A Week in Japan


Take a week to discover the key highlights of Japan. Stand amongst the neon lights and skyscrapers of Tokyo, explore the regal grandeur of Kyoto, and admire the perfect symmetry of Mount Fuji. This whirlwind tour delves into Japan's most important cities and the naturally scenic area of Hakone.

Places Visited

Ireland - Tokyo (2N) - Mt Fuji - Hakone (1N) - Kyoto (2N) - Osaka (1N) - Ireland

Days 1-2 Fly to Tokyo
Fly overnight to the vibrant, neon-bright metropolis of Tokyo, Japan's capital city.
Days 1-2 Fly to Tokyo
Day 3 Explore Tokyo
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. Head to the top of the Tokyo Skytree for panoramic views over the city before taking a wander through the old district of Asakusa. Stop to soak up the atmosphere at Sensoji, Tokyo’s most famous and beloved temple and browse the stalls of Nakamise shopping street. You’ll also visit the Imperial Palace Plaza, and take a stroll through Hamarikyu Gardens. Enjoy your evening meal whilst cruising on Tokyo Bay.
Day 3 Explore Tokyo
Day 4 Mount Fuji
Travel by road from Tokyo to Fuji, where you’ll visit the 5th Station. At 2,400 metres, the views of the summit from here are fantastic. If the road to the 5th Station is closed, you will instead visit the Fuji Visitor Centre. Transfer to the spa region of Hakone by coach. Take a cruise on Lake Ashi, taking in the beautiful scenery and, weather depending, catching your first glimpse of the mighty Mount Fuji peeking over the surrounding hills. Fly up from the lakeside over the Alpinesque hills to the summit of Mount Komagatake on the Komagatake Ropeway, from where you’ll have breathtaking views of Mount Fuji, if it isn’t hiding behind a cloud!
Day 4 Mount Fuji
Day 5 Bullet train to Kyoto
Transfer to Odawara Station to jump onboard the Hikari bullet train, and whiz your way to Kyoto, Japan’s history-filled ancient capital. This afternoon, visit the magnificent Fusihimi Inari Shrine. Follow the pathway through thousands of vermillion torii gates that leads through a complex of shrines spread over a peaceful, forested hillside.
Day 5 Bullet train to Kyoto
Day 6 Explore Kyoto
This morning visit one of Japan’s most famous temples, Kinkakuji, also known as the Golden Pavilion. Set amongst classical Japanese Zen gardens and on the edge of a reflecting pool, the temple’s main hall is covered in gold leaf - a breathtaking sight no matter what season you visit in. Continue to Ryoanji, a Zen temple that is home to Japan’s most famous Zen garden. You’ll have some time to contemplate its mysteries for yourself. This afternoon, enjoy a taste of authentic Japanese culture, experiencing a tea ceremony and learning the traditional art of origami.
Day 6 Explore Kyoto
Day 7 Explore Nara and Osaka
Transfer to Nara by road, and spend the morning exploring Todaiji Temple which houses a Giant Buddha, or Daibutsu, which at 15 metres tall is Japan’s largest bronze statue. Here you’ll also be able to meet Nara’s famous Sika Deer, believed to be messengers from the Gods. Also visit Issuien, a prime example of a Meiji-era (1868-1912) garden. Continue to Osaka, where you’ll have lunch and stroll through the Dontonbori district, Osaka’s vibrant foodie and entertainment district – it is best known for its plethora of neon signs. Later, you can discover the turbulent history of Osaka Castle.
Day 7 Explore Nara and Osaka
Day 8 Fly Osaka to Ireland
Fly to Ireland, arriving home the same or following day.
Day 8 Fly Osaka to Ireland

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On most Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking driver and you will be met by local guides at each site.

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

Additional Price Information:

Based on Dublin Airport departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from €3790 (Tokyo - Osaka)
Single supplement from €850

A visa is not required to travel to Japan for Irish Citizen passport holders. Should you hold any other passport then please contact the Japanese Embassy for more information.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
You will find high quality coverage.There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Although tipping in Japan is not customary, if you feel you have received an excellent service, please feel free to tip your guide at your discretion.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.


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