Capitals & Culture
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Some of the highlights included are:
- Learn how to make sushi in Tokyo
- Admire Nagano’s magnificent Zenko-ji temple
- Take part in a food and culture walk in Takayama
- Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto
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- Indirect international flights
- 10 nights in 4* hotels and hand-picked accommodation.
- Afternoon sushi-making class
- Takayama morning food & culture walk
- Private Tea Ceremony in Kyoto
- Nara afternoon tour
- Japan Rail pass
Need to know
- Arrives: Tokyo Haneda International Airport (HND)
- Time difference: GMT+9
- Visa requirements: British passport holders do not require a tourist visa for stays up to 90 days
- Language: Japanese
- Currency: Japanese Yen (JPY)
- Flying time from UK: Around 11 hours direct.
- Plug type: 2-prong flat blade plug
- Voltage: 100 volts/50 cycles
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Don’t miss the Shibuya Crossing, the ‘Times Square of Tokyo’, this famous intersection comes complete with towering billboards, neon signs and throngs of pedestrians. It’s the perfect place to check the city’s pulse. While in Tokyo, you’ll have a go at making your own sushi at a sushi making class.
4* Keio Plaza Hotel
Afternoon sushi making class
Surrounded by mountains and skiing opportunities, it’s an attractive city, with the temple at its centre and plenty of onsen to choose from if you fancy a relaxing soak. Check out the reflections of Mount Togakushi in the tranquil Lake Kagamiike (Mirror Pond), in the forests outside town.
3* Hotel JAL City Nagano
Picture a town of traditional wooden houses, ornate 17th century buildings, plenty of temples and shrines from the Meiji era, and an attractive riverside setting, complete with painted red wooden bridges. Not only that, but it makes a great base for excursions to the teahouses and hiking trails of the Northern Japan Alps. While in town, you’ll take part in a food and culture walk to learn more about the local traditions.
3.5* Hida Takayama Futari Shizuka Hakuun ryokan
Takayama morning food and culture walk
Japan’s imperial capital for more than 1,000 years, this stately city is home to some of the country’s most impressive gardens and more than 2,000 historic temples. Sit down to a tea ceremony, a tradition dating back to the 13th century and enjoy an afternoon tour of Nara to see the great Buddha of Tōdai-ji Temple, constructed in 752 and home to the world’s largest wooden building, the Daibutsuden, or Big Buddha Hall.
4* Hotel Gracery Kyoto Sanjo
Private tea ceremony Nara afternoon tour