Our flagship tour for 2020 takes you on a journey to the Far East with our tour of Japan where the uber-modern meets the traditional. Throughout the trip, there will be many opportunities to experience local halal Japanese cuisine. We will try traditional Japanese pancakes and the famous local green tea. In Osaka, the third-largest city in Japan we will explore the Osaska Castle, a local mosque, the Kuromon Ichiba Market, and more before visiting Hiroshima. Kyota is also on our list with places just as the Fushimi Inari Shrine and popular Bamboo Grove part of our adventure.
Catching a glimpse of the Sakura Festival (also known as the Cherry Blossom Festival) is also on our list as we head north on the bullet train to Tokyo. Here we will explore the Imperial Palace, Sensoji Temple, and day a trip tour where we will visit Mount Fuji to round of a truly once in a lifetime experience in this wonderful part of Asia.
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Wed 25 Mar
This morning meet at Gatwick Airport for our flight to Shanghai.
Mar Upon arrival into Shanghai, short wait and thereafter transfer to our onward flight to Osaka. Konichiwa! Welcome to Osaka Upon arrival into Osaka, meet your private transfer to the 4* Holiday Inn Namba or similar where you will check in. We will be staying in Osaka for four nights. Remainder of day at leisure
Fri 27 Mar
This morning after breakfast, we will tour the city of Osaka, where we will visit the beautiful Osaka Castle as our first port of call. The castle is one of Japan’s most famous landmarks and it played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the AzuchiMomoyama period. Perform Jummah prayers at a local Mosque in the afternoon. Thereafter we will visit Dotombori, one of Osaka’s most famous areas and the Kuromon Ichiba Market. Our hotel is in the Dotonbori area.
Sat 28 Mar
Today after breakfast, we will meet in the lobby at 8.30am and head west by bullet train to Hiroshima which will take approximately 2 hours. Japan’s high speed bullet trains reach speeds up to 320 km/h and is an iconic feature of travel in Japan. Upon arrival, we’ll explore the A-Bomb Dome and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. A building heavily damaged and exposed to radiation during WWII by the first ever used atomic bomb, the A-Bomb Dome has been preserved in the state it was immediately after the bombing, and has continued to testify the horrors of an atomic bomb. Around midday we will board the train to Miyajimaguchi and take a short ferry to Miyajima island. We’ll stop for some traditional Japanese pancakes for lunch and spend some time seeing the islands’ most famous monument, the Great Torii Gate at the entrance of the Itsukushima Shrine. Late afternoon we will board the train back to Hiroshima and a bullet train to Osaka and onwards to our hotel.
Sun 29 Mar
This morning, after breakfast we will meet in the lobby at 8.00am and depart to the city of Kyoto by train. Our first stop will be the Fushimi Inari Shrine an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. In the afternoon we will head to one of the world’s most photographed destinations; the Bamboo Grove, the Arashiyama Stroll and the Golden Pavilion and hopefully be lucky enough to witness the Sakura (Cherry Blossom) festival at it’s peak. Late afternoon we will visit Gion where we may see the traditional Japanese Geishas leaving their homes. After a brief stop for dinner we will return to Osaka that evening.
Mon 30 Mar
This morning after breakfast we will depart our hotel by train and make our way to Tokyo via Shinkansen bullet train. Our hotel is within walking distance of the Tokyo station. Remainder of day at leisure. Overnight at the 3* + Washington Hotel Akihabara or similar. We will be staying for three nights in Tokyo.
Tue 31 Mar
After breakfast we will explore Tokyo’s sights. Our first stop will be the Kiyosumi Gardens and then onwards to the Imperial Palace; the residence of Japan’s imperial royal family. In the afternoon, we will visit Asakusa which is home to the Sensoji Temple, Tokyo’s most popular Buddhist temple which is surrounded by a shopping area filled with souvenir shops and places to eat.
Wed 1 Apr
This morning we will embark on a day tour to the Mt Fuji area. We will visit the famous Mt Fuji by road and experience the nearby areas of waterfalls, shrines and more.
Thurs 2 Apr
Breakfast will take place at the Hotel, with the day at leisure to enjoy and explore Tokyo before heading to the airport in the late afternoon by train for our flight to Shanghai and onwards to London Gatwick.