Call or email one of our dedicated holiday advisors.
Price € on request
Immerse yourself in the unique and fascinating culture of Japan. Encompassing the essentials with futuristic cities, imperial heritage and magnificent nature, this tour incorporates a number of experiences that give your holiday a truly authentic edge.
Ireland - Tokyo (3N) - Mt Fuji (2N) - Kyoto (2N) - Hiroshima (1N) - Miyajima – Himeji – Osaka (1N) - Ireland
Contact us for availability.
Day 1 - 2
Fly overnight to the dazzling metropolis of Tokyo, Japan's capital city. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Today's city tour starts on the observation deck of the 634-metre Skytree, the world's tallest tower, before seeking out the tranquility of the ancient Buddhist Sensoji Temple. Glimpse Tokyo's historical heritage at the Edo-Tokyo Museum or Tokyo National Museum.
The city tour continues with a relaxed morning wandering around the classical landscapes of the Hamarikyu Garden. Explore the huge evergreen forest that encompasses the Shinto Meiji Shrine. This evening, take a dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay for excellent city vistas.
Journey through the foothills of the iconic Mt Fuji to its base where we find the Fuji Five Lakes. The region is spectacular with the calm waters of the five lakes, formed by past eruptions, reflecting Fuji's picture-perfect cone. Try your hand at making traditional Japanese soba noodles before tucking in to your creations. Continue to Oshino Hakkai, a scenic area of ponds full of crystal clear spring water created by Fuji’s melting snow, where there is also a small museum.
Ascend Mt Fuji to the 5th Station (weather permitting). Return to the beautiful Five Lakes region and explore Iyashi no Sato. Destroyed by a landslide in 1966, the remaining thatched-roofed houses of this old Japanese village have been transformed into an open-air museum and craft village, exhibiting plenty of local, and traditional handicrafts.
Sit back and relax in the cool comfort of a bullet train as you speed across the country to Kyoto. An enchanting city, Kyoto was capital for a thousand years; today it is the legacy of ancient Japan, full of tranquil temples, silk-clad geisha and sublime gardens. This afternoon visit a traditional tea house and meet with either a maiko (apprentice geisha) or geisha and learn about their way of life and culture). Explore the Kinkakuji Temple, known as the Golden Pavilion and Ryoanji, a Zen temple with an excellent example of a dry landscape garden.
Visit the Kiyomizu Temple, a 16th century Buddhist temple before learning the traditional Japanese art of origami and enjoying a tea ceremony.
Take the bullet train to Hiroshima and Miyajima. Hiroshima needs no introduction. The city today is vibrant and modern with a forward-thinking, sunny outlook. Find a moment to reflect at the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Hopping on a ferry, make the short trip to the holy island of Miyajima. Visit the Itsukushima Shrine. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Japan’s most recognisable, it rises majestically out of the waters of the inland sea.
Drive to Himeji where the feudal era fort, one of the most impressive in Japan, towers over the city recognisable as the backdrop to several major films. Explore the beautiful castle and Kokoen Garden before continuing to Osaka for dinner.
Transfer to Osaka airport and fly to Ireland, arriving home the same or following day.
Tokyo Royal Park Hotel - Tokyo, Japan (3 Nights)
Directly connected to Suitengumae Subway Station, Royal Park Hotel features comfortable luxurious accommodations, a swimming pool and a fitness centre. Modern rooms at Park Royal Hotel are air-conditioned and equipped with free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and a minibar. The hotel boasts 9 elegant restaurants/bars with a variety of cuisines serving high quality steaks, seafood and traditional Japanese and Cantonese Chinese dishes.
Kawaguchi-ko Fuji View Hotel - Yamanashi, Japan (2 Nights)
Overlooking Mount Fuji, the Fuji View Hotel offers spacious rooms equipped with a flat screen satellite television, a minibar and an en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries. Some rooms feature tatami flooring and traditional futon bedding. Guests can enjoy French, Western and Japanese cuisines at its three onsite restaurants, which offer views of Mount Fuji.
Kyoto Daiwa Roynet Hotel - Kyoto, Japan (4 Nights)
Situated within walking distance from Tou-ji Temple and Kyoto Terrsa, Kyoto Daiwa Roynet Hotel offers guests contemporary en-suite rooms with a sophisticated decor and splash of colour. Modern amenities include a fridge, a trouser press and an electric kettle. The hotel also features an on-site restaurant serving delicious Japanese and Western cuisines.