Japan: The Golden Route Sightseeing Tour


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13 nights(incl 1 overnight flight)
Event Category:
Sightseeing Holiday
Group size:
Minimum 6 Maximum 14
Holiday Dates
5 - 18 October 2024 (arrive 6 October after overnight flight)
Deposit Required
20% deposit within 7 days of booking / balance 20 weeks in advance


Join Her on a Hill on this fabulous journey through Japan where we will be taking in the highlights of the country’s popular Golden Route. This truly special sightseeing trip is a great introduction to life in Japan and led by a local Japanese guide. We begin our trip in the vibrant city of Tokyo, a unique and fascinating place buzzing with life. After a guided tour of the highlights, we then head to Hakone with beautiful vistas of Mt Fuji on a clear day. We then stay at a traditional ryokan where we have the opportunity to experience a peaceful, rural environment and enjoy a sumptuous meal.
Next, we head to the ancient city of Kyoto and, after a private tour of the highlights, we have tea with a Geisha.
The following day we can explore Kyoto at our leisure or take the train to the ancinet former capital of Nara with its monuments and extensive deer park. The next day we have an optional guided tour of Hiroshima and Miyajima Island. Miyajima Island is known for its forests, ancient temples and the Great Torii Gate which lies just offshore and is partially submerged at high tide.
We then head to Tsumago and Magome where there is an option to walk a section of the Old Samurai Trail. We also visit the imposing Matsumono castle and Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park before finally returning to Tokyo to enjoy a free day to take in the sights at our leisure before heading home.
It is a truly memorable trip and ideal for the first time visitor to Japan.

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£4950 in a single ensuite room £450 discount per person in a twin ensuite room. If there is nobody to share with, the single price will be applied. Please note: The 1 night at the ryokan is in shared rooms - no single or twins are available. Included in price: For a full list of inclusions and exclusions please request the full itinerary. 12 nights' accommodation (1 overnight flight); meals as detailed in the itinerary; airport transfer at set times; transport within Japan; local tour leader and UK support guide; tour of Tokyo/ Kyoto; Geisha tea; snow monkey visit Not included: International flight; Insurance; Any meals not mentioned in the full itinerary; Personal expenses; Tips for guides, etc at your discretion
We stay at good quality handpicked hotels, guesthouses and ryokans along the way. This will give us taste of all types of accommodation. If the accommodation named in the itinerary is unavailable, a similar standard will be used.
There will be a local female Japanese guide throughout your stay, provided by Japanese specialists Oomi. Local guides will be used for specific tours. Clare Kelly, owner of Her on a Hill, will also be joining the trip as a support guide.
As this is a sightseeing holiday rather than a walking holiday, there is no grade attached. The itinerary takes full advantage of our time in Japan and involves sightseeing tours on foot and a good amount of travelling. There is one walking day of around 5 miles but there is a bus option too.
You will be met on arrival in Tokyo International Airport (Haneda or Narita Airport tbc) and transferred to your hotel by minivan. The flight times will be confirmed nearer the time but will be overnight - leaving on 5 October and arriving on 6 October. Please do not buy flights until the holiday is confirmed by Her on a Hill which is usually when balance payments have been received 20 weeks in advance. You can either buy flights direct or via a recommended ATOL agent – details will be provided when flights are announced.


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  • 05/10/2024
Total: 4950

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