China & Northeast Asia

Japan: Heritage

Japan: Heritage Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Depart UK and fly overnight to Tokyo.
  • Day 2 : Arrive in Tokyo.
  • Day 3 : Tokyo – explore the numerous sights of this dazzling city – head up the Tokyo Skytree or take to the Sumida River for a city overview, find tranquillity in Senso-ji and Mei-ji or explore Tokyo’s past at the Edo-Tokyo Museum and Imperial Palace.
  • Day 4 : Hakone – travel to Hakone, one hour 20 minutes by road or two hours by train. Explore around Mt Fuji venturing up to the 5th station if you wish, cruise on Lake Ashi, visit the geysers and hot springs of the Fuji Hakone-Izu National Park, or relax in the hot springs taking in the views.
  • Day 5 : Travel to Takayama, around four hours 30 minutes by car. En route it’s possible to stop at Matsumoto and explore the magnificent castle.
  • Day 6 : Takayama – wander the atmospheric streets of traditional architecture and pop in a museum or two, such as the Festival Floats or Kusakabe Folk Museum. You can also visit the Miyagawa market to see the local produce of the area.
  • Day 7 : Travel to Kanazawa, around two hours by road. On the way you can stop at the UNESCO-listed Shirakawago to view the gassho-zukuri farmhouses.
  • Day 8 : Kanazawa – enjoy a day of relaxed sightseeing. Take a walk through the old district, find peace in Kenroku-en Garden, or view the creations at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • Day 9 : Travel to Kyoto, three hours 30 minutes by road.
  • Day 10 : Kyoto – Spend the day exploring some of Kyoto’s 17 UNESCO-listed monuments – take in Kinkaku-ji and the Zen garden at Ryoan-ji, walk through the tori of Fushimi Inari-Taisha and sip tea with a geisha or meiko.
  • Day 11 : Take a day trip to Nara, one hour by road or 45 minutes by bullet train. There is plenty of culture to find in this compact city, including Todai-ji Temple, the Isuien Gardens and Nara Park.
  • Day 12 : Travel to Koya-San, about two hours 30 minutes by road. Explore the area, admiring the beauty of your surroundings and to old temples. There is an option to spend the night in a temple lodge and eat a traditional Shojin Ryori vegetarian dinner.
  • Day 13 : Rise early to watch the monks chanting before a traditional breakfast. Travel to Osaka, two hours by road and spend the rest of the day exploring the city.
  • Day 14 : Fly from Osaka to the UK.


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  • Tokyo
  • Mt Fuji
  • Kenroku-en Garden
  • Koya-San


14 days


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