Holiday Itinerary - Splendours of Japan

Day 1: Arrive Tokyo (2 Nights)

Welcome to Tokyo. Upon arrival at Tokyo Narita or Haneda International Airport, transfer to your centrally located hotel. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers.

Hotel - New Otani Garden Tower. Included Meals - Welcome Reception

Day 2: Tokyo Sightseeing

We launch our City Tour in the old-time entertainment centre of Asakusa, where we'll encounter the Sensoji Buddhist Temple. One of Tokyo's most colourful and popular temples, Sensoji has been rebuilt countless times since it was founded in 628, making it Tokyo's oldest temple site. Strolling down Nakamise next, we immerse ourselves in the sights and sounds of shitamachi (downtown Tokyo), admiring the wooden dolls, colourful chiyogami (origami paper) and traditional Japanese sweets. We'll ascend Tokyo Skytree, the world's highest free-standing broadcasting tower for panoramic views of the city, then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or on an Optional Experience.

Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 3: Tokyo - Lake Yamanakako

Our first stop today is the Imperial Palace Plaza from where the two bridges that form the entrance to the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace can be viewed. We'll have the opportunity to explore the leafy Imperial Palace East Gardens before continuing our City Tour. At the Edo-Tokyo Museum, we delve into the history and culture of Tokyo's Edo era, then continue to the Ginza district where we'll learn how to make sushi with a 'Local Specialist'. We venture to the Five Lakes District next, keeping a keen eye out for the UNESCO listed Mt. Fuji which dominates the landscape.

Hotel: Fuji Marriott Yamanakako. Included Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Lake Yamanakako - Mt. Fuji - Takayama

Visit Oshino Hakkai, a small rural village in the Fuji Five Lakes district, renowned for eight natural spring water ponds that are fed by melted snow from Mt. Fuji. Admire the reflections of the sky and landscapes in its clear waters, then ascend Mt. Fuji by road to 2,300 metres at the 5th station. Ride up Mt. Tenjo on the Kachikachiyama Ropeway next, for jaw-dropping views (weather permitting) of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchiko. Then, journey through the Japanese Alps to the beautiful hillside town of Takayama, before enjoying dinner at the hotel.

Hotel: Associa Takayama Resort. Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Takayama - Gokayama - Kanazawa (2 Nights)

Immerse yourself in tradition as you walk through the Edo-style streets of Takayama's Old Town. Indulge a lunch of Japanese Hida-gyu – beef from a black-haired Japanese cattle breed, renowned as one of the finest quality varieties of beef. Journey back in time this aft ernoon during a visit to the peaceful UNESCO-listed Gokayama, a mountain village set amidst five valleys. Admire the unique construction of the local Gasshozukuri wooden houses that have been built without the use of nails with steeply sloped thatched roofs to prevent snow from building up on them. Next, meet a local family in one of these houses, then ' Dive Into Culture ' observing local artisans making washi paper and trying your hand at making your own. ' Make A Di erence ' to the sustainability of this small business during your visit. Stay overnight in Kanazawa.

Hotel: Kanazawa Tokyu. Included Meals - Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Kanazawa Sightseeing

Join a 'Local Specialist' this morning to learn the secrets of painting gold leaf, a delicate craft the Japanese have been perfecting since the 16th century. Continue to the tranquil gardens of Kenroku-en, shaped over a hundred years to emerge as one of Japan's most beautiful gardens. Connecting with your exquisite natural surrounds, you'll stroll through ornate landscapes and past ponds and temples. Take a short walk through the Omicho market next to see the local fish catch and enjoy an insider's view of everyday life in a busy coastal town. Then, visit the Nagamachi District with its beautifully preserved samurai houses that line the traditional stone streets. Here you will gain first-hand insights into samurai life during a visit to the Nomura house, an elegant samurai mansion.

 Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 7: Kanazawa - Kyoto (2 Nights)

We board an Express train this morning to Kyoto, where we'll 'Connect with Locals' at a traditional ryokan, built in 1932 to serve as the second residence of Emperor Akihito's uncle. We'll enjoy a Be My Guest lunch and learn about local Japanese customs as our hosts welcome us into their beautiful home. After lunch, we visit the UNESCO-listed Kinkakuji Temple with its famous Kinkaku (Golden Pavilion), the proud symbol of Kyoto and a Zen temple, which has its origins as a 14th century villa.

Hotel: Nikko Princess Kyoto. Included Meals - Breakfast, Be My Guest

Day 8: Kyoto Sightseeing

The blazing orange torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine guide our path through the forest, up into the mountains and to a sacred site that has heard prayers for prosperity and happiness since the 8th century. We continue to Sanjusangen-do Hall and admire the minute detail of each of its 1,001 "thousand-handed" goddesses of mercy, then enjoy a walking tour of the Gion area. This evening, we indulge in a festive Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and fellow guests.

Included Meals - Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 9: Depart Kyoto - Osaka

Our encounter with Japan's age-old traditions and modern cityscapes at its end, we take a transfer by airport shuttle service to Kansai International Airport or Osaka Itami Airport for our onward flight. Alternatively, continue to Hiroshima by choosing the 13 day itinerary.

Included Meals - Breakfast

Departure dates & prices 2021 Splendours of Japan - 7% discount on all dates

Land only prices flights not include - Call Trafalgar for latest and most competitive flight rates

Trafalgar Brochure Price in Black from £3416

Travel 55 Discount Price in Red from £3177

Tel Trafalgar Reservations on 0800 533 5616 and quote the Travel ref: TT55

These prices do not include scheduled flights. Prices can change on a daily basis and Trafalgar want to ensure they offer the latest and most competitive rates, giving you flexibility and choice – Speak to their Travel Experts now for more details. Don't forget to quote Travel 55 code TT55 to receive your 7% discount. Tel Trafalgar reservations on  0800 533 5616.

This tour starts in Tokyo and ends in Kyoto

January 1

£3450
£3209

July 4

£3416
£3177

February 7

£3450
£3209

July 18

£3623
£3370

March 14, 28

£3675
£3418

August 15

£3623
£3370

March 31

£3623
£3370

September 5, 19

£3578
£3328

April 4, 7

£3623
£3418

October 3, 17, 31

£3623
£3370

April 14, 18, 21

£3578
£3328

November 7, 21

£3623
£3370

April 25

£3735
£3474

December 5

£3416
£3177

May 9, 30

£3578
£3328

December 22

£3735
£3474

June 6, 13, 27

£3416
£3177

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single supplements are avaiable.

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Splendours of Japan

9 Day Escorted Holidays - 7% Discount

2021 prices from only £3046

At Kyoto's Fushimi Inari Shrine, climb the extraordinary path lined with hundreds of orange torii gates that snake through the forest up into the mountains above the city. Indulge in a delicious kaiseki lunch at a traditional ryokan and gain an insight into Japanese customs..

This exciting Splendours of Japan escorted tour comes with a 7% discount saving. To book call Trafalgar Tours direct on 0800 5335616 and quote Travel ref: TT55 plus the tour code.

To receive your 7% discount call Trafalgar direct on 0800 533 5616 and guote the code: TT55.

Splendours of Japan

  • 9 days – 1 Country
  • Trip Style: Country Explorer
  • Code: JPNL
  • From: £3177 (per person twin share)
  • Includes: 8 nights’ accommodation. 8 buffet breakfasts. 3 lunches (including Connect with locals). 4 dinners.
  • All transport shown (including express train)
  • All transfers shown

Trip Highlights

Here’s just a sample of the many special handcrafted Trafalgar highlights included in your trip.

CONNECT WITH LOCALS

A kaiseki lunch at a traditional Japanese ryokan home near Kyoto where you will learn about local customs. (Day 7)

DIVE INTO CULTURE

Sample Japanese sake during a walking tour in the Edo-style streets of Takayama Old Town. Learn how local artisans make Japanese washi paper in the UNESCO village of Gokayama. (Day 5)

LOCAL SPECIALIST

Sushi making in Tokyo (Day 3) and Gold Leaf painting in Kanazawa (Day 6).

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR of Tokyo and Kyoto

  • SEE the traditional Gassho-zukuri houses in Gokayama, the beautiful gardens of Kenrokuen in Kanazawa

  • VIEW Mt. Fuji

  • VISIT the Sensoji Temple, the Skytree Observation Tower, the Edo Tokyo Museumin Tokyo, Mt. Fuji 5th Station, the Kinkakuji Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine and Sanjusangen-do Hall in Kyoto

Mount Fuji

Scheduled Flights

Our prices do not include scheduled flights. Prices can change on a daily basis and we want to ensure we offer the latest and most competitive rates, giving you flexibility and choice – Speak to our Travel Experts now for more details.

VIP Door to door UK transfers

We’ve taken care of every detail in our guided holidays, including how you’ll get to and from the airport.

We’ll pick you up from your home in a private car for a stress-free journey to the airport – so your holiday starts the moment you leave your front door. And when you arrive back in the UK, your driver will be waiting for you at the terminal to take you home.

  • We’ll arrange a convenient pick-up time
  • All cars are first-class saloon vehicles
  • Available for journeys within 150 miles of your departure airport

Of course, you can make your own transfer arrangements too. Just advise your travel agent at the time of booking and your invoice will be reduced by £100 per person.

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Pay Early Savings. Save Up To £415pp

  • Book and pay in full by 25 February 2021 and you'll save up to 10%.

Other Great Savings

  • Young Traveller Savings SAVE £80
  • Multi Trip Savings SAVE UP TO £95
  • VIT (Very Important Traveller) Benefits for past guests

Please note: All of the above savings are in addition to the Travel 55 discount of 7% that comes when you book direct with Trafalgar using our code: TT55

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