Discover Japan

Resort: Discover Japan
Operator: Wendy Wu Tours
Destination: Japan
Price From: £5340.00

Overview

13 Day Discover Japan Tour Itinerary

Days 1-2 Fly to Tokyo

 

Fly overnight to the dazzling metropolis of Tokyo, Japan’s capital city. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

 

Day 3 Tokyo City Tour

 

Tokyo is the ultimate 24-hour city, but look behind its busy, high-tech frontage and you’ll find plenty of tranquil backstreets and old temples to explore. Start today on the observation deck of the 634-metre Skytree, the world’s tallest tower, before wandering through the old district of Asakusa, stopping at the Buddhist Sensoji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest. Drive by the Imperial Palace Plaza and later stroll through the classical landscapes of Hamarikyu Garden. This evening, take a relaxed dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay for excellent city vistas.

 

Day 4 Mt Fuji

 

Take the super-fast bullet train to Odawara. Enjoy a boat trip on Lake Ashi for spectacular panoramas of this beautiful area before venturing up the Komagatake Ropeway for amazing views back over the lake and Mt Fuji. Next, head up to the 5th Station at Mt Fuji (weather permitting) to take in the breathtaking views over the Fuji Five Lakes below.

 

Day 5 Matsumoto Castle

 

This morning, drive 2 hours to Nagano to explore the formidable 16th century Matsumoto Castle. After lunch, stop at a Miso House to learn about the process of making this Japanese seasoning, before travelling further to Takayama, nestled high in the mountainous Hida region.

 

Day 6 Explore Takayama

 

Takayama has an air of old world Japan, particularly around its wonderfully preserved old town. Browse the local handicrafts and fresh produce at the Miyagawa morning market, wander past some of the lovely traditional houses and visit several of the excellent local museums Takayama Festival Floats Museum, Kusakabe Folk Museum and Takayama Jinya.

 

Day 7 Shirakawago & Kanazawa

 

Get a glimpse of rural Japan at the UNESCO
World Heritage-listed Shirakawago which is
famous for its farmhouses built in the unique
gassho-zukuri architectural style. Continue
to Gokayama to have a go at washi paper
making, then travel to Kanazawa and meander
through the beautiful Kenrokuen Garden, one
of the Three Great Gardens of Japan.

 

Day 8 Gold Leaf Making

 

Begin the day learning the process of
making gold leaf. Next, stroll through
traditional Higashi Chaya (Eastern Teahouse
District), visiting Ochaya Shima a historical
geisha house. Later, journey to Kyoto. Capital
for 1,000 years, until 1879, today Kyoto
is the legacy of ancient Japan, full of
tranquil temples, silk-clad geisha and
sublime gardens.

 

Day 9 Explore Kyoto

 

Kyoto was capital for a thousand years; today it is the legacy of ancient Japan, full of tranquil temples, silk-clad geisha and sublime gardens. This morning, head to a restored Japanese wooden townhouse and try your hand at origami and enjoy the rituals of a tea ceremony. In the afternoon, visit Ryoanji Temple, which means ‘temple of the peaceful dragon’, and the famous Kinkakuji, a Zen temple known as the ‘Golden Pavilion’.

 

Day 10 Discover Nara

 

Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, remarkable for its 10,000 torii (shrine gates). Later travel to Nara, a relaxed and charming town virtually untouched by the ravages of modernity. Home to many archetypal pieces of early art and architecture, you will stroll through Nara Park to Todaiji Temple, meeting the resident Sika deer en route, before exploring Isui-en Garden.

 

Day 11 Koya-San

 

This morning, drive 2.5 hours to Koya-San, the centre of Shingon Buddhism. See Okunoin, Japan’s largest cemetery and home to the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi, founder of Shingon Buddhism. Next, visit the Kongobuji Temple and Garan temple complex. This evening, transfer to Osaka for dinner and an overnight stay.

 

Day 12 Explore Osaka

 

In the morning, visit Osaka Castle before taking a stroll around the Dotonbori district, a restaurant mecca, where you can sample delicious local delicacies. Next, enjoy a 20-minute cruise along the Yodogawa River. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure before a farewell dinner this evening.

 

Day 13 Fly Osaka to UK

 

Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day

 

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