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Highlights of Japan

Futuristic cities, traditional heritage, and a splendidly whimsical culture. Come discover a side to Japan that is authentic, unique, and memorable.
Explore a country that will surprise, amaze, delight and completely captivate you in turn. Japan is the  electrifying rush of a crowded street in Tokyo at night. It is  the delicate taste of freshly made sushi. It’s the view of indomitable Mt. Fuji surrounded by quiet lakes. And it’s the exquisite elegance of the everyday – Shinto temples, kimono sashes, and a gracefully poured cup of tea.
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Duration
8 Days

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₹236,509
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Reviews

10 Reviews

Keith

Written on 01 Apr, 2018

5.0 out of 5
Our guide Marky was excellent, very informative and well organised, without being overbearing. He created a sociable and well - functioning group. He also gave us good advice on travelling to Tokyo by train on our own using the JR pass for the airport.
Our guide Marky was excellent, very informative and well organised, without being overbearing. He created a sociable and well - functioning group. He also gave us good advice on travelling to Tokyo by train on our own using the JR pass for the airport.read less
Susan

Written on 01 Apr, 2019

4.5 out of 5
Fabulous and fascinating tour. We saw and experienced so much and Mike, our tour leader, was very good natured and knowledgeable. Some of the Highlights for me were staying in the traditional Inn (Ryokan) And the day with a Japanese local guide when we visited a beautiful historical part of ...read more
Fabulous and fascinating tour. We saw and experienced so much and Mike, our tour leader, was very good natured and knowledgeable. Some of the Highlights for me were staying in the traditional Inn (Ryokan) And the day with a Japanese local guide when we visited a beautiful historical part of Kyoto, stumbled across a traditional wedding, saw beautiful geiko and maiko (geisha) and experienced a wonderful tea ceremony, plus visiting Kinkaku-Ji,the golden pavilion. The only thing I would change is the cruise down the Sumida river, going through the business area - nothing of interest there! All in all though, a great tour that gives you a taste of Japan. Oh! And the blossom - wow!read less
Maria Berrow
5.0 out of 5
I just did the "inside Vietnam" and "highlights of Cambodia trips, back to back, returned home only last weekend. Our guides were absolutely brilliant. Binh in Vietnam particularly when I contracted bronchitis after inhaling a piece of grit and required a local doctor! He also dealt superbly with the situation ...read more
I just did the "inside Vietnam" and "highlights of Cambodia trips, back to back, returned home only last weekend. Our guides were absolutely brilliant. Binh in Vietnam particularly when I contracted bronchitis after inhaling a piece of grit and required a local doctor! He also dealt superbly with the situation when we were stranded on the overnight train from Hanoi to Hue after the typhoon left the train tracks flooded. He was regularly in touch with his office and updated us accordingly. We were collected by two minibuses, returned to Hanoi and then flew to Danang and drove from there to Hue. All taken by everyone as an adventure. We saw wonderful places, met great people and there was a smooth transfer for the 4 of us travelling on to Cambodia. I loved Vietnam, can't choose a personal highlight as each place very different and I loved them all. Cambodia very special. Killing fields horrific and very distressing. I couldn't go into the genocide museum. All a part of the awful tragedy of the very recent history of this beautiful country. Angkor was staggering in terms of beauty and scale. Hotels were great. Trip notes accurate, guides brilliant throughout. These were my first adventures with Explore. They won't be my last. Highly recommended. About to book to Walk the Great Wall of China with you for 2018. Thank you Explore!read less
Sara Findlay
4.0 out of 5
We have just returned from a 14 day tour to Costa Rica, this was a family trip and very enjoyable. The tour guide Alex and our driver Antonio were wonderful, nothing was too much trouble for them, in fact I broke my tooth on the first Sunday and Alex found ...read more
We have just returned from a 14 day tour to Costa Rica, this was a family trip and very enjoyable. The tour guide Alex and our driver Antonio were wonderful, nothing was too much trouble for them, in fact I broke my tooth on the first Sunday and Alex found me a dentist immediately that could help so that my holiday was not spoilt. We had some lovely trips and saw amazing scenery and wildlife. The accommodations were acceptable, clean and comfortable. If there are any negatives to report it would be the time we spent in the bus as we travelled vast distances. The last day Friday was pretty much wasted as no excursions were planned and we were taken back to San Jose in preparation for our departure Saturday afternoon. Personally I would have preferred to spend the whole day at Manuel Antonio with an early morning departure Saturday to the airport. We met some lovely people and had a great time, thank youread less
Drew Thompson
4.0 out of 5
Just (yesterday) completes the 3 day Kiev & Chernobyl tour. Really well organised by Explore. Our guide, Anastasia, was lovely, knowledgeable, attentive and really made the trip. Please pass on my thanks to her.
Just (yesterday) completes the 3 day Kiev & Chernobyl tour. Really well organised by Explore. Our guide, Anastasia, was lovely, knowledgeable, attentive and really made the trip. Please pass on my thanks to her.read less
John Mathers
5.0 out of 5
I've just returned from walking in La Gomera. We had an absolutely great time. Excellent walking over varied and trails which were just challenging enough - lovely graded rocky tracks, mostly. Great scenery, excellent accommodation and the group of 13 bonded really well. We were overjoyed to have Emma as ...read more
I've just returned from walking in La Gomera. We had an absolutely great time. Excellent walking over varied and trails which were just challenging enough - lovely graded rocky tracks, mostly. Great scenery, excellent accommodation and the group of 13 bonded really well. We were overjoyed to have Emma as our guide having been with her in Andorra. She is seriously competent and (as one person put it) is "the sunshine on our snow" (yes, there was some snow on Teide). Emma is always cheerful and resourceful, an admirable leader. All the various arrangements passed off perfectly and I look forward to booking my next Explore trip before long.read less
Donna Horsley
4.0 out of 5
My 1st explore holiday to Botswana, Namibia & Zambia, it exceeded my expectations, very well organised, exceptional guide”Titus” 5* accommodation, would recommend this trip for anyone interested in getting up exceptionally close to wildlife, a holiday of a lifetime, a hard 1 to top!
My 1st explore holiday to Botswana, Namibia & Zambia, it exceeded my expectations, very well organised, exceptional guide”Titus” 5* accommodation, would recommend this trip for anyone interested in getting up exceptionally close to wildlife, a holiday of a lifetime, a hard 1 to top!read less
Eleanor Biggin
4.0 out of 5
My husband, four year old daughter and I have just returned from a private version of the Family Taj and Palaces trip. It was absolutely amazing. There wasn’t a single thing I could fault about the trip. We saw and did so much, but we didn’t feel rushed at all. ...read more
My husband, four year old daughter and I have just returned from a private version of the Family Taj and Palaces trip. It was absolutely amazing. There wasn’t a single thing I could fault about the trip. We saw and did so much, but we didn’t feel rushed at all. Our guide, Yadu, was brilliant and incredibly knowledgable. The highlights for me were the Taj Mahal and seeing tigers and a leopard at Ranthambore National Park. My daughter loved it so much that she has decided she wants to move to India when she’s older! We will definitely be booking trips with Explore in the future.read less
Ian Garvie
5.0 out of 5
My wife and I are just about to go on our ninth trip with Explore, each trip has been exciting, fun, and we have been to some places we have been dreaming of, what's not to recommend? :-)
My wife and I are just about to go on our ninth trip with Explore, each trip has been exciting, fun, and we have been to some places we have been dreaming of, what's not to recommend? :-)read less
Emma Feakins
4.0 out of 5
I have recently returned from the Levada Trails of Madeira trip. It was a fantastic trip and provided a real taste of what the island can offer. Our guide Benny made the trip special by offering an insight to the island, it's cuisine and nothing was too much trouble. Was ...read more
I have recently returned from the Levada Trails of Madeira trip. It was a fantastic trip and provided a real taste of what the island can offer. Our guide Benny made the trip special by offering an insight to the island, it's cuisine and nothing was too much trouble. Was one of the best holidays I had had in a long time.read less
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Itinerary

Tour begins in Tokyo

Our tour starts in Tokyo, the modern-day capital of Japan. After checking in to our hotel which will be our base for the next two nights, we will enjoy an included dinner with the rest of the group and our Tour Leader.

Explore Tokyo’s neon streets and peaceful gardens

Over one-quarter of the Japanese population live within a 50 km radius of the centre of Tokyo, making it the most populous metropolitan area in the world. The result is a bustling and exciting city - the economic powerhouse of Asia. However, scratching its neon-clad surface reveals a city bursting with history and tradition. A morning stroll to Tokyo's oldest temple, Asakusa, will introduce us to Tokyo's unique culture. We then board a boat for a short journey along the Sumida River. Gaining a totally different perspective of the city, we drift past high rise apartments, secluded gardens and busy warehouses. Arriving in the heart of the city near Hamarikyu Gardens, you may wish to visit the Meiji shrine and Shinjuku area, where the latest electronic gadgets dazzle from glowing shop-fronts.

Travel on the bullet train to Kanazawa

No trip to Japan would be complete without a journey on a high speed train and this morning we leave Tokyo and board the Shinkansen. The bullet trains are known for the extremely punctual service, comfortable carriages and the lack of noise as you travel at speeds of up to 300 kilometres per hour. Our destination is Kanazawa, until 150 years ago the 4th largest city in Japan. The city has shunned mass industrialisation and retains the charm of winding back streets, delicate tea shops and the beautiful autumn maples and spring cherry blossoms of Kenrokoen Gardens. Once ruled by the Maeda Clan, one of the most powerful Samurai families in Japan, the city has several traditional samurai districts which we will explore. Tonight we are accommodated in a traditional inn, known as a ryokan, where we sleep on comfortable, folding futon mattresses laid on top of woven tatami mats. Rooms are twin share and because most ryokans are very small it is not possible to offer a single room. Bathrooms are usually shared as rooms are not typically en suite. During our stay, we learn about local etiquette, such as when to take off our shoes and the pleasures of taking a Japanese bath, all of which helps enhance our stay in this traditional establishment.

Take the train to Kyoto

After breakfast we make our way back to the train station for the journey to Kyoto. Kyoto is regarded as Japan's loveliest city, with more than 2000 temples and shrines, many set in perfectly manicured landscaped gardens. We base ourselves in Kyoto for the next four nights to allow ample opportunity to explore the highlights. We will start with a visit to Nijo Castle. Built in 1603 as a Shogun palace, it is a great example of the sumptuous setting in which the Shogun would have held audiences with his samurai warriors.

Explore Kyoto’s temples and gardens

We spend today visiting some of the cities many temples. We start with the Ryoan-ji Temple with its beautiful Zen gardens and famous rock garden. The exact history of the gardens is unknown but it is thought the temple was converted from an aristocrat's villa in 1450. Whilst in the gardens try testing out the theory that at least one of the rocks is hidden from every vantage point. We then explore the famous Golden Pavilion. The temple is a three storey building with the top two tiers covered in gold leaf. Set in a lake the building appears to float on the water and the reflections, coupled with the background of forest make it worthy of its place on many Japanese postcards. We'll enjoy a traditional tea ceremony too, and there is also time to stroll along Kyoto's charming streets and tree-lined canal, simply soaking up its unique atmosphere.

Visit Hiroshima and Miyajima

An early morning train takes us to Hiroshima, where we will spend the morning exploring this thought-provoking city in our own time. Completely destroyed on 6th August 1945, when it was the target of the first atomic bomb to be used in wartime, Hiroshima has literally risen from the ashes, and is now a thriving, friendly city. We visit the Peace Memorial Park and the well-presented museum on the site of the 1945 A-bomb hypocentre. Whilst serving as poignant reminders of the nuclear holocaust, their over-whelming message is of hope that such horrors will never reoccur. Travel around the city is easy, thanks to the provision of colourful street trams, brought in from all over Japan after the war. Just off the coast of Hiroshima is the tiny island of Miyajima. The relaxed feel of this island is enhanced by the deer that roam freely through the streets. As we arrive on the ferry we can take in the famous view of the floating torii gate. Considered to be one of the most beautiful sights in Japan, these red gates appear to float on the water with the hills of the island forming a spectacular backdrop. We take time to explore some of the islands many shrines before we take the ferry back to the mainland.

Discover Himeji’s ancient castle

Today we travel to the city of Himeji in Hyogo Prefecture. The city is known for its original castle. Known as the 'White Egret' owing to the brilliant white walls and winged roof, the castle is unlike others in the country having escaped damage by war, earthquake or fires which often destroy these traditional wooden structures. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the castle complex is made up of over 80 buildings and an impressive spiral maze leading up to the entrance which deterred intruders and allowed residents to open fire if the visitors were unwelcome. Close to the castle are Kokoen Gardens where we can try green tea and wander through the relaxing bamboo groves.

Tour ends in Kyoto

Our tour ends after breakfast this morning

Inclusions

 INCLUDED MEALS - Breakfast: 7 Dinner: 3

 TRIP STAFF - Explore Tour Leader Local Guide(s)

 TRANSPORT - Train

 ACCOMMODATION - 6 nights standard hotel 1 nights standard ryokan

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 Additional 5% GST

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8 Days / 7 Nights

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₹276,715

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11 Oct 2020 - 18 Oct 2020

8 Days / 7 Nights

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