13 Day Splendours of Japan with Hiroshima

Trafalgar Small Group Tour starting in Tokyo and finishing in Osaka

Read 10 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Trafalgar's 13 Day Splendours of Japan with Hiroshima. Embrace the timeless tradition and modern spirit of Japan's iconic sites, from the neon skyline of Tokyo to the foodie hotspot of Osaka. Relax in the soothing hot springs...read more
Overview
Operator: Trafalgar
Type: Small Group Tour (Premium)
Style: Country Explorer
Max Group Size: 26
Duration: 13 Days
From: Tokyo to Osaka
Tour Code: JPHO
Visits: Japan
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Arrive Tokyo (2 Nights)
Welcome to Japan. Upon arrival at Tokyo Narita or Haneda International Airport, transfer by airport shuttle service to your centrally located hotel. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers. (WR) Stay: New Otani
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Tokyo Sightseeing
This morning your City Tour begins with a stop in Asakusa and a visit to the Sensoji Buddhist temple. It is one of Tokyo's most colourful and popular temples and has been rebuilt countless times since it was founded in 628, making it Tokyo's oldest temple site. Visit Nakamise, a shopping street over 200 metres long that stretches from the outer gate to the temple's second interior gate. Visit the Tokyo Skytree, the world's highest free-standing broadcasting tower. Later choose to either return to the hotel at leisure or take part in an Optional Experience. (BB)
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Tokyo - Lake Yamanakako
Start the day by heading to the Imperial Palace Plaza, a large park area in the centre of Tokyo from where the two bridges that form the entrance to the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace can be viewed. It is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan and built on the former site of Edo Castle. Take a stroll around the Imperial Palace East Gardens before continuing your City Tour with a visit to the Edo-Tokyo Museum. This fascinating museum displays artifacts and architecture that tell a tale of Tokyo's history and culture during the Edo period. Next head to the famous Ginza district for a hands-on cooking class. Learn how to make sushi with a Local Specialist and afterwards enjoy your sushi creations for lunch. Then depart Tokyo for the Five Lakes District, dominated by majestic UNESCO listed Mt. Fuji. At 3,776 metres it is Japan's highest mountain and most recognisable icon. (BB/L/D) Stay: Fuji Marriott Yamanakako
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Lake Yamanakako - Mt. Fuji - Takayama (2 Nights)
After breakfast visit Oshino Hakkai, a small rural village in the Fuji Five Lakes district; a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Oshino Village boasts a beautiful park with 8 natural spring water ponds that are fed by melted snow from Mt. Fuji. The reflections of the sky and landscapes on the clear and pure water provide picturesque scenes which make stunning photographs. Then ascend Mt. Fuji by road to 2,300 metres at the 5th station before taking a ride on the Kachikachiyama Ropeway, (both weather permitting) a cable car ride offering spectacular views on a clear day of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchiko. Later travel through the breath-taking Japanese Alps to the beautiful hillside town of Takayama before enjoying dinner at the hotel. (BB/D) Stay: Associa Takayama Resort
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Takayama -Gokayama - Takayama
This morning take a step back in time during a visit to the peaceful mountain village and UNESCO designated site of Gokayama. See the unique Gassho-zukuri wooden houses; the steeply sloped thatched roofs resemble two hands together in prayer. Visit one of the houses and meet the family. Later observe local artisans making washi paper and try your hand at making your own, a Cultural Insight. Lunch today is a Regional Meal of Japanese Hida beef at a local restaurant. Hida beef (Hida-gyu) is the specific name given to beef from a black-haired Japanese cattle breed, it is known as one of the finest quality varieties of beef. This afternoon begin your walking tour in the Edo style streets of the Old Town, shopping en route to sample Japanese sake, a Cultural Insight. (BB/RM)
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Takayama - Kanazawa
This morning travel to Kanazawa to discover the secrets of gold leaf painting during a visit with a Local Specialist. The production of gold leaf started at the end of the 16th century and now 99% of Japan's high quality gold leaf is produced in the area. Next visit the gardens of Kenrokuen, rated as one of the top three most beautiful gardens in Japan and a great place to see Cherry Blossom in the springtime. Take your time to relax and explore the ornate landscapes, temples and ponds. Afterwards take a short walk through the Omicho market to see the local fish catch and enjoy an insiders view of everyday life in a busy coastal town. Later visit the Nagamachi District with its old and beautifully preserved samurai houses. Visit the Nomura house, an elegant samurai mansion with beautiful small gardens belonging to a high-ranked samurai family. (BB) Stay: Kanazawa Tokyu
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Kanazawa - Kyoto (2 Nights)
This morning leave Kanazawa for Kyoto by Express train. On arrival enjoy a special Be My Guest lunch at a traditional ryokan nestled in the peace and quiet of Mt. Yoshida. The ryokan was built in 1932 by master craftsmen to serve as the second residence of the uncle of the current Japanese Emperor, Akihito. Learn more about local Japanese customs as your hosts welcome you into their beautiful home. Enjoy the pleasures of a truly flavourful and unique dining experience of Kaiseki cuisine, crafted from the very freshest of seasonal delicacies. After lunch visit Kinkakuji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its Golden Pavilion. The Kinkakuji history dates back to 1397, when the villa was purchased by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. When Yoshimitsu died, the building was converted into a Zen temple by his son. Later check in to your hotel for a relaxing evening. (BB/BMGD) Stay: Nikko Princess Kyoto
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Kyoto Sightseeing
This morning visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine and see the tunnel of thousands of bright orange torii gates that snake through the forest up into the mountains. Then head to the Sanjusangen-do Hall, a temple famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy and afterwards enjoy a walking tour of the Gion area. Choose to remain in Gion to explore further or return to the hotel. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Farewell Dinner at the Ninja Kyoto restaurant. Venture into the mysterious labyrinth and secret fortress of the Ninjas, the traditional Japanese heroes and enjoy the creative Ninja-style food, a perfect ending to your holiday in Japan. (BB/FD)
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Kyoto - Kotohira
This morning leave Japan's main island Honshu behind as you cross the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, the world's longest suspension bridge, over the Seto Inland Sea to Awaji Island. Later have some free time for lunch and take a walk around Yumebutai, a complex of buildings built on the side of the mountain. One of the most striking features in the complex is the '100 Stepped Garden' - a group of 100 flowerbeds in small square gardens on an incline and arranged in grids spread over several levels. Visit the Water Temple, designed by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando to be a sensory experience. The mountains, sky, rice paddies and bamboo groves are reflected in the stillness of the water, which has a meditative effect as you descend the steps to the Buddhist Temple below the water. Continue to the small mountain hot springs village of Kotohira for your overnight stay in your Authentic Accommodation, a Japanese ryokan. Before dinner, if you wish, climb the steps adjacent to the hotel to visit Kotohira-gu Shrine and be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. This evening perhaps have a relaxing soak in the hot spring (onsen) bath at the hotel. (BB/D) Stay: Kotohira Grand Sakuranosho (ryokan) Authentic Accommodation
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Kotohira - Hiroshima (2 Nights)
This morning visit the Zentsuji Temple, birthplace of one of the most revered figures of Japanese Buddhism, the high priest Kobo Daishi. It is the 75th temple on the 88 temple Shikoku Pilgrimage, which covers approximately 1,200 kilometres and was traditionally done on foot taking up to 60 days to complete. It is still done by many people today although modern pilgrims use cars, taxis, buses, bicycles or motorcycles. Continue to Omishima Island and make a stop at a local restaurant for lunch. Drive to Hiroshima via the Setouchi Shimanami Kaido Expressway, a 60-kilometre highway that links the islands of the Seto Inland Sea with nine individual bridges. Check into your hotel for a relaxing evening. (BB/L) Stay: Rihga Royal
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Hiroshima Sightseeing
This morning catch a ferry over to Miyajima Island, otherwise known as Itsukushima, or Divine Island. On arrival visit the Itsukushima Shrine and admire the elaborate torii gate rising majestically out of the sea. Have some free time for lunch, strolling around and browsing in the small shops of this peaceful island. This afternoon return to Hiroshima and visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. See the UNESCO listed Peace Memorial, the only structure left standing in the area when the first atomic bomb exploded in 1945. Through the efforts of many people, including those of the city of Hiroshima, this ruin has been preserved in the same state as immediately after the bombing as an expression of hope for world peace. This evening experience the famous Hiroshima style okonomiyaki, a Cultural Insight. Okonamiyaki is similar to a savoury pancake and is made with egg, cabbage, soba noodles, and meat, seafood or cheese and grilled in layers on a hot plate in front of you. (BB/RM)
12
Hiroshima - Osaka
Take the high speed bullet train to Osaka and on arrival have some free time for lunch and shopping in the Dotonbori Street area. Then stop for a visit to Osaka Castle; one of Japan's most famous landmarks which played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century. Later check-in at your hotel and this evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant with your Travel Director and fellow guests. (BB/FD) Stay: Sheraton Miyako Osaka
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Depart Osaka
Transfer by airport shuttle service to Kansai International Airport, or Osaka Itami Airport for your onward flight. (BB)
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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. (WR) Stay: New Otani Garden Tower
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. (BB)
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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. (BB/L/D) Stay: Fuji Marriott Yamanakako
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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. (BB/D) Stay: Associa Takayama Resort
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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. (BB/RM) Stay: Kanazawa Tokyu
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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. (BB)
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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. (BB/L) Stay: Nikko Princess Kyoto
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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. (BB/FD)
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Kyoto - Kotohira
We leave Honshu behind, crossing the world's largest suspension bridge over the Seto Inland Sea to Awaji Island. Enjoy free time for lunch, then walk around Yumebutai, with its '100 Stepped Garden' - a group of 100 square gardens with flowers that bloom during each of the four seasons. Visit the Water Temple and admire the reflection of the surrounding mountains, rice paddies and bamboo groves as you descend the steps to the Buddhist temple beneath its still waters. Journey to the small mountain hot springs village of Kotohira where we'll stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan. We'll have some time this evening to climb the steps adjacent to the hotel to visit Kotohira-gu Shrine or take a relaxing soak in the onsen (hot spring) bath at our hotel. (BB/D) Stay: Kotohira Grand Sakuranosho (ryokan)
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Kotohira - Hiroshima (2 Nights)
Our morning begins with a visit the Zentsuji Temple, birthplace of the high priest Kobo Daishi who was said to have founded the Shingon sect of Buddhism. We'll continue to Omishima Island and make a stop at a local restaurant for lunch. Driving to Hiroshima via the Setouchi Shimanami Kaido Expressway, we'll cross the individual bridges that link the islands of the Seto Inland Sea. (BB/L) Stay: Rihga Royal
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Hiroshima Sightseeing
We travel by ferry to the sacred Miyajima Island, where we'll see the famous UNESCO-listed Itsukushima Shrine and elaborate torii gate that stand majestically in the sea. After some free time for lunch and to explore the island's spiritual sanctuaries, we return to Hiroshima for a visit to the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Imagine the devastation and horror that followed the world's first atomic explosion in 1945 as you see the UNESCO-listed Peace Memorial, the only structure left standing in the area and an expression of hope for world peace. This evening, we'll indulge in Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki, a savoury pancake made with egg, cabbage, soba noodles, and meat, seafood or cheese, grilled in layers on a hot plate. (BB/RM)
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Hiroshima - Osaka
Board the high-speed bullet train to Osaka this morning and enjoy some free time for lunch and shopping in the Dotonbori Street area. Visit Osaka Castle, which played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. (BB/FD) Stay: Sheraton Miyako Osaka
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Depart Osaka
Our encounter with Japan's centuries-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 your onward flight. (BB)
Trafalgar Inclusions
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Insider Experiences with Trafalgar
  • Be My Guest A kaiseki lunch at a traditional Japanese ryokan home near Kyoto where you will learn about local customs
  • Cultural Insight Sample Japanese Sake, learn about the production of Japanese washi paper; Sample the famous Hiroshima style okonomiyaki.
  • Local Specialist in Tokyo and Kanazawa.
  • Authentic Accommodation Stay at a traditional ryokan in the mountain hot springs village of Kotohira.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure
Journey Highlights
  • City Tour of Hiroshima
  • See the traditional Gassho-zukuri houses in Gokayama and the beautiful gardens of Kenrokuen in Kanazawa
  • View Mt. Fuji
  • Visit the Water Temple on Awaji Island, the Peace Memorial Park and Museum in Hiroshima and the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island
Included Meals
  • 12 buffet breakfasts
  • 4 lunches (including Be My Guest)
  • 7 dinners
Trip Inclusions
  • 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 (Additional Cost) 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
Special Departures
  • Gion Festival: Takes place annually in Kyoto and is one of the most famous festivals in Japan. Events and parades are held for the entire month of July.
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
  • The Imperial Palace East Gardens are closed on Fridays so trips starting in Tokyo on Wednesdays will visit the Hamarikyu Japanese Garden instead
Sightseeing Highlights
  • City tour of Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima
  • 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, the Water Temple on Awaji Island, the Peace Memorial Park and Museum in Hiroshima, the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island
Trip Inclusions
  • 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 (Additional Cost) 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
Included Meals
  • 12 buffet breakfasts
  • 4 lunches (including Be My Guest)
  • 7 dinners
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
  • Late March to mid April are the most likely times to experience Cherry Blossom on this trip but this is not guaranteed
  • The Imperial Palace East Gardens are closed on Fridays so trips starting in Tokyo on Wednesdays will visit the Hamarikyu Japanese Garden instead
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Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Splendours of Japan with Hiroshima with Trafalgar.
NSW, Australia
May 2018
3 Helpful Votes
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Tour director was terrific - made a good trip even better. We visited a range of historic, cultural and scenic locations. No problems with the accommodation (except for the New Otani Hotel which refused to let anyone into their room until 2pm even though we arrived on a wet and windy day at 6.30am) or the food. Bus drivers were competent and safety conscious. Other than the optional dinner, the optional excursions did not appeal to us. Our tour group included people from USA, Canada, India and Australia and we would recommend this tour to anyone.
QLD, Australia
Mar 2018
6 Helpful Votes
3 Trips
“Ticked all the boxes ... and more!!”
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A fabulous trip that exceeded all my expectations in every way. Hotels were exceptional - 5 star all the way with excellent proximity to everything. The bigger the city though, the smaller the room!! Included meals were excellent - again better than expected - certainly for a person who isn't usually wild about Japanese food.

Our guide, Yama, was exceptional, and ran the trip like clockwork - which is how everything in Japan seems to run. Ours was the PERFECT departure time for cherry blossoms in the coastal and lower areas and snow in the Alps. The highlights for me were the night in the traditional ryokan, the glorious views of Mt Fuji, Hiroshima, the thousands of Tori gates and Miyajima.

The trip was fairly full on with some quite early starts and late finishes and the walking was substantial - no less than 10kms per day. The optional tours (4) did not represent great value - especially the one pub meal where the food was not all that great and the concept of sharing was not the same as ours!! The tea ceremony was only 30 minutes long. The Gion theatre tour was more interesting and we could not have done that one on our own as its very popular and certainly the best of the optional tours.

I was surprised at how expensive EVERYTHING is in Japan. A can of coke at dinner - $10 (no drinks were included with any of our dinner meals - so all represented additional extras). No such thing as diet drinks - the Japanese don't need them. Vending machines are everywhere and much cheaper for drinks and ice creams. Ice cram varieties are amazing and delicious and well worth trying.

The only thing I didn't like was the crowds of people - we queued for everything - even when we had bookings. The congestion on streets made walking up some streets really difficult and not great for strolling. Can highly recommend the trip as a great introduction to an amazing country and culture.
VIC, Australia
Mar 2018
3 Helpful Votes
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“Splendid Splendours of Japan tour”
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I thoroughly enjoyed this 13 day tour with Trafalgar. The itinerary took us to the highlights of Japan in a comfortable tour that ticked all the boxes. The accommodation was very good and the included meals were mostly excellent. Our Tour Director really made this trip. Masa was very helpful, considerate and certainly gave us just the right amount of information at the right time.

I would have expected all coaches to have WIFI at this price point, and that did detract a little from the overall value for money. The sightseeing and explanations were excellent. I highly recommend this tour, it is not cheap but certainly value for money.
QLD, Australia
Sep 2017
5 Helpful Votes
“A Splendid Trip!”
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We travelled in September - quite hot and humid but we had cooling showers and breezes. It was a wonderful introduction to Japan and there is so much left to see and experience again in the changing seasons. The magnificent scenery was complimented by the kindness and respectful behaviour of the Japanese people, the provision of thoughtful conveniences and the beautiful presentation of accommodation and food. We found the tour to have a mostly balanced itinerary with a few later starts in the morning and free time in the afternoons. There were some days that seemed busier than others and at times we suffered from 'temple fatigue', mainly due to the heat and crowds. The temples were always different however, with unique facets.

We had to change coaches and drivers a couple of times due to the train journeys and a requirement to use local drivers. The standard of drivers was excellent but we missed the attention that familiarity brings eg. a supportive arm or extra step to ease our descent from the bus. Our guide Masako was superb - always well prepared in history and interesting facts and delighted in providing local practical information to make our own discovery trips so enjoyable. We always had comfort stops at well provisioned roadhouses, where we could buy local snacks and sometimes fruit, which was quite expensive.

Our hotels were conveniently located to shops or a safe walking distance to other attractions. We particularly valued the traditional experiences in the Ryokans and Onsens, the journeys through the magnificent mountain areas (so many high tech tunnels, bridges and dams) and relished the Japanese breakfasts, which included local vegetables, omelettes, soup with rice or noodles and also small quantities of fruit.

Many thanks to Georgie at Global Journeys for her endless patience and prompt responses to our questions and concerns :). Using the internet at home was very convenient and thankfully proved to be secure too. A very successful and enlightening experience indeed!
New Zealand
Mar 2017
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“13 Day Splendours of Japan with Hiroshima”
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We arrived a few days early to rest up from our long flight. Made friends with a lady who was also doing our tour so had the chance to try the subways and trains with her well traveled help. It was over whelming at first with so many people around us and so much traffic. With Andrea's help we soon got sorted. By the time the tour was about to start we were up to speed. So I do recommend to give yourselves time to get use to the constant attention in the hotel and any shops that you go into. You are greeted by everyone with words of welcome (in Japanese) I also suggest that you learn a few words of Japanese to say thank you, good morning and excuse me. The Japanese constantly say these things. If you show respect back by bowing and greeting in return it won't go un-noticed and appreciated.

Food....a few words about food. There are so many places to eat all styles of food, at first it seemed there was nothing but restaurants. Japanese pride themselves on presentation of anything and definitely of food. Before you travel checkout on line all information about where you are going and styles of food. Don't be afraid to try new tastes.

Hotels range in style and comfort...as do the bathrooms! It can be a challenge at first to find how to turn the shower on, easy you might think, but it can be confusing. Toilets in Japan are amazing, they play music when sat on or the sound of running water, you can wash front and back! Some even blow dry afterwards! Toiletries are amazing and fun. They can provide tooth brush and toothpaste, shaver and small tube of shaving cream, combs, soaps, etc etc have fun discovering the different things that are provided.The beds are a lot firmer than most people would be use to but I was amazed to find that it wasn't a problem and I am a fussy bed person.

The tour its self was wonderful. We saw a wise range of what Japan has to offer. We were lucky to see Mt Fuji at its most beautiful. Clear blue sky and snow capped mountain. Picture perfect! We traveled at the beginning of March and it was still cold, which I love. Washing clothes was a problem, hotels will do laundry but they are expensive! We only found one laundry-mate. I recommend washing out underwear when you have a two night stop. Take clothes to layer for cold or hot and a good raincoat...again research weather for the time of year you are going. Somethings will not be everything you would be expect...roll with it. Have fun and if you are like me and buy lots of souvenirs allow space in your suitcase for that or end up buying extra suitcases. Keep in mind how many bags you can take on planes and buses. Last words of wisdom research, research, research the places you will be visiting. Socks! carry a pair of warm socks to put on as you have to take your shoes of in some places and carry packets of tissues in case of no toilet paper! It happens! Enjoy as we did! It was wonderful! Loved it!
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8,692

per person

Sold Out
Friday
05 Apr 2019
Wednesday
17 Apr 2019

9,150

per person

458

per person

8,692

per person

Sold Out
Sunday
07 Apr 2019
Friday
19 Apr 2019

9,150

per person

805

per person

8,345

per person

Enquire
Tuesday
09 Apr 2019
Sunday
21 Apr 2019

9,150

per person

805

per person

8,345

per person

Sold Out
Sunday
14 Apr 2019
Friday
26 Apr 2019

9,150

per person

458

per person

8,692

per person

Sold Out
Wednesday
17 Apr 2019
Monday
29 Apr 2019

9,150

per person

805

per person

8,345

per person

Enquire
Sunday
21 Apr 2019
Friday
03 May 2019

9,325

per person

466

per person

8,859

per person

Sold Out
Wednesday
24 Apr 2019
Monday
06 May 2019

9,325

per person

821

per person

8,504

per person

Enquire
Wednesday
01 May 2019
Monday
13 May 2019

9,325

per person

821

per person

8,504

per person

Enquire
Sunday
05 May 2019
Friday
17 May 2019

9,095

per person

800

per person

8,295

per person

Enquire
Wednesday
08 May 2019
Monday
20 May 2019

9,095

per person

800

per person

8,295

per person

Enquire
Sunday
12 May 2019
Friday
24 May 2019

9,095

per person

800

per person

8,295

per person

Enquire
Sunday
19 May 2019
Friday
31 May 2019

8,825

per person

777

per person

8,048

per person

Enquire
Sunday
02 Jun 2019
Friday
14 Jun 2019

8,450

per person

744

per person

7,706

per person

Enquire
Sunday
09 Jun 2019
Friday
21 Jun 2019

8,450

per person

744

per person

7,706

per person

Enquire
Sunday
16 Jun 2019
Friday
28 Jun 2019

8,450

per person

744

per person

7,706

per person

Enquire
Sunday
07 Jul 2019
Friday
19 Jul 2019

8,595

per person

756

per person

7,839

per person

Sold Out
Sunday
21 Jul 2019
Friday
02 Aug 2019

8,675

per person

763

per person

7,912

per person

Enquire
Sunday
18 Aug 2019
Friday
30 Aug 2019

8,825

per person

777

per person

8,048

per person

Enquire
Sunday
01 Sep 2019
Friday
13 Sep 2019

8,875

per person

781

per person

8,094

per person

Enquire
Sunday
08 Sep 2019
Friday
20 Sep 2019

8,875

per person

781

per person

8,094

per person

Enquire
Sunday
15 Sep 2019
Friday
27 Sep 2019

8,875

per person

781

per person

8,094

per person

Enquire
Sunday
29 Sep 2019
Friday
11 Oct 2019

9,050

per person

796

per person

8,254

per person

Enquire
Wednesday
02 Oct 2019
Monday
14 Oct 2019

8,895

per person

783

per person

8,112

per person

Enquire
Friday
04 Oct 2019
Wednesday
16 Oct 2019

8,895

per person

783

per person

8,112

per person

Enquire
Wednesday
09 Oct 2019
Monday
21 Oct 2019

8,895

per person

783

per person

8,112

per person

Enquire
Friday
11 Oct 2019
Wednesday
23 Oct 2019

8,895

per person

783

per person

8,112

per person

Enquire
Sunday
13 Oct 2019
Friday
25 Oct 2019

8,850

per person

779

per person

8,071

per person

Enquire
Wednesday
16 Oct 2019
Monday
28 Oct 2019

8,850

per person

779

per person

8,071

per person

Enquire
Sunday
03 Nov 2019
Friday
15 Nov 2019

8,850

per person

779

per person

8,071

per person

Enquire
Sunday
10 Nov 2019
Friday
22 Nov 2019

8,695

per person

765

per person

7,930

per person

Enquire
Sunday
24 Nov 2019
Friday
06 Dec 2019

8,695

per person

765

per person

7,930

per person

Enquire
Sunday
08 Dec 2019
Friday
20 Dec 2019

8,275

per person

728

per person

7,547

per person

Enquire
Sunday
05 Jan 2020
Friday
17 Jan 2020

8,275

per person

728

per person

7,547

per person

Enquire
Sunday
09 Feb 2020
Friday
21 Feb 2020

8,275

per person

728

per person

7,547

per person

Enquire
Sunday
08 Mar 2020
Friday
20 Mar 2020

8,650

per person

761

per person

7,889

per person

Enquire
Sunday
15 Mar 2020
Friday
27 Mar 2020

8,695

per person

765

per person

7,930

per person

Enquire
Sunday
22 Mar 2020
Friday
03 Apr 2020

8,695

per person

765

per person

7,930

per person

Enquire
Wednesday
25 Mar 2020
Monday
06 Apr 2020

8,695

per person

765

per person

7,930

per person

Enquire
Sunday
29 Mar 2020
Friday
10 Apr 2020

8,695

per person

765

per person

7,930

per person

Enquire
Sunday
06 Jan 2019
Friday
18 Jan 2019

9,975

per person

878

solo traveller

9,097

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
10 Feb 2019
Friday
22 Feb 2019

9,975

per person

878

solo traveller

9,097

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
10 Mar 2019
Friday
22 Mar 2019

10,350

per person

911

solo traveller

9,439

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
17 Mar 2019
Friday
29 Mar 2019

10,350

per person

911

solo traveller

9,439

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
24 Mar 2019
Friday
05 Apr 2019

10,850

per person

543

solo traveller

10,307

solo traveller

Sold Out
Wednesday
27 Mar 2019
Monday
08 Apr 2019

10,850

per person

543

solo traveller

10,307

solo traveller

Sold Out
Sunday
31 Mar 2019
Friday
12 Apr 2019

10,850

per person

543

solo traveller

10,307

solo traveller

Sold Out
Wednesday
03 Apr 2019
Monday
15 Apr 2019

10,850

per person

543

solo traveller

10,307

solo traveller

Sold Out
Friday
05 Apr 2019
Wednesday
17 Apr 2019

10,850

per person

543

solo traveller

10,307

solo traveller

Sold Out
Sunday
07 Apr 2019
Friday
19 Apr 2019

10,850

per person

955

solo traveller

9,895

solo traveller

Enquire
Tuesday
09 Apr 2019
Sunday
21 Apr 2019

10,850

per person

955

solo traveller

9,895

solo traveller

Sold Out
Sunday
14 Apr 2019
Friday
26 Apr 2019

10,850

per person

543

solo traveller

10,307

solo traveller

Sold Out
Wednesday
17 Apr 2019
Monday
29 Apr 2019

10,850

per person

955

solo traveller

9,895

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
21 Apr 2019
Friday
03 May 2019

11,415

per person

571

solo traveller

10,844

solo traveller

Sold Out
Wednesday
24 Apr 2019
Monday
06 May 2019

11,415

per person

1,005

solo traveller

10,410

solo traveller

Enquire
Wednesday
01 May 2019
Monday
13 May 2019

11,415

per person

1,005

solo traveller

10,410

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
05 May 2019
Friday
17 May 2019

10,795

per person

950

solo traveller

9,845

solo traveller

Enquire
Wednesday
08 May 2019
Monday
20 May 2019

10,795

per person

950

solo traveller

9,845

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
12 May 2019
Friday
24 May 2019

10,795

per person

950

solo traveller

9,845

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
19 May 2019
Friday
31 May 2019

10,525

per person

926

solo traveller

9,599

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
02 Jun 2019
Friday
14 Jun 2019

10,150

per person

893

solo traveller

9,257

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
09 Jun 2019
Friday
21 Jun 2019

10,150

per person

893

solo traveller

9,257

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
16 Jun 2019
Friday
28 Jun 2019

10,150

per person

893

solo traveller

9,257

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
07 Jul 2019
Friday
19 Jul 2019

10,295

per person

906

solo traveller

9,389

solo traveller

Sold Out
Sunday
21 Jul 2019
Friday
02 Aug 2019

10,375

per person

913

solo traveller

9,462

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
18 Aug 2019
Friday
30 Aug 2019

10,525

per person

926

solo traveller

9,599

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
01 Sep 2019
Friday
13 Sep 2019

10,575

per person

931

solo traveller

9,644

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
08 Sep 2019
Friday
20 Sep 2019

10,575

per person

931

solo traveller

9,644

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
15 Sep 2019
Friday
27 Sep 2019

10,575

per person

931

solo traveller

9,644

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
29 Sep 2019
Friday
11 Oct 2019

11,140

per person

980

solo traveller

10,160

solo traveller

Enquire
Wednesday
02 Oct 2019
Monday
14 Oct 2019

10,985

per person

967

solo traveller

10,018

solo traveller

Enquire
Friday
04 Oct 2019
Wednesday
16 Oct 2019

10,985

per person

967

solo traveller

10,018

solo traveller

Enquire
Wednesday
09 Oct 2019
Monday
21 Oct 2019

10,985

per person

967

solo traveller

10,018

solo traveller

Enquire
Friday
11 Oct 2019
Wednesday
23 Oct 2019

10,985

per person

967

solo traveller

10,018

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
13 Oct 2019
Friday
25 Oct 2019

10,940

per person

963

solo traveller

9,977

solo traveller

Enquire
Wednesday
16 Oct 2019
Monday
28 Oct 2019

10,940

per person

963

solo traveller

9,977

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
03 Nov 2019
Friday
15 Nov 2019

10,940

per person

963

solo traveller

9,977

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
10 Nov 2019
Friday
22 Nov 2019

10,395

per person

915

solo traveller

9,480

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
24 Nov 2019
Friday
06 Dec 2019

10,395

per person

915

solo traveller

9,480

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
08 Dec 2019
Friday
20 Dec 2019

9,975

per person

878

solo traveller

9,097

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
05 Jan 2020
Friday
17 Jan 2020

9,975

per person

878

solo traveller

9,097

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
09 Feb 2020
Friday
21 Feb 2020

9,975

per person

878

solo traveller

9,097

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
08 Mar 2020
Friday
20 Mar 2020

10,350

per person

911

solo traveller

9,439

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
15 Mar 2020
Friday
27 Mar 2020

10,395

per person

915

solo traveller

9,480

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
22 Mar 2020
Friday
03 Apr 2020

10,395

per person

915

solo traveller

9,480

solo traveller

Enquire
Wednesday
25 Mar 2020
Monday
06 Apr 2020

10,395

per person

915

solo traveller

9,480

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
29 Mar 2020
Friday
10 Apr 2020

10,395

per person

915

solo traveller

9,480

solo traveller

Enquire
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