b"ASIAHAKODATE GRAND TOUR OF JAPAN|YOUR ITINERARY UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES Days 1-2 - London and Sapporo includes the Todaiji Temple, home to an imposing Great Buddha builtTake a guided tour of Tokyos We fly from London to Sapporo, Japan, travelling via Tokyo. We land onfrom solid bronze. We continue to Nara Park, a deer sanctuary whereattractions, both old and new. Day 2 and transfer to our hotel, where we spend two nights. Sapporo isdeer are so tame, they bow in greeting to humans. Later, we transferVisit Mount Fuji, Japans most the capital of mountainous Hokkaido, Japans most northerly island. Theto Osaka, catching a bullet train to Hiroshima for two nights. emblematic mountain. city surrounded by stunning nature and is known for its 19th-century architecture and pretty public spaces, as well as its beer. Days 13-14Hiroshima, Miyajima Island and Hakata Explore Kyoto on a guided tour We discover Hiroshima, famous as the site of an atom bomb dropand take part in a traditional tea Days 3-4 - Otaru and Hakodate in the Second World War. We learn about the powerful history thatceremony. We head to Otaru, a small port city that boasts a preserved canalhelped shape modern-day Japanas we see the Peace Memorial ParkLearn about miso soup and have area. We visit the Otaru Music Box Museum, a museum thats home toand the A-Bomb Dome. Afterwards, we delve into the citys ancienta go at making your own version thousands of music boxes and, at its entrance, the largest steam clock inpast with a boat ride to Miyajima Island, famed for its red Shintoof this classic dish. the world. We continue to the Nikka Whiskey Distillery where we sampleshrine. Travelling by bullet train on Day 14, we make our way to Japanese whiskey before returning to Sapporo. We leave Sapporo on DayHakata. We take a sightseeing tour, taking in the Dazaifu Tenman- Discover the history of MOUNT FUJI 4, taking the Super Hokuto limited express train to Hakodate, where wegu Shrine and Komyozenji Temple. We also see the Kyushu NationalHiroshima. spend the night. Hakodate is one of Hokkaido islands main cities and isMuseum, which shows the history of Japanese culture through an watched over by the imposing Mount Hakodate. We take a sightseeingimpressive collection of artefacts and exhibitions. This evening, weWHAT'S INCLUDEDtour, seeing Goryokaku, a vast, star-shaped, western-style fort thathead to a local restaurant for a farewell dinner.was completed in 1866. This evening, we ascend Mount Hakodate via aUK Tour Manager throughoutropeway cable car where theres views stretching out across the city. Days 15-16 - Fukuoka to LondonWe transfer to Fukuoka airport for our flight back to LondonFlights from London Heathrow Days 5-6Hakodate and Tokyo Heathrow, travelling via Tokyo, where we land on Day 16. to Sapporo and from Fukuoka to We get to know Hakodate as we visit the local fish market, where freshLondon Heathrow via Tokyoproduce is bought and sold in a lively atmosphere. Afterwards, we travelAll rail and coach transfersby bullet train to Tokyo, speeding through the countryside on the way to our home for two nights. We discover Tokyo on a guided tour on DayLuggage transfers on some 6. Effortlessly blending old and new, Tokyo is a contemporary city thatsCHERRY BLOSSOMsections of the tourstill rooted in ancient traditions. We visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple, a13 nights 3, 4 and 5-Star hotel Buddhist temple built in pagoda style. We continue to the Imperial Plaza, before visiting Shibuya crossing - the busiest intersection in the world. Travel to Japan in springtime foraccommodationthe chance to immerse yourself17 meals including 13 breakfasts KYOTO Days 7-8 - Hakone and Mount Fuji in natural beauty, as the nationsand 4 dinners We board a train to Hakone for the night. On arrival, we set out onemblematic cherry blossoms a guided sightseeing tour. Hakone is in the heart of Fuji-Hakone-Izubloom and tint the landscapesAll tour excursionsNational Park, and is famous for its hot spring resorts, also knowna dreamy shade of pink. Cherry as onsen, as well as its views of Mount Fuji. Our explorations includeblossom season is a cause for a cruise across Lake Ashi and a journey on the Hakone Ropeway, acelebration. Hanami, the act of cable car that offers stunning views. We visit iconic Mount Fuji on Dayappreciating the beauty of the 8. Travelling by coach, we drive along the foot of the mountain beforeblossoms, is a widely practised arriving at the Visitor Centre. The most acclaimed landmark in Japan,and long-standing tradition in Mount Fuji is one of natures greatest masterpieces and seeing it in realJapan, with forms of celebration life is truly astonishing. We continue to Matsumoto, where we visit thesuch as picnics and parties taking Chihiro Art Museum Azumino. We spend the night in Matsumoto. place beneath the blossom trees each spring.Days 9-10 - TakayamaWe visit Matsumotos Ishii Miso factory for an insight into the production of this traditional ingredient, alongside a tasting. Next, we visit Hida HIROSHIMA Folk Village, an open-air museum of rustic farm dwellings. We also2 Sapporovisit Matsumoto Castle, an impressive fortress completed in 1593. WeHakodate 1 2022 TOUR DATEScontinue to Takayama, a town of narrow streets and wooden houses set deep in the mountains. Were introduced to Takayama on a guided tour on Day 10, visiting the Miyagawa Open Air Market for a taste of local life.JAPAN Oct 8 5,795Afterwards, we take a train to Nagoya where we board the bullet train2023 TOUR DATESto Kyoto, a culturally rich city with 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, and more than 2000 temples and shrines. We stay here for two nights. MatsumotoApr 1 5,995 Oct 7 5,495Days 11-12 - Kyoto and Nara Takayama 1 Tokyo 8 5,895We discover historic Kyoto on a guided tour, seeing the fascinatingHiroshima Kyoto 1 2 Tour Code: JTG| per person based on 2 2 2 1 HakoneKyoto Railway Museum, the ethereal Sagano Bamboo Path and KinkakujiNagoya sharing. Deposit from 900 per person. Temple. We also enjoy a traditional tea ceremony. Later, we take anFukuoka Osaka Supplement for solo travellers from 1,695. 1 Please note the itinerary for 2022 departures evening stroll through the historic Gion area, Kyotos famous geishamay differ, please call for more details. For the district. We enjoy an excursion to Nara on Day 12. A tour of the cityNights in hotel Rail Coach latest guidance on entry requirements, please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice110 ASIA Call us on 01904 527194 or visit GreatRail.com for more details 111"