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

  • Leave from 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 off 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 Osaka Castle and Umeda district Day 2 – Osaka
Discover Osaka Castle and Umeda districtDiscover Osaka Castle and Umeda district

Day 2 – Osaka Discover Osaka Castle and Umeda district

  • Arrive at Kansai - Osaka International Airport. Once you have reached your hotel in the town centre and have had some time to relax, you will leave to start discoving Osaka.
  • Fall in love with this dynamic city which is a pleasure to stroll around.
  • Start by visiting Osaka Castle,a beautiful building with lovely gardens, which was replicated after World War Two.
  • Then stroll around the lively district of Umeda.
  • Do not miss the incredible panoramic view from the famous Floating Observatory on the roof of the Umeda Sky Building, the most futuristic building in the city. You will find many shops and delicious restaurants in this neighbourhood.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Granvia Osaka Hotel in Osaka (or similar).
Bathe in the Saki no yu onsen on Shirahama beach Day 3 – Shirahama
Bathe in the Saki no yu onsen on Shirahama beachBathe in the Saki no yu onsen on Shirahama beach

Day 3 – Shirahama Bathe in the Saki no yu onsen on Shirahama beach

  • In the morning, take the train to discover the southernmost tip of the Kii Peninsula. There, the jagged coastline of the Kumano region opens up in a series of little ports and wild creeks in the blue water of the Pacific Ocean.
  • Stop off in Shirahama, an ideal first halt in the region of Kumano, which is famous for its wonderful white sand beach.
  • As you look at the sea, bathe in the little Saki no yu onsen, one of the oldest and most famous in Japan, which was built in a basin on a rocky cliff, which is directly filled by a hot spring. This open-air pools are set in an idyllic setting as they open up on the Pacific Ocean, which spreads out as far as the eye can see.
  • In the Ginza Dori main street ,enjoy lunch in the little Ashi yokochô restaurant ,where the tables are laid over a shallow pool of water. You will eat with your shoes off and your feet in the water!
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Seamore Hotel in Shirahama (or similar).
Relax in the island and in its hot springs Day 4 – Ile de Nakanoshima
Relax in the island and in its hot springs

Day 4 – Ile de Nakanoshima Relax in the island and in its hot springs

  • You will take the train to Kii-Katsura station. From there, you will take a little boat to a secret, unspoilt area.
  • Spend a relaxing day on Nakanoshima Island, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. You can stroll around the lush countryside of the island and enjoy the various indoor and outdoor hot baths along the coast, which offer an incredible view of the Ocean.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Nakanoshima Hotel in Shirahama (or similar).
Nachi no Taki Falls and Kumano Nachi Taisha shrine Day 5 – Nachi No Taki
Nachi no Taki Falls and Kumano Nachi Taisha shrineNachi no Taki Falls and Kumano Nachi Taisha shrine

Day 5 – Nachi No Taki Nachi no Taki Falls and Kumano Nachi Taisha shrine

  • Today your own private car with chauffeur will take you into the heart of the Kii Peninsula. Discover the sacred shrines along the pilgrimage trails in the region of the Kii Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which connects the Kumano shrines to Mount Koya.
  • After walking under a torii, a symbol of the sacred nature of this site, discover Nachi no Taki Falls. This waterfall is 133 metres high and 16 metres wide and seems to be born from the mountain covered with black cedars.
  • At the top of the mountain, discover Kumano Nachi shrine Taisha, which was built to honour the deity of the fountain and the mountain kami.
  • In the little village of Shingû, you will discover Kumano Hayatama taisha shrine and its incredible bright-red pavilions.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Fujiya Ryokan in Kawayu Onsen (or similar).
Kumano Hongû shrine and hot springs Day 6 – Yunomine Onsen
Kumano Hongû shrine and hot springs

Day 6 – Yunomine Onsen Kumano Hongû shrine and hot springs

  • This village is one of the oldest in the region. It is built along a torrent in the heart of a wooded valley.
  • You can visit Kumano Hongû Taisha shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is reached by a series of big stone stairs. Located on the edge of a mountain, this shrine’s architecture is typical of Shinto shrines: it is built with natural materials, with no finishings, and melds into its natural surroundings.
  • Spend the afternoon in the baths of Yunomine Onsen that are filled by the region’s many hot springs.
  • In the main street, taste eggs that you can cook yourself in a pool of 90°C water from a hot spring.
  • You can also enjoy a bath in the Tsuboyu, a 12th century hut. The water in this onsen is said to change colour seven times a day. From the bath, you can enjoy a lovely view of the river, on your own or with your partner, for 30 minutes.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Adumaya Ryokan in Yunomine Onsen (or similar).
Public baths (sentô), Okuno-in Cemetery and Mount Koya Day 7 – Mount Koya
Public baths (sentô), Okuno-in Cemetery and Mount KoyaPublic baths (sentô), Okuno-in Cemetery and Mount Koya

Day 7 – Mount Koya Public baths (sentô), Okuno-in Cemetery and Mount Koya

  • This morning, your private car with chauffeur will take you to one of the most sacred sites for Japanese spirituality:  Mount Koya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • On the way, you will stop off in a sentô. A real Japanese tradition, this public bath is directly filled by natural springs.
  • On a hill 900 metres above sea level, surrounded by eight mountains, the bonze Kukai built the first religious community in Japan in the 8th century.Mount Koya eventually became the main centre of the Shingon Buddhist sect who believe that spiritual enlightenment can be reached during life. Mount Koya now represents over more than 110 temples.
  • Visit the most important and most iconic temples: Kondo and Kongobuji which manage the 3,600 temples of the Shingon sect.
  • You will mostly stroll around Okuno-in Cemetery, where you can find over 200,000 tombstones of samurai and famous people resting in the shadows of a dense forest of age-old cedars.
  • Spend the night in a shukubo in a monastery, where you will share the monks’ vegetarian meal.
  • Spending the night in the monastery is a unique experience: you can sleep in the Japanese-style on a futon and tatami mats in a relaxing atmosphere.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Rengejo-in Monastery in Mount Koya (or similar).
Discover the village of Yoshino, Kinpusen-ji temple and the residence of the Emperor Go-Daigo Day 8 – Yoshino
Discover the village of Yoshino,  Kinpusen-ji temple and the residence of the Emperor Go-DaigoDiscover the village of Yoshino,  Kinpusen-ji temple and the residence of the Emperor Go-Daigo

Day 8 – Yoshino Discover the village of Yoshino, Kinpusen-ji temple and the residence of the Emperor Go-Daigo

  • Get up early to attend the monks’ prayers in your monastery. Then, enjoy a vegetarian breakfast with the monks before leaving in your private car to discover the little village of Yoshino.
  • Perched on the top of mountain, this little village is very popular in spring for its beautiful cherry blossoms.
  • Visit Kinpusen-ji and its main pavilion, Zao-dô, which is one of the most imposing wooden buildings in Japan.
  • Continue with Yoshimizu-jinja temple, the former residence of the Emperor Go-Daigo. This explains why its architecture resembles that of a 14th century palace. Inside, you can admire a collection of armour and partitions.
  • Take the time to stroll around Gunpô-en, a delicate garden deisgned by tea master Sen no Rikyû in the 14th century.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Sakoya Ryokan in Yoshino (or similar).
Hase Monastery and road for Nara Day 9 – Hase / Nara
Hase Monastery and road for Nara

Day 9 – Hase / Nara Hase Monastery and road for Nara

  • In the morning, enjoy that magic of the small town of Yoshino, then, on the road to Nara, visit the Hase Monastery, first built in the 5th century. A very long staircase lined with lanterns will lead you to this large Buddhist site where over 30 pavilions of the Shingon and Buzan sects are built on the side of the mountain.
  • In a beautiful natural setting, admire the houses built on stilts, the statue of Kannon and the bright red pavilion that make this monastery an exceptional site.
  • In the afternoon, you will leave for Nara, where you will spend the night.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Nikko Nara Hotel in Nara (or similar).
Nara Park, Gango-ji and Todai-ji temples Day 10 – Nara
Nara Park, Gango-ji and Todai-ji templesNara Park, Gango-ji and Todai-ji temples

Day 10 – Nara Nara Park, Gango-ji and Todai-ji temples

  • Spend a pleasant day in the small town of Nara. Founded in the 8th century, Nara was the first real capital of Japan from 710 to 784. Forty kilometres (about 25 miles) from Kyoto, Nara is also a cultural hotspot, which houses many UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Stroll around Nara Park, where thousands of deer roam freely.
  • As you enter the Park, do not miss Kôfuku-ji temple, which is comprised of ten buildings, including a beautiful five-storey pagoda dating back to 1426.
  • Next, visit Todaiji temple where you can see the largest bronze Buddha in Japan.
  • Then, walk through the forest until you reach Kasuga shrine. Built in 768, its bright red buildings create a strikingly beautiful contrast with the surrounding greenery. Wrapped in light, the shrine shines brightly thanks to the 1,800 stone lanterns that line its path and the thousands of metal lanterns hanging from the corridors eaves.
  • In the town centre, Nara-machi district is a lovely place for a stroll. This maze of narrow little streets houses local craft shops. Make the most of this time and visit Gango-ji temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • In the evening, you will leave for the former capital of Japan: Kyoto.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 4* New Miyako Hotel in Kyoto (or similar).
Temples and shrines, Gion and Pontocho districts Day 11 – Kyoto
Temples and shrines, Gion and Pontocho districtsTemples and shrines, Gion and Pontocho districts

Day 11 – 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 your first day, your English-speaking guide and your private car will accompany you as you visit the most beautiful temples of Kyoto. You will discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the famous Kinkaku-ji, better known as the Golden Pavilion since this elegant building is entirely covered in gold leaf, as well as Ryoan-ji temple, famous for its Zen garden, which is an invitation to pause and to meditate.
  • A little further on, Ninna-ji houses beautiful structures: a palace surrounded by greenery as well as a small pagoda. In the eastern part of the city, visit the most imposing temple in Kyoto: Kiyomizu-dera, a beautiful wooden structure, perched on the side of a cliff and balancing on incredible stilts.
  • Finally, as night falls, 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 catch a glimpse of 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 4* New Miyako Hotel in Kyoto (or similar).
Temples and shrines, Nijo castle, Arashiyama district and the "Pomme" cafe Day 12 – Kyoto
Temples and shrines, Nijo castle, Arashiyama district and the "Pomme" cafeTemples and shrines, Nijo castle, Arashiyama district and the "Pomme" cafe

Day 12 – Kyoto Temples and shrines, Nijo castle, Arashiyama district and the "Pomme" cafe

  • With 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Kyoto still has many wonders in store for you!
  • If you like temples, shrines and gardens, you are in luck: Kyoto has over 2,000 of them!
  • In the town centre, we recommend Heian shrine, which has a gigantic red Torii at the entrance as well as one of the most beautiful gardens in Kyoto, and the Silver Pavilion and its lovely moss garden.
  • In the outskirts of the city, visit the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine where thousands of red torii straddle a network of trails over a few kilometres in the midst of a dense forest.
  • If you love beautiful traditional Japanese buildings, do not miss the beautiful 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 in the shape of the Chinese character “heart”.
  • North of the city, stroll along the Philosopher’s Walk and enjoy a pleasant walk by a charming little canal, which is spectacular when the cherry trees are in bloom.
  • Take the time to enjoy a cup of tea and taste the delicious cakes at the “Pomme” cafe , which is reminiscent of Paris of a past age.
  • If you like animals, climb upIwatayama mountain in the Arashiyama district, where hundreds of monkeys roam freely. Admire the incredible view of Kyoto!
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 4* New Miyako Hotel in Kyoto (or similar).
Cruise on the Sumida River, Ginza, Akibahara and Odaiba districts Day 13 – Tokyo
Cruise on the Sumida River, Ginza, Akibahara and Odaiba districtsCruise on the Sumida River, Ginza, Akibahara and Odaiba districts

Day 13 – Tokyo Cruise on the Sumida River, Ginza, Akibahara and Odaiba districts

  • Tokyo, the charming capital, is finally yours to discover!
  • Take a cruise on the Sumida river and enjoy the incredible view of Tokyo, which will take you to Senso-ji Temple in the Asakusa working-class district.
  • Then, discover the Akihabara district, also known as Electric Town, where you will find state-of-the-art electronics and shops selling manga and figurines.
  • As night falls, 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 and go to 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).
Tsukiji Market, Shinjuku district, Harajuku and Shibuya and Yoyogi Park Day 14 – Tokyo
Tsukiji Market, Shinjuku district, Harajuku and Shibuya and Yoyogi ParkTsukiji Market, Shinjuku district, Harajuku and Shibuya and Yoyogi Park

Day 14 – Tokyo Tsukiji Market, Shinjuku district, Harajuku and Shibuya and Yoyogi Park

  • In the early morning, stroll around the largest fish market in the world — Tsukiji Market — where thousands of different kinds of fish are sold every day! For breakfast, you can even try the freshest sushi imaginable at the Daiwa sushi restaurant, located inside the market!
  • For a bird’s-eye view of the city, start with the Shinjuku district and go up to the 45th floor of Tokyo City Hall, which offers a panoramic view of the city! On a nice day, you may even see Mount Fuji in the distance!
  • Then, stroll around the relaxing greenery of Yoyogi Park, a haven of peace inside the city, where you will find Meiji Jingu shrine.
  • Then, wander along the colourful streets of Harajuku, the fashion district for young people, where you will find many shopping opportunities!
  • Not far from there, walk down Omotesando Avenue, Tokyo’s Champs-Elysees, where you will find many fashion and luxury boutiques where you can enjoy a spot of last minute 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 Hotel in Tokyo (or similar).
Back to UK Day 15 - Tokyo / London
Back to UK
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Day 15 - Tokyo / London Back to UK

  • Today, leave from Tokyo Narita Airport to London on a scheduled flight in economy class.
  • 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 included

One night in a Buddhist monastery in a shukubo

One night in a Buddhist monastery in a shukubo

One night in a Buddhist monastery in a shukubo

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

Yatsuhashi cooking class and tea ceremony in Kyoto

Yatsuhashi cooking class and tea ceremony in Kyoto

Yatsuhashi cooking class and tea ceremony in Kyoto

Yatsuhashi is a Japanese dessert and is a local specialty of Kyoto. It is made with glutinous rice flour, cinnamon powder and sugar. It can be steamed or baked. It can also contain red bean paste (inside), chocolate, jam or cream. With an English-speaking guide, you will attend a cooking class to learn how to make this delicious dessert as well as tea ceremony where you will discover the extremely codified art of preparing and drinking matcha or green tea.

One-day visit of Kyoto

One-day visit of Kyoto

One-day visit of Kyoto

Discover one of the most beautiful historical towns of Japan with an English speaking guide! The former capital is full of treasures and your guide will share with you many stories about Kyoto and its wonders! Visit some of the most beautiful temples in Kyoto : Kinkakuji, more commonly known as the Golden Pavilion, as well as Ryoanji that houses one of the most famous Zen gardens in Japan . After lunch, you will walk around the Imperial Palace Park.

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.

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 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.

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

One-day guided tour of Kyoto and Nara

One-day guided tour of Kyoto and Nara

One-day guided tour of Kyoto and Nara

In the morning, visit the most beautiful temples of Kyoto with an English-speaking guide: the Golden Pavilion or Kinkakuji. You will then walk around the Imperial Palace Park. In the afternoon, after lunch, you will leave for the small town of Nara, the first capital of Japan, which also houses many treasures. You will walk around Nara Park and discover the impressive Todai-ji temple and the bright-red Kasuga shrine, famous for its thousands of lanterns.

One-day visit of Kyoto

One-day visit of Kyoto

One-day visit of Kyoto

Discover one of the most beautiful historical towns of Japan with an English speaking guide! The former capital is full of treasures and your guide will share with you many stories about Kyoto and its wonders! Visit some of the most beautiful temples in Kyoto : Kinkakuji, more commonly known as the Golden Pavilion, as well as Ryoanji that houses one of the most famous Zen gardens in Japan . After lunch, you will walk around the Imperial Palace Park.

Afternoon guided tour of Kyoto

Afternoon guided tour of Kyoto

Afternoon guided tour of Kyoto

Discover some of Kyoto’s most beautiful temples with an English-speaking guide ! You will start by visiting Heian jingu shrine and its beautiful Japanese landscape garden. You will then walk around the traditional neighbourhood of Higashiyama. After that, you will visit Sanjusangendo temple, which is 125 metres long and famous for its hundreds of statues of the goddess Kannon. Finally, you will go to one of the most popular and most impressive temples of Kyoto: Kiyomizu-dera.

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.

Morning visit of Kyoto

Morning visit of Kyoto

Morning visit of Kyoto

Take your first steps in the cultural capital of Japan with an English-speaking guide! You will discover the town’s most famous temple : Kinkakuji or the Golden Pavilion. You will then visit Nijo Castle. You will amble around the park of the former Imperial Palace before visiting the Kyoto Handicraft Centre, which displays many local traditional handicrafts.

Tour's hotels

Our selection of hotels

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

Hotels included

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.

Renge-jo In Shukubo - Mount Koya

Hotel Mount Koya

Renge-jo In Shukubo - Mount Koya

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

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.

Ryokan Sakoya - Yoshino

Hotel Yoshino

Ryokan Sakoya - Yoshino

The Sakoya Ryokan is built entirely in the traditional Japanese architectural style using only cypress and cedar wood from Yoshino. You will stay in beautiful Japanese-style rooms where you will sleep on futons and tatami mats. After visiting the charming little town of Yoshino and its many temples, relax in the many indoor and outdoor hot springs that will help you unwind while providing health benefits.

Seamore - Shirahama

Hotel Shirahama

Seamore - Shirahama

This beautiful modern hotel offers 164 Western and Japanese-style rooms on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. You will have an incredible view of the ocean stretching off into the distance as far as the eye can see. The rooms are all elegantly decorated and equipped with tea/coffee service. You can enjoy the many indoor and outdoor hot baths as well as the swimming pool. Do not miss the traditional wooden baths that overlook the sea. A true change of scenery!

Fujiya - Hakone

Hotel Hakone

Fujiya - Hakone

A legendary hotel built in 1878, the 3* Superior Fujiya Hotel welcomes you to its grandiose setting. The outside architectural design mimics the Western style while keeping key elements from Japanese architecture, which creates a breathtaking façade. The rooms are all decorated in a classical yet simple manner and equipped with A/C, television and mini-bar. If you wish to relax, make the most of the hotels many amenities: an indoor swimming pool, an outdoor swimming pool, hot spring baths, a massage parlour and even a greenhouse with a wide variety of plants and flowers, which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Finally, you have the choice of five restaurants and bars serving delicious Japanese and international cuisine.

Ryokan Nakanoshima - Nakanoshima Island

Hotel Ile de Nakanoshima

Ryokan Nakanoshima - Nakanoshima Island

Welcome to the private island of Nakanoshima in the Pacific Ocean, a few nautical miles from the Kumano Peninsula. Have a pleasant, relaxing stay in this beautiful modern ryokan where all the rooms overlook the sea. You can wander around the unspoiled island, which offers wonderful views of the Kumano Peninsula. Make sure you do not miss the many natural and landscaped hot baths from which you can hear the lapping waves of the Pacific.

Nikko Nara - Nara

Hotel Nara

Nikko Nara - Nara

Located one minute’s walk from JR Nara station, the 4* Nikko Nara Hotel welcomes you to its elegant, refined setting. A ten-minute walk from the town’s most beautiful temples and the park, you will spend a pleasant night in a Western-style room decorated in a simple yet elegant manner. The 330 rooms are all equipped with television, A/C and Internet access. Relax in the indoor hot baths. For dinner, you have the choice of five restaurants serving Japanese and international cuisine .

Good to know

Additional Information

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

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

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

Tour Price

The price include

  • International flights LONDON / OSAKA and TOKYO / LONDON on scheduled flights in economy class
  • Airport taxes (including fuel surcharge) and the Solidarity Tax.
  • 13 nights’ accommodation in a standard double room in the 3* or 4* hotels mentioned in the itinerary, including one night in a monastery on Mount Koya. If one of these hotels is not available, similar quality accommodation will be booked
  • Meals: all breakfasts and six dinners.
  • The boat ride between Nakanoshima Island-Tokyo and Kii-Katsura.
  • All unlimited train trips on JR lines in second class, as stated in the itinerary, thanks to the 14-day JR Pass
  • Multiple days visiting Kumano in a private car with chauffeur (Days 5, 7, 8, 11).
  • All trips by subway or public transport in Tokyo and Osaka on the JR lines
  • The activities and trips stated in the itinerary
  • 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)
  • The boat ride between Nakanoshima Island-Tokyo and Kii-Katsura.

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

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