Golden Pavilion | Kyoto | Japan
FROM: USD $8,985 pp

ALL-INCLUSIVE TOUR: This 13-day escorted tour includes all of your meals and is packed with incredible sightseeing and activities. Whether it's a traditional taiko drumming lesson in Tokyo, dinner with a geisha in Kyoto or a zen meditation class with a monk, this tour gets you to the heart of traditional Japan. Plus, enjoy included guided sightseeing to all the highlights in Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto and Kanazawa, and stay in a traditional ryokan in Awara Onsen.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Tokyo - Take in highlights of the Japanese capital including Asakusa and Senso-ji, and enjoy a private taiko drumming lesson
Himeji - Explore Himeji Castle with included entrance and touring at one of Japan's finest feudal-era castles
Awara Onsen - Stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan and unwind in the natural hot springs of this resort town
Hiroshima - Pay your respects at the Peace Memorial Park and take a ferry to Miyajima island to see the floating torii gate
Kyoto - Enjoy two full days of guided sightseeing to highlights including the Golden Pavilion at Kinkaku-ji, and dinner with a maiko (trainee geisha)
Kanazawa - Uncover the highlights of 'Little Kyoto', including the magical garden of Kenroku-en

Included

12 breakfasts, 10 lunches & 12 dinners
Escorted by a tour leader
All relevant transportation and transfers including by minibus, private coach and train / bullet train
Luggage forwarding from Tokyo to Hiroshima, Hiroshima to Kyoto and Kanazawa to Tokyo
Taiko drumming masterclass in Tokyo
Entrance to Himeji Castle
Afternoon tea with a maiko in Kyoto
Tickets to the 21st Century Art Museum in Kanazawa
Information pack on arrival
13 nights 3-5 star hotels
Arrival transfer on day 1 and departure transfer on day 14 by shared shuttle bus
Transport card with 2,500 Yen (USD $16) credit for city transport
Full-day guided sightseeing with local guides in Tokyo & Kyoto, including entrance fees
Entrance to the Hiroshima Peace Park & Museum
Tickets to the non-verbal theatre at GEAR in Kyoto
Zazen meditation session with a monk in Awara Onsen
Wagashi confectionary making session in Kanazawa
Shared portable Wi-Fi access throughout trip

Not Included

International flights
Other items of a personal nature (souvenirs, laundry etc)
Any extra transport, entrance fees, activities or meals not mentioned in the day-by-day itinerary

Itinerary

Days 1-2

Exploring Tokyo

Our all-inclusive Japanese journey begins in Tokyo, the capital of Japan and the most populous city in the world. Upon arrival at Tokyo's airport, you will be picked up for a shared shuttle to our hotel located in the heart of the city. Your tour leader will be there to greet you and address any inquiries you may have. Tonight, we enjoy a delectable welcome meal where you can get to know the group and tour leader.

On day 2, we hope you wake up refreshed and eager to explore Tokyo. With a private coach at our disposal, we will kick off the day with a taiko drumming lesson, immersing you in this traditional music form. Next, we visit the historic Meiji Shrine and take in the stunning architecture of the fashionable Aoyama and Omotesando districts. In the afternoon, we will wander through the charming streets and market stalls of Asakusa, the city's oldest and most traditional area, home to the ancient Senso-ji temple.

Accommodation: Hotel Niwa or similar
Overnight: Tokyo (1)  |  Breakfast x 1, Dinner x 2

Days 3-4

Hiroshima & Miyajima

Tokyo - Hiroshima. Leave your luggage at the front desk on the morning of day 3, we'll have it forwarded to our hotel in Hiroshima! Hopping on the shinkansen (bullet train), we cover the 800-kilometers to the city in under 5 hours.

On arrival, we travel by private coach to our hotel and have time to freshen up before heading out to the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Here we will learn more about the tragic events of 6 August 1945. This evening, join a cooking class to discover how to make okonomiyaki, the cabbage or noodle-based pancake typical of this part of Japan.

On day 4 we take a boat to the island of Miyajima, a trip of around 45 minutes. Known for its World Heritage shrine and the 'floating' Torii gate, you can also enjoy exploring the town center and spotting the curious local deer during our visit.

Accommodation: Rihga Royal Hiroshima or similar
Overnight: Hiroshima (2)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 5-7

Himeji Castle & Kyoto sightseeing

Hiroshima - Himeji Castle - Kyoto. We depart from Hiroshima in the morning of day 5 and travel east towards Kyoto. Our journey will include a stop in Himeji to visit Himeji Castle, one of the few original feudal castles remaining in Japan, and the largest of its kind.

Arriving in Kyoto, we will check into our hotel and have some time to relax before enjoying dinner with a maiko (trainee geisha) who will perform a traditional dance and answer any questions we may have.

Day 6 will be spent exploring Kyoto with the help of local guides. We will visit the Golden Pavilion at Kinkaku-ji, the Zen rock garden at Ryoan-ji Temple, and other hidden gems in the city.

On day 7, we will continue our exploration of Kyoto, visiting Gion, the historic geisha quarter, as well as Kennin-ji Temple, one of Kyoto's most important Zen temples. In the evening, we will attend a non-verbal theatre show called GEAR, offering a modern twist on Kyoto's traditional arts scene.

Accommodation: Okura Hotel Kyoto or similar
Overnight: Kyoto (3)  |  Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3

Day 8

Awara Onsen & ryokan stay

Kyoto - Awara Onsen. Travelling by private bus, we reach Awara Onsen, a hot spring town in Fukui Prefecture. Along the way, we will stop to explore the partially reconstructed ruins of Ichijodani Castle Town, destroyed by Oda Nobunaga in 1573, and visit the serene Daianzen-ji temple for a lesson in zazen meditation led by a temple priest.

Tonight, we stay at a traditional Japanese inn, or ryokan, where we will sleep on comfortable futon bedding on tatami-mat flooring and enjoy a dinner of fine kaiseki cuisine. Be sure to take advantage of the hot spring baths, a must-do experience during a ryokan stay.

Accommodation: Haiya Ryokan or similar
Overnight: Awara Onsen  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 9-10

Kanazawa

Awara Onsen - Kanazawa. On day 9, take the opportunity to relax in the morning with a visit to the onsen baths before we journey by private coach to Kanazawa. On arrival, visit the renowned 21st Century Museum and Kenroku-en garden, one of Japan's top three gardens. Check in to your hotel for a brief rest before enjoying a delicious dinner at the accommodation.

Discover the beauty of Higashi chaya and Nagamachi districts in the morning of day 10, exploring their preserved architecture and visiting the Nomura Samurai House. In the afternoon, try your hand at making traditional Japanese confectionery with a local expert. The evening is free for you to unwind at your own pace.

Accommodation: Nikko Hotel Kanazawa or similar
Overnight: Kanazawa (2)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 11-13

Return to Tokyo

Kanazawa - Tokyo. On day 11, after a scenic bullet train ride back to Tokyo, we spend the afternoon exploring popular attractions such as the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace on foot and by public transport. We also take in Tokyo Tower, and Zozo-ji Temple. The temple has been featured in the movie "Wolverine", making it a must-visit for fans of the film.

On your last full day in Tokyo, day 12, you will have the morning free for shopping or any remaining activities. Alternatively, you can join our tour leader for a visit to the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation on Odaiba Island. In the afternoon, we explore the upscale Ginza district and other interesting sights before enjoying the final group dinner of the tour.

On day 13, after breakfast, you will be transferred by shared shuttle to the airport for your return flight home.

Accommodation: The Royal Park Hotel Shiodome or similar
Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Prices & Dates

Departure dates marked with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departures are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to those who don’t have anyone to share a room with or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

Guaranteed Departure
2024
Twin Share
Single Room
USD $8,985
USD $10,045
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
USD $10,065
USD $11,865
USD $10,065
USD $11,865
USD $10,505
USD $12,305
USD $10,505
USD $12,305
USD $10,505
USD $12,305
USD $10,505
USD $12,305
USD $10,065
USD $11,865
USD $10,065
USD $11,865
USD $10,065
USD $11,865
USD $10,505
USD $12,305
USD $10,505
USD $12,305
USD $10,505
USD $12,305
USD $10,505
USD $12,305
USD $10,505
USD $12,305
USD $10,065
USD $11,865

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Hotel Niwa, Tokyo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Hotel Niwa offers an elegant blend of modern comfort and Japanese traditional design. The hotel's rooms, adorned with paper sliding screens that filter gentle light, feature LCD TVs, fridges, and a daily complimentary bottle of water. Guests can enjoy the ambiance of a Japanese-style courtyard, dine in two on-site restaurants, and access complimentary WiFi. Additional amenities include a Relaxation Lounge with massage chairs overlooking a rooftop garden, a free fitness center, a coin-operated launderette, drinks vending machines, and a 24-hour business center.

Rihga Royal Hiroshima, Hiroshima

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Rihga Royal Hotel is a convenient and well-equipped accommodation with 6 dining options and a 24-hour front desk. Located just 10 minutes by car from JR Hiroshima Train Station, the hotel offers comfortable rooms with flat-screen satellite TVs and private bathrooms. Free WiFi is available in all guest rooms. Its prime location places it within a short walk to major attractions such as the Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and Hiroshima Museum of Art. Guests can indulge in a variety of cuisines, including French, Japanese, Chinese, teppanyaki, sushi, and more. The hotel also features a pool and fitness center for guests to enjoy.

Nikko Hotel Kanazawa, Kanazawa

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Nestled in a prime location with captivating panoramic views, Nikko Kanazawa Hotel stands right in front of JR Kanazawa Train Station. Elevated above the 17th floor, its rooms offer splendid vistas of the surroundings. With an array of 8 dining options and various shops, the hotel ensures a satisfying experience. The well-appointed air-conditioned rooms effortlessly blend comfort and style, each equipped with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom featuring a bathtub and shower. The hotel's dining offerings include a Japanese/Western buffet breakfast and a variety of cuisines, such as French, sushi, and Chinese.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Tokyo
Ends
Tokyo
Departs
Saturdays
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
3-5 star hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 12, Lunch: 10, Dinner: 12
Countries
Minimum Age
6 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
Yes
Rainbow Bridge, stretching across the water in Tokyo, lit up at night
Hiroshima memorial, dedicated to those lost in the tragedy
Himeji Castle, a World Heritage site, surrounded by cherry blossoms
Rainbow Bridge, stretching across the water in Tokyo, lit up at night
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