This nine-night trip from Scott Dunn takes you all the way from futuristic cities to ancient cultural delights, staying in both modern and traditional hotels along the way
FIRST STOP Explore Tokyo, Japan’s fascinating capital. Stay at the Mandarin Oriental where the floor-to-ceiling windows provide an exhilarating view. Get a private tour of the Imperial Palace Gardens, go shopping at Ginza and see the bright lights of Shinjuku. SECOND STOP Take a bullet train to Kyoto, Japan’s cultural centre, to explore the hundreds of Shinto and Buddhist shrines and temples, and the Geisha district. Stay overnight at the Yoshikawa, a luxury ryokan (traditional hotel), followed by two nights at the Hotel Granvia.
THIRD STOP Head south to take a short ferry ride across to the peaceful and picturesque Miyajima Island to stay in Iwaso, a very traditional ryokan perched on a hillside and surrounded by cherry trees. The most authentic of classic Japanese experiences.
FOURTH STOP A bullet train whisks you to Hakone National Park, a volcanic valley renowned for its hot springs and stunning views of Mount Fuji. Stay at the Hakone Ginyu, where you can choose between a western or Japanese room, each with its own private garden and traditional onsen.
FIFTH STOP Return to the bustling capital of Tokyo for a final night in Japan. Visit the Tsukiji Fish Market, the world’s largest of its kind, as the sun rises, to watch local fishermen haggle over enormous tuna fish and varieties you’ve never seen before – and try real sushi for your closing dinner.
A nine-day ‘Explore Japan’ itinerary, including all accommodation, bullet train transfers, some guided experiences and return international flights from the UK, from £6100pp, scottdunn.com