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Japan

Unique culture
Delicious street food
Ancient temples, Tokyo, Osaka...

 
 

An invitation to the captivating land of Japan

Welcome to Japan, a land where ancient traditions seamlessly blend with cutting-edge modernity, creating an enchanting tapestry of cultural richness and innovation. Nestled in the heart of East Asia, Japan beckons travellers with its unique allure, offering a captivating fusion of historic wonders and dynamic urban landscapes.
 

Exploring Tokyo

We start our Japanese odyssey here in Tokyo - the bustling capital of Japan. Once a small town, Tokyo has now grown into one of the world’s largest cities. On our first full day, a guided city tour paints for us an overview of this iconic metropolis. From the Asakusa Kannon Temple, the oldest temple in Japan, to the Imperial Palace, the main residence of the Emperor of Japan and the Sumida River Bank. Here, we appreciate a view of the panoramic skyline of this spectacular city.
 

Mount Fuji: Japan's timeless symbol

Mount Fuji stands majestically among vistas of lush landscapes and pristine lakes. Our boat trip on the volcanic Lake Ashi gives us the opportunity to glimpse this, Japan’s tallest mountain. Next we take the state-of-the-art cable car known as the 'Hakone Ropeway’ to yet more scenes of this breath-taking mountain, which although captured by artists through the centuries, are most fully appreciated in person.
 
 
 
 

Osaka: the street food capital of Japan

With its modern architecture, bustling markets, underground shopping malls and a deep cultural tapestry, Osaka is renowned for its friendly locals who embrace a warm and open-hearted hospitality. Known as the 'Nation's Kitchen', Osaka is a culinary haven offering a diverse array of street foods including local specialities such as the world-renowned takoyaki (octopus).
 

Kyoto: ancient temples and Nijo Castle

From Osaka, we head out on two excursions spending a day each in Nara and Kyoto. Kyoto was once the capital of Japan where ancient temples whisper tales of bygone eras. Here we visit the impressive Nijo Castle: a UNESCO World Heritage site that embodies the elegance and history of Japan. Built in the 17th century, the castle complex is a masterpiece of architecture and design, surrounded by stunning gardens.
 
 
 

Nara

One of Nara's most famous attractions is its deer park, where hundreds of freely roaming deer captivate visitors. During our day in Nara we will have the opportunity to understand more of the history of Japan as we visit traditional temples.
 

Carefully selected welcoming hotels

In Tokyo and Osaka we have opted for international hotels which are located close to transport networks to give us easy access around the cities. In the middle of our trip, we hope to also spend one night in a traditional ryokan style hotel when we visit the Fuji area. Our accommodation will be in three-star hotels, with breakfasts provided each day and evening meals on six days.

On four evenings we have chosen not to include an evening meal, as eating out is a key part of Japanese culture. We can choose our own meal to experience the local cuisine. 

In the evenings we will meet together for a time of singing and a Bible talk. 
 

Itinerary

Day #1
Depart UK. Below is the provisional itinerary for the trip. The letters in brackets below indicate B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner
Day #2
Arrive in Tokyo. Evening Meal provided. (D)
Day #3
Tokyo City Tour including a visit to the Asakusa Kannon Temple as well as passing by Nakamise Street, the Sumida River Bank for a photostop of the Tokyo skyline, the Imperial Palace and Akihabara. (B/-/D)
Day #4
Free Day in Tokyo. (B/-/-)
Day #5
We depart for Hakone where we take a boat trip on Lake Ashi and visit the Hakone Ropeway (cable car). We stay in a hotel locally. (B/-/D)
Day #6
We make a quick visit to see Oshino Hakkai this morning before travelling by bullet train to Osaka. When we reach Osaka, we will visit the Osaka castle and also have an opportunity for shopping in Shinsaibashi & Dotonbori. (B/-/D)
Day #7
Today we head to Nara. We will visit the Nara Deer Park and the Todaiji Temple and Daibutsuden Hall. We have an opportunity to shop at Kuromon Ichiba Market. (B/-/D)
Day #8
Today we head to Kyoto. We will visit the Nijo Castle and Kiyomizudera. We will also go to the Nishiki Market. (B/-/D)
Day #9
Free Day in Osaka. (B/-/-)
Day #10
Free Day in Osaka. (B/-/-)
Day #11
We'll check out of the hotel after breakfast. We then have a chance to visit Kuromon Market, Sumiyoshi Taisha and the Rinku Premium Shopping Outlets during the day before our flight leaves late this evening. (B/-/-)

Dates/Prices

The cost includes indirect flights with Emirates from London to Tokyo, returning from Osaka. It also includes airport taxes and charges, three-star hotel accommodation in en-suite rooms for two. It includes breakfasts each day plus evening meals on 6 days out of 10. It also includes coach transport for the excursions, train tickets to Osaka plus entrance fees and guide, except on free days.

British citizens do not require a visa. For other nationalities or status, please check with your embassy.

The deposit is £150 if booking more than two months in advance (plus single room supplement, if applicable).

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We do not recommend independent travel for the Japan tour.

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Independent Travel

We don't recommend independent travel for the Japan tour