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Gardens of Japan

Discover your zen exploring Japan’s finest gardens.

 

Explore some of Japan’s finest gardens. You’ll visit the ‘Three Great Gardens’, take a bonsai workshop as well as see a host of iconic city highlights. In Tokyo we’ll visit the grounds and gardens of the Imperial Palace. At Kairakuen, we see one of the best landscaped gardens in Japan and we’ll visit the Omiya Bonsai village. We travel by train to Kanazawa to view the feudal-lord Kenrokuen Garden and visit the restored Samurai residence of Nomura-ke.

 

In Kyoto we’ll discover Nijo Castle with a garden designed by Kobori Enshu. Feast your eyes on a sea of green at the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and we also hope to visit the Kokedera Moss Temple. Before continuing to Hiroshima we will visit the landscaped garden of Korakuen in Okayama and the historic city of Kurashiki set on the Takahashi River. Whilst in Hiroshima we will wander through the shrunken scenery garden of Shukkeien as well as crossing to Miyajima Island. We return to Tokyo for our final night where you will have some free time.

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You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required.



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    14 Oct 2017
    Nights
    10
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    Level A
    Depart From
    London (Heathrow)
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    £4,999
  • Itinerary & Map
    14 Oct 2017 - 24 Oct 2017

    Day 1 - -
    We take an overnight flight to Tokyo.

    Day 2 - Tokyo
    Arrive at Narita Airport and we have a half day sightseeing trip by coach in Tokyo including Asakusa Kannon Temple,Nakamise Shopping Arcade and Imperial Palace. We then transfer to the hotel (luggage will have been transported direct to the hotel from the airport).

    Day 3 - Tokyo
    We have a full-day sightseeing including Kairakuen Garden, Hitachi Seaside Park and Kashima Jingu Shrine.

    Day 4 - Tokyo
    Full-day sightseeing of Omiya Today we have a full-day excursion in Omiya visiting the The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Omiya Bonsai Village and we have a bonsai making workshop at the Shunkaen Bonsai Museum. Later we return to the hotel for dinner

    Day 5 - Kanazawa
    We take a morning train from Tokyo to Kanazawa. Your luggage will be transferred directly to the hotel by road. On arrival we have a half-day sightseeing tour of Kanazawa including Kenrokuen Garden, Nomura-ke Samurai Residence and Higashi Chaya Street. We then transfer to our hotel ready for dinner at a local restaurant.

    Day 6 - Kyoto
    We take a morning train to Kyoto. Your luggage will be transferred directly to the hotel by road. On arrival we have a half day sightseeing in Kyoto including Nijo Castle, Kiyomizudera Temple and the Gion District. We transfer to our hotel for dinner.

    Day 7 - Kyoto
    We spend the day at Arashiyama where we visit the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Ryoanji Temple and the Moss Temple (subject to availability). You'll also have some free time in Ashiyama for personal exploration.

    Day 8 - Hiroshima
    We take the train to Okayama for sightseeing including Korakuen Garden and Kurashiki City before continuing to our hotel in Hiroshima. IMPORTANT NOTE: YOUR LUGGAGE WILL BE TRANSFERRED BY ROAD DIRECT TO TOKYO READY FOR DAY 10. YOU WILL NEED TO TAKE AN OVERNIGHT BAG WITH ESSENTIALS AND CLOTHING FOR THE 2 DAYS IN HIROSHIMA.

    Day 9 - Hiroshima
    We have a full-day sightseeing of Hiroshima & Miyajima Island. Visits in Hiroshima will include Peace Memorial Park, Atomic Bomb Dome and Shukkeien Garden. After lunch we transfer to Miyajima Island by coach & ferry.

    Day 10 - Tokyo
    You have a free morning for personal exploration before we return to Tokyo by afternoon train.

    Day 11 - -
    Transfer to airport for the return flight.


  • Accommodation
    ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hiroshima

    The Crowne Plaza sits in the heart of Hiroshima, in the commercial district and five minutes walk from the Peace Memorials. A restaurant high up on the 22nd floor has great views over the city and serves French cuisine. Other restaurants serve Chinese, Japanese and Western cuisine.

    Guests are free to use the Fitness Centre, and for a charge the indoor pool. Rooms are clean and comfortable. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.

    Hotel Nikko, Kanazawa

    Standing at 130 meters tall in the centre of town, the Nikko offers unrivalled panoramic views of Kanazawa. Despite the location the hotel is quiet, and friendly and welcoming staff are on hand to help you with a comfortable stay.

    There is a great choice of cuisine with eight restaurants serving western and eastern cuisine for the evening and in the mornings a breakfast buffet is available.

    Rooms are clean, and as with many places in Japan, can be more compact than western hotels.

    Free Wi-Fi is available throughout.

  • What's Included

    Holiday Price Includes:

    • Return flights and airport transfers.
    • Travel by road and rail between centres.
    • En-suite accommodation with breakfast at the hotel.
    • All dinners taken either at the hotels or local restaurants.
    • Two lunches.
    • Services of an English speaking local guide throughout.
    Supplement for single room: £599
     

  • Holiday Highlights

    Holiday Highlights:

    • Bonsai Workshop.
    • Visiting the ‘Three Great Gardens’ of Japan.
    • The vibrancy of Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.
    • Traditional Kyoto.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c1hr).
    • Flights: Heathrow-Tokyo (Narita) (c12hrs) British Airways.
    • UK add-on flights from £95 return, British Airways.
    • Upgrades: World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) and Business Class upgrades available. Please ask for a competitive quote.

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You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required.



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