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FAR EAST Bullet train and Mount Fuji


EXPLORE JAPAN WITH HYATT NEW


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


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Discover Japan’s variety using some of its finest hotels


Miyako Island, Okinawa


DAYS 1 to 4 – Fly to Tokyo Fly from Heathrow to Tokyo with Virgin Atlantic. Tokyo sightseeing using public transport with a private guide. Optional Nikko tour. 3 nights at the Park Hyatt.


DAYS 5/6 – Hakone National Park Excursion to Mount Fuji with a boat ride on Lake Ashi. 2 nights at Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort & Spa.


DAY 7 – Kyoto Travel to Kyoto by Bullet train. 3 nights at Hyatt Regency Hotel.


DAY 8 – Kyoto Tour of Kyoto using public transport with a private guide including Kiyomizu and Kinkakuji Temples.


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DAY 9 – Kyoto Morning shared walking tour of Nara to visit the gigantic bronze buddha at Todaiji Temple and the Deer Park.


TRAVEL BY TRAIN Japan’s extensive rail network runs with a speed and efficiency that makes travel by train both straightforward and pleasurable. With the ever increasing use of English, it is becoming easier for the first time visitor to make the most of this network.


OKINAWA The Okinawa Prefecture consists of approximately 160 islands. Reached by a flight from Tokyo or Kyoto, the islands have their own unique culture suited to its climate and history, influenced by neighbouring China, Korea and South East Asia. Self-drive car rental is the ideal way to explore these beautiful islands.


DAY 10 – Fly to the UK Transfer to Osaka for a Nippon Airlines flight to Tokyo. Connect to the Virgin Atlantic flight to Heathrow.


DEPARTURES DAILY ULTIMATE JAPAN


16 DAYS from £5075 (per person twin share with flights)


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Snow monkeys, castles and shrines in this comprehensive tour of Japan


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DAYS 1 to 4 – Fly to Tokyo Fly Virgin Atlantic to Tokyo for 3 nights at the Park Hotel. Tokyo sightseeing and shared tour to the 5th station of Mount Fuji with a boat ride on Lake Ashi.


DAYS 5/6 – Shibu Onsen and Matsumoto Bullet train ride to see the cute snow monkeys at Yudanaka with an overnight at Issano Komichi Biyunoyado. Proceed to Matsumoto for a visit to the famous castle. Overnight at Tobira Onsen Myojinkan.


DAYS 7 to 10 – Takayama and Kanazawa 2 days in each small town, staying at the Hida Hotel Plaza and Ana Hotel with a visit to Shirakawa-go.


DAYS 11/12 – Hiroshima and Miyajima 1 night at Hotel Granvia to see the Peace Museum and Park. Overnight and ryokan experience at Iwaso.


FESTIVALS & CELEBRATIONS The celebrated cherry blossom season (sakura) heralds the arrival of spring with traditional music, dance and tea ceremonies across Japan. The April and October departures of the Japan Panorama Escorted journeys (see page 113) incorporate a visit to the Takayama Festival (matsuri) to see the decorated floats being pulled through the town and the main procession the following day.


DAYS 13 to 15 – Kyoto Bullet train to Kyoto for 3 nights at Hotel Granvia. Tour of Kyoto with private guide and optional tour to Nara.


DAY 16 – Fly to the UK Transfer to Osaka for a Nippon Airlines flight to Tokyo. Connect to the Virgin Atlantic flight to Heathrow.


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