Journey through the ages on this immersive holiday, combining a seven day tour through the cultural epicentres of Japan, with a nine day cruise around the Japanese isles. Compare the beauty of mountain villages with the hauntingly poignant Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima. Marvel at the temples of Kyoto and Tokyo and reflect in the serene Japanese gardens of Kenroku-en and the Samurai District of Kanazawa. Throw in rides on the famous bullet train, most meals and more amazing tours and you have the makings of a once in a life time trip. After your seven day experience you will have an unrivalled understanding of this mysterious area of the world, setting the perfect backdrop for your nine day cruise. With four dates and four different cruise itineraries to choose from, there are plenty of options to match everyone’s taste. Travel in April next year and be part of the Spring Flower Festival cruise, or perhaps sail away in July and enjoy the carnival floats of the world famous Nebuta Festival. The choice is yours.
Seven day Journey through Japan: Beginning with a three night stay in Otsu, you will be perfectly placed to explore the Ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto, as well as the history filled sites of Hiroshima and Nara. Your first day will give you the chance to relax and explore Otsu at leisure after your overnight flight. Day two will be an in-depth look at the beautiful temples and shrines of Kyoto and Nara, a highlight being the ancient Buddhist Temple of Todai-ji which is situated in a park with freely roaming deer. End the day with an evening dinner in Kyoto to get a true taste of this beautiful city. The next day you will board the famous bullet train and travel down to Hiroshima, where you will visit the famous Peace Memorial as well as the Atomic Bomb Dome. In the afternoon you will catch a ferry to Miyajima to see the famous red shrine in the sea. After your three night stay in Otsu you will be transferred to Kanazawa, with a tour on the way to the mountain village of Shirakawa-go which is nestled in amongst a pine clad valley and rice paddies. The following morning you will visit the typically Japanese garden of Kenroku-en and the famous Nomura House of the Samurai era. Then speeding off to Tokyo via bullet train for a three night stay, you will have the rest of the day at leisure before completing your journey with two full day tours encompassing Mt. Fuji, Lake Ashi, The Imperial Palace and more.