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 'The  Land of the Rising Sun' is a classic in-depth journey around Japan especially designed for the independently- minded traveller. As well as visiting the Geisha districts of Kyoto and the bright lights of Tokyo, highlights include a magical night on the enchanted island of Miyajima and a day amidst the volcanoes and spas of Beppu. Elsewhere we explore the old capital at Nara and the delightful gardens of Okayama and Kumamoto as well as spending time in the beautiful harbour town of Nagasaki. Travelling on Japan's excellent train system the group (maximum size 12) is escorted throughout by an expert Japanese-speaking leader from the UK. The Oriental Caravan has been organising escorted tours to Japan since 1997 and is your perfect guide to unravelling the mysteries of this fascinating land...

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Day 1. Arrive Kyoto. (Kyoto)
Day 2. Introductory sightseeing tour of Kyoto. (Kyoto)
Day 3. A day at leisure to further explore Kyoto's exquisite temples and gardens. (Kyoto)
Day 4. A morning walking tour of Nara including a visit to the Giant Buddha at Todaiji Temple and a stroll among the shrines and woodlands of Nara's ancient Deer Park. (Kyoto)
Day 5. By ‘Bullet Train’ to Hiroshima. En route we visit Korakuen garden in Okayama and the Peace Museum in Hiroshima before arriving at the magical island of Miyajima. Spend the night on the island. (Miyajima)
Day 6. Time to explore Miyajima island and take in great views of the Inland Sea from the summit of the enchanting Mt. Misen before continuing to Beppu with its geothermal wonders. (Beppu)
Day 7. A full day to soak up the exhilarating atmosphere of this remarkable town. Hot baths, sand baths, mud baths and beautiful tropical gardens - we stay in one of the most unusual hotels in the world with great hiking possibilities nearby. (Beppu)
Day 8. Inland by train to the volcanic peaks and rural hamlets of Mt. Aso. Ascend to the crater rim of Mt. Nakedake once used as a set in the James Bond film 'You Only Live Twice'. (Miyaji)
Day 9. Via Kumamoto's Suizenji Garden to the cosmopolitan and friendly harbour town of Nagasaki. (Nagasaki)
Day 10. A free day to explore this vibrant town with its fascinating historical links to the West. Of particular interest are the charming hillside Glover Garden Park, Chinatown and a cruise along the harbour. (Nagasaki)
Day 11. Via Fukuoka we speed our way by ‘Bullet Train’ to Tokyo, on the way passing Japan's best preserved castle, Himeiji, and her finest landmark, Mount Fuji. (Tokyo)
Day 12. A full day sightseeing tour of Tokyo including the lively Senso Ji temple, a boat cruise on the Sumida River, a stroll through Hama Rikyu Garden and a performance of Kabuki theatre. (Tokyo)
Day 13. A free day for shopping or individual sightseeing. Farewell meal. (Tokyo)

Day 14.

The Oriental Caravan heads home...

Dates (land only)
Starts Kyoto

Ends Tokyo


(land only)

1st April 2016 14th April 2016 Spaces available GBP2275.00

In Kyoto, Beppu, Nagasaki and Tokyo we stay in comfortable, tourist class hotels. In Miyaji we stay in a traditional, family run minshuku and on Miyajima island  we stay in a characterful ryokan/guesthouse with availability of Japanese style accommodation. Twin share basis. A single supplement is available at a cost of £425.

Food and drink

One dinner and one breakfast are included in Miyaji. A 'farewell' meal is also included in Tokyo. Elsewhere, for reasons of convenience, choice and flexibility, food is not included in the price. For most meals the tour leader will be on hand to suggest restaurants and, if necessary, help with ordering meals. Although it is possible to eat more cheaply, and certainly possible to eat more expensively, most people find that around £15-25 a day is more than enough.  

Mode of travel We make full use of Japan’s highly efficient rail system using both both 'bullet' and local trains. Also bus, taxi, boat and (optional) cable car .
Staff  Full services of Japanese-speaking leader from the UK or English-speaking leader from Japan plus local guides where applicable.
Group size Minimum 6 - Maximum 12
Flights & Insurance For information on insurance and flights please contact The Oriental Caravan. 



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