Jewels of Japan

Immerse yourself in the unique and fascinating culture of Japan. Encompassing the essentials with futuristic cities, imperial heritage and magnificent nature, this tour incorporates a number of experiences that give your holiday a truly authentic edge.

Highlights

  • Witness the fusion of modernity and tradition on a Tokyo city tour
  • Ascend the iconic and inspirational Mount Fuji
  • Experience the moving and surprisingly forward thinking city of Hiroshima
  • Watch as water laps over the iconic Itsukushima Shrine
  • Discover the stunning white facade of the feudal Hemeji Castle
  • Explore the quintessential Japanese town of Kyoto

What is Included

  • Return international economy flights, taxes and current fuel surcharges
  • All accommodation
  • All meals (From dinner on day 1 to breakfast on the last day)
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • All transportation and transfers
  • English speaking National Escort
  • Specialist advice from our experienced travel consultants
  • Comprehensive travel guides

What is Not Included

  • Travel Insurance €60.00 (+ 66 years - double premium)
  • Single room supplement from €990.00
  • Tipping paid locally

Itinerary Details

Days 1 & 2 – Tokyo

Fly overnight to Tokyo, the capital of Japan and transfer approximately 1.5 hours to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city until an informal welcome dinner tonight. Group members arriving late in the evening may miss dinner but will receive a refund if so.

Please note: Early check in is not included. If your flight arrives in the morning and you wish to arrange this, please speak to your reservations consultant. Transfers will differ depending on group size, but you may share a coach with other passengers who are not part of a Wendy Wu Tour. Meals will be at your own discretion until your welcome dinner tonight.

Day 3 - Tokyo

Tokyo is the ultimate 24-hour city, but look behind its frantic, high-tech frontage and you’ll find plenty of tranquil backstreets and old temples to explore; today take a tour by coach of this fascinating city. Head to the 1st observatory of the Tokyo Skytree for panoramic views over the city before taking a wander through the district of Asakusa for an opportunity to pick up some souvenirs on Nakamise Shopping street and visit Sensoji Temple. Explore the Edo Tokyo Museum or the Tokyo National Museum (which you visit is dependent on the day of the week) and Tokyo’s Imperial Palace East Garden (you will not enter the palace itself). You will be on your feet for 4-5 hours during your touring in Tokyo. Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant within walking distance of your hotel.

Day 4 – Meiji Shrine

Spend a relaxed morning wandering around the classical landscapes of the Hamarikyu Garden and exploring the huge evergreen forest that encompasses the Shinto Meiji Shrine. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel, driving by the Shibuya “Scramble” Crossing on the way. Return to your hotel where your guide will let you know what time to meet for this evenings dinner cruise, the rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore independently or relax in the hotel. Transfer from the hotel to your boat and take a leisurely 1-hour dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay for some excellent city vistas. You will need to get on and off your boat this evening without assistance.

Day 5 – Tokyo - Fuji Five Lakes

Journey 2 hours through the foothills of the iconic Mount Fuji to its base, where you will find the Fuji Five Lakes. The region is spectacular with the calm waters of the five lakes, formed by past volcanic eruptions, reflecting Fuji’s picture-perfect cone. Try your hand at making traditional Japanese soba noodles before tucking in to your creations for lunch. Continue to Oshino Hakkai, a scenic area of ponds full of crystal clear spring water created by Fuji’s melting snow, where there is also a small museum, Hannoki Bayashi Shiryokan. The museum is a traditional farm house with household items, samurai armour and weapons.

Please note: during bad weather or if there is a special event on Hannoki Bayashi Shiryokan may be closed.

Day 6 – Mount Fuji

Today is a full day of touring, start with a visit to the Fuji San World Heritage Centre where you can learn about the cultural and ecological history of Mount Fuji. Head up Fuji’s 5th Station for spectacular mountain vistas, please note it is only possible to reach the 5th station if weather permits. After lunch transfer 1.5 hours to Iyashi no Sato historical village, located on the western shores of Lake Saiko, it is famous for its thatchedroofed houses. Return to your hotel for dinner.

Please note: you will need to pack a smaller overnight bag for tonight as your main luggage will be transferred this morning to your Kyoto hotel.

Day 7 – Bullet train to Kyoto

Drive 1 hour 45 minutes to Mishima to board your 2-hour bullet train to Kyoto. An enchanting city, Kyoto was capital for a thousand years; today it is the legacy of ancient Japan, full of tranquil temples, silk-clad geisha and sublime gardens. Visit a traditional teahouse where you will be joined by a Geisha or an apprentice Geisha, known as a Maiko. Next, take a tour of the Ryoanji Temple before heading to the Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion, due to its gold-like exterior. Continue to your hotel to check in for a 2-night stay.

Day 8 – Kyoto

Start the day visiting the spectacular Kiyomizu Temple. You will spend 1.5 hours on foot exploring the temple. After lunch, learn traditional Japanese handicrafts such as origami and enjoy the art of a tea ceremony. Return to your hotel and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 9 – Kyoto – Hiroshima

This morning, transfer to Kyoto station and take the bullet train to Hiroshima, a journey of 1 hour 40 minutes. A modern and prosperous city, Hiroshima will be forever remembered as the world’s first atomic bomb target. Travel by coach to the famous Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Please be aware that the museum may be confronting and upsetting for some group members and it is at your discretion if you wish to visit or enjoy time at leisure exploring the Peace Memorial Park. After lunch, travel 1 hour by coach and take a short ferry ride to Miyajima Island, where sightseeing will be at a leisurely pace on foot. Visit Itsukushima Shrine and explore the traditional market town at leisure. Later this afternoon, return by ferry and then coach to Hiroshima for dinner before checking into your hotel.

Day 10 – Himeji Castle

Travel 3.5 hours by coach to Himeji, with a rest stop along the way. On arrival, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the beautiful Himeji Castle and Koko-en Garden. Himeji Castle is largely in its original condition so, please be mindful of your step when walking around. You will have to remove your shoes before walking along some of the wooden floors and there are some steep wooden steps to reach certain areas. After the reopening in March 2015, Himeji Castle has welcomed a large number of visitors. As such, they now issue numbered tickets to enter the Main Keep in order to limit the number of people who can enter, reducing congestion, waiting time and to protect the cultural properties. Please note this means that there may be cases where some visitors are not allowed to enter the Main Keep, however, there are many other parts of the castle to explore. Transfer approximately 2 hours to Osaka for your overnight stay.

Please note: there will be a substantial amount of walking today, including a large number of steps.

Day 11 – Depart Osaka

This morning is free at leisure before you transfer to Osaka airport for your return flight home. Please note: Only breakfast is included today. Late check-out is not included in our Jewels of Japan tour. If you wish to book a late check-out for your final day in Osaka, please contact our reservations department who can confirm the additional price and make this arrangement for you, subject to availability at the hotel.

Accommodation

Tokyo - Royal Park Hotel 4* or similar (3 nights)

Directly connected to Suitengumae Subway Station, Royal Park Hotel features comfortable luxurious accommodations, a swimming pool and a fitness centre. Modern rooms at Park Royal Hotel are air-conditioned and equipped with free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and a minibar. The hotel boasts 9 elegant restaurants/bars with a variety of cuisines serving high quality steaks, seafood and traditional Japanese and Cantonese Chinese dishes.

Yamanashi - Kawaguchi-ko Fuji View Hotel 4* or similar (2 nights)

Overlooking Mount Fuji, the Fuji View Hotel offers spacious rooms equipped with a flat screen satellite television, a minibar and an en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries. Some rooms feature tatami flooring and traditional futon bedding. Guests can enjoy French, Western and Japanese cuisines at its three onsite restaurants, which offer views of Mount Fuji.

Kyoto, Daiwa Roynet Hotel 3* or similar (4 nights)

Situated within walking distance from Tou-ji Temple and Kyoto Terrsa, Kyoto Daiwa Roynet. Hotel offers guests contemporary en-suite rooms with a sophisticated decor and splash of colour. Modern amenities include a fridge, a trouser press and an electric kettle. The hotel also features an on-site restaurant serving delicious Japanese and Western cuisines.

Proposed Flights

Carrier

From / To

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Etihad

Dublin/Dubai

12.55 hrs.

00.30 hrs. *

Etihad

Dubai/Tokyo

02.55 hrs.

17.20 hrs.

Etihad

Osaka/Dubai

23.45 hrs.

05.15 hrs. *

Etihad

Dubai/Dublin

07.15 hrs.

12.05 hrs.

*Next day arrival

Flight times and details may be subject to change

Dates & Prices

Start Date

End Date

Price PPS

Tue 20 Mar

Fri 30 Mar

€6,290.00

Wed 21 Mar

Sat 31 Mar

€6,290.00

Sat 24 Mar

Tue 3 Apr

€6,390.00

Tue 27 Mar

Fri 6 Apr

€6,390.00

Fri 30 Mar

Mon 9 Apr

€6,390.00

Sat 31 Mar

Tue 10 Apr

€6,390.00

Tue 3 Apr

Fri 13 Apr

€6,290.00

Thu 5 Apr

Sun 15 Apr

€6,290.00

Sat 7 Apr

Tue 17 Apr

€6,290.00

Tue 10 Apr

Fri 20 Apr

€6,090.00

Tue 17 Apr

Fri 27 Apr

€6,090.00

Sat 12 May

Tue 22 May

€6,090.00

Fri 18 May

Mon 28 May

€6,090.00

Sat 8 Sep

Tue 18 Sep

€5,890.00

Sat 15 Sep

Tue 25 Sep

€5,890.00

Sat 22 Sep

Tue 2 Oct

€5,890.00

Sat 6 Oct

Tue 16 Oct

€5,890.00

Thu 18 Oct

Sun 28 Oct

€5,890.00

Sat 27 Oct

Tue 6 Nov

€5,890.00

Sat 3 Nov

Tue 13 Nov

€5,890.00

Sat 10 Nov

Tue 20 Nov

€5,890.00

Important Information

  • Passport: your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your return date
  • Visa: a visa is not required for Irish citizens visiting Japan
  • Vaccinations: please check with your local GP or Tropical Medicine Centre for up to date information
  • Climate: late Spring (March to May) and late autumn (September to November) are generally the best times to visit Japan, when there is little rainfall, skies are clear, and temperatures are mild

How to reserve a place(s): a completed booking form with deposit of €500.00 per person (payment by cash/cheque /debit or credit card) should be sent directly to MAP Travel. The balance will be due 10 weeks prior to departure – payment by cash/cheque or debit card.

In conjunction with Wendy Wu Tours