Temples, trains, tea houses and technology – Saga combines history and hi-tech on a fascinating new tour of Japan.
For passengers’ convenience there is a choice of regional departures to Toyko from Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester airports, as well as London.
Tokyo’s neon lights and ancient temples dazzle visitors in equal measure on this fascinating escorted tour of many contrasts.
In the Akihabara Electric Town, be amazed by state-of-the-art electronics and gadgets. Get down to Omotesando Avenue where fashion and luxury boutiques offer an opportunity to shop ‘til you drop before turning back the clock to tour the 7th century Buddhist temple in Asakusa.
Travel on to the shrines of Kamakura, once the capital of Japan, and Hakone, with its stunning national park and water springs. Take a cruise on Lake Ashi to take a glimpse of Mount Fuji in the distance.
Garden lovers can stroll through the private Kenrokuen garden, developed between the 17th and 19th centuries by the Maeda Clan. Kenrokuen, meaning ‘Garden of the Six Sublimities’, reflects the six qualities that make up a perfect Eastern garden; space, seclusion, antiquity, artificiality, water and views.
The pace changes by boarding the Thunderbird train to Japan’s cultural heart – Kyoto. Take a sightseeing tour of temples, castles and watch a kimono show as well visiting a traditional tea house served by geishas.
An optional excursion to Hiroshima by express train takes visitors to the city which was virtually destroyed by the atomic bomb in 1945.
11 nights (one aboard an aircraft) from £3,399, with regional departures from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester and London Heathrow.
All holidays include VIP door-to-door chauffeur service, return flights and transfers, airport taxes, accommodation, most meals, porterage, tour manager, tourist visa, travel insurance and cancellation cover.
For details call free on 0800 414 383 or visit saga.co.uk/holidays