16 Day Treasures of Japan

Scenic Small Group Tour starting in Fukuoka and finishing in Tokyo

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Scenic's 16 Day Treasures of Japan. From Fukuoka to Tokyo, wander a different path and find those gems hidden away from the regular route commonly followed. Whether you are looking for natural treasures such as the stunning alpine scenery surrounding traditional homes in Shirakawa-go...read more
Overview
Operator: Scenic
Type: Small Group Tour (Premium)
Max Group Size: 24
Duration: 16 Days
From: Fukuoka to Tokyo
Tour Code: JPFT.1
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Japan
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1
Fukuoka
This evening enjoy your welcome reception at your luxury hotel in Fukuoka for the next two nights. (D)
2
Fukuoka
Visit Shofuku-ji, the oldest Zen Temple in Japan and the sixth century Kushida Shrine. Next, wander through the Hakata Machiya Folk Museum where you can witness first-hand the prestigious Hakata-ori woven textile being made. Freechoice: Shop to your heart’s content at Canal City or visit Maizuru Park and the castle ruins located within before enjoying the view from Fukuoka Tower. (B/L/D)
3
Fukuoka - Hiroshima - Miyajima Island
Travel by Shinkansen train to Hiroshima. Later sail by ferry to Miyajima Island to visit Daisho-in Temple and the floating sixth century Torii Gate at the Itsukushima Shrine. Tonight, sample Okonomiyaki, a delicious Japanese-style pancake, a speciality of the region. You’ll enjoy two restful nights in Hiroshima. (B/L/D)
4
Hiroshima
This morning see the industrial robots perform around the Mazda car factory. Enrich: Experience an emotional visit to the Peace Park and Museum before visiting Orizuru Tower to create your own special origami donation. (B/L)
5
Hiroshima - Kyoto
Travel by Shinkansen to marvel at Himeji Castle, an original and Japan’s most spectacular castle before continuing to Kyoto, home to many World Heritage-listed Sites. Begin a memorable three night stay in Kyoto. (B/L/D)
6
Kyoto
Freechoice: Revel in the atmosphere of the ancient preservation districts or visit the Silver Pavilion and then stroll along the Philosopher’s Walk. Alternatively visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, featured in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha and marvel at the architecture of Nijo Castle, a classic reminder of the fascinating Edo-period shogunate’s power. Enrich: After strolling through the Gion District, tonight’s dinner will allow you to interact with a Maiko who’ll host your meal presentation. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn about what is involved in becoming a Geisha and the art of Japanese hospitality. (B/D)
7
Kyoto - Nara
Enjoy an excursion to Nara, where you’ll visit Todaiji Temple and Nara Park. En-route back you’ll stop for some sake tasting and visit a sake museum. Freechoice Dining: Choose between Japanese cuisine at Shinensen Heihachi, or international cuisine at the historic Fortune Garden. (B/L/D)
8
Kyoto - Kanazawa
Visit the Kinkaku-ji or Golden Pavilion before travelling by Shinakansen to Kanazawa. Upon arrival wander around Kenroku-en Garden, one of Japan’s three great gardens located across from Kanazawa Castle Park. Enjoy a two night stay. (B/L/D)
9
Kanazawa
This morning visit Omi-cho Market, commonly known as Ishikawa’s Kitchen with over 180 stalls. Enrich: Explore the historic Higashi Chaya Teahouse district and partake in a Japanese tea and drum ceremony whilst dressed in a traditional Japanese kimono, a great photo opportunity. Later catch a glimpse of life in Feudal Japan with a visit to former Kaga Clan Samurai houses in the Nagamachi district. Freechoice Dining: Savour the best local Kaga cuisine or enjoy international fare. Ryokan Upgrade Choose to stay tonight in a Ryokan, a traditional Japanese Inn with futon beds and private facilities including dinner and breakfast (additional cost). (B/L/D)
10
Kanazawa - Takayama
Cross beautiful countryside on your drive to Takayama stopping en-route at the famous traditional farmhouses of Shirakawa-go. Continue to Takayama and begin a two night stay with amazing views over the Takayama township. (B/L/D)
11
Takayama
Begin the day wandering through Miyagawa morning markets before gaining unique insights into the region’s culture and history at the various museums, including the Festival Float Exhibition Hall. After lunch, partake in Sarubobo mascot-making at the Hida Folk Village before exploring Takayama’s old quarter’s small alley ways and shops. Freechoice Dining: Choose between Le Midi, a French-inspired bistro in town famed for its Hida Beef, or Sakanaya, a fine Japanese restaurant set in a renovated former sake brewery near your hotel. (B/L/D)
12
Takayama - Matsumoto - Five Lakes
Drive to Matsumoto to visit one of Japan’s most beautiful and original castles, the unique ‘hirajiro’ style Matsumoto Castle. Then continue to the Daio Wasabi Farm to learn how they make wasabi. As you venture deep into the stunning scenery of Kawaguchiko Area, discover the incredible workmanship involved in creating kimonos at the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. Lastly soak in the views of Mt Fuji from your lovely hotel. Freechoice Dining: Choose between Japanese or French menus at the hotel restaurant. (B/L/D)
13
Five Lakes - Hakone - Tokyo
Moving to Hakone, walk around the hot springs of the Owakudani geothermal area before admiring the stunning scenery during your cable car ride down to your Lake Ashinoko cruise. Later study the art works and sculptures at the Hakone Open Air Museum before continuing to Tokyo and your wonderful Special Stay hotel for the next four nights. Sundowners: This evening, take in the bright lights of Tokyo during your dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay on a yakabutane, an old fashioned houseboat. (B/L/D)
14
Tokyo
Wander through the Tsukiji Fish Market to see the mornings catch being distributed. Enrich: Immerse yourself in Japanese cuisine with the help of a local chef, as you prepare your own sushi lunch. Freechoice: Visit the Imperial Shinto Meiji Shrine, before seeing the Shibuya scramble crossing. Alternatively wander through picturesque Shinjuku-Gyoen Gardens before witnessing the Shinjuku entertainment district come alive at dusk. Freechoice Dining: Choose from a contemporary Asian mix at China Blue or culturally immerse yourself in the traditional Japanese evening bar scene serving Yakatori. (B/L/D)
15
Tokyo
Today visit the Asakusa district, paying your respects at Sensoji, the city’s oldest Buddhist temple before enjoying a cruise along the Sumida River. Later, walk through the peaceful Hama-Rikyu Gardens located across from your hotel. Tonight relive your experiences at your beautiful farewell dinner. (B/L/D)
16
Tokyo
Sadly, it is time to bid farewell, but you’ll take many wonderful memories with you. (B)
1
Fukuoka
Enjoy your welcome reception at your luxury hotel in the city centre for the next two nights. (D)
2
Fukuoka
Visit Shofuku-ji, the oldest Zen Temple in Japan and the sixth century Kushida Shrine. Next, wander through the Hakata Machiya Folk Museum where you can witness first-hand the prestigious Hakata-ori woven textile being made. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. (B/L/D)
3
Fukuoka - Hiroshima - Miyajima Island
Travel by Shinkansen train to Hiroshima. Later, take the ferry to Miyajima Island to visit Daisho-in Temple and the floating sixth century Torii Gate at the Itsukushima Shrine. Tonight, sample Okonomiyaki, a delicious savoury Japanese-style pancake and speciality of the region. Enjoy two nights at Hiroshima. (B/L/D)
4
Hiroshima
Enrich: Experience an emotional visit to the Peace Park and Museum before visiting Orizuru Tower to create your own special origami donation. This afternoon, see the industrial robots at work at the Mazda car factory. (B/L)
5
Hiroshima - Kyoto
Travel by Shinkansen to marvel at Himeji Castle, Japan’s most spectacular castle. Continue to Kyoto, home to many World Heritage-listed sites, for a memorable three night stay. (B/L/D)
6
Kyoto
Freechoice: Revel in the atmosphere of the ancient preservation districts, or visit the Silver Pavilion and then stroll along the Philosopher’s Walk. Alternatively, visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, featured in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha and marvel at the architecture of the Nijo Castle. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to shop or explore. Enrich: After strolling through the Gion District, tonight’s dinner will allow you to interact with a Maiko who’ll host your meal presentation. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn about what is involved in becoming a Geisha and the art of Japanese hospitality. (B/D)
7
Kyoto - Nara
Enjoy an excursion to Nara to visit Todaiji Temple and Nara Park. Freechoice Dining: Choose between Japanese cuisine at Shinensen Heihachi, or international cuisine at the historic Fortune Garden. (B/L/D)
8
Kyoto - Kanazawa
Visit the magnificent Kinkaku-ji or Golden Pavilion before travelling to Kanazawa on the Thunderbird Express. Wander around Kenroku–en Garden, one of Japan’s three great gardens located across from Kanazawa Castle Park. Enjoy a two night stay. (B/L)
9
Kanazawa
This morning visit Omi-cho Market, commonly known as Ishikawa’s Kitchen with over 180 stalls. Enrich: Explore the historic Higashi Chaya Teahouse district and partake in a Japanese tea ceremony whilst dressed in a traditional Japanese kimono, a great photo opportunity. Later catch a glimpse of life in feudal Japan with a visit to former Kaga Clan Samurai houses in the Nagamachi district. Freechoice Dining: Savour the best local Kaga cuisine or enjoy some international fare. Ryokan Upgrade - Choose to stay in a Ryokan, a traditional Japanese Inn with futon beds and private facilities including dinner and breakfast. Must be pre-booked before departure. (B/L/D)
10
Kanazawa - Takayama
Travel through beautiful countryside on your way to Takayama, stopping en-route at the famous historical farmhouses of nearby mountain villages in Shirakawa-go, now a World Heritage-listed Site. In Takayama, partake in Sarubobo mascot-making at the Hida Folk Village before your two night stay at your resort with amazing views over the Takayama township. Freechoice Dining: Choose between Le Midi, a French-inspired bistro in town famed for its Hida Beef, or Sakanaya, a fine Japanese restaurant set in a renovated former sake brewery. (B/L/D)
11
Takayama
Stroll through Miyagawa morning markets before gaining unique insights into the region’s culture and history at the Festival Float Exhibition Hall. After lunch, try some sake tasting at a sake brewery and explore the small alleyways and shops of Takayama’s old quarter. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon and evening at leisure in the historic centre of the town. (B/L)
12
Takayama - Matsumoto - Five Lakes
Drive to the Daio Wasabi Farm to learn how wasabi is made. Continue to Matsumoto to visit one of Japan’s most beautiful and original castles, the unique ‘hirajiro’ style Matsumoto Castle. As you venture deep into the stunning scenery of the Kawaguchiko area, look out for your first view of Mount Fuji. Enjoy an overnight stay. Freechoice Dining: Choose from Japanese or French menus at the hotel restaurant. (B/L/D)
13
Five Lakes - Hakone
Discover the incredible workmanship involved in creating kimonos at the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. Continue to Hakone and cruise on Lake Ashinoko before enjoying a short stroll along the heritage trail after lunch. This evening enjoy a Special Stay overlooking Lake Ashinoko. (B/L/D)
14
Hakone - Tokyo
Study the art works and sculptures at the Hakone Open Air Museum before continuing to Tokyo. Enrich: Given by Taiko Masters, partake in an interactive, private group demonstration and lesson playing the traditional Taiko drums. Check into your hotel in Tokyo, your wonderful Special Stay for the next three nights. Sundowners: This evening, take in the bright lights of Tokyo during your dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay on a yakatabune, an old fashioned houseboat. (B/L/D)
15
Tokyo
Visit the Asakusa district, paying your respects at Sensoji, the city’s oldest Buddhist temple. Freechoice: Visit the Imperial Shinto Meiji Shrine, walk across the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world and see the Hachiko dog statue. Alternatively, visit Shinjuku-Gyoen Gardens before exploring the lively Shinjuku entertainment district, or sample local snacks while strolling through the Yanaka District. Freechoice Dining: Choose contemporary Asian at China Blue. Alternatively, join your Tour Director and immerse yourself in the traditional Japanese evening Izakaya bar scene serving Yakatori and Kushiyaki. (B/L/D)
16
Tokyo
Wander through the Tsukiji outer Fish Market to see the morning’s catch being distributed by the wholesale and retail shops. Enrich: Immerse yourself in Japanese cuisine with the help of a local chef, as you prepare your own sushi lunch. Walk off your lunch in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace and stop at Ginza for some last minute shopping time. Tonight relive your experiences at your beautiful farewell dinner. (B/L/D)
17
Tokyo
Sadly, it is time to bid farewell, taking many wonderful memories with you. (B)
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Journey Highlights
  • Luxury coach travel.
  • A private vehicle for sightseeing excursions.
  • An experienced Scenic Tour Director to guide and assist you Knowledgeable local guides.
  • The services of our Scenic airport representatives.
  • Return airport transfers Complimentary beverages (limited bar).
  • Scenic Freechoice - Choose between a vast range of activities, sightseeing and dining experiences from walking through Japan's beautiful gardens to soaking up the history in Hiroshima.
  • Scenic Enrich - We have handpicked a range of unique experiences from partaking in a Japanese tea ceremony to learning to play the Taiko drums.
  • Luxury Hotels - From luxury resorts in iconic countryside locations to world-famous hotels in bustling cities, you'll get to enjoy the very best accommodation available.
  • Rail - Experience state-of-the-art rail travel on board Japan's world-famous Shinkansen bullet trains and relax in Green (Business) Class seats.
  • The Nth Degree - We take care of everything for you from private buses in national parks to viewing ancient artefacts after hours and avoiding the crowds.
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.
Sightseeing Highlights
  • Scenic Freechoice - Whether you want a relaxed pace or you want to fit in as much as possible, Scenic Freechoice offers a diverse range of sightseeing, activities and dining for you to choose from.
  • Scenic Enrich - Scenic Enrich encounters take you behind the scenes to enjoy private access and special moments you will treasure forever.
  • Scenic Hotels - You’ll find that the wonders of China and Japan are even more delightful when you’re ensconced in the comfort and luxury of the region’s most prestigious hotels. You can look forward to some of the most lavish accommodation in the Orient, as well as truly outstanding levels of service.
  • Scenic Rail - Both China and Japan have state-of-the-art high-speed rail systems, and our itineraries allow you to enjoy both the high-speed and Maglev trains in China, and of course Japan’s world-renowned Shinkansen bullet trains.
  • Local Knowledge - Enjoy the intimacy of fully escorted small group touring with your knowledgeable local guides and expert Tour Directors.
  • The Nth Degree - We've thought about the details so you don't have to, from personal airport transfers, first-class transport and local guides. All tips and gratuities are included.
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.
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