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Catch a flight to Tokyo’s Narita Airport. You’ll be met and taken by limousine bus to the Park Hotel where you’ll have time to rest and relax after your flight.
The next day offers you the opportunity to mingle with the local residents of Tokyo as they go about their day-to-day business. You’ll set out on a privately guided tour – using the city’s famous subway – of this dazzling metropolis, taking in all the main sights as well as some of the more unusual and less known features of the city. Your guide will be happy to tailor the sight-seeing to take in your specific interests.
You’ll be supplied with pre-loaded Manaca Cards for you to use throughout your stay in Japan, which are handy on public transport, in vending machines and even convenience stores. You’ll have the last day free in Tokyo to explore further at your leisure.
Stay: Three nights in a Premium Room at the Park Hotel Tokyo – bed & breakfast
A fascinating journey lies ahead. Today you catch Japan’s world-famous bullet train (a must-do for rail enthusiasts) and fast-track to Hakone. Upon arrival at Odawara Station you’ll be met and taken to your accommodation by private taxi. A complete contrast to bustling Tokyo, in Hakone you’ll be staying in a traditional ryokan surrounded by an enchanting mountain and forest landscape dominated by the snowy peak of Mount Fuji.
During your stay you’ll be able to visit charming hamlets and villages connected by railways, buses and cable cars; explore an outdoor sculpture park; walk over to Chisuji Falls or go boating on beautiful Lake Ashi. Your ryokan has its own infinity-style hot spring bath overlooking the mountains, as well as private open-air baths in each of the guestrooms.
You’ll also enjoy a guided tour of Hakone itself and have a 2 Day Hakone Freepass; giving you the chance to roam at will.
Stay: Two nights in a Superior Room at Hakone Kowakien Ten-yu – breakfast & dinner
On day seven you’ll hop in a taxi back to Odawara Station in time to catch the bullet train to Kyoto, one of the most culturally rich cities in all of Asia and the heart of traditional Japan. During your guided tour, you’ll have the opportunity to discover some of the city’s 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines. In the afternoon, enjoy tea with an apprentice geisha known as a maiko.
You’ll be staying in the heart of the Gion district, a hub of traditional arts with streets lined with countless shrines, temples and historic attractions. From your hotel, you’ll be within walking distance of major sights like the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Yasaka Shrine and Maruyama Park.
Stay: Three nights in a Superior Room at The Celestine Kyoto Gion – bed & breakfast
Today the bullet train brings you back to Tokyo. You’ll spend one final night in this epic city before catching your flight back to London the following day.
Stay: One night in a Premium Room at the Park Hotel Tokyo – bed & breakfast
Board the limousine bus to the airport and check-in for your flight back to London, arriving the same day.
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