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Discover the best of Japan with this incredible and luxurious journey along the nation's legendary Golden Route. Your adventure will take you to the soaring metropolis of Tokyo, past Mount Fuji on their world-famous bullet train to the ancient city of Kyoto, and to the foodie destination of Osaka

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Itinerary includes:
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Japan 7 Day JR Rail Pass
  • 3 nights at the 4 star Sheraton Miyako Hotel
  • 3 nights at the 4 star ANA Crowne Plaza
  • 3 nights at the 4.5 star Hyatt Regency Osaka
Day 1
Fly from UK to Tokyo

Welcome to Japan! Your adventure begins in the sprawling capital city of Tokyo with a 3 night stay at the Sheraton Miyako Hotel, a beautiful 4.5 star hotel that sits within a beautiful garden that really showcases Japan's prominent seasons. 

Day 2-5
Tokyo

Tokyo’s effortless blend of Japan’s ancient past and it’s desire to fast-forward into the future is what makes this vivid and eclectic city so remarkable. 

There’s so many places to visit in Japan, but Tokyo’s iconic capital city offers so much to those who seek the perfect Japan holiday. Discover a city that’s home to more Michelin stars than any other but never boasts about it, a booming fashion capital, or simply be dazzled by the record number of people you can photograph passing through the bustling streets at Shibuya Crossing. If all of that isn’t enough, see it all in one go from the top of the Tokyo Skytree; the world’s tallest tower which stands at a colossal 634 metre height.

Old and new live side by side here. The city itself is home to 1000’s of breathtakingly beautiful Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, with many of them sitting quietly between Tokyo’s mammoth skyscrapers. Follow your sense of smell and you’ll soon find yourself wandering into a wooden ramen noodle bar that’s stood in the same spot for generations, and afterwards why not head over to one of the city’s many, beautiful parks and zen gardens.

Day 5
Road transfer from Tokyo to Kyoto

It's time to wave goodbye to the glittering lights of Tokyo! Head to Tokyo Station to activate your 7 Day JR Rail Pass, and hop on the incredible Shinkansen bullet train for a relaxing 2 1/2 hour journey to the ancient capital city of Kyoto. Sit back with a bento lunch, and take in the beautiful scenery of tranquil villages and rice fields as you go by; be sure to keep an eye out for Mount Fuji!

For the next 3 nights of your Japan holiday you will be staying at the ANA Crowne Plaza, a gorgeous hotel that sits just 1 minute from the legendary Niho Castle.

Day 5-8
Kyoto

Kyoto is Japan’s ancient capital; a charming city teeming with ancient shrines, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and traditional neighbourhoods that are still home to the ubiquitous  Geisha.

This mountain-flanked, picturesque city is the perfect compliment to the neon screens and robotic voices that characterise Tokyo. Kyoto is home to over 2000 Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples; some grand and majestic, others quiet and idyllic, making it the perfect destination for getting to know Japan’s vast history and getting up close with it’s stunning architecture. 

Along the outskirts of the city sits the neighbourhood of Arashiyama, a beautiful riverside destination that boasts a wide variety of both shrines and temples, as well as the world-famous Bamboo Forest and a mountain populated with monkeys! Venture a little further south and you’ll discover Fushimi Inari; a tunnel constructed from 10,000 vermillion torii gates which you may have seen in the movie ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’. Kyoto is also close to some other incredible and worthwhile destinations, including the beautiful city of Nara and Tokyo’s laid-back sibling Osaka

Day 8
Road transfer from Kyoto to Osaka

It's time to make great use of your JR Pass again, we recommend heading to Kyoto station after breakfast and hopping on the bullet train for a short 20 minute train journey to Osaka! For the final 3 nights of your adventure, you will be staying at the Hyatt Regency Osaka; a fantastic hotel that puts you right in the heart of everything Osaka has to offer! 

Day 8-11
Osaka

Japan's 2nd largest metropolitan city packs a punch full of flavourful foods, fun experiences and a completely different vibe compared to Tokyo

Osaka’s bright and bold city is much more laid-back than it’s noble cousin Kyoto and it’s aforementioned clean-cut sibling. This powerhouse destination is the dazzling jewel of the Kansai region, easily reachable by bullet train or airplane from Tokyo, and sits very close to the beautiful and picture-perfect city’s of Nara and Kyoto. Osaka is a known lovingly as ‘Japan’s Kitchen’, you’ll never go hungry on your Japan holiday when you’re in Osaka! While you're here why not take a day trip to see the deer that roam around the UNESCO sights of Nara, head to Universal Studios, indulge in delicious street foods and visit their incredible aquarium?

Day 11
Fly from Osaka to UK

Your journey in Japan may be coming to an end, but we are certain you will be leaving with enough incredible memories to last a lifetime; or even make you want to come back to see more! 

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Itinerary includes:
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Japan 7 Day JR Rail Pass
  • 3 nights at the 4 star Sheraton Miyako Hotel
  • 3 nights at the 4 star ANA Crowne Plaza
  • 3 nights at the 4.5 star Hyatt Regency Osaka
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