Travel Challenge: Japan

 

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Each week we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a 10-day spring holiday in Japan. Prices are per person, based on two travelling together in late March. Prices include flights from Heathrow.

Audley Travel

£2,285: 'Best of Japan' private tour

Includes BA flights to Tokyo Narita on 20 March, and accommodation with breakfast in Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima. A Japan rail pass, guided walk in Kyoto's geisha district and a Japanese cooking or tea-tasting class are also included.

"Spring is the perfect time to be in Japan and this great itinerary will allow you to see the best of the country with visits to bustling Tokyo, historic Kyoto and fascinating Hiroshima," says Katherine Welland of Audley Travel (01993 838 210; audley travel.com). For this price, book by 24 January to take advantage of the BA sale.

Travel Indochina

£3,345: 'Highlights of Japan' small group tour

Includes Lufthansa flights to Narita via Frankfurt on 25 March and B&B in Tokyo, Hakone national park, Takayama, Hiroshima and Kyoto. "Discover Japan's contrasts, from its sleek modern cities to ancient towns and traditional customs. Highlights include a walking tour of Tokyo and a night in a traditional Japanese ryokan inn in Hakone," says Lesley Wright of Travel Indochina (01865 268940; travelindochina.co.uk)

Inside Japan Tours

£2,180: 'Culture and Blossom' private tour

Includes BA flights to Tokyo Haneda on 22 March and mixed-board accommodation in Tokyo, Hakone national park and Kyoto. "Experience the clash of old and new in Tokyo before moving on to the mountains of Hakone," says James Mundy of Inside Japan Tours. "This package allows travellers a rare chance to witness the beautiful Kitano Odori dances, performed by geisha in Kyoto in early spring to mark the change in seasons." (0117 370 9730; insidejapantours.com).

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