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Japan and China

Group tour

Japan and China

Group tour

Japan and China

Cultural highlights of two
fascinating countries

An incredible twin-centre tour that takes you from the breathtaking views of Mount Fuji to the incredible Great Wall of China. Experience the cultures and traditions of two nations that boast a fascinating history. Start the tour in Japan’s capital, Tokyo and enjoy five days exploring the essential attractions of Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto and Nara. Visit the illustrious capital of China, Beijing, and the vibrant city of Xian, giving you a wonderful taste of China’s most historic attractions. This 15 day tour provides a wonderful insight into the culture and history of both Japan and China.

Mount Fuji Lake Motosu Five Lakes Japan
Forbidden City Beijing China

Locations you will be visiting

  • Asakusa Tokyo


    Discover Japan's dazzling capital - where ancient meets modern

    2 Days

  • Lake Ashi hakone japan

    Hakone, Japan

    Discover the sights and traditions for Hakone with this handy destination guide.

    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

  • BeijingTemple of Heaven china

    Beijing, China

    Discover the sights and traditions for Beijing with this handy destination guide.

    3 Days

  • Ancient City Wall xian china

    Xian, China

    Discover the sights and traditions for Xian with this handy destination guide.

    2 Days

  • pudong skyline shanghai china

    Shanghai, China

    Discover the sights and traditions for Shanghai with this handy destination guide.

    3 Days


Japan and China

17 day Tour Itinerary

An overview of your trip

DAY 1 UK to Tokyo

Take your scheduled flight from the UK to Tokyo.

  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 2 Arrive Tokyo

Upon arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred by shuttle bus to your accommodation. The rest of the day is at leisure.

DAY 3 Tokyo Full Day Tour

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Meet with the guide in the reception area. Enjoy the Tokyo Full Day tour. This tour will take you to some must-see spots in Tokyo by public transportation. Visit Asakusa, the Imperial Palace, Shibuya Crossing, and more.

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

Meet with our guide and enjoy Hakone tour by train and local transportation using Hakone Free Pass. Take the limited express train to Hakone Area. Enjoy a short cruise on Lake Ashi and continue to the Owakudani Ropeway and Hakone Ropeway. Go back to Tokyo in the evening.

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

After breakfast at the hotel, meet the guide 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 World Heritage Site in 1996 and Peace Memorial Park.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Bullet Train
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 and 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, Dinner
DAY 9 Fly to Beijing

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Beijing. Upon arrival, our representative will meet and arrange your transfer to your hotel for a three night stay. In the afternoon, there is time to relax, or explore the surrounding area.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 10 Beijing City Tour

Your tour begins after breakfast, with a visit to the Temple of Heaven – where the Ming and Qing emperors worshipped the god of heaven and prayed for good harvests for the year. Here you can witness the tradition of Tai Chi being practiced in the courtyard, which
is followed by a stroll through Tiananmen Square, and continues to the Forbidden City which served as the grand imperial palace for centuries. Your final stop of the day will be at the Hutongs. Here, you will gain a personal insight into the everyday life of traditional Beijing citizens.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 11 Great Wall

Enjoy a good breakfast at the hotel before your visit to the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a part of the wall with breathtaking views in a less crowded atmosphere. Mutianyu was built in the mid-6th century and its rich history can be observed in its unique construction. Go back to the city and grab an opportunity for photographs at the Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube, venues for the memorable 2008 Olympics and 2015 World Championships. In the evening, enjoy a fabulous Peking Duck Dinner, in the place that gave it its name!

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 12 Beijing to Xian

This morning starts with a visit to the Summer Palace, which includes a grand collection of lakes, gardens, palaces
and scenic views. Followed by a relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake, before catching your bullet train to Xian (approx. 5 hours 30 minutes) and checking into your hotel.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Transport: Bullet Train
DAY 13 Terracotta Warriors

Today your guide will take you to visit the Terracotta Warriors, a stunning collection of 10,000 life size statues of the Chinese army, made over 2,000 years ago, yet preserved almost perfectly. This will be followed, in the afternoon, with a visit to Xian’s ancient city wall, best enjoyed as a peaceful stroll or leisurely bike ride. This evening you will sample a delicious dumpling dinner while enjoying the Tang Dynasty Show, a colourful performance of traditional music and dance.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 14 Xian City Tour and to Shanghai

Following breakfast, visit China’s unique architectural style at the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, before your last stop in Xian in the Muslim Quarter, and your chance to witness local life in the community. Finally, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, check into your hotel for a three night stay.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 15 Shanghai City Tour

The first attraction of the day will be the Yu Yuan Gardens, first constructed in 1559 during the Ming Dynasty by Pan Yunduan. The gardens occupy an area of 5 acres and are home to beautiful pavilions, walkways, rockeries, streams, ponds, courtyards and flowers. A horticulturist’s heaven. Next stop, the Jade Buddha Temple, where you can marvel at impressive temples, both ancient and modern, housing large, intricate sculptures of Buddha. Afterwards you will spend time at the Shanghai Museum, followed by the opportunity to visit the impressive waterfront attraction of the Bund to admire Shanghai as a modern metropolis.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 16 Zhujiajiao Tour

Today will start with a visit to Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town dating back over 1,700 years, known as the Pearl Stream. You can expect to see Ming and Qing Dynasty
bridges, two ancient and historic buildings and the Ma Family Garden before heading back to Shanghai for an afternoon at leisure.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 17 Fly to UK

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to UK.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airplane
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: Gion Kimono Tour, Kyoto

    Walk around Gion like a real Japanese in Kimono!

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  • Kanazawa-City-sweet-making-japan

    Japan: Traditional Crafts

    Join a workshop to make different Japanese traditional crafts, e.g. Ikebana flower arranging, Origami, Calligraphy, Japanese sweet making and Japanese pottery.

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  • Tai Chi on the Bund shanghai china

    China: Tai Chi Lesson

    Practise this ancient martial art with a Tai Chi lesson

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  • tea performer china

    China: Tea Tasting

    Appreciate the varying blends of Chinese tea at a tasting

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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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4★ Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel, Xian

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4★ Xinqiao Hotel, Beijing

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4★ Holiday Inn Express, Shanghai

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Your holiday details
Departures and Prices 2024 and 2025
Depart Return Days Price from Availability Reservation
Depart04/03/2024 Return10/03/2024 Day17 Depart£5,999 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart06/05/2024 Return22/05/2024 Day17 Depart£5,999 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart02/09/2024 Return18/09/2024 Day17 Depart£6,149 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart07/10/2024 Return23/10/2024 Day17 Depart£6,149 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart03/03/2025 Return19/03/2024 Day17 Depart£6,099 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart05/05/2025 Return21/05/2025 Day17 Depart£6,099 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart01/09/2025 Return17/09/2025 Day17 Depart£6,249 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart06/10/2025 Return22/10/2025 Day17 Depart£6,249 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation

Single supplement from £998
Land only from £4,999
(without international flights)

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

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What's included:
  • International and domestic flights in economy class
  • Bullet train
  • 3★ and 4★ accommodation
  • Transfers
  • English speaking guides
  • Meals as specified
  • Entrance fees to the sites listed
  • Airport taxes
  • Local tips in China: RMB390 (approx £45) per person,
  • Personal spending
  • Travel insurance
  • China visa and fees

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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