Itinerary

Sun 22 Mar

Afternoon departure and overnight flight to Tokyo.

Mon 23 Mar

Arrive late morning and transfer by coach (approx. 90 minutes) to the centrally-located hotel, The New Otani. One of Tokyo’s most prestigious hotels, it offers stunning views of the city as well as of Mount Fuji, and is surrounded by a beautiful 400-year old Japanese garden. After a welcome lunch in the hotel the rest of the day is at leisure.

Tue 24 Mar

Spend the morning at leisure before transferring to the New National Theatre for the opera matinée performance. The evening is free for you to independently explore this exciting city.

Wed 25 Mar

Join your guide this morning for a visit to the district of Asakusa. Pass through the iconic Kaminari Gate and walk along the ancient Nakamise shopping street to the Senso-ji Temple, the oldest and most treasured Buddhist temple in Tokyo. Savour the atmosphere of the colourful backstreets which offer a glimpse of old Japan with their artisans, sushi and eel shops, before taking the Sumida River bus to Hamarikyu Gardens where you have the opportunity to visit a traditional Japanese tea house. Return to the hotel before transferring to the Kabuki performance, a classical Japanese dance-drama. This will be followed by dinner in a local restaurant.

Thu 26 Mar

Today’s tour takes you to the nearby Imperial Palace, Tokyo’s spiritual and cultural centre, and home to the Japanese Imperial family. Wander around the Imperial Palace East Gardens, in particular the Ninomaru Japanese garden, before transferring to the district of Ueno for lunch. Ueno is home to some of Tokyo’s finest cultural sites, including the Tokyo National Museum, which you will be able to look around at leisure. Take advantage of the ‘Manaca’ IC public transport card provided to return to the hotel or to further explore this vibrant district.

Fri 27 Mar

Transfer this morning via the worldfamous bullet train to Kyoto, Japan’s former capital city. The journey will take approximately 2 hours 20 minutes and passes by Mount Fuji. After checking-in at the luxury Kyoto Hotel Okura, you will head to the Gion Maruume teahouse for a fascinating glimpse into the world of the Geisha. Over a cup of green tea and Japanese cake you will be entertained by a Maiko (trainee Geisha) who will perform a traditional dance. Return to the hotel and dinner in a local restaurant.

Sat 28 Mar

Join your guide this morning for a sightseeing tour to the district of Higashiyama, home to some of Kyoto's finest temples and sites, including Kiyomizu-dera, possibly the most beloved temple in Japan. Visits also include Sanjusangendo Temple, known for its 1001 statues of the goddess of mercy, Kannon, and the Kyoto National Museum. After lunch in a local restaurant, you will have the opportunity to dress in a traditional kimono and attend an ikebana class to learn the ancient craft of flower arranging. Continue to Arashiyama to see its famed Bamboo Grove and visit the Silver Pavilion, a beautiful and historic Zen Temple.

Sun 29 Mar

A full-day’s excursion to the city of Nara, renowned for the wealth of its Buddhist and Shinto heritage. Visit the impressive Tōdaiji or Great Eastern Temple, the world's largest wooden building which houses the Daibutsu, a vast bronze statue of Buddha. A myriad of shrines and temples are set in the midst of Nara park with its sacred free-roaming deer sanctuary. A special farewell lunch will be provided at a local restaurant. After returning to the hotel, the evening is at leisure.

Mon 30 Mar

Check-out and transfer (approx. 90 minutes) to Osaka Kansai airport for your homeward flight.

Please note that you can combine this tour with pre- and/or post-tour accommodation and extensions i.e. Hiroshima, Osaka, Fukuoka or beyond. Please contact Travel for the Arts for further information and costs.

* NO VISA REQUIRED FOR BRITISH PASSPORT HOLDERS

Programme

24 March 14.00

COSÌ FAN TUTTE MozartInc

D: Damiano Michieletto

C: Paolo Olmi

Cast: Eleonora Buratto, Anna Goryachova, Nobuko Takahashi, Giovanni Sala, Renato Dolcini, Simone Alberghini

Venue: New National Theatre, Tokyo

25 March tbc

KABUKIInc

Venue: Kabukiza Theatre

Further details of the Kabuki performance will be provided closer to the date of departure.

Flights

British Airways

22 Mar London Heathrow - Tokyo Narita dep: 13.50 arr: 10.40 (+1)

30 Mar Osaka Kansai - London Heathrow dep: 11.30 arr: 15.50

Flight schedules are subject to alteration.

Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.

Prices per person

Tour price £4650
Single room supplement £910
World Traveller Plus flight upgrade from £555
Land-only tour price £3885
Deposit required £600
Tour code JPN1

Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, second class bullet train ticket, a ‘Manaca’ IC public transport card, accommodation, breakfast daily, four lunches, two dinners, afternoon tea, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, best available ticket for each included performance, opera synopsis, restaurant guide and city notes, the service of a local representative.

Room upgrades are also available upon request and according to availability.