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Essence of Japan


Escorted Group Tours

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Save £400pp on 23, 27 March and 3 April, and £200pp on 28 March 2025 departures.

From £6,015 per person

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). Our Japan tours travel in spring, when cherry blossoms and hydrangea bloom; in summer, when you can time your tour with the fascinating Gion Festival; and in autumn, when maple trees are a blaze of fiery red and orange. In April and October, some dates coincide with the colourful Takayama Festival, and May and September also offer opportunities to experience a Sumo wrestling tournament. Which will you choose?

Included with every escorted tour

  • VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Knowledgeable tour managers
  • Included excursions
  • Selected meals and international flights


13 meals

  • 12 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch


12 nights in hotels and 1 in flight


Travel in destination by coach

Excursions and visits

  • City tours of Tokyo, Kanazawa (including 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)
  • 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

  • Asia . Japan . Tokyo . Kyoto . Osaka . Nara . Hiroshima . Hakone

  • London Heathrow Airport

  • Multiple

  • Escorted tour moderate

From £5,065 per person

Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction if not required


Duration: 14 days
Essence of Japan


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