12 nights hotel accommodation (plus 1 night Ryokan accommodation)
Transfers and local transport
Tokyo, Hakone, Nagoya, Takayama, Kanazawa, Kiso Valley, Kyoto, Hiroshima
Daily breakfast and 2 dinners
Includes touring and entrance fees
DAYS 1-3: TOKYO & HAKONE
Arrive in Tokyo, where you will be met at the airport. Journey to Shibuya by train and visit the Tokyu Food Hall to try some local food. Explore the vibrant neighbourhood of Harajuku, take part in a taiko drumming lesson and relax amid the serenity of the Meiji Jingu Shrine. Walk through the Ueno Gardens and visit the Tokyo National Museum. Enjoy a river cruise to the Asakusa Temple before travelling by train to Hakone, a picturesque town famous for its hot springs and natural beauty. Enjoy a cruise on Lake Ashi-no for a chance to spot majestic Mt Fuji.
Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyo
Hotel: Hakone Yumoto
DAYS 5-6: KISO VALLEY VILLAGES & TAKAYAMA
Immerse yourself in the old-world atmosphere of the Kiso Valley villages of Magome and Tsumago before arriving in Takayama. Filled with skillful artisans and sake breweries, Takayama's Old Town is wonderfully preserved. Discover traditional houses and local museums including the Festival Floats Exhibition Hall and Kusakabe Folkcraft Museum. Enjoy a free day in Takayama. Perhaps take the local train to Hida-Furukawa, taking in the sights of Enkouji Temple, white storehouses, old residences and a sake brewery or two.
Hotel: Best Western Hotel Takayama
DAYS 7-11: KANAZAWA & HIROSHIMA
Visit the thatched-roof farming houses of Shirakawago and learn the traditional art of paper making, before heading to Kanazawa. Wander among the ponds and teahouses of beautiful Kenrokuen Garden. See traditional kutani pottery and kaga-yuzen silk dying being practised in in the local workshops at Higashi and Nagimachi. Travel by Shinkansen to the seaside city of Hiroshima, which has overcome its tragic past to emerge as a pleasant modern city. Take the ferry to Miyajima Island to see a brilliant red temple and Todaiji gate, a symbol of Japan. Further explore Hiroshima at the famous Peace Memorial Park and Museum, a sobering yet educational experience, and the A-Bomb Dome, a tragic symbol left standing in a ruinous state after more than 60 years.
Kanazawa Manten Ekimae Hotel
Hotel: Mitsui Garden Hotel Hiroshima
DAYS 12-14: KYOTO
Travel from Hiroshima to Kyoto on the bullet train, with a stop at Himeji Castle. In Kyoto, embark on a full day tour, taking in a tea ceremony, sake tasting and wandering historic temples and streets, including the Geisha quarter at Gion. Enjoy free time on day 13 or alternatively, take a scenic train that passes through Arashiyama. End your journey with a once in a lifetime experience as you enjoy a maiko performance and traditional kaiseki dinner. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience a highly exclusive service that is usually only available through a personal introduction. On your last day, enjoy free time to uncover the fascinating culture of Kyoto, before a train transfer to the airport.
Hotel: Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo