Essence of Japan


Escorted Group Tours

Group Tour Offer

Save £250 on 1, 8 and 11 April 2024 departures

Prices shown reflect this discount

From £5665 per person*

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Ancient and ultra-modern sit shoulder to shoulder in Japan. On this Japan itinerary, we’ll experience both over two weeks, exploring high-paced cities, hushed shrines and temples, and serene gardens. We’ll attend a traditional tea ceremony, learn a little about geisha and samurai culture, catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji and whizz between cities on the sleek, slick Shinkansen (bullet train). This special departure coincides with the Gion Matsuri (Gion festival) in Kyoto, undoubtedly the country’s biggest festival.


15 meals

  • 13 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 1 dinner


13 nights in hotels and 1 in flight


Travel in destination by coach

Excursions and visits

  • City tours of Tokyo, Kanazawa (with Kenroku-en Garden), and Kyoto
  • Mount Fuji Visitor Centre
  • Visits to Matsumoto Castle, Shirakawago Village, Miyajima Island and Nara (including Todaiji Temple and Nara Park)
  • Experience Gion Festival with walking tour
  • Kawadoko dining experience
  • Sake tasting at a traditional brewery
  • Walking tours of Takayama and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
  • Three journeys on the bullet train
  • Traditional tea ceremony, Lake Ashi cruise
  • Cable car to the Owakudani Valley and hot springs


  • 14 nights

  • Japan

  • London Heathrow Airport

  • Escorted tour moderate

From £5,415 per person

Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction if not required


Duration: 15 days
JPN Gion Festival


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