to eat in the hotel’s three restaurants that offer Asian cuisine - Chinese and Japanese – as well as French cuisine.

Nikko - Kanazawa

Hotel Kanazawa

Nikko - Kanazawa

A three- minute walk from JR Kanazawa station, the 4* Nikko Hotel has been welcoming visitors since 1994 to its Western and Japanese-style rooms, decorated with elegant simplicity. You will find many restaurants nearby around the train station as well as a shopping centre that stays open until 8 p.m. The hotel offers a large number of leisure amenities: a swimming pool, a sauna, a jacuzzi and a fitness centre are freely accessible to help you relax after a day of sightseeing.

Best Western - Takayama

Hotel Takayama

Best Western - Takayama

Located in the heart of the town of Takayama, between the station and the morning market, the Best Western Takayama Hotel provides all the comfort you would expect from a standard international hotel. The Western-style rooms are decorated in a simple manner and are equipped with mini-bar, tea service, cable television and Wi-Fi. The hotel offers a restaurant and a bar as well as various services: bureaux de change for your money and safes for valued objects.

Murataya Ryokan - Kanazawa

Hotel Kanazawa

Murataya Ryokan - Kanazawa

Located in the heart of the town of Kanazawa, in the dynamic Kata-Machi district, a few steps away from the Tate-machi shopping street, this small ryokan welcomes you to its typical Japanese rooms, decorated in a simple manner. This charming, unassuming ryokan will allow you to experience a traditional Japanese guesthouse. The rooms are all equipped with television. Furthermore, you can access the Internet through a computer in the lobby as much as you like at no extra cost. You will experience the charm of a traditional Japanese inn with its small Japanese indoor garden and its indoor hot baths.

Renge-jo In Shukubo - Mount Koya

Hotel Mount Koya

Renge-jo In Shukubo - Mount Koya

Staying the night in a shukubo, a rest house inside a temple, is a rare, exceptional experience that will leave you with amazing memories! The Renge-jo Inn is a large Buddhist monastery in a unique setting : the rooms, decorated in the Japanese style, are simple yet comfortable and you will be delighted by the indoor garden! The Renge-jo Inn houses different types of gardens : landscape gardens with small ornamental lakes where the famous Japanese carps live and dry gardens with rocks, pebbles and gravel that encourage meditation as you gaze upon them. You will be served a vegetarian meal in your room, the same traditional cuisine that the monks eat. Finally, to complete the experience, do not miss the monks’ morning prayers at 6 a.m.!

Nara Hotel - Nara

Hotel Nara

Nara Hotel - Nara

Offering an amazing view of the most famous sites and temples of Nara Park, the 4* Nara Hotel welcomes you to its friendly, warm setting. The rooms are all decorated in a classical, elegant fashion and equipped with television and A/C. The hotel houses a Japanese restaurant, the Mikasa, which serves high-quality seasonal cuisine.

Claire Higasa - Himeji

Hotel Himeji

Claire Higasa - Himeji

Located a five-minute walk from the JR station in the town of Himeji, the 3* Claire Higasa Hotel is an excellent base for exploring the town and discovering its UNESCO World Heritage castle. Housed in a modern building, the hotel offers Western and Japanese-style rooms decorated and furnished in a modern, elegant manner. The rooms all have television and tea service. In the hotel, you can sample traditional, seasonal Japanese cuisine.

Makoto - Miyajima

Hotel Miyajima

Makoto - Miyajima

Welcome to Makoto Ryokan that offers wonderful, traditional Japanese-style accommodation with its 44 rooms. Located a few minutes from the ferry terminal and the famous Miyajima Torii, Makoto Ryokan offers you the opportunity to spend a night in the traditional Japanese manner by sleeping on authentic futons! You can also wear yukata— indoor kimonos – to go to the hotel’s indoor hot baths! You will also be able to sample traditional Japanese cuisine, carefully prepared with fresh, local, seasonal ingredients. More than just a place to stay the night, Makoto Ryokan provides an unforgettable experience!

Remm Hibiya - Tokyo

Hotel Tokyo

Remm Hibiya - Tokyo

Located a four-minute walk from JR Yurakucho station, on the Yamanote Line, the 3* Superior Remm Hibiya Hotel is ideally located in downtown Tokyo, next to the Ginza shopping district, Hibiya park and the Imperial Palace. This beautiful boutique hotel opened in November 2007, and now welcomes you to its modern, stylish setting. All the rooms are spacious, well lit and elegantly decorated and provide a lovely view of Tokyo. The hotel house the Muji café that serves delicious breakfasts as a perfect start to your day.

Minshuku Rindou-no-ie - Nikko

Hotel Nikko

Minshuku Rindou-no-ie - Nikko

Spend the night in an authentic Japanese home! When you arrive at the Minshuku Rindou-no-ie, you will be given a warm welcome by a charming English-speaking Japanese couple. The husband cooks delicious, traditional Japanese cuisine made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. You will feel at home in this little house, which is typical of the Nikko area – it is a wonderful opportunity for a unique experience. All the rooms are equipped with television as well as tea/coffee service. A computer is available for you to connect to the Internet at any point in the day at no extra cost. Finally, you can reserve the hot baths for your own private use!

Hidatei Hanaogi - Takayama

Hotel Takayama

Hidatei Hanaogi - Takayama

Welcome to the 4* Ryokan Hidatei Hanaogi Hotel, located a ten-minute walk from the small town of Takayama JR station, in a residential neighbourhood. The 4* Ryokan Hidatei Hanaogi Hotel welcomes you to its typical Japanese setting and traditional-style rooms. In the evening, relax in the wonderful indoor and outdoor hot baths. You will also have the opportunity to sample traditional home-cooked regional meals made with fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Granvia - Kyoto

Hotel Kyoto

Granvia - Kyoto

Located inside the beautiful JR Kyoto train station, the 4*Granvia Kyoto Hotel welcomes you to its luxurious setting. The 534 elegant rooms are all equipped with television, A/C and Internet connection. If you feel like relaxing, you will find an indoor swimming pool, a Spa, a jacuzzi and a sauna inside the hotel. Finally, you can choose between ten restaurants serving Japanese and international cuisine for dinner.

Hyatt Regency - Osaka

Hotel Osaka

Hyatt Regency - Osaka

Overlooking Osaka Bay, the 4*Hyatt Regency Osaka Hotel welcomes you to its luxurious, elegant setting. Housed in spacious, modern rooms, you will have all the comfort you would expect from a luxury hotel. The rooms are all equipped with satellite television, Internet connection, mini-bar and A/C and offer beautiful views of the city and port of Osaka. There is a delicious Chinese restaurant, the Tenkuh, on the 28th floor where you will dine in a refined setting while admiring the panoramic view. The hotel also houses two indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fitness centre and a Spa where you can sit back and relax.

Nikko - Himeji

Hotel Himeji

Nikko - Himeji

With 257 Western-style rooms, the 4* Nikko Himeji Hotel is located a few steps away from JR Himeji station, which itself is only a ten-minute walk from the famous castle. Each room is equipped with television, hair-dryer, A/C and tea/coffee service. The hotel has three restaurants serving Japanese and Chinese food as well as three bars and lounges where you will also find treats for your taste buds.

Miyariku - Miyajima

Hotel Miyajima

Miyariku - Miyajima

In the heart of the sacred island of Miyajima, a stone’s throw from the legendary Torii and Itsukushima shrine, discover Japanese-style luxury in the 4* Miyarikyu Ryokan. Its Japanese-style rooms are all decorated in a refined, elegant fashion. If you feel like relaxing, you have the choice of different indoor hot spring baths from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the five-storey pagoda as well as the Seto Inland Sea. Finally, as a special treat, this ryokan serves refined, seasonal Kaiseki as well as delicious local seafood.

Pacific - Tokyo

Hotel Tokyo

Pacific - Tokyo

Ideally located a three-minute walk from JR Shinagawa station and on the JR Yamanote Line that connects the main sites of the town, the 4*Le Pacific Hotel welcomes you to its elegant, refined setting. All the rooms are equipped with television, A/C and tea/coffee service. Inside the hotel, you will find a large selection of bars and restaurants serving Japanese and Western cuisine. The hotel also provides a wide number of services and boutiques: a French bakery, a jeweller’s, a souvenir shop, a small supermarket, a beauty parlour, a photo studio, as well as a relaxation and massage parlour. You can also enjoy the beautiful Takanawa-no-mori Japanese garden.

Senhime Monogatari - Nikko

Hotel Nikko

Senhime Monogatari - Nikko

The 4* Senhime Monogatari Hotel is located in downtown Nikko, a ten-minute walk from the station. Behind its modern façade, this hotel offers Japanese-style rooms with an amazing view of the river. You can unwind indoors and outdoors in one of the hotel’s many hot baths. You can also choose between two restaurants serving Japanese cuisine, including one with excellent Ramen noodles. Finally, the hotel also houses a souvenir shop, a karaoke room and a video game room.

Good to know

Additional Information

  • Hotels and meals
    • If a hotel mentioned in the program is not available, a hotel in a similar category will be booked.
    • The visits mentioned in this program are merely suggestions. Of course, you can allocate your free time as you wish and visit other towns near Tokyo and Kyoto apart from those mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Most of the lunches and dinners in this tour are at your leisure to allow you can appreciate the diversity of Japanese cuisine according to your tastes and wishes. Please note that it is very easy to find food in Japan as there are many little restaurants offering a wide variety of dishes. Furthermore, simple, filling meals are inexpensive. Bon appetit!
  • Climate
    • Are you coming to Japan in winter?
      Bring warm clothes as the winter temperatures in Tokyo are similar to those in Paris.
      If you are travelling to the north of Japan in winter, to the west coast or to the Japanese Alps, bring clothes adapted to extreme temperatures since cold winds from Siberia often blow over Japan!
      A real Northern experience!
    • Are you going to Japan in summer?
      Please note that the weather will be very hot and humid! Pack your summer clothes but do not forget to bring an umbrella, especially in June and September, as well as warmer clothes for the cool evenings or for the north of Japan. Do not forget your sunglasses, hats and swimming costumes!
    • Are you going to Japan during the intermediary seasons: spring and autumn?
      Do not hesitate to bring summer clothes (shorts, swimming costumes, T-shirts, light shoes) as well as winter clothes (umbrella, jeans, jumpers, jackets and closed shoes) as the temperatures are mild in the south of Japan but cooler in Tokyo and the north.
    • Are you stopping off in Asia on the way there or on the way back?
      In this case, to avoid standing out in Hong Kong in your ski-suit or winter jacket, pack T-shirts, shorts and light shoes.
  • International flights and stopovers in Asia

    Depending on the period of travel, we have purposely calculated our prices with one of the partner airlines mentioned below so that you can always enjoy the best possible prices.
    As soon as you ask us for a quote, we will select the cheapest company by default (depending on your dates of travel).
    However, if you would prefer to fly with a specific partner airline or if you would like to stop over in a specific Asian city (among those mentioned below), please let us know!
    Please note that the price will be adjusted accordingly.

    • Our partner airlines, which offer flights to and from Tokyo and Osaka:
      • Asiana via Seoul
      • Air France (nonstop flights)
      • Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong
      • Eva Air via Taipei
      • Finnair via Helsinki
      • Lufthansa via Frankfurt or Munich
    • Stopovers in Asia, Europe or the Middle-East, base price for 1 night, in a double room :
      • Hong Kong, 3* Hotel + transfers + breakfast : from 45€ (about 37 GBP) per person
      • Seoul, 3* Hotel + transfer + breakfast : from 60€ (about 50 GBP) per person
      • Taiwan, 3* Hotel + transfer + breakfast : from 60€ (about 50 GBP) per person
      • Europe, 3* Hotel + transfer + breakfast : from 90€ (about 74 GBP) per person

Tour Price

The price include

  • International flights LONDON / NAGOYA and TOKYO / LONDON on scheduled flights in economy class
  • Airport taxes (including fuel surcharge) and the Solidarity Tax
  • 20 nights’ accommodation in a standard double room in the 3* or 4* hotels mentioned in the itinerary, including one night in a monastery on Mount Koya and one night in a Gassho-Zukuri in Shirakawa-Go. If one of these hotels is not available, similar quality accommodation will be booked.
  • Meals: all breakfasts and dinners in the ryokan, Gassho-Zukuri and shukubo
  • Unlimited train trips in second class on all JR lines, thanks to the 21-day JR Pass
  • The boatride between Miyajima Island and Honshu.
  • Day trips in a private car with chauffeur
  • All trips by subway or public transport in Tokyo and Osaka on the JR lines
  • The services of an English-speaking assistant on Day 2 to meet you at the airport and explain how the JR Pass works
  • The activities and trips stated in the itinerary

The price doesn't include

  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks and meals not included in the programme
  • Activities and transport not included in the programme: free day out in Kyoto (Day 8)
  • Stopover in Asia or Europe (optional)

* price per person "from", double base in standard room

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