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Détail du voyage :

Scheduled flight to Tokyo, possibility of a stopover in an Asian city Jour 1 - London / Tokyo
Scheduled flight to Tokyo, possibility of a stopover in an Asian city
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Jour 1 - London / Tokyo Scheduled flight to Tokyo, possibility of a stopover in an Asian city

  • Leave from London to Tokyo Narita 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
Discover the city, a local Japanese restaurant and Hamarikyu Japanese garden Jour 2 – Tokyo

Jour 2 – Tokyo Discover the city, a local Japanese restaurant and Hamarikyu Japanese garden

  • Arrive at Tokyo Narita International Airport.
  • You will be greeted by our English-speaking representative who will accompany you on a scheduled bus to your hotel in the centre of Tokyo.
  • Once you have settled into the hotel and have had some time to relax, head out to discover Tokyo for the first time on your own.
  • Make the most of this time to taste Japanese cuisine in a small local restaurant.
  • Just next to your hotel, you can visit the beautiful Hamarikyu Japanese garden, which also offers a tearoom where you can unwind and admire the scenery.
  • In the evening, do not miss the Ginza shopping street, where you will find amazing modern buildings that house some of the most famous Japanese and Western fashion brands.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Superior Park Hotel Shimbashi in Tokyo (or similar).
Visit the city, the Buddhist temple of Senso-ji, Harajuku and Shibuya districts and Yoyogi Park Jour 3 – Tokyo

Jour 3 – Tokyo Visit the city, the Buddhist temple of Senso-ji, Harajuku and Shibuya districts and Yoyogi Park

  • This morning, head out at 9 a.m. for a day of sightseeing in Tokyo with an English-speaking guide.
  • Start by visiting the Buddhist temple of Senso-ji, the most popular temple in Tokyo, easily recognizable by its imposing gate in which hangs a gigantic red lantern.
  • You will then stroll around Ueno Park, the lung of the city.
  • You will then go to a completely different district as you walk down Tokyo’s Champs Elysees – Omotesando Avenue – where you will find the top names in international fashion.
  • Then, let yourself be drawn into one of the most colourful districts of Tokyo, renowned for its unique street fashion, Harajuku, where you will meet young people wearing extravagant costumes!
  • After the lively bustle of Harajuku, take a stroll in Yoyogi Park, a dense, verdant forest that forms an oasis in the midst of the city, where you will find Meiji-jingu shrine, much loved by Tokyoites. This is where yourguided tour ends.
  • However, we strongly recommend you take the JR train to the next station, Shibuya to discover one of the most dynamic districts of Tokyo in the evening! This district is famous for its giant intersection, the biggest in the world. You will be stunned by its neon lights and television screens! You will find many small restaurants in the pedestrian streets opposite Shibuya station.
  • Back to your hotel on your own.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Superior Park Hotel Shimbashi in Tokyo (or similar).
Discover the Japanese Alps and Kusakabe Folk Museum Jour 4 – Takayama

Jour 4 – Takayama Discover the Japanese Alps and Kusakabe Folk Museum

  • With your English-speaking guide, you will take the train to Takayama, a small town in the Japanese Alps.
  • During the journey, do not miss the beautiful mountain landscapes between Nagoya and Takayama. Takayama, also known as “Little Kyoto”, has a rich cultural heritage as the town centre has been successfully preserved, and contains historical traditional wooden houses, Kami Sannomachi, which you will visit.
  • You will also have the opportunity to enter the Takayama jinya, the historical government house during the shogunate. It is the only building of this kind that still exists in Japan today.
  • Finally, you will visit 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 provides 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.
  • Your visit of the town ends here, but we recommend you take a walk in the town centre in the evening: you will see the big lanterns in the main street light up as night slowly falls on the town.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
Morning market in Takayama and night in a Gassho-Zukuri Jour 5 – Shirakawa-Go

Jour 5 – Shirakawa-Go Morning market in Takayama and night in a Gassho-Zukuri

  • Wake up early and leave the guesthouse at 7 a.m. with your English-speaking guide to visit the quaint Takayama morning market that takes place every day by the river.
  • Then, you will take a bus to Shirakawago. This village in the heart of the mountains is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it is home to the largest concentration of historical thatched-roof houses in the region: the Gassho-Zukuri.
  • You will visit the former residence of the Toyama family, which was built in 1827, and Myozenji temple .
  • Later in the afternoon, after having made the most of this open-air museum, you will have dinner and spend the night in a beautiful Gassho-Zukuri.
    Please note that, in this rural guesthouse, private bathrooms are not available. Furthermore, please remember to bring towels as they will not be provided.
  • Lunch at your leisure and dinner in your Gassho-Zukuri.
  • Spend the night in a UNESCO World Heritage Gassho-Zukuri in Shirakawago.
Kenrokuen garden, historical Geisha district and residence of the samurai Nagamachi Jour 6 – Kanazawa

Jour 6 – Kanazawa Kenrokuen garden, historical Geisha district and residence of the samurai Nagamachi

  • Still with your English-speaking guide, you will go to the town of Kanazawa which is also home to many treasures.
  • You will walk around the lovely 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 little streams and wooden or stone bridges – all of which make this garden a wonderful little gem!
  • Then you will visit the historical samurai district and its well-preserved traditional wooden houses.
  • You will specifically visit the residence of the samurai Nagamachi, which has a lovely indoor garden and an exhibition of samurai armour and beautiful period sabres!
  • Finally, you will also have the opportunity to visit the historical Geisha district, Higashi Chaya, with its beautiful cobbled streets and lovely wooden houses.
  • You will visit Shima Geisha House, which is perfectly well preserved and is considered a national treasure.
  • Lunch in Nara and dinner in Kyoto.
  • Spend the night in the 3* Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto in Kyoto (or similar).
Take the express train to Kyoto to see temples, shrines, gardens and Nijo Castle Jour 7 – Kanazawa / Kyoto

Jour 7 – Kanazawa / Kyoto Take the express train to Kyoto to see temples, shrines, gardens and Nijo Castle

  • This morning, take the express train to Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan. (This journey will take place without your guide)
  • After you have arrived at your destination, you will have one free day in Kyoto to start visiting the city at your own pace.
  • 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 and one of the most beautiful gardens in Kyoto, as well as the Silver Pavilion and its lovely moss garden.
  • If you love beautiful buildings, do not miss the amazing Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its beautiful landscape garden.
  • If you like shopping, you will love the Kyoto Handicraft center, 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 4* New Miyako Hotel in Kyoto (or similar).
Kinkaku-ji, temples and Pontocho district Jour 8 – Kyoto

Jour 8 – Kyoto Kinkaku-ji, temples and Pontocho district

  • Leave at 9 a.m. to visit the most beautiful temples in Kyoto, with your English-speaking guide.
  • You will start with the most famous temple, the amazing Kinkaku-ji, which is better known as the Golden Pavilion as this elegant structure is entirely covered with gold leaf.
  • You will continue with a visit of Ryoan-ji, famous for its Zen garden, which is an invitation to pause and to meditate.
  • Then, you will go to the eastern part of the city to visit the most imposing 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, you will walk around the narrow 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 neighbourhood.
  • On the other side of the river, in a parallel street, you will find plenty of places to eat in the charming district of Pontocho.
  • Have lunch and dinner at your leisure in your hotel.
  • Spend the night in the 4* New Miyako Hotel in Kyoto (or similar).
Back to UK Jour 9 - Osaka / London
Back to UK
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Jour 9 - Osaka / London Back to UK

  • The day of departure has arrived. You will be taken by bus to Kansai International Airport-Osaka to take a scheduled flight back to London.
    Sayonara!

Activités du voyage

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Activities included

City guided tours : Tokyo, Kyoto, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa...

City guided tours : Tokyo, Kyoto, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa...

City guided tours : Tokyo, Kyoto, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa...

During this tour, you will have the opportunity to visit many iconic places as well as the most beautiful monuments of the cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, Takayama, Shirakawa-go and Kanazawa. You will thus be able to admire the different kinds of Japanese art: temples and shrines in Kyoto, modern buildings designed by renowned architects in Tokyo, historical houses in Takayama, Kanazawa’s wonderful landscape garden, Shirakawa-go’s Gassho-zukuri , the traditional old houses of Tsumago and Magome, as well as the impressive feudal castle of Matsumoto!

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.

Activities recommended

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.

Hôtels de ce voyage

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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

Park Hotel - Tokyo

Hotel Tokyo

Park Hotel - Tokyo

Located a few steps away from the Shiodome subway station and very close to Shimbashi JR station, the 4* Superior Park Hotel is an excellent choice if you are spending a few days in Tokyo. Very modern, the Park Hotel is designated a "Design Hotel" and offers comfortable rooms with warm, soothing colours decorated with works by Monique Le Houelleur. The Park Hotel houses two famous restaurants, including the Tateru Yoshino restaurant – named after its chef –, which was given a star by the Michelin guide in 2008 and 2009.

Hida Hotel Plaza - Takayama

Hotel Takayama

Hida Hotel Plaza - Takayama

A short distance from JR Takayama station, the 4* Hida Hotel Plaza is in a privileged location for discovering the town. All the rooms are equipped with A/C and satellite television. The hotel also offers many amenities: boutique, beauty salon, swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and fitness centre! You will therefore have many opportunities to relax after a day of sightseeing.

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.

Ana Crowne Plaza - Kanazawa

Hotel Kanazawa

Ana Crowne Plaza - Kanazawa

Located a few minutes' walk from JR Kanazawa station, the 4* Ana Crowne Plaza Hotel is a perfect base for discovering the many treasures of this wonderful town. All the rooms have an elegant decor and come with A/C, satellite television, mini-bar and refrigerator. The 4* Ana Crowne Plaza Hotel offers the choice of four restaurants and two bars that serve international and Japanese cuisine. The hotel also houses a beauty salon and a bureau de change.

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.

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 / TOKYO and OSAKA / LONDON on scheduled flights in economy class
  • Airport taxes (including fuel surcharge) and the Solidarity Tax
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in a standard double room in the 4* Superior hotels mentioned in the itinerary, including one night in a Gassho-Zukuri in Shirakawa-go
  • If one of these hotels is not available, similar quality accommodation will be booked
  • Meals: one breakfast and dinner in Shirakawa-go. All bus transfers, as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Train rides, with second-class bookings, as stated in the itinerary
  • Visits mentioned in the programme including entry fees
  • The services of an English-speaking guide on Days 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The services of an English-speaking assistant on Day 2 to meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel in Tokyo
  • Activities and trips mentioned in the itinerary

Le prix ne comprend pas

  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks and meals not included in the programme
  • Entry fees for places of interest that must be paid on the premises during free days out
  • Activities not included in the programme
  • Stopover in Asia or Europe (optional)

* prix à partir de sur une base 2 personnes

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