Your Holiday Itinerary - Cultural Treasures of Japan

Day 1: Tokyo, Japan

Your tour starts in Tokyo with an included welcome dinner.

Day 2: Tokyo

This morning immerse yourself in Japan’s bustling capital during a sightseeing tour. Explore the famous Ginza district, Meiji Shrine, the Imperial Palace and traverse the world’s busiest intersection, Shibuya Crossing. For a true taste of Japan, you will visit Tokyo’s famous fish market for a sushi lunch before joining a family in their home to experience a tea ceremony. The rest of your day is at leisure.

Day 3: Tokyo

Enjoy time at leisure this morning before visiting Tokyo’s oldest Geisha district, Asakusa. While you are there, see the famous Senso-ji and traditional Japanese architecture. Then, return to Tokyo by boat on a cruise down the Sumida River.

Day 4: Tokyo - Hakone

Today you will travel to the famous lakeside resort of Hakone. Renowned for its hot springs and spas, this scenic town hugs the shores of Lake Ashi. With magnificent Mt. Fuji (UNESCO) rising in the distance, sit back, relax and soak up the incredible setting. Take to the deep-blue waters of Lake Ashi on a cruise featuring epic views of the mountain and stops at some of the lakeside towns. Tonight, gather for a leisurely walk to the charming town of Moto-Hakone.

Day 5: Hakone - Matsumoto - Takayama

Begin your day in the Kawaguchi’s “Five Lakes” area. Climb aboard the Kachi Kachi Ropeway for a glorious panorama of Mt. Fuji and the surrounding lakes. Next, stop in Matsumoto for a traditional Japanese lunch. Then it’s on to see Matsumoto Castle. Later, step back in time in Takayama, a rural, Edo period town nestled in the Japanese Alps. Well known to the locals for its connection to sake, this is the perfect place to gather for a visit to a family-owned sake brewery and sample some traditional rice wine. A special Hida beef dinner is on tonight’s menu.

Day 6: Takayama

Embrace the ancient culture of Takayama as you explore its historic district and open-air markets. Explore the winding streets lined with charming traditional inns and houses. Then, see how lacquerware is made before joining the local residents at a traditional noodle shop. Your afternoon is free to explore however you like, including joining your local guide at a nearby nature park.

Day 7: Takayama - Shirakawa-go - Kanazawa

Cross the mountainous Shokawa Valley on your way to Shirakawa-go (UNESCO). Uncover the unique charm of this village with thatch-roofed houses before continuing to the scenic town of Kanazawa. Explore at your leisure and then gather in town for dinner this evening.

Day 8: Kanazawa

Explore Kanazawa by tram and make your way through the Omicho market, the Samurai district, Higashi tea district, and Kenroku-En (Garden of Six Qualities). Then it is time for your hands-on gold leaf class. Dive deep into this ancient craft as you create your own bento box to take home before a free afternoon.

Day 9: Kanazawa - Kyoto

After shopping for some Japanese treats, board an express train bound for Kyoto. This former imperial capital of Japan is now one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the nation. Next, head to the Gion (Geisha) district. Along its narrow lanes you will find teahouses and women in traditional kimono. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a traditional yakitori restaurant.

Day 10: Kyoto

Explore Nijo Castle (UNESCO), home of the first Shogun before attending a stencilling class at the Kodai Yuzen-en Gallery. Ascend the hillside to Kiyomizu temple and take in a wonderful view of the city. Then, travel to the Fushimi Inari Taisha for a tour of the most revered shrine of Inari and stroll along its rows of orange tori.

Day 11: Kyoto

Travel to Hiroshima aboard the Shinkansen bullet train. Reflect on the city’s past as you visit the Peace Memorial Park, the Atomic Dome (UNESCO) and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. After lunch, take a short trip to Miyajima Island, “Shrine Island.” See the iconic Torii Gate which appears to be floating on the water. As the day comes to a close, return to Kyoto by Shinkansen bullet train for a free evening.

Day 12: Kyoto

Relax or set out to explore Kyoto on your own. Tonight, experience Japanese culture during a special farewell dinner that features a Geisha show.

Day 13: Kyoto

Your tour ends in Kyoto. 

Departure Dates 2018/19 Cultural Treasures of Japan (13 Days) - 7% discount on all dates

Collette brochure price from £3489

Travel 55 discount price from £3245

Telephone Collette Holidays on 0800 804 8700 and quote Travel 55 code NYC2

Prices are ‘guide from’ prices only and do not include flights. To check the latest up to date tour prices and to check availability call Collette reservations on 0800 804 8700. Don't forget to quote the Travel 55 code NYC2 to receive your 7% discount that is availably on all Collette tours.

Departure Dates 2018

February 25

July 8

October 14, 21

March 4, 11, 18, 25

August 5

October 28

April 8, 15, 22

September 2, 16

November 4, 11

May 20, 27

September 23

November 18

Departure Dates 2019

January 27

March 3, 10, 17

April 7, 14

February 24

March 24, 31

Aprril 21, 28

Please note: prices may change and will be confirmed when you call to make a booking. The discount will be applied accordingly to reflect the price. Departure dates are subject to availability. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking.

NOTE: On some dates alternate hotels may be used. • Flights arrive into Tokyo and depart from Osaka.

Extend your stay

  • Spend a few extra nights in Tokyo before your tour starts to further explore this fascinating city.

Please call for details.

Cultural Treasures of Japan

13 Day Holidays - 7% Discount

Prices from only £3245

Experience the dynamic culture of Japan on this 13-day tour. From the thrill of a bullet train and the futuristic capital city of Tokyo, to historic Kyoto and spectacular Mt. Fuji, you will visit many time honoured landmarks on this unforgettable journey.

This exciting 13 day Cultural Treasures of Japan tour comes with a 7% discount saving. To book this holiday call Collette Holidays direct on 0800 804 8700 and quote Travel 55 ref: NYC2.

Tour Highlights - Cultural Treasures of Japan

  • Explore bustling Tokyo
  • Travel to Hiroshima via bullet train
  • Relax in the Hakone hot springs
  • Take in the breath-taking views of Mt. Fuji

What's Included In Your Tour

  • MEALS: 23 meals (12 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches & 7 Dinners)
  • ACCOMMODATION: Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa, Tokyo. Odakyu Hotel de Yama, Hakone. Hida Plaza Hotel, Takayama. ANA Crowne Plaza, Kanazawa. Westin Miyako, Kyoto


  • Complimentary Private Airport Transfers*
  • Services of an experienced tour manager
  • Services of local expert guides
  • Luggage porterage throughout the tour
  • TRANSPORT: Coach, boat trips, trains, internal flights, vintage jeep, rickshaw and canter
  • GROUP SIZE: Max. 24
  • SOLO TRAVELLERS: From £4,489

Booking flights is easy

...and we can be as flexible as you need to be. We can organise fl ights from most of the UK’s regional airports, with our preferred airline partners. We can advise you on the best airlines for each tour and the best routes, and you can choose who you’d prefer to travel with. We’ll fi nd the best price for you based on your chosen departure date and local airport.

More Convenient

From Exeter to Inverness, we can fly you from your local airport to join our tours around the world minimising the need to travel to London. Let us find the best priced and most convenient fl ight for your holiday choice and your UK location.

More Comfort

We can also organise to upgrade your flight to premium economy, business or first class and arrive refreshed and ready for an adventure. We have great partnerships with many airlines and often have access to exclusive flight upgrade fares. Just let us know your preference at time of booking, and we will find the best priced flight for you.

More Peace of Mind

When you book a flight inclusive holiday with us, if your tour itinerary changes for any reason, or the flight schedule changes, we will manage all the changes for you. Your holiday will also be fully bonded under our ATOL licence giving you full protection for your holiday. If you choose to book your own flight, if anything does change you’ll be liable for any flight changes required.

Traveling in style

At Collette, we believe your holiday starts as soon as you leave your front door. So, when you book a flight inclusive holiday with us, you’ll be able to start your holiday in style with our exclusive private door to door service. Getting to the airport can often be one of the most stressful parts of your holiday, but don’t worry, we have it all in hand.

Bon Voyage

Your driver will collect you from your home and take you directly to your chosen UK departure airport. Your driver has access to the latest satellite navigation technology, to ensure that you have the most convenient, traffic free journey to the airport. Your transfer is
exclusively for you and no one else!

Welcome Home

When you return from your holiday, your driver will meet you as you come through into the arrivals hall after you have collected your luggage. You will then be whisked away from the airport and taken straight back home, without any diversions, in the comfort you have been accustomed to on your Collette tour.

Your Preference

If you prefer to drive yourself to the airport, you could take advantage of our complimentary hotel stay and airport parking at the airport of your choice. If you have an early morning flight, or you could extend your holiday for an extra night if you have a later flight back. Just let us know your preference at time of booking.

Conditions may apply, call for details.


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