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FAR EAST Golden Pavilion, Kyoto JAPAN PANORAMA


15 DAYS from £3995 (per person twin share with flights)


itinerary Bales Escorted


A Bales favourite with a comprehensive tour of this unique country


DAY 1 – Fly to Tokyo Emirates flight from Heathrow (other UK regional airports available) to Dubai.


Park Hyatt, Tokyo Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima Island


DAY 2 – Tokyo Connect to the Emirates flight to Tokyo. 3 nights in the Japanese capital at the Keio Plaza Hotel.


DAY 3 – Tokyo Morning city tour including Asakusa Kannon Temple. The September departure has an option to attend a Sumo Wrestling tournament whilst in the city.


DAY 4 – Tokyo Visit Nikko by train and coach to see the Toshugo Shrine.


DAY 5 – Hakone By road to Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi. Overnight at Hakone Palace Hotel.


DAY 6 – Takayama Cruise on Lake Ashi before taking the train to Takayama. 2 nights at Hotel Associa Takayama.


KYOTO Japan’s imperial capital for over a thousand years and now a World Heritage Site, Kyoto is a city that boasts no fewer than 17 UNESCO listed historic monuments, including temples, shrines, imperial palaces and gardens, making it one of the best preserved cities in the entire country.


JAPANESE EXPERIENCES A Tailor Made trip to Japan offers a chance to enjoy some of the country’s more diverse attractions, such as calligraphy courses, cookery lessons and martial arts ceremonies. Visitors can also take time to visit a robot museum in Tokyo, perhaps hike up to the summit of Mount Fuji, or enjoy a traditional tea ceremony amongst Kyoto’s historic backstreets.


DAY 7 – Takayama Walking tour of Takayama including the float museum or parade (‘matsuri’) of the floats on festival departures.


DAY 8 – Kanazawa Visit Gasshozukuri houses at Shirakawa-go and Gokayama Village. Overnight at Ana Crowne Plaza Kanazawa.


DAY 9 – Hiroshima Kanazawa tour before taking the express train to Osaka and Bullet train to Hiroshima. 1 night at Rihga Royal Hotel.


DAY 10 – Miyajima Island Memorial Park, A-Bomb Museum and picturesque Shukukeien Gardens. Ferry to Miyajima Island with some free time in the afternoon. Overnight in the traditional Iwaso ryokan, a short walk from the Itsukushima Shrine.


DAY 11 – Kyoto Walking tour on Miyajima before travelling by ferry, local train and Bullet train to Kyoto. 3 nights at Ana Hotel Kyoto.


Special Something


DAY 12 – Kyoto Plentiful sightseeing as you visit the Golden Pavilion, Ryoanji Temple, Kiyomizu Temple and a walking tour of Gion. March and April departures also have the option to attend the Miyako Odori, or Cherry Dance, performance.


DAY 13 – Kyoto Sightseeing of Nara including the enormous bronze buddha at Todaiji Temple and the Deer Park.


DAYS 14/15 – Fly to the UK Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine and Gekkeikan Sake Museum. Free time at the hotel before the drive to Osaka airport for the late Emirates flight to Dubai. Then connect to the Emirates flight to the UK.


GEISHA & MAIKO Dating back to the 17th Century, Geisha culture is one of Japan’s most iconic and enduring cultural traditions. Prevalent on the streets of Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital, distinctive Geisha entertainers and their apprentices (Maiko) can be seen performing music, storytelling and tea ceremonies during the spring and autumn.


The above itinerary is based on the March departure. Other departures may operate with an alternative itinerary according to flight schedules and festival dates. Our online Journey Guides provide full details of each departure.


22 Mar ‘12 £3995


04 Oct ‘12 £4295


07 Apr ‘12 £4295


23 Mar ‘13 £4095


13 Sep ‘12 £4195


07 Apr ‘13 £4295


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