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Japan Itinerary

Golden Route – 11 Days/10 Nights


 Japan is often described as being both ancient and modern, but Tokyo is the place to go for all things futuristic! The city provides endless opportunities to explore huge varieties of shops, world-class restaurants, fascinating markets and superb nightlife. For a sense of old Japan visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in Tokyo, where the surrounding streets and alleys are lined with shops and stalls selling an eclectic mixture of kimono, handicrafts and a dazzling variety of street food. For a break from the pace of city life, the Zen inspired Hamarikyu Garden is a tranquil oasis on the edge of the bay and flanked by the modern skyscrapers of the Shiodome district, where you can enjoy a Japanese tea in the wooden pavilion by the edge of the park’s lake.

Mount Fuji is Japan’s highest mountain and most famous symbol, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful volcanoes in the world. Day trips are available from Tokyo which take you by coach to the fifth Station at 2,400m and include several other attractions in the area. One of the best views of Mount Fuji can be seen on an excursion to Owakudani, a steaming valley of hot mud springs. A cable car takes passengers over the valley to a view point from where it is possible to explore the area on foot. On clear days there are good views from here of the surrounding mountain ranges and of Mount Fuji. Another popular excursion is taking a cruise on Lake Ashi, a lake created from a volcanic creator which is surrounded by wooded slopes that are dotted with small shrines.

Indelibly etched into world history as being the target of the first atomic bomb on Monday, 6th August, 1945 when 200,000 lost their lives, Hiroshima has risen from the ashes to become a vibrant and prosperous city. Today the city is a pleasant place to visit. In the centre of the city is the A-Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Park with a moving collection of memorials, sculptures and monuments dedicated to the abolition of nuclear arms and a campaign for world peace. A visit here can be an overwhelming experience.

A few miles from the coast of Hiroshima in the Inland Sea lays Miyajima Island, famous for the huge red Tori gate rising from the ocean and guarding the entrance to Itsukushima Shrine. Miyajima is a delightful island with a serene atmosphere and free roaming deer and monkeys.

Kyoto remains Japan’s cultural heartland with many of the country’s historical treasures, Zen gardens, pavilions and temples, 17 of which have World Heritage status. As you explore the ancient heart of the city you are filled with excitement as images of old Japan come to life in the tight cobblestone lanes of old houses packed with secretive doorways, the ornate bridges and willow trees swaying over gentle streams.


Tour Itinerary 

Day 01: Departure from London

Day 02: Arrival in Tokyo

Day 03: Full day Tokyo city tour

Day 04: Full day excursion to Mt. Fuji and Hakone 

Day 05: Transfer by bullet train from Tokyo to Hiroshima

Day 06: Full day Miyajima Island and Hiroshima sightseeing tour

Day 07: Transfer by bullet train from Hiroshima to Kyoto

Day 08: Kyoto and Nara full day sightseeing tour

Day 09: A day at leisure in Kyoto for your own sightseeing and activities

Day 10: Bullet train back to Tokyo

Day 11: Transfer and return flight to London


Western Japan – 11 Days/10 Nights


Tour Itinerary 

Day 01: Departure from London

Day 02: Arrival in Kyoto

Day 03: Kyoto and Nara full day sightseeing tour

Day 04: Enjoy Kyoto at leisure 

Day 05: Transfer by bullet train from Kyoto to Hiroshima

            Miyajima Island and Hiroshima sightseeing tour

Day 06: Transfer to Beppu with an overnight stay in a Japanese Ryokan

Day 07: Transfer to Kumamoto via Aso with sightseeing en-route

Day 08: Travel to Nagasaki – The second and last city in the world to experience a nuclear                attack

Day 09: Proceed onwards from Nagasaki to Hakata and your overnight stay

Day 10: Transfer from Hakata to Osaka

Day 11: Transfer to Kyoto and return flight to London


Tokyo Short Stay – 04 Days/03 Nights

 Tour Itinerary 

Day 01: Arrival in Tokyo and transfer to your hotel

Day 02: Morning Tokyo sightseeing tour and afternoon at leisure

Day 03: Full day excursion to Mt. Fuji and Hakone 

Day 04: Transfer to the airport for your departure flight

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When to go

The weather in Japan is mostly temperate, with four seasons. Winters are cool and sunny, and summers, range from warm to very hot, while spring and autumn are generally mild throughout the country. These are the most beautiful periods to visit to enjoy the beautiful blossom and flower blooms as well as the changing colours of Autumn Fall.


Flying time

From London to Tokyo is approximately 12 hours. Direct flights are operated by British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.

Time difference



Passport & Visa

Visa Required?
British No
Other EU No

Passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months.


Health requirements

Diphtheria No
Hepatitis A No
Malaria  No
Tetanus Yes
Typhoid No
Yellow Fever No


Inoculation regulations can change at short notice. Please take medical advice in the case of doubt. Where 'Sometimes' appears in the table above, precautions may be required depending on the season and region visited.