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Splendours of Japan

9 Days 1 Country 9 Cities

Your Country Explorer adventure starts in Tokyo, the most exciting metropolis in Asia.

"A superb cultural experience"

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About this trip

Eclectic cities, traditional villages, snow-capped mountains and coastal beauty combine. Discover the splendours of Japan on a journey of discovery, from iconic Tokyo to Kanazawa and Kyoto.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… feeling awestruck by majestic Mt. Fuji as you alight at 2,300 metres. And learning the art of making delicate washi paper with a local family, before trying your hand at this traditional craft for yourself.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: JPNL

8 Nights

accommodation

14 Meals
  • 8 buffet breakfasts.

  • 3 dinners.

  • 3 lunches (including Be My Guest).

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

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Your Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive Tokyo (3 Nights)

Day 2

Tokyo Sightseeing

Day 3

Tokyo Sightseeing

Day 4

Tokyo – Mt. Fuji - Matsumoto – Nagano

Day 5

Nagano - Takayama - Gokayama - Kanazawa (2 Nights)

Day 6

Kanazawa Sightseeing

Day 7

Kanazawa - Kyoto (2 Nights)

Day 8

Kyoto Sightseeing

Day 9

Depart Kyoto - Osaka

Day 1

Arrive Tokyo (3 Nights)

Welcome to Japan. Upon arrival at Tokyo Narita or Haneda International Airport, transfer by airport shuttle service to your centrally located hotel. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers.

Hotel

New Otani

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Tokyo Sightseeing

This morning your City Tour begins with an orientation drive. See the Tokyo Skytree, the world's highest free-standing broadcasting tower. Continue to Asakusa and visit the Sensoji Buddhist temple. It is one of Tokyo's most colourful and popular temples and has been rebuilt countless times since it was founded in 628, making it Tokyo's oldest temple site. Visit Nakamise, a shopping street over 200 metres long that stretches from the outer gate to the temple's second interior gate. Next head to the famous Ginza district for a hands-on cooking class. Learn how to make sushi with a Local Specialist and then enjoy your sushi creations for lunch. Later choose to either return to the hotel, remain in Ginza at leisure or take part in an Optional Experience.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 2

Day 3

Tokyo Sightseeing

Today continue your City Tour with a visit to the Edo-Tokyo Museum. This fascinating museum displays artifacts and architecture that tell a tale of Tokyo's history and culture during the Edo period. Next drive to Akihabara which began its evolution into 'Electric Town' post WWII when the area became a black market for radio parts. It now houses numerous electronics shops selling a wide range of computer goods and video games. Enjoy some free time here before heading to the Imperial Palace Plaza, a large park area in the centre of Tokyo from where the two bridges that form the entrance to the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace can be viewed. It is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan and built on the former site of Edo Castle. Take a stroll around the Imperial Palace East Gardens before returning to your hotel.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 3

Day 4

Tokyo – Mt. Fuji - Matsumoto – Nagano

After breakfast depart Tokyo for the Five Lakes District, dominated by majestic UNESCO listed Mt. Fuji. At 3,776 metres it is Japan's highest mountain and most recognisable icon. Ascend by road to 2,300 metres at the 5th Station before taking a ride on the Kachikachiyama Ropeway, (both weather permitting) a cable car ride offering spectacular views on a clear day of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi. Later drive north to visit Matsumoto Castle, one of the most beautiful and complete original Japanese castles with its unique timber and stone structure. It is also a great Cherry Blossom viewing spot in the springtime. Continue to Nagano for your overnight stay with dinner at the hotel.

Hotel

Shinshu-Matsushiro Royal

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 4

Day 5

Nagano - Takayama - Gokayama - Kanazawa (2 Nights)

This morning travel through the breath-taking Japanese Alps to the beautiful hillside town of Takayama. Located in the Hida Region, the town has retained a traditional touch like few other Japanese cities, especially in its beautifully preserved old town. Begin your walking tour of Takayama, known as 'Little Kyoto', and discover its Edo style streets filled with amazing attractions. Explore the Old Town, stopping en route to sample Japanese sake, a Cultural Insight. Lunch today is a Regional Meal of Japanese Hida beef at a local restaurant. Hida beef (Hida-gyu) is the specific name given to beef from a black-haired Japanese cattle breed, it is known as one of the finest quality varieties of beef. This afternoon take a step back in time during a visit to the peaceful mountain village and UNESCO designated site of Gokayama. See the unique Gassho-zukuri wooden houses; the steeply sloped thatched roofs resemble two hands together in prayer. Visit one of the houses and meet the family. Later observe local artisans making washi paper and try your hand at making your own, a Cultural Insight before continuing on to the historic castle town of Kanazawa.

Hotel

Kanazawa Tokyu

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Day 5

Day 6

Kanazawa Sightseeing

This morning discover the secrets of gold leaf painting during a visit with a Local Specialist. The production of gold leaf started in Kanazawa at the end of the 16th century and now 99% of Japan's high quality gold leaf is produced in the area. Next visit the gardens of Kenrokuen, rated as one of the top three most beautiful gardens in Japan and a great place to see Cherry Blossom in the springtime. Take your time to relax and explore the ornate landscapes, temples and ponds. Afterwards take a short walk through the Omicho market to see the local fish catch and enjoy an insiders view of everyday life in a busy coastal town. Later visit the Nagamachi District with its old and beautifully preserved samurai houses. Visit the Nomura house, an elegant samurai mansion with beautiful small gardens belonging to a high-ranked samurai family.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 6

Day 7

Kanazawa - Kyoto (2 Nights)

This morning leave Kanazawa for Kyoto by Express train. On arrival enjoy a special Be My Guest lunch at a traditional ryokan nestled in the peace and quiet of Mt. Yoshida. The ryokan was built in 1932 by master craftsmen to serve as the second residence of the uncle of the current Japanese Emperor, Akihito. Learn more about local Japanese customs as your hosts welcome you into their beautiful home. Enjoy the pleasures of a truly flavourful and unique dining experience of Kaiseki cuisine, crafted from the very freshest of seasonal delicacies. After lunch visit Kinkakuji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its Golden Pavilion. The Kinkakuji history dates back to 1397, when the villa was purchased by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. When Yoshimitsu died, the building was converted into a Zen temple by his son. Later check in to your hotel for a relaxing evening.

Hotel

Nikko Princess Kyoto

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Optional Experiences

JAPANESE TEA HOUSE

Experience the ambience of a traditional Japanese Tea House, located in the beautiful tranquil Kenroku-en Garden. A professional ‘tea maker’ can spend many years learning their craft, which is often presented in a ceremony influenced by Zen Buddhism. Powdered green tea (matcha) is prepared by adding hot water and mixing it with a bamboo whisk. Enjoy sampling the tea in the Shigure-tei Tea House and also take the opportunity to try some Japanese sweets. Afterwards enjoy a stroll in the garden, which is regarded as one of Japan’s three most beautiful gardens. NB. The price above is in Japanese Yen.

Adult Price: ¥1000.00

Day 7

Day 8

Kyoto Sightseeing

This morning visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine and see the tunnel of thousands of bright orange torii gates that snake through the forest up into the mountains. Then head to the Sanjusangen-do Hall, a temple famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy and afterwards enjoy a walking tour of the Gion area. Choose to remain in Gion to explore further or return to the hotel. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Farewell Dinner at the Ninja Kyoto restaurant. Venture into the mysterious labyrinth and secret fortress of the Ninjas, the traditional Japanese heroes and enjoy the creative Ninja-style food, a perfect ending to your holiday in Japan.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

GION CORNER, KYOTO

The Gion corner is a unique experience where you can observe seven of Kyoto’s traditional performing arts, all on one stage. See a Bunraku puppet play; A UNESCO listed Traditional Japanese Puppet performance. Listen to the wonderful harmonies of Koto Music, as a master plays an ancient six stringed zither using ivory plectrums worn on their fingers. Watch Kyo-Mai, an elegant and dazzling dance performed by Maiko dancers in beautiful and ornate dress. Enjoy a performance of Kyogen Theatre, a comical play portraying humorous stories of daily life. Experience Gagaku (court music), the indigenous Japanese music performed at imperial court shrines and temples. During the evening observe the art of creating flower arrangements and a traditional ‘Ryurei style’ tea ceremony. There is also a Maiko Gallery, displaying costumes, hair decorations and videos of Maiko Dancers. NB. The price below is in Japanese Yen. Transportation to/from the venue is not included in the price but local taxis are readily available and the Travel Director will assist.

Adult Price: ¥4200.00

Day 8

Day 9

Depart Kyoto - Osaka

Transfer by airport shuttle service to Kansai International Airport or Osaka Itami Airport for your onward flight. Alternatively, continue to Hiroshima by choosing the 13 day itinerary, Splendours of Japan with Hiroshima.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 9

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Lunch at a traditional Japanese ryokan.

  • Cultural Insights
    Sample Japanese Sake, learn about the production of Japanese washi paper.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Local Specialists
    in Tokyo and Kanazawa.

  • #JoinTrafalgar
    Washi paper making visit, Gokayama You'll support a local business with a visit to a washi paper workshop. You'll watch the family at work, and test your paper-making skills for yourself.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City Tour of Tokyo and Kyoto, walking tour of Takayama

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

    • View Mt. Fuji

    • Visit the Edo Tokyo Museum and Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, the Kinkakuji Temple, Sanjyusangen-do Hall and Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto


What's Included

Dining

    • 8 buffet breakfasts.

    • 3 dinners.

    • 3 lunches
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday


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    Service rating : Excellent the whole way through from reservation, info provided, being met at airport and the hotels chosen. Tour director Mimi was marvellous.Choice of places to visit and cultural things to experience was greatProduct : It gave a really good insight to Japanese culture. Not

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    Service rating : The tour gave a good overview of Japanese history, religion and culture in cities as well as country towns. Our excellent guide, Mimi went above and beyond in paying attention to detail to satisfy everyone's needs in order to ensure that we all had a memorable tour.. We were

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    • Special Rate Solo Rooming: the following departures 4 Jan 2017 - 12 Feb 2017 - 4 Jun 2017 - 11 Jun 2017 -18 Jun 2017 - 2 Jul 2017 - 20 Aug 2017 - 10 Dec 2017 includes a discount of up to 23% on our standard single supplement.
    • Cherry Blossom season varies between different regions of Japan and is dependent on weather conditions so can also vary slightly each year. Late March to mid April are the most likely times to experience it but this is not guaranteed.
    • Gion Festival: Takes place annually in Kyoto and is one of the most famous festivals in Japan. Events and parades are held for the entire month of July.
    • Extend your stay in Kyoto and take the opportunity to absorb genuine Japanese hospitality while staying in Authentic Accommodation in a traditional ryokan (Japanese inn). The ryokan features traditional rooms with tatami mats, communal segregated gender bathing areas and provides guests with a yukata (cotton kimono) to wear. Breakfast and dinner are included and consist of traditional Japanese cuisine known as kaiseki.
    • Visas are generally not required for Japan.
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