An introductory tour to Japanese gardens and landscapes.
This tour starts with a three night stay in Tokyo where you will visit the Imperial Palace Garden and a Bonsai Museum. A day trip to Hakone includes Onshi Park where you can get spectacular views of Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi during clear weather.
On Day 5 we take an internal flight to Matsue, or ‘water city’. During your stay you will visit the Adachi Museum, known for its beautiful Japanese gardens and landscapes, and Matsue Castle; one of the few remaining original castle structures. After a tranquil city stay we proceed to the cultural capital, Kyoto. En-route, we stop in Okayama to visit its famous castle and also visit Korakuen – one of the three great landscape gardens of Japan.
Your Kyoto stay will be unforgettable – filled with cultural experiences and garden visits. A visit to Tenryuji – one of the best-known Zen temples is followed by a visit to Saihoji Temple (whenever possible). Famed for its absolutely stunning moss garden and Buddhist ceremonies; a truly tranquil and exclusive haven, you will not fail to be moved by the beauty and quietness of this place. You will also see the world-famous Golden Pavilion, a Japanese rock garden and partake in a traditional tea ceremony.
The last day in Kyoto is free at your leisure. You may re-visit any of the temples or gardens, visit some new ones, or shop for souvenirs before leaving.
|Day 1||London – Tokyo
Depart London on a non-stop flight to Tokyo.
Arrive at Tokyo Narita Airport. Meet and assist at the airport and transfer by airport bus to Tokyo.
|Day 3||Tokyo (B)
Full-day tour. Highlights: Hamarikyu Garden, Imperial Palace East Garden (closed on Monday & Friday), Asakusa Kannon Temple, Shunkaen Bonsai Museum.
|Day 4||Tokyo – Hakone – Tokyo (B)
Full-day tour. Highlights: Hakone Onshi Park, Hakone Botanical Wetland Garden and Hakone Art Museum.
|Day 5||Matsue (B)
Morning: Free time in Tokyo.
Afternoon: Transfer on an internal flight to Matsue.
|Day 6||Matsue (B)
Full-day tour. Highlights: Adachi Museum, Matsue Castle, Horikawa River ride.
|Day 7||Matsue – Okayama – Kyoto (B)
Travel to independently to Okayama and enjoy a guided sightseeing of Korakuen Garden and Okayama Castle. Travel on to Kyoto by bullet train.
|Day 8||Kyoto (B)
Full-day tour. Highlights: Ryoanji Temple, Tenryuji Temple, Bamboo Forest, Saihoji Temple* and Buddhist Calligrahy.
|Day 9||Kyoto (B)
Full-day tour. Highlights: Golden Pavilion, a visit to a traditional town house, a tea ceremony and a visit to Kyoto Botanical Garden.
|Day 10||Kyoto (B)
Free time in Kyoto.
|Day 11||Depart Kyoto
Transfer by airport shuttle to an Osaka Airport for your homeward flight.
*Availability of Saihoji Temple not guaranteed.
Tour Prices for 2017
|Jan – Dec||On Request|
|Single Supplement from||£ CALL|
Note: Prices subject to change without notice due to exchange rate fluctuation and/or airline tax changes. Please contact Jaltour for alternative arrangements and tailormade tours.