Holiday Itinerary - Discover Japan

Day 1: Arrive in Tokyo, Japan.

Welcome to Japan’s capital city. Hotel rooms are available for midafternoon check-in. 

Day 2: Tokyo.

Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions prior to morning sightseeing in Tokyo. Your tour takes you to the MEIJI SHRINE, a magnificent 20th-century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest, followed by a drive to see the Imperial Palace. Next, visit an artist’s studio and learn to write like a local during a CALLIGRAPHY CLASS with a master calligrapher. Here, you’ll also have the opportunity to try on a traditional KIMONO and partake in a TRADITIONAL TEA CEREMONY, a wonderfully choreographed ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea. Last stop is the ASAKUSA KANNON TEMPLE and the NAKAMISE SHOPPING ARCADE. The balance of the afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, join your traveling companions at a welcome dinner hosted by your Tour Director. (B,L,D) 

Day 3: Tokyo. Mount Fuji Excursion.

This morning, leave Tokyo and head south along the coast to the beautiful Five Lakes region. Here, take a CABLE-CAR RIDE (weather permitting) for panoramic views of Lake Kawaguchi and spectacular Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain. You will also have a spectacular view of Mount Fuji from CHUREITO PAGODA, part of the Arakura Sengen Shrine, built as a peace memorial in 1963. Return to Tokyo and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. (B,L) 

Day 4: Tokyo - Matsumoto - Takayama.

Journey to Matsumoto, gateway to the Japanese Alps. Visit famous MATSUMOTO CASTLE, dating back to 1593, and discover the history at the MATSUMOTO CITY MUSEUM. Later, travel through the ruggedly beautiful Japanese Alps to Takayama. Tonight, enjoy a wonderful Japanese-style dinner at your hotel. (B,L,D) 

Day 5: Takayama.

Today begins with a visit to the MORNING MARKET, where farmers display locally grown fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Then, visit TAKAYAMA JINYA, a former government office during the Edo Period from 16921868. This well-preserved building is a national historic site and the only remaining building of its kind in Japan. Continue on to the San-Machi Suji historic district—famous for lacquerware shops and sake breweries, and identified by the sugidama, balls made of cedar branches that hang over the entrances. Stop at one of the breweries for a  SAKE TASTING. The balance of the day is at leisure, providing you time to explore the narrow streets where merchants buy and sell as they have for 300 years. (B) 

Day 6: Takayama - Shirakawa - Kanazawa.

This morning, enjoy a drive through the mountainous Shokawa Valley to Shirakawa. This remote region of Japan is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites due to the unique GASSHO-ZUKURI-style (joined hands) thatched houses that can be found only here. Continue to the scenic town of Kanazawa, situated between the mountains and the Sea of Japan—once the country’s richest region. Your Tour Director leads you on a tour of one of Japan’s greatest gardens, KENROKU-EN, the “Garden of Six Qualities,” dating from the 1670s. Afterward, partake in a GOLD LEAF CLASS, where you learn more about this ancient traditional craft and make your own bento box souvenir. (B) 

Day 7: Kanazawa - Kyoto.

This morning, board the THUNDERBIRD EXPRESS TRAIN for your journey to Kyoto. Upon arrival, stop at SANJUSANGENDO TEMPLE, famous for its 1,001 statues of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. Flanking the main statue are 1,000 more life-sized statues, covered in gold leaf, with 40 arms said to have the power to save 25 worlds. After lunch, visit the FUSHIMI INARI SHRINE, renowned for the thousands of brightly colored Torii Gates. Afterward, continue on to the Higashiyama District to visit KIYOMIZU TEMPLE, the “Pure Water Temple,” with stunning views over Kyoto. Along the way, walk through the busy streets, where shops and restaurants have been catering to pilgrims for centuries. This evening, you have the option to stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan (additional expense). (B,L) 

Day 8: Kyoto.

This morning starts with a visit to stunning Kinkakuji, the TEMPLE OF THE GOLD PAVILION. Next, visit YUZEN HANDMADE CORNER to learn about the Yuzen dyeing technique used to decorate kimonos by painting dye directly on the cloth. You will be invited to participate in making your own souvenir using this traditional method. For lunch, participate in a special JAPANESE COOKING CLASS. Under the instruction of a local chef, you will learn how to make miso soup, teriyaki chicken, and makizushi, more commonly known as a sushi roll. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore this fascinating city on your own. (B,L) 

Day 9: Kyoto. Nara Excursion.

This morning, take an excursion to NARA, the oldest capital of Japan. Here, visit two separate UNESCO World Heritage Sites. First, at Nara Park, is TODAIJI TEMPLE, built in 752 AD and one of Japan’s most famous significant temples. Rebuilt after a fire in 1692, the temple is only twothirds its original size, yet remains the world’s largest wooden building. The Daibutsu (Giant Buddha) inside the main hall is made of copper and bronze, and is the largest in all of Japan, weighing 250 tons and standing some 49 feet tall! Nearby is KASUGA SHRINE, known for its 3,000 stone and bronze l anterns. Return to Kyoto for some leisure time. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner to celebrate your discovery of Japan. (B,D) 

Day 10: 

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. Homebound flights from Kansai International Airport in Osaka should not depart prior to 11 am. (B) 

You’ll always visit the key sites and enjoy more inclusions; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable

Departure dates 2020 : Discover Japan (10 days) : 7% discount on all dates

Cosmos brochure price in black from £3529

Travel 55 discount price in red from £3282

Telephone Cosmos on 0330 8088 351 and quote Travel 55 code TR55C

Starts from Tokyo ends Kyoto - tour OJ

Tour OJE—from £4359/£4054 land only*—12 days from Tokyo to Hiroshima

Dates

Prices from*

Dates

Prices from* 

March 24, 31

£3529
£3282

July 14

£3529
£3282

April 7, 14, 21, 28

£3529
£3282

August 18 

£3529
£3282

May 5, 19

£3529
£3282

September 8, 15, 22, 29

£3529
£3282

June 9 

£3529
£3282
October 13 £3529
£3282

*Dates and prices above do not include international air travel. Add flights to your holiday - airport transfers inclued. To add flights and overseas transfers to your holiday, please call Cosmos. Transfers available for purchase if you book extra nights.  

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy. Single Room Supplement is available from £1,011. Please call for Triple Room Reduction details and prices. Extra Nights per person in Tokyo: in single room from £272; in twin room from £170. Extra Nights per person in Kyoto: in single room £296; in twin room £176. Extra Nights per person in Hiroshima: in single room from £235; in twin room from £149. Ryokan supplement:£300 twin, £375 single supplement.

Please see Cosmos Terms & Conditions  for further details. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

Why not extend your holiday

Add Hiroshima tour OJE - 12 days from Tokyo to Hiroshima

Days 1 to 9 Like Tour OJ.

Day 10 Kyoto - Hiroshima. Board one of Japan’s famous BULLET TRAINS bound for Hiroshima. Later, join the afternoon excursion to MIYAJIMA ISLAND to visit ITSUKUSHIMA SHRINE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its floating Torii Gate. (B)

Day 11 Hiroshima. Today’s sightseeing starts at the SHUKKEI-EN GARDEN, where natural landscapes are represented in miniature form. Then, stop at PEACE MEMORIAL PARK to see the PEACE MEMORIAL. Commonly referred to as the Atomic Bomb Dome, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has been preserved just as it was on August 6, 1945, immediately after the bombing. You will also visit the MEMORIAL MUSEUM and MEMORIAL HALL, which commemorate the lives lost that day. (B)

Day 12 Hiroshima. Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Call for details.

Cosmos Tours
Discover Japan

7% discount - 10 days escorted tours

Discount prices start from only £3282

Your holiday begins in Tokyo with sightseeing and a traditional tea ceremony. From Tokyo head south to the beautiful Five Lakes region for a cable car ride (weather permitting) for panoramic views of Lake Kawaguchi and spectacular Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain. 

In Takayama visit the morning market where farmers display locally grown fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Next  enjoy a drive through the mountainous Shokawa Valley to Shirakawa. This remote region of Japan is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites due to the unique Gassho-Zujuri style (joined hands) thatched houses that can be found only here.

From Kanazawa board the Thunderbird Exress Train for your journey to Kyoto.  Upon arrival, stop at Sanjusangendo Temple, famous for its 1,001 statues of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. Flanking the main statue are 1,000 more life-sized statues, covered in gold leaf, with 40 arms said to have the power to save 25 worlds

This wonderful 10 day Discover Japan holiday comes with a 7% discount saving when you book direct with Cosmos on 0330 8088 351 and quote the Travel 55 code TR55C.

Travel 55 in association with Cosmos. To book call direct on 0330 8088 351 and quote Travel 55 code TR55C you will then receive a 7% discount from the Cosmos brochure price. 

Globus tours

No planning. No worries. No kidding. A Globus journey is more than a holiday—it’s an investment in you. To ensure the greatest return on that investment, we plan a hassle-free, experience-full, all-in-one holiday with everything you’d want and expect, including: 

Sightseeing and VIP access: Your Globus tour always includes the major attractions. In fact, Globus offers you more included features and behindthe-scenes local experiences than any other Tour Operator—plus, you get special VIP access at the must-see sites. We actually take you inside the world’s most awe-inspiring places—right to the head of the line and through the front door. Our itineraries clearly indicate inside visits and special features in UPPERCASE. 

Superior accommodation: Selected for their comfort, amenities, and proximity to key sites, hotel/lodges/camps feature twin-bedded rooms with private bathroom (hotel and city taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling included).

Meals: Traditional meals at local restaurants, food and wine tastings and hands-on cooking classes help you experience your destination’s culture through its cuisine. On safari, lunch and dinner are always included.

Transportation: From rugged safari vehicles and deluxe touring coaches with air conditioning to minibuses, trains and overnight cruises... your magical journey will enhance your overall experience.

Transfers: Airport transfers are included when you book air-inclusive (and for land-only tours with transfers purchased through Globus), and Hosts greet and assist you with the transfer to your hotel. 

GlobusGo: Our free GlobusGO mobile app puts the world at your fingertips. While travelling, get entertainment, sightseeing, dining, and shopping suggestions. With built-in GPS navigation, you’ll have the direction you need. 

Tour directors and local guides: With Globus, you travel in the company of genuine local experts—Tour Directors and Local Guides who are actually from the region through which you’re travelling. All along the way, they share their vast knowledge of the areas and can point you in the right direction to help you get the most out of your free time.

Traditional Ryokan Stay

Immerse yourself in the Japanese culture and hospitality at a ryokan (Japanese inn).

Your ryokan, Gion Hatanaka, features traditional touches—tatami mat floors, a thin sleeping mattress on the floor, and the chance to experience a Japanese-style bath—as well as the modern convenience of a private bathroom. Included: transfers to/from ryokan from/to hotel in Kyoto; traditional Japanese dinner and breakfast.

NOTE:Request at time of booking, as space is limited. See price box for supplement. 

At a glance

Sightseeing and more -

Tokyo Visit the Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Kannon Temple, and Nakamise shopping arcade; calligraphy class; kimono fitting;  traditional tea ceremony; welcome dinner

Mount Fuji area Cable-car ride to view Mount Fuji; visit Chureito Pagoda

Matsumoto Visit Matsumoto Castle and Matsumoto City Museum

Takayama City sightseeing; visit a local market, Takayama Jinya, and a sake brewery for a tasting

Shirakawa Visit Gassho-Zukuri houses

Kanazawa Visit Kenroku-en Garden; gold leaf class

Kanazawa - Kyoto Travel by Thunderbird express train

Kyoto Visit Sanjusangendo Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, and the Temple of the Gold Pavilion; Yuzen Handmade Corner;  Japanese cooking class; excursion to Nara; farewell dinner

Hiroshima Extension Bullet train from Kyoto to Hiroshima; visit Miyajima Island, Itsukushima Shrine, Shukkei-en Landscape Garden, Peace Memorial Park, Peace Memorial, Memorial Museum, Memorial Hall 

Hotels

Tokyo -  Park Hortel Tokyo

Takayama - Hilda Hotel Plaza

Kanazawa - Hotel Nikko Kanazawa 

Kyoto Ana - Crowne Plaza Kyoto 

Hiroshima Extension Ana - Crowne Plaza Hiroshima (F) 

Meals:   American breakfast (B) daily, 5 lunches (L), 3 dinners (D) including a welcome dinner in Tokyo and a farewell dinner in Kyoto; Hiroshima Extension: breakfast (B)daily 

Headsets Throughout the tour 

Airport Transfers Included if you purchase air from Cosmos


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