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Japan Panorama Tour

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Japan Remains for many a captivating enigma, an enthralling mix of tradition and innovation, where the modern and the medieval worlds come together in a rich fusion of Buddhist beliefs, Shinto shrines and 21st Century creativity.

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  • Essential Japan LuxuryCultural and HistoryRailTailor Made Tours

    Essential Japan Luxury

    Tokyo (3 nights), Mount Fuji, Hakone National Park (1 night), Hiroshima (2 nights), Miyajima Island (1 night) and Kyoto (3 nights)

  • Essential Japan SuperiorCultural and HistoryRailTailor Made Tours

    Essential Japan Superior

    Tokyo (3 nights), Mount Fuji, Hakone National Park (1 night), Hiroshima (2 nights), Miyajima Island (1 night) and Kyoto (3 nights)

  • Japan Panorama - Group TourCultural and HistoryRailEscorted Tours

    Japan Panorama - Group Tour

    Tokyo (3 nights), Nikko, Mount Fuji, Hakone National Park (1 night), Takayama (2 nights), Kanazawa (1 night), Hiroshima (1 night), Miyajima Island (1 night), Kyoto (3 nights) and Nara

    15 days £3665
    SAVE £800 per person

    Departing: 04th October 2014

  • Ultimate Japan LuxuryCultural and HistoryTailor Made Tours

    Ultimate Japan Luxury

    Tokyo (3 nights), Chibu Onsen, Nagano National Park (1 night), Matsumoto (1 night), Takayama (2 nights), Kanazawa (2 nights), Hiroshima (1 night), Miyajima Island (1 night) and Kyoto (3 nights)

  • Ultimate Japan SuperiorCultural and HistoryTailor Made Tours

    Ultimate Japan Superior

    Tokyo (3 nights), Chibu Onsen, Nagano National Park (1 night), Matsumoto (1 night), Takayama (2 nights), Kanazawa (2 nights), Hiroshima (1 night), Miyajima Island (1 night) and Kyoto (3 nights)

  • Explore Japan with Hyatt HotelsTailor Made Tours

    Explore Japan with Hyatt Hotels

    Tokyo (3 nights), Mount Fuji, Hakone National Park (2 nights) and Kyoto (3 nights)

Things to See & Do

  • Tokyo

    Tokyo

    The most populous city in Japan (over 12 million people), Tokyo’s reputation as one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan destinations is well founded. Developing from a small fishing village it has become the economic heart of Asia’s rampant resurgence and today it is a vibrant fusion of fabulous glass and neon architecture, traditional Shinto shrines and elegant gardens; a spectacular vision of the future that still reveres the cultural trappings of the past.

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  • Mount Fuji

    Mount Fuji

    The Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park is located less than 100 km from Tokyo, making it a spectacular destination to be visited as a day trip from the capital. Famed for its hot springs, the glorious 5 lakes of Yamanaka-ko and the iconic splendour of Mount Fuji, Japan’s sacred volcanic peak and surely one of its most enduring images, it makes for a great day out on the world famous Bullet train or a more leisurely overnight stay.

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  • Kyoto

    Kyoto

    Japan’s imperial capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto is a city that can boast no fewer than 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including temples, shrines and a 17th century castle. Considered by many to be Japan’s most captivating city, it exudes the very essence of the ancient character of this most unique of people and is the only major centre that managed to escape relatively unscathed from the destruction of World War 1.

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  • Hiroshima

    Hiroshima

    Set within a landscape of glittering islands and engaging mountains, the city of Hiroshima is best known for the tragic events of 6th August 1945, when it became the infamous target of the first atomic bomb. Completely decimated, the city emerged phoenix-like from the ashes to become a thriving and engaging centre for peace, with a memorial museum and park dedicated to the horrors of that fateful day.

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  • Geisha

    Geisha

    Dating back to the 17th century, Geisha culture is one of Japan’s most iconic and enduring cultural traditions. Prevalent on the streets of Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital, distinctive Geisha entertainers and their apprentices (Maiko) can be seen performing music, storytelling and tea ceremonies during the spring and autumn.

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  • Nikko

    Nikko

    Reached by train or coach from Tokyo, the northern town of Nikko is the setting for the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site of Toshugo Shrine and Rinoji Temple. One of the country's premier attractions, it has been a major pilgrimage site for both Buddhist and Shinto religions for over a millennia.

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  • Miyajima Island

    Miyajima Island

    Sacred to both the Buddhist and Shinto religions, the holy island of Miyajima lies off the coast of Hiroshima, amidst the waters of the Seto Inland Sea. Blanketed in primeval forest this tiny island is a mecca for both pilgrims and tourists alike, its 6th century Itsukushima Shrine, being listed as a national treasure by both UNESCO and the Japanese government. Regarded by many as the most scenically beautiful setting in Japan, the island is a haven for deer and monkeys and from the summit of its sacred mountain the views across the islands are simply spectacular.

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  • Kinkakuji Temple

    Kinkakuji Temple

    A vibrant fusion of fabulous glass and neon architecture, take a walk through Tokyo’s mesmerising streets after dark.

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  • Iwaso Ryokan

    Iwaso Ryokan

    Set in Momijidani Park, this delightful ryokan is the most famous on the island, constructed in the old style of Japanese shrines and offering 38 traditional rooms located in 3 elegant buildings. Sacred to both the Buddhist and Shinto religions, the holy island of Miyajima lies off the coast of Hiroshima. Its 6th century Itsukushima Shrine is listed as a national treasure by UNESCO and the island is regarded by many as the most scenically beautiful setting in Japan, with spectacular views across its bays.

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  • Sumo wrestling

    Sumo wrestling

    Watch an authentic Sumo tournament in Tokyo, a combat sport that can trace its roots to the Shinto harvest rituals of 2,000 years ago.

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Highlights of Japan

Travel Experts

  • Paul Taylor

    The Japanese know how to do Karaoke - book yourself into one of the 1000's of booths to have a good old sing along.

    Paul Taylor
    Sales Centre Supervisor
  • Sue Livsey

    Spend the night at a traditional Japanese Ryokan.

    Sue Livsey
    Far East Product Manager

Best Time To Go and Weather

The climate of Japan is generally mild but because the country is made up of a long thin archipelago of islands stretching for some 3,000 km from north to south conditions at any one time vary enormously between Siberian Hokkaido and sub-tropical Kyushu and Okinawa.   Our departures fall into the spring (March/April and May) and autumn (September), which are reputedly the best seasons to visit. Our March departure has been planned to coincide with the renowned cherry blossoms, which flower during this period, at varying times in the different regions.  We have avoided the winter months that can be very cold.

Essential Information

  • Time differenceGMT +9hrs
  • Flight Time12.5 hrs
  • VisaNot for British passport holders*
  • ImmunisationsHepatitis A & B, Japanese encephalitis, Malaria, Typhoid.**
  • CurrencyYen
  • CapitalTokyo
  • Area377,435 sq km
  • Population130 million
  • Dialling Code+81
  • Electricity100V
  • LanguageJapanese

* Please check with the tourist board to confirm

** Please check with your health professional to confirm

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Key Phrases
Konichiwa (Hello)
Sayonara - Goodbye
Dozo Please
Arigato (Thank you) Arigato gozimasu (polite)
Hai – Yes
Lie - No
Kampai (Cheers)
Events
January – Japanese New Year Buddhist temples countrywide ring their bells 108 times at midnight to mark the celebrations and people feast on delicacies like Osechi (boiled seaweed), sashimi and sushi January to May - Takada Koen Cherry Blossom festival Known as Hanami, these cherry blossom celebrations include food, beautiful lanterns and flower viewing parties and take place at many locations and shrines countrywide February - Sapporo Snow Festival, Hokkaido Ice-sculpting and over 300 snow statues, are illuminated at this 120 year old festival April – Takayama Festival This collective name for the Spring Sanno Shrine festival and the October Hachimangu Shrine festival involves costumes, parades and musical performance and is among the largest in Japan July - Gion Festival, Kyoto Flags, pyramids floats of lanterns and rhythmic chants traditionally mark the 19th Century Yamakasa festival which celebrated the end of the 19th Century plague August – Aomori Nebuta Festival Colourful lantern floats called nebuta are pulled through the streets of Central Aomori where dancers wear special costumes known as haneto October - Nango summer jazz festival Largest open air jazz concert which artists from all over Tohoku flock to October – Nagasaki Kunchi Festival Founded 370 years ago, influential Chinese dragon dances and celebrations take place in honour of the Suwa Shrine December – Chichibu’s Annual Night Fstival Alongside the Gion Festival, this is among Japan’s top float festivals where illuminated ‘houses’ and parasol like Kasabokos are beautifully paraded under a sky of fireworks
Food & Drink
Udon Thick wheat noodle dish which along with the thinner buckwheat Soba noodles are among the most popular Ramen These Chinese style wheat noodles are typically served in a flavoursome Shio (salt) broth of meat (typically pork or chicken), Nori (dried seaweed) and a blend of onions and vegetables Dashi Collective name for Japanese soups flavoured with kombu (kelp), the most common being the fermented barley based Miso Sashimi This raw sliced fish is typically served at a more formal meal and accompanied with wasabi paste soy sauce and fresh grated ginger. Ponzu is the meat form of sashimi and Basashi is the horse meat form of this delicacy Sushi World known bite-sized raw fish, seafood or cooked meat combined with ‘sushi-meshi’ a vinegared sushi rice Tempura Battered and deep fried vegetables and seafood served with dipping sauce Teppanyaki Okonomiyaki Noodle and cabbage based omelette-type dish with a range of meat fillings and served with Japanese mayo Green Tea Flavanoid-rich form of tea served with many Japanese meals Yuzi juice Made from the citrus yuzu fruit and also used in Japanese cooking Sake Alcoholic drink made from fermented rice, often refered to as rice wine Plum wine Light alcoholic drink made from fermented plums, served as an appetiser or with a light meal
Tipping
Although larger international hotels and restaurants may add a 10% service charge onto their bills, it’s not customary to tip in Japan, so avoid doing so, because it may cause insult. In rare circumstances if you feel housekeeping staff have been exceptional, they may provide an envelope for you to leave a discreet tip. Similarly railway and airport staff work to pre-defined tariffs so it’s best to pay only what you agree.
Books to Read
In the Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami is a thriller set in the heart of Tokyo and its vibrant neon-fuelled streets Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden) Also the award-winning motion picture, Chiyo, the young peasant girl experiences the enchanting yet exploiting world behind the arts of geisha.
Movies to Watch
Lost In Translation College graduate (Scarlett Johansen) and aging actor (Bill Murray) develop a rapport against the backdrop of modern Japan in Sofia Coppola’s comedy drama Memoirs of A Geisha This beautiful artistic film based on Arthur Golden’s novel, tells the story of young girl Chiyo Sakamato who is sold into slavery and then sent to become a geisha Empire of the Sun (1987) Based on the autobiographical novel by JG Ballard, this moving Steven Spielberg film starring Christian Bale, follows a young boy who struggles to survive in World War II-era China following the Japanese invasion Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence The relationships surrounding rebellious British soldier Jack Celliers and other men in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II. Celliers confronts a camp commandant who’s obsessed with breaking the inmates’ spirits.
Music to Listen to
Takarazuka Revue Deriving from the female music theatre troupes of Takarazuka, Hyõgo Prefecture, where they adopt a lavish, Broadway style. Taiko Groups such as Kodo are renowned for their rhythmic sounds produced with these Japanese drums
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    Japan Panorama - Group Tour

    Tokyo (3 nights), Nikko, Mount Fuji, Hakone National Park (1 night), Takayama (2 nights), Kanazawa (1 night), Hiroshima (1 night), Miyajima Island (1 night), Kyoto (3 nights) and Nara

    15 days £3665
    SAVE £800 per person

    Departing: 04th October 2014

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    Japan Panorama - Group Tour

    Tokyo (3 nights), Nikko, Mount Fuji, Hakone National Park (1 night), Takayama (2 nights), Kanazawa (1 night), Hiroshima (1 night), Miyajima Island (1 night), Kyoto (3 nights) and Nara

    15 days £3966
    SAVE £629 per person

    Departing: 26th March 2015

  • 1

    Japan Panorama - Group Tour

    Tokyo (3 nights), Nikko, Mount Fuji, Hakone National Park (1 night), Takayama (2 nights), Kanazawa (1 night), Hiroshima (1 night), Miyajima Island (1 night), Kyoto (3 nights) and Nara

    15 days £4195
    SAVE £400 per person

    Departing: 09th April 2015