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Want something extra for that ultimate authentic experience? - these optional tours are recommended ...

Magical Japan has an extensive booking network in the Far East which enable us to provide comprehensive add-on options. Most of these tours are operated on a daily basis.

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itinerary below Optional Tour Excursions

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Tours from Tokyo
Tokyo afternoon tour (includes Lunch*) Recommended

Tour includes visiting the beautiful Hama-Rikyu garden, enjoying our Sumida River Cruise and visiting the Asakusa Kannon Temple & Nakamise shopping street. We then drive through Kappabashi, Ueno and Akihabara districts of Tokyo before finishing the tour. *includes Lunch when operated on the same day as the morning tour.

Nikko World Heritage 1 day Tour (from Tokyo) Most Popular

Full Day guided coach tour to Nikko National park, a designated World Cultural Heritage site. Nikko is a gem of natural beauty and home to some of the most spectacular examples of ancient architecture in Japan. The tour includes a visit to the magnificent Toshogu shrine, which houses the Mausoleum of the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate. We also visit the stunning Tamozawa Imperial Villa, constructed in 1899 and which served as the Tokyo residence of the Tokugawa family and later a summer retreat for the Imperial Family. Afterwards we visit the spectacular Kirifuri waterfall. Japanese style Lunch included.

Kamakura 1 day Tour (from Tokyo) Recommended

With our professional tour guide we take a coach to Kamakura, the small and fascinating former capital city. Your professional guide will take you on a walking tour of Kamakura, visiting the Great Buddha, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Komachi-dori street. We then visit Hokoku-Ji Temple and Jomyo-Ji Temple for powered Green Tea tasting in a Japanese tea house. We then drive across the Yokohama Bay Bridge and Tokyo bay. Includes Japanese style lunch.

Tokyo Skytree & Asakusa - Afternoon tour

Afternoon departure to experience Tokyo's newest landmark, the impressive Tokyo Skytree for the ultimate views across Tokyo. Visit the 350m Tembo deck. The tour also includes a visit to the famous Sensoji Temple in Asakusa and Nakamise shopping street. (450m Tembo gallery is not included, but can be purchased at the Skytree) if required.

Nikko & Edo Wonderland 1 day Tour (from Tokyo)

Full Day guided tour to Nikko National park, a designated World Cultural Heritage site. The guided tour includes a visit to the magnificent Toshogu Shrine. Afterwards enjoy free time at Edo wonderland historical theme park, where you can step back in time and enjoy a spectacular Ninja show and an Edo-era period townscape & performances. (no guide service at Edo wonderland).

Departures - (March 24-April 26) Mon Tue Thur & Frid. (May 10 - Nov 29) Tues, Frid

Tokyo Afternoon Sumo Museum & Tournament

Experience the traditional Japan's sport of Sumo. With our English speaking Guide visit Tokyo's Sumo Museum & Ryogoku Kokugikan and view historic sumo-related objects from the Edo period to present day.

Afterwards watch exciting sumo Tournament matches from your reserved class B seats. English commentary is available on radios which will be provided by our guide.

Daily Departs between Jan 10-24th, May 8-22nd Sep 11-25th 2016

Morning Sumo Experience / Visit Sumo Stables Recommended 'NEW'
tokyo sumo

Option A - Sumo Experience - Enjoy Sumo demonstrations by retired Sumo wrestlers with their interpretation of history, practise and customs etc. Some volunteers can try Sumo costumes and challenge Sumo wrestlers to a friendly match. Photo opportunities available. Later enjoy Chanko-nabe tradition Sumo meal and receive a small souvenir. Every Monday.

Option B - Sumo Stable tour - Visit an authentic Sumo Stable and see active wrestlers train. Take photos and communicate with the young wrestlers for an ultimate insight into Sumo life. Tour Available subject to Sumo tournament calendar.

Tokyo Tsukiji Outer Fish Market - Sushi making & tasting
tokyo fish market

Tsukiji Outer Fish market & Sushi workshop (Departure Mon, Tues, Thurs & Frid*)

Visit the outer Tsukiji fish market to see the excitement of one of the world greatest fish markets. Later a professional Chef will demonstrate how to make Sushi, which you can prepare yourself and enjoy for lunch.

* Availability will be confirmed upon request. Pick up service from hotel incl.

2 days Ryokan and Onsen spa extension at Lake Kawaguchi near Mt Fuji

Lake Kawaguchi, is one of the Mt Fuji lakes nestled near the base of the famous mountain. Your stay will be in a Ryokan (tradition Japanese style Inn) in a Japanese style room. Relax in indoor and outdoor 'Onsen' baths and hot spring spa's with spectacular views of Mt Fuji. Later enjoy a traditional Japanese meal served with fresh local seasonal ingredients. Fishing and hiking is also possible along the lakeside. This a completely unforgettable experience, and can be incorporated into all our Japan holiday Packages and tailor-made itineraries.

Include breakfast and dinner at your Ryokan. Round trip from Tokyo by Highway bus (approx travel time 1.45 hour)

1 to 4 nights Home stay in Japan

As part of your holiday, why not try a short homestay with a family in Japan. This is a great way to learn more about Japanese customs, language and culture. More importantly and wonderful opportunity to make new friends. Home stays available for 1 to 4 nights in Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe. Not available: 1-3 Jan, 23-31 Dec. All subject to availability

Choose from bed and breakfast only, or Breakfast & Dinner. 24 hour assistance provided as standard.


Tour options from Kyoto
Kyoto Ryokan experience from £160 per night Recommended
ryokan Optional accommodation in Kyoto. Price include staying at a traditional Japanese style Ryokan for an unmissable and unique Japanese experience. Pamper yourself in an authentic Japanese Spa and enjoy traditional Japanese breakfast & dinner, carefully prepared and served using fresh local seasonal ingredients.

We can also arrange a hotel upgrade or Ryokan accommodation in Hakone, staying in either a western style or traditional Japanese style room. Both opens available with outdoor 'Onsen' spa facilities. Ask for details.

Nara afternoon tour (from Kyoto) Most Popular

Nara is the ancient capital city of Japan and is known as the cradle of Japan's arts & crafts. This restful and rural city was were Buddhism first flourished in Japan and is therefore home to many ancient temples and historic relics.

Our tour departs from Kyoto and includes Japanese style lunch: Itinerary includes visiting Todaiji Temple, Nara Deer Park, Kasuga Shrine. (tour price increases during the weekend & on special dates).

Kyoto afternoon tour Recommended

Our guided coach tour includes visiting Heian Shrine, Sanjusangendo Hall & the magnificent Kiyomizu Temple. Kiyomizu temple is simply unmissable and is a must visit location, made even more famous by the film 'Memory of Geisha'.

Kyoto morning Guided Cycling Tour Recommended

Morning guided tour by bicycle of the enchanting winding back streets of Kyoto, to truly experience the real Kyoto lifestyle.. We cycle through the Miyagawacho Geisha quarters, Ishibei Koji Alley and Gion. We then stop at the Yasaka Jinja shrine for sight seeing. Later we continue along Shirakawa River Willow tree path, before stopping at the impressive Heian Jingu shrine. - tour operates Mon, Wed, Frid, Sunday.

Tea Ceremony and Philosophers path

Afternoon guided tour - Visit the Silver Pavilion (Ginkakuji Temple) and then take a peaceful stroll along the Philosophers path, lined with colourful Cherry trees either side the canal. Enjoy a Japanese tea ceremony, where you can learn about this ancient custom. Tour available Tuesday & Friday only.


Morning Fushima & Uji Tour inc Tea Ceremony (from Tokyo)

Visit Fushima Inari Shrine, which is one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto, famous for its 1000 red Torii gates. Then take the train with our professional tour guide to see Byodoin Temple, recognised by UNESCO World heritage and build in the 11th century. Later we enjoy a Japanese Tea Ceremony.

Optional Japanese set lunch can also be provided at a local restaurant near Uji River.

Kyoto Night Tour

Enjoy watching a delightful pageant of Japanese traditional arts, performances and Maiko dancing etc at Gion Corner. The tour includes walking through the traditional Gion district to feel the unique evening atmosphere.

Experience a Japanese Tea Ceremony at a traditional Ryokan and enjoy Zen (vegetarian) dining.

(Available on certain days only please check before booking).

Kyoto Maiko Dinner Night
kyoto Experience the beautiful dance performance of a Maiko (trainee Geisha) and have the opportunity to take a commemorative photo. Afterwards enjoy a delicious Japanese style meal featuring Tempura. (Available on certain days only please check before booking)



Kyoto - Hiroshima & Miyajima day trip
miyajima The tour includes return reserved seats on the bullet train from Kyoto to Hiroshima and boat tickets to Miyajima Island. Our guided tour includes visiting Miyajima (Sacred Island), Itsukushima Jinga shrine, with the famous floating red Torii gates and also Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Atomic bomb Dome and museum. Return to Kyoto by train.

This option is available for most tours visiting Kyoto. However the tour operates on certain days per week only, therefore please enquire when booking.

Hiroshima and Osaka -2 night extension - £325pp based upon twin share
osaka castle

Tour extension includes train transfer from Kyoto or Osaka to Hiroshima. Free time in Hiroshima to explore the city & neighbouring Miyajima, or take the above optional guided tour. The next day transfer to Osaka to have free time to explore Osaka and see the Osaka Castle etc.

Includes train transfers, 1 night in Hiroshima and 1 night in Osaka. Airport transfer to Kansai airport is provided on your departure.

Kyoto Hands on - Cultural Experience tours 'New'



Option A Machiya town house tour + Tea ceremony.

Option B Machiya tour + Kimono Experience

Option C Machiya tour + Tea Ceremony + Kimono Experience.

Machiya is a traditional town house dating back 130 years. Choose to wear your favourite from many pure sink Kimono's and then experience a Japanese tea ceremony in a traditional tea room.

From Hiroshima
Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour Recommended

A full day tour with English speaking guide includes visiting Miyajima (Sacred Island) and the famous floating red Torii gates and also Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & museums.

This option is available for tours staying in Hiroshima, such as our '15 days Wonders of Japan tour'. However the tour operates on certain days per week only, therefore please enquire when booking.

Hiroshima & Miyajima 1 day tour voucher

Great for exploring Hiroshima and Miyajima on your own.

Exchange voucher for Hiroden 1 day travel pass on street cars (trams), Lunch voucher at Okonomiimura for Hiroshima style food, Miyajima night cruise, Detailed Guide Itinerary.

From Osaka
Osaka Full Day Tour (inc lunch) - Osaka Afternoon Tour

Choose either half day or full day tour. In the morning visit the Aerial Garden Observatory for great views across the entire city. We then travel to see the Umeda district of Osaka with our guide. includes Western style lunch.

Our afternoon guided tour includes visiting Osaka Castle and having a sightseeing boat cruise on the Aqua Liner.

Tour extension available for all our Japan tours

Combine a tour of Japan with a luxury Okinawa tropical island beach extension...

  • Okinawa - Onna Beach Resort
  • Round trip flights to Okinawa Island
  • Flexible duration and hotel upgrades available.
  • All Okinawa rooms with ocean-view.
  • Guaranteed departure minimum 2 people


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