Hidden Japan Tour [Tokyo, Nikko, Hakone, Kyoto, Mt. Koya, Osaka]

Product Code: HJT
from £ 3,040

[Assisted] 10 days

This is a truly special tour, not just because it includes plenty of assisted day tours of must-see locations, but also because it offers the opportunity to experience an element of Japanese life rarely seen even by most Japanese people- the austere life of Buddhist monks on Mt. Koya, the home of Esoteric Buddhism. Mt. Koya is home to the Koya-san sect of Shingon Buddhism, a faith ritually followed throughout Japan. Mt. Koya is also internationally recognised as part of the "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes of the Kii Mountain Range", a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004.

At the summit of the revered mountain, temples have set up accommodation known as "shukubo&quot", inhabited by monks alone, who now welcome visitors from Japan and beyond. In keeping with the religious life of the monks, accommodation is simple and meals vegetarian. The experience of learning from the monks and partaking in haunting morning prayers will stay with you forever and a day. Take a walk through the largest cemetery of Japan, Okunoin, which is home to 200.000 souls and listen to the eerie sound of the wind howling through the cedars.

Enjoy a full day sightseeing of Hakone, famous for its stunning views of Mt. Fuji, followed by a night in a traditional Japanese inn. Experience a purely Japanese atmosphere, delicious authentic cuisine, futon bedding and a refreshing bath in a hot spring. Be like the Japanese and ''Never say kekko - I' had enough - until you've seen Nikko".

Visit this beautiful place, well known for its old temples and shrines, hidden among cedar trees, dramatic landscapes and the majestic Kegon waterfall, ranked among the 3 most beautiful falls of Japan.

No trip to Japan would be complete without seeing the famous cities of Tokyo and Kyoto. Your central hotels are conveniently located and thorough information on both cities will be given to you before your departure. This will enable you to create your own itinerary and make the most out of your holiday to Japan.

Included in this tour:

☑ Economy class flights on Air France Departures from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Newcastle, and Southampton

☑ Accommodation based on 2 people sharing twin rooms

☑ Meals as detailed in the itinerary

☑ Transfers as detailed in the itinerary

☑ 3-day Kansai Area Pass

☑ Afternoon tour of Tokyo

☑ Full day tour of Nikko

☑ Full day tour of Mt Fuji and Hakone National Park

☑ Afternon tour of Kyoto

☑ Full day tour of Kyoto and Nara

☑ Buddhist cultural activity in Koyasan including Koyasan World Heritage Ticket

☑ All airport taxes and charges

☑ ATOL protection for your financial security

☑ As with all our packages we can add, subtract or modify this package to suit your individual needs and make your perfect holiday

Depart from any UK airport.
On board
Day 1Arrive to Tokyo Narita Airport
Transfer to your hotel in Tokyo by shared taxi. You can leave your luggage at the reception before the official check in time. Join an afternoon tour of Tokyo. Visit the Imperial Palace Plaza, drive by the National Diet Building, State Guest House, Ginza and Akihabara. Stop for Sensoji Temple, Nakamise Shopping Street and Tokyo Skytree, the world's highest stand-alone communication tower. Enjoy the panoramic view of Tokyo from the Tembo deck’s 350 m high observation platform. The tour will end at Tokyo station. Please make your way to your hotel.  
Accommodation in Tokyo: Park Hotel Tokyo or similar
On board
Day 2Free time in Tokyo
Accommodation in Tokyo: Park Hotel Tokyo or similar
Day 3Pick up for a full-day tour of Nikko.
The tour highlight is the world famous Toshogu Shrine, the mausoleum of the first Tokugawa Shogun. It's a gorgeous complex of colorful structures featuring the superb craftsmanship of Japan's 17th-century artisans.
The Japanese say "Never say 'kekko' until you've seen Nikko" (kekko meaning beautiful, magnificent or "I am satisfied"). The beauty and importance of this site is recognized worldwide: the shrines and temples of Nikko were registered as UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999.
You will also visit Tamozawa Imperial Villa and Kegon Waterfall, one of the finest three falls of Nikko.
Accommodation in Tokyo: Park Hotel Tokyo or similar
Breakfast Lunch
Day 4Check out. Pick up for a full-day tour of Mt Fuji and Hakone National Park. You will drive up to the 5th Station of Mount Fuji at the 8,000 feet altitude to view the beauty of the surrounding scenery. After lunch, an exciting aerial ropeway ride will give you further opportunity to enjoy the breath-taking view of Hakone Mountains. After visiting the Owakudani Boiling Valley, finally relax on a boat cruise across Lake Ashi. After the tour ends, please make your own way to ryokan. Stay in Japanese style room with private hot spring bath. In the evening, you will be served traditional kaiseki style (multicourse) dinner.
Accommodation in Hakone: Mikawaya ryokan or similar
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 5Check out. Make your own way to Odawara train station. Use the tickets provided to take a direct bullet train to Kyoto. Join an afternoon tour of Kyoto. You will visit Heian Jingu Shrine, Sanjusangendo Temple and Kiyomizu Temple.
Accommodation in Kyoto: Royal Park Hotel The Kyoto or similar
Day 6Pick up for full day tour of Kyoto and Nara. In the morning, visit Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji Temple and Kyoto Imperial Palace. After lunch, transfer to Nara to visit Todaiji Temple and see the world’s largest bronze Buddha statue, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Hasedera Temple and Nara Deer Park with more that thousand deers roaming freely in the park. The tour disbands on arrival in Kyoto.
Accommodation in Kyoto: Royal Park Hotel The Kyoto or similar
Breakfast Lunch
Day 7Free time in Kyoto.
Accommodation in Kyoto: Royal Park Hotel The Kyoto or similar
Day 8Check out. Use the Kansai Area Pass and Koyasan World Heritage Ticket provided to travel to Koyasan and explore the 1200-year-old town of Shingon Buddhism, which is home to 100 temples, providing lodging (shukubo) for followers and tourists. Stay in Shukubo overnight. Enjoy a traditional vegetarian cuisine (shojin ryori) and relax in the tranquil surroundings of Koyasan.
Accommodation in Koyasan: Rengejoin or similar
Breakfast Dinner
Day 9You will be invited to join morning meditation ajikan with the monks.
Check out. Use the pass provided to travel to Osaka.
Accommodation in Osaka: Hotel Hokke Club Osaka or similar
Day 10Check out. Use Kansai Area Pass to take the train to Kansai International Airport.
Depart Kansai Airport.
Arrive to any airpot in the UK.

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