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Scheduled flights to Osaka, possibility of a stopover in an Asian, European or Middle-Eastern city Jour 1 - London / Osaka
Scheduled flights to Osaka, possibility of a stopover in an Asian, European or Middle-Eastern city
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Jour 1 - London / Osaka Scheduled flights to Osaka, possibility of a stopover in an Asian, European or Middle-Eastern city

  • Leave London for Kansai - Osaka 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
    • Finnairvia Helsinki
    • Lufthansa via Frankfurt or Munich
Start by visiting Osaka Castle Jour 2 – Osaka

Jour 2 – Osaka Start by visiting Osaka Castle

  • Arrive at Osaka International Airport.
  • Once you have settled into the hotel, head out to explore the third largest city in Japan. Fall in love with this bustling, friendly city that is a pleasure to stroll around. Start by visiting Osaka Castle, a beautiful building that was rebuilt in exactly the same fashion after World War Two and is surrounded by lush gardens.
  • Then, walk 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 theUmeda 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 4* Granvia Hotel in Osaka (or similar).
Visit the famous medieval fortress of Himeji Jour 3 – Himeji / Okayama

Jour 3 – Himeji / Okayama Visit the famous medieval fortress of Himeji

  • After a well-deserved good night’s sleep, you will discover the most famous castle in Japan: Himeji, 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.
  • In the afternoon, you will take the train back to the town of Okayama, on the coast of the Inland Sea. Visit the castle, which is in direct contrast to Himeji as its walls are black. It was erected in 1597, destroyed by bombings in 1945 and then replicated in 1966. At the end of the day, walk around Koraku-en garden, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful gardens in the archipelago. Ponds, hills, rice-fields and tea plantations make it a lovely place for a stroll, with Okayama Castle in the background.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure
  • Spend the night in the 3* Mitsui Garden Hotel in Okayama (or similar).
Admire a samurai house and Meimei-an teahouse Jour 4 – Matsue / Kurashiki / Matsuyama-jô

Jour 4 – Matsue / Kurashiki / Matsuyama-jô Admire a samurai house and Meimei-an teahouse

  • The unjustly little-known twin cities of Matsue and Izumo are located on either side of the lovely Shinji Lake, in the heart of a region where the rituals of ancient Japan are still performed today. Criss-crossed with canals, Matsue boasts buildings that date back to the samurai era. Visit its beautiful castle built in 1611, which is one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Japan. Then stroll around the historical centre and Shiomi Nawate Street, which follows the moats and is lined with historical buildings. Admire the samurai house, a beautifully well-preserved residence that dates back to the Edo period, and Meimei-an, one of the most famous teahouses in Japan.
  • Near Matsue, do not miss Adachi Art Museum, a museum displaying 19th and 20th century paintings and surrounded by vast, exceptionally refined gardens.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure
  • Spend the night in the 3* Matsue Tokyu Inn Hotel in Matsue (or similar).
Admire a samurai house and Meimei-an teahouse Jour 5 – Izumo

Jour 5 – Izumo Admire a samurai house and Meimei-an teahouse

  • This morning, you will cross the Inland Sea to the town of Takamatsu on Shikoku Island.
  • A short distance away from Matsue, Izumo is famous for its large shrine where age-old rituals are still performed today to the sound of drums and lively flutes. The shrine is composed of different buildings and its entrance is marked by a 23 metre-high torii. A few minute’s walk from the entrance of the shrine, you can visit the Museum of Ancient Izumo, which displays archaeological objects discovered in the region.
  • Near Izumo, visit the mining country of Iwami Ginzan, perched at an altitude of 600 metres. Until 1923, an exceptionally rich silver ore deposit was mined here. When the ore had been entirely extracted, the mine was abandoned and nature took over, covering the region with forests. Many ancient merchant and samurai houses can still be found today in charming, unspoilt villages, which earned the area a place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 3* Matsue Tokyu Inn Hotel in Matsue (or similar).
Discover the secret garden of Kurashiki Jour 6 – Kurashiki / Matsuyama-jô

Jour 6 – Kurashiki / Matsuyama-jô Discover the secret garden of Kurashiki

  • Discover the secret garden in the centre of the town of Kurashiki . This medium-sized town boasts a district dating back to the Edo period, where a maze of alleyways leads to a canal lined with former merchant houses, now museums or inns. Discover another side of Japan, as the charm of the area is reinforced by the tranquillity of the town, which is still rarely visited by tourists. After this pleasant stroll, take the train to Bitchû-Takahashi, where, after a half-hour hike up a mountain path, you will reach the enchanting site of Matsuyama-jô castle.
  • In the midst of a forest inhabited by monkeys, this harmonious, simple castle was restored from 1929 onwards by local artisans. They only used original materials, no cement, for a perfectly authentic result! This lovely stroll will introduce you to this little-known castle. In the evening, you will return to Okayama for the night.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure
  • Spend the night in the 3* Mitsui Garden Hotel in Okayama (or similar).
Visit the amazing bright-red shrine of Itsukushima Jour 7 – Miyajima

Jour 7 – Miyajima Visit the amazing bright-red shrine of Itsukushima

  • In the morning, leave for sacred island of Miyajima which is a thirty-minute drive and a 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 small forest paths to 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 amazing 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!
  • You will spend the night on the island so that you can admire the torii, which is lit-up at night, and enjoy the tranquillity that descends upon this beautiful island once the day tourists have left. Spend the night in a charming ryokan, a traditional Japanese guesthouse, where you can enjoy relaxing in hot baths.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure
  • Spend the night in the 4* Arimoto Ryokan in Miyajima (or similar).
Visit the remarkable Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima Jour 8 – Iwakuni / Hiroshima

Jour 8 – Iwakuni / Hiroshima Visit the remarkable Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima

  • Iwakuni is a quaint little town, famous for Kintai bridge. Built of wood and stone, this 193-metre long bridge was first erected in 1673. Built in the traditional Japanese feudal style, it strides over Nishiki River thanks to its five domed arches. Nestled in a bend in the river, the former samurai district looks like a little island village.
  • Stroll around the lovely little streets and fall in love with their charm. A few minutes from this district, you can reach Iwakuni-jô Castle, which overlooks the valley, by following a hiking trail or taking the ropeway.
  • In the afternoon, visit the sadly famous city of Hiroshima, which also houses a castle. Walk 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.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Granvia Hotel in Hiroshima (or similar).
Admire the famous Kinkaku-ji temple, better known as the Golden Pavilion Jour 9 – Kyoto

Jour 9 – Kyoto Admire the famous Kinkaku-ji temple, better known as the Golden Pavilion

  • Discover the incredible historical and cultural heritage of the former capital of Japan over two amazing days.
  • On the first day, we recommend you visit the most beautiful temple in Kyoto, recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site: famous Kinkaku-ji temple, which is 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, 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.
  • Finally, as night falls, walk around the small alleyways of Gion, Kyoto’s historical district, where you will find beautiful wooden teahouses hosting extremely refined dinners. You may be lucky enough to run into one of the Geisha, who still live and work in this district. On the other side of the river, in a parallel street, you will find plenty of places to eat in the charming Pontocho district.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure
  • Spend the night in the 3* Superior New Miyako in Kyoto (or similar).
Do not miss Nijo Castle Jour 10 – Kyoto

Jour 10 – Kyoto Do not miss Nijo Castle

  • Kyoto still has many wonders in store for you!
  • In the town centre, do not miss Nijo Castle. Built between 1543 and 1616 by Tokugawa Ieyasu, it looks nothing like a fortress, but rather a palace. Iemitsu, Tokugawa Ieyasu’s grandson had the rooms decorated with lovely paintings by the Kano school that you can still admire today. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it houses a beautiful landscape garden.
  • 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.
  • If you like nature hikes, discover the 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* Superior New Miyako Hotel in Kyoto (or similar).
Visit the great temple complex on Mount Hiei Jour 11 – Hikone / Okayama

Jour 11 – Hikone / Okayama Visit the great temple complex on Mount Hiei

  • Located on the shores of Lake Biwa, Hikone houses a beautiful castle that is currently in the running to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Started in 1602, it was completed in 1622 and is still well preserved today, which is why it was declared a National Treasure in 1952. Surrounded by wide moats and a beautiful garden, the castle offers a view of Amanohashidate, a four-kilometre sand bar, as well as of Lake Biwa. Nearby discover the region of Mount Hiei on which Enryaku-ji temple is built. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was founded in 788 by the monk Saichô, who also founded the Tendai Buddhist sect.
  • Enryaku-ji was so prosperous that it became a real fortress with over 3,000 temples: in the 11th century, it had an army of thousands of warrior monks who regularly fought against other temples. In the 16th century, the temples were destroyed and were later rebuilt to form the vast complex that you can admire today. From the Western side, you can walk to the observatory on Mount Shimei-dake, which offers a wonderful view of Lake Biwa and Osaka Bay.
  • In the evening, you will return to spend one last night in Kyoto.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 3* Superior New Miyako Hotel in Kyoto (or similar).
Discover the oldest castle in Japan: Inuyama Castle Jour 12 – Inuyama / Gifu

Jour 12 – Inuyama / Gifu Discover the oldest castle in Japan: Inuyama Castle

  • Discover the oldest castle in Japan: Inuyama Castle. It was built in 1537 by Oda Nobuyasu, and then changed owner many times when the various shoguns were defeated until it was confiscated by the central government during the Meiji period. Today it is classified as a National Treasure. Built in the Momoyama style, its balcony surrounding the main tower is extremely original compared to castles of the same period. Do not miss climbing to the top of the castle to admire the view of the Kiso River and its surroundings! Walk around Uraku-en tea gardenand discover Jo-an teahouse, which was designed in 1618.
  • In the afternoon, visit the neighbouring town of Gifû, where all the monuments are grouped in the lovely Gifû-koen Park, which encircles Mount Kinka. On the top of the mountain, you will find Gifû castle, which offers a beautiful view of the river. You can also discover the Chinese garden, which honours the town of Hangzhou, Gifû’s sister town.
  • In the evening, do not miss the fascinating show of cormorant fishing. Board one of the many traditional boats for a fun fishing trip, in the regional style. This 13th century-old technique uses the cormorant’s skill at finding a fish, diving in after it and bringing it back in its beak. Each boat usually has 12 cormorants, which must all bring back as much fish as possible! (This is an optional activity: 50 Euros, about 40 GBP)
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 3* Superior Meitetsu Inuyama in Inuyama (or similar).
Visit the famous Ukiyoe print Museum and its 100,000 works on display Jour 13 – Matsumoto

Jour 13 – Matsumoto Visit the famous Ukiyoe print Museum and its 100,000 works on display

  • A lovely town in the heart of the Japanese Alps, Matsumoto has preserved the remains of its past, especially its 16th-century castle, the oldest elements of which were built in 1504 on the ruins of an even older castle. The central tower is six stories high and is a rare example of feudal architecture that is still intact. A National Treasure, this beautiful black wood building is a pleasure to visit. The big wooden rooms house collections of period objects and weapons. You will notice that the third floor cannot be seen from the outside, as it has no windows. It was used to hide soldiers. You will then stroll around the town centre, especially the Naka Machi district, where you can still find kura zukuri houses: warehouses with black and white facades.
  • Finally, you will end the tour by visiting the famous Ukiyoe print Museum, which houses the most impressive private collection of Ukiyoe prints in Japan with 100,000 works on display, including some by Hokusai and Hiroshige.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure
  • Spend the night in the 4* Buena Vista Hotel in Matsumoto (or similar).
Admire an incredible view of Tokyo as you take a cruise on the Sumida River Jour 14 – Tokyo

Jour 14 – Tokyo Admire an incredible view of Tokyo as you take a cruise on the Sumida River

  • Tokyo, the charming capital, is finally yours to discover! Take a cruise on the Sumida River and admire an amazing view of Tokyo as you go all the way to Senso-ji Temple in the working-class Asakusa district. Then, discover the Akibahara district, also known as Electric Town, where you will find state-of-the-art electronics.
  • In the town centre, admire the Imperial Palace, where the Imperial Family still lives today and which is therefore not open to the public, except on the Emperor’s birthday. You can however enjoy a pleasant stroll in the Imperial Palace Park, which houses many parks and gardens. A green oasis in the heart of the city.
  • 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 4* Pacific Hotel in Tokyo (or similar).
Discover a famous Japanese landscape: Matsushima Bay Jour 15 – Sendai / Baie de Matsushima

Jour 15 – Sendai / Baie de Matsushima Discover a famous Japanese landscape: Matsushima Bay

  • Discover one of the three Nihon sankei, the three most famous landscapes in Japan: Matsushima Bay. Visit Entsu-in, the mausoleum built for the grandson of Date Masamune, one of the daimyo who ruled Tohoku in the 16th century. It is also called “rose temple” for its main gate, which is decorated with an oil painting and is the oldest in Japan. Do not miss the lovely rose garden and the moss and rock garden representing Matsushima Bay. Visit the most famous Zen temple in Tohoku, Zuigan-ji, built in 828.
  • Then stroll around the bay. On the far-left, a bright-red 252 metre-long wooden bridge will take you to the charming island of Fukuura jima, which you can quietly walk around. On the far right of the bay, you will find the little island of Oshima, which boasts some caves that used to host monks on their spiritual retreats.
    In the evening, you will go to the town of Sendai where you will find the biggest entertainment district in Tohoku: Kokubun-chô. The atmosphere is loud as taxis drive by and neon signs shine brightly – it’s the perfect setting in which to taste Sendai’s signature dish: beef tongue.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 3* Metropolitan Hotel in Sendai (or similar).
Visit the mausoleum of Date Masamune, one of the most powerful Japanese lords Jour 16 – Sendai / Tokyo

Jour 16 – Sendai / Tokyo Visit the mausoleum of Date Masamune, one of the most powerful Japanese lords

  • This morning, visit the town of Sendai, which was marked by daimyo Date Masamune (1566 – 1636), one of the most powerful lords in Japan at the time. Visit Date Masamune’s mausoleum, Zuihô-den, in the midst of a thick forest of Japanese cedars. Built in 1637 according to the lord’s last wishes, the mausoleum boasts bright colours and sculpted reliefs, which are a wonderful example of the architecture of the time. Visit Sendai castle, built in 1601 by Date Masamune on a site that offered a natural defence against attack. It was partly destroyed in 1870, when the central government decided to limit the number of castles in each province. Today, a lovely watchtower still remains and watches over the statue of Date Masamune. In the afternoon, you will return to the capital.
  • Tokyo still has many wonders in store! 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! On a clear day, you may even catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji!
  • Then, stroll around the relaxing greenery of Yoyogi Park, a wooded haven of tranquillity within the city where you will findMeiji Jingu shrine. Then, 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 and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Pacific Tokyo Hotel in Tokyo (or similar).
Back to UK Jour 17 - Tokyo / London
Back to UK
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Jour 17 - Tokyo / London Back to UK

  • The day of departure has arrived.
  • Transfer to Tokyo Narita International Airport, where you will take a scheduled flight for London in economy class filled with unforgettable memories! Depending on the time of your flight, make the most of this time to do some last-minute shopping.

Activités du voyage

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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 Gifu

Cormorant fishing in Gifû

Cormorant fishing in Gifû

Cormorant fishing in Gifû

In Gifû, do not miss the riveting and unusual scenes of cormorant fishing! Board one of the traditional boats for an exciting fishing trip following local customs. This 13-century old technique uses the cormorants’ skills at finding the fish, diving in and bringing them back in their breaks. Each boat traditionally has 12 cormorants that must bring back as much fish as possible!

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.

Hôtels de ce voyage

Notre sélection d'hôtels

Voici les hébergements que nous vous proposons pour votre circuit. Ils sont communiqués à titre indicatif et pourront être remplacés par des hôtels de catégorie similaire.

Hotels included

New Miyako - Kyoto

Hotel Kyoto

New Miyako - Kyoto

With 986 Western and Japanese-style rooms, the 4* New Miyako hotel is located a few steps away from JR Kyoto station, which offers easy access to different sites in the town by bus or metro. Each room is equipped with television, hair-dryer and refrigerator. The hotel has four restaurants: French, Japanese, Chinese and a buffet of international cuisine where you will surely find dishes you will enjoy. Finally, the hotel offers various boutiques and services: traditional Japanese objects, as well as a beauty salon and photo studio.

Ryokan Arimoto - Miyajima

Hotel Miyajima

Ryokan Arimoto - Miyajima

In the heart of the sacred island of Miyajima, a stone's throw from the famous Torii and Itsukushima Shrine, experience Japanese luxury at the 4* Arimoto ryokan. This beautiful, charming hotel offers Japanese-style rooms with an elegant, refined decor. You can relax in the various indoor and outdoor baths filled with hot, natural spring water. Finally, for your enjoyment, this ryokan offers two Japanese-style restaurants as well as a karaoke room and a small night-club.

Granvia - Osaka

Hotel Osaka

Granvia - Osaka

Located in the centre of Osaka, in the Umeda district, a few minutes away from JR Osaka station, the 4* Granvia Hotel offers Western-style rooms with a simple, refined decor. All the rooms are equipped with television, mini-bar and coffee/tea service. The hotel houses ten restaurants that serve international and Japanese cuisine in a refined, richly decorated setting. It also offers many leisure amenities: an indoor swimming pool, a mini-golf course and a tennis court.

Granvia - Hiroshima

Hotel Hiroshima

Granvia - Hiroshima

A short distance from JR Hiroshima station, the 4*Granvia Hiroshima Hotel is an ideal base from which to explore the area around Hiroshima. The rooms are decorated in a simple, elegant manner and offer all the comfort you would expect from a modern hotel of superior standing. They are all equipped with A/C and television. With five different restaurants inside the hotel, you will find everything you need to enjoy Japanese and international cuisine.

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.

Mitsui Garden - Okayama

Hotel Okayama

Mitsui Garden - Okayama

Located a few minutes’ walk from JR Okayama station, the 3*Okayama Mitsui Garden Hotel welcomes you to its pleasant, simple setting. All the rooms are decorated in a modern, elegant manner and equipped with television, A/C and small refrigerator. The hotel is an ideal base for discovering the town and its surroundings. The Garden cafe serves breakfast between 7 and 10 a.m. as a perfect start to your day.

Tokyu Inn - Matsue

Hotel Matsue

Tokyu Inn - Matsue

Located a few minutes’ walk from JR Matsue station, the 3* Tokyu Inn Matsue Hotel is an ideal base for exploring the charming town of Matsue and its surroundings. It is a modern hotel with extremely comfortable Western-style rooms equipped with television, A/C and refrigerator. The hotel houses the Shangri-La restaurant that serves different types of cuisine: Japanese as well as international cuisine.

Meitetsu - Inuyama

Hotel Inuyama

Meitetsu - Inuyama

Located a few minutes’ walk from JR Inuyama station, the 3* Superior Meitetsu Inuyama Hotel is an ideal base for discovering this charming little town, which is the home of one of the oldest feudal castles in Japan. The hotel welcomes you to its simple, warm setting and Western and Japanese-style rooms that are all equipped with A/C and television. In the evening, do not forget to relax in the indoor and outdoor hot baths. Finally, the hotel offers the choice of four restaurants serving Japanese and international cuisine.

Buena Vista - Matsumoto

Hotel Matsumoto

Buena Vista - Matsumoto

Discover the most beautiful hotel in Matsumoto, a historical town with an interesting past in the heart of the Japanese Alps. This beautiful building is filled with elegance and design and offers lovely Western-style rooms decorated with taste and originality. All the rooms are equipped with television and A/C .You can choose from restaurants serving traditional Japanese, Chinese and international cuisine.

Metropolitan - Sendai

Hotel Sendai

Metropolitan - Sendai

A minute’s walk from Sendai station, the Metropolitan is a 4* Western-style hotel decorated in a simple, refined manner. Its 300 rooms are all equipped with television and A/C . The 4* Metropolitan Hotel serves international and Japanese cuisine in its six restaurants. You can also enjoy the use of the fitness centre and indoor swimming pool.

Bon à savoir

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

Prix du Voyage

Le prix comprend

  • International flights LONDON / OSAKA and TOKYO / LONDON on scheduled flights in economy class
  • Airport taxes (including fuel surcharge) and the Solidarity Tax
  • 15 nights’ accommodation in a standard double room in the 3* or 4* hotels mentioned in the itinerary. If one of these hotels is not available, similar quality accommodation will be booked
  • Meals: all breakfasts
  • The 14-day JR Pass allowing unlimited travel on all JR bus, subway and train lines
  • The services of an English-speaking assistant on Day 2 to meet you at the airport and explain how the JR Pass works

Le prix ne comprend pas

  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks and meals not included in the programme
  • Activities and transport not included in the programme
  • Stopover in Asia or Europe (optional)

* prix à partir de sur une base 2 personnes

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