Ex­plor­ing Ja­pan

You and Your Wedding - - Itineraries -

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.

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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

Ho­tel Gran­via Hakone Na­tional Park Man­darin Ori­en­tal Iwaso Tokyo Bernar­dus Lodge & Spa Santa Mon­ica Golden Gate Bridge Santa Bar­bara Bora Bora

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