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Gardens of Japan

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Explore some of Japan’s finest gardens. You’ll visit the ‘Three Great Gardens’, take a bonsai workshop as well as see a host of iconic city highlights.
  • Product Code 43220
  • Holiday Type Flora & Walking
  • Grade Grade 1
  • Holiday Duration Nights

Contemplate the meaning of life as you explore some of Japan’s finest gardens. You’ll visit the ‘Three Great Gardens’, take a bonsai workshop with a bonsai master as well as see a whole host of iconic city highlights.

We begin in Tokyo where we’ll visit the grounds and gardens of the Imperial Palace, as well as Asakusa Temple, Tokyo’s most popular Buddhist Temple. We spend time at Kairakuen, one of the best landscaped gardens in Japan with over 3000 plum trees. We’ll also make a stop at Hitachi Seaside Park to see the huge variety of seasonal flowers on display. Another highlight is the day in Omiya where we visit the Bonsai village and art museum as taking part in a bonsai workshop.

We travel by train to Kanazawa to visit Kenrokuen Garden, reputed to be one of the most beautiful feudal-lord gardens in Japan with its emphasis on space and tranquillity. We’ll also visit the restored Samurai residence of Nomura-ke and its garden with its famous 400 year old bayberry tree. In Kyoto we’ll spend time in the Gion district, still home to many traditional Geisha’s, as well as discovering Nijo Castle, a 17th century Shogun’s home with a garden designed by Kobori Enshu.

Feast your eyes on a sea of green at the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and we also hope to visit the Kokedera Moss Temple where the gardens house a huge variety of moss in a wonderful setting (special permission is needed to visit here and the visit is subject to availability). Before continuing to Hiroshima we will visit the landscaped garden of Korakuen in Okayama and the historic city of Kurashiki set on the Takahashi River.

Whilst in Hiroshima we will wander through the shrunken scenery garden of Shukkeien as well as crossing to Miyajima Island with its distinctive red ‘torii’ gate. We will of course also spend time at the Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome. We return to Tokyo for our final night where you will have some free time.

Holiday Highlights

  • Visiting the 'Three Great Gardens of Japan'.
  • Taking part in a bonsai workshop.
  • Immersing yourself in the vibrant green of the Arishayama bamboo grove.
  • Meandering through traditional Kyoto.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights and airport transfers.
      Travel by road and rail between centres.
      En-suite accommodation with breakfast at the hotel.
      All dinners taken either at the hotels or local restaurants.
      Two lunches.
      Services of an English speaking local guide throughout.
      All local costs and entrance fees

Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Travel Details

  • Arrival transfer by road (c1hr).
  • Flights: Heathrow-Tokyo (Narita) (c12hrs) British Airways.
  • UK add-on flights from £95 return, British Airways.
  • Upgrades: World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) and Business Class upgrades available. Please ask for a competitive quote.

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Hotel Nikko Kanazawa

Nikko Kanazawa is conveniently located right in front of JR Kanazawa Train Station. Kanazawa Castle, Kenroku-en Garden and Oyama Shrine are all about a 10-minute bus ride away. Myoryu-ji Ninja Temple is 1.9 miles away. The spacious air-conditioned rooms include a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bathtub and shower. Free toiletries and a hairdryer are provided. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property.

RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima

Located in Naka Ward, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hiroshima Museum of Art, Hiroshima Municipal Stadium and Atomic Bomb Dome. Bell of Peace and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims are also within 10 minutes. This hotel features 5 restaurants, an indoor pool and a health club. Additionally, a bar/lounge, a spa tub and a sauna are on-site.

Shinagawa Prince Hotel

In Tokyo we stay in the Shinagawa Prince Hotel, a three star hotel that is well connected for sightseeing and walking around Tokyo, being a few minutes’ walk away from Shinagawa station. Views of the capital are spectacular from some parts of the hotel. Amongst its 39 stories, the hotel has a range of cafes and restaurants, serving everything from traditional Japanese food to curries. The impressive range of facilities does not stop there, with two swimming pools, a cinema, bowling alley, indoor golf practice boxes and indoor tennis courts available. Bedrooms come with en-suite facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs and mini fridges. These rooms, as is the way with Japanese bedrooms, tend to be smaller than Western equivalents.

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