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Japan Explorer

Tokyo, Matsumoto, Kamikochi, Takayama, Kanazawa, Kaga Onsen, Kyoto, Osaka
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  • Indirect international & with ANA - All Nippon Airways, internal flights & transport
  • 12 nights in 4-5* hotels
  • 7-day Japan Rail Pass
  • Private half-day Tokyo highlights tour
  • Private full-day World Heritage walk & woodcarving
  • More tours as suggested in itinerary
Priced based on 2 people sharing. Priced for travel in May 2020
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Here’s What Your Amazing Holiday Could Look Like...

You’ll soon discover there are a wealth of adventures to be had when you get out and explore the rural beauty of Japan. On this exhilarating Journey, you’ll spend time in the big three cities (Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka), but also get the chance to try some incredible experiences outside of the urban jungle. Hike the Northern Japanese Alps, try your hand at woodcarving and take in the awe-inducing beauty of ancient temples on this 15-day explorer trip.

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Day 1

Fly from the UK to Tokyo

Days 2-4

Tokyo

Touch down in fast-paced Tokyo and get ready to spend three days in Japan’s dazzling, futuristic capital. To help you get a real feel for the city, you’ll enjoy a private half-day tour with a local guide. You’ll be using public transport on this tour so it’s ideal to have a guide to show you the ropes. Sights you won’t want to miss include the iconic Shibuya Crossing, the beautiful Kokyo Gaien National Gardens outside the Imperial Palace, and the traditional streets of the Asakusa District.

Included Excursion:
Private Tokyo Highlights Tour
Included in this price:

4* Hotel Gracery Shinjuku

Day 5

Matsumoto

On the next part of your journey, head up to the Japanese Alps for mountain views and delightful countryside scenery. Be sure to visit the Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum to learn more about the arts and crafts of the area. There’s also the stunning Matsumoto Castle to see – built over 500 years ago and offering panoramic views over the city – so don’t forget your camera.

Included in this price:

4* Kai Matsumoto

Days 6-7

Kamikochi

Open from mid/late April until mid-November, Kamikochi is where you’ll fall head over heels for rural Japan’s great outdoors. For a leisurely hike, follow the path along the beautiful Azusa River – from the serene Taisho Pond to the iconic Myojin Bridge. Experienced mountaineers can also opt for more challenging treks. Ask your Flight Centre Travel Concierge to recommend a hiking trail.

Included in this price:

3* Kamikochi Hotel Shirakabaso

Day 8

Takayama

Today you’ll be catching the highway bus and heading to peaceful Takayama. Spend today exploring this beautiful mountain city, famed for its skilful woodworking. Your guide will lead you through the city’s World Heritage-listed Old Town as well as explaining its ancient carpentry, you’ll then be free to explore as you wish.

Included Excursion:
Private World Heritage walk & woodcarving
Included in this price:

4* Associa Takayama Resort

Day 9

Kanazawa

Often overlooked, Kanazawa is a fascinating city with a delightful teahouse and geisha district. Don’t miss a stroll round Kenrokuen Garden – it’s one of Japan’s most impressive. Depart from Takayama and travel to Inami by private car. Having made a name for itself as Japan’s woodcarving capital, the town is home to over 120 workshops and 300 craftsmen ­– a great destination to witness the traditional craft. Stroll along Yokamachi Street, glimpsing sculptors at work and admiring the impressive handiwork at the numerous workshops lining the stone-paved street. Afterwards, travel to Ainokura, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed village, surrounded by mountain scenery.

Included in this price:

4* Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel

Day 10

Kaga Onsen

A collection of four hot-spring towns, this is the place to go for an authentic onsen experience. The hot springs in this area were discovered over 1,300 years ago by monks visiting Hakusan and it’s been a popular destination ever since. In the evening, after a beautiful Kaiseki dinner, we’ve lined up a traditional-style ryokan for you to spend the night in.

Included in this price:

4* Hanamurasaki Ryokan

Days 11-12

Kyoto

Travel aboard the Limited Express Thunderbird from Kaga Onsen to Kyoto. Breathtakingly beautiful and brimming with old-world charm, Kyoto is architecturally grand and culturally refined. We’ve included a half-day tour here that will reveal the city’s highlights, including the Kinkakuji Temple, the stunning Kyoto Imperial Park, Kaninnomiya Mansion and the Shusuitei Tea House. You could also have the chance to visit the famous Fushimi Inari.

Included Excursion:
Private half day Kyoto World Heritage Sights tour with Fushimi Inari visit
Included in this price:

4* Hotel Monterey Kyoto

Day 13

Osaka

Take a trip on the Shinkansen from Kyoto to Shin-Osaka. Spend your last day in Japan feasting in the nation’s kitchen. On your Kansai Soul tour, you’ll discover the colourful Dotonbori Street, complete with a bustling canal flanked by shops and restaurants. Wander the markets, pachinko halls and shops, take in the ‘fake food’ offering at Doguyasuji, explore downtown Shinsekai, and witness a traditional Japanese bath or Sento.

Included Excursion:
Kansai Soul Tour
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4* ANA Crowne Plaza Osaka

Day 14

Depart Osaka and return to the UK

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