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There are few places on Earth where the contrast between traditional and modern is quite so marked as in Japan and on this holiday you'll discover many of its incredible highlights. Beginning in dazzling Tokyo, you'll go on to admire incredible views of Mount Fuji, see the beautiful Matsumoto Castle and visit the traditional city of Takayama. After riding the famous Bullet Train to Kyoto, you'll spend three nights exploring this charming city before heading to Hiroshima and uncovering its poignant history. Your journey ends in bustling Osaka, where you'll visit Osaka Castle and have some free time for shopping if you wish.
We'll also make a stop close to the Imperial Palace, the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. Next we'll view the stunning 7th century Asakusa Sensoji Temple, and to top it all off, we'll experience an authentic rickshaw ride too.
Dinner tonight is served as we cruise the Sudima River on board a traditional and ornate Yakatabune boat, where we'll enjoy wonderful views of the city's illuminated skyline.
On our tour we'll visit the famous Golden Pavilion, a stunning temple covered with pure gold leaf. We'll also tour the stunning Heian Shrine, with its giant entrance gate and beautiful Japanese gardens, before sightseeing in the Gion area. This is Kyoto's most famous Geisha district and is filled with teahouses where Geisha entertain. There's plenty of free time for shopping or relaxing, too.
In Fushimi, Kyoto's traditional sake-brewing district, you can find out more about the long history of this traditional fermented rice drink. We'll visit the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum for a tasting, before heading to Fushimi Inari, a vast tribute to the gods of rice and sake, with its winding mountain trails leading to a series of stunning shrines. Look out for the dozens of stone foxes you'll see en route – foxes are considered messengers of the gods.
We'll round off today's fascinating cultural experiences as we take part in a traditional Uji Japanese tea ceremony.
In the afternoon, you'll visit Osaka, stopping for photographs at the beautiful Osaka Castle, one of the most famous in Japan. We'll see the Umeda Floating Garden, a spectacular building made up of two towers connected on the 39th floor by the 'Floating Garden Observatory'. You'll also take in the shops and restaurants of the Dontonbori shopping area, before returning to Kyoto that night.
Later, why not try your hand at okonomiyaki-making. Often referred to as Japanese pancakes or Japanese pizza, this unique dish is actually quite different to both – taste it and see what you think!
We'll also visit the beautifully preserved canal area of Kurashiki, where the former storehouses that line the canal have been converted into smart boutiques and quaint cafés.
There will be time to explore Kobe at your own pace. Perhaps you'll visit Harbourland, its popular shopping and entertainment complex, or journey on the Shin-Kobe Ropeway cable car for great views over the city.
Tonight, gather together with your fellow travellers to enjoy an authentic farewell dinner.
- Just You Tour Manager as your host
- Return flights from Heathrow with Cathay PAcific or Lufthansa
- Use of an aiport lounge in the UK
- 9 nights in hotels of a good standard plus 1 night in flight
- Meals - 9 breakfasts, 1 lunches & 7 dinners
- All excursions included
- Specilist Local Guide
- Welcome drinks & Farewell get-together
- Overseas transfers & other transportation
- Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports
- Audio Guide
Dates & Prices
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|17th April 2020||£5,539pp|
|15th May 2020||£5,339pp|
|4th September 2020||£5,339pp|
|9th October 2020||£5,339pp|