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Highlights Of Japan (Solo)

From €6190pp including flights
Depart From
Fly from Dublin or Cork, Tour starts in Osaka
Departure Date
Departures throughout 2019 and 2020
Duration
11 Days
Destination
Japan
Price
From €6190pp including flights
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Perfect for solo travellers who want to join a group of like-minded people. Fly from Cork or Dublin to Osaka and spend 11 days exploring Japan.

On arrival in the lively, fast-paced city of Osaka, begin soaking up the local culture. Meet the group in the hotel lobby and together begin your first day of exploring Japan!

Travel to Himeji to visit the city’s magnificent feudalera castle, before strolling through the beauty of Koko-en, a classical Japanese garden. After lunch in a local restaurant, return to Osaka and spend some time at leisure.

The next morning, we head for the holy mountain of Koya-san, home to a cluster of over a hundred monasteries nestled in a valley, enclosed by peaks. Wander around Okunion – a vast cemetery of 200,000 stupas. Also, enjoy the tranquility of Kongobuji Temple. Continue to the charming city of Nara.

Together we will stroll through Nara Park to Todaiji Temple, seeing the resident sika deer en-route, before exploring Isui-en Garden. Travel by road to Kyoto. An enchanting city, Kyoto’s thousand-year stint as Japan’s capital has left behind an impressive legacy!

Sightseeing today includes a visit to Kinkakuji Temple, also known as 'Golden Pavilion' and Ryoanji Temple, home to Japan's most famous zen garden. 

An exciting day awaits the group as we begin today (day 6) with some traditional Japanese activities. At the 17th Century Kodaiji Temple, we will experience the age-old rituals of a traditional tea ceremony, before a session of zen meditation.

Travel on the super-fast bullet train to the Hakone area and board a coach to explore. We will take a boat cruise on spectacular Lake Ashi before soaring high on the Komagatake Ropeway for gorgeous Fuji views.

On day 8, we will travel to Mt Fuji and ascend by road to the 5th Station (weather permitting) for spectacular views of the surrounding landscape below. Proceed to Tokyo, Japan’s dazzling capital city. 

Tokyo is the ultimate 24-hour city, but look behind its frantic, high-tech frontage and you will find plenty of tranquil backstreets and old temples to explore. Visit the observation deck of the 634-metre Skytree, the world’s tallest tower, before seeking out the tranquillity of Sensoji Temple. Enjoy free time for lunch, then stroll through Hamarikyu Gardens. 

On the last night, we will get together for our final meal as a group where we can share our highlights of Japan. On day 11, fly to Ireland, arriving home the same or following day. 

To know more about Solo Travel, visit our information page here. Most tours can also be arranged on a private basis. Please ask us for further information.

Uncover Japan’s best-known cities as well as the hidden treasures of Himeji and Koya-san and view Mt Fuji. There will also be time at leisure to further explore on your own or with your newfound friends!

Tour Type: 

Solo

Maximum Group Size

18 people

Not Looking To Join A Group?

Would you like something a little more personal or to rearrange the touring to suit your needs? Ask our travel agents for more information

This Tour Can Also Be Offered Privately

Call us to arrange this itinerary as a private tour

DAYS 1-2: FLY TO OSAKA

Fly overnight to the lively, fast-paced city of Osaka. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

DAY 3: HIMEJI CASTLE

Meet the group in the hotel lobby and together begin your first day of exploring Japan! Travel to Himeji to visit the city’s magnificent feudalera castle, before strolling through the beauty of Koko-en, a classical Japanese garden. After lunch in a local restaurant, return to Osaka and spend some time at leisure.

This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers. 

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 4: EXPLORE KOYA-SAN

This morning, we head for the holy mountain of Koya-san, home to a cluster of over a hundred monasteries nestled in a valley, enclosed by peaks. Wander around Okunion – a vast cemetery of 200,000 stupas. Also, enjoy the tranquility of Kongobuji Temple.

Continue to the charming city of Nara. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. 

Meal included: Breakfast 

DAY 5: FROM NARA TO KYOTO

Together we will stroll through Nara Park to Todaiji Temple, seeing the resident sika deer en-route, before exploring Isui-en Garden. Travel by road to Kyoto. An enchanting city, Kyoto’s thousand-year stint as Japan’s capital has left behind an impressive legacy!

Sightseeing today includes a visit to Kinkakuji Temple, also known as 'Golden Pavilion' and Ryoanji Temple, home to Japan's most famous zen garden. 

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 6: TRADITIONAL JAPAN

An exciting day awaits the group as we begin today with some traditional Japanese activities. At the 17th Century Kodaiji Temple, we will experience the age-old rituals of a traditional tea ceremony, before a session of zen meditation. Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 7: ICONIC MOUNT FUJI

Travel on the super-fast bullet train to the Hakone area and board a coach to explore. We will take a boat cruise on spectacular Lake Ashi before soaring high on the Komagatake Ropeway for gorgeous Fuji views. There is free time for lunch and later, we will get together for dinner. 

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 8: MOUNT FUJI

Today, we will travel to Mt Fuji and ascend by road to the 5th Station (weather permitting) for spectacular views of the surrounding landscape below. Proceed to Tokyo, Japan’s dazzling capital city. 

Meal included: Breakfast

DAY 9: EXPLORE TOKYO

Tokyo is the ultimate 24-hour city, but look behind its frantic, high-tech frontage and you will find plenty of tranquil backstreets and old temples to explore.

Visit the observation deck of the 634-metre Skytree, the world’s tallest tower, before seeking out the tranquillity of Sensoji Temple. Enjoy free time for lunch, then stroll through Hamarikyu Gardens. 

Meal included: Breakfast

DAY 10: FREE TIME IN TOKYO

Today is a free day for you to spend as you wish; your guide will be on hand to give options and ideas. Tonight, we will get together for our final meal as a group where we can share our highlights of Japan! 

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 11: FLY TOKYO TO IRELAND

Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day. 

Meals included: Breakfast

Departures:

  • 27th March 2019
  • 9th May 2019 (includes visit to the annual Fuji Shibazakura Festival on day 7)
  • 6th September 6th 2019
  • 27th March 2020
  • 6th May 2020 (includes visit to the annual Fuji Shibazakura Festival on day 7)

Price is per adult and includes:

  • Return flights and charges from Dublin or Cork
  • Meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 3 dinners
  • Domestic transportation
  • Accommodation (single room for solo use)
  • Touring with guides and entrance fees
  • Explore historic Himeji & Nara 
  • Head to holy Koya-san 
  • Discover delightful Kyoto 
  • Admire beautiful Mt Fuji 
  • Be amazed in bustling Tokyo 
  • Experience the super-fast bullet train

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Travel insurance
  • Ask us about arranging this itinerary as a private tour

Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply.

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