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Classic Japan

Operated by: Trafalgar

11 Days from $5,558 per person
JAN - DEC 2023
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Countries Visited

Japan ...more Japan

Locations Visited

Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka ...more Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka
  1. Day 1 Konnichiwa Tokyo

    Tokyo’s futuristic cityscape launches your journey through Japan’s modern centres and ancient capitals. On arrival at Tokyo Narita or Haneda Airport, you’ll be transferred by airport shuttle to your hotel. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception drink with appetisers.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel New Otani Garden Tower
  2. Day 2 Explore Vibrant Tokyo Dive Into Culture

    Rub shoulders with the locals this morning as you Dive Into Culture and wander through Ameyoko Street Market, once a black market selling American goods after World War II. Continue to the old-time entertainment centre of Asakusa to visit the Sensoji Buddhist Temple, which has been rebuilt countless times since its founding in 628, making it Tokyo’s oldest temple site. Take a stroll down Nakamise shopping street with some free time for lunch, then join a Local Specialist and learn the mesmerising rhythmic art of Taiko drumming, one of Japan’s most popular cultural icons. Board a cruise along the Sumida River to admire Tokyo’s modern skyline, the traditional neighbourhoods of old Edo and beautiful Hamarikyu Garden. Later, return to your hotel for time at leisure and dinner at a Sumo-themed izakaya restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel New Otani Garden Tower
  3. Day 3 Majestic Mt. Fuji and Owakudani

    The towering slopes of snow-capped Mt. Fuji loom in the distance as we journey from Tokyo to this celebrated UNESCO-listed site. Admire spectacular views of the surrounding countryside from its 5th station, a magnificent vantage point at 2,300 metres (weather permitting). After lunch at a local restaurant, we’ll continue to Owakudani to see the volcanic activity. Consider sampling the local black eggs boiled in geysers, then head back to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel New Otani Garden Tower
  4. Day 4 Continue to Kyoto

    We leave Tokyo, travelling by high-speed bullet train to Kyoto, another former capital of Japan and the centre of Japanese culture for centuries. On arrival, we’ll embark on a walking tour of the Gion District, embracing the energy of Kawaramachi street. Enjoy some free time before we head to the UNESCO-listed Kinkakuji Temple, whose glittering golden pavilion is widely regarded as the symbol of Kyoto.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Nikko Princess
  5. Day 5 Discover Enchanting Kyoto

    After a late start this morning, we’ll visit one of Kyoto’s highlights – the historic and scenic district of Arashiyama, renowned for its cherry blossom trees which bloom in the springtime and its beautiful landscapes that change dramatically from season to season. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the towering Bamboo groves and see its iconic Togetsukyo Bridge. Connect with nature in the Zen gardens of Tenryuji Temple, then return to Kyoto for some free time at Nishiki market, a traditional food market known by locals as “Kyoto’s Pantry”. Return to your hotel or consider joining an optional Japanese tea ceremony experience.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Nikko Princess
  6. Day 6 Admire Ancient Nara Make Travel Matter Connect with Locals

    Start the day off with a visit to Sumiyama Village and discover the stunning Kiyomizu Pottery which originated about 500 years ago in central Kyoto. Learn about the work of the craftsmen and about how they had to move out of the city and into a more rural area due to concerns from the local citizens about air pollution. Next 'Connect With Locals' over a 'Be My Guest' lunch with a local farmer at his home. Gain insights into the life of his family while sampling fresh tea and indulging in a delicious home-made meal, then visit his tea plantation. This afternoon delve into the ancient history of Nara, the first permanent capital city of Japan. Here you’ll visit the landmark Todaiji Temple, one of the powerful Seven Great Temples and home to one of Japan’s largest bronze statues of Buddha. Take a stroll around Nara Park, home to hundreds of freely roaming tame deer before returning to Kyoto for an evening at leisure.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Nikko Princess
  7. Day 7 Bullet Train to Hiroshima Dive Into Culture

    This morning, we board a high-speed bullet train to Hiroshima, a lively city that celebrates peace in the shadow of the previous century’s devastation. Our first stop is to a local restaurant where we’ll join our ‘Local Specialist’ for an Okonomiyaki Making experience. Mix your ingredients to make your own savoury pancake and cook it on a hot plate before enjoying your creation for lunch. This afternoon, take the ferry to Miyajima Island to visit the famous UNESCO-listed Itsukushima Shrine and elaborate torii gate rising majestically out of the sea. Learn how to make Momiji Manjyu, one of the local specialities, shaping your steamed bun in the shape of a maple leaf and filling it with sweet red bean paste. You’ll have an opportunity to sample your work before returning to Hiroshima by ferry.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Rihga Royal
  8. Day 8 Experience Hiroshima

    This morning, we head to the Peace Memorial Park and Museum and see the UNESCO-listed Peace Memorial, the only structure left standing when the first atomic bomb exploded in 1945. Take a moment to contemplate its symbolic expression of hope for world peace. Spend the afternoon at leisure or consider joining an Optional Experience.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Rihga Royal
  9. Day 9 Onwards to Osaka

    Today take the high speed bullet train to Osaka. On arrival embark on an orientation drive of the city before checking in to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Sheraton Miyako
  10. Day 10 See the Sights of Osaka

    Gain a different perspective of Osaka’s landmark city sights, starting your day with a cruise on the ‘aqua-bus’ along Okawa River. Sail past the Japan Mint, City Hall, Nakanoshima and Osaka Castle, one of Japan’s most famous landmarks. Visit the downtown district of Shinsekai to see the Tsutenkaku Tower, then continue to the Dotonbori Street area for some time at leisure. Delve into the star-crossed love story of Ohatsu and Tokubei during your visit to the Tusyunoten Shrine in Umeda, associated with the Edo-period play ‘The Love Suicides of Sonezaki, which tells of the tragic double suicide that took place at the shrine in 1703. To this day, visitors write their prayers for success in love on special wooden plaques called ema, many of which bear the image of Ohatsu and Tokubei. Admire the panoramic views of Osaka from the Floating Garden Observatory – an open-air viewing platform that straddles the two towers of the Umeda Sky Building. Later join your fellow guests and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Sheraton Miyako
  11. Day 11 Sayonara Osaka

    Your journey revealing Japan's past and present is at its end, take a transfer by airport shuttle service to Kansai International Airport or Osaka Itami Airport for your onward flight.

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Whats Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Dining Summary

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
  • 10 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Dinner (D)
  • 2 Lunch (L)
  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)
  • 1 Farewell Dinner (FD)

Be My Guest

  • Nara: Lunch with a local farmer's family who own a traditional tea plantation in the Nara area.

Dive Into Culture

  • Tokyo: Visit Ameyoko Street Market, once a black market selling American goods after World War II.

Iconic Experience

  • Tokyo: Visit Tokyo's oldest temple site; Sensoji Buddhist Temple and admire its colourful interior. Journey on to the Tokyo Skytree and bask in the panoramic views of the city.
  • Tokyo: Spend some time learning the art of Taiko Drumming with your Local Specialist.
  • Tokyo: Bask in the stunning skyline of Tokyo as you embark on your Sumida River Cruise.
  • Mt Fuji: Admire the stunning countryside at Mt. Fuji 5th Station.
  • Mt Fuji: See the volcanic activity as you embark on a visit to Owakudani.
  • Tokyo: Jump aboard the High-Speed Bullet Train towards the cultural Kyoto.
  • Kyoto: Enjoy a walking tour of Kawaramachi Street and visit the beautiful Kinkakuji Temple which is a well-known symbol of Kyoto.
  • Kyoto: Take a walk through the beautiful landscapes of the Arashiyama District.
  • Kyoto: Discover the beautiful Kiyomizu Pottery on your Sumiyama Village visit.
  • Nara: Discover the tame deer as you explore Nara Park.
  • Kyoto: Learn the art of Okonomiyaki making and savour your own creations for lunch.
  • Miyajima: Discover the majestic Itsukushima Shrine and learn a new skill when you join a Local Specialist to practice making Momiji Manjyu.
  • Hiroshima: Discover the rich history when you visit the Peace Memorial Museum and Park.
  • Osaka: Embark on an orientation drive through the city of Osaka.
  • Osaka: Discover Osaka's beautiful city landmarks as you embark on your Okawa River Cruise.
  • Osaka: See the wonderful Tsutenkaku Tower, the Tusyunoten Shrine which holds the love story of Ohatsu and Tokubei, and then take the time to bask in the spectacuar views as you visit the Floating Garden Observatory.

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

  • Kyoto: Help support the work of the Kiyomizu pottery craftsmen with your visit to their workshop.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Explore Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka
  • : Visit Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Mt. Fuji 5th Station, Gion District and Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto, the bamboo groves in Arashiyama, Nara Park and Todaiji Temple in Nara, Peace Memorial Park and Museum in Hiroshima, Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island and Tusyunoten Shrine and Umeda Sky Building in Osaka
  • : See the Togetsukyo Bridge in Arashiyama
  • : Scenic Cruise along the Sumida River in Tokyo and the Okawa River in Osaka

Whats Included

  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • : Optional Experiences and free time

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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