From  £5150
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Explore the bustling, neon-lit streets of Tokyo
  • Jump on a ferry to Miyajima Island
  • Experience the iconic Shinkansen bullet trains
  • Meet a geisha in Kyoto
  • Sample tasty sushi and other Japanese dishes
  • Stay in a traditional Japanase ryokan
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Essence of Japan

14 Day Tour, from £5150 per person
Itinerary Dates
2019
03 Jun  -  16 Jun

Discover the delights of Japan on our new Regent Holidays small-group adventure. Starting from the hubbub of Osaka with its neon-lit nightlife and strong food culture, the tour enjoys journeys on the super efficient Shinkansen Bullet trains to explore popular highlights as well as quiet corners of this fascinating country. Spend time in Hiroshima to gain an insight into the trials and tribulations of the city and jump aboard a ferry for the short trip to picturesque Miyajima Island, home to an iconic image of Japan, the 'floating' torii gate. Delve into the cultural city of Kyoto with its abundance of temples and meet a geisha for afternoon tea. Stroll the quiet streets of the spa town of Kinosaki Onsen and pop into one of the numerous hot-springs for a relaxing soak. End the tour with a plunge into vibrant Tokyo. Take in the bustling streets, soaring skyscrapers and historic temples of this wonderful metropolis, a fitting end to our Japanese adventure.         

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
OSAKA
OSAKA

Land Osaka and take the shared shuttle to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free before enjoying dinner tonight as a group in a local restaurant in the bustling city. (B)

DAY 2
OSAKA TO HIROSHIMA
OSAKA TO HIROSHIMA

Today transfer to Shin-Osaka railway station and board the first Shinkansen bullet train of the trip! The journey today will travel to Hiroshima, a city requiring little introduction. Arrive into the busy railway station and check in to the hotel which is connected to the station. Jump on a tram and head into the city centre. Explore the Peace Park and Peace Museum before enjoying free time to enjoy a spot of lunch. Return by tram to the hotel for time to freshen up before a traditional dinner at Okonimiyaki-mura. (B/D)    

DAY 3
HIROSHIMA: MIYAJIMA ISLAND
HIROSHIMA: MIYAJIMA ISLAND

Rise early and take a local train and ferry to nearby Miyajima Island, it's good to get there early to avoid the crowds. See the wild (yet tame) deer which have made this green island their home and stroll the grounds of Daishoin and pretty Itsukushima Shrine. Ascend Mt Misen via the ropeway for picturesque views of the island and surroundings. Enjoy a spot of free time to explore further, maybe sample the local fresh oysters for lunch or hike one of the many island trails. Return to the hotel for the evening at leisure. (B) 

DAY 4
HIROSHIMA TO KINOSAKI ONSEN
HIROSHIMA TO KINOSAKI ONSEN

This morning we will jump on a train to Himeji, a town famous for its surviving feudal castle and regarded as the best in Japan. Spend time with the guide discovering the castle and grounds before lunch. Continue the journey today to Kinosaki  Onsen, a journey which passes through stunning countryside. The town is one of the best places to enjoy a traditional onsen experience. Spend the afternoon in a Japanese yukata popping into one or more of the hot springs the town is home to. Tonight will be spent in a Japanese style ryokan which has its own on-site hot spring bath. Dinner tonight will be classic Japanese cooking served as a set menu. (B/D)  

DAY 5
KINOSAKI ONSEN TO AMANOHASHIDATE
KINOSAKI ONSEN TO AMANOHASHIDATE

Board the cable car and head to the top of Mount Taishi to marvel at the stunning views of the surrounding area. Return and board a local JR train to Amanohashidate and arrive in time for lunch at Monjusou which is also the ryokan accommodation for tonight. After lunch board a small boat and cruise to the boat houses of Ine and stop at a sake brewery to learn about the process of sake making and enjoy a tipple or two! Tonight will be a real treat for all foodies out there. Sit down to a Japanese course dinner, known as kaiseki, which was historically served only to the noble classes. Food is meticulously prepared and exquisitely served with an adherence to the principles of omontenashi, the concept of wholehearted hospitality. (B/L/D)

DAY 6
AMANOHASHIDATE TO KYOTO
AMANOHASHIDATE TO KYOTO

Today we will leave rural Japan and plunge back into city life with our rail journey to historic Kyoto. Arrive and check in to the hotel before heading out for lunch in the popular local restaurant, Issenyoushoku. The restaurant only serves one dish and is a must for any visit to Kyoto. After lunch head to the Gion district of Kyoto. This area is famous for being home to the largest Geisha community in the city and oldest Zen temple in Kyoto. Stroll the picturesque streets before the highlight of the day, spend time in the company of a maiko (young geisha) at a private teahouse. Enjoy a cup of green tea with Japanese cake and watch a classic dance performance before the opportunity to ask the maiko about her lifestyle (the guide will help translate). The evening is free at leisure - the guide will be available for those interested in joining him/her. (B/L)            

DAY 7
KYOTO
KYOTO

Spend the day discovering the delights of Kyoto. Using the extensive and reliable public transport system visits will include the famous Silver Pavilion which sits amidst lush gardens, a stroll along tree-lined corridor of the Philosopher's Path and Eikando temple with its quintessential Japanese garden. If time allows climb the steep steps to Taho-to Pagoda to enjoy the views and end the day at Nanzanji Buddhist Temple. (B)

DAY 8
KYOTO
KYOTO

Enjoy a free day to explore at leisure. Choose to remain in the city and maybe head to the Botanical Gardens, the impressive Imperial Palace or the Nishiki covered market. Alternatively if happy to rise early, journey out of the city to either Nara, home to the Great Buddha statue situated in Dabutsu-den Hall or to Fushimi Inari Gates regarded as one of Japan's most famous sites with its torii gates spanning thw wooded slopes of Inari-san. (B)

DAY 9
KYOTO TO KANAZAWA
KYOTO TO KANAZAWA


Say goodbye to Kyoto and jump on a JR Thunderbird train to Kanazawa. The journey passes Lake Biwa, which is Japan's largest lake. Spend the day in the city visiting Omicho fish market, Higashi Chaya district and the traditional Shima teahouse which is an excellent example of Edo period architecture. Tonight why not eat like a local with dinner in a izakaya Japanese 'pub'. Izakayas tend to be small, locally run establishments and dishes tend to be tapas style and served with drinks. (B)

DAY 10
KANAZAWA TO NAGANO
KANAZAWA TO NAGANO

This morning spend time learning all about the art of Kuga Yusen silk dyeing, a technique used for kimono dyeing which dates back to the early 18th century. After the class continue to explore with visits to the gardens at Kenroku-en and the well-preserved Nomura Samurai House which sits in an Edo-era region of the city. This afternoon take a train to the mountain town of Nagano, also known as the 'Roof of Japan' and host to the 1998 Winter Olympics. Arrive and check in to the hotel. Evening at leisure. (B)

DAY 11
NAGANO TO TOKYO
NAGANO TO TOKYO

This morning visit the 7th Century Zenkoji Temple and enjoy experiencing the monks chanting, a ceremony that very few visitors ever get to experience. From here, transfer to Yudanaka for a short hike to the home of the world famous snow monkeys. Enjoy the spectacle of the monkeys bounding around and at this time of year there are likely to be a number of juveniles on the scene. Transfer to the railway station and journey to Shinjuku, Tokyo, the busiest station in the world and check in to the hotel. Evening at leisure. (B) 

DAY 12
TOKYO
TOKYO

Today will be spent enjoying the highlights of Tokyo using their efficient public transport system. Visit Meiji Jingu Shrine, regarded as Japan's grandest Shinto Shrine and also home to the Meiji Jingu Gyoen strolling gardens. Discover the vibrant centre of youth culture in Harajuka, an are packed with trendy shops and boutiques. This area links (almost) seamlessly into what is regarded as the Champs-Elysees of Tokyo, Omotesando, an area of high fashion and high price tag stores. Stroll to the Nezu Museum Gardens for a tasty lunch at the popular Two Rooms Grill restaurant which sits high above the city and offers great views. The afternoon is free to explore, please speak to the Guide for suggestions and/or help with transport information. (B/L)

DAY 13
TOKYO
TOKYO

Today is your final day in this fascinating country and time will be spent on the east of the city. Visit Asakusa region, an area which has retained a lot of old world charm and also home to the wonderful Sensoji Temple. Continue to the Sumida-gawa river and jump on a water-bus to take you to the Hamarikyu gardens. Continue to Tsujiki Outer Market which was once a wholesale market for the restaurant business which has opened its doors to the general public. The day ends in Ginza, an upmarket neighbourhood of Tokyo, with some time at leisure to browse. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner in a local Tokyo izakaya. (B/D)    

DAY 14
DEPARTURE

The trip ends with a shared transfer to Tokyo Narita or Haneda airport for the flight home. (B)

Pricing Information

14 day tour, from £5150 per person
(Single person supplement + £485)

Price Includes

  • Accommodation as stated on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Meals as specified (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Airport transfers 
  • All touring with English-speaking local Tour Guide
  • 14-Day Japan Rail Pass (Ordinary class)
  • All transportation on the tour 
  • Entrance fees on sightseeing where stated

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Anything else not mentioned in the itinerary

Price Includes

Price Excludes

Itinerary Dates From Price Single Room Supp.  
03 Jun 2019
-
16 Jun 2019
£5150 £485

Tour Route Map


  1. Japan, Osaka
  2. Japan, Hiroshima
  3. Japan, Himeji
  4. Japan, Amanohashidate
  5. Japan, Kyoto
  6. Japan, Kanazawa
  7. Japan, Nagano
  8. Japan, Tokyo

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