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Exclusive departure | 21st March 2020

  • Visit 11 traditional and historic gardens in Tokyo, Hakone, Hiroshima, Okayama and Kyoto
  • Specialist Japanese gardener at four gardens
  • See the famous sights of Tokyo including the Meiji shrine
  • Enjoy astonishing views of Mount Fuji from Lake Kawaguchi and the hot-spring, mountain spa resort of Hakone
  • Explore Kyoto on a guided tour, experiencing the former imperial capital and the essence of traditional Japan
  • Relax in the mountain resort of Hakone
  • Travel at 189 mph on the incomparable high-speed bullet trains
  • Reflect on the horrors of war at Hiroshima's Peace Park and museum
  • Discover Nara, Japan's first capital with its huge bronze Buddha, on a guided tour
  • Return direct scheduled flights with upgrades available at a supplement 
  • Stay in four-star accommodation, with breakfast daily and three included meals
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At a Glance
EXCLUSIVE DEPARTURE
4-star hotel accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
11 visits to traditional and historic Japanese gardens
Travel on the world's fastest bullet train
15 meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 1 dinner
Expert tour manager
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

Japan - an ancient culture of emperors, fierce shoguns, samurais and brutal martial arts. Yet it’s also a place of gentle geishas, colourful kimonos, exquisite garden design and Zen Buddhism. How did a country so deeply rooted in such diverse heritage become one of the most modern and advanced economies on the planet? Pondering such questions is what makes a trip to Japan so incredibly rewarding. Having travelled there once, you’ll feel almost hypnotically drawn back to this truly enigmatic country.

Japan’s roots lie in an ancient feudal culture, with many customs from these times still pervading modern society. The Portuguese and Jesuit missionaries arrived in the 16th century and by all accounts, they were initially treated well, mainly because the Japanese were impressed with their new technology – firearms. Despite trading together successfully for nearly a century, Christianity and western ideas were deemed to be undermining the social order and the Portuguese were expelled. All contact with outsiders was banned for over 200 years. The only country on earth to have been so completely isolated from all external influences, Japanese art and culture developed in its own unique way, until pressure from the US finally broke down the barriers in the 1850’s.

Your Itinerary

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Price Includes

The price for this holiday is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room with single rooms available at a supplement of £845 per person. Price includes eleven nights’ accommodation, daily breakfast and three meals, direct flights from London Heathrow, hotel porterage of one item of luggage per person, all touring as mentioned, all local accommodation taxes, all airport/flight taxes and the services of a Riviera tour manager. 

FREE Japanese Gardens book by Monty Don worh £35. This book is published in May 2019 and BBC Gardeners World will despatch directly to customers once the balance of the holiday is made.

 

Visit 11 Traditional and Historic Gardens

Gardens of Japan
 

Discover the very best of Japan’s beautiful gardens

Eleven exclusive visits for BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine readers

  • Day 3: Shunkaen Bonsai Museum & Koishikawa Botanical Garden
  • Day 4: Hamarikyu Garden
  • Day 5: Ichiku Kubota Art Museum & Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetland
  • Day 7: Shukkeien Japanese Garden
  • Day 8: Korakuen Japanese Garden
  • Day 9: Myoshinji Temple & Okochisanso Villa (Japanese Gardens)
  • Day 10: Tofukuji Temple (Japanese Garden)
  • Day 11: Heian Jingu Shrine (Japanese Garden)

Specialist Japanese gardener at four gardens.

Stay at a Traditional Ryokan

Gardens of Japan
 

Spend a night in a traditional Japanese Inn in Kyoto - from £149 per person

For a traditional experience, stay in a wonderful ryokan, where you’ll sleep on a Japanese-style futon and enjoy a beautifully prepared kaiseki dinner. Single supplements apply. For more details of the Ryokan, please click here.

Please call us to book or for more information.

Useful Information

Visas and Passports

UK nationals do not require a visa to travel to Japan, but other passport holders should contact with the relevant embassy, however, please ensure that your British passport is valid for at least six months after the intended return date.

Whilst care has been taken to ensure that the information provided relating to visa requirements is true and correct at the time of publication, changes in requirements after this time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information. therefore, whilst we strive to provide the most up-to-date information, we strongly suggest that you re-confirm requirements with the relevant embassy prior to travel.

Health

There is a fair amount of walking involved throughout this tour, and as many places we visit as part of this itinerary are in national parks and historical areas, we cannot expect or guarantee the terrain to be flat and even. Whilst this should not pose any difficulty for clients who are in good health, please consider any mobility requirements personal to yourself. If you would like to discuss mobility related queries, please contact our reservations department.

There is currently no official health advice nor inoculations required to travel to Japan, however, this is dependent on your personal medical history and previous travel destinations. Please contact your GP at least one month prior to travel to discuss any travel and health information.

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Fact File

  • Currency: Yen
  • Deposit: £200 per person
  • Flight Time: Approx.  11 hours 45 minutes
  • Language: Japanese
  • Time Zone: GMT+8
  • Country: Japan

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival airport First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport Transfer time
Tokyo - Haneda Airport Tokyo 1 hr Tokyo Tokyo - Haneda Airport 10 mins