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Splendours of Japan with Hiroshima

  Avg. Trip Rating 4.9 Based on 14 Reviews. No Booking FeesDedicated Consultant
Fully Guided Group Coach Scenic / Sightseeing
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 Trip Length
13 Days
 Trip Starts
Tokyo
 Trip Finishes
Osaka
13 Day Splendours of Japan with Hiroshima Itinerary (Trafalgar)
Countries Explored: Japan
Our Price From 8,869 Per Person
Exclusive Savings 227 Per Person
 Trip Length
13 Days
 Trip Starts
Tokyo
 Trip Finishes
Osaka
13 Day Splendours of Japan with Hiroshima Itinerary (Trafalgar)
Countries Explored: Japan
Accommodation
4 Star
Max. Group Size
26
Trip Style
Country Explorer
Trip Code
JPHO
Accommodation
4 Star
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Trip Style
Country Explorer
Trip Code
JPHO

Overview

Read 14 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 of Kotohira, spend the night in a traditional ryokan and contemplate world peace in Hiroshima.
Read 14 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 of Kotohira, spend the night in a traditional ryokan and contemplate world peace in Hiroshima.

Itinerary

Your in-depth exploration of Japan begins in Tokyo. On arrival at Narita or Haneda Airport, 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

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 where a professional stylist will dress you in a traditional Japanese kimono. (B)

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. (B/L/D) Stay: Fuji Marriott Yamanakako

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. (B/D) Stay: Associa Takayama Resort

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 this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Stay overnight in Kanazawa. (B/L) Stay: Kanazawa Tokyu

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 Kenrokuen, which took shape 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. (B)

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. (B/BMG) Stay: Nikko Princess Kyoto

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 statues, then enjoy a walking tour of the Gion area. This evening, we indulge in a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and fellow guests. (B/FD)

This morning we leave Japan's main island Honshu behind, crossing the world's largest suspension bridge over the Seto Inland Sea to Awaji Island. Enjoy free time for lunch, then take a walk around Yumebutai, a complex of buildings built on the side of the mountain. One of the most striking features 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 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 our accommodation tonight is one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories' - a traditional Japanese ryokan. We'll have some time this evening to climb the steps adjacent to the hotel to visit Kotohira-gu Shrine and be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Later perhaps take a relaxing soak in the onsen (hot spring) bath at our hotel. (B/D) Stay: Kotohira Grand Sakuranosho (ryokan)

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. (B/L) Stay: Rihga Royal

We travel by ferry to the sacred Miyajima Island, where we'll see the famous UNESCO-listed Itsukushima Shrine and elaborate torii gate that stands 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. (B/RD)

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. (B) Stay: Sheraton Miyako Osaka

Our encounter with Japan's centuries-old traditions and modern cityscapes at its end, take a transfer by airport shuttle service to Kansai International Airport, or Osaka Itami Airport for your onward flight. (B)

Your in-depth exploration of Japan begins in Tokyo. On arrival at Narita or Haneda Airport, 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

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 where a professional stylist will dress you in a traditional Japanese kimono. (B)

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. (B/L/D) Stay: Fuji Marriott Yamanakako

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. (B/D) Stay: Associa Takayama Resort

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 this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Stay overnight in Kanazawa. (B/L) Stay: Kanazawa Tokyu

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 Kenrokuen, which took shape 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. (B)

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. (B/BMG) Stay: Nikko Princess

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 statues, then enjoy a walking tour of the Gion area. This evening, we indulge in a dinner with your Travel Director and fellow guests. (B/D)

This morning we leave Japan’s main island Honshu behind, crossing the world’s largest suspension bridge over the Seto Inland Sea to Awaji Island. Enjoy free time for lunch, then take a walk around Yumebutai, a complex of buildings built on the side of the mountain. One of the most striking features 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 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 our accommodation tonight is one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories - a traditional Japanese ryokan.

We’ll have some time this evening to climb the steps adjacent to the hotel to visit Kotohira-gu Shrine and be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Later perhaps take a relaxing soak in the onsen (hot spring) bath at our hotel. (B/D) Stay: Kotohira Grand Sakuranosho Ryokan

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. (B/L) Stay: Rihga Royal

We travel by ferry to the sacred Miyajima Island, where we’ll see the famous UNESCO-listed Itsukushima Shrine and elaborate torii gate that stands 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. (B/RD)

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. (B/FD) Stay: Sheraton Miyako

Our encounter with Japan's centuries-old traditions and modern cityscapes at its end, take a transfer by airport shuttle service to Kansai International Airport, or Osaka Itami Airport for your onward flight. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • City tour of Tokyo. Kyoto. Hiroshima
  • See the traditional Gassho-zukuri houses in Gokayama, the beautiful gardens of Kenrokuen in Kanazawa
  • View Mt. Fuji
  • Visit the Sensoji Temple, the Skytree Observation Tower, the Edo Tokyo Museumin Tokyo, Mt. Fuji 5th Station, the Kinkakuji Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine and Sanjusangen-do Hall in Kyoto, the Water Temple on Awaji Island, Zentsuji Temple, the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island, the Peace Memorial Park and Museum in Hiroshima and Osaka Castle
  • Connect With Locals - A kaiseki lunch at a traditional Japanese ryokan home near Kyoto where you will learn about local customs. (Day 7)
  • Dive Into Culture - Sample Japanese sake during a walking tour in the Edo-style streets of Takayama Old Town. (Day 5) Learn how local artisans make Japanese washi paper in the UNESCO village of Gokayama. (Day 5) Sample the famous Hiroshima style okonomiyaki. (Day 11)
  • LOCAL SPECIALIST Sushi making in Tokyo. (Day 3) Gold Leaf painting in Kanazawa. (Day 6)
  • Make A Difference - Help support a local business with a visit to a washi paper workshop. You'll watch the family at work, and test your paper-making skills for yourself. (Day 5)
  • STAYS WITH STORIES Enjoy genuine Japanese hospitality at a traditional ryokan in the mountain hot springs village of Kotohira. (Day 9)

  • 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
  • Optional Experiences (Additional Cost) and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • 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
  • Handcrafted Highlights

  • 12 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches (including Connect with Locals)
  • 7 dinners

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included

  • Explore Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima
  • Visit the Sensoji Temple, the Skytree Observation Tower, the Edo Tokyo Museum in Tokyo, Mt. Fuji 5th Station, the Kinkakuji Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine and Sanjusangen-do Hall in Kyoto, the Water Temple on Awaji Island, Zentsuji Temple, the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island, the Peace Memorial Park and Museum in Hiroshima and Osaka Castle
  • View Mt. Fuji
  • See the traditional Gassho-zukuri houses in Gokayama, the beautiful gardens of Kenrokuen in Kanazawa
  • Connect With Locals - Enjoy a kaiseki lunch at a traditional Japanese ryokan home near Kyoto where you will learn about local customs.
  • Stays With Stories - Enjoy genuine Japanese hospitality at a traditional ryokan in the mountain hot springs village of Kotohira.
  • Dive Into Culture - Sample Japanese sake during a walking tour in the Edo-style streets of Takayama Old Town.
  • Dive Into Culture - Learn how local artisans make Japanese washi paper in the UNESCO village of Gokayama.
  • Dive Into Culture - Sample the famous Hiroshima style okonomiyaki.
  • Make Travel Matter - Help support a local business with a visit to a washi paper workshop. You'll watch the family at work, and test your paper-making skills for yourself.

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences (Additional Cost) and free time

  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
  • 1 Regional Dinner
  • 12 Breakfasts
  • 3 Lunches
  • 4 Dinners

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
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Wonderful springtime tour of Japan 3 , NSW, Australia, Apr 2019
All aspects, from the booking of this trip with Hannah at Global Journeys to the trip itself, went problem free. Our Trafalgar tour director, Nana, was very knowledgeable of Japanese history and her culture and took great care to ensure everyone in our small group was having a good time. Nana was an absolute joy and her spoken English, excellent. ...read more

We stayed in first class hotels in central areas, ate at excellent eateries and travelled in large, comfortable coaches so people could spread out if desired. I loved Japan, the people are so friendly and polite. Their cities/towns, public transport and public toilets are extremely clean.

Loved seeing the cherry blossom trees in all their beauty and the “old” Japan. One special memory for me was when one late afternoon we viewed Mt. Fuji draped in sunshine after an overcast morning and the next morning awoke to a winter wonderland. It had started snowing overnight and continued snowing lightly well into the morning.

I highly commend Global Journeys and Trafalgar Tours.
Splendours of Japan with Hiroshima 2 , QLD, Australia, Oct 2018
The tour was very well organised and very good value for money. We were very pleased with the hotels, the tour guide was excellent and we saw everything we wanted to see. We would be happy to recommend this tour to anybody wanting to tour Japan in a short time (2 weeks) but see as much as possible.

We could not fault the organisation of the tour ...read more or the hotel rooms, with the exception of the hotel in Kanazawa which had no air conditioning in the guest rooms. It was hot so we slept with the window open (and the noise from the street filtering in!). This was the only negative we encountered. We brought this to the tour guide's attention and she suggested we provide this feed back as well. The mix of people on our tour was excellent and we made some valued friendships.
Splendours of Japan with great accommodation and inclusions   3 , NSW, Australia, Oct 2018
We were on a 13 day tour with 16 other Aussies, an English couple and a single lady from the US. It took us a few days to adjust to the cultural differences of our tour guide Yama. She worked extremely hard and was well organised but often she would not immediately answer our questions saying she would talk about that later to the group. The tour itself ...read more was fantastic. Beautiful autumn colours, great hotels and marvellous inclusions. We had some of the best high end meals ever! Highly recommended.
Splendid Splendors of Japan with Hiroshima   3 , SA, Australia, Oct 2018
What a delightful tour in a delightful country. Our tour director May was patient and charming. The tour was effortless and drama free with everything Trafalgar promised and more. Hotels, included meals and sightseeing all good standard. The Hiroshima extension was definitely worth it for the visit to Miyajima.

I've been on several tours with various ...read more operators in the last few years and am not easy to impress. I can recommend without hesitation Trafalgar's Splendors of Japan with Hiroshima. I can further recommend without hesitation booking through Global Journeys with efficient service and consultant Yvonne Brooks making the effort to follow up on some tricky questions of mine. Thank you for a great holiday.
Enjoyable experience 5 , NSW, Australia, May 2018
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 ...read more 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.
Ticked all the boxes ... and more!! 9 , QLD, Australia, Mar 2018
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 ...read more 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.
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Sunday 02 Jul 2023
Friday 14 Jul 2023
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Sunday 16 Jul 2023
Friday 28 Jul 2023
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Sunday 13 Aug 2023
Friday 25 Aug 2023
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Sunday 03 Sep 2023
Friday 15 Sep 2023
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From: $9,625 $9,432
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Sunday 17 Sep 2023
Friday 29 Sep 2023
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Sunday 01 Oct 2023
Friday 13 Oct 2023
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Sunday 15 Oct 2023
Friday 27 Oct 2023
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Sunday 29 Oct 2023
Friday 10 Nov 2023
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Sunday 05 Nov 2023
Friday 17 Nov 2023
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Sunday 19 Nov 2023
Friday 01 Dec 2023
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Sunday 03 Dec 2023
Friday 15 Dec 2023
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From: $9,050 $8,869
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Wednesday 20 Dec 2023
Monday 01 Jan 2024
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From: $9,625 $9,432
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Sunday 07 Jan 2024
Friday 19 Jan 2024
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From: $9,295 $9,109
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Sunday 04 Feb 2024
Friday 16 Feb 2024
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Sunday 03 Mar 2024
Friday 15 Mar 2024
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From: $9,895 $9,697
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Sunday 10 Mar 2024
Friday 22 Mar 2024
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From: $9,950 $9,751
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Sunday 17 Mar 2024
Friday 29 Mar 2024
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Wednesday 20 Mar 2024
Monday 01 Apr 2024
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Sunday 24 Mar 2024
Friday 05 Apr 2024
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Wednesday 27 Mar 2024
Monday 08 Apr 2024
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Sunday 31 Mar 2024
Friday 12 Apr 2024
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Wednesday 03 Apr 2024
Monday 15 Apr 2024
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Sunday 07 Apr 2024
Friday 19 Apr 2024
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Sunday 14 Apr 2024
Friday 26 Apr 2024
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Wednesday 19 Apr 2023
Monday 01 May 2023
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From: $10,755 $10,562
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Sunday 23 Apr 2023
Friday 05 May 2023
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Sunday 07 May 2023
Friday 19 May 2023
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Sunday 28 May 2023
Friday 09 Jun 2023
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Sunday 04 Jun 2023
Friday 16 Jun 2023
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From: $10,180 $9,999
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Sunday 11 Jun 2023
Friday 23 Jun 2023
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Sunday 25 Jun 2023
Friday 07 Jul 2023
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Sunday 02 Jul 2023
Friday 14 Jul 2023
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Sunday 16 Jul 2023
Friday 28 Jul 2023
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From: $10,915 $10,721
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Sunday 13 Aug 2023
Friday 25 Aug 2023
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Sunday 03 Sep 2023
Friday 15 Sep 2023
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From: $10,795 $10,602
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Sunday 17 Sep 2023
Friday 29 Sep 2023
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Sunday 01 Oct 2023
Friday 13 Oct 2023
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Sunday 15 Oct 2023
Friday 27 Oct 2023
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Sunday 29 Oct 2023
Friday 10 Nov 2023
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Sunday 05 Nov 2023
Friday 17 Nov 2023
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Sunday 19 Nov 2023
Friday 01 Dec 2023
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Sunday 03 Dec 2023
Friday 15 Dec 2023
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Wednesday 20 Dec 2023
Monday 01 Jan 2024
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From: $10,755 $10,562
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Sunday 07 Jan 2024
Friday 19 Jan 2024
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From: $10,425 $10,239
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Sunday 04 Feb 2024
Friday 16 Feb 2024
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From: $10,425 $10,239
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Sunday 03 Mar 2024
Friday 15 Mar 2024
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From: $11,025 $10,827
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Sunday 10 Mar 2024
Friday 22 Mar 2024
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From: $11,190 $10,991
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Sunday 17 Mar 2024
Friday 29 Mar 2024
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Wednesday 20 Mar 2024
Monday 01 Apr 2024
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Sunday 24 Mar 2024
Friday 05 Apr 2024
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Wednesday 27 Mar 2024
Monday 08 Apr 2024
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Sunday 31 Mar 2024
Friday 12 Apr 2024
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Wednesday 03 Apr 2024
Monday 15 Apr 2024
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Sunday 07 Apr 2024
Friday 19 Apr 2024
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Sunday 14 Apr 2024
Friday 26 Apr 2024
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Small Group Departure, Maximum of 24 travelers.
Exclusive Global Journeys Savings. Available for a limited time or until sold out.
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Your Global Journeys Travel Advisor will check the availability of your departure date when you enquire. Additional savings may apply. We guarantee the lowest price in Australia. T&C’s apply.
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Tour & cruises prices are per person. Prices shown have savings applied, are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Prices and trip information are correct at the time at this point in time, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking and are subject to change by Trafalgar.

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