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Essential Japan

Group Tour

Essential Japan

The Essential Japan tour is perfect for the first time visitor to Japan

Enjoy spending time in the vibrant capital, Tokyo. Take a journey to the 5th station at Mt. Fuji, marvel at Japan’s highest mountain with its single, volcanic snowy peak. The cultural city of Kyoto is where you will discover beautiful gardens, ancient temples and traditional townhouses. Learn about Hiroshima and its past and present. Visit the Itsukushima Shrine, said to be one of the three most beautiful sights in Japan, and try delicious Japanese cuisine, Takoyaki (octopus ball) and Okonomiyaki (savoury pancake) in Osaka, your final destination.

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Locations you will be visiting

  • Asakusa Tokyo


    Discover Japan's dazzling capital - where ancient meets modern

    2 Days

  • Mt Fuji Cherry Blossom japan

    Hakone & Mt. Fuji

    Explore one of the most iconic sights of Japan

    1 Day

  • Itsukushima Shrine Miyajima Hiroshima Japan

    Hiroshima and Miyajima

    Hiroshima, rebuilt after World War II, and stunning Miyajima island, are among the most visited spot...

    1 Day

  • Kyoto

    Explore historic sights and wander the atmospheric streets of Kyoto

    2 Days

  • Osaka Castle Autumn Osaka Japan


    An exciting and bustling city with a wide range of tasty cuisine on offer

    1 Day


Essential Japan

9 day Tour Itinerary

An overview of your trip

DAY 1 Fly to Tokyo

Take a scheduled flight from your regional airport to Tokyo.

  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 2 Arrive Tokyo

On arrival at the airport in Tokyo, you will be met by a guide. You will be escorted to your hotel in Tokyo city centre. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

DAY 3 Tokyo Full Day Tour

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Meet with our representative in the reception area. Enjoy the Tokyo Full Day Tour. This group tour will take you to some Must-See spots in Tokyo by public transportation. Visit Asakusa, the Imperial Palace, and Shibuya Crossing.

  • Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
DAY 4 Hakone Full Day Tour

Meet with our guide and enjoy Hakone tour by local transportation using Hakone Free Pass. Take the limited train to Hakone Area.

Enjoy a short cruise on Lake Ashi to marvel at the beauty of Mt Fuji and continue to the Owakudani Ropeway and Hakone Ropeway. Back to Tokyo with our representative in the evening.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Drive
DAY 5 Bullet Train to Hiroshima

After breakfast at the hotel, meet our representative in the reception area. We will take the bullet train to Hiroshima, which is 4 hours journey time. We arrive into Hiroshima in the afternoon.

Enjoy sightseeing in Hiroshima city. Visit Genbaku – Museum The Atomic Bomb Dome designated a UNESCO WorldHeritage Site in 1996 and Peace Memorial Park.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 6 Miyajima and Bullet Train to Kyoto

After breakfast at the hotel, meet with our representative in the reception area. Take the ferry to Miyajima Island. Visit Itsukushima shrine and Big Torii Gate. Try some street food in Miyajima, for example oyster croquette etc. Back to Hiroshima and we take the bullet train to Kyoto. Upon arrival, check in the hotel.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 7 Kyoto Full Day Tour

Meet the representative at the hotel’s reception and enjoy sightseeing in Kyoto. Take the local train to Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, home to thousands of torii gates and the Buddhist Sanjusangendo Temple, filled with 1001 statues of Kannon, the Goddess of mercy. Enjoy the tea ceremony at Kyoto. You will visit Kinkakuji, the Golden Temple. The tour ends at Gion area, should you prefer to continue your sightseeing by yourself.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 8 Nara & Osaka Full Day Tour

This morning starts with a walking tour of Nara. We take the train to Nara, the imperial capital of Japan in the 8th century, and visit the Todaiji Temple where an enormous bronze Buddha image is exhibited in the Daibutsuden Hall. We then continue to Nara Park, where over 1,200 wild shika deer roam freely. Visitors can feed with Shika-senbei, a special snack for the deer sold in the park grounds. Travel to Osaka visit Osaka Castle and Back to the hotel.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 9 Fly to UK

Transfer you to Kansai Airport for your flight to the UK.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
Optional Extras - Cultural Experiences

There is some free time in your itinerary for you to explore on your own, or treat yourself to an excursion. Use the links below to create a to-do list, or, if you’d prefer us to book you onto one of these or any other excursions, please let us know when booking your tour.

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    Japan: Sushi Workshop Morning Tour, Tokyo

    Experience hand-shaping and rolling sushi from a Tsukiji sushi chef and tour around Tsukiji Outer Fish Market to have an insight into how chef selects their fish for sushi.

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  • geisha performing music japan

    Japan: Dinner with Maiko, Kyoto

    Enjoy a traditional dinner with a Maiko, or apprentice Geisha and enjoy two traditional dance performances. Opportunity to ask questions and take photos with Maiko.

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  • ninja wifi features japan

    Ninja Wifi, Japan

    WiFi on the go in Japan to help you stay connected.

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  • Samurai Experience Osaka Japan

    Japan: Samurai Experience, Osaka

    Be a Samurai for a day! Learn about the Samurai (old Japanese soldier) in Kimono or Ninja costume!

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Sample Accommodation

3★ Sunshine City Prince Hotel, Tokyo

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3★ Hotel Mystays Hiroshima Peace Park, Hiroshima

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4★ Daiwa Roynet Kyoto Ekimae PREMIER, Kyoto

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3.5★ Hearton Hotel Nishi Umeda, Osaka

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Your holiday details
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Depart02/09/2024 Return10/09/2024 Day9 Depart£3,699 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart07/10/2024 Return15/10/2024 Day9 Depart£3,799 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart04/11/2024 Return12/11/2024 Day9 Depart£3,699 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart03/03/2025 Return11/03/2025 Day9 Depart£3,749 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart14/04/2025 Return22/04/2025 Day9 Depart£3,949 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart05/05/2025 Return13/05/2025 Day9 Depart£3,749 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart01/09/2025 Return09/09/2025 Day9 Depart£3,849 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart06/10/2025 Return14/10/2025 Day9 Depart£3,949 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart03/11/2025 Return11/11/2025 Day9 Depart£3,849 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation

Single supplement from £499
Land price from £2,649

Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

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What's included:
  • International flights
  • Accommodation
  • English speaking guides
  • Transfer & Transport
  • Meals as specified
  • Japan Information Pack
  • Airport taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Ninja Wifi
  • Personal Spending

When making an enquiry or reservation we will request your contact details, however no payment will be required at this stage. We will contact you for payment details and to confirm your booking, your details and the details of those travelling with you along with any extras you’d like to add.


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