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Splendours of Japan Summer 2019 - Escorted Tour

Splendours of Japan Summer 2019 - Escorted Tour
Duration: 9 Days
Countries: Japan
Operator: Trafalgar
Type: - Asia 2019
Descriptions: At Kyoto"s Fushimi Inari Shrine, climb the extraordinary path lined with hundreds of orange torii gates that snake through the forest up into the mountains above the city. Indulge in a delicious kaiseki lunch at a traditional ryokan and gain an insight into Japanese customs.
from €3,450 pp Tour Only

Call 01 2311889 to book

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Tokyo (2 Nights)
Your in-depth exploration of Japan begins in Tokyo. Take a shuttle bus transfer to your centrally located hotel, where you"ll join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers.

Accommodation at New Otani Garden Tower


Day 2

Tokyo Sightseeing
We launch our City Tour in the old-time entertainment centre of Asakusa, where we"ll encounter the Sensoji Buddhist Temple. One of Tokyo"s most colourful and popular temples, Sensoji has been rebuilt countless times since it was founded in 628, making it Tokyo"s oldest temple site. Strolling down Nakamise next, we immerse ourselves in the sights and sounds of shitamachi (downtown Tokyo), admiring the wooden dolls, colourful chiyogami (origami paper) and traditional Japanese sweets. We"ll ascend Tokyo Skytree, the world"s highest free-standing broadcasting tower for panoramic views of the city, then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or on an Optional Experience.

Day 3

Tokyo - Lake Yamanakako
Our first stop today is the Imperial Palace Plaza from where the two bridges that form the entrance to the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace can be viewed. We"ll have the opportunity to explore the leafy Imperial Palace East Gardens before continuing our City Tour. At the Edo-Tokyo Museum, we delve into the history and culture of Tokyo"s Edo era, then continue to the Ginza district where we"ll learn how to make sushi with a "Local Specialist". We venture to the Five Lakes District next, keeping a keen eye out for the UNESCO listed Mt. Fuji which dominates the landscape.

Accommodation at Fuji Marriott Yamanakako


Day 4

Lake Yamanakako - Mt. Fuji - Takayama
Visit Oshino Hakkai, a small rural village in the Fuji Five Lakes district, renowned for eight natural spring water ponds that are fed by melted snow from Mt. Fuji. Admire the reflections of the sky and landscapes in its clear waters, then ascend Mt. Fuji by road to 2,300 metres at the 5th station. Ride up Mt. Tenjo on the Kachikachiyama Ropeway next, for jaw-dropping views (weather permitting) of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchiko. Then, journey through the Japanese Alps to the beautiful hillside town of Takayama, before enjoying dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation at Associa Takayama Resort


Day 5

Takayama - Gokayama - Kanazawa (2 Nights)
Immerse yourself in tradition as you walk through the Edo-style streets of Takayama"s Old Town. Indulge a lunch of Japanese Hida-gyu - beef from a black-haired Japanese cattle breed, renowned as one of the finest quality varieties of beef. Journey back in time this afternoon during a visit to the peaceful UNESCO-listed Gokayama, a mountain village set amidst five valleys. Admire the unique construction of the local Gassho-zukuri wooden houses that have been built without the use of nails with steeply sloped thatched roofs to prevent snow from building up on them. Next, meet a local family in one of these houses, then "Dive into Culture" observing local artisans making washi paper and trying your hand at making your own. "Make a Difference" to the sustainability of this small business during your visit. Stay overnight in Kanazawa.

Accommodation at Kanazawa Tokyu


Day 6

Kanazawa Sightseeing
Join a "Local Specialist" this morning to learn the secrets of painting gold leaf, a delicate craft the Japanese have been perfecting since the 16th century. Continue to the tranquil gardens of Kenroku-en, shaped over a hundred years to emerge as one of Japan"s most beautiful gardens. Connecting with your exquisite natural surrounds, you"ll stroll through ornate landscapes and past ponds and temples. Take a short walk through the Omicho market next to see the local fish catch and enjoy an insider"s view of everyday life in a busy coastal town. Then, visit the Nagamachi District with its beautifully preserved samurai houses that line the traditional stone streets. Here you will gain first-hand insights into samurai life during a visit to the Nomura house, an elegant samurai mansion.

Day 7

Kanazawa - Kyoto (2 Nights)
We board an Express train this morning to Kyoto, where we"ll "Connect with Locals" at a traditional ryokan, built in 1932 to serve as the second residence of Emperor Akihito"s uncle. We"ll enjoy a Be My Guest lunch and learn about local Japanese customs as our hosts welcome us into their beautiful home. After lunch, we visit the UNESCO-listed Kinkakuji Temple with its famous Kinkaku (Golden Pavilion), the proud symbol of Kyoto and a Zen temple, which has its origins as a 14th century villa.

Accommodation at Nikko Princess Kyoto


Day 8

Kyoto Sightseeing
The blazing orange torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine guide our path through the forest, up into the mountains and to a sacred site that has heard prayers for prosperity and happiness since the 8th century. We continue to Sanjusangen-do Hall and admire the minute detail of each of its 1,001 "thousand-handed" goddesses of mercy, then enjoy a walking tour of the Gion area. This evening, we indulge in a festive Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and fellow guests.

Day 9

Depart Kyoto/osaka
Our encounter with Japan"s age-old traditions and modern cityscapes at its end, we take a transfer by airport shuttle service to Kansai International Airport or Osaka Itami Airport for our onward flight. Alternatively, continue to Hiroshima by choosing the 13 day itinerary.

To book or for more information, please call us on 01 2311889

What's included

Dining Highlights

  • 8 buffet breakfasts
  • 3 lunches (including Connect with Locals)
  • 4 dinners

 

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

 

Not included

  • Flights from Ireland
  • Any internal air unless otherwise stated
  • Meals (not specified)
  • Transfers (not specified)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal items
  • Meals (not specified)

 


Sightseeing Highlights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR of Tokyo and Kyoto
  • SEE the traditional Gassho-zukuri houses in Gokayama, the beautiful gardens of Kenrokuen in Kanazawa
  • VIEW Mt. Fuji
  • VISIT the Edo Tokyo Museum, the Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Mt. Fuji 5th Station, the Kinkakuji Temple, Sanjusangen-do Hall, Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto



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Notes
  • *For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group
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