This itinerary provides a general outline of the tour and will be customised on receipt of guests requests and requirements.
Festival of Japan Tours 20th anniversary Autumn Tour
Tour price £1,950 (excuding flights)
TOUR DATE: 17th to 29th November 2024
Arrival date 17th November 2024 Tour starts 10am on 18th November
Last night –29th November 2024 Last day 30th November 2024
Tokyo Begin your tour in Tokyo, Japan’s vibrant capital city. Explore the bustling streets of Shibuya and witness the famous Shibuya Crossing, one of the busiest intersections in the world. Visit the iconic Meiji Shrine, dedicated to Emperor Meiji and surrounded by a se-rene forest. Experience the lively atmosphere of Asakusa and explore Senso-ji, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple. End the day with a visit to the futuristic district of Odaiba, known for its shopping centers and unique architecture.
Kawaguchiko Travel to Kawaguchiko, a picturesque town near Mount Fuji. Start the day by visiting the Ichiku Kubota Museum, which showcases the works of the renowned kimono artist Ichiku Kubota. Explore the museum’s exhibits and admire the intricate designs. Afterwards, visit Oshino Hakkai, a mountain village known for its crystal-clear springs and traditional thatched-roof houses. Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere and beautiful scenery.
Kyoto and other areas Travel to Uji, a small city located in the Kyoto Prefecture. Explore the scenic beauty of Uji, known for its historical sites and tea production. Visit the famous Byodo-in Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site with its iconic Phoenix Hall. Take a stroll along the picturesque Uji River and enjoy the serene surroundings. Taste the exquisite matcha (green tea) and experience a traditional tea ceremony.
Hiroshima. Travel to Hiroshima, a city with a poignant history and remarkable resilience. Visit the Hi-roshima Peace Memorial Park, dedicated to promoting peace and remembering the victims of the atomic bombing in 1945. Explore the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum for a deeper understanding of the tragic events. In the afternoon, take a ferry toMiyajima, an en-chanting island known for its floating torii gate at Itsukushima Shrine. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and visit the Daisho-in Temple.
Himeji and Nijo Castle Travel to Himeji and explore Himeji Castle, one of the most iconic and well-preserved castles in Japan. Discover the architectural marvels of the castle’s intricate design and learn about its historical significance. In the afternoon, head to Kyoto and visit Nijo Castle, an elegant feudal castle famous for its beautiful gardens and “nightingale floors” that chirp when walked upon to ward off intruders.
Kiyomizu-dera, Heian Jingu, and Temple Market Start the day by visiting Kiyomizudera, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and enjoy panoramic views of Kyoto from its wooden ter-race. Explore the temple’s halls, pagodas, and serene gardens. Next, visit Heian Jingu, a Shinto shrine known for its vibrant torii gates and beautiful gardens. In the evening Explore a Temple Market, where you can find traditional crafts, souvenirs, and street food and lots of bargains.
Nishiki Market, Gion, and Arashiyama Spend the morning at Nishiki Market, a bustling food market known as “Kyoto’s Kitchen.” Discover a wide array of local delicacies, fresh seafood, and unique ingredients. In the afternoon, explore Gion, Kyoto’s famous geisha district. Walk along Hanamikoji Street and experience the traditional charm.
Arashiyama, known for its bamboo grove, Togetsukyo Bridge, and beautiful gardens. Visit the iconic Tenryu-ji Temple and enjoy a scenic boat ride along the Hozu River where possible.
Kyoto Countryside Travel to Miyama, a rural village in the Kyoto Prefecture known for its traditional thatched-roof houses and scenic countryside. Explore the charming streets lined with thatched houses and experience the traditional rural lifestyle.