The Hiroshima Peace Memorial | Japan
FROM: CAD $14,875 pp

Uncover Japan's classic highlights on this 2-week escorted tour from Tokyo. See Senso-ji and the lovely Hamarikyu Gardens, explore ancient Kyoto and enjoy tea with a trainee geisha. Take in the highlights of Kanazawa, stay in a traditional ryokan and stay in the hot spring town of Kinosaki Onsen. Discover the lesser-visited Kyotango Peninsula, see the Peace Park Memorial in Hiroshima and explore charming Miyajima Island. Admire Himeji Castle, enjoy spectacular views of Mount Fuji in Hakone, and end your journey back in Tokyo.

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates

Trip Highlights

Tokyo - See highlights including Senso-ji and the pretty Hamarikyu Gardens with guided sightseeing
Kyoto - Enjoy guided sightseeing with a local guide in this ancient city, and enjoy tea with a trainee geisha
Kyotango Peninsula - Admire the stunning scenery of this lesser-visited area, and visit a traditional swordsmith
Hiroshima - Pay your respects at the memorials to the atomic bomb, and take the ferry to charming Miyajima island
Kanazawa - Uncover highlights of this well-preserved ancient town, including the famous Kenrokuen garden
Kinosaki Onsen - Stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan with free time to unwind in one (or all seven) of the mystic onsen
Himeji - See this UNESCO-listed feudal castle, one of Japan's most impressive landmarks
Hakone - Marvel at majestic Mount Fuji and visit the outstanding Hakone Open-Air Museum, plus enjoy plenty of free time

Included

14 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 6 dinners
Escorted by a tour leader
All relevant transportation and transfers including by minibus, coach and train
Full-day private guide service in Kanazawa, Kyoto & Kyotango Peninsula
Afternoon tea with a maiko (trainee geisha)
Meet the local artisans of the Kyotango Peninsula
2-day Hakone Free Pass
Luggage forwarding from Tokyo to Kyoto, Kyoto to Hiroshima and Hiroshima back to Tokyo
Shared portable Wi-Fi access throughout trip
12 nights 4 star hotels, 2 night ryokan stay in Kinosaki Onsen
Private arrival transfer on day 1 and private departure transfer on day 15
IC transport card with 2,500 yen (YSD $16) credit for city transport
Entrance to Hamarikyu Gardens
'Kaiseki' dinner at Kinosaki Onsen ryokan
See the impressive land-bridge over the Miyazu Bay
Entrance to Hakone Open-Air Museum
Information pack on arrival

Not Included

International flights
Entrance fees (including those for temples, shrines and museums) unless otherwise specified
Any local transport (subways, taxis, buses) unless covered by the included transport passes
Baggage handling and luggage forwarding unless otherwise specified

Itinerary

Days 1-2

Terrific Tokyo

Welcome to Tokyo, the capital of Japan and the most populous city in the world. You will be greeted by a driver and taken to our hotel in the lively Ginza district by private taxi. Our tour leader will be waiting to welcome you in the lobby.

After settling in, join the group for an orientation meeting followed by a delicious first-night meal at a local restaurant, providing a taste of Japanese cuisine and dining customs.

Day 2 starts with a relaxing walk through the picturesque Hamarikyu Gardens, offering a serene escape from the urban landscape. The afternoon will be filled with visits to historic sites such as Senso-ji, the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo, and Meiji Jingu, the revered Shinto shrine in the heart of the city.

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

Days 3-4

Exploring Kanazawa

Tokyo - Kanazawa. Departing Tokyo on the morning of day 3, we board the bullet train to Kanazawa on the Japan Sea Coast. Unlike many cities in Japan, Kanazawa was fortunate to avoid bombing during World War II, allowing it to maintain a rich collection of religious sites and cultural assets. Renowned for its exceptional seafood, you can indulge in a delicious optional sushi or fish meal with our tour leader this evening.

On day 4 we will be accompanied by a local guide and our tour leader for an in-depth exploration of Kanazawa's finest attractions. Highlights include the historic geisha district of Higashi Chaya, the samurai quarter with its preserved houses, a gold leaf workshop showcasing traditional craftsmanship, and the famous Kenrokuen garden, regarded as one of Japan's top three gardens. Ample time will be provided to fully appreciate the beauty of Kenrokuen. If you still have energy after the tour, consider visiting the local market or the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.

Accommodation: Hyatt Centric Kanazawa or similar
Overnight: Kanazawa (2)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1

Days 5-7

Ancient Kyoto

Kanazawa - Kyoto. With over a thousand years as the imperial capital, Kyoto boasts 17 World Heritage Sites, along with numerous shrines, temples, and gardens. We arrive in Kyoto on day 5 after a scenic train ride along Lake Biwa, and we begin our exploration aty lesser-known attractions such as the Nishiki Food Market and Kyoto station complex. Later, experience traditional Japanese culture in Gion, the hub of geisha culture, with a tea ceremony performed by a maiko (trainee geisha).

On day 6, a local Kyoto expert will guide us on a private coach tour to must-see spots like Arashiyama, Ryoanji Rock Garden, and either the Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji or the Silver Pavilion of Ginkakuji. With our guide's help, we explore both famous landmarks and hidden gems. Day 7 is at leisure in the city. You can choose between further Kyoto exploration or a day trip to destinations like Nara, known for its giant Buddha and friendly deer. Our tour leader can assist with planning.

Accommodation: Hotel Higashiyama or similar
Overnight: Kyoto (3)  |  Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 1

Days 8-9

Kinosaki Onsen, ryokan stay & Kyotango Peninsula

Kyoto - Kinosaki Onsen. Enjoy a relaxing morning on day 8, before we board a train to Kinosaki Onsen, known for its seven mystical hot springs. Many visitors seek to bathe in all seven to experience the healing properties of the sacred waters. After exploring the charming town in the afternoon, indulge in a traditional kaiseki dinner at our ryokan accommodation.

The next day, a private coach will take us to the Kyotango Peninsula, where we will encounter stunning landscapes and local artisans. Visit a swordsmith specializing in katana and an artisan skilled in weaving mother-of-pearl into intricate kimono designs. Following lunch, admire Amanohashidate, considered one of Japan's top three scenic views. The sandbar stretches across Miyazu Bay, resembling a "staircase to heaven." We'll have the opportunity to cross the bay by boat, foot, or bicycle before returning to the ryokan for dinner via private bus.

Accommodation: Nishimuraya Shogetsutei or similar
Overnight: Kinosaki Onsen (2) (ryokan)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 10-11

Himeji Castle, Hiroshima & Miyajima

Kinosaki Onsen - Himeji - Hirtoshima. Departing on day 10, we embark on a private coach journey to Himeji to marvel at the World Heritage castle, a well-preserved feudal structure. Following this, we board the bullet train to Hiroshima, where the Peace Memorial Park and Museum stand as powerful reminders of the events of August 6, 1945.

On day 11, we explore the Peace Memorial Museum before taking a boat trip from the Peace Park to Miyajima, an island on the Seto Inland Sea. Apart from its famous World Heritage Shrine and "floating" torii gate, Miyajima offers a charming town centre and the chance to interact with the local deer population.

Accommodation: Hilton Hiroshima or similar
Overnight: Hiroshima (2)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1, Dinner x 1

Days 12-13

Hakone & Mount Fuji

Hiroshima - Hakone. We board the bullet train and head east to Hakone, a picturesque national park near Tokyo. Visit the exceptional Hakone Open-Air Museum, showcasing masterpieces by artists such as Moore and Rodin against a backdrop of majestic mountains. A high-quality dinner is included in the tour tonight.

Day 13 is free to discover all that Hakone has to offer. Sail across Lake Ashi on a pirate ship, try a black egg boiled in volcanic hot spring water, ride a cable car up the mountainside, and luxuriate in the area's renowned hot spring baths. Hakone is also renowned for its unrivalled views of Mount Fuji, offering a chance for breathtaking views of Japan's most famous natural landmark.

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Hakone or similar
Overnight: Hakone (2)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1, Dinner x 1

Days 14-15

Return to Tokyo

Hakone - Tokyo. On day 14, we embark on a final train journey back to Tokyo. Spend your time in the capital exploring Shinjuku, known for its vibrant shopping and entertainment scene. Take in the sights at Shinjuku Gyoen Park or do some last-minute shopping at one of the district's department stores, it's up to you! In the evening, enjoy an included final-night meal with your tour leader and group at one of the city's superb restaurants.

The following morning, bid farewell to Japan as you are transported to the airport in a private car for your journey home.

Accommodation: Century Southern Tower or similar
Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 1

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
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Single Room
CAD $18,025
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At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Tokyo
Ends
Tokyo
Departs
Wednesdays
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 14
Hotel Rating
4-star hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 14, Lunch: 6, Dinner: 6
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
Beautiful lake with a temple in the background in springtime in Kyoto
Bridge over water, lit up at night time, in Kinosaki, Onsen
Himeji Castle, a World Heritage site, surrounded by cherry blossoms
View of Miyajima from across the water in Hakone
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