Japan Uncovered

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An extensive Japan tour including all the classic sights and key cultural activities. Featuring modern cities, historical sights and beautiful landscapes, Japan Uncovered ensures you get the most out of your trip to this fascinating land.

If you’ve been wowed by Joanna Lumley’s Japan on ITV or James May’s Our Man in Japan on Prime, this tour is the closest itinerary you can get to following in their footsteps.

Why you’ll love this trip

The Japan Uncovered tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine. The itinerary is packed with incredible things to do – here are just a few of the highlights…

  • Explore Kyoto’s outstanding temples
  • Venture into the beautiful Japanese Alps
  • Ascend the slopes of Japan’s iconic Mt Fuji
  • Watch an exhilarating Sumo Wrestling Tournament (on selected dates)
  • Cross Tokyo’s famous Shibuya Crossing
  • Visit Kubota Itchiku’s Art Museum
  • Visit a Wasabi Farm
  • Award winning tours
  • All tours include international flights, all accommodation, all meals, all touring and entrance fees, a guide throughout and visa fees for UK passport holders (where applicable).
  • ABTA & ATOL protection

This incredible 17 day trip through Japan starts at £7,290 per person.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1-2: Fly to Osaka

Fly overnight to the lively, fast-paced city of Osaka. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure to start soaking up the local culture.

Meals: Dinner

Day 3: Discover Nara

Spend the morning in Nara, the small, history-filled city that was Japan’s first capital. Stroll through Nara Park to Todaiji Temple and admire the traditional Isuien Garden. Return to Osaka and visit the impressive Osaka Castle before cruising along the Yodogawa River.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: Himeji Castle

Depart Osaka for Hiroshima, stopping en route to explore the magnificent 17th Century Himeji Castle and the neighbouring Koko-en, a traditional-style garden.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5: Explore Hiroshima

Hiroshima is a vibrant, forward-thinking city that is a pleasure to explore. Reflect on the city’s tragic past at the Peace Memorial Park and Museum paying homage to the victims of the 1945 atomic bomb. Next, hop on the ferry across to the holy island of Miyajima to visit the Itsukushima Shrine and enjoy time at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6: Bullet Train to Kyoto

Start the day with a journey by bullet train to Kyoto. Capital for 1,000 years, this enchanting city is the epitome of traditional Japan. Visit Ryoanji Temple, home to Japan’s most famous zen garden and Kinkakuji Temple, also known as ‘Golden Pavilion’.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7: Japanese Tea Ceremony

Enjoy one of Kyoto’s most delightful spots, Kiyomizu, a 17th-century Buddhist temple, before experiencing the age-old rituals of a traditional tea ceremony with a tea master. After lunch, visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, renowned for its 10,000 vermilion torii gates.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8: Travel to Kanazawa

Travel by road to Kanazawa. Meander through Kenrokuen, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, before viewing the excellent art collection of the Kanazawa 21st-century Museum of Contemporary Art.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9: Washi Paper Making

Visit the Nomura Samurai House and Garden before departing Kanazawa. Stop in Gokayama for lunch and a hands-on washi paper making workshop. Continue to Shirakawago, where you will explore the 300-year-old Gassho-style Wada House, before reaching Takayama.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10: Explore Takayama

Browse the local handicrafts and fresh produce at the Miyagawa morning market, wander past some of the lovely traditional houses. Also visit several of the excellent local museums, including the Festival Floats Museum, Kusakabe Folk Crafts Museum and Takayama Jinya, followed by a stroll down Kamisannomachi Street.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 11: Travel to Nagano

Travel to Matsumoto and explore the formidable 16th-century Matsumoto Castle. Visit a miso house and learn about this famous Japanese seasoning. Also spend some time at a wasabi farm to learn about its cultivation before continuing to Nagano.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 12: See the Snow Monkeys

Travel deeper into the Japanese Alps to see the Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) bathe and play in their hot spring pool at the Jigokudani Monkey Park. Continue to Zenkoji, one of Japan’s most prolific Buddhist temples.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 13: Mount Fuji

Travel to the Fuji Five Lakes area. Ascend by road to the 5th station (weather permitting),. Also visit the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum to view the elaborate dyed silk creations of artist Kubota Itchiku. Overnight accommodation will be in Mishima or Gotemba.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 14: Explore Hakone

Begin the day with a cruise on the peaceful waters of Lake Ashi. Next, soar high on the Hakone Ropeway over the hilltops to the volcanic Owakudani Valley and discover the dramatic natural hot springs of Mount Hakone. Later, proceed to Tokyo.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 15: Discover Tokyo

A dazzling, high-tech metropolis, Japan’s capital has wonderfully traditional roots. Start your explorations at the Imperial Palace East Garden, visit Meiji Shrine and stop by the famous Shibuya Crossing.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 16: Tokyo

Stroll the vibrant Asakusa district and soak up the ambiance of Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple. Ascend to the observation deck of the 634-metre Skytree and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. The afternoon is free until the evening, when you will board a traditional yakata boat for a dinner cruise.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 17: Fly Tokyo to UK

Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day

Meals: Breakfast

What’s Included:

This 17 day trip to Japan starts at £7,290 per person all tours include international flights, all accommodation, all meals, all touring and entrance fees, a guide throughout and visa fees for UK passport holders (where applicable). Price based on selected departures (please note prices & availability are subject to change).

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