Japanese Alps

12 days from £2566 per person

DAY 1 - WELCOME TO TOKYO

You will be met on the arrival hall of the airport by your personal agent who will give you a warm welcome to Japan and will assist you with the included shared transfer to your artistic hotel Park Hotel.

After check in, the rest of the day is at your leisure, resting and relaxing after your flight or, if you prefer, you can already start exploring this lively city.

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DAY 2 - DISCOVER TOKYO WITH A LOCAL

Your private guide will pick you up at your hotel to show you the highlights of the city. Visit Asakusa, Tokyo’s old town where you can still feel the atmosphere of the ancient Edo, Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest temple, the Imperial Palace gardens and Meiji Shrine, a wonderful shrine dedicated to the deified spirit of Emperor Meiji.

DAY 3 - EXPLORING TOKYO

Day at leisure to explore Tokyo, one of the world’s most cutting-edge capitals! We have some suggestions for you on how to spend your day:

DAY 4 - FROM THE CITY TO THE MOUNTAINS

Enjoy one of the most scenic train journeys in Japan, winding your way through tall mountains and stunning gorges, green valleys and beautiful rivers.

Check in to your luxurious ryokan Hanaougi, an authentic Japanese style accommodation with hot spring baths where you will have included a yummy handmade Japanese dinner tonight and breakfast. Enjoy!

Afternoon suggested activities:

 

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DAY 5 - LOCAL MARKETS AND SAKE BREWERIES

Today the day is at your leisure. You can start your day visiting the local morning markets which are right next to your ryokan. After that, our personal suggestion for the day to explore this charming town:

Your Japanese dinner tonight and tomorrow’s breakfast at your ryokan is included.

DAY 6 - SHIRAKAWAGO VILLAGE & SAMURAIS

On your way to Kanazawa by bus you will stop in the lovely rural village of Shirakawago which was declared a UNESCO world heritage site. It is famous for their traditional the farmhouses’s steep thatched roofs and beautiful mountain scenery. Enjoy its authentic and beautiful countryside atmosphere.

The rest of the day is at leisure after you check in to Sainoniwa Hotel, a stylish hotel with a nice charming traditional ambiance, hot spring baths and three beautiful Japanese gardens. (guided option available)

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DAY 7 - JAPANESE GARDENS & SAMURAIS

Discover the lovely city of Kanazawa on your own. Visit the famous Kenrokuen garden – one of the top three most beautiful gardens in the county-, Kanazawa Castle and the samurai neighbourhood (do not miss the visit of a real samurai home!).

DAY 8 - KYOTO: ZEN GARDENS, GEISHAS, COLORFUL SHINTO SHRINES AND ANCIENT TEMPLES

Head to Kyoto by train using your included Japan Rail Pass train tickets. With 2,000 religious buildings, including 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines, as well as palaces, gardens and associated architecture, it is one of the best-preserved cities in Japan and has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status.

Check-in to Mitsui Garden Sijo and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Suggested afternoon activity:

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DAY 9 - NARROW ALLEWS AND GEISHAS

Your private guide will pick you up at your hotel to discover some of the best historical places of this fantastic city! You will visit first the Golden Pavilion, one of the most famous temples in Japan, the ancient Nijo Castle and finish your day in Nishiki Market, a narrow street full of food shops, fresh seafood and vegetables, sweets, sushi and much more!

Suggested afternoon activities:

DAY 10 - KYOTO EXPLORER

Day at leisure to enjoy the cultural heritage of this ancient city.

Suggested activities for today:

DAY 11 - HAKONE, THE GATEWAY TO THE MT FUJI REGION

Travel south east to Hakone, a breathtaking region well known for the beauty of its nature and the relaxing Japanese hot springs baths. Explore this amazing area by ropeway, cablecars, buses and even a pirate ship for a cruise ship across the volcanic Lake Ashi with views of Mt Fuji.

Finish your day with a tasty homemade dinner at Susukinohara ryokan, a high end and stylish ryokan, where you will spend your night today. Before sleeping enjoy a soak in your own outdoors private hot spring bath. 

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DAY 12 - SAYONARA

After having your included Japanese breakfast, spend the day at your leisure  before your afternoon departure to Narita airport to catch your flight back home. Safe travels!

INCLUDED

  • Meet and greet airport service upon arrival
  • Transfers from airport to hotel on arrival and from your hotel to airport on your departure day
  • Accommodation on B&B basis
  • All excursions, activities and meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees with service of English speaking guides for excursions
  • Transport as described
  • A PASMO subway card recharged with 2500 JPY
  • Local taxes
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered

NOT INCLUDED

  • Optional suggested day trips/experiences
  • International flights