Japan Uncovered

Overview

Japan Uncovered

Our most extensive tour of Japan includes all the classic sights and key cultural activities. Featuring modern cities, historical sights and beautiful landscapes, Japan Uncovered ensures you get the most out of your trip to this fascinating land.

What's Included:

  • International flights and current taxes
  • 3* plus – 4* accommodation
  • Touring with guides and entrance fees
  • Domestic transportation
  • All meals
  • Maximum group size 28 passengers

Full Itinerary

Day 1 & 2: Fly to Osaka

Fly overnight to the lively, fast-paced city of Osaka. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure to start soaking up the local culture.

Day 3: Discover Nara

Spend the morning in Nara, the small, history-filled city that was Japan’s first capital. Stroll through Nara Park, meeting the resident Sika deer en route, to Todaiji Temple. Admire the traditional Isui-en Garden before returning to Osaka. Visit the impressive Osaka castle and later cruise along the Yodogawa River.

Day 4: Himeji

Depart Osaka for Hiroshima, stopping en route to explore the magnificent 17th Century Himeji Castle and the neighbouring Koko-en, a traditional-style garden.

Day 5: Explore Hiroshima

Hiroshima is a vibrant, forward-thinking city that is a pleasure to explore. Reflect on the city’s tragic past at the Peace Memorial Park and Museum paying homage to the victims of the 1945 atomic bomb. Next, hop on the ferry across to the holy island of Miyajima to visit the Itsukushima Shrine and enjoy some free time.

Day 6: Bullet train to Kyoto

Catch a bullet train to Kyoto. Capital for a thousand years, this enchanting city is the epitome of traditional Japan. Visit Ryoanji Temple, home to Japan's most famous zen garden and Kinkakuji Temple, also known as 'Golden Pavilion'.

Day 7: Japanese Tea Ceremony

Enjoy one of Kyoto’s most delightful spots, Kiyomizu, a 17th Century Buddhist temple, before experiencing the age-old rituals of a traditional tea ceremony. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to further explore this amazing city.

Day 8: Travel to Kanazawa

Depart Kyoto and travel to Kanazawa. Meander through Kenroku-en, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, before viewing the excellent art collection of the Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.

Day 9: Shirakawago

Visit the Nomura Samurai House and Garden before departing Kanazawa. Stop in Gokayama for lunch and a hands-on washi paper making workshop. Continue to Shirakawago, where you will explore the 300-year-old Gassho style Wada House, before reaching Takayama.

Day 10: Explore Takayama

Browse the local handicrafts and fresh produce at the Miyagawa morning market, wander past some of the lovely traditional houses and visit several of the excellent local museums, including the Festival Floats Museum, Kusakabe Folk Crafts Museum and Takayama Jinya, followed by a stroll down Kamisannomachi Street.

Day 11: Matsumoto Castle

Travel to Matsumoto and explore the formidable 16th-century Matsumoto Castle. Visit a miso house and learn about this famous Japanese seasoning. Also spend some time at a wasabi farm to learn about its cultivation before continuing to Nagano.

Day 12: Snow Monkeys

Travel deeper into the Japanese Alps to see the Japanese Macaques, or Snow Monkeys, at the Jigokudani Monkey Park. Continue to Zenkoji, one of Japan’s most prolific Buddhist temples. Before returning to Nagano, spend some time at a wasabi farm to learn about its cultivation.

Day 13: Majestic Mount Fuji

Travel to the Fuji Five Lakes area and ascend by road to the 5th station (weather permitting), roughly halfway up Mt Fuji, for fantastic views over the surrounding landscapes. Visit the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum to view the elaborate dyed silk creations of artist Kubota Itchiku.

Day 14: Explore Hakone

Transfer to Hakone and enjoy a cruise on the peaceful waters of Lake Ashi. Next, soar high on the Hakone ropeway over the hilltops to the volcanic Owakudani Valley and discover the dramatic natural hot springs of Mt Hakone. Later, proceed to Tokyo, Japan's vibrant capital city.

Day 15: Discover Tokyo

A dazzling, high-tech metropolis, Tokyo has wonderfully traditional roots. Start your explorations at the Imperial Palace East Garden, visit Meiji Shrine and walk the famous Shibuya Crossing. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 16: Tokyo

Start the day with a stroll in the vibrant Asakusa district and soak up the ambiance of Senso-ji, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple. Ascend to the observation deck of the 634-metre Skytree and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. The afternoon is at leisure until the evening, when you will board a traditional yakata boat for a dinner cruise.

Day 17: Fly Tokyo to UK

Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.

Hand Picked By

Carla Wilson

Having travelled with Wendy Wu myself, I can personally recommend them as well organised, customer focussed and an all-round fantastic operator to work with. Being experts in all things Far Eastern, their tours are planned and well executed by staff that know these destinations inside out. The best part is that Wendy Wu take away all the guess work. All excursions, meals and visas are included in the price you see in the brochure!

Carla Wilson

Additional Information

  • Date: Various departure dates in 2019, 2020 & 2021
  • Board Basis: Mixed Meal Plan
  • Duration: 16 nights
  • Departure Airport: London Heathrow
  • Guide Price: From £5,990pp
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