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                     SOUTH KOREA | TAIWAN

                           2020 – 2021

Our Award-Winning Collection of Escorted Tours & Tailormade Holidays

                                 WELCOME TO                                                                                             YOUR GUIDE TO JAPAN
                                                                                                                                        The Wendy Wu Tours difference..................................... 4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Cultural encounters.................................................... 10

                                                                                                                                        Your tour, your way...................................................... 6          Discover Japan with Wendy Wu Tours...........................12
                                                                                                                                        You’re in safe hands........................................................ 8       Japan for all seasons....................................................14
                                                                                                                                        Award-winning expertise & Recommended by you............. 9

                                                                                                                                        CLASSIC TOURS		                                                                                                                                        16–35
                                                                                                                                        A Week in Japan............................................. 8 days 18               Japan Uncovered.......................................... 17 days 28
                                                                                                                                        Jewels of Japan............................................. 11 days 20              Ancient Empires of China & Japan – NEW......... 20 days 30
                                                                                                                                        Discover Japan............................................. 13 days 22               Scenic South Korea – NEW............................. 13 days 32
                                                                                                                                        Japan & the Scenic South – NEW.................... 13 days 24                        Treasures of Taiwan – NEW............................. 14 days 34
                                                                                                                                        Journey Through Japan – NEW....................... 14 days 26

                                                                                                                                        SOLO TOURS		                                                                                                                                           36 –39
                                                                                                                                        Highlights of Japan........................................11 days 38

                                                                                                                                        GO BEYOND TOURS		                                                                                                                                      40 –45
                                                                                                                                        Sapporo & Snow Monkeys.............................. 12 days 42                      Trails of Japan..............................................13 days 44

                                                                                                                                        TAILORMADE JAPAN		                                                                                                                                     46 –49
                                                                                                                                        How does it work?..................................................... 47            Tailormade touring..................................................... 48

                                                                                                                                        EXTENSIONS & STOPOVERS                                                                                                                                50-109
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             98  –63

                                                                                                                                        Japan extensions....................................................... 52           Hong Kong stopovers.................................................. 58
                                                                                                                                        China, Seoul & Taipei extensions.................................. 54                Macao stopovers........................................................ 60
                                                                                                                                        South Korea & Taiwan extensions.................................. 56                 Dubai stopovers...........................................................62

                                                                                                                                        MORE INFORMATION                                                                                                                                      64 –71
                                                                                                                                        Airlines..................................................................... 64     Booking your trip....................................................... 68
                                                                                                                                        Your Japan questions answered................................... 66                  Booking conditions.......................................................69

    Come and join us on an extraordinary adventure through this magical region on one of our
  experience-packed tours. As every traveller is different, we’ve developed a range of touring styles
            that will allow you to travel your way. Discover the best option for you here:

CLASSIC                                                              GO BEYOND
See the classic sights in the company of expert guides so you        Venture off the beaten track to explore fascinating destinations
can really understand the history and culture of the destination.    away from the tourist trail. You will discover the local culture
On our Classic tours we take care of everything, leaving you to      in depth and see sights rarely witnessed by other travellers.
sit back and enjoy the experience to the full. The tours are fully   These tours take you away from the comforts of home but will
inclusive of all meals and a comprehensive touring programme.        reward you with the experiences of a lifetime.

SOLO                                                                 TAILORMADE
Designed exclusively for customers travelling solo, these tours      For the ultimate in bespoke touring, one of our expert
provide a ready-made group of like-minded travellers to              consultants will help you in designing a tour to meet your
enjoy your holiday with. You will be looked after all the way        exact requirements. Select your choice of destinations,
by an expert guide who will involve you in the group activities      accommodation, touring and experiences to create the
discovering the sights and enjoying cultural experiences.            perfect holiday for you.
A room of your own is guaranteed with no supplement to pay.

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This 2020–2021 brochure is once again packed with pioneering tours exploring this magical
                                                                                                                        region! Travelling with us, you are safe in the knowledge that over the past 20 years, we’ve
                                                                                                                        mastered the art of creating a tour that balances the iconic sights with local experiences,
                                                                                                                        to give you the perfect overview of your destination. Throw in the exceptional value of our
                                                                                                                        inclusions, the expertise of our team and the host of fantastic guides we have waiting to
                                                                                                                        show you their homeland, and you’ve got an extraordinary adventure!

                                                                                                                        I’m also excited for you to see our brand-new tours for 2020–2021: two Japan tours
                                                                                                                        exploring two exciting new regions of the country, a combined China and Japan tour,
                                                                                                                        a South Korea adventure and a journey through Taiwan.

                                                                                                                        We can’t wait to welcome you on tour soon and show you Japan the Wendy Wu way.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Wendy Wu – Owner, Wendy Wu Tours

                 THE WENDY WU
                TOURS DIFFERENCE

UNRIVALLED                     EXCEPTIONAL                   COMPREHENSIVE             EXTRAORDINARY                 BEST GUIDES IN                  FLY FROM YOUR                     SAFE AND                        PRIVATE GROUP
EXPERTISE                      VALUE                         RANGE OF TOURS            EXPERIENCES                   THE BUSINESS                    LOCAL AIRPORT                     SECURE                          SPECIALISTS
We are proud to be             We aim to include as          Whether you’re looking    We’ve been blazing trails     Through their local             For your convenience, on          We are members of ABTA          Got a unique interest you’d
recognised as the UK’s         much as possible so you       for a classic escorted    into Asia for the last 20     expertise, dedication           the majority of our tours         and our holidays are fully      like to indulge with a group
leading specialist operator    can just sit back and         tour experience, luxury   years, building our local     and passion, our guides         you’ll be able to fly from        ATOL protected.                 of fellow hobbyists? No
to Asia, a reputation we’ve    enjoy the experience.         journey or something      expertise and finding         will make sure you don’t        a UK airport near you,                                            problem, we can plan a
been building since 1998.      Your accommodation,           more off-the-beaten-      those rarely visited places   miss a thing.                   usually at no extra cost.                                         host of exciting itineraries
All our staff have travelled   most meals, touring,          track, we’ve got a tour   and authentic cultural                                                                                                          that will fulfil your group’s
extensively throughout         transport and expert          or tailormade holiday     experiences that make your                                                                                                      wants and needs.
the region and are             guides – we include it all.   for you.                  holiday truly special. Look
fountains of knowledge                                                                 out for the ‘Experiences
on all things Asia.                                                                    You’ll Love’ on each of our
                                                                                       tour pages.

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We want every person who travels with us to                  ACCOMMODATION STYLES                                         PHYSICAL
enjoy each extraordinary second of their                     You can be safe in the knowledge that your                   RATING                                1                              3                             5
Wendy Wu adventure, so we’ve made it easy                    accommodation has been hand-picked to best suit
                                                             the locations you’ll visit. Our Classic tours feature        All our tours feature a           LEVEL 1                       LEVEL 3                        LEVEL 5
to ensure that you are getting a holiday that is                                                                          physical rating to help
                                                             comfortable, locally rated 3 star to 4 star properties,
perfect for you. As well as Tour Styles (which                                                                                                              A reasonable level            A good level of fitness        You’ll need to be fit
                                                             ranging from smart business hotels to family-run             you select the right
                                                                                                                                                            of fitness is required        is required as you need        and adventurous to
you’ll find on page 2), we also give each tour               guesthouses. On Go Beyond tours, you may find                holiday for you. Every
                                                                                                                                                            but it’s more about           to be comfortable              participate in these
                                                             yourself in more unusual, characterful or more rustic        one of our tours require
a physical rating, choose accommodation that                                                                                                                spending time on your         walking for 2-3 hours          tours as on some days
                                                             accommodation which fits perfectly with these tours’         the ability to walk around
fits the tour and allow you to tailor your trip…                                                                                                            feet rather than covering     and covering longer            you will be active for
                                                             adventurous spirit.                                          sights unaided, whilst
                                                                                                                                                            large distances. You’ll       distances. Other               most of the day. The
                                                                                                                          more active tours involve
                                                                                                                                                            be getting on and off         activities such as             terrain may be more
TOUR PACE                                                    CUSTOMISE YOUR TRIP                                          longer walks, cycling and
                                                                                                                                                            coaches and boats,            cycling will be at a gentle    challenging and
                                                                                                                          other physical activities.
We’re not going to deny it, on many of our tours             Interested in exploring your destination further, stopping                                     walking around the            pace and will involve          the activities more
                                                                                                                          Tours at altitude will have
you’re going to be busy! But we want to make sure you        off en route or adding on some relaxation time? All you                                        sights and climbing           straightforward terrain.       physically demanding.
                                                                                                                          a higher physical rating.
don’t miss a single thing. Packing your holiday full of      have to do is ask! We have a fantastic range of extension                                      some steps.
                                                                                                                          For more information on                                         A Level 4 tour will feature
extraordinary experiences means some early starts and        and stopover packages (see page 50) or, if you’re
                                                                                                                          why each tour has been            A Level 2 tour will           similar physical activities
late finishes, but you can be sure that you’ll return home   looking for something a bit different, our knowledgeable
                                                                                                                          rated the way it has, have        involve a little more         but these may be longer
with some incredible memories!                               team of experts can help you create your very own
                                                                                                                          a look at the ‘Detailed           time on your feet than        in duration or on slightly
                                                             add-on to any tour in this brochure!
                                                                                                                          Tour Dossier’ available           a Level 1 tour and            more challenging terrain.
                                                                                                                          to download on the tour           may involve more steps
                                                                                                                          page of our website.              and/or walking.

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You're in safe hands                                                                                                      Award-winning expertise
Our guides are the stars of the show; it is their unrivalled knowledge, passion and expertise that                        We are so proud of the numerous awards we’ve
will transform your tour experience from good to truly extraordinary!                                                     received over the years in recognition of the
                                                                                                                          extraordinary travel experience we provide to
                                                                                                                          our customers. We’re just doing what we do
                                                       ‘’The first thing to say is that our Japan tour ranks              best – creating memories to cherish and providing
                                                       among the best we have ever been on, particular                    exceptional levels of customer service.
                                                       praise must however go to our tour guide, the
                                                       best guide we have ever had the pleasure of

                                                                                                                          Recommended by you
                                                       leading a tour group. She was an absolute mine
                                                       of information about all things Japanese, worked
                                                       tirelessly to ensure that everything ran smoothly and
                                                       had a great sense of humour that made every day                    Awards are all well and good, but it’s our customer
                                                       an enjoyable experience. She should be declared                    feedback that means the most to us. We’re proud of our
                                                       a Japanese National Treasure!!’’                                   5-star Trip Advisor rating and the fact that so many of
                                                       				                                Mr and Mrs Gilchrist           our customers would be happy to recommend us to their
                                                                                                                          friends and family – that’s all the accolade we need.

AWARD - WINNING GUIDING                                        ALL OF OUR
On all of our group tours you will be accompanied by           NATIONAL ESCORTS...


a dedicated guide, known as your ‘National Escort’.
Their dedication, personality and sense of fun will
                                                                Have at least five years guiding experience
immediately put you at ease and make you feel part              Are fluent in English
of the family.
                                                                  Are born and raised in Japan
You will be able to put your utmost trust in your guide
                                                                  Go through rigorous and ongoing training programmes
who will navigate you through the eccentricities of the
local way of life.                                                Are at your service 24 hours a day

                                                                                                                               98% of customers would be happy to
                                                                                                                               recommend us to their friends and family!

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Cultural encounters,                                                                                                    MOUNT FUJI BASE HIKE

every step of the way                                                                                                     The iconic image of Japan, get up close
                                                                                                                         to the magnificent Mount Fuji with a hike
                                                                                                                          through the beautiful nature at its base.
                                                                                                                          Enjoy this experience on Trails of Japan.
To make sure you truly immerse yourself in your chosen destination we pack every single one of
our tours with authentic cultural experiences. We’ve highlighted our favourite ones on each tour
page in the ‘Experiences You’ll Love’ box; but for now, here are just a few examples of what you
can look forward to…

              TEA CEREMONY
          A perfect display of Japanese culture,
        witness the preparation and performance
         involved in the ‘Way of Tea’. Enjoy this
          experience on almost all Japan tours.
                                                                                                                                                                                      WASHI PAPER MAKING
                                                                                                                                                                                  Learn about this traditional process before getting
                                                                                                                                                                                  your hands dirty making ‘washi’ (Japanese paper)
                                                                                                                                                                                  the age-old way for yourself! Enjoy this experience
                                                                                                                                                                                      on Discover Japan and Japan Uncovered.

                                                                                                                             MONASTERY STAY
                                                                                                                        Spend the night in a tatami mat room in a
                                                                                                                       monastery at holy mountain Koyasan, and rise
                                                                                                                        early to join the monks for their daily dawn
                                                                                                                          chanting. Enjoy this on Trails of Japan.

                                                                                                                                                                                               ZEN MEDITATION
                                                                                                                                                                                               Begin your journey towards inner
                                                                                                                                                                                               peace learning the basics of Zen
                                                                                                                                                                                                 meditation in one of Kyoto’s
                                                                                                                                                                                               beautiful old temples. Enjoy this
                                                                                                                                                                                              experience on Highlights of Japan.

      SOBA NOODLE MAKING                                                SUMO WRESTLING
     One of the many, many types of Japanese noodles,             Witness a sport that preserves many of Japan’s
       learn to craft, roll and slice soba noodle dough           most ancient traditions – the rituals involved are
     before cooking and devouring the delicious results!          as fascinating as the wrestling itself. Enjoy this
          Enjoy this experience on Jewels of Japan.             experience on Japan Uncovered and Trails of Japan.

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Discover Japan with
                                                                                                           Wendy Wu Tours
                                                                                                HOKKAIDO   Japan is an archipelago packed with futuristic cities, imperial heritage and unique
                                                                                                SAPPORO    culture. Add in epic natural beauty and phenomenal cuisine, and you have a dream
                                                                                                           destination just begging to be explored.

                                                                                                           WENDY'S TOP 8 JAPAN SIGHTS

                                                                           JAPAN                              1 MOUNT FUJI                                                               2 HIROSHIMA
                                           SOUTH                                       HONSHU
                                                                                                             With its perfectly proportioned cone, Mount Fuji is Japan’s
                                                                                                             iconic sight so we include it on all of our Japan tours.
                                                                                                                                                                                       The city of Hiroshima is a modern, vibrant place, despite the horrors of
                                                                                                                                                                                       its past. Visit the moving Peace Memorial Park to reflect on past events
                     SEOUL                 KOREA                                 7
                                                                                                                                                                                       on several of our Japan tours.

                                         GYEONGJU              MATSUMOTO
                                                                                      1 6
                                         BUSAN                      8 3     NAGOYA
                                                                                      MT FUJI
                                                           HIMEJI         KYOTO
                                                             OSAKA        NARA    4
                                                       SHIKOKU      5                                         3 KYOTO                                                4 NARA                                              5 KOYASAN
          SHANGHAI                           KYUSHU                                                          Kyoto is Japan’s ancient capital and                   A city famous for its bowing deer and being         A holy mountain dotted with monasteries,
                                                                                                             cultural hub, packed with enchanting                   the birthplace of Japanese culture, how             the wonderfully atmospheric and tranquil
                                                                                                             sights, 17 of which are UNESCO World                   could we leave that off the list? Visit Nara        Koyasan features on our Highlights of
                                                                                                             Heritage-listed. Kyoto features on all our             on several of our Japan tours.                      Japan, Discover Japan and Trails of
                                                                                                             Japan itineraries.                                                                                         Japan tours.

                                                                                                             6 TOKYO                                        7 SNOW                                     8 HIMEJI CASTLE
                                                                                                            A big, bright and brash city,                                                            The best example of Japanese feudal castle architecture,
                                                                                                                                                          The Japanese macaques are a delight
                                                                                                            Japan’s capital perfectly                                                                Himeji Castle is seriously impressive. See it for yourself
                                                                                                                                                          to watch as they bathe in natural
                                                                                                            epitomises the clash of modern                                                           on most of our Japan tours.
                                                                                                                                                          hot pools close to the alpine town of
             TAINAN                                                                                         and traditional that is the Japan
                                                                                                                                                          Yudanaka. Meet them on our Japan
                                                                                                            of today. Tokyo, of course,
                                                                                                                                                          Uncovered, Sapporo & Snow Monkeys
                                                                                                            features on all Japan tours.
                                                                                                                                                          and Trails of Japan tours.

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Japan for all seasons
Japan is a country that can be enjoyed year round; here is our guide to what is
happening when, to help you decide what time of year you’d like to experience it.

                                                                                    AUTUMN LEAVES
                                                                                    Japan’s deep and rich autumn colours travel the opposite
                                                                                    way to the cherry blossom, starting in the very north in
                                                                                    September and moving southwards, reaching their peak in
                                                                                    Tokyo, Kyoto and the surrounding areas from mid-October.
                                                                                    In the parks and temple gardens of the cities, the leaves of
                                                                                    the multitude of maple and gingko trees turn vibrant shades
                                                                                    of red, yellow and orange; if you are travelling into the
                                                                                    Japanese Alps, you’re in for an even more spectacular sight.

     CHERRY BLOSSOM SEASON                                                          SUN AND SNOW
     For centuries the cherry blossoms have been an inspiration                     Japan’s summer, June to August, may be hot and humid but
     for poetry writing and painting pictures amongst the                           it is the season for festivals and fireworks. Enjoy impromptu
     Japanese, they even have a dedicated word for going out to                     celebrations or escape to the mountains to find the cooler
     fields and parks to appreciate it – ‘hanami’ which literally                   climes and maybe do some hiking – this is also the only time
     translates as ‘looking at flowers’. When you gaze on the                       of year that you are able to climb Mount Fuji.
     sea of soft pink flowers it’s easy to see why both they and
     many international visitors are so enamoured. Starting in                      In the winter, outside the cities, the country becomes a
     late January in the sub-tropical south, the blossoms sweep                     snow-covered wonderland. Vibrant ski resorts spring into
     up the country, reaching Tokyo and Kyoto in the first two                      action, ice festivals take place (Sapporo’s is the world’s
     weeks of April, though this can vary due to the weather.                       biggest) and the Japanese macaques earn their snow
     In the two weeks after they first bloom, locals and visitors                   monkey moniker. Oh, and there is nothing better than the
     alike stroll, sit and picnic beneath the laden boughs, but we                  glorious warm waters of an onsen on a cold winter’s day!
     particularly like to enjoy them lit up by lanterns at twilight.
     Cherry blossom season is extremely popular and our tours
     often sell out a long way in advance. If you want to travel
     during this period, make sure you book early!

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                                                    For those looking for a fully escorted, fully-inclusive group journey

                                    Meticulously designed journeys perfect for those who          ALL YOUR MEALS ARE INCLUDED
                                    want to see iconic sights and magnificent treasures on a      Whilst breakfasts tend to be a mixture of local eats and
                                    fully-inclusive tour that is also fantastic value! With all   familiar dishes from home, when it comes to lunch and
                                    your arrangements taken care of you can travel with the       dinner, you’ll be dining in local establishments. We include
                                    utmost ease and confidence, travelling with a group of        a few ‘feature meals’, so you get to taste the signature
                                    up to 28 fellow travellers and accompanied throughout         dishes of the region, whilst the rest of the time you’ll eat a
                                    by one of our fantastic national escorts.                     whole, delicious range of your destination’s best food.

                                    WHAT’S INCLUDED:                                              NATIONAL ESCORTS
                                    •   International airfares                                    You can be safe in the knowledge that throughout your
                                    •   3 star plus – 4 star accommodation                        tour you’ll be in the company of one of our award-winning
                                    •   All meals                                                 national escorts. With their unparalleled knowledge, charisma
                                    •   All transportation in destination                         and talent, these wonderful people are what can push your
                                    •   All entrance fees, guides and daily tours                 holiday from fantastic into the realms of truly unforgettable.

                                    EVERYTHING TAKEN CARE OF                                      AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCES
                                    With a Classic tour all your arrangements are taken           Thanks to the extensive expertise of our team, we can make
                                    care of – your flights, all accommodation, transfers,         sure you get to see those rarely visited places that will give
                                    touring, meals and, if you need them, your visas too!         you a more authentic experience of the culture of the region
                                    All you have to do is show up, explore and enjoy.             and the chance to meet the friendly local people. Keep an
                                                                                                  eye out for the ‘Experiences You’ll Love’ box on every tour
                                                                                                  page, for a taste of cultural encounters that you will enjoy.

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A WEEK                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JAPAN

IN JAPAN                                                                                                                                                                                             OVERNIGHT FLIGHT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    PHYSICAL RATING
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 TOKYO (2N)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  KYOTO           

     8     DAYS FROM                                                                                                                                                                               (2N)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  MT FUJI HAKONE (1N)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    IS THIS TOUR FOR YOU?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Limited for time? Discover Japan’s
                                                                                                                                                                                        OSAKA (1N)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    essential highlights on this great-value
 PERSON                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             tour. Explore the historic cities of Kyoto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and Nara, be awestruck by the beauty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    of Mount Fuji and see the bright lights
           FLIGHT INCLUSIVE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         of Tokyo and Osaka.
           FROM THE UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    COACH TRAIN

           ALL MEALS

  Stroll through vibrant Tokyo
  Admire beautiful Mount Fuji
  Discover Kyoto’s temples
  Explore historic Nara
  Experience the super-fast
		 bullet train
                                                     Admire majestic Mount Fuji                                                                             Sample local cuisine                                    Discover the majestic Osaka Castle

PRICE INCLUDES                                     ITINERARY
• 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 6 dinners
• International flights and current taxes          DAYS 1-2: FLY OVERNIGHT TO TOKYO                  of Nakamise shopping street. You will also           DAY 6: EXPLORE KYOTO
                                                   Fly overnight to the vibrant, neon-bright         drive by the Imperial Palace Plaza and take          Visit one of Japan’s most famous temples,                                                               PRICES & DEPARTURES
• Domestic transportation
• 3 star plus – 4 star accommodation               metropolis of Tokyo, Japan’s capital city.        a stroll through Hamarikyu Gardens. This             Kinkakuji, also known as the ‘Golden
                                                   Depending on your time of arrival, the rest       evening, cruise the waters of Tokyo Bay and          Pavilion’. Set amongst classical Japanese                                                               2020 DATES
• Touring with guides and entrance fees
                                                   of the day is yours to start soaking up the       enjoy dinner from the perfect vantage point to       zen gardens and on the edge of a reflecting                                                             24 Mar - 31 Mar   £4,190 05 May - 12 May £3,990
                                                   local culture.                                    admire the supercharged lights of the city.          pool, the temple’s main hall is covered in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  28 Mar - 04 Apr   £4,290 16 May - 23 May £3,990
                                                                                                                                                          gold leaf – a breathtaking sight no matter
                                                   DAY 3: EXPLORE TOKYO                              DAY 4: MOUNT FUJI                                                                                                                                            31 Mar - 07 Apr   £4,290 12 Sep - 19 Sep   £4,090
                                                                                                                                                          what season you visit in. Continue to Ryoanji
                                                   Tokyo is a city that is always moving forward     Travel by road from Tokyo to the iconic Mount
                                                                                                                                                          Temple, where you can contemplate Japan’s                                                               02 Apr - 09 Apr   £4,290 26 Sep - 03 Oct   £4,090
                                                   – from the ever-changing skyline to the           Fuji, where you will ascend 2,400 metres
                                                                                                                                                          most famous zen garden. Enjoy a taste of                                                                05 Apr - 12 Apr   £4,190 11 Oct - 18 Oct   £3,990
                                                   fashions and trends of the people who call it     up its slopes to the 5th Station (weather
                                                                                                                                                          authentic Japanese culture, experiencing the                                                            20 Apr - 27 Apr   £3,990 19 Oct - 26 Oct   £3,990
                                                   home. As modern as it may appear, behind          permitting) for magnificent views of both Fuji’s
                                                                                                                                                          elegant ritual of a tea ceremony and learn the
                                                   the neon façade is a traditional soul that        cone and the surrounding landscapes. Transfer                                                                                                                2021 DATES
                                                                                                                                                          traditional art of calligraphy.
                                                   is easy to find amongst the old alleyways,        to the spa region of Hakone. Embark on a                                                                                                                     23 Mar - 30 Mar   £4,390 04 May - 11 May £4,190
                                                   temples and shrines of the Edo era. Today         cruise on the spectacular Lake Ashi, keeping         DAY 7: EXPLORE NARA & OSAKA                                                                             27 Mar - 03 Apr   £4,490 15 May - 22 May £4,190
                                                   you will experience both sides of the city,       an eye out for the bright red of vermillion torii    This morning, depart for Nara. Another former
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  30 Mar - 06 Apr   £4,490 11 Sep - 18 Sep   £4,290
                                                   ascending the soaring Tokyo Skytree, the          gates that nestle on the surrounding hills and       capital, Nara also has a huge cultural legacy,
                                                   world’s tallest tower, for panoramic views,       in the shallows of the lake itself. Next, fly high   considered second only to Kyoto’s. This                   Nara’s Daibutsu Buddha                        01 Apr - 08 Apr   £4,490 25 Sep - 02 Oct   £4,290

                                                   before taking a wander through the old            above the lake on the Komagatake Ropeway             picturesque, compact city is truly charming.                                                            11 Apr - 18 Apr   £4,390 10 Oct - 17 Oct   £4,190
                                                   district of Asakusa. Stop to soak up the          to the summit of Mount Komagatake where              Spend the morning discovering Todaiji Temple                                                            19 Apr - 26 Apr   £4,290 21 Oct - 28 Oct   £4,190
Explore the ancient art of calligraphy             atmosphere at Sensoji, Tokyo’s most famous        the views of Mount Fuji will be breathtaking         which houses the magnificent Daibutsu, a                 EXTEND YOUR STAY...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Flight and supplement information
                                                   and beloved temple and browse the stalls          but weather dependent of course!                     15-metre-tall bronze statue of Buddha. Here,
                                                                                                                                                          you will also meet Nara’s famous sika deer,
                                                                                                                                                                                                             +                                                    • Based on London Heathrow departures
  EXPERIENCES YOU’LL LOVE                                                                            DAY 5: BULLET TRAIN TO KYOTO                                                                                                                                 • Regional UK departures available
                                                                                                                                                          believed to be the messengers of the Shinto
                                                                                                     Transfer to Odawara Station to jump onboard                                                                                                                  • Flight upgrades available on request
                                                                                                                                                          gods. Stroll around Isuien, a prime example of
   ith traditional brushes, ink and paper, try
  W                                                                                                  the Hikari bullet train and whizz your way                                                                                                                   • Land only from £3,290 (Tokyo - Osaka)
                                                                                                                                                          a Meiji-era (1868-1912) garden. Continue to
  your hand at the beautiful art of calligraphy,                                                     to Kyoto. Capital for a millennium, Kyoto                                                                                                                    • Single room from £790
                                                                                                                                                          Osaka, where you will have lunch at a local
  an important aspect of Japanese culture                                                            was also the heart of religion, philosophy,
                                                                                                                                                          restaurant and explore the Dotonbori district.
  since its introduction from China in the                                                           art and cuisine, making it a treasure trove of
                                                                                                                                                          Later, you can learn about the turbulent
  6th century.                                                                                       history and culture. It is here that all of the                                                               HIROSHIMA & MIYAJIMA EXTENSION
                                                                                                                                                          history of the magnificent Osaka Castle.
  xperience the perfect display of Japanese
  E                                                                                                  best-known cultural arts were born – the tea                                                                  3 days from £950pp
  culture as you witness the preparation and                                                         ceremony, Kabuki and geisha to name a few.           DAY 8: FLY OSAKA TO UK
  performance involved in the ‘Way of Tea’,                                                          This afternoon, visit the magnificent Fushimi        Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or                 HONG KONG GLIMPSES STOPOVER
  a traditional tea ceremony.                                                                        Inari Shrine, the most important of several          following day.                                           3 days from £290pp
   mbark on a relaxed dinner cruise on the
  E                                                                                                  thousands of shrines dedicated to the god                                                                     ESSENTIAL DUBAI STOPOVER
                                                                                                                                                          NOT LOOKING TO JOIN A GROUP?
  waters of Tokyo Bay, enabling you to look                                                          Inari. Follow the pathway through thousands                                                                   3 days from £190pp
                                                                                                                                                          Call us to arrange a private tour.
  back and admire the bright, twinkling lights                                                       of vermillion torii gates that leads through a
  of the city by night.                                                                              complex of shrines spread over a peaceful,                                                                    Visit page 50 to learn more about all of our
                                                     Experience the buzzing Tokyo metropolis         forested hillside.                                                                                            extensions and stopovers.                       Visit the beautiful Kinkakuji Temple

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OF JAPAN                                                                                                                                                                                          OVERNIGHT FLIGHT
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        TOKYO (3N)
  11 DAYS FROM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 IS THIS TOUR FOR YOU?
                                                                                                                                                                                                 (2N)              FUJI FIVE LAKES (1N)
                                                                                                                                                                                                         MT FUJI
                                                                                                                                                                HIROSHIMA (2N)                    OSAKA (1N)      MISHIMA                                      See the classic sights of Japan, visiting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              modern Tokyo, iconic Mount Fuji and
 PERSON                                                                                                                                                                    MIYAJIMA                                                                            historic Kyoto. A visit to Hiroshima’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Peace Memorial Park and Museum and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               the holy island of Miyajima complete
           FLIGHT INCLUSIVE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    this fascinating tour.
           FROM THE UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     COACH BOAT      TRAIN

           ALL MEALS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             PRICES & DEPARTURES

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             2020 DATES
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             17 Mar - 27 Mar   £5,190 06 May - 16 May £4,990
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             20 Mar - 30 Mar   £5,290 13 May - 23 May £4,990
TOUR TICKLIST                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                23 Mar - 02 Apr   £5,390 17 May - 27 May £4,990
    Feel the rush of Tokyo                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  26 Mar - 05 Apr   £5,490 20 May - 30 May £4,990
    Admire beautiful Mount Fuji                                                                                                                                                                                                                             29 Mar - 08 Apr   £5,490 10 Sep - 20 Sep   £5,290
    Puzzle over Ryoanji                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     30 Mar - 09 Apr   £5,490 20 Sep - 30 Sep   £5,290
    Be charmed by Kyoto                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     31 Mar - 10 Apr   £5,490 23 Sep - 03 Oct   £5,290
    Reflect in Hiroshima                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    01 Apr - 11 Apr   £5,490 28 Sep - 08 Oct   £5,290
    Explore relaxed Miyajima                                                                                                                                                                                                                                02 Apr - 12 Apr   £5,490 06 Oct - 16 Oct   £5,290
                                                     Sail to the holy island of Miyajima                                                              Visit the village of Oshino Hakkai in Fuji Five Lakes                                                  03 Apr - 13 Apr   £5,390 12 Oct - 22 Oct   £5,290
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             04 Apr - 14 Apr   £5,390 17 Oct - 27 Oct   £5,190
PRICE INCLUDES                                     ITINERARY                                                                                                                                                                                                 07 Apr - 17 Apr
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             13 Apr - 23 Apr
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               £5,390 23 Oct - 02 Nov
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               £5,290 02 Nov - 12 Nov
• 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches & 9 dinners
• International flights and current taxes          DAYS 1-2: FLY OVERNIGHT TO TOKYO                   in the breathtaking views over the            DAY 8: JOURNEY TO HIROSHIMA                           NOT LOOKING TO JOIN A GROUP?                       17 Apr - 27 Apr   £5,190 09 Nov - 19 Nov   £4,990
• Domestic transportation                          Fly overnight to the dazzling metropolis of        landscapes below. After lunch, continue       Begin the day with a visit to Ryoanji Temple,         Call us to arrange a private tour.                 22 Apr - 02 May   £5,190
• 3 star plus – 4 star accommodation               Tokyo, Japan’s capital city. Depending on your     to Itchiku Kubota Art Museum to view the      home to Japan’s most famous zen garden and
• Touring with guides and entrance fees            time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to   artist’s elaborate dyed silk creations and    the famous Kinkakuji Temple, known as the            +                                                   2021 DATES
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             17 Mar - 27 Mar   £5,490 05 May - 15 May £5,290
                                                   start soaking up the local culture.                spend some time strolling around the          ‘Golden Pavilion’. Continue to Osaka, arriving
                                                                                                      beautiful garden. Also explore Iyashi no      in time for lunch in the vibrant Dotonbori                                                               22 Mar - 01 Apr   £5,690 12 May - 22 May £5,290
                                                   DAY 3: DISCOVER TOKYO                              Sato Historical Village, a former farming     district. Later, travel by bullet train to                                                               25 Mar - 04 Apr   £5,790 16 May - 26 May £5,290
                                                   Begin today with a stroll through the Imperial     village on the shores of Lake Saiko.          Hiroshima. A city that needs no introduction,                                                            28 Mar - 07 Apr   £5,790 19 May - 29 May £5,290
                                                   Palace East Garden and then take time to           Destroyed by a landslide in 1966, the         Hiroshima today is vibrant and modern with a
                                                   explore the Edo-Tokyo Museum to learn                                                                                                                                                                     29 Mar - 08 Apr   £5,790 09 Sep - 19 Sep   £5,490
                                                                                                      remaining thatch-roofed houses of this        forward thinking, sunny outlook.
                                                   about Tokyo’s historical heritage. After lunch,    old village have been transformed into                                                                                                                 30 Mar - 09 Apr   £5,790 19 Sep - 29 Sep   £5,490
                                                                                                                                                    DAY 9: HIROSHIMA & MIYAJIMA                            SEE SHIBAZAKURA FESTIVAL
                                                   seek out the tranquillity at Sensoji Temple        an open-air museum and craft village.                                                                                                                  31 Mar - 10 Apr   £5,790 22 Sep - 02 Oct   £5,490
                                                   in Asakusa district, followed by a visit to the                                                  Hop on the ferry to the holy island of                During the month of May, a special visit to the    01 Apr - 11 Apr   £5,790 27 Sep - 07 Oct   £5,490
                                                   observation deck of the 634-metre Skytree          DAY 6: BULLET TRAIN TO KYOTO                  Miyajima and visit the Itsukushima Shrine,            Fuji Shibazakura Festival has been included        02 Apr - 12 Apr   £5,790 04 Oct - 14 Oct   £5,390
                                                   for panoramic views over the sprawling             Start the day with a visit to Oshino          a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of               on day 5. This is the best time of the year
                                                                                                      Hakkai before learning how to make            Japan’s most recognisable, rising majestically                                                           03 Apr - 13 Apr   £5,790 11 Oct - 21 Oct   £5,390
                                                   city below.                                                                                                                                            and one of the most scenic places in Japan
                                                                                                      your very own traditional Japanese soba       out of the waters of the Seto Inland Sea.             to see the pink moss phlox in full bloom!          06 Apr - 16 Apr   £5,690 18 Oct - 28 Oct   £5,390
                                                   DAY 4: MEIJI SHRINE                                noodles which you will then tuck into         Enjoy some free time and take an optional                                                                12 Apr - 22 Apr   £5,590 25 Oct - 04 Nov   £5,390
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Contact us for more information.
Experience geisha culture                          Start the day with a relaxing wander around        for lunch! Later, transfer to Mishima         ride on the cable car up Mount Misen to enjoy                                                            16 Apr - 26 Apr   £5,490 01 Nov - 11 Nov   £5,290
                                                   the classical landscapes of the Hamarikyu          station and journey on the bullet train       the panoramic views. Return to Hiroshima
                                                                                                                                                                                                           EXTEND YOUR STAY...                               21 Apr - 01 May   £5,490 08 Nov - 18 Nov   £5,290
                                                   Garden. Continue to the Meiji Shrine, a Shinto     to Kyoto. An enchanting city, Kyoto           and take a moment to reflect at the Peace
  EXPERIENCES YOU’LL LOVE                          shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of                                                                                                                                                                 Flight and supplement information
                                                   Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken,
                                                                                                      was capital for 1,000 years; today it
                                                                                                      is the legacy of ancient Japan, full of
                                                                                                                                                    Memorial Park and Museum, paying homage
                                                                                                                                                    to the victims of the 1945 atomic bomb and
                                                                                                                                                                                                         +                                                   • Based on London Heathrow departures
    he most iconic symbol of Japanese
   T                                               before driving past the famous Shibuya             tranquil temples, silk-clad geisha            also visit the Orizuro Tower.                                                                            • Regional UK departures available
   culture, no trip to Japan is complete           Crossing. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to        and sublime gardens.                                                                                                                                   • Flight upgrades available on request
   without at least a glimpse of a geisha. On      explore as you wish. End the day with a                                                          DAY 10: HIMEJI CASTLE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             • Land only from £4,290 (Tokyo - Osaka)
   this tour you’ll meet a geisha in Kyoto and     dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay and witness the         DAY 7: EXPLORE KYOTO                          Travel to Himeji to visit its famous castle. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             • Single room from £990
   learn about their fascinating culture.          city lit up at night.                              Enjoy a full day tour of Kyoto starting       feudal era fort, one of the most impressive in
   he buckwheat soba noodle is one of
   T                                                                                                  with a visit to one of Kyoto’s                Japan, towers over the city and is recognisable as
   Japan’s most famous culinary exports -          DAY 5: MOUNT FUJI & FUJI FIVE LAKES                delightful temples – the 17th-century         the backdrop to several major films. Appreciate        NARA EXTENSION
   try your hand at making them from               Journey through the foothills of the iconic        Buddhist Kiyomizu. Immerse yourself           its turbulent past before strolling around Kokoen,     2 days from £390pp
   scratch, before feasting on the delicious       Mount Fuji to its base where we find the Fuji      in the culture by experiencing the ritual     the Edo-style gardens just across the castle moat.
   results for lunch.                              Five Lakes. The region is spectacularly dotted     of the sacred tea ceremony and try your       Later, transfer to Osaka for an overnight stay.        HONG KONG GLIMPSES STOPOVER
                                                   by the calm waters of five lakes, formed by        hand at the art of origami. Also meet with                                                           3 days from £290pp
    ake part in a handicraft experience - the
   T                                                                                                                                                DAY 11: FLY OSAKA TO UK
   traditions and techniques of the intricate      past volcanic eruptions, reflecting Mount Fuji’s   either a maiko (apprentice geisha) or                                                                ESSENTIAL DUBAI STOPOVER
                                                   picture-perfect cone. Upon arrival, ascend         geisha and learn about their way of life      Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or
   art of origami. You’ll learn to fold some of                                                                                                     following day.                                         3 days from £190pp
   the simpler, but still impressive, shapes       2,000 metres up to Mount Fuji’s 5th Station        and culture before exploring the impressive
   and designs.                                    (weather permitting) where, with its perfectly     Fushimi Inari Shrine with its remarkable                                                             Visit page 50 to learn more about all of our
                                                   conical peak looming overhead, you can take        10,000 red torii gates.                                                                              extensions and stopovers.                           See Hiroshima Peace Memorial

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JAPAN                                                                                                                                                                                              KANAZAWA TAKAYAMA
                                                                                                                                                                                                       (1N)    (2N)                                              PHYSICAL RATING
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   KOFU OR SUWA (1N)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          TOKYO (2N)
  13 DAYS FROM                                                                                                                                                                                       (2N)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   MT FUJI   OVERNIGHT FLIGHT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  IS THIS TOUR FOR YOU?
                                                                                                                                                                                        OSAKA (2N)          NARA (1N)                                             xSee the classic sights of Japan including

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Tokyo, Mount Fuji and the historic
 PERSON                                                                                                                                                                                              KOYASAN                                                       capitals of Kyoto and Nara. Also travel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   across the Japanese Alps to the cultural
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   centres of Takayama, Shirakawago
          FLIGHT INCLUSIVE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and Kanazawa.
          FROM THE UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  COACH TRAIN

          ALL MEALS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                PRICES & DEPARTURES

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2020 DATES
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                19 Mar - 31 Mar   £5,690 05 May - 17 May £5,490
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                22 Mar - 03 Apr   £5,890 12 May - 24 May £5,490
TOUR TICKLIST                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   24 Mar - 05 Apr   £5,990 16 May - 28 May £5,490
    Feel the rush of Tokyo                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     27 Mar - 08 Apr   £5,990 19 May - 31 May £5,490
    Admire great Mount Fuji                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    29 Mar - 10 Apr   £5,990 20 Sep - 02 Oct   £5,790
    Be charmed by Kyoto                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        30 Mar - 11 Apr   £5,990 25 Sep - 07 Oct   £5,790
    Visit Buddhist Koyasan                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     31 Mar - 12 Apr   £5,990 29 Sep - 11 Oct   £5,790
    See ancient Nara                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           02 Apr - 14 Apr   £5,890 07 Oct - 19 Oct   £5,690
    Explore the Japanese Alps                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  03 Apr - 15 Apr   £5,890 17 Oct - 29 Oct   £5,690
                                                    Explore the rural UNESCO-listed Shirakawago                                                              Explore the beautiful Matsumoto Castle                                                             04 Apr - 16 Apr   £5,890 27 Oct - 08 Nov   £5,590
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                06 Apr - 18 Apr   £5,790 03 Nov - 15 Nov   £5,490
PRICE INCLUDES                                    ITINERARY                                                                                                                                                                                                     15 Apr - 27 Apr
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                21 Apr - 03 May
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  £5,690 10 Nov - 22 Nov   £5,490

• 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches & 11 dinners                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          £5,590
• International flights and current taxes         DAYS 1-2: FLY OVERNIGHT TO TOKYO                    DAY 6: EXPLORE TAKAYAMA                              DAY 10: DISCOVER NARA                                                                                2021 DATES
• Domestic transportation                         Fly overnight to the dazzling metropolis of         Browse the local handicrafts and fresh               Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, remarkable for its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                18 Mar - 30 Mar   £5,990 04 May - 16 May £5,690
• 3 star plus – 4 star accommodation              Tokyo, Japan’s capital city. Depending on your      produce at the Miyagawa morning market               10,000 vermillion torii gates. Continue to
                                                                                                      and wander past some of the lovely traditional       Nara, a relaxed and charming town virtually                                                          21 Mar - 02 Apr   £6,090 11 May - 23 May £5,690
• Touring with guides and entrance fees           time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to
                                                  start soaking up the local culture.                 houses. You’ll also visit several of the excellent   untouched by the ravages of modernity.                                                               23 Mar - 04 Apr   £6,190 15 May - 27 May £5,690
                                                                                                      local museums – including the Festival Floats        Home to many archetypal pieces of early art                                                          26 Mar - 07 Apr   £6,190 18 May - 30 May £5,690
                                                  DAY 3: TOKYO CITY TOUR                              Museum, Kusakabe Folk Crafts Museum                  and architecture, stroll through Nara Park to                                                        28 Mar - 09 Apr   £6,190 07 Sep - 19 Sep   £5,990
                                                  Tokyo is the ultimate 24-hour city, but look        and Takayama Jinya. Also enjoy some free             Todaiji Temple, meeting the resident sika deer
                                                  behind its frantic, high-tech frontage and you                                                                                                                                                                29 Mar - 10 Apr   £6,190 14 Sep - 26 Sep   £5,990
                                                                                                      time in Kamisannomachi Street.                       en-route, before exploring Isuien Garden.
                                                  will find plenty of tranquil backstreets and old                                                                                                                                                              30 Mar - 11 Apr   £6,190 21 Sep - 03 Oct   £5,990
                                                  temples to explore. Begin at the observation        DAY 7: SHIRAKAWAGO & KANAZAWA                        DAY 11: KOYASAN                                                                                      01 Apr - 13 Apr   £6,190 08 Oct - 20 Oct   £5,890
                                                  deck of the 634-metre Skytree, the world’s          Get a glimpse of rural Japan at the UNESCO           The holy mountain of Koyasan is home to a                                                            02 Apr - 14 Apr   £6,090 16 Oct - 28 Oct   £5,890
                                                  tallest tower, before wandering through the         World Heritage-listed Shirakawago which is           cluster of over 100 monasteries nestled in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                03 Apr - 15 Apr   £6,090 24 Oct - 05 Nov   £5,790
                                                  old district of Asakusa. Stop to seek out the       famous for its farmhouses built in the unique        a valley enclosed by peaks said to resemble
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                05 Apr - 17 Apr   £6,090 02 Nov - 14 Nov   £5,690
                                                  tranquillity of the ancient Buddhist Sensoji        gassho-zukuri architectural style. Continue          a lotus flower. Wander around Okunoin – a
                                                  Temple, Tokyo’s oldest. Discover Tokyo’s            to Gokayama to have a go at washi paper              vast cemetery of 200,000 stupas. Full                                                                14 Apr - 26 Apr   £5,990 09 Nov - 21 Nov   £5,690
                                                  historical heritage with a drive past the           making, then travel to Kanazawa and meander          of atmosphere, enjoy the tranquillity and                                                            20 Apr - 02 May   £5,890
                                                  Imperial Palace Plaza. Later, stroll through the    through the beautiful Kenrokuen Garden, one          spectacular views as you discover Kongobuji            Discover the sacred mountain of Koyasan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Flight and supplement information
                                                  classical landscapes of Hamarikyu Gardens.          of the Three Great Gardens of Japan.                 Temple and the Garan Temple Complex. Later,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Based on London Heathrow departures
                                                  This evening, take a relaxed dinner cruise on                                                            continue to Osaka.
Learn about miso seasoning                                                                            DAY 8: GOLD LEAF MAKING                                                                                    EXTEND YOUR STAY...                            • Regional UK departures available
                                                  Tokyo Bay for some excellent city vistas.
                                                                                                      Begin the day learning the process of                DAY 12: EXPLORE OSAKA                                                                                • Flight upgrades available on request
                                                  DAY 4: MOUNT FUJI                                   making gold leaf. Next, stroll through               Today, explore Osaka Castle, take a short          +                                                 • Land only from £4,790 (Tokyo - Osaka)
                                                  Take the super-fast bullet train to Odawara.        traditional Higashi Chaya (Eastern Teahouse          cruise along the Yodogawa River and stroll                                                           • Single room from £1,190
                                                  Enjoy a boat trip on Lake Ashi for spectacular      District), visiting Ochaya Shima – a historical      through Dotonbori, a restaurant mecca, where
  earn all about the traditional production of
  L                                               panoramas of this beautiful area before venturing   geisha house. Later, journey to Kyoto. Capital       you can sample the local delicacies for lunch.
  an essential element of Japanese cooking,       up the Komagatake Ropeway. Next, ascend over        for 1,000 years, until 1879, today Kyoto             The remainder of the day is free for you to
  the fermented soybean paste ‘miso’, at an       2,000 metres up Mount Fuji to the 5th Station,      is the legacy of ancient Japan, full of              explore this fascinating city.
  old wooden miso house.                          (weather permitting) and take in the breathtaking   tranquil temples, silk-clad geisha and
                                                                                                      sublime gardens.                                     DAY 13: FLY OSAKA TO UK
  J oin a dedicated craftsperson in a small      views over the Fuji Five Lakes area below.                                                                                                                     HIROSHIMA & MIYAJIMA EXTENSION
   workshop to learn all about the lovely and
                                                                                                                                                           Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 3 days from £950pp
   intricate art of gold leaf making, discover    DAY 5: MATSUMOTO CASTLE                             DAY 9: EXPLORE KYOTO                                 following day.
   what the gold leaf is then used for and have   Transfer to Matsumoto and explore the               Start the day with a visit to Ryoanji, the                                                                 HONG KONG GLIMPSES STOPOVER
                                                                                                                                                           NOT LOOKING TO JOIN A GROUP?
   a go at doing it yourself!                     formidable 16th-century Matsumoto Castle.           ‘temple of the peaceful dragon’ and the                                                                    3 days from £290pp
                                                                                                                                                           Call us to arrange a private tour.
                                                  Stop at a Miso House to learn about the             famous Kinkakuji, also known as the ‘Golden
   iscover the traditional process of paper
  D                                                                                                                                                                                                              ESSENTIAL DUBAI STOPOVER
                                                  process of making this famous Japanese              Pavilion’. In the afternoon, head to a restored
  making before getting your hands dirty                                                                                                                                                                         3 days from £190pp
                                                  seasoning. Travel on to Takayama, nestled           Japanese wooden townhouse and try your
  making ‘washi’ (Japanese paper) the
                                                  high in the mountainous Hida region, also           hand at origami and enjoy the age-old rituals                                                              Visit page 50 to learn more about all of our
  age-old way.
                                                  known as the Japanese Alps.                         of a tea ceremony.                                                                                         extensions and stopovers.                        See the local Sika deer

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SOUTH                                                                                                                                                                                                   KYOTO   MT FUJI 

                                                                                                                                                                                               HIMEJI    (2N)   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      IS THIS TOUR FOR YOU?
                                                                                                                                                              OVERNIGHT                                              HAKONE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Uncover the beauty of the lesser-known
  13 DAYS FROM                                                                                                                                                                        HIROSHIMA (2N)
                                                                                                                                                                                       MIYAJIMA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      island of Kyushu, renowned for its active
                                                                                                                                                              FUKUOKA         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      volcanoes, hot springs and stunning
                                                                                                                                                                (3N)              YAMAGUCHI
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     beaches, before exploring the must-see
          £5,790                                                                                                                                               KUMAMOTO  MT ASO
                                                                                                                                                                                  BEPPU (1N)                                                                          sights of Hiroshima, Kyoto and Tokyo on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the largest island of Honshu.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        COACH BOAT      TRAIN
          FROM THE UK

          ALL MEALS

    Explore charming Fukuoka
    Discover Kumamoto
    See the impressive Mount Aso
    Reflect in Hiroshima
    Admire Kyoto’s past
    Gaze at Mount Fuji
                                                    Enjoy impressive views of Mount Aso                                                                     Stroll through the gardens of the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine                                                 Cruise Lake Ashi with views of Mount Fuji

PRICE INCLUDES                                    ITINERARY
• 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches & 11 dinners
• International flights and current taxes         DAYS 1-2: FLY OVERNIGHT TO FUKUOKA                 Japan’s most famous hot spring resorts –             DAY 8: DISCOVER HIROSHIMA                             that will allow you to take in the spectacular
                                                                                                     your hotel for the night has onsen facilities for                                                          panoramas of the area, including the iconic,      PRICES & DEPARTURES
• Domestic transportation                         Fly overnight to the charming city of Fukuoka,                                                          Hiroshima is a vibrant, forward-thinking city that
• 3 star plus – 4 star accommodation              the gateway to the island of Kyushu. Depending     you to make the most of the steamy waters.           is a pleasure to explore. Take a ferry across the     snow-capped silhouette of Mount Fuji
                                                  on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is                                                         Seto Inland Sea to the holy island of Miyajima        (weather permitting). Next, fly high over the     2020 DATES
• Touring with guides and entrance fees                                                              DAY 6: EXPLORE BEPPU
                                                  yours to start soaking up the local culture.                                                            and visit the Itsukushima Shrine before enjoying      thick forest on the Hakone Ropeway, passing       27 Mar - 08 Apr   £5,790 25 Sep - 07 Oct   £5,790
                                                                                                     Venture out into Beppu, starting the day with                                                              the volcanic Owakudani Valley with its hot
                                                                                                                                                          some time at leisure. Back in the city, reflect on
                                                  DAY 3: EXPLORE FUKUOKA                             a jigoku meguri, a hell tour! Here you’ll find all                                                                                                           2021 DATES
                                                                                                                                                          Hiroshima’s tragic past at the Peace Memorial         springs and steam vents. Later, continue to
                                                  The lovely Fukuoka is at the heart of an           sorts of volcanic features, including thermal                                                              Tokyo, Japan’s capital city.                      26 Mar - 07 Apr   £5,990 24 Sep - 06 Oct   £5,990
                                                                                                                                                          Park and Museum paying homage to the victims
                                                  area considered a cradle of culture – the          mud and hot springs that have bubbled from
                                                                                                                                                          of the 1945 atomic bomb.                                                                                 Flight and supplement information
                                                  city’s position facing Korea and China             the ground here for a millennium. Pop over                                                                 DAY 12: TOUR TOKYO
                                                                                                     to Yufuin, another hot spring resort that is                                                               Tokyo is a city that is always moving             • Based on London Heathrow departures
                                                  across the sea means it’s long been a                                                                   DAY 9: ADMIRE HIMEJI CASTLE
                                                                                                     home to a wealth of art museums, cafes and                                                                 forward – from the ever-changing skyline to       • Regional UK departures available
                                                  channel of outside influence. This morning                                                              Depart Hiroshima for Kyoto, stopping in
                                                                                                     boutiques and is a delight to explore. This                                                                the fashions and trends of the people who         • Flight upgrades available on request
                                                  take a stroll to the traditional Rakusuien                                                              Himeji en route to visit the magnificent Himeji
                                                                                                     afternoon transfer back to Fukuoka.                                                                        call it home. As modern as it may appear,         • Land only from £5,090 (Fukuoka - Tokyo)
                                                  Garden and visit the famous Dazaifu                                                                     Castle, one of Japan’s most impressive feudal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                behind the neon façade is a traditional soul      • Single room from £890
                                                  Tenmangu Shrine, dedicated to the god              DAY 7: TRAVEL TO HIROSHIMA                           era forts, and stroll through Kokoen, an
                                                  of academic achievement. Later, take a                                                                  Edo-style garden just across the castle moat.         that is easy to find amongst the old alleyways,
                                                                                                     Depart Fukuoka for Hiroshima. Stop en route to                                                             temples and shrines of the Edo era. Today
                                                  relaxed cruise on the Yanagawa River,              explore the city of Yamaguchi, spending some         Drop in on a sake brewery to learn about the
                                                  passing through a National Site of Scenic                                                               process of this traditional Japanese spirit and       you will experience both sides of the city,        EXTEND YOUR STAY...
                                                                                                     time at Rurikoji, a Buddhist temple that boasts                                                            ascending the soaring Tokyo Skytree, the
                                                  Beauty on a small ‘donkobune’.                                                                          enjoy some tasters, before arriving in Kyoto.
                                                                                                     a spectacular national treasure – a five-storey
                                                                                                     pagoda built in 1442. Continue to Iwakuni for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                world’s tallest tower, for panoramic views,       +
 Relax at a Beppu hot spring resort               DAY 4: DISCOVER KUMAMOTO                                                                                DAY 10: EXPLORE KYOTO                                 and wandering through the old district of
                                                                                                     a lunch stop and then to the Kintaikyo Bridge,       Capital for 1,000 years, until 1879, today            Asakusa. Stop at Sensoji, Tokyo’s most
                                                  Transfer to Kumamoto, a city famous for
                                                                                                     an elegant wooden bridge that crosses the                                                                  famous and beloved temple. You will also
  EXPERIENCES YOU’LL LOVE                         its majestic castle, one of Japan’s largest                                                             Kyoto is the legacy of ancient Japan, full
                                                                                                     Nishiki River. Arrive in Hiroshima.                                                                        drive by the Imperial Palace Plaza, soak up
                                                  and most complete. You’ll see the castle                                                                of tranquil temples, silk-clad geisha and
                                                  as part of your full day city tour, as well as                                                          sublime gardens. Start the day with a visit to        the atmosphere at the peaceful Meiji Jingu
   isit one of Japan’s most famous hot spring
                                                  Suizenji Garden. A traditional-style garden                                                             the Fushimi Inari Shrine, remarkable for its          Shrine and see the world’s most famous road
  resorts, Beppu, and soak away any aches,
                                                  built in the 17th century, the garden                                                                   10,000 vermillion torii gate-lined pathways           crossing at Shibuya.                               SEOUL EXTENSION
  pains and tiredness in the mineral rich
  waters of your hotel’s onsen pools.             recreates in miniature the important road                                                               and impressive Nijo Castle. This afternoon                                                               4 days from £490pp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                DAY 13: FLY TOKYO TO UK
                                                  that linked Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto, including                                                            gaze on the famous Kinkakuji, also known as
   ruise the picturesque Yanagawa River
  C                                                                                                                                                                                                             Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or           TAIPEI EXTENSION
                                                  a mini Mount Fuji.                                                                                      the ‘Golden Pavilion’ before a stroll around the
  on a ‘donkobune’, a poled riverboat. It’s a                                                                                                                                                                   following day.                                     4 days from £490pp
                                                                                                                                                          Gion district, Kyoto’s famous geisha district
  perfect and peaceful way to enjoy sights        DAY 5: VISIT MOUNT ASO & BEPPU
                                                                                                                                                          and centre of the city’s traditional arts.            NOT LOOKING TO JOIN A GROUP?                       HONG KONG GLIMPSES STOPOVER
  such as Yanagawa Castle and the traditional     Travel from Kumamoto to Mount Aso, an                                                                                                                         Call us to arrange a private tour.                 3 days from £290pp
  architecture of Yanagawa’s canals.              active volcano at the centre of Kyushu                                                                  DAY 11: VISIT HAKONE
   aze over Mount Aso, Japan’s largest volcano
  G                                               island. Aso’s crater is one of the world’s                                                              Transfer to Kyoto station and board a bullet                                                             Visit page 50 to learn more about all of our
  and the smaller volcanoes within its huge       largest; with a circumference of over 100km                                                             train to Atami to transfer to the onsen resort                                                           extensions and stopovers.
  crater (one of which is active), and admire     it encompasses a number of other active                                                                 of Hakone by road. Discover the mountainous
  the incredible scenery that surrounds it.       peaks, which you’ll be able to see (weather                                                             beauty and rich culture of the Hakone area,
                                                                                                        Discover Kumamoto Castle
                                                  dependent). Continue to Beppu, one of                                                                   before travelling to Lake Ashi for a cruise

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      OVERNIGHT FLIGHT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    SAPPORO (2N)
JOURNEY                                                                                                                                                                                                                             SHIRAOI
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NOBORIBETSU                                           JAPAN

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  HAKODATE (1N)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    AOMORI (1N)
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JAPAN                                                                                                                                                                                                            TSUNAGI (1N)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   KAKUNODATE                                                               1

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Along with the must-see sites on
  14 DAYS FROM                                                                                                                                                                                                                 NIKKO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the island of Honshu and a day trip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 JAPAN                                                  to Nikko, this is a tour of varying
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               TOKYO (3N)                                landscapes as it journeys south from

   PER                                                                                                                                                                                                     
 PERSON                                                                                                                                                                                                                   HAKONE                                         Hokkaido uncovering the charming
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 (2N)                                                    cities of Sapporo, Otaru and Hakodate.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         MT FUJI
                                                                                                                                                                                                    (1N)                                           COACH TRAIN
           FROM THE UK

           ALL MEALS

    Discover Hokkaido’s nature
    Explore vibrant Sapporo
    Spend time in Hakodate
    See Tokyo’s bright lights
    Gaze at Mount Fuji
    Uncover Kyoto’s past
                                                      Explore the beautiful surroundings of Nikko National Park                                               Admire illuminated views of Hakodate                  Stroll along the canal in Otaru

PRICE INCLUDES                                      ITINERARY
• 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches & 12 dinners
• International flights and current taxes           DAYS 1-2: FLY OVERNIGHT TO SAPPORO                 seafood and the odd souvenir. Ascend                 DAY 9: EXPLORE TOKYO                                  Pavilion’. Set amongst classical Japanese Zen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gardens and on the edge of a reflecting pool,     PRICES & DEPARTURES
• Domestic transportation                           Fly overnight to the vibrant city of Sapporo,      Goryokaku Tower for views over Goryokaku             Tokyo, Japan’s capital, is the ultimate 24-
• 3 star plus – 4 star accommodation plus           capital of the northern Japanese island of         Fort and Mount Hakodate before boarding the          hour city, but look behind its frantic, high-tech     the temple’s main hall is covered in gold leaf.
                                                    Hokkaido. Depending on your time of arrival,       bullet train to the lovely city of Aomori in the     frontage and you’ll find plenty of tranquil           Then, stroll through Nishiki Market, dubbed       2020 DATES
                                                    the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up   north of Honshu, Japan’s largest island. Visit       backstreets and old temples to explore. Start         ‘Kyoto’s kitchen’, where there are many
• Touring with guides and entrance fees                                                                                                                                                                                                                             16 May - 29 May £6,290 05 Sep - 18 Sep      £6,490
                                                    the local culture.                                 the Nebuta Warasse, a museum dedicated               the day in the vibrant district of Asakusa, where     interesting food and sake stores to explore
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2021 DATES
                                                                                                       to Aomari’s famous, 300-year-old Nebuta              you will visit Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest temple,        before a free afternoon to spend as you wish.
                                                    DAY 3: ASCEND OKURAYAMA                            Matsuri, a lively summer festival.                   and wander down Nakamise shopping street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    15 May - 28 May £6,690 04 Sep - 17 Sep      £6,790
                                                    This morning, ascend to the Okurayama                                                                                                                         DAY 13: SAKE TASTING
                                                                                                                                                            before a visit to Edo Tokyo Museum. After lunch,                                                            Flight and supplement information
                                                    viewing point, soaring up to the summit of         DAY 6: TSUNAGI ONSEN                                                                                       Try your hand at handkerchief dyeing and
                                                                                                                                                            stroll through the peaceful Meiji Jingu Shrine        then experience the rituals of a tea ceremony.    • Based on London Heathrow departures
                                                    the Sapporo Winter Olympics ski jump by            Depart Aomari for Kakunodate, an old samurai
                                                                                                                                                            complex, before ascending to the observatory          After lunch, walk the vermillion, torii gate-     • Regional UK departures available
                                                    chair lift – the views over the surrounding        stronghold still known for its samurai traditions.
                                                                                                                                                            deck of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government             lined pathways of the Fushimi Inari Shrine        • Flight upgrades available on request
                                                    mountains are breathtaking. Continue to            Visit the Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum for a
                                                                                                                                                            building for exceptional views over the city.         and tour a traditional sake brewery, where        • Land only from £5,590 (Sapporo - Osaka)
                                                    the pretty port town of Otaru and take some        fascinating look at samurai culture and stroll
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  you can have a few cheeky tasters. Drive to       • Single room from £1,290
                                                    time to walk along the streets of the village      around Ishiguro House, a traditional samurai         DAY 10: ADMIRE MOUNT FUJI
                                                    and stroll along the picturesque canal. This       residence. Continue to the hot spring resort of      Travel by road from Tokyo to Mount Fuji,              the booming city of Osaka.
                                                    evening visit the Sapporo Beer Museum              Tsunagi, where you can make use of the onsen         where you’ll ascend 2,400 metres up Japan’s           DAY 14: FLY OSAKA TO UK
                                                    where there is an optional beer tasting before     facilities at the traditional Japanese ryokan        most iconic sight to the 5th Station (weather                                                           EXTEND YOUR STAY...
Relax in a warm onsen spa                                                                                                                                                                                         Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or
                                                    popping next door to the Sapporo Beer Garden       where you’ll stay overnight.                         permitting). Transfer to the Hakone area.
                                                    to dine on a Genghis Khan dinner – barbeque                                                             Embark on a cruise on the spectacular Lake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  following day.
  EXPERIENCES YOU’LL LOVE                                                                              DAY 7: CRUISE MATSUSHIMA BAY                                                                               NOT LOOKING TO JOIN A GROUP?
                                                    lamb, a Sapporo special!                                                                                Ashi before flying high above the lake on the
                                                                                                       Travel to Hiraizumi, where you’ll explore the                                                              Call us to arrange a private tour.
                                                                                                                                                            Komagatake Ropeway to the summit of Mount
                                                    DAY 4: TRAVEL TO HAKODATE                          peaceful Chusonji with its beautiful old gold
   pend the night in a ryokan, a centuries-old
  S                                                                                                                                                         Komagatake where the views of Mount Fuji
                                                    Depart Sapporo and travel to a lovely lakeside     leaf-covered hall. Continue to Matsushima to
  style of guesthouse that offers the ultimate                                                                                                              will be breathtaking, if the peak isn’t hiding in
                                                    spot to visit a museum of Ainu culture, an         enjoy a relaxed cruise on Matsushima Bay,
  Japanese experience! Sleep on futons and                                                                                                                  cloud of course! Return to Tokyo.
                                                    indigenous people of the area. Continue to         passing amongst the small pine tree-covered
  tatami mats, dine on traditional food and bathe
                                                    Noboribetsu Jigokudani (Hell Valley) and walk      islands of this picturesque seascape.                DAY 11: TRAVEL TO KYOTO                                                                                 SEOUL EXTENSION
  in the relaxing warm waters of an onsen.
                                                    through a volcanic caldera where you can                                                                Take a bullet train to Kyoto. Capital for 1,000                                                         4 days from £490pp
   ry your hand at the traditional art of
  T                                                                                                    DAY 8: SENDAI TO NIKKO
                                                    see steam jets, vents and hot springs. After                                                            years, the city today is full of the legacy of
  handkerchief dyeing in a workshop of a                                                               Walk to Sendai station and take the bullet                                                                                                                   TAIPEI EXTENSION
                                                    lunch, hop on a train to the harbour city of                                                            ancient Japan and home to tranquil temples,
  handicraft village – you’ll get to create                                                            train to the culture-filled town of Nikko. Start                                                                                                             4 days from £490pp
                                                    Hakodate, set on Hokkaido’s southern tip,                                                               silk-clad geisha and sublime gardens. This
  beautiful colours and patterns working                                                               your explorations in the beautiful surroundings
                                                    where you’ll embark on a night tour with time                                                           afternoon, visit Togetsukyo Bridge in the heart                                                         HIROSHIMA & MIYAJIMA EXTENSION
  with the dyes.                                                                                       of Nikko National Park, where you’ll visit
                                                    to ascend the ropeway up Mount Hakodate,                                                                of the vibrant Arashiyama district and walk                                                             3 days from £950pp
   mbark on a tour of a sake brewery,
  E                                                                                                    Toshogu shrine. Built in the 1600s, this is
                                                    for magnificent views over the illuminated city.                                                        through the bamboo forest, with its towering
  where you’ll see first hand the traditional                                                          Japan’s most lavish shrine, built as the final                                                                                                               Visit page 50 to learn more about all of our
                                                                                                                                                            bamboo thickets.
  process used to brew the rice wine that           DAY 5: EXPLORE HAKODATE ASAICHI                    resting place of shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu.                                                                                                                     extensions and stopovers.
  is Japan’s national beverage and have             Start the day wandering Hakodate’s bustling        Continue to the magnificent Kegon Waterfall,         DAY 12: EXPLORE KYOTO
  a few cheeky tasters.                             asaichi (morning market), where hundreds           taking a 100-metre tall elevator up to the           This morning, visit one of Japan’s most
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Walk in Hell Valley
                                                    of stores and stalls sell fresh local produce,     perfect viewing spot. Transfer to Tokyo.             famous temples, Kinkakuji, the ‘Golden

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