About the tour: Uncover Japan – The Land of the Rising Sun

Discover Japan, where ancient traditions blend seamlessly with modern life creating a truly unforgettable experience. Enjoy the authentic delicate cuisine, the stunning natural scenery and the dynamic cities this fascinating far-eastern country is famous for across the globe. From the bustling city of Tokyo, where neon-lit sky scrapers shadow historic temples, to the breathtaking scenery of the sacred Mount Fuji, join us on an incredible once-in-a-lifetime escorted tour of Japan.

Tour Includes

  • 10 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 2 light lunches
  • Return flights to Tokyo & from Kansai/Osaka with one checked-in suitcase
  • Airport transfers in Japan

13 days from £4429 pp

Departure Dates

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Fly to Tokyo.

    Upon arrival in Tokyo transfer to your hotel for a three-night stay.

    Today, we discover Tokyo, the vibrant capital of Japan. We begin the day with a city sightseeing tour, where we will see the beautiful Meiji-Jingu Shrine, dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shoken, and the Imperial Palace Plaza, before enjoying a walking tour of the upmarket Ginza district.

    For lunch, we will join a fascinating sushi masterclass where we will learn how to make traditional sushi.

    This afternoon, we will visit Asakusa, with the famous Senso-ji Buddhist temple, the oldest in Japan, before returning to our hotel.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Light Lunch

    Included Highlights

    • Tokyo City Sightseeing Tour
    • Traditional Sushi Masterclass
    • Asakusa
    This morning, we depart Tokyo for Nikko. On arrival in Nikko, we will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city before continuing to the UNESCO Toshogu Shrine, Japan’s most lavishly decorated shrine and mausoleum of the famous shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu.

    The impressive shrine was reconstructed by Ieyasu's grandson, shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu, now consisting of over a dozen buildings, set in a beautiful forest.

    After free time in Nikko, we continue to the stunning Kegon Waterfalls. The magnificent falls were formed when the Daiya River was re-routed by lava flows and is among one of the most beautiful falls in Japan.

    Later, we return to our hotel in Tokyo.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Toshogu Shrine, Nikko

    Included Highlights

    • Nikko Sightseeing Tour
    • Kegon Falls
    Our first stop today is Oishi Park* in Kawaguchiko, with its picturesque views of Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan. The park is renowned for its exquisite sightseeing opportunities, with the impressive volcano reflecting from the waters of Lake Kawaguchi.

    We will enjoy free time at the Daio Wasabi Plantation Farm, one of Japan’s largest wasabi plantations. The farm is meticulously maintained, with each field fed by crystal-clear waters, fed from the Northern Alps. Within the plantations, there are attractive walking trails and the Daio Shrine, enshrining the spirit of local hero, Hachimen Daio, the farm's protector.

    We continue on to Matsumoto, where we will visit the beautiful castle, with its distinctive black walls, a designated national treasure. We continue to our hotel in Takayama for an overnight stay.

    *Weather permitting

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Oishi Park
    Oishi Park

    Included Highlights

    • Oishi Park*
    • Daio Wasabi Plantation Farm
    • Matsumoto
    We begin the day with a walking tour of Takayama, a traditional city with a beautifully preserved Old Town.

    During our tour of Takayama, we will visit to the morning market, packed full with stalls selling everything from vegetables, pickles and spices to Japanese sweets, gifts and souvenirs. We will also take time to enjoy a spot of sake tasting at the local sake brewery.

    The tour concludes with a visit to Takayama-Jinya, a former government outpost before you will have free time to explore independently.

    This afternoon we transfer to the UNESCO Shirakawago Village which is best known for its traditional gassho-zukuri wooden houses. We continue to our overnight hotel in Kanazawa.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Included Highlights

    • Takayama Walking Tour
    • Shirakawago Village
    Today we head to Kanazawa, the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture. In the morning, we take time to visit the beautiful traditional Japanese garden of Kenroku-en, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan.

    Kenroku-en is home to roughly 8,750 trees and 183 species of plants as well as the oldest water fountain in Japan, powered only by water natural pressure.

    We then continue on to the elegant Nomura Samurai mansion, where time has seemingly stood still since the Edo period. The Nomura’s are one of Japan’s famous Samurai families who used their swords to conquer the Maeda clan. The mansion features refined architecture, intricate murals and stunning gardens complete with flowing waterfalls and dancing carp.

    Following time at leisure for lunch, we will take the Express Train to Kyoto where we will stay for the next two nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Included Highlights

    • Kenroku-en
    • Nomura Samurai Mansion
    This morning we enjoy an included sightseeing tour of Kyoto, during which we visit the UNESCO listed Kinkakkuji Temple, famous for its Golden Pavillion.

    Kinkakkuji is perhaps the most well-known temple in Japan, despite being burned to the ground by a disgruntled monk in 1950. The picturesque building, delicately covered in gold leaf is one of the most visited sites in Kyoto.

    We then continue on to the Bamboo Forest in Arashiyama, where we will have a walking tour before free time for lunch.

    We begin the afternoon with a visit to Nijo Castle. Built in 1603 by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founding shogun of the Edo shogunate which ruled Japan from the beginning of the 17th century and has been registered as a Japanese National Treasure.

    We will then take part in an authentic tea ceremony. Our instructor will show us how to make a Japanese Matcha Green Tea, and how to enjoy it in the traditional Japanese manner.

    We will spend time at leisure in the Kyoto district of Gion before returning to the hotel.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Included Highlights

    • Kyoto Sightseeing Tour
    • Gion
    • Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
    • Nijo Castle
    • Authentic Tea Ceremony
    Our first stop today is the beautiful Korakuen Garden, where we will have time at leisure to enjoy the uplifting and relaxing spaces. The garden is arranged to take in water from the river that runs through a zig-zag brook to a pond and down into a waterfall.

    We then move on to the city of Kurashiki. We will have free time in the historical ‘Bikan Chiku’ area, famous for its beautiful streetscape of storehouses and merchant homes, with their grey and white trellis-patterned walls and flamboyant ceramic roofs.

    Take a stroll along the canal, lined with drooping willow trees, as boats gently punt down the calm waters, or veer off down the narrow streets where you will find museums, galleries and workshops.

    This afternoon we continue to our hotel in Hiroshima for a two-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Included Highlights

    • Korakuen Garden
    • Kurashiki
    Today, we spend the day in the city of Hiroshima. We take a ferry across Hiroshima bay to Miyajima Island, known for its forests and ancient temples. We see the iconic Itsukushima Shrine, giving you time to admire the elaborate Torii gate, which rises majestically out of the sea.

    Included, we enjoy a lunch of Okonomiyaki, similar to a savoury pancake Okonomiyaki, made with egg, cabbage, soba noodles and meat.

    Following lunch we visit the Peace Memorial Park and museum. Hiroshima is known worldwide as the first place that the atomic bomb was used. Before the bomb, the Peace Park was the commercial and political heart of the city, and for this reason, it was chosen as the pilot’s target. The area is now a registered UNESCO World Heritage Landmark, redeveloped and devoted to promoting peace.

    Please note: The famous 'floating' tori gate of Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima will be undergoing refurbishment commencing in June 2019. Guests will be able to visit the shrine itself, though the tori gate may be scaffolded and covered which may affect the overall view of the shrine. The work is expected to be ongoing until approximately August 2020.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Light Lunch
    Miyajima Island
    Miyajima Island

    Included Highlights

    • Miyajima Island
    • Itsukushima Shrine
    • Okonomiyaki
    • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
    We depart Hiroshima via Nozomi train for Himeji where we visit its beautiful castle. Himeji Castle, also known as the White Heron Castle, due to its elegant appearance, is the finest surviving castle that remains in Japan today.

    The largest of Japan's castles never destroyed by war, earthquake or fire, the imposing size and beauty of the Himeji makes it not only a national treasure, but also a World Heritage Site.

    This afternoon we take the world-famous high-speed bullet train to Osaka, where we arrive at our hotel for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Himeji Castle
    Himeji Castle

    Included Highlights

    • Himeji Castle
    • Bullet Train
    This morning we travel to Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan, established in the year 710. Here, we will visit the Todaiji Temple, which houses one of Japan’s largest bronze statues of Buddha. The temple was constructed in 752 as the head of all provincial Buddhist temples of Japan.

    After free time for lunch we continue our day with a visit to the birth place of Sumo, the Kehaya Sumo Museum. The modern museum features a full-size ring, and an interesting collection of Sumo materials relating to the sport. The museum also doubles as a research centre, continuously studying the Sumo sport and its history as an integral part of Japanese culture.

    We then continue on to Dotonbori Street, where we enjoy free time taking in the principal tourist destination in Osaka. Lit by neon signs, the street runs along the south bank of the Dotonbori-gawa Canal, and is packed full of incredible restaurants and amusement facilities, a perfect end to your tour of Japan.

    We transfer to Kansai/Osaka airport for our overnight flight home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Included Highlights

    • Nara
    • Kehaya Sumo Museum
    • Dotonbori Street

    Arrival in the UK.


    If you have a British Citizen or British National (Overseas) passport, you can enter Japan as a visitor for up to 90 days without a visa. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required. It is your responsibility to ensure you hold the correct passport and visa (if required) to enter Japan. If you are in any doubt please contact the appropriate embassy.


    The use or possession of some common prescription and over-the-counter medicines are banned under Japan’s strictly enforced anti-stimulant drugs law. This includes decongestant nasal inhalers, medicines for allergies and sinus problems, cold and flu medication containing Pseudoephedrine and even some over-the-counter painkillers like those containing codeine. Foreign nationals have been detained and deported for offences - ignorance may not be considered a defence. You should check the status of your medication with your GP and/or your nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate before you travel. If you’re travelling with prescription medication that is permitted under Japanese law, you advised to take a copy of your prescription and a letter from your doctor stating the medical condition that the medication has been prescribed to treat.


    Japan is mainly a cash society. The Japanese currency is the Yen. You may have difficulty using credit and debit cards issued outside Japan. Cirrus, Maestro, Link and Delta cash cards are not widely accepted. Japanese post offices, 7-Eleven stores and JP Post Bank have cash machines, which will accept some foreign cards during business hours. Cash machines at banks and post offices generally close at 9pm or earlier and may not operate at the weekends or on national holidays, however, ATMs in convenience stores and some shopping centres are available 24 hours a day. Check with your bank before travelling and take sufficient alternative sources of money for the duration of your stay.

    Local customs

    Please be aware that due to Japanese tradition guests will be asked to take off their shoes in temples and places of religious significance. Itsukushima Shrine - day 10 Please note: The famous “floating” Tori Gate of Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima will be undergoing refurbishment commencing in June 2019. Guests will be able to visit the shrine itself, though the Tori Gate may be scaffolded and covered which may affect the overall view of the shrine. The work is expected to be ongoing until at least August 2020.

    Tour Suitability

    There is a significant amount of walking and on occasion a large amount of steps to negotiate during most days of this tour. Those with walking difficulties may find it difficult. For more information please contact us.

    Single Room Supplement from £929.00 (13 days).

    Uncover Japan – The Land of the Rising Sun 13 days from £4429pp

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    01709 787 463


    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    Throughout your holiday, you will stay at the hotels detailed below, or similar.

    You will stay for three nights at the Grand Prince Takanawa, Tokyo, one night at the Takayama Green Hotel, Takayama and the Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel, Kyoto, before moving on to two nights at the Rihga Royal Hotel, Kyoto and two nights at the Sheraton Hiroshima and one night at the Sharaton Miyako Hotel, Osaka.

    Grand Prince Takanawa (or similar)

    Takayama Green Hotel (or similar)

    Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel (or similar)

    Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka (or similar)

    Your Flights

    Yes, unfortunately there is no feeder/transfer service to/from the U.K. airports.

    Estimated flight times are given at the time of booking. The times given are for guidance only and may change.

    Exact flight times will be confirmed on travel document which are sent 7-10 days before departure. For more information on flight times please contact our Reservations Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at [email protected].

    We are able to pre-book flight seats with most airlines. There may be a charge for this service. Any charges will be confirmed at the time of booking. Most other airlines will allocate your seats at check-in.
    Yes, we can. Please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 to arrange wheelchair assistance or any other medical requests.
    We recommend you check-in for your flight three hours before the scheduled time for long haul flights and two and a half hours before the scheduled time for any European holidays.

    Luggage allowances vary from airline to airline. The luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 5kg for hand luggage. Ryan Air's luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 10kg for hand luggage. All allowances are subject to changes made by the airline.

    For more information on luggage allowances please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at [email protected].

    The transfers on the majority of our flight tours are included. Our Reservations Staff will be able to advise you when you call. On tours where you book your own flight the transfers may only be available at certain times or not at all.
    This depends on which airline the flight is booked with. Please call our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 for more details.

    Return flights to Tokyo and from Osaka/Kansai are available from Heathrow. Regional connections to Heathrow are available, additional supplements may apply.

    We will book flights to coincide with the arrival of other passengers joining the tour from a variety of UK airports. This is to enable the smooth operation of transfers for the group. Your flight times will be confirmed with your travel documents.

    Flight supplements may apply for some airports. If your chosen airport carries a supplement, we will contact you to discuss.

    All prices and airports are subject to availability – routes can be reintroduced, cancelled or amended by the airline at any time.

    This holiday is operated by Leger Air Holidays Ltd. ATOL 3880.

    All of our coaches are modern and comfortable, and you can be assured of a high level of service. On selected air holidays, the executive coach may not have an onboard toilet or drinks facilities.

    Executive Features

    • Air conditioning
    • Drinks machines
    • Onboard toilet
    • Reclining seats

    Customer Reviews