Japan 14 Day Tour
Explore the culture, sights and sounds of some of Japan’s most amazing cities on this 14 day accessible tour. Led by official tour guides so you can enjoy all that Japan has to offer.
Day 1: Welcome to Japan!
You will be met on arrival at Tokyo Narita Airport by a driver who will take you by private vehicle to your hotel.
Day 2: Half Day Private Guide Service in Tokyo
Today you will have the services of a local professional guide for a half day private tour of Tokyo. Our guides speak excellent English and have a wealth of knowledge to share. With the guide’s expert help, you’ll get to grips with Japanese culture and history while gaining a useful orientation of the city.
Today we will be providing you with tickets for Tokyo’s newest iconic landmark: Tokyo Skytree. The 634m high tower is the hottest destination in town and saw an incredible 16.6 million visitors in the first 100 days following its opening in May 2012
Day 3: Taiko Drumming Lesson
We will arrange for you take a taiko lesson today with the Taiko Centre in the historic Asakusa district of Tokyo. You will find out that taiko is not only a musical instrument – the physical activity involved during the drumming has made it become a form of relaxation, recreation and entertainment.
Day 4: Sightseeing in Tokyo
Today you have a free day in Tokyo to explore by yourselves. Thanks to its fantastic transport system, Tokyo is one of the most wheelchair friendly cities in the world and there are endless things to see including the fashion stores of Harajuku, Shibuya’s famous zebra crossing and the elegant Japanese garden, Rikugien.
Day 5: Train from Tokyo to Kanazawa
The much-anticipated Hokuriku Shinkansen line opened on 14 March 2015 connecting the garden city of Kanazawa to Tokyo. The Kagayaki is the fastest train on this line, and journey time direct to Kanazawa is now just 2 hours 28 minutes to cover the 460km (285 mile) journey.
Day 6: Full Day Private Guide Service in Kanazawa
The best way to explore Kanazawa is under the tutelage of a knowledgeable local guide. Our guides can explain the horticulture techniques that make Kenrokuen one of Japan’s most beautiful landscape gardens, walk you through the history of the well-preserved Nagamachi samurai district and show you the best of Kanazawa’s rich artistic heritage.
Day 7: Train from Kanazawa to Kyoto
The journey from Kanazawa to Kyoto is by express train and will take you through the beautiful countryside of Ishikawa and Fukui Prefectures. As you approach Kyoto you will travel round the shores of Japan’s largest lake, Biwa-ko.
Day 8: Sightseeing in Kyoto by Private Vehicle
Today we will arrange for a driver to take you on a tour of Kyoto in a wheelchair accessible vehicle. Today’s itinerary can be customised, but the usual plan includes Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Sanjusangendo Temple and the thousand buddha statues, Nanzen-ji Temple and finally the famous Golden Temple.
Day 9: Sightseeing in Kyoto
This is an opportunity to further explore the city. Kyoto has a tremendous amount to offer whether you wish to discover some of the smaller temples and shrines dotted around the city or stroll through the bustling Nishiki Shijo market.
Day 10: Calligraphy Class
Shodo or ‘the way of writing’ is the art of Japanese calligraphy. Just as good handwriting is prized in the West, being skilful with a calligraphy brush to produce beautiful kanji characters is an important attribute that children begin to learn in primary school.
Day 11: Train from Kyoto to Hiroshima
From Kyoto you will head on down the eastern seaboard west to Hiroshima on the Shinkansen bullet train. During this 400km journey the train passes through several major cities along the coast, including Kobe, famous for its top-grade beef.
Day 12: Full Day Private Guide Service in Hiroshima & Miyajima
To help you get the most out of your time in Hiroshima, we will arrange a private professional guide to be at your disposal today. As a local to Hiroshima, the guide can walk you through the city’s tragic past and explain how the city has emerged as a cultural hotspot
Day 13: Train from Hiroshima to Osaka (Shin-Osaka)
You will take the Shinkansen from Hiroshima to Shin-Osaka. The journey from Hiroshima takes around 1.5 hours.
Osaka Night Food Tour-
Tonight we will arrange for you to join an English-speaking guide on a street food safari of Osaka’s famous Dotonbori area. The brightly lit street alongside the canal is packed with restaurants and food stalls serving up some of Osaka’s tastiest food, making it a foodie’s paradise.
Day 14: Private Car from Hotel to Osaka Kansai Airport
You will be met at your hotel by your driver and will have a smooth transfer by private car to Osaka’s Kansai International Airport. Journey time is around an hour
All Accommodation, Mobile WiFi Device, IC Transport Card
Private Car from Narita Airport to Tokyo
Private Car from Hotel to Station
Train from Tokyo to Kanazawa
Taxi from Kanazawa Station to Hotel
Taxi from Hotel to Kanazawa Station
Train from Kanazawa to Kyoto
Train from Kyoto to Hiroshima
Train from Hiroshima to Osaka (Shin-Osaka)
Private Car from Station to Tokyo Hotel
Private Car from Hotel to Osaka Kansai Airport
Half Day Private Guide Service in Tokyo
Taiko Drumming Lesson
Full Day Private Guide Service in Kanazawa
Sightseeing in Kyoto by Private Vehicle
Full Day Private Guide Service in Hiroshima & Miyajima
Osaka Night Food Tour
What's Not Included
• Any meal not mentioned
• Tips & Extras and personal expenses
• Optional Tours
Validity: As mentioned above for each hotel accordingly.
Prices are subject to change after the sold out of our allocation . Not valid during exhibition or fair periods.
14 Day Japan Tour
Flights are available from most UK airports. Our travel consultants can also arrange free airport assistance for you should you require it. We will advise airports and airlines in advance of any special requirements you may have, as well as any equipment you may wish to take abroad.
Airport lounges are also available to book so as to avoid the queues and relax in comfort before your flight. Contact a member of our team for more information
One quarter of all Japanese live in Tokyo or the near vicinity and with a population of over 12 million inhabitants, Tokyo is one of the largest cities in the world. With its huge skyscrapers, underpasses, overpasses and crowds of pedestrians, Tokyo may not seem the most attractive city on the surface, but the city has a vibrant charm all of its own. The street level detail is what makes Tokyo such an incredibly interesting place to explore and at every turn you will be met with an array of sights, sounds and smells to enliven the senses.
Kanazawa is one of Japan’s best-preserved historical cities, with a wonderful samurai quarter, fascinating geisha district, all kinds of traditional crafts and one of the top three (if not the very best) landscape gardens in Japan, Kenrokuen. As well as time-honoured crafts like gold leaf, weaving, lacquerware and indigo dyeing, modern arts are represented in Kanazawa’s fantastic 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.
Kyoto is one of the most culturally rich cities in Asia. Home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, over 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines, this ancient city showcases the heart and soul of traditional Japan. Kyoto boasts an array of world-class gardens, majestic festivals and delicate cuisine, all of which make much of the rhythms of nature and the changing of the seasons.
Hiroshima is a city that needs little introduction. It is of course infamous for being the site of one of two atomic bombs dropped on Japan at the end of the Second World War. Despite it’s tragic past, Hiroshima is now a bustling and vibrant city which has risen phoenix-like from the ashes. The Peace Park and Museum are a poignant reminder of the reason for Hiroshima’s fame and everyone should spend an afternoon in this part of town. Other attractions in Hiroshima include Hiroshima Castle and the baseball stadium. Shukkei-en Garden is well worth an afternoon stroll.
Osaka is Japan’s second city and an extremely vibrant and lively place to stay. There may not be any real ‘tourist’ sights but it is just the life on the streets that makes Osaka such a fascinating city to visit. Osaka people work hard and play hard and it really shows with the vast number of restaurants, bars and all round entertainment available. The city aquarium is world class and you cannot stay in Osaka without taking a ride on one of the city’s several giant big wheels, perhaps the most dramatic of which is perched on top of the Hep 5 department store in the Umeda district of the city
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