b"JAPANYOUR ITINERARY Matsumoto Tokyo ASIATakayama 1 1Kyoto Mt. 1 2Days 1-3 - To Tokyo Hiroshima 3 Fuji HakoneWe take an overnight flight to Tokyo, arriving on Day 2 and transferring2 Nagoya Nationalstraight to our hotel. We get our first taste of the city with some time at1 Parkthe observatory deck of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building.Miyajima OsakaWe further explore on Day 3, taking a full-day coach tour that starts at the 1,400-year-old Asakusa Temple, dedicated to Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. Afterwards, we visit the Hamarikyu Garden toNights in hotel Rail Coach Shipadmire the precise art of Japanese gardening, continuing to the Meiji Jingu Shrine and the famous Shibuya crossing, the busiest intersectionTOUR HIGHLIGHTSin the world.Days 4-5 - Hakone and Mount Fuji Enjoy a tour of Tokyo, seeing the After a free morning, we travel to Hakone by train for the night. Wehighlights of this vibrant city.transfer to Owakudani, known for its sulphurous hot springs, thenDiscover iconic Mount Fuji. ride the cable car along the Hakone Ropeway, enjoying panoramic views of Mount Fuji as we go. On reaching Togendai, we descend toVisit Hiroshima and take a Ashi for a short cruise on the lake. Day 5 takes us by coach to Mountguided tour of Kyoto.Fuji, arguably Japans most distinctive landmark, and Oishi Park,Experience Japanese cuisine and which boasts unparalleled views of this iconic Japanese mountain. Wetry making your own miso.continue to Matsumoto for an overnight stay.Join a traditional tea ceremony.Days 6-8 - Miso, Matsumoto Castle, Takayama and Miyajima IslandWe tour a Miso factory today, discovering why this thin soup is soWHAT'S INCLUDEDimportant in Japanese cooking before tasting the distinctive flavours for ourselves. We continue to Matsumoto Castle, a pagoda-styleUK Tour Manager throughoutfortress known as Crow Castle thanks to its unusual black exterior. After time to look around, we begin our journey to Takayama, visitingFlights from London Heathrow to the Hida Folk Village, an open-air museum, on the way. Set deep inTokyo and from Osaka to London the mountains, Takayama is a fascinating town of narrow streets andHeathrowwooden houses; a beautiful place to spend the night. We take a guidedAll rail and coach transferstour on Day 7 that includes the traditional Kami Sannomachi Street and Jinya Old House. Our next stop is the Miyagawa Morning Market whereLuggage transfers on some we see a neat array of stalls selling local farm products and handicrafts.sections of the tourAfterwards, we journey on the Hida Train to Nagoya before continuing by bullet train to Hiroshima for two nights. Travelling by tram and boat13 nights 4-Star hotel to Miyajima Island on Day 8, we enjoy a walking tour of the ItsukushimaaccommodationShrine and iconic Great Torii Gate. Your afternoon is free in Hiroshima. 15 meals including 11 breakfasts Days 9-10 - Hiroshima and Kyoto and 4 dinners We visit the World Peace Memorial Park and A-Bomb Dome thisAll tour excursionsmorning, ahead of a talk from either a Hiroshima survivor or a relation of one. Later, we take the renowned bullet train to Kyoto for threeREGIONAL DEPARTURES AVAILABLEnights, a city that boasts an impressive 17 UNESCO World Heritagefrom Newcastle, Manchester, Glasgow sites. We enjoy a walking tour of the Gion district, after which weand Edinburgh from 100 per person.indulge in a Japanese dinner in Ponto-ch Alley, a lantern-lit street filled with authentic restaurants and shops. This traffic-free alleyway2021 DEPARTURESis one of the few places where you may catch a glimpse of a real-life Geisha. A full-days guided tour on Day 10 is followed by a traditional tea ceremony. Sep 18 4,195 Oct 16 4,195Oct 2 4,295Days 11-13 - Nara, Osaka and home 2022 DEPARTURESOur destination today is Nara, an attractive, compact city of narrow streets set against a backdrop of wooded hills. Here we enjoy a walking tour, taking in the beautiful Todai-ji Temple and its Great Buddha.Mar 26, 30 4,495 May 28 4,195We also visit Naras serene deer park where the animals roam freelyApr 2, 9 4,495 Sep 10 4,195and are so used to humans, theyll even bow in greeting. Day 12 takes20 4,395 Oct 1, 15 4,295us to Osaka for the night, a futuristic city thats home to a floatingTour Code: JAG| per person based on 2 observatory. From this unique vantage point, we can enjoy panoramicsharing. Deposit from 800 per person. views over the city and its lively Dotonbori district. Transferring to theSupplement for solo travellers from 1,315. Please note the itinerary for 2021 departures airport on Day 13, we board our flight home. may differ, please call for more details. For the latest guidance on entry requirements, please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-adviceCall us on 01904 521990 or visit GreatRail.com for more details 113"