The classic Japanese sights wrapped into one memorable holiday, featuring Hiroshima and the well-preserved highland cities of Kanazawa and Takayama.
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Arrive in Tokyo and check in to your hotel at the top of the second-highest building in the city. Your private tour, complete with an expert guide, takes you onto the fabulous public transport system – in true Tokyo fashion – to diverse attractions that include the old downtown area with its history and ancient Senso-ji Temple.
Or – for something completely different – the fashion hub of Shibuya with its leading-edge styles. Quarters like Roppongi and Shinjuku (Kabukicho) specialise in contemporary and traditional entertainment, whilst the Sony Building in Ginza is the place to be if you’re interested in the latest hi-tech devices. Arrive early at Tsukiji fish market and you’ll be able to sample sushi for breakfast, but for a taste of old Edo you should make your way to the atmospheric Asakusa district.
Stay: Three nights in a Deluxe King Room at the Palace Hotel Tokyo – bed & breakfast
A visit to a geisha house is a must for visitors to Japan, and the perfect place to learn more about this ancient art is in the old city of Kanazawa. From Tokyo, you’ll travel by high-speed railway to this preserved historical city where, as well as several geisha districts, you’ll find a samurai quarter, a ninja temple and the outstanding Kenrokuen Gardens, rated amongst the best landscape gardens in Japan. You’ll be accompanied by a private guide whose knowledge and insights will help you appreciate the true wonder of Kanazawa.
Stay: Two nights in a Deluxe King Room at the Hyatt Centric Kanazawa – bed & breakfast
Today you’ll take the bus to Takayama via the traditional village of Shirakawago. This small city, surrounded by the Hia, Kiso and Akaishi Mountains, was once regarded as sacred and its ancient inns, historic tea houses, merchant’s mansions and overhanging roofs will take you straight back to the Edo period. Takayama also features many shrines, temples and the Hida Folk Village just outside town. Don’t miss the chance to sample the local sake.
Stay: Two nights in a Japanese-style room at Hanaougi Bettei Iiyama – breakfast & dinner
No trip to Japan would be complete without an exploration of Kyoto. You’ll reach the city by train from Takayama via Nagoya, and check in to your luxury hotel in the Higashiyama Shichijo district. Immersed in the traditional cultural heart of Kyoto, you’ll find yourself within easy reach of the Sanjusangendo Temple, the Kyoto National Museum and countless shrines and landmarks.
Alongside a private guide, you’ll be able to lose yourself in the busy lanes and hidden alleyways that characterise old Kyoto and come to appreciate the mysteries of the geiko and maiko, not to mention fan dancing, shamisen playing, Japanese wordplay and social etiquette.
Stay: Three nights in a Twin Room Annex at the Kanra Kyoto – bed & breakfast
Journey by bullet train through extraordinary countryside to Hiroshima. Out of the horrific disaster that ended the Second World War, Hiroshima has risen like a phoenix and is now a bustling, charming town gathered around a poignant Peace Park and Museum. Your private guide will take you to visit Hiroshima Castle, Shukkei-en Garden with its quaint tea houses and the Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of Art containing fabulous paintings by both Japanese and international artists.
You’ll also pay a visit to the much-loved Miyajima Island just off the coast of Hiroshima. You’ll take a local train and a ferry past the floating torii gate to land on the island famed for the Itsukushima Shrine. After wandering around the shrine, a cable car will take you to the summit of Mount Misen, offering breath-taking views across the Inland Sea. Walking is also a great way to discover Miyajima’s many temples, bustling shopping street and time-untouched local village. The island’s sacred deer roam freely, but the resident monkey population is more circumspect about showing itself.
Stay: Two nights in a Deluxe Room at Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel – bed & breakfast
From Hiroshima, return 900km by bullet train back to Tokyo. Stay at the fabulous Park Hyatt Hotel for your final night in Japan, an iconic hotel thanks to the director Sofia Coppola who used the hotel as the setting for her critically acclaimed film Lost in Translation.
Stay: One night in a Park Deluxe Room at the Park Hyatt Tokyo – bed & breakfast
Today your Japan adventure comes to an end. A private car will transfer you to Haneda Airport to check for your flight back to London. You’ll arrive at London Heathrow the same day.