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Enchanting Japan Discovery & Rail Adventure

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Holiday Overview

Departure Date: 11 September 2024 - 14 Nights
Alternative Departure Dates Available
  • Duration 14 NIGHTS
  • Departure Date Range Jun 2024 - Sep 2024
  • Holiday type Rail Journeys
  • Holiday code ASA2223

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includes 5 immersive rail journeys

Discover a world of contrasts during this incredible holiday of Japan including enlightening tours and scenic rail journeys.

Japan offers a window into a world of amazing contrasts. During your 14-night discovery, you’ll delve into fascinating cities, serene temples, pristine gardens, and ancient traditions. Beginning with a hotel stay in Tokyo, you’ll enjoy a fully guided tour taking in some of its most captivating sights including the holy Meiji Jingu, a famous Shinto shrine. Further touring highlights of your holiday include Mount Fuji, a visit to the village of Shirakawa featuring traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, and the poignant Hiroshima Peace Museum.

You’ll also be able to soak in the natural beauty and essence of Japan with a variety of exciting rail journeys. From high-speed bullet trains reaching almost 321 kilometres per hour to scenic trains meandering past forested ravines, gurgling rivers, and majestic mountains.

Your Imagine Holiday Includes

Hotel Stays

2 night four-star stay at the Hotel New Otani Tokyo or similar

2 night four-star stay at the Hotel Associa Shizuoka or similar
1 night four-star hotel stay at the Mercure Hida Takayama or similar
1 night four-star stay at the Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel or similar
3 night four-star stay at THE HOTEL HIGASHIYAMA by Kyoto Tokyu Hotel or similar 
2 night four-star stay at the RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima or similar
2 night four-star stay at the Osaka Excel Hotel Tokyu or similar
All hotel stays include breakfast

Rail Journeys*

Southern Japan Alps Train

Bullet Train from Shizouka to Nagoya
Sagano Romantic Train
Bullet Train from Kyoto to Hiroshima
Bullet Train from Hiroshima to Osaka

Fully Escorted Tours

Ginza, Hamarikyu Garden, Meiji Shrine, Harajuku & Sumida River Cruise

Lake Yamanaka, Mount Fuji 5th Station, Lake Kawaguchi  
Southern Japan Alps short hike
Kenrokuen Japanese Garden, Noumara Samurai House
Nijo Castle and Tea Ceremony, Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavillion)
Peace Memorial Park, A-Bomb Dome & Museum, Miyajima Island

All Flights and Transfers

London departure – regional flights available

Overnight flights

*Luggage transfer provided when travelling on Bullet Train to hotel.
Main image is for illustrative purposes only.
Named hotels are based on availability and are subject to change without notice. Alternative hotels will always be of equal or higher star rating.
The departure date is subject to change based on flight times specified during the booking process.

Your Tour

Your Itinerary

Day 1
Fly Overnight to Tokyo

Your holiday begins as you fly from the UK to your destination.

Day 2
Tokyo: Hotel Stay

Land in the vivacious city of Tokyo to officially begin your holiday. You will have two nights here – gifting you plenty of time to sample authentic sushi and sip tea in one of its tearooms.

Overnight: Hotel New Otani Garden Tower

Day 3
Tokyo: Hotel Stay & Tour

Delve into some of Tokyo’s most fascinating sights during a fully escorted coach tour. Highlights include the famous upmarket shopping district, Ginza, holy Meiji Jingu, and a Sumida River cruise.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Hotel New Otani Garden Tower

Day 4
Tokyo: Tour & Shizuoka Hotel Stay

A fully escorted tour will take you to Mount Fuji. Marvel at the beauty of the prominent mountain surrounded by ancient forests and white clouds. Take the Mount Fuji Panoramic Ropeway cable car and catch a spectacular view.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Hotel Associa Shizouka

Day 5
Shizuoka: Hotel Stay & Tour

Step on board a characterful steam train which weaves through the gorges along the Oi River. This river has been an important water source since ancient times that underpins the lives and agriculture of the local people.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Hotel Associa Shizouka

Day 6
Takayama: Hotel Stay & Tour

Today, you’ll enjoy a rail journey to Takayama. Highlights of a walking tour include the Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan, a museum devoted to the unique floats of the Takayama Festival, and the historic Old Town.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Hotel Mercure Takayama

Day 7
Kanazawa: Hotel Stay & Tour

Taking the Thunderbird train to Kyoto, you’ll then step on board your coach for a half-day guided tour, complete with a traditional tea ceremony. Come evening, you’ll discover the magical Gion district, known for being the city’s Geisha area.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel

Day 8
Kyoto: Hotel Stay & Tour

Immerse yourself in the wonders of Kyoto during this fully escorted tour. You’ll visit captivating sights such as Ryoanji, a Zen Buddhist temple which is most famous for its Zen rock garden with its enigmatic arrangement of stones and relish a journey on board the Sagano Romantic train to enjo...

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: THE HOTEL HIGASHIYAMA by Kyoto Tokyu Hotel

Day 9
Kyoto: Hotel Stay & Tour

Immerse yourself in the wonders of Kyoto during a fully escorted tour. You’ll visit captivating sights such as Ryoanji and relish a journey on board the Sagano Romantic train to enjoy the natural beauty of the region.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: THE HOTEL HIGASHIYAMA by Kyoto Tokyu Hotel

Day 10
Kyoto: Hotel Stay

Kyoto has a reputation as the most beautiful city in Japan and is one of the most culturally rich cities in the world. Relax in one of the public baths or the city’s many cafés and restaurants.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: THE HOTEL HIGASHIYAMA by Kyoto Tokyu Hotel

Day 11
Hiroshima: Hotel Stay & Tour

Journey by bullet train to Hiroshima to embark on a half-day tour. During your time here you’ll visit the Peace Memorial Museum and the Atomic Bomb Dome – the only structure left standing near the bomb’s epicentre.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima

Day 12
Miyajima: Hotel Stay & Tour

Today, you’ll enjoy a half-day tour discovering beautiful Miyajima Island. You’ll reach this sacred island by ferry as you marvel at the delightful views of the red-gated Itsukushima Shrine.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima

Day 13
Osaka: Hotel Stay & Tour

Travelling to Osaka by bullet train, you’ll then have an afternoon tour to Osaka Castle. This five-story castle is one of the most visually spectacular creations in the country, with a history that dates back almost 450 years.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Osaka Excel Hotel Tokyu

Day 14
Osaka: Hotel Stay

Japan’s second largest city, Osaka is a commercial hub of modern architecture and ancient shrines. You could visit fascinating highlights such as Osaka aquarium or Sumiyoshi Taisha, one of Japan’s oldest shrines.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Osaka Excel Hotel Tokyu

Day 15
Osaka: Fly Home

Your holiday complete, today you’ll head to the airport for your flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Your Tour Highlights

Mount Fuji
More than 200,000 people climb the snow-capped summit of Mount Fuji every year. Its elegant shape has long been depicted in art and literature and visitors can hike to the top or take the Hakone Ropeway Cable Car, admiring the view often shrouded by an atmospheric layer of cloud.
Southern Alps Train Tour
Embrace a memorable journey on board a charming old-fashioned steam train as it traverses through the gorges along the Oi River. During your rail journey, your conductor will provide a running commentary as you take in views of beautiful stretches of nature, bridges, and tea fields.
Sagano Romantic Train Journey
The Sagano Scenic Railway with its Sagano Romantic Train is a sightseeing train line which runs along the Hozugawa River from Torokko Saga Station to Torokko Kameoka Station. Make sure to have your camera at hand to capture the stunning landscapes passing by at a leisurely pace.
Hiroshima Peace Museum
In 1955, the Hiroshima Peace Museum opened its doors to help tell the story of one of the most significant events in modern history: the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The museum’s objective has always been of promoting peace by exploring the results of the bomb through original photography, lifelike models, recovered items and descriptive explanations.

Prices

Twin-Share Prices from £4,199pp

Alternative Departure Dates
12 June 2024
12 Jun 2024
14 nights
Itinerary Includes: Tokyo, , , Shizuoka , , Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto, , , Hiroshima, Miyajima, Osaka, ,
Fr From £3,899pp

Solo Prices from £5,199pp

Alternative Departure Dates
12 June 2024
12 Jun 2024
14 nights
Itinerary Includes: Tokyo, , , Shizuoka , , Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto, , , Hiroshima, Miyajima, Osaka, ,
Fr From £4,899pp

Your Hotel Stays

Tokyo

Included Hotel

Hotel New Otani Tokyo (Or Similar)

Located within walking distance of the city’s Imperial Palace, the stunning New Otani Tokyo Garden Tower is an impeccably designed hotel in the heart of the capital. Discover the wonderful outdoor swimming pool, relaxing Golden Spa New Otani, the tranquil Japanese garden and rose garden and array of fabulous drinking and dining options. A must-visit, View & Dining The Sky is known for its extensive array of delightful Japanese, Western, and Chinese dishes on the hotel’s 17th floor.

Shizuoka

Included Hotel

Hotel Associa Shizuoka (Or Similar)

Discover unparalleled luxury at Hotel Associa Shizuoka, where Japanese elegance meets modern comfort. Nestled in the heart of Shizuoka, this exquisite hotel offers breathtaking views of Mount Fuji and impeccable service. Indulge in the sophisticated ambiance of well-appointed rooms, savour culinary delights in the on-site restaurants, and unwind in the serene spa. With its strategic location and world-class amenities, Hotel Associa Shizuoka promises an unforgettable stay, blending tradition and opulence for a truly refined experience in the heart of Japan.

Takayama

Included Hotel

Mercure Hida Takayama (Or Similar)

Experience the epitome of Japanese hospitality at Mercure Hida Takayama. Nestled in the heart of historic Takayama, this hotel seamlessly blends modern comfort with traditional charm. Immerse yourself in the rich culture of the region as you explore nearby attractions like the Old Town and Takayama Jinya. Indulge in exquisite local cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant and unwind in well-appointed rooms that reflect the essence of Hida. Elevate your stay with Mercure’s commitment to impeccable service, ensuring a memorable and authentic Japanese experience.

Kanazawa

Included Hotel

Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel (Or Similar)

Discover the epitome of luxury at Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel, where traditional Japanese elegance meets contemporary comfort. Nestled in the heart of Kanazawa, this distinguished hotel offers refined accommodations, impeccable service, and a perfect blend of modern amenities with cultural charm. Indulge in spacious rooms adorned with exquisite details, savour gourmet delights at the on-site restaurants, and unwind in the tranquil ambiance. Elevate your stay in Kanazawa with the unmatched sophistication and hospitality of Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel, promising an unforgettable experience in the heart of Japan.

Kyoto

Included Hotel

THE HOTEL HIGASHIYAMA by Kyoto Tokyu Hotel (Or Similar)

Discover elegance and cultural richness at The Hotel Higashiyama by Kyoto Tokyu Hotel. Nestled in the heart of Kyoto, this haven seamlessly combines traditional Japanese aesthetics with modern luxury. Immerse yourself in refined accommodations adorned with authentic touches, offering a serene escape. Indulge in exquisite cuisine at the hotel’s restaurants, showcasing the finest flavors of Kyoto. With impeccable service and a tranquil ambiance, The Hotel Higashiyama invites you to experience a harmonious blend of tradition and sophistication, ensuring an enchanting stay in the cultural heart of Japan.

Hiroshima

Included Hotel

RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima (Or Similar)

Discover unparalleled luxury at the RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima, a beacon of sophistication in the heart of the city. Indulge in opulent accommodations, where contemporary elegance meets traditional Japanese charm. Savour exquisite cuisine at our world-class restaurants, unwind in the spa, and relish panoramic views of Hiroshima. With impeccable service and a strategic location, our hotel is the epitome of refined hospitality. Elevate your travel experience at the RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima – where every moment is a masterpiece.

Osaka

Included Hotel

Osaka Excel Hotel Tokyu (Or Similar)

Located on Midosuji, the main street of Osaka, the Osaka Excel Hotel Tokyu  is within easy walking distance to Namba Yasaka Shrine and Namba Betsuin Temple. Rooms here are modern and come with air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi and all the amenities guests would expect. Savour a variety of seasonal whilst you soak in the sensational cityscape from the 17th floor Picnica restaurant and enjoy a breathtaking sunset with your favourite drink at the stylish Bar & Lounge Mido.

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