Essence of Japan

What’s Included

  • Return international flights with luggage allowance
  • Return Airport shuttle transfers
  • 9 nights in good 3* accommodation in Japan
  • Daily breakfast included
  • Airport meeting guide on arrival
  • A half day group tour in Tokyo
  • Full day group tour to Mount Fuji & Hakone
  • A half day group tour in Kyoto
  • Super Express Shinkansen (bullet train): 2nd class reserved seats (Tokyo/Kanazawa)
  • Express Train: 2nd class reserved seats (Kanazawa/Kyoto)
  • Public bus (Kanazawa / Shirawago/ Kanazawa)
  • Pasmo Card (IC Transportation card) * JYP 1,500 credit in included
Itinerary in Brief
  • Tokyo: Hotel The b Akasakamitstuke or similar ( 3 night) / Classic Superior Double room
  • Kanazawa: Hotel Mystays Kanazawa Castle (or similar 2 night) / Standard Double room
  • Kyoto: El Inn Kyoto (3 nights) or similar / Double room
  • Osaka: Hearton Hotel Nishiumeda or similar (1 night) / Standard room


Day 1


Upon arrival Tokyo, you’re met by airport guide who will give you the trip documents and assist you to get the transfer to Tokyo by airport shuttle bus. You’ll make your way to the hotel by public transportation using PASMO Card (IC transportation card) with YEN 1500 credit included.

Check in hotel at 2 pm and free at leisure.

Overnight in Tokyo.

Day 2


After light breakfast served at a cafe in the hotel, you’ll find your way to the meeting point for half day sightseeing Tokyo tour. The tour will take you to visit Tokyo Tower, Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace and the tour ends in Ginza area. You will be free at your leisure to explore Japan’s famous shopping and entertainment district.

Overnight in Tokyo.

Day 3


AAfter light breakfast, you will find your way to the meeting point for full day Mt Fuji & Hakone tour. You will visit Mt Fuji 5th Station, take a Hakone Ropeway and get to Owakadani Boiling Valley and relax on the boat at Lake Ashi.

You will be transferred back to Tokyo and free at your leisure in the evening.

Overnight in Tokyo.

Day 4


After light breakfast, take a Super Express Shinkansen with a seat reserved to Kanazawa city. Check in hotel & free at your leisure to explore Kanazawa city, which is packed with first-rate sights, including one of Japan’s best gardens and museums.

Overnight in Kanazawa.

Day 5


After breakfast at the hotel, get your transfer by public bus to Shirakawa-go (ticket included in the package). Shirakawa Village is registered as World Cultural Heritage, where you can enjoy experiencing the unique culture and traditions. Free at your leisure to explore Shirakawa Village. In the late afternoon, transfer back to Kanazawa by bus.

Overnight in Kanazawa.

Day 6


After breakfast, leave Kanazawa for Kyoto by express train with a reserved seat. Upon arrival, Kyoto, check in hotel and free at your leisure to explore historic Kyoto.

Overnight in Kyoto.

Day 7


After breakfast at the hotel, join half day sightseeing tour in Kyoto. You will visit Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji – Temple (Golden Pavilion) and Kyoto Imperial Palace. The afternoon is free at your leisure.

Overnight in Kyoto.

Day 8


After breakfast, free at your leisure.

Overnight in Kyoto.

Day 9


After breakfast, leave Kyoto to Osaka by a local train. You can pay for the ticket using PASMO Card (IC Transportation). The train ticket costs approximately £5 per person.

Upon arrival Osaka, check in hotel & free at your leisure.

Overnight in Osaka.

Day 10


After breakfast, transfer to Osaka airport for your return flight to UK.

Next Step?

To find out more information and make a reservation, contact one of our Specialist Travel Experts directly on 0800 840 8192. Alternatively, fill out our enquiry form or send us an email at

Upgrades & Add ons

Upgrade to 4 stars hotel info £339 pp
  • Kanazawa: Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel or similar
  • Kyoto: Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo or similar
  • Osaka: Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka or similar
Nara Afternoon Group Tour from Kyoto info £59 pp
  • English speaking guide
  • Visit Tenryu-ji Temple
  • Sagano Bamboo Grove
  • Jojakko-ji Temple
  • Togetsu Brigde
  • Coach Transportation

Nara Afternoon Group Tour (13:00 – 18:00)

Mt.Koya 1 day walking tour by local train from Kyoto info £199 pp
  • English speaking guide
  • Visit Kongobuji Temple, Okunoin
  • Lunch included
  • Local train ticket included

Mt.Koya 1 day group walking tour by local train from Kyoto (08:00 – 19:00)

Kyoto Arashimiya Morning tour (08:00 – 13:00) info £69 pp
  • Visits to Tenryu-ji Temple, Sagano Bamboo Grove, Jojakko-ji Temple, Togetsu Bridge
  • English speaking guide
  • Local train ticket included
  • Entrance fees


The b akasaka-mitsuke

Just a 2-minute walk from Akasaka-Mitsuke Subway Station, the b The B Tokyo Akasaka-Mitsuke provides cosy rooms with a flat-screen TV and free high-speed WiFi. A cafe and relaxing massage service are featured. Complimentary coffee is available at the lobby. Simple elegance defines the rooms at The B Tokyo Akasaka-Mitsuke, each of which includes a private bathroom with Shiseiso bath amenities. Air purifier/humidifier is provided in each room.

Guests can relax with a video-on-demand movie or make a cup of green tea. The property is situated in the center of Akasaka's lively shopping, dining, and entertainment district just a 5 minutes' walk from Akasaka Sacas, Biz Tower and The Act Theatre. The Ginza, Shibuya, Omotesando, and Shinjuku areas are all within a 10-minute subway ride from nearby Akasaka-Mitsuke Station.

Breakfast, coffee, and light meals are available at the adjoining Excelsior Cafe. Minato is a great choice for travelers interested in clean streets, friendly locals and culture.

HOTEL MYSTAYS Kanazawa Castle

Featuring a Japanese restaurant and traditional public baths, Hotel MyStays Kanazawa Castle is just a 5-minute walk to JR Kanazawa Train Station. Rooms include a flat-screen TV and private bathroom.

The air-conditioned guestrooms at Hotel MyStays Kanazawa Castle come equipped with a fridge and electric kettle. A Japanese Yukata robe is provided for a good night's sleep. Kenroku-en Garden and Kanazawa Castle are both a 10-minute drive from the hotel, and Komatsu Airport is a 40-minute bus ride away.

A buffet breakfast featuring local ingredients is available at the property. The hotel features an internet corner in the lobby with free WiFi access, or guests can check their email at the business centr. The 24-hour reception offers luggage storage.

El Inn Kyoto

Only a 2-minute walk from JR Kyoto Train Station, El Inn Kyoto offers air-conditioned rooms with free wired internet and an LCD TV. It features a buffet restaurant and massage services. Guests at El Inn Kyoto stay in compact, simply furnished rooms with an electric kettle and fridge.

An en suite bathroom with a bathtub and amenities is included. Kyoto Tower is less than a 10-minute walk away, and Shosei-en Garden is a 15-minute walk. Kyoto-Minami Interchange is a 15-minute drive from the hotel. Coin-operated laundry machines are located on site, as are ramen noodle and drink vending machines.

A Western and Japanese breakfast buffet is served at the Washoku Mai restaurant between 06:30 and 10:00. Lunch and light meals are served from 10:00, and dinner menus are served from 17:00. Minami Ward is a great choice for travellers interested in temples, sightseeing, and history.

Hearton Hotel Nishi Umeda

Only a 3-minute walk from Osaka Station and the nearest stop for the Kansai International Airport Limousine Bus, Hearton Hotel Nishi Umeda features air-conditioned rooms with cable TV channels. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the entire property, including guestrooms, the lobby, and the ground-floor restaurant. Namba and Shinsaibashi area are both a 15-minute subway ride away.

Rooms at Hearton Nishi Umeda Hotel feature simple yet comfortable furnishings. They are fitted with an LCD TV, a refrigerator and an electric kettle. Nightwear and slippers are provided. Free wired internet access is available as well.

The Nishi Umeda Hearton has a coin laundry at the basement level. The 24-hour front desk sells voltage converters, arranges dry cleaning and can store luggage for guests. Restaurant Garden Cafe offers a buffet for breakfast and lunch, and a la carte dining in the evening.

The Hearton Hotel is close to a number of subway lines. From Osaka Station it takes 15 minutes by train to Universal Studios Japan, and 30 minutes to Osaka Castle. Kansai International Airport is about 1 hour away via Limousine Bus.


Prices are per person & based on 2 adults sharing. Price Includes all flights, accommodation, and tours as shown, all round trip transfers and 30 kg baggage allowance on all flights. Air China, Cathay Pacific, Fin Air, Asiana Airlines or Air France flights from London Heathrow, on selected departure dates above. Subject to available hotels and flights.

Next Step?

To find out more information and make a reservation, contact one of our Specialist Travel Experts directly on 0800 840 8192 Alternatively, fill out our enquiry form or send us an email at

Dates & Prices

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  • 2020
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* Solo traveller price from £1,699pp

* Please ask our Travel Experts for any other travel dates

* Christmas | New Year & Easter 2020 - supplements may apply


  • • Prices are based on two adults sharing
  • • Prices are based on London Heathrow departures
  • • Prices are subject to availability and are subject to change
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