A Journey through China & Japan
Tokyo to Shanghai
Travel & Accommodation
Map & Itinerary
- 22 nights in premium accommodation and three-night cruising the Yangtze River on the Century Glory
- Services of Great Rail Journeys Tour Escorts
- 48 meals – 25 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 14 dinners
- Travel by high-speed rail through Japan and China and enjoy a ‘Romancecar’ train journey to Hakone
- Glimpse the colourful kimonos of Kyoto’s geisha and enjoy a traditional evening meal in Kyoto
- Visit a local sake brewery for a tasting and experience a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto
- Indulge in a sumptuous Peking Duck banquet in Beijing
- See giant pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Map & Itinerary
- Itinerary operated by Great Rail Journeys
- Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
- Prices include airport transfers, port charges and tipping
- Flight from Osaka to Beijing on Day 12 is unescorted
- Cabin pre-selection is not available on cruises in China
- An overnight bag will need to be packed for days 6-8
- Prices include flight between Osaka and Beijing, transfers, port charges, tipping, and most porterage
- Whilst on the tour the majority of the rooms in Japan will be double bedded rooms. Twin bedding cannot be guaranteed and is subject to availability at hotel upon check in.
- Cherry Blossom season in Japan usually lasts from late March to May, however due to changeable weather blooms cannot be guaranteed, even during spring months
- Prices are for land/cruise/rail and flights as specified only
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Welcome to Tokyo! Transfer to your hotel where a Welcome Dinner gives you the chance to meet your fellow travellers and Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort.
Stay: Two Nights, Tokyo, Keio Plaza HotelDaily :
A full-day tour of Tokyo begins with a trip to the Miraikan. Next it’s on to the Asakusa Kannon Temple and Hamarikyu Garden. Afterwards, pay a visit to the Meiji Shrine and the famous Shibuya Crossing before returning to your hotel for an evening at leisure.Daily :
Today you will make the journey to Odawara by train, travelling in a ‘Romancecar’ (observation car) on the picturesque narrow-gauge line.
Journey to Odawara and enjoy a tour before taking a ride on the Hakone Ropeway to the Togendai station, nestled on the shores of the tranquil Lake Ashi. Enjoy a relaxing cruise around the lake before continuing on to your hotel for the evening.
Stay: Hakone HotelDaily :
Mt Fuji, Matsumoto
Driving along the foot of the famous mountain, disembark at the Mt Fuji Visitor Centre to learn more about the country’s tallest volcano. Continue to Mt Fuji’s Fifth Station where, if the sun is shining, you will be able to see the snowcapped peak.
This morning, travel to Mt Fuji, arguably Japan’s most distinctive landmark. Later, it’s on to Matsumoto to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Stay: Matsumoto, Buena Vista Hotel, or similarDaily :
This morning, venture to Matsumoto Castle, an impressive five-storey fortress. This striking castle goes by another name, ‘Crow Castle’, because of its black exterior.
En route to Takayama, you’ll stop at Hirayu Onsen, one of Japan’s famous traditional open-air baths. Continue on to visit Hida Folk Village before arriving in the picturesque town of Takayama, set atop brilliant hills.
Stay: Takayama, Associa HotelDaily :
Takayama, Nagoya, Hiroshima
This morning, join a guided walking tour to see sights including Miyagawa markets, Takayama Jinya and Sannomachi Street. Later, set off on a journey on the Hida Train to Nagoya, continuing onwards by bullet train to Hiroshima.
Stay: Two Nights, Hiroshima, Granvia HotelDaily :
Hiroshima, Miyajima Island
Today, travel by train and ferry to Miyajima Island.
Translated to ‘Shrine Island’, the wooded Miyajima Island is home to the famous Itsukushima Shrine, a Shinto shrine which appears to float on the island’s waters at high tide. During your time here you’ll enjoy a walking tour and see cheeky wild deer. The afternoon is set aside for you to discover the other sites of Hiroshima at your own leisure.Daily :
Be given the extraordinary opportunity to listen to a talk from a Hiroshima survivor or successor about the events that shaped Japan into the country it is today.
Wander the streets of the famous Gion district and keep watch for one of the many beautiful geiko and maiko, the titles given to geisha and their apprentices.
Later this evening, indulge in a traditional Japanese dinner at a local restaurant, renowned for using delicious and fresh produce.
This morning visit Hiroshima’s World Peace Memorial Park and the A-Bomb Dome Museum. Afterwards, travel by bullet train to Kyoto.
Stay: Three Nights, Kyoto, ANA Crowne Plaza or similarDaily :
Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony.
Venture to some of Kyoto’s beautiful formal gardens this morning for a special Insider Experience. Afterwards, take a tour of Kyoto’s most famous landmarks including Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) which has an exquisite Japanese garden; Kyoto Railway Museum; and Kiyomizu Temple, a historic Buddhist temple that offers impressive views over Kyoto. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend at leisure.Daily :
While you’re in Nara, the birthplace of sake, it seems fitting that you visit a sake brewery and savour a tasting.
Today you’ll enjoy a day trip to Nara, a picturesque city with an abundance of impressive temples. See Todai-ji Temple, the largest wooden building in the world and its Great Buddha and Nigatsu-do Shrine. Founded in 745 by Emperor Shomu, Todai-ji is a vast Buddhist temple complex that was constructed as a symbol of imperial power. Its famous Buddha towers overhead at 15 metres tall and is the largest Buddha statue in Japan. Later, it’s time for a stroll through Nara’s famous Deer Park, home to over 1,200 wild deer who freely roam the park, grazing on the spacious lawns.Daily :
Visit Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.
After an Insider Experience, continue on to Osaka and visit the Umeda Observatory in the iconic Umeda Sky building. Here, you’ll enjoy panoramic views over Osaka and its castle. Celebrate your final evening with a Farewell Dinner.
Stay: Osaka, Sheraton MiyakoDaily :
Transfer to Osaka airport for your included flight to Beijing, China.
Stay: Four Nights, Beijing, Novotel Peace HotelDaily :
Enjoy a free day to explore China’s capital city. Tonight, meet your China Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort for dinner.Daily :
Beijing, Forbidden City
This morning, visit Tiananmen Square, one of the world’s largest city squares. Continue to the Forbidden City. Steeped in history, it is the former home to an ancient line of Chinese emperors. After lunch, explore the World Heritage-listed Summer Palace.Daily :
Beijing, Great Wall of China
This evening, sample Beijing’s most iconic dish with a delicious banquet of Peking Duck at a local restaurant.
Discover China’s greatest icon, the Great Wall of China. Take in breathtaking views during a cable car ride to the Mutianyu section, one of the best-preserved parts of the wall. Continue to a cloisonné factory and enjoy a guided tour, learning about Chinese cloisonné. Return to the city later, passing by the Beijing National Stadium (the Bird’s Nest) and the bubble-covered Water Cube.Daily :
Board a high-speed train headed for Xi’an.
This morning after breakfast, visit the Temple of Heaven, an imperial complex of religious buildings founded in the first half of the 15th century.
Stay: Two Nights, Xi’an, Grand MercureDaily :
This evening, indulge in a traditional Chinese dumpling banquet.
Known for its remarkable collection of Terracotta Warriors, a discovery of Xi’an awaits today. Admire the excavation pits that have housed the thousands of sculptures since around 210BC. Every sculpture is unique, with distinct facial features, hairstyles, postures and clothing. Spend the afternoon on a guided tour of Xi’an, taking in some of its most famous sights, including the Great Mosque, the lively Muslim bazaar and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda.Daily :
Embark on a high-speed train journey to Chengdu.
Stop for a spot of lunch at a local restaurant before an Insider Experience. On arrival, transfer to your hotel, the charming Tibet Hotel which tastefully combines traditional Tibetan decor with modern furnishings.
Stay: Two Nights, Chengdu, Tibet HotelDaily :
Spend the morning at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Here you’ll learn all about how the pandas are being protected.
After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Buddhist Wenshu Monastery and learn about the ancient structure. Finish your day with a visit to the charming Jinli Street where bright lanterns light up the path.Daily :
Chengdu, Chongqing, Embark Ship
Travel by high-speed train to Chongqing.
Following breakfast at your hotel, travel to Chengdu’s Renmin Park. Also known as the People’s Park, this lush garden is a hub for locals. Sample a range of teas at a teahouse before travelling by train to Chongqing where you will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before boarding your river ship. Kick back and begin your relaxing three-night cruise along the Yangtze River.
Stay: Three Nights, Yangtze River, Century GloryDaily :
Today will be spent exploring Shibaozhai, an isolated peak rising from the northern bank of the Yangtze River. On the river side of the hill sits a magnificent red 12-storey pavilion built during the Qing Dynasty. Tonight you’ll enjoy a Captain’s Dinner.Daily :
Scenic Cruising, Shennv Stream
This morning, set off on a shore excursion to Shennv Stream, a small tributary of the Yangtze River with its narrow gorges and picturesque mountain sides. Much of the landscape remains in a pristine state due to the light boat traffic which travels through here. This evening, enjoy a traditional Chinese buffet dinner back on board the ship.Daily :
Maoping, Disembark Ship, Wuhan
Depart on a high-speed train bound for Wuhan.
Bid farewell to your river ship and disembark in Maoping. Spend the morning at the Three Gorges Dam Site and take in the colossal scale of the world’s largest hydropower project.
Stay: Marco Polo WuhanDaily :
Transfer to the station and catch a high-speed train to Shanghai.
Today begins with a visit to the Yellow Crane Tower, a five-storey yellow-tiled marvel sitting at the top of Snake Hill. On arrival in Shanghai, transfer to the Bund and then onwards to your hotel. Tonight, head out to a local restaurant for dinner.
Stay: Two Nights, Shanghai, Pullman Jing’anDaily :
This evening, you’ll enjoy a Farewell Dinner while cruising the Huangpu River.
This morning, explore Yu Garden, believed to have been built in the Ming Dynasty more than 400 years ago. The careful layout, beautiful scenery and artistic architecture have made this garden one of Shanghai’s highlights. Next, it’s time to experience Shanghai’s bustling bazaar before visiting the historic Jade Buddha Temple. Continue to the French Concession and wander through the leafy streets. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore at leisure.Daily :
After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Shanghai airport for your onward flight.Daily :
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