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

  • Leave from London for 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
Shibuya and Harajuku districts, Yoyogi Park Day 2 – Tokyo
Shibuya and Harajuku districts, Yoyogi Park

Day 2 – Tokyo Shibuya and Harajuku districts, Yoyogi Park

  • Arrive at Narita International Airport. An English-speaking assistant will welcome you on arrival and will explain to you how to use your JR Pass.
  • Once you have reached your hotel in the town centre and have had some time to relax, head out for a first glimpse of Tokyo.
  • Start by marvelling at the bustling heart of Tokyo: Shibuya district, famous for having the largest intersection in the world! You will be stunned by the giant TV screens, but also charmed by the little pedestrian streets where you will find many shops selling fashionable clothes for young people!
  • Continue towards Harajuku, the fashionable youth district: do not miss Takeshita-Dori pedestrian street.
  • Finally, if you are looking for a haven of tranquillity in this urban jungle, walk around Yoyogi Park, the largest park in Tokyo. In this forest inside the city, you will find Meiji-jingu shrine, one of the most sacred places in Tokyo.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Pacific Tokyo Hotel in Tokyo (or similar).
Akibahara, Asakusa and Odaiba districts and Ueno Park Day 3 – Tokyo
Akibahara, Asakusa and Odaiba districts and Ueno Park

Day 3 – Tokyo Akibahara, Asakusa and Odaiba districts and Ueno Park

  • After having seen the bustling city of Tokyo up close the previous evening, make the most of today to soak up the atmosphere of this unique city, between green spaces and skyscrapers.
  • Start the day by visiting the Buddhist temple of Senso-ji and the lively Asakusa district, which is lined with tiny shops selling traditional wares and colourful sweets.
  • Continue your visit with Ueno Park, which is very popular with Tokyoites on the weekend when they like to unwind on the banks of the Lake, which is covered with beautiful water lilies.
  • If you are fond of computers and electronics, do not miss Akibahara, also known as Electric Town, where you will find state-of-the-art electronics as well as huge manga stores where you can buy figurines and other merchandise.
  • If you feel like relaxing, sit down in a Maid cafe where a charming waitress dressed up as a manga character will welcome you to its futuristic atmosphere.
  • In the evening, go to the artificial island of Odaiba where you can enjoy an incredible view of the night-lights of Tokyo.
  • Experience Japanese onsen.
  • For dinner, choose a restaurant overlooking Tokyo Bay, studded with islands and shining brightly, and the Rainbow Bridge.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Pacific Tokyo Hotel in Tokyo (or similar).
Relax in Onsen in the Japanese Alps Day 4 – Karuizawa
Relax in Onsen in the Japanese Alps

Day 4 – Karuizawa Relax in Onsen in the Japanese Alps

  • You will leave Tokyo this morning to discover the region of the Japanese Alps as well as its onsen (baths in hot springs).
  • Located at the foot of Asama-zan volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in Honshu, the town of Karuizawa will be yours to discover today.
  • In a private car, you will discover the untamed region and its wild nature, a direct contrast with the modernity of Tokyo.
  • You can observe the long lava flow of Oni-oshidashi-en, which dates from the volcano’s most deadly eruption in 1783.
  • You will also discover the Otodome and Shiraito Falls, amazing natural wonders where turquoise waters create a curtain of foam.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 5* Hoshinoya Hotel in Karuizawa (or similar)
Relax in the hotel’s spa or take an excursion Day 5 – Karuizawa
Relax in the hotel’s spa or take an excursion

Day 5 – Karuizawa Relax in the hotel’s spa or take an excursion

  • Spend a second day in the region of Karuizawa, where you can unwind. Indeed, travelling may mean discovery but it can also mean relaxation!
  • Your hotel offers various excursions into the countryside to discover the region’s fauna and flora with a guide.
  • Make the most of today to discover the spa treatments that your hotel offers!
  • Enjoy massage and relaxation treatments and refresh yourself after your travels!
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 5* Hoshinoya Hotel in Karuizawa (or similar).
Zenkô-ji temple, forest hike, snow monkeys Day 6 – Nagano / Jigokudani Yaen Koen
Zenkô-ji temple, forest hike, snow monkeysZenkô-ji temple, forest hike, snow monkeys

Day 6 – Nagano / Jigokudani Yaen Koen Zenkô-ji temple, forest hike, snow monkeys

  • This morning, you will leave the wonderful Karuizawa Ryokan for the town of Nagano, famous worldwide for having hosted the Winter Olympics in 1998.
  • In the morning, stroll around this small town and visit Kô-ji Zen temple, which is said to house the first representation of Buddha. Built in the 7th century, its main building is a National Treasure. This temple has become popular with Japanese people as it does not belong to any specific sect and allows women to be appointed to higher offices. It is therefore administered in turn by a man and a woman from different Buddhist schools.
  • You will then return to your private car and drive to Jigokudani Yaen Kôen.This lovely drive through the forest will take you to the famous monkey village.
  • Jidokudani, which means “Valley of Hell” is a protected area within Jô shingetsu kôgen National Park.
  • You will see Japanese macaques, a species of primates unique to Japan, also known as “Snow Monkeys” as they mostly live in mountainous regions. These monkeys have perfectly grasped the appeal of warming oneself in hot springs and spend their time relaxing in the region’s onsen.
  • Lunch and dinner in your ryokan.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Jinpyokaku Hotel in Jinpyokaku Onsen (or similar).
Temples and onsen Day 7 – Bessho Onsen
Temples and onsen

Day 7 – Bessho Onsen Temples and onsen

  • This spa resort was already in existence during the Heian period. However, it mostly developed during the Kamakura period when the Shogun Hôjô turned it into his summer residence.
  • You can visit the various temples that have resisted the wear and tear of time, such as Anraku-ji, declared a National Treasure because of its remarkably well-preserved octagonal pavilion and Chuzen-ji and Zenzan-ji, which date back respectively to the Kamakura and Muromachi periods.
  • But, you will mostly enjoy the baths in this resort, which has retained the charm of ancient Japan.
  • You will find three public baths in the town centre that are open every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., as well as baths in your ryokan.
  • Lunch and dinner in your ryokan.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Rinsenro Kashiwaya Bessho Hotel in Besshô Onsen (or similar).
Discover the castle, the Naka Machi district and the Ukiyoe print Museum Day 8 – Matsumoto
Discover the castle, the Naka Machi district and the Ukiyoe print Museum

Day 8 – Matsumoto Discover the castle, the Naka Machi district and the Ukiyoe print Museum

  • A lovely town in the heart of the Japanese Alps, Matsumoto has preserved the remains of its past, in particular 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 offers a rare example of perfectly well preserved feudal architecture. A National Treasure, this beautiful building of black wood is a joy 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, in particular in the Naka Machi district, where you can still find kura zukuri houses, warehouses with black and white facades.
  • Finally, you will end the day 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).
Inuyama and Gifû castles and cormorant fishing Day 9 – Gifu / Inuyama
Inuyama and Gifû castles and cormorant fishing

Day 9 – Gifu / Inuyama Inuyama and Gifû castles and cormorant fishing

  • Discover the oldest castle in Japan: Inuyama Castle. It was built in 1537 par 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, the 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 the surrounding area!
    Walk around Uraku-en tea gardenand admire Jo-An teahouse, which was built 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 traditionally has 12 cormorants, which must bring back as much fish as possible! (This is an optional activity: 50 Euros, about 40 GBP)
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • 3* Superior Meitetsu Inuyama Hotel in Inuyama (or similar).
Visit historical Japan in the villages of Tsumago and Magome Day 10 – Magome / Tsumago
Visit historical Japan in the villages of Tsumago and Magome

Day 10 – Magome / Tsumago Visit historical Japan in the villages of Tsumago and Magome

  • This morning, discover the Kiso Valley.
  • Surrounded by majestic forests of cypress trees, the valley was crossed by Nakasendô, the road connecting Kyoto and Edo, now better known as Tokyo, by land.
  • The small village of Tsumago, eighty kilometres (about 50 miles) away from Matsumoto, has remained unchanged and has retained all its historical heritage. Indeed, from the outside, there is nothing to remind the casual observer that he or she is in the 20th century as all modern construction was forbidden. There are not even any electrical wires or television antennas.
  • The main street, Terashita is charming with its lovely wooden houses that would not look out of place in a samurai film.
  • Visit Okura Kyôdo-kan House where visiting lords, the Daimyo, were received.
  • Now a museum, this House contains all sorts of objects and documents regarding the region’s history.
  • You can also go on a nine-kilometre hike (about 5.5 miles) (approximately 3 hours) on the historical Nakasendô road.
  • You will leave the small village of Tsumago for the little town of Magome, via one of the unspoilt post towns.
  • You will then visit Magome, and go back to ancient Japan as you admire the beautiful historical houses.
  • In the evening, you will have the opportunity to spend the night with the local villagers in a minshuku, a family residence where you will live with your hosts.
  • For dinner, you will enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner prepared by your host family. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet Japanese people and share their daily life!
  • Please note that, in this rural guesthouse, private bathrooms are not available.
  • Lunch at your leisure and dinner in your minshuku.
  • Spend the night in the Hanaya Minshuku in Tsumago (or similar).
Visit the Kami Sannomachi and Hida no Sato Park Day 11 – Takayama
Visit the Kami Sannomachi and Hida no Sato Park

Day 11 – Takayama Visit the Kami Sannomachi and Hida no Sato Park

  • This morning, you will take the train to Takayama, a small town in the Japanese Alps.
  • During the journey , make sure to enjoy the beautiful mountain landscapes spread out before your eyes.
    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.
  • You can also visit Takayama jinya, the historical government house during the shogunate. It is the only building of this kind that still exists in Japan today.
  • Finally, do not miss the 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 Park also offers a delightful stroll to discover the amazing architecture of the traditional houses of this period.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • 4* Associa Hotel in Takayama (or similar).
Morning market and Gassho-Zukuri Day 12 – Shirakawa-Go / Kanazawa
Morning market and Gassho-Zukuri

Day 12 – Shirakawa-Go / Kanazawa Morning market and Gassho-Zukuri

  • After a well-deserved good night’s sleep, stroll along the banks of the Takayama River, and discover the quaint morning market, which sells local and regional products.
  • Then, take the bus to Shirakawago. This little village nestled in the mountain is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it is home to the largest concentration of historical thatched-roof houses in the region: Gassho-Zukuri.
  • Enjoy the healthy mountain air and walk around this small village located among fields in a lush, natural setting.
  • Later in the 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.
  • 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.
  • 4* Nikko Kanazawa Hotel in Kanazawa (or similar).
Kenrokuen garden, residence of the samurai Nagamachi and Geisha district Day 13 – Kanazawa
Kenrokuen garden, residence of the samurai Nagamachi and Geisha district

Day 13 – Kanazawa Kenrokuen garden, residence of the samurai Nagamachi and Geisha district

  • Leave today to discover 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 little streams and wooden or stone bridges – all of which make this garden a wonderful little 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 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, with its beautiful cobbled streets and lovely wooden houses. Do not miss 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 at your leisure and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 3* Superior Miyako Hotel in Kyoto (or similar).
Temples and shrines, Gion and Pontocho districts Day 14 – Kyoto
Temples and shrines, Gion and Pontocho districts

Day 14 – Kyoto Temples and shrines, Gion and Pontocho districts

  • Spend two incredible days in the jewel of Japanese cities, just enough time to discover the wonderful historical and cultural heritage of the former capital.
  • On the first day, we recommend you visit the most beautiful temple of Kyoto, recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Site: the famous Kinkaku-ji better known as the Golden 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.
  • Finally, as night falls, walk around the small alleyways in 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 at your leisure and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 3* Superior Miyako Hotel in Kyoto (or similar).
Temples and shrines, Arayashima district and the “Pomme” cafe Day 15 – Kyoto
Temples and shrines, Arayashima district and the “Pomme” cafeTemples and shrines, Arayashima district and the “Pomme” cafe

Day 15 – Kyoto Temples and shrines, Arayashima district and the “Pomme” cafe

  • Kyoto still has many wonders in store for the days to come!
  • 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.
  • Or 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 love beautiful traditional Japanese 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 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 at your leisure and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 3* Superior Miyako Hotel in Kyoto (or similar).
Back to UK Day 16 - Osaka / London
Back to UK
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Day 16 - Osaka / London Back to UK

  • The day of departure has arrived. You will go to Kansai Airport - Osaka, where you will take a scheduled flight for London in economy class filled with unforgettable memories!
    Sayonara!

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 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.

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.

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.

Guided tour of Nikko

Guided tour of Nikko

Guided tour of Nikko

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Nikko is a must-see. This small mountain town houses incredible baroque temples. Visit the renowned Toshogu temple that shines brightly in the heart of a forest of giant Japanese cedars. After lunch, you will go to the shores of Lake Chuzenji, in the shade of Mount Nantai. You will admire Kegon Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in Japan!

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 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

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.

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 recommended

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hoshinoya - Karuizama

Hotel Karuizawa

Hoshinoya - Karuizama

Located in the beautiful mountainous, forest region of Karuizawa, the 5* Hoshinoya Hotel offers delightful little buildings built around a small lake. This charming luxury hotel welcomes you to its amazing rooms decorated in a refined, elegant manner with a design that manages to be modern and traditional at the same time. If you feel like unwinding, do not miss the lovely spa that offers various treatments as well as relaxing baths in hot spring water. The hotel houses three delicious restaurants serving traditional Japanese and French cuisine. Finally, the hotel offers various activities so you can discover the local fauna and flora with a guide!

Ryokan Jinpyokaku - Jinpyokaku Onsen

Hotel

Ryokan Jinpyokaku - Jinpyokaku Onsen

Welcome to this wonderful traditional ryokan and its lovely, typical Japanese building. You will sleep on futons and tatami mats in Japanese-style rooms decorated in a simple, elegant manner. Do not miss the varied indoor and outdoor baths – a specialty of this region – that will allow you to unwind and relax in the evening after a day of sightseeing!

Ryokan Rinsenro Kashiwaya Besso - Besso Onsen

Hotel Bessho Onsen

Ryokan Rinsenro Kashiwaya Besso - Besso Onsen

Discover the beautiful Besshô Onsen spa resort, famous for the quality of its waters and its undeniable charm since time immemorial. Stay in this lovely resort that welcomes you to its typical Japanese rooms housed in a harmonious setting, which emphasises the countryside around it/ Enjoy the different hot baths that cannot fail to relax you! For dinner, you will be served a mouth-watering traditional Japanese meal that will allow you to sample local delicacies.

Associa - Takayama

Hotel Takayama

Associa - Takayama

Located a few minutes from JR Takayama station, the 4*Associa Hotel welcomes you to its elegant premises. Its Western-style rooms are decorated in a simple manner and are all equipped with tea/coffee service, television and A/C. The hotel has no less than seven different bars and restaurants where you can enjoy Japanese and international cuisine . If you wish to relax, do not miss the hotel’s wonderful indoor and outdoor hot baths, especially since some of the outdoor baths offer an amazing view of the mountains around you!

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 PARIS / TOKYO and OSAKA / PARIS on scheduled flights in economy class
  • Airport taxes (including fuel surcharge) and the Solidarity Tax
  • 14 nights’ accommodation in a standard double room in the 3* Superior or 4* hotels mentioned in the itinerary including one night in a family-run minshuku in Tsumago
  • If one of these hotels is not available, similar quality accommodation will be booked.
  • Meals: all breakfasts and three dinners
  • Unlimited train trips in second class on all JR lines, thanks to the 14-day JR Pass.
  • Multiple days visiting the Japanese Alps in a private car with chauffeur (Days 5, 6,7)
  • All trips by subway or public transport in Tokyo on 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
  • Activities and trips mentioned 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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