Splendours of Japan with Hiroshima

Splendours of Japan with Hiroshima

13 Days Starting in Tokyo and ending in Osaka

Visiting: Tokyo, Yamanakako, Mt. Fuji, Gokayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Kotohira, Hiroshima, Miyajima Island, Osaka

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

JPHOZM19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

This tour is no longer available

Tour Overview

Embark on the "Splendours of Japan with Hiroshima" tour, a captivating journey through the heart of Japan's most iconic cities and landscapes. From the bustling streets of Tokyo to the serene beauty of Kyoto and the poignant history of Hiroshima, this tour offers a comprehensive exploration of Japan's rich culture, history, and natural wonders. Highlights include visits to the ancient Sensoji Temple, the towering Skytree Observation Tower, the majestic Mt. Fuji, and the historic Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima. Experience the traditional Gassho-zukuri houses in Gokayama and the exquisite gardens of Kenrokuen in Kanazawa. With luxury air-conditioned coach travel, cherry-picked hotels, and expert guidance throughout, this tour promises an unforgettable adventure through the splendours of Japan, blending the old with the new in an exquisite cultural tapestry.

Highlights

  • Explore Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima

  • Visit the Sensoji Temple, the Skytree Observation Tower, the Edo Tokyo Museum in Tokyo, Mt. Fuji 5th Station, the Kinkakuji Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine and Sanjusangen-do Hall in Kyoto, the Water Temple on Awaji Island, Zentsuji Temple, the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island, the Peace Memorial Park and Museum in Hiroshima and Osaka Castle

  • View Mt. Fuji

  • See the traditional Gassho-zukuri houses in Gokayama, the beautiful gardens of Kenrokuen in Kanazawa

Itinerary

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Day 1: Konnichiwa Tokyo

Location: Tokyo

Accommodation: New Otani Garden Tower

Accommodation Name: New Otani Garden Tower Tokyo

Meals Included: Welcome Reception

Your in-depth exploration of Japan begins in Tokyo. On arrival at Narita or Haneda Airport, take a shuttle bus transfer to your centrally located hotel, where you’ll join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome drink and local appetisers.

Day 2: Explore Vibrant Tokyo

Location: Tokyo

Accommodation: New Otani Garden Tower

Accommodation Name: New Otani Garden Tower Tokyo

Meals Included: Breakfast

We launch our city tour in the old-time entertainment centre of Asakusa, where we’ll encounter the Sensoji Buddhist Temple. One of Tokyo's most colourful and popular temples, Sensoji has been rebuilt countless times since it was founded in 628, making it Tokyo's oldest temple site. Strolling down Nakamise next, we immerse ourselves in the sights and sounds of shitamachi (downtown Tokyo), admiring the wooden dolls, colourful chiyogami (origami paper) and traditional Japanese sweets. We’ll ascend Tokyo Skytree, the world's highest free-standing broadcasting tower for panoramic views of the city.

Day 3: Off To The Five Lakes District

Location: Yamanakako

Accommodation: Fuji Marriott Yamanakako

Accommodation Name: Fuji Marriott Hotel Lake Yamanakako

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our first stop today is the Imperial Palace Plaza from where the two bridges that form the entrance to the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace can be viewed. We'll have the opportunity to explore the leafy Imperial Palace East Gardens before continuing our city tour. At the Tokyo National Museum browse collections of Japanese art, then continue to the Ginza district where we’ll learn how to make sushi with a Local Specialist. We venture to the Five Lakes District next, keeping a keen eye out for the UNESCO listed Mt. Fuji which dominates the landscape.

Day 4: Majestic Mt. Fuji And Timeless Takayama

Location: Mt. Fuji

Accommodation: Associa Takayama Resort

Accommodation Name: Hotel Associa Takayama Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Visit Oshino Hakkai, a small rural village in the Fuji Five Lakes district, renowned for eight natural spring water ponds that are fed by melted snow from Mt. Fuji. Admire the reflections of the sky and landscapes in its clear waters, then ascend Mt. Fuji by road to 2,300 metres at the 5th station. Ride up Mt. Tenjo on the Kachikachiyama Ropeway next, for jaw-dropping views (weather permitting) of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchiko. Then, journey through the Japanese Alps to the beautiful hillside town of Takayama, before enjoying dinner at the hotel.

Day 5 : Experience Gokayama And On To Kanazawa

Location: Gokayama

Accommodation: Kanazawa Tokyu

Accommodation Name: Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel Kanazawa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Immerse yourself in tradition as you walk through the Edo-style streets of Takayama's Old Town. Indulge a lunch of Japanese Hida-gyu – beef from a black-haired Japanese cattle breed, renowned as one of the finest quality varieties of beef. Journey back in time this afternoon during a visit to the peaceful UNESCO-listed Gokayama, a mountain village set amidst five valleys. Admire the unique construction of the local Gassho-zukuri wooden houses that have been built without the use of nails with steeply sloped thatched roofs to prevent snow from building up on them. Next, meet a local family in one of these houses to observe local artisans making washi paper and trying your hand at making your own. Make a difference to the sustainability of this small business during this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Stay overnight in Kanazawa.

Day 6: Traditional Kanazawa

Location: Kanazawa

Accommodation: Kanazawa Tokyu

Accommodation Name: Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel Kanazawa

Meals Included: Breakfast

Join a Local Specialist this morning to learn the secrets of painting gold leaf, a delicate craft the Japanese have been perfecting since the 16th century. Continue to the tranquil gardens of Kenrokuen, which took shape over a hundred years to emerge as one of Japan’s most beautiful gardens. Connecting with your exquisite natural surrounds, you’ll stroll through ornate landscapes and past ponds and temples. Take a short walk through the Omicho market next to see the local fish catch and enjoy an insider’s view of everyday life in a busy coastal town.
Then, visit the Nagamachi District with its beautifully preserved samurai houses that line the traditional stone streets. Here you will gain first-hand insights into samurai life during a visit to the Nomura house, an elegant samurai mansion.

Day 7 : Onwards To Kyoto

Location: Kyoto

Accommodation: Nikko Princess

Accommodation Name: The Hotel Higashiyama

Meals Included: Breakfast, Be My Guest

We board an Express train this morning to Kyoto, where we’ll Connect With Locals at a traditional ryokan. We’ll enjoy a Be My Guest lunch and learn about local Japanese customs as our hosts welcome us into their beautiful home. After lunch, we visit the UNESCO-listed Kinkakuji Temple with its famous Kinkaku (Golden Pavilion), the proud symbol of Kyoto and a Zen temple, which has its origins as a 14th-century villa.

Day 8: Discover Enchanting Kyoto

Location: Kyoto

Accommodation Name: The Hotel Higashiyama

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

The blazing orange torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine guide our path through the forest, up into the mountains and to a sacred site that has heard prayers for prosperity and happiness since the 8th century. We continue to Sanjusangen-do Hall and admire the minute detail of each of its 1,001 “thousand-handed” goddesses of mercy statues, then enjoy a walking tour of the Gion area. This evening, we indulge in a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and fellow guests.

Day 9 : Cross The Seto Inland Sea To Awaji Island

Location: Kotohira

Accommodation: Kotohira Grand Sakuranosho Ryokan

Accommodation Name: Kotohira Grand Sakuranosho Ryokan

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we leave Japan’s main island Honshu behind, crossing the world’s largest suspension bridge over the Seto Inland Sea to Awaji Island. Enjoy free time for lunch, then take a walk around Yumebutai, a complex of buildings built on the side of the mountain. One of the most striking features is the ‘100 Stepped Garden’ — a group of 100 flowerbeds in small square gardens on an incline and arranged in grids spread over several levels. Visit the Water Temple and admire the reflection of the surrounding mountains, rice paddies and bamboo groves as you descend the steps to the Buddhist temple beneath its still waters.
Journey to the small mountain hot springs village of Kotohira where our accommodation tonight is one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories - a traditional Japanese ryokan. We’ll have some time this evening to climb the steps adjacent to the hotel to visit Kotohira-gu Shrine and be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Later perhaps take a relaxing soak in the onsen (hot spring) bath at our hotel.

Day 10: Spiritual Kotohira And Onwards To Hiroshima

Location: Hiroshima

Accommodation: Rihga Royal

Accommodation Name: Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning visit the Zentsuji Temple, birthplace of one of the most revered figures of Japanese Buddhism, the high priest Kobo Daishi. It is the 75th temple on the 88 temple Shikoku Pilgrimage, which covers approximately 1,200 kilometres and was traditionally done on foot taking up to 60 days to complete. It is still done by many people today although modern pilgrims use cars, taxis, buses, bicycles or motorcycles. Continue to Omishima Island and make a stop at a local restaurant for lunch. Drive to Hiroshima via the Setouchi Shimanami Kaido Expressway, a 60-kilometre highway that links the islands of the Seto Inland Sea with nine individual bridges. Check into your hotel for a relaxing evening.

Day 11 : Set Sail For Miyajima Island

Location: Miyajima Island

Accommodation: Rihga Royal

Accommodation Name: Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima

Meals Included: Breakfast, Regional Dinner

We travel by ferry to the sacred Miyajima Island, where we’ll see the famous UNESCO-listed Itsukushima Shrine and elaborate torii gate that stands majestically in the sea. After some free time for lunch and to explore the island’s spiritual sanctuaries, we return to Hiroshima for a visit to the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Imagine the devastation and horror that followed the world’s first atomic explosion in 1945 as you see the UNESCO-listed Peace Memorial, the only structure left standing in the area and an expression of hope for world peace. This evening, we’ll indulge in Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, a savoury pancake made with egg, cabbage, soba noodles, and meat, seafood or cheese, grilled in layers on a hot plate.

Day 12: High Speed Bullet Train To Osaka

Location: Osaka

Accommodation: Sheraton Miyako

Accommodation Name: Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka

Meals Included: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Board the high-speed bullet train to Osaka this morning and enjoy some free time for lunch and shopping in the Dotonbori Street area. Visit Osaka Castle, which played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 13: Sayonara Osaka

Location: Osaka

Meals Included: Breakfast

Our encounter with Japan’s centuries-old traditions and modern cityscapes at its end, take a transfer by airport shuttle service to Kansai International Airport, or Osaka Itami Airport for your onward flight.

What's 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

What's Not Included

Mode of Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

Accommodation

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted. On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.

Check out our Q&As

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

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