Honshu Wanderer Red – All Four Pool Matches

Package includes: 

  • Guaranteed official match tickets
  • 22 nights' accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
  • International flights, transfers and travel around Japan

Highlights 

  • Gullivers Tour Managers
  • Exclusive Gullivers event
  • Welcome drinks
  • Japanese speaking assistants
  • Gullivers merchandise
  • Optional excursions
  • End of tour dinner

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At a glance

WRU Official Supplier

"Rugby World Cup 2019™ is a really exciting challenge for Wales. Having our supporters follow us in Japan really gives the team an extra boost on and off the pitch. It’s fantastic that we’re able to work with our Official Travel Supplier - Gullivers Sports Travel in providing unique travel packages and look forward to seeing you in the Land of the Rising Sun!" Warren Gatland, Head Coach.

We're Official

Gullivers Sports Travel are an Authorised Sub-Agent of Rugby World Cup 2019™. This means that all our official travel packages include guaranteed match tickets. TM © Rugby World Cup Limited 2015.

Tickets

The package prices include a Category D ticket to all four Wales pool games. Exact locations of the tickets will be provided to us closer to the event. Upgrades to category B tickets are available, see the Ticket page for more details.

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Accommodation

Our featured accommodations are all 4★. Hotels have a very limited supply of traditional double-bedded rooms and the cultural norm is for couples to have two separate single beds, rather than share a double bed. As such we are offering three room options: twin rooms, single rooms and twin rooms with a preference for a double room.

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Flights

We will be using a number of reputable airlines within our packages. An economy seat is included in your package as standard. Upgrade your seat to Premium Economy for £1,200pp and to Business Class for £3,300pp. Emirates are the Official Airline of Rugby World Cup 2019™.

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Transfers

Airport and match transfers will be by coach. Likewise, we will transfer you to the relevant train stations when we use the fantastically efficient Bullet trains to get around the country.

Excursions

To ensure you enjoy your visit to Japan to its fullest we are offering a variety of optional excursions. We are launching our packages with the introductory tours that we feel will enhance your experience in Japan. We will be launching a second round of more optional extras later in the year.

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Merchandise

Included in the price of the tour there will be an exclusive Gullivers merchandise pack, further details to follow.

Gullivers staff and on-site support

We work closely with our agents in Japan to ensure that we have Japanese speaking staff on site to assist us. As always with an escorted tour, you will have a Gullivers Tour Manager with you.

Cultural differences

Japan are going to be fantastic hosts and we can expect a warm welcome from the locals. There are some cultural differences that we will provide further information on to whet your appetite and to get the most enjoyment out of your trip to Japan, please see our FAQs page.

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Full itinerary

  • Day1

    Departure Day

    Today the adventure begins. Check in for your international flight to Japan.

    London Heathrow to Nagoya via Hong Kong

    Departs: 
    1220
    Arrives: 
    1500
    Airline: 
    Cathay Pacific
  • Day2

    Arrival Day

    Upon arrival in Nagoya, we will transfer you to your hotel for you to check in for your three night stay. Nagoya, located on the Pacific Coast, is Japan's fourth largest city. Much of the city was destroyed in World War II and underwent a lot of reconstruction to make it into the economic hub that it is today. It is home to some of Japan’s car giants and various museums that you can visit to get a true sense of its industrial importance, such as the Toyota Automobile Museum. In terms of cuisine, tickle your taste buds with some spicy Ogura toast, Kishimen noodle soup or hearty Sugakiya ramen. Take a wander through Sakae, Fushimi and the Nagoya Station to sample the city’s main hot spots for nightlife. This evening join your Tour Manager and the rest of your tour group for welcome drinks.

    Welcome Drinks

  • Day3

    Match Day

    This evening the action begins as Wales take on Georgia at the City of Toyota Stadium in Toyota City. We will transfer you to the the stadium from your hotel and return you to your hotel after the match. Once at the stadium, soak up the unique atmosphere that comes with a Rugby World Cup and settle in for Wales' opening game.

    Wales v Georgia

    Pool match one for Wales.

    Kick off: 
    19:15
  • Day4

    Nagoya

    Explore Nagoya at your own leisure today.

  • Day5

    Nagoya to Tokyo Metropolitan

    Today we depart Nagoya for Tokyo Metropolitan on the bullet train. This in itself is a uniquely Japanese experience. The trains always depart and arrive very punctually and travel at speeds up to 270 miles per hour. Once in Tokyo Metropolitan, we will transfer to your hotel for a 6 night stay.

    Bullet train to Tokyo Metropolitan

  • Day6–8

    Tokyo Metropolitan

    Welcome to Tokyo Metropolitan! The capital of Japan and one of the most exciting cities in the world. Tokyo means ‘Eastern Capital’ and is made up of a patchwork of over 1000 neighbourhoods which conjoin together to create a mega metropolis. Each district has developed it’s own personality over the years which helps to refine where you choose to explore during your stay here. You have the option to book onto our guided tour of Tokyo Metropolitan city, a perfect way to familiarise yourself with this fascinating metropolitan area and take in some of it's most interesting sights. There is also the option to book onto our guided tour to Hakone and Lake Ashi, giving unparalleled views of Mount Fuji.

    Thursday 26 September 2019 Optional Excursion – Full day guided tour of Tokyo Metropolitan

    This excursion includes visits to the Meiji-jingu Shrine, Tokyo Sky Tree, Asakusa Kannon Temple and Akihabara. Please see the Extras tabs for more information.

    Friday 27 September 2019 Optional Excursion – Full day guided tour to Hakone with views of Mt Fuji

    This excursion includes a visit to Hakone, a cruise on Lake Ashi and a trip on the Hakone ropeway. Please see the Extras tabs for more information.

  • Day9

    Match Day

    This afternoon Wales take on Australia at Tokyo Stadium in the second pool match of the tournament. We will provide return transfers from the hotel to the stadium.

    Australia v Wales

    Pool match two for Wales.

    Kick off: 
    16:45
  • Day10

    Tokyo Metropolitan

    Your final day in Tokyo Metropolitan to explore.

  • Day11

    Tokyo Metropolitan to Kanazawa

    Experience travel by bullet train once more as we journey from Tokyo Metropolitan to Kanazawa, one of Japans best preserved historical cities, where you are staying for two nights.

    Bullet train to Kanazawa

  • Day12

    Kanazawa

    Kanazawa is a popular tourist destination. The city translates as the ‘stream of gold’ which is fitting as almost all of Japans gold comes from here. Indeed it is famed for its gold, gardens and Geisha. There are two Geisha districts, Higashi Chaya and Nishi Chaya, either side of the city which visitors gather to, hoping to catch a glimpse of Geisha. Not forgetting the Nagamachi Samurai quarter which is considered to be one of the best in Japan due to its well preserved streets and buildings. Kanazawa is well known for its three tea districts; Higashiyama, Nishichaya-gai and Kazue-machi. This ancient ritual of preparing and serving tea is sure to get your taste buds going for when you venture into the Katamachi district – known as ‘The Scramble’ which is packed with people, shops, restaurants and lively bars.

  • Day13

    Kanazawa to Kyoto

    Today we leave Kanazawa feeling refreshed and immersed in the Japanese culture to head for Kyoto for three nights, a city which has one of the worlds largest collections of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

    Limited Express train to Kyoto

  • Day14–15

    Kyoto

    Kyoto, meaning capital city, reflecting on its 1000 year history as the imperial city of Japan, is located on the central part of the island of Honshu. It’s significance in Japanese history resounds throughout the city. It was saved from bombing in World War II and as a result has many historical buildings in tact which attract thousands of tourists year on year. There are many ancient temples, tea ceremony masters, traditional ryokan inns and centuries old craftsmanship, flower arranging, zen rock gardens and mysterious Geisha…which all make Kyoto a truly mesmerising place to visit. You have the option to book onto our guided tour of Kyoto, a perfect way to familiarise yourself with this beguiling city.

    Monday 14 October 2019 Optional Excursion – Full Day guided tour of Kyoto

    This full day guided tour includes the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, the Nijo-jo Castle and Kinkaku-ji Temple. Please see the Extras tabs for more information.

  • Day16

    Kyoto to Hiroshima

    Today we leave Kyoto behind for travel by Bullet train to one of the top tourist destinations in the country for two nights; Hiroshima.

    Bullet train to Hiroshima

  • Day17

    Hiroshima

    Upon arrival into Hiroshima you will most certainly want to pay a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in the Peace Park to identify and pay respect to the damage caused by the atomic bomb in 1945. A must see is the Genbaku Dome which is the only structure left standing at Ground Zero, now a memorial to the destructive nature of the bomb.

    Just a short journey from Hiroshima is the World Heritage island of Miyajima which has been a holy place of Shintoism stretching back hundreds of years. An absolute must-see on Miyajima is the Itsukushima shrine with its famous red gate which seems to float on the water.

    Monday 7 October 2019 Optional Excursion – Hiroshima and Miyajima full day guided tour

    Tour includes a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Park and the Miyajima island and Itsukushima Shrine. Please see the Extras tabs for more information.

  • Day18

    Hiroshima to Fukuoka City

    Today we depart Hiroshima for your final tour destination, Fukuoka City, by Bullet train.

    Situated on the Northern Shore of Kyushu island, Fukuoka is a fun-loving, modern and cosmopolitan city and during Rugby World Cup, Fukuoka city is the place to be. All of the supporters will be staying in Fukuoka city and travelling into Oita on match days.

    This city has a relaxed vibe with the perfect blend of chic boutiques, laid back bars and glorious cuisine.

    Bullet train to Fukuoka City

  • Day19

    Match Day

    Today we will transfer you to Oita Stadium for the penultimate match of the group stages, Wales v Fiji. After the match we will transfer you back to your hotel in Fukuoka City.

    Wales v Fiji

    Pool match three for Wales.

    Kick off: 
    18.45
  • Day20

    Fukuoka City

    Fukuoka City is thought to be where tea and Buddhism were first introduced into Japan, due to it being close to South Korea and the rest of eastern Asia.

    If you wish to take a break from the rush of tourism, Ohiri Park provides just that as you admire the peaceful lake, tranquil gardens and castle ruins. The lake was once a part of the sea but was built up to form part of the moat system for Fukuoka’s Castle

    Thursday 10 October 2019 – Exclusive Gullivers event

    This evening Gullivers will host an exclusive event.

  • Day21-22

    Fukuoka City

    Today transfer the short distance on foot to your new hotel in Fukuoka City, the Nikko hotel, for a 3 night stay.

    Saturday 12 October 2019 End of Tour Dinner

    Today we will provide return transfers from your hotel to the Kumamoto Stadium for Wales' final pool match against Uruguay.

  • Day23

    Match Day

    Today we will provide return transfers from your hotel to the Kumamoto Stadium for Wales' final pool match against Uruguay.

    Wales v Uruguay

    The last pool match for Wales.

    Kick off: 
    17:15
  • Day24

    Departure Day

    Depart Japan today to head back to the UK.

    Fukuoka to London Heathrow via Hong Kong

    Departs: 
    1640
    Arrives: 
    0620
    Airline: 
    Cathay Pacific
  • Day25

    Arrive in the UK

    It's been memorable! Today we land back into the UK and make our own journeys home with many great memories and new found friendships.

Tickets

Ticket upgrades for all matches

To upgrade to category B match tickets for all four matches in your tour is £280.00 per person. Please note that this is a request and therefore subject to availability. Category C match tickets for this tour are unavailable. Please note that the categorisations are only a guide, not to scale and subject to change / recategorisation. Click on stadium maps to enlarge.

Wales v Georgia

Kick Off – 19:15

A Category D ticket is included in the package.

Venue: 
Toyota Stadium
Capacity: 
45,000

Australia v Wales

Kick Off – 16:45

A Category D ticket is included in the package.

Venue: 
Tokyo Stadium
Capacity: 
49,970

Wales v Fiji

Kick Off – 18:45

A Category D ticket is included in the package.

Venue: 
Oita Stadium
Capacity: 
40,000

Wales v Uruguay

Kick Off – 17:15

A Category D ticket is included in the package.

Venue: 
Kumamoto Stadium
Capacity: 
32,000

Accommodation

ANA Crowne Plaza Grand Court Nagoya, Nagoya

Just one minute from Kanayama Station, in one of the best rated locations in Nagoya, the Grand Court Nagoya boasts inspiring city views and is in close proximity to Nagoya’s attractions. With five different dining options, which includes Sushi, Chinese and Japanese cuisine, as well as a lobby lounge and café restaurants, beauty shop and gift shop – you have everything you need at your fingertips. On the subway you can be at the antique shops of Osu in just five minutes, or Nagoya Castle in ten!

We chose this hotel because: 

  • Fantastic views of the city
  • Great transport links

Features: 

  • Modern amenities
  • Wifi

Grand Nikko Daiba, Tokyo

The Grand Nikko Daiba Hotel Tokyo is a new hotel situated in the Tokyo Bay area. Opened in 2016, the hotel enjoys wonderful views across Tokyo including the Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower. At just a 20 minute monorail and train ride away from JR Tokyo Station this is a great resort hotel to enjoy whilst on holiday. Odaiba has wonderful shopping and restaurants but for those looking to eat in the hotel The Grill on 30th offers spectacular views from the 30th floor. This hotel is very well reviewed by western visitors to Tokyo.

We chose this hotel because: 

  • Tokyo Bay location

Features: 

  • Three Restaurants overlooking Tokyo
  • Bakery Pastry Shop
  • Free Wifi

Hilton Tokyo, Tokyo

With elegantly decorated rooms, the Hilton Tokyo overlooks Shinjuku Central Park and the Shinjuku skyscraper district. It has a free shuttle to the Shinjuku Train Station if you want to venture further afield, or the Isetan department store is just a 20-minute walk away if you are in the mood for a bit of shopping. The hotel boasts an indoor pool as well as a sauna and fitness centre, which are all free of charge for guests. You can also take part in a game of tennis on the rooftop or unwind in the hotel’s hot tub! The restaurant offers a buffet breakfast, with a range of western and Japanese dishes, as well as serving drinks and snacks at the bar and lounge.

We chose this hotel because: 

  • Fantastic reviews
  • We use Hiltons all around the world due to their great reputation

Features: 

  • Indoor pool and sauna
  • Complimentary wifi

Kanazawa Tokyu, Kanazawa

Located in the heart of Ishikawa, the Kanazawa Tokyu is conveniently located near the tourist areas of Kanazawa with Nagamachi Samurai District just two minutes away, and Kenroku-en Garden (one of the top 3 most scenic parks in Japan) less than ten. Each room provides complimentary Japanese tea and coffee, along with all of the modern amenities required during your stay. The hotel has two restaurants – the Kincharyo which serves Japanese cuisine, and Marais d’Or which serves French cuisine. You can also finish your day off with cocktails and a range of drinks at the Lounge Bar.

We chose this hotel because: 

  • Walking distance to tourist spots

Features: 

  • Western Style rooms
  • Excellent dining facilities

Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo (New Miyako), Kyoto

The Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo Hotel (New Miyako) enjoys a prime position in Kyoto right next to the Kyoto Train Station. Just walking distance from Nishi Hongan-ji Temple and shopping areas the hotel is in a wonderful location from which to explore Kyoto. Breakfast is served in the bright Le Plaisir restaurant serving international dishes.

We chose this hotel because: 

  • Great transport links

Features: 

  • 6 Dining options
  • Vending Machine Corner (to be enjoyed in Japan!)

Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan

Overlooking the Seto Inland Sea, the Grand Prince Hotel is located a 15-minute drive from central Hiroshima. The hotel offers 5 dining options, a seasonal outdoor pool and hot spring baths. There is a free shuttle bus into central Hiroshima. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome are a 15-minute drive. Miyajima Island is just 25 minutes away by high-speed boat from Motoujina Pier, located in front of the hotel.

We chose this hotel because: 

  • Great location for exploring Hiroshima

Features: 

  • Five restaurants
  • Spa and wellness centre

ANA Crowne Plaza Fukuoka , Fukuoka

This fantastic hotel is located in close proximity to the cosmopolitan entertainment and shopping districts of Fukuoka. With several restaurant options, featuring a variety of Japanese and Chinese cuisine, a pastry shop and the elegant Mezzanine Bar, you are spoilt for choice. If you fancied venturing out, the vibrant Nakasu entertainment district, with outdoor food stalls offering an array of delicious ramen noodles and sake, are just a ten-minute walk away. The hotel holds an indoor swimming pool (which sits under an arched glass roof), sauna and fitness centre.

We chose this hotel because: 

  • Fantastic location
  • Reputable brand

Features: 

  • Indoor swimming pool

Hotel Nikko Fukuoka , Fukuoka

Just three minutes from JR Hakata station, this contemporary hotel is an ideal base to explore the city – with Shofukui Temple, Sumiyoshi Shrine, and Khushida Shrine all in the surrounding area. The hotel has a swimming pool, fitness centre and relaxation salon, as well as 10 different restaurants and bars. Pursuing the ideal of serving local specialities, the chefs take great pride in serving food fresh from the Genkai Sea, as well as from local partners and farmers. Traditional Japanese delicacies are served along with Chinese food at the Kohro Restaurant, while Serena restaurant serves Western dishes.

Features: 

  • 10 dining options

Extras

Tokyo City Tour – Full Day - 26th Sep

£115 per person

Leaving your hotel after breakfast, this full day guided city bus tour is a great introduction to the sights and sounds of Tokyo. Starting with a visit to Meiji-jingu Shrine, dedicated to the late 19th century Emperor Meiji, it is Tokyo’s most famous shrine and is a wonderfully serene oasis lying in the middle of this urban city. The tour continues with a visit to the Tokyo Sky Tree, the second tallest structure in the world. The observation desks are located at 350 and 450 meters respectively, offering spectacular views of the Tokyo metropolitan area (the most populous metropolitan area in the world). Following the visit to the Tokyo Sky Tree lunch is included in the tour at a local restaurant.

After lunch, the tour continues to Asakusa Kannon Temple, one of Tokyo’s most colourful, oldest and popular temples. The temple is approached via Nakamise-dori, a 200-metre street crammed with tiny shops full of typical Japanese souvenirs, and other items perfect for gifts or as a memento of your trip to Japan. The final stop of the tour takes in Akihabara, famous for its many electronics shops. In more recent years, Akihabara has gained recognition as the centre of Japan's otaku culture (diehard fan), and many shops and establishments devoted to anime and manga are now dispersed among the electronic stores in the district. Finally, the coach will return to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Tour includes: Local Japanese Tour Guide, Tokyo Sky Tree (admission to observatory at 350m), Meiji-jingu Shrine, Asakusa Kannon Temple and Nakamise Street, Akihabara, Lunch

Depart 09:00 – Return 17:00

 

Hakone Tour with views of Mount Fuji – Full Day - 27 Sep

£115 per person

The coach departs Tokyo this morning with your tour guide for the two-hour trip to the town of Hakone-machi, which is known for its hot springs and views of Mount Fuji (or Fuji-san as the Japanese call her). On arrival, you enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and afterwards, a forty-minute cruise across the tranquil Lake Ashi. On the other side, you will arrive at the Hakone Ropeway (cable car) and along the journey you can enjoy spectacular views of the crystal-clear blue waters of Lake Ashi, the rising volcanic fumes of Owakudani (a 3,000-year-old volcanic valley) and the grandeur of Mount Fuji on a clear day.  At the top of the ropeway, enjoy the scenic views whilst trying the local speciality of Kuro-tamago (black eggs). The eggs are cooked in the hot springs where the sulphur turns the shells black. Consuming the eggs is reputed to increase longevity and eating one egg is said to add up to seven years to your life! Your coach will collect you from the top of the ropeway for your return journey to Tokyo.

Visit includes: Local Japanese tour guide, lunch, cruise on Lake Ashi, Hakone Ropeway

Depart 10:00 – Return 18:00

Kanazawa City Tour – Full Day - 2nd Oct

£115 per person

This is a jam-packed full day tour showcasing some of Kanazawa’s best cultural attractions. The first stop is the well-preserved Nomura Samurai House which is a great opportunity to have a glimpse back in time into a traditional samurai residence and get a feel for how the samurai lived. Afterwards, the tour proceeds to Kenrouken G

rden, which is considered one of Japan’s three great gardens. The sprawling grounds used to be the outer garden of Kanazawa castle and were constructed by the ruling Maeda family over a period of almost two centuries.

The tour then continues to a sake brewery. Ishikawa Prefecture, where Kanazawa is situated, is said to be one of the leading sake regions of Japan so this visit is sure to whet your appetite as you learn about the history of sake and get to sample some too! Lunch is also included local restaurant.

After lunch, the tour continues to the Higashi Chaya District which is one of the city’s three well preserved entertainment districts, often used in film sets to represent traditional Japanese streets. Kanazawa is famed for its production of gold leaf so there will be time to wander around the traditional boutique shops selling handcrafted jewellery and trinkets adorned in gold leaf.

Visit includes: coach travel, local Japanese tour guide, lunch, entry into Nomura Samurai house, Kenrouken Garden, and sake brewery

Depart 09.00 – Return 17.00

Kyoto City Tour – Full Day - 4th Oct

£115 per person

Leaving your hotel after breakfast, this day long tour encompasses the must-see sights of Kyoto, starting with a visit to the iconic Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine. This important Shinto shrine is famous for its thousands of red torii gates winding through a wooded forest to the shrine itself. The tour then takes you to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. It was founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto and derives its name from the waterfall's pure waters. Walking up to the temple you will pass through the Higashiyama District (Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka), which is one of the city's best-preserved historic districts, and the streets are lined with small shops selling local specialties such as Kiyomizu-yaki pottery, sweets, pickles, crafts and other souvenirs. Lunch is then included at a local restaurant.

After lunch the tour proceeds to Nijo Castle (Nijo-jo) a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This formidable castle was built in 1603 by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founding shogun (military dictator) of the Edo Shogunate which ruled Japan for over 200 years from the beginning of the 17th century. The wide moat, huge stone walls, and heavy yet elaborate gates are still impressive. The palace building itself is imposing, yet upon closer examination, is rich in decorative detail, including beautifully painted screens and the famous ‘nightingale’ floors.

The final stop on the tour is Kinkaku-ji Temple (literally meaning Golden Pavilion), another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built as a retirement villa for a shogun in the 13th century, after his death it became a Zen Buddhist temple. Overlooking a large and tranquil pond, the upper stories of the building are covered in gold leaf. This shining temple has become the icon of Kyoto. Finally, the coach will return you to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Visit includes: Local Japanese Tour Guide, lunch, entry into Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Nijo-jo castle, Kinkakuji-Temple.

Depart 09:00 – Return 17:00

Maiko Tea Ceremony Experience – Half Day - 5th Oct

£175 per person

This is a chance to sample a few of Kyoto’s famous offerings. The half day tour will begin after lunch with a wander through Kyoto’s most famous geisha district, Gion, which is filled with shops and traditional wooden machiya merchant houses. Then you will have the rare privilege of spending some time in the company of a Maiko, an apprentice Geisha. The term Maiko is only used to define apprentice geisha in Kyoto. After five years of intense training, the Maiko will then be a qualified Geiko (Kyoto’s term for Geisha). There are many misconceptions surrounding these extraordinary women, who, for centuries have been entertaining customers through forms such as dance, music, tea ceremonies and intelligent conversation.

Your meeting will begin with the Oka-San (mother) introducing you and the group to the Maiko, who will then perform a mesmerising dance with paper fans followed by the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, in which you will receive a cup of matcha (powdered green tea). You can then learn a traditional parlour game (otherwise known as a drinking game) for example ‘Konpira Fune Fune’ and pit your wits against the Maiko. Finally, at the end of the session you can ask the Maiko any questions you wish about their fascinating lives. This truly is a unique experience that is a sneak peek into a very exclusive tradition.

Visit includes: Return coach travel, local Japanese tour guide, traditional tea ceremony with a Maiko

Depart 13.00 – Return 17.00

Maximum: 32 people (bookings on a first come first served basis).

Hiroshima and Miyajima Tour from Hiroshima – Full Day - 7th Oct

£115 per person

Leaving your hotel after breakfast, the tour begins at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum. The museum and park are dedicated to documenting the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The focus of the museum is to document the events of 6 August 1945, and along with being very moving serve to remind us that peace should not be taken for granted. The Peace Memorial Park contains the A-Bomb Dome, also known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, and is what remains of the former Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. When the bomb exploded, it was one of the few buildings to remain standing and remains so today. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the A-Bomb Dome is a tangible link to Hiroshima's unique past. Lunch is then included in the tour price at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon the tour continues with a visit to Miyajima, a small island less than an hour away from Hiroshima.   It is most famous for its giant red torii gate, which at high tide seems to float on the water and marks the entrance to Itsukushima Shrine. Like the torii gate, the shrine's main buildings are constructed over water, giving a sense of peace and tranquillity. After taking as many photos as possible, the tour returns to your hotel in Hiroshima.

We have recently been informed by the Japanese National Tourist Board that the iconic red torii gate on the shore of Miyajima island is undergoing some essential renovation works during 2019.  Therefore, the gate will be covered by scaffolding during your visit meaning that the whole of the gate will not be visible.

Please be assured that all other aspects of your day of sightseeing to Hiroshima and Miyajima will be unchanged, and the island of Miyajima itself is not affected by the renovation works of the gate so all of the shops and the shrine will be open for you to explore.

Visit includes: Local Japanese Tour Guide, entry to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, lunch, return ferry to Miyajima

Depart 09:00 – Return 17:00

Sake Tasting Experience – Half Day

£125 per person

This afternoon, your guide will collect you and the group from your hotel where you will travel by coach to a local sake brewery. Interest in Japanese rice wine is steadily increasing so for an opportunity to sample sake and learn more about its production then you’ll really enjoy this afternoon tour. The Japanese are incredibly proud of their sake and as such there are over seventy breweries in the Fukuoka prefecture alone. There is a lot to know about the many different varieties of sake, it’s history, how the crop is cultivated and how the alcohol is produced. Enjoy sampling the sake, which will be complimented by some traditional Japanese snacks. The afternoon will be relaxed and informal as there is an exclusive Gullivers event in the evening.

Visit includes: return coach travel, local Japanese tour guide, sake brewery admission

Depart 13.00 – Return 16.00

Nagasaki and Beyond Tour – Full Day - 11th Oct

£295 per person

Depart Fukuoka early this morning with your tour guide for a two-hour journey to Nagasaki. Once in Nagasaki, the first stop is the Atomic Bomb Museum which is a stark reminder of how this port city was devastated by the nuclear bomb in 1945. Afterwards, you make the short journey to the beautifully landscaped Glover Garden. The estate sits perched on a hillside overlooking the valley and the sea. It’s perfectly pruned gardens and colonial style buildings pay homage to Scotsman Thomas Glover and how he brought the Industrial Revolution to Japan. Stop for lunch is included at a local restaurant.

After lunch, you will catch the boat to Hashima Island, known as Gunkanjima, which was once populated by miners and their families working in the undersea coal mines for Mitsubishi. When the coal came to an end, so did its inhabitants and they moved back to mainland Nagasaki. Since 1974, the island has been deserted and what’s left are abandoned buildings. It is eerie and quiet, but captivating and also features in the James Bond movie Sky Fall!

Back on the mainland, the group will head to Deijima, which is a manmade island in the port of Nagasaki. Japan was cut off from the rest of the world up until trade started passing through Nagasaki in the 16th century. Deijima was constructed in 1636 to segregate Portuguese residents from the Japanese population, so a look around the historical buildings will give you a real insight into the past!

Visit includes: return travel, local Japanese tour guide, lunch, tour of Hashima Island, entry into the Atomic Bomb Museum, Glover Garden and Deijima Museum

Depart 07.30 – Return 20.30

 

Please note the trip to Hashima island can only run when weather conditions permit