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Uncover the very best of Japan on this exciting Journey taking you from the hustle and bustle of modern Tokyo to the palaces and shrines of Kyoto and the lantern-lit backstreets of Osaka. Along the way, you’ll contemplate world history in Hiroshima and admire the towering peak of Mount Fuji from Hakone. If you choose to visit between March and May, look out for the gorgeous pink hues of the cherry blossom trees.
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Fly from the UK to Tokyo
Arrive in buzzy Tokyo, a city like no other with its juxtaposition of traditional and modern side by side. Check out the stunning Sensō-ji temple, then perhaps visit the electronics district at Akihabara, where you’ll find all sorts of gadgets and software as well as anime and manga comics. Afterwards, you’ll have tickets to visit the Digital Art Museum at the Mori Building. teamLab, the creators, aim to explore new relationships between humans and nature. The famous street crossing at Shibuya, the largest in the world and constantly thronging with pedestrians, is also a must-do. For a spot of culture, take a look at Tokyo’s most impressive Shinto shrine, Meiji Jingū, with its 12m-high torii entrance gate.
4* Keio Plaza Hotel
Fuji- Hakone National Park
View the famous cone of Mount Fuji towering in the distance as you approach the pretty city of Hakone, found in a volcanically active region known for its hot springs. Ascend Mount Fuji as far as the 5th Station, about halfway up, for pretty mountain views. Spend the rest of the day in Hakone itself, where you’ll cruise the beautiful Lake Ashi, with its snow-topped mountain backdrop. Ride the Komagatake Ropeway for further scenic views of Hakone National Park and beyond. Stay overnight in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese Inn.
Your next stop is bustling Hiroshima, a city that has risen from its infamous past. Hiroshima will forever be known for the terrible events of 6th August 1945, but those expecting a sombre place will be pleasantly surprised – it’s bright and vibrant with some pretty spots, such as the Peace Memorial Park. Why not take a trip to Miyajima Island, famous for its torii gate that ‘floats’ at high tide? See if you can spot wild deer and be sure to try the delicious local grilled oysters with miso sauce.
4* ANA Crowne Plaza Hiroshima
Head on to historic Kyoto and take a walk through the atmospheric streets of Gion, the geisha quarter. Don’t miss Kyoto Imperial Palace, built in 1855, former home to the Emperor of Japan and found in the pretty grounds of Tokyo Imperial Park. Visit Nijo Castle, an ornamental fortress built by Edo Shogunate as his Kyoto residence, and take in the beautiful gardens. Enjoy a private Bento cooking class, as well as a visit to Fushimi Inari, famous for its vermilion torii gates.
Bento cooking class
4* Hotel Monterey Kyoto
Depart Kyoto and return to the UK.
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