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Japan: Tokyo to Hiroshima

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Discover the land of the rising sun

From the neon-lit metropolis that is Tokyo to the serenity of Hiroshima's poignant Peace Memorial Park, uncover the astonishing contrasts of the land of the rising sun. This bespoke itinerary takes you on a captivating route through some of Japan's cultural highlights; a place where ancient history and tradition meets futuristic technology in a spectacular collision of old and new.

Highlights
  • Tokyo
  • Hakone
  • Kyoto
  • Hiroshima
  • Osaka
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Bed & Breakfast basis
    Stay in a Traditional Japanese Ryokan in Hakone
  • Upgrades Available
    Return indirect flights
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Japan: Tokyo to Hiroshima Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Tokyo
Tokyo

To Tokyo

After your flight to Hong Kong, where you arrive on the morning of Day 2, you catch your flight to Narita. From here you transfer by coach to your hotel in Tokyo, where you spend the next 3 nights.

Days 3-4 Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo
Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo

Tokyo

On Days 3 and 4 you are free to explore Tokyo, one of the world's most cutting-edge capital and a city of contrasts. Famous for its sprawling neon-lit landscape it is also home to expansive parkland, peaceful shrines and temples, and lovingly tended gardens. On the surface, Tokyo is a mix of digital trends and conspicuous consumption, but dig deeper and discover a city rooted deeply in traditional culture. Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples stand close to skyscrapers as a reminder of a more contemplative time. At the heart of the hyperactive center lies the serene Imperial Palace, the home of the ruling emperor that provides a tangible link to the city's historical past. Behind the shopping, entertainment, and commercial emporia you will find quaint wooden houses, private gardens with meticulously clipped bonsai trees and the calm of the Hamarikyu Gardens.

Optional guided tour and excursions are available on request.

Day 5 Hakone National Park
Hakone National Park

Hakone

After making your own way to Tokyo Station, travel by Shinkansen (Standard Class) to Odawara. From Odawara, you can use your 2-Day Hakone Freepasses (included in quotation) to make your way to your accommodation.

The Hakone Freepass is a discount ticket offering coverage of all the popular sightseeing destinations in Hakone. In addition to a round-trip ticket on the Odakyu Line and on-and-off transport privileges within the designated area, the Hakone Freepass comes with a range of discounts at merchants, attractions, and other locations. The pass provides access to 8 different transportation systems in the area, such as the Hakone Tozan Line and the Hakone Ropeway, allowing you the freedom and convenience to thoroughly explore Hakone.

Tonight you stay at Ichinoyu Honkan (Traditional Japanese Ryoken) in a Standard Room on an evening meal and breakfast basis. Standard rooms have shared bathoom facilities, though you can upgrade to private facilities if you choose.

Hakone is a natural nature wonderland and is famous for its hot springs, outdoor pursuits and the view of the nearby Mount Fuji. It is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and besides the towering mountains, lakes and views of Mount Fuji, it is also blessed with a number of interesting historical sites.

Days 6-9 Kyoto
Kyoto

Kyoto

After making your own way from your accomodations to Odawara Station using your freepasses, you travel by Shinkansen (Standard Class) to Kyoto. Upon arrival in Kyoto, make your own way to your accomodations, where you spend the next 3 nights.

You are free to explore Kyoto at your leisure. Kyoto is the nation's former capital and the residence of the emperor from 794 until 1868. With 2,000 religious buildings, including 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines, as well as palaces, gardens and associated architecture, it is one of the best-preserved cities in Japan, and has a fantastic 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The city represents the "Japan of old" and beyond the high-rise skyscrapers built as a monument to progress, Japan's historical and cultural past is evident in the city's narrow alleyways, where tea houses abound and kimono-clad geisha hurry from elegant function to function.

Optional excursions avaiiable on request

Days 10-11 Hiroshima
Hiroshima

Hiroshima

After making your own way to Kyoto Station, you travel by Shinkansen (Standard Class) to Hiroshima. Upon arrival in Kyoto, make your own way to your accomodation, where you spend the next 2 nights.

You have free time to explore Hiroshima, which is globally known for its tragic history as the target of the first atomic bomb during the end of World War II. Despite the wide-ranging effects of the bomb dropped over 70 years ago, Hiroshima has recovered as a thriving city and is viewed as a beacon of hope and peace throughout the world. Destroyed monuments of the city's historical heritage, such as the Shukkeien Garden and the Hiroshima Castle, have been rebuilt. The city center boasts a large recreational area named Peace Memorial Park that reflects the peaceful aspirations of this reborn city. It is now the principal city of the Chugoku region and is home to over a million inhabitants who live in a municipality that boasts wide tree-lined boulevards and rivers. Besides excellent museums, Hiroshima is also the most popular gateway for trips to nearby Miyajima, an island historically ranked as one of Japan's 'three most scenic spots'.

Optional Excursions available on request

Day 12 Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle

Osaka

After making your own way to Hiroshima Station, you travel by Shinkansen (Standard Class) to Osaka. Upon arrival in Osaka, make your own way to your accomodations, where you will spend the night.

Your time in Osaka is free. The historical commercial capital of Japan, Osaka is Japan's 3rd largest metropolis and it has been the economic powerhouse of the Kansai region for centuries. Osaka first gained prominence when a powerful warlord built the country's most magnificent castle in the 16th century. To develop resources for his castle town, the ruler persuaded merchants from other parts of the nation to resettle in Osaka and it became an important distribution center. As the merchant class prospered, the town grew and traditional arts such as kabuki and bunraku flourished. With the legacy of the city's commercial beginnings still intact, Osaka is renowned as a hub for international business. It is also famous for its local cuisine, large aquarium, underground shopping arcade, and its popular Universal Studios amusement park.

Optional Excursions available on request

Days 13-14 Flight home
Flight home

Flight home

Today, you transfer from your accommodation to Osaka Airport where you catch your flight home, via Hong Kong, arriving in the morning of Day 14.

What’s included
  • Return indirect flights in Economy class from London (direct flights are available at a supplement)
  • Hotel accommodation on a BB basis in specially-selected 3* hotels and Traditional Japanese Ryokan in Hakone
  • Airport transfers (no station transfers)
  • Standard Class Rail Travel

Optional Extras available on request:

  • Extended stays in each city
  • Direct flights from London
  • Guided Excursions
  • Station transfers
  • Hotel and Room upgrades
  • First Class Rail upgrades
  • Flight upgrades
  • Regional flight departures available with connecting flights

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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James.E Eaton
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Japan: Tokyo to Hiroshima

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