Kuala Lumpur & Japan Tour
Kuala Lumpur & Japan Tour
MH

Other Departures: Manchester - £5895, Glasgow - £5915, Edinburgh- £5919, Belfast - £5929, Newcastle - £5915


Bonus offer: 10% Discount


Board basis: Bed & Breakfast


The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur includes the original Hotel Majestic which is documented as a national heritage site. This colonial structure was built in 1932 and became one of the great hotels of Kuala Lumpur in its time. An icon of Malaya’s boom years leading to World War II, the hotel came to be the place for glamorous social events, government receptions and the residence for prominent international visitors. The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur is positioned to share the glamour, heritage and success of its predecessor as a YTL Classic Hotel.


It is the only hotel in Kuala Lumpur to be included in the Leading Hotels of the World luxury hotel collection. The affiliation verifies that the hotel meets a demanding set of quality standards which serve as the benchmark for the luxury hospitality industry, putting it in the company of some of the best hotels in the world.


Hotel facilities:
Bar/lounge, Restaurants - 2, Outdoor pool


Recreational facilities:
Arcade/game room, Full-service spa


General facilities:
Dry cleaning/laundry service, Free WiFi


Japan Tour:


Highlights: Tokyo - Kanazawa - Kyoto - Hiroshima


Hotels:
Tokyo - Sunroute Asakusa
Kanazawa - ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa
Kyoto - Citadines Karasuma-Gojo Kyoto
Hiroshima - Hotel New Hiroden


Itinerary:


Day 1: Arrive Tokyo
Arrive in the frenetic city of Tokyo, Japan’s current capital. Your driver will be waiting with your name on a sign board to transfer you by private transfer to your downtown city hotel.


A 14 day Japan Rail Pass will be included in this tour. Japan Rail Pass is a joint offering of the six companies comprising the Japan Railways Group (JR Group) and is the most efficient means of travelling throughout Japan.


There are some restrictions on use; for example, a Japan Rail Pass cannot be used for travel on Nozomi and Mizuho trains on the Tokaido, Sanyo, and Kyushu Shinkansen lines, otherwise the pass offers reserved seats (where available) and unlimited travel on JR trains, busses and ferries.


Train: JR Pass 14 Days Ordinary Car

Meals: Nil
Hotel: Hotel Sunroute Asakusa (Double Room)

Day 2: Tokyo Full Day Private Tour
Take a day tour of this fascinating city with a local guide, making use of Tokyos comprehensive and user friendly public transport system.


The day begins with a visit to Meiji Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the deified spirit of Emperor Meiji and a popular place for traditional Japanese weddings. Take a walk down Omotesando shopping street, a broad tree lined avenue home to the flagship stores of the worlds top fashion brands.


Head across town to Asakusa, Tokyos old town and soak in the atmosphere of the Tokyo of old. Visit Sensoji, Tokyos oldest temple and wander down Nakamise, a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries.


Take a boat cruise on the Sumida River passing under 12 bridges. Disembark in Hamarikyu garden, an Edo Period Japanese garden surrounded by the Shiodome district's futuristic skyscrapers, a great example of how Japan is the land of contrasts. Stop for a cup of steaming matcha and Japanese sweets in a tea house on a small island in the park's lake before returning to your hotel.


Inclusions:
- Private English Speaking Guide for 8 hours
- Sumida River Cruise
- Entrance Fee to Hama-Rikyu Gardens
- Japanese Tea and Sweet at Hama-Rikyu Tea House
- One day Tokyo Kippu Transport Pass


Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Hotel Sunroute Asakusa (Double Room)


Day 3: Tokyo Free Day
Today you’re free to peel back the layers of Tokyo, and can do whatever you fancy.


If you’re a food lover, wake up early and head to Tsukiji Fish Market to explore the bustling stalls with a wide array of fresh seafood.


For the urban explorer, head to the famously busy scramble crossing at Shibuya, before venturing to the Maid Cafés and comic book stores of Akihabara “electric town”.


For a break from the buzz of the city, venture to Hamarikyu Gardens or take a leisurely stroll around the Imperial Palace grounds for some quiet serenity.


To see the city in full swing, spend the evening in Shinjuku to take advantage of some of the country's best restaurants, bars, clubs and karaoke boxes.


Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Hotel Sunroute Asakusa (Double Room)


Day 4: Tokyo to Kanazawa
Travel in comfort on Japan's fast and efficient high speed rail network.


Ride the Shinkansen or Bullet Train at speeds of up to 300km/hr and cover the 450km distance to Kanazawa in approximately 2.5 hours.


Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa (Economy Double)


Day 5: Kanazawa Full Day Private Tour
Begin the day with a visit to the only active Geisha district outside of Kyoto, the Kazuemachi. The area was left untouched during World War 2 and thus many original buildings are wonderfully preserved.


The seldom visited Terashima Kurando House, a superb samurai house, is similarly preserved, and boasts a fine garden and artworks by the warrior himself.


Take a break for lunch in the merchant district of Owaricho and see the famous Omicho Market before heading to the Kanazawa Castle Park. Wander around the castle remains and then onto Kenrokuen, one of Japan’s top three gardens. The name Kenroku refers to the perfectly combined aesthetics of this beautiful garden, including seclusion, spaciousness and abundant water.


Travel onwards along the picturesque back alleys of Kanazawa to the stunning D.T. Suzuki Museum, to learn about the man who introduced Zen Buddhism to the West. The smaller garden at this museum is the perfect embodiment of Zen philosophy and you can end your day practicing mindfulness yourself by the water mirror garden.


Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa (Economy Double)


Day 6: Kanazawa to Kyoto
Travel aboard the Limited Express Thunderbird from Kanazawa to Kyoto. The train takes approximately 2 hours to travel 225km.


Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Citadines Kyoto Karasuma Gojo (Studio Double/Twin Room)


Day 7: Kyoto Full Day Private Tour
Explore the former imperial capital of Japan with a knowledgeable local guide, utilizing Kyoto’s comprehensive bus system to visit some of the city’s famous World Heritage Sites. Start your day with a visit to Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) which was originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun but, at his request, became a Buddhist Temple after his death.


Next, make your way to Nijo Castle, an ornamental castle built by the founder of the Edo Shogunate and surrounded by stunning gardens. famous for its architecture, decorated sliding doors and ‘chirping’ nightingale floors.


Then, head to Heian Shrine, built on the occasion of the 1100th anniversary of the capital's foundation in Kyoto and is dedicated to the spirits of the first and last emperors who reigned from the city, Emperor Kammu and Emperor Komei.


Finally, make a visit to Kiyomizu Temple (Pure Water Temple) and enjoy the panoramic views of Kyoto from the 13 metre high veranda jutting out from the Main Hall. Learn about the interesting history of the building and how both the Main Hall and Veranda were built without the use of nails or any kind of joiners.


Inclusions:
- Private English Speaking Guide for 8 Hours
- Kyoto Bus and Subway One Day Pass
- Entrance Fee for Heian Shrine
- Entrance Fee for Kinkakuji
- Entrance Fee for Nijo Castle
- Entrance Fee for Kiyomizudera Temple


Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Citadines Kyoto Karasuma Gojo (Studio Double/Twin Room)


Day 8: Kyoto Free Day
A full day to further explore Kyoto and it's surrounding area.


Why not take a short trip to Nara which has significant temples and artwork dating back to the 8th century when it was Japan's Capital. Deer roam freely in the grounds of Todai-ji Temple, home to Daibutsuden, the largest wooden building in the world.


You could either make a stop at Uji on the way to Nara and visit Byodoin Temple famous for it's Phoenix Hall. Constructed in 1053, this hall now graces the back of the 10 yen coin, or Fushimi Inari famous for it's corridors of tori gates as seen in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha.


Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Citadines Kyoto Karasuma Gojo (Studio Double/Twin Room)


Day 9: Kyoto to Hiroshima
Shinkansen from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes under 2 hours to cover 381km. The Shinkansen early in the day are direct, after 8.30am a transfer will need to be made at Shin-Osaka or Shin-Kobe.


Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Hotel New Hiroden (Twin Room)


Day 10: Hiroshima Full Day Private Tour
Today enjoy a day tour of Hiroshima with a local guide, starting with a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.


The area where the park now lies was ground zero for the Atomic Bomb on 6th August 1945. After the bombing, the Memorial Park was created and dedicated to those who lost their lives in the attack. Stroll through the park and discover the many memorials, monuments and statues in the park before heading into the Museum itself.


After some free time for lunch, a short ferry ride will take visitors to Miyajima Island. A small sacred island located in the Inland Sea, it has been a holy place of Shintoism since the earliest times. Here one will find perhaps the most photographed site in Japan - The Floating Torii Gate. Designated as one of Japan's '3 Most Beautiful Views', the shrine it belongs to dates back to the 6th century with the present structure dating back to the 12th century.


The harmoniously arranged buildings reveal great artistic and technical skill, and have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mere 'commoners' were not allowed to set foot on this holy place, and even now it is forbidden to give birth or die on the island!


Enjoy some time to explore the island and its many shrines and temples, sample local goodies like maple leaf shaped cakes before heading back to your hotel.


Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Hotel New Hiroden (Twin Room)


Day 11: Hiroshima to Tokyo
Ride the Shinkansen or Bullet Train at speeds of up to 300km/hr and cover the 894km distance to Tokyo in approximately 5 hours. You will need to change Shinkansens at either Shin-Osaka or Shin-Kobe depending on the train from the Sanyo Shinkansen Line to the Tokaido Shinkansen Line.


Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Hotel Sunroute Asakusa (Double Room)


Day 12: Depart Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast



Offer Includes

  • Flights from London with Malaysia Airlines
  • Airport taxes
  • Return transfers by a private car
  • 3 nights accommodation in Tower Wing Deluxe Room in The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur
  • 11 nights accommodation in Japan as per itinerary
  • Historical Malacca Full-Day Tour from Kuala Lumpur including Lunch

Meal Plans

  • As per Itinerary