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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
Discover the city, a local Japanese restaurant and Hamarikyu Japanese garden

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 and discover 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
Visit the city, the Buddhist temple of Senso-ji, Harajuku and Shibuya districts and Yoyogi ParkVisit the city, the Buddhist temple of Senso-ji, Harajuku and Shibuya districts and Yoyogi Park

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

  • This morning, leave at 9 a.m. to spend the day visiting Tokyo, with an English-speaking guide.
  • Start by visiting the Buddhist temple of Senso-ji, the most popular temple in Tokyo, which is easily recognizable by its imposing gate in which hangs a giant red lantern.
  • You will then stroll around Ueno Park, the real lung of the city.
  • After that, you will go to a completely different district to discover 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, a real laboratory for fashion, Harajuku, where you will see young Japanese people wearing extravagant costumes!
  • After the lively bustle of Harajuku, take a stroll in Yoyogi Park, a dense, verdant forest. In this oasis in the midst of the city, you will find Meiji-jingu shrine, which is very popular with Tokyoites. This is where your guided tour ends.
  • However, we highly recommend you take the JR train to the next subway station, Shibuya, to discover one of the liveliest districts of Tokyo at nightfall! This district is famous for its giant intersection, the biggest in the world. You will be stunned by its neon lights and television screens that will leave you awestruck! You will find many little restaurants in the pedestrian streets opposite Shibuya station.
  • Return to your hotel by your own means.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Superior Park Hotel Shimbashi in Tokyo (or similar).
Matsumoto-jô feudal castle, Naka Machi district and Ukiyoe print Museum Jour 4 – Matsumoto
Matsumoto-jô feudal castle, Naka Machi district and Ukiyoe print Museum

Jour 4 – Matsumoto Matsumoto-jô feudal castle, Naka Machi district and Ukiyoe print Museum

  • With your English-speaking guide, you will go to the town of Matsumoto, nestled in the heart of the Japanese Alps.
  • This beautiful, pleasant town still retains traces of its past, especially its feudal castle, Matsumoto-jô, which was built in black wood, thus earning the nickname “Crow Castle”. Erected in 1504 by Shimadate Sadanaga, it is comprised of a central six-storey tower, which makes it one of the few remaining examples of feudal architecture in Japan. This is why it was recognised as a “National Treasure” by the Japanese government.
  • You will walk around the heart of the town, in particular Naka Machi district, where you can still find kura zukuri houses: warehouses with black and white facades.
  • Finally, the tour will end with the visit of the famous Ukiyoe print Museum, which boasts the most impressive private collection of Ukiyoe prints in Japan with 100,000 works on display, including some by Hokusai or Hiroshige.
  • Lunch and dinner at your leisure.
  • Spend the night in the 4* Matsumoto Tokyu Inn Hotel in Matsumoto (or similar)
Visit the village of Tsumago and Okura Kyôdo-kan House and spend the night in a minshuku Jour 5 – Tsumago
Visit the village of Tsumago and Okura Kyôdo-kan House and spend the night in a minshuku

Jour 5 – Tsumago Visit the village of Tsumago and Okura Kyôdo-kan House and spend the night in a minshuku

  • In the morning, leave for Kiso Valley.
  • Surrounded by majestic forests of cypress trees, the valley was crossed by Nakasendô, the land-road connecting Kyoto and Edo, now better known as Tokyo.
  • The small village of Tsumago, eighty kilometres (about 50 miles) 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.
  • You will 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.
  • In the evening, you will have the opportunity 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.
    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)
Hike along the old Nakasendô road, visit Magome Jour 6 – Kiso Valley / Tsumago / Magome
Hike along the old Nakasendô road, visit Magome

Jour 6 – Kiso Valley / Tsumago / Magome Hike along the old Nakasendô road, visit Magome

  • Out of the 69 post towns that used to exist on the Nakasendô route between Kyoto and Edo, post towns (all of which have been reproduced as prints by the master Hiroshige), only three have been perfectly well preserved. They are all in the Kiso Valley.
  • This morning, with your guide, you will go on a charming nine kilometre hike (approximately three hours) on the old Nakasendô road..
  • You will leave the small village of Tsumago for the small town of Magome, via one of these unspoilt post towns.
  • You will then visit Magome and go back in time to ancient Japan as you admire the beautiful historical houses.
  • In the evening, you will return to Tsumago to spend one more night in your minshuku.
  • Lunch at your leisure and dinner in your minshuku.
  • Spend the night in the Hanaya Minshuku in Tsumago (or similar)
Train to Kyoto, temples, shrines and gardens, Nijo Castle and Arashiyama district Jour 7 – Kyoto
Train to Kyoto, temples, shrines and gardens, Nijo Castle and Arashiyama districtTrain to Kyoto, temples, shrines and gardens, Nijo Castle and Arashiyama district

Jour 7 – Kyoto Train to Kyoto, temples, shrines and gardens, Nijo Castle and Arashiyama district

  • After a filling Japanese-style breakfast, you will leave your minshuku forKyoto, the age-old former capital.
  • Your guide will take you to Nagoya, then you will take the train from Kyoto to Nagoya by yourself.
  • After arriving 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 as well as 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, go to 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.
  • If you like nature hikes, discover the Arashiyama district, and its beautiful bamboo grove.
  • 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
Kinkaku-ji, temples and Pontocho district

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

  • Head out at 9 a.m. to visit the most beautiful temples of Kyoto with your English-speaking guide.
  • You will start with the most famous temple, the amazing Kinkaku-ji, better known as the Golden Pavilion as this elegant structure is entirely covered with gold leaf.
  • You will continue by visiting Ryoan-ji temple 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, 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 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 at the 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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Un condensé d'activités pour agrémenter votre voyage et vous laisser des souvenirs inoubliables. N'hésitez pas à consulter nos spécialistes pour plus d'informations !

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!

Two nights with the locals in a Minshuku

Two nights with the locals in a Minshuku

Two nights with the locals in a Minshuku

What experience could be more charming and authentic than spending two nights with the locals in a historical house built in the traditional Japanese style? You will have the opportunity to spend two evenings with a local family in the small town of Tsumago. You will sleep on futons in a room with tatami mats, sliding doors and windows made of rice-paper. Finally, you will sample your hosts’ excellent homemade cooking. A real treat for your taste buds!

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.

Half-day guided tour of Nara

Half-day guided tour of Nara

Half-day guided tour of Nara

Walk around Nara Park, where thousands of deer wander around freely. With an English-speaking guide, you will visit Todaiji temple, which houses the largest Bronze Buddha in Japan. The other main site of the town is the great Kasuga shrine, which was built in 768. Its bright red buildings offer a striking contrast with the greenery surrounding it. Surrounded by light, the shrine shines brightly thanks to the 1,800 stone lanterns laid out around the enclosure and the thousands of metal lanterns hung on the corridors’ eaves.

Hôtels de ce voyage

Notre sélection d'hôtels

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

Hotels included

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.

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.

Tokyu Inn - Matsumoto

Hotel Matsumoto

Tokyu Inn - Matsumoto

Located a few steps away from JR Matsumoto station, the 4* Matsumoto Tokyu Inn is an ideal base for discovering this lovely town and its many treasures, including the castle, which is only a fifteen-minute walk away. All the rooms have an elegant decor as well as A/C, satellite television, mini-bar, Internet connection and refrigerator. The 4* Matsumoto Tokyu Inn houses a restaurant, the Shangri-La, that serves international and Japanese cuisine. Finally, the hotel’s amenities also include, among others, a beauty parlour.

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* or 4* Superior hotels mentioned in the itinerary, as well as a two-night home-stay in a minshuku. If one of these hotels is not available, similar quality accommodation will be booked
  • Meals: two breakfasts and two dinners in Tsumago
  • 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 a 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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