China & Northeast Asia

Highlights of Honshu

Japan: Highlights of Honshu Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Depart UK.
  • Day 2 : Arrive in Tokyo.
  • Day 3 : Visit the shrine of Meiji-Jingu and the districts of Harajuku and Omotesando. Also explore Ginza, walk in the gardens of the Imperial Palace and visit Asakusa to see Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple.
  • Day 4 : Join a group to travel to Mt Fuji and take in the views from the fifth station (weather permitting). Continue to Hakone to take a cruise on Lake Ashi and ride the Mt Komagatake cable car. Return to Tokyo by bullet train.
  • Day 5 : Travel to Matsumoto by train. Visit the sixteenth-century castle and continue to Takayama by express bus.
  • Day 6 : A full day tour of Takayama. Visit the museums, open houses and Hida Folk Village and walk along the temple trail.
  • Day 7 : Take the bus to Shirakawago to see the traditional farmhouses with steeply slanting roofs. Continue to Kanazawa by express bus.
  • Day 8 : Enjoy a walking tour of Kanazawa including Kenrokuen Garden. Take the express train to Kyoto.
  • Day 9 : A full day tour of Kyoto including the Golden Pavilion, a Zen temple and Nijo castle. Visit a traditional townhouse, learn about the tea ceremony and enjoy a bento lunch.
  • Day 10 : Take a day tour to Nara to see Todai-ji Temple, the world’s largest wooden building and Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Also visit Fushimi Inari Shrine.
  • Day 11 : Transfer to Koya-San, an important Buddhist centre. Explore the mountain and stay in traditional temple lodgings.
  • Day 12 : Transfer to Osaka. In the afternoon visit Osaka Castle and take a cruise on Yodogawa River.
  • Day 13 : Fly to the UK.


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  • Vibrant Tokyo
  • Mt Fuji & Hakone
  • Matsumoto Castle
  • Shirakawago Farmhouses
  • Kenrokuen Gardens
  • Historical Kyoto
  • Ancient Nara
  • Buddhist Temple Lodgings
  • Modern Osaka


13 days


4 star around £5,200
5 star around £5,500

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