**PLEASE NOTE BELOW IS A EXAMPLE OF THE FOLLOW SCOTLAND(HOPEFULLY ALL THE WAY TO THE FINAL) PACKAGE**
THURSDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2019Departure DayToday the adventure begins. Check in for your international flight to Japan.
Edinburgh to Tokyo Metropolitan via Doha
1840 hrs (+ 1 day)
FRIDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2019Arrival DayUpon arrival into Japan, we will transfer you to your hotel in Tokyo Metropolitan for you to check in for your three night stay.
After settling into your hotel join your Tour Manager for welcome drinks this evening and get to know your fellow tourists.
SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2019Tokyo MetropolitanWelcome to Tokyo Metropolitan! The capital city and one of the most exciting cities in the world.
Taking a ride on a tour bus is a good way to get a feel for the vibrancy of the city, with it’s busy walkways, neon lights and towering sky scrapers. For panoramic city views head up the Sky Tree broadcast tower or Tokyo Tower, as both have observation decks. When you are back down to earth, another must-see is the Imperial Palace gardens in Marunouchi which are the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan.
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.
The Shibuya District is on most tourists must-see lists, featuring the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world with enough people crossing at rush hour to fill a rugby stadium. As is Asakusa on the north-east fringe of Tokyo Metropolitan, which pays homage to the areas cultural history thanks to it’s preservation of ancient buildings and artisan traditions.
The list goes on and there are more including Ginza – noted for it’s luxury shopping, Shinjuku – noted for its entertainment and Roppongi – legendary for its nightlife. The patchwork that is Tokyo Metropolitan is endless, so you’ll need to find out for yourself!
SUNDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2019Match DayToday we will transfer you to the International Stadium Yokohama for Scotland's first match in the pool stages, playing Ireland. After the game we will transfer you back to your hotel.
Ireland v ScotlandPool match one for Scotland.
MONDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2019Tokyo Metropolitan to KanazawaToday we depart Tokyo Metropolitan for Kanazawa 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. Kanazawa is one of Japan's best preserved historical cities and once in Kanazawa, we will transfer to your hotel for a two night stay.
Bullet train to Kanazawa
TUESDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2019KanazawaKanazawa is a popular tourist destination. The city translates as the ‘stream of gold’ which is fitting as almost all of Japan's 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.
WEDNESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2019Kanazawa to KyotoToday we leave Kanazawa feeling refreshed and immersed in the Japanese culture to head to Kyoto for three nights, a city which has one of the worlds largest collections of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Limited Express train to Kyoto
THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2019KyotoKyoto, 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, flower arranging, zen rock gardens and mysterious Geisha…all of which 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.
There is also the option to book onto our guided day trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima, one of the iconic sights of Japan.
Thursday 26 October 2019 – Optional Excursion – Full day guided tour of KyotoThis full day guided tour includes the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, the Nijo-jo Castle and Kinkaku-ji Temple. Please see the excursions tab for more information.
Friday 27 October 2019 – Optional Excursion – Full day guided tour of Hiroshima and MiyajimaTour includes the bullet train to and from Hiroshima, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Park and Miyajima Island and Itsukushima Shrine. Please see the excursions tab for more information.
SUNDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2019Kyoto to Kobe CityToday we leave Kyoto for the vibrant Kobe City, ready for the build up to the next Scotland match.
Kobe City is set on a hillside sloping down to the sea and is a relatively small city that is easy to navigate around. In 1995, it was devastated by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. Today, Kobe City has been rebuilt into a thriving metropolitan city and the three most pleasant neighbourhoods to explore are Kitano-chõ, Nankinmachi Chinatown and, after dark, the bustling nightlife districts around Sannomiya.
Nankinmachi is packed with shops, restaurants and food stands that sell a variety of ramen. Sannomiya ishome to the main business and entertainment area of Kobe City well known for it's vibrant nightlife. You may wish to visit the Nada-Gogō neighbourhood which has an abundance of sake brewers as afterall, Kobe City is one of Japans great sake-producing cities.
Furthermore, the city is most famous for it’s beef. Kobe beef is heavily marbled with fat giving it a luxurious flavour and velvety texture, and one kilo can cost in the region of £200! But don't worry, the beef is so rich that just a few delicate slices can be enough to satisfy your appetite.
MONDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2019Match DayThis evening the action continues as Scotland take on Samoa at Kobe Misaki Stadium. We will transfer you to the stadium from your hotel and return you to your hotel when the match finishes.
Scotland v SamoaPool match two for Scotland.
TUESDAY 1 OCTOBER 2019Kobe CityExplore Kobe City at your own leisure today.
WEDNESDAY 2 OCTOBER 2019Kobe City to Tokyo MetropolitanToday we depart Kobe City to head back to Tokyo Metropolitan on the bullet train for a six night stay in the capital city. Upon arrival into Tokyo Metropolitan we will transfer you to your hotel.
Bullet train to Tokyo Metropolitan
THURSDAY 3 – MONDAY 7 OCTOBER 2019Tokyo MetropolitanWelcome back to Tokyo Metropolitan, with its plentiful neon skyscrapers and giant video screens. You can unpack and relax before you pick up where you left off from your last visit and perhaps this time around you may wish to experience the more alternative side of the city.
The Odaiba Statue of Liberty is a replica of the iconic New York one and about a seventh of its height. There is the Godzilla head perched bedside the Toho building in the Shinjuku district, the Kan’ei temple in Ueno Park dedicated to the souls of dead insects…and, not forgetting, the many quirky cafes such as the Vampire café.
A bit different, but nevertheless a glimpse into one of the many faces of Tokyo Metropolitan.
During your stay we have two optional excursions you could book onto. The first being our guided tour of Tokyo Metropolitan, a perfect way to familiarise yourself with this fascinating metropolitan area if you were too jet lagged on your previous stay, 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 3 October 2019 – Optional Excursion – Full day guided tour of Tokyo MetropolitanThis excursion includes visits to the Meiji-jingu Shrine, Tokyo Sky Tree, Asakusa Kannon Temple and Akihabara. Please see the excursions tab for more information.
Saturday 5 October 2019 – Optional Excursion – Full day guided tour to Hakone with views of Mt FujiThis excursion includes a visit to Hakone, a cruise on Lake Ashi and a trip on the Hakone ropeway. Please see the excursions tab for more information.
TUESDAY 8 OCTOBER 2019Tokyo Metropolitan to KakegawaToday we travel from Tokyo Metropolitan to Kakegawa by bullet train ready for tomorrows match against Russia at the Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa.
Kakegawa is a castle town on Japan's main island of Honshu, and is just less than 30 minutes drive from the Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa.
Kakegawa is known for its green tea production and is surrounded by green tea fields. Kakegawa castle, a reconstructed Edo era castle near the train station, is the city's biggest landmark. Bird-lovers will also find a large variety of birds such as penguins and horned owls at the Kakegawa Kachoen. For art lovers, they can head to the Kakegawa Stained Glass Museum, which has displays such as Victorian and French stained glass, or the Shiseido Art House, which has contemporary sculptures and paintings on show.
Bullet train to Kakegawa
WEDNESDAY 9 OCTOBER 2019Match DayToday Scotland take on Russia in their third match of the pool stages at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa. We will transfer you to the stadium from your hotel and return you to your hotel when the match finishes.
Scotland v Russia
THURSDAY 10 OCTOBER 2019KakegawaMake the most of the hotel sports and leisure facilities today, or alternatively take the free shuttle bus into Kakegawa to explore the city.
FRIDAY 11 OCTOBER 2019Kakegawa to Tokyo MetropolitanToday we return to Tokyo Metropolitan for the final time, enjoying the speed and efficiency of the Bullet train.
On arrival back into Tokyo Metropolitan this evening get together with your Tour Manager for your End of Tour dinner, where you can relive your many memories with your fellow tourists.
Bullet train to Tokyo Metropolitan
End of Tour DinnerMeet up with your Tour Manager and fellow tourists to share your tour highlights over dinner and a couple of drinks.
SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER 2019Day at leisureEnjoy exploring Tokyo Metropolitan at your leisure, perhaps buying those last souvenirs and mementos, or just soaking up the buzz of this vibrant city.
Saturday 12 October 2019 – Exclusive Gullivers EventThis evening Gullivers will host an exclusive event.
SUNDAY 13 OCTOBER 2019Match DayThis evening expect the Japanese flags to be waving in support of the home team as Scotland takes on Japan in their final match of the pool games at the International Stadium Yokohama. We will transfer you to the stadium and back to your hotel and the end of the match.
Japan v ScotlandPool match four for Scotland.
MONDAY 14 OCTOBER 2019Departure DayDepart Japan today to head back to Scotland.
Return flight home to Edinburgh via Doha
1315 hrs (+ 1 day)
TUESDAY 15 OCTOBER 2019Arrive back in ScotlandIt's been memorable! Today we land back into Scotland and make our own journeys home with many great memories and new found friendships.