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There’s a very good reason why this is a classic, a forever-popular itinerary, a much-repeated path for the first-time visitor: it really is the best possible introduction to a country that remains an enigma to the uninitiated traveller. Don’t dismiss this route out of hand though – you can still ‘follow the crowds’ and carve out your own special journey, unlike anyone else’s. Allow us to show you the essential attractions and stops in Japan, but also impart our expert knowledge and tips – we’ll make sure it’s completely unique and memorable for you.
Your holiday is sandwiched between the two major ‘must-see’ cities: Tokyo, for the frenetic and futuristic pace of a mega-metropolis, and Kyoto, where you will slow down again, enjoying a veritable treasure trove of ancient temples and timeless shrines. Add to this a night in the verdant and volcanic landscape of Hakone, where you can experience a traditional ryokan stay (Japanese-style inn), an unforgettable kaiseki multi-course dinner, and a rejuvenating soak in the onsen hot-springs that run below the town. In Hiroshima, learn about the tragic past that affected all of Japan, but also embrace the optimistic future shown by this typically Japanese city. Step back in time as you wander the forested paths of Miyajima, a sacred island of shrines and wild deer, a living time-capsule to glimpse a piece of history. As with all our tours, we would love nothing more than to tailor this to your own preferences – so get in touch to start the journey!
1 night flying – 3 nights Tokyo – 1 night Hakone – 2 nights Hiroshima – 3 nights Kyoto