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Best Time To Go

March - May & October - November

Holiday Length

10 nights

Price guide

From £9,895pp

The price shown is a guide - based on two people sharing and generally includes economy flights. Your holiday will be tailor-made to suit you and there are many factors that can influence the price, such as standard of accommodation, class of flight and time of year. Ask your travel specialist for more information.
Holiday type

Tailor-made

Highlights

The Islands of Okinawa

Explore two contrasting sides of Japan on this beautiful and diverse tailor-made itinerary. Travel around the buzzing cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, tasting local flavours, visiting iconic temples and experiencing day-to-day life on some of Japan’s busiest streets. Then it’s time to slow the pace in the Okinawa Islands, to explore the rainforests and villages of Yanbaru and relax on the beautiful white-sand beaches of Ishigaki. Journey by bullet train, boat and subway to scratch beneath the surface of this enchanting country.

UK - Tokyo, Japan

If you take an overnight flight to Tokyo, you’ll enjoy more time to explore this fascinating city.

Arrive Tokyo

Arrive in Tokyo for a warm A&K welcome before being transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Tokyo

This morning, meet your English-speaking guide for a full-day tour of Tokyo the local way: by public transport. Head to the Tsukiji Fish Market for an authentic taste of the city’s culture and wander around lively market stalls, shops and restaurants. Breakfast today will be some of the freshest sushi you’ll ever taste. Then it’s time for a boat ride along the Sumida River – disembark to visit the 17th-century Hamarikyu Gardens and continue to Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest temple. After lunch at a local restaurant, more highlights await at the famous Kappabashi ‘Kitchenware Street’ and, a short subway ride away, the Ameyoko Street area known for its sweet treats. There’ll be the chance to taste some before taking a stroll in Ueno Park, a popular place during hanami (cherry blossom season).

Train to Kyoto

The Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto is one of the world’s most iconic journeys and today you’ll discover why, as you whizz west for a city tour. Start at the Kinkakuji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion), now Kyoto's most famous temple. Your next temple stop is the Kiyomizudera (Temple of Pure Water), where you can take in beautiful views over the city. The tour ends with a walk through the atmospheric Higashiyama district, where bustling lanes are lined with quaint souvenir shops.

Kyoto

Your second day in Kyoto is at leisure. You might choose to explore more of the city’s shrines and temples, or take a day trip to Hiroshima.

Osaka

Enjoy a relaxing morning in Kyoto ahead of your afternoon train journey to Osaka and a foodie tour of Japan’s culinary capital. Get ready to experience kuidaore, which roughly translates as ‘eat until you’re ruined’ – in a good way – on guided visits to three of Osaka's most popular food areas.

Fly to Okinawa

Fly from Osaka to Okinawa, Japan’s fifth largest island, known for its tropical climate and sandy beaches. On the way to your hotel, you’ll pass pretty sugarcane and chrysanthemum fields. Then it’s time to laze on the beach and make the most of your hotel’s facilities, including the swimming pool right by the ocean with stunning sunset views.

Okinawa

Travel to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and northern Okinawa. This area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Yanbaru forest is one of the largest subtropical rainforests in Japan and it houses many endemic, rare and endangered species, including the Okinawa rail bird and Okinawa woodpecker. An English-speaking guide will take you around the old village of Kijoka in Ogimi-son, known for bashofu (banana fibre fabric) weaving. Ogimi-son is one of the world’s five ‘blue zones’, where people live the longest and stay the healthiest. Food plays a big part, so make the most of your lunch and dinner here.

Ishigaki

Check out of your hotel and travel to Okinawa Airport for your flight to Ishigaki. Arrive in Ishigaki and take a taxi to the port, then hop on a boat to Taketomijima – an idyllic island with beautiful beaches, a strong culture and just three villages where traditional homes are well preserved. There will be the chance to see the Ryukyu red-tiled roofs topped with Okinawa shisa (lion-dog figures) before transferring to your hotel for time at leisure.

Ishigaki

In Taketomijima, set out on a half-day sightseeing tour. Ride in a water buffalo cart and tour the inland village while your driver sings traditional folk songs. Listen to the sound of the sanshin, a traditional three-stringed instrument, then visit a dazzling beach with emerald waters and tiny star-shaped grains of sand. After the tour, there will be time to explore independently – you might choose to find a small local café, relax on the beach or head back to your hotel for an afternoon by the pool.

Tokyo

Travel by boat to Ishigaki port, take a taxi to the airport and fly back to Tokyo for your final night in Japan.

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From Tokyo's sacred shrines to the faith, colour and culture of the Indian subcontinent, our well-travelled team will craft the right itinerary for you
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