Wendy Wu Jewels of Japan Tour 2018

Number of nights: 11 | Prices From: €5509 | Location: Asia | Dates: April September October November | Year: 2018 |

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Our Jewels of Japan itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You’ll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.

Itinerary

Day 1 – 2 – Fly from Larnaca to Tokyo.  Transfer to hotel.

Day 3 – Tokyo is the ultimate 24-hour city, but look behind its frantic, high-tech frontage and you’ll find plenty of tranquil
backstreets and old temples to explore; today take a tour by coach of this fascinating city. Head to the 1st
observatory of the Tokyo Skytree for panoramic views over the city before taking a wander through the district
of Asakusa for an opportunity to pick up some souvenirs on Nakamise Shopping street and visit Sensoji Temple.
Explore the Edo Tokyo Museum or the Tokyo National Museum (which you visit is dependent on the day of the
week) and Tokyo’s Imperial Palace East Garden (you will not enter the palace itself). You will be on your feet for
4-5 hours during your touring in Tokyo. Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant within walking distance
of your hotel.

Day 4 – Spend a relaxed morning wandering around the classical landscapes of the Hamarikyu Garden and exploring the
huge evergreen forest that encompasses the Shinto Meiji Shrine. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before
returning to your hotel, driving by the Shibuya “Scramble” Crossing on the way. Return to your hotel where your
guide will let you know what time to meet for this evenings dinner cruise, the rest of the afternoon is free for
you to explore independently or relax in the hotel. Transfer from the hotel to your boat and take a leisurely 1-
hour dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay for some excellent city vistas. You will need to get on and off your boat this
evening without assistance.

Day 5 – Journey 2 hours through the foothills of the iconic Mount Fuji to its base, where you will find the Fuji Five Lakes.
The region is spectacular with the calm waters of the five lakes, formed by past volcanic eruptions, reflecting
Fuji’s picture-perfect cone. Try your hand at making traditional Japanese soba noodles before tucking in to your
creations for lunch. Continue to Oshino Hakkai, a scenic area of ponds full of crystal clear spring water created
by Fuji’s melting snow, where there is also a small museum, Hannoki Bayashi Shiryokan. The museum is a
traditional farm house with household items, samurai armour and weapons. Please note during bad weather or
if there is a special event on Hannoki Bayashi Shiryokan may be closed.

Day 6– Today is a full day of touring, start with a visit to the Fuji San World Heritage Centre where you can learn about the cultural and ecological history of Mount Fuji. Head up Fuji’s 5th Station for spectacular mountain vistas, please note it is only possible to reach the 5th station if weather permits. After lunch transfer 1.5 hours to Iyashi no Sato historical village, located on the western shores of Lake Saiko, it is famous for its thatched roofed houses. Return to your hotel for dinner.

Day 7 – Drive 1 hour 45 minutes to Mishima to board your 2-hour bullet train to Kyoto. An enchanting city, Kyoto was capital for a thousand years; today it is the legacy of ancient Japan, full of tranquil temples, silk-clad geisha and sublime gardens. Visit a traditional teahouse where you will be joined by a Geisha or an apprentice Geisha, known as a Maiko. Next, take a tour of the Ryoanji Temple before heading to the Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion, due to its gold-like exterior. Continue to your hotel to check in for a 2-night stay.

Day 8 – Start the day visiting the spectacular Kiyomizu Temple. You will spend 1.5 hours on foot exploring the temple. After lunch, learn traditional Japanese handicrafts such as origami and enjoy the art of a tea ceremony. Return to your hotel and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 9 – This morning, transfer to Kyoto station and take the bullet train to Hiroshima, a journey of 1 hour 40 minutes. A modern and prosperous city, Hiroshima will be forever remembered as the world’s first atomic bomb target. Travel by coach to the famous Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Please be aware that the museum may be confronting and upsetting for some group members and it is at your discretion if you wish to visit or enjoy time at leisure exploring the Peace Memorial Park. After lunch, travel 1 hour by coach and take a short ferry ride to Miyajima Island, where sightseeing will be at a leisurely pace on foot. Visit Itsukushima Shrine and explore the traditional market town at leisure. Later this afternoon, return by ferry and then coach to Hiroshima for dinner before checking into your hotel.

Day 10 – Travel 3.5 hours by coach to Himeji, with a rest stop along the way. On arrival, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the beautiful Himeji Castle and Koko-en Garden. Himeji Castle is largely in its original condition so, please be mindful of your step when walking around. You will have to remove your shoes
before walking along some of the wooden floors and there are some steep wooden steps to reach certain areas. After the reopening in March 2015, Himeji Castle has welcomed a large number of visitors. As such, they now issue numbered tickets to enter the Main Keep in order to limit the number of people who can enter, reducing congestion, waiting time and to protect the cultural properties. Please note this means that there may be cases where some visitors are not allowed to enter the Main Keep, however, there are many other parts of the castle to explore. Transfer approximately 2 hours to Osaka for your overnight stay.

Day 11 – 12 – This morning is free at leisure before you transfer to Osaka airport for your return flight home.  Overnight flight back to Larnaca.

2018 Departures Price From
8th, 15th & 22nd September €5509
27th October €5509
3rd & 10th November €5509

Single supplement of €775 applies to each date.

All prices are per person and are based on 2 people sharing a room/cabin. Single supplements do apply. All prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.

 Visit Japan on this classic tour taking in Tokyo, Mount Fuji & Kyoto.  Experience the speedy bullet train & making your own Japanese soba noodles!                                   

This package includes the following:

  • All meals stated
  • Accommodation
  • Domestic transportation
  • Touring with guides and entrance fees
  • International and internal flights including taxes

This tour is designed for those who wish to see the iconic sites and magnificent treasures of Japan on an
excellent value group tour whilst travelling with like-minded people. The tours are on a fully-inclusive basis so
you’ll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of. You will be accompanied by our
dedicated and professional National Escorts, whose unparalleled knowledge will turn your holiday into an
unforgettable experience.

ACCOMMODATION

Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. If the hotels listed below for your tour are not available on your chosen departure date, hotels of a similar standard will be used.

  • Tokyo – Sunshine Palace – CLICK HERE for more information
  • Breezebay Lake Resort Kawaguchiko – CLICK HERE for more information
  • Kyoto – Karasuma Kyoto Hotel – CLICK HERE for more information
  • Hiroshima – Grand Prince Hotel – CLICK HERE for more information
  • Osaka – Hotel Monterey – CLICK HERE for more information

Number of nights: 11 | Prices From: €5509 | Location: Asia | Dates: April September October November | Year: 2018 |

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