Duration(in days): 15
From: UK – Tokyo
To: Honolulu - UK
Combine the city of neon lights with the paradise islands of Pacific on this Tokyo and Hawaii holiday. In Tokyo, you’ll have the chance to dance in the karaoke bars, tour the ancient temples and sample some sushi before flying to Hawaii, where paradise awaits. From the historic memorial at Pearl Harbour to the fish-filled bays of south Oahu, you’ll enjoy exploring Hawaii’s main island for a few days before flying to the Big Island, where bubbling lava and starry skies will fill your days and nights. Finish your holiday in Kauai, where the lush green Waimea Canyon and perfect white beaches await.
This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements; please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.
Depart the UK from your chosen airport.
On arrival in Tokyo you’ll be met at the airport and assisted in catch the train or bus to your hotel. On arrival you can check into your hotel for three nights.
You have two days to explore Tokyo, so here are some suggestions.
Why not start in Tsukiji Outer Market which is always bustling, as visitors and locals come to enjoy delicious food and shop for traditional ingredients. It’s a great spot to grab a snack before heading over to the 400-year-old Zojoji Temple, which sits beside the Tokyo tower for a glimpse of Japan’s ancient history and modern architecture side by side.
You could enjoy a bowl of ramen for lunch before spending the afternoon discovering the serene beauty of Hie Shrine, a quiet haven in the bustling district of Akasaka. Statues of mythical creatures guard the shrine that sits at the top of several escalators (a modern addition!) It’s famous for the 90, bright red tori gates that divide the human world and the spirit world, as well as being a doorway to a place where the gods can hear our prayers. It’s a very special place to visit, so take your time here.
After a final morning enjoying Tokyo you’ll check out of your hotel and take a shuttle bus transfer back to the airport for your flight to Hawaii. You’ll be met at the airport and welcomed to Hawaii with a lei, before being driven to your hotel, where you’ll check in for three nights.
On your first day you’ll embark on a morning tour of Pearl Harbour, where the Japanese attack in 1941 prompted the USA to enter World War II. Visiting the Arizona Memorial is a sombre moment but an important one in your understanding of Hawaiians recent history. Exploring the visitor centre will give you a full insight into the events of that day before visiting the Punchbowl National Cemetery where many of the “unknown” graves from Pearl Harbour can be found, as well as veterans resting places from the Vietnam and Korean wars. Later you’ll enjoy a city tour of Honolulu, taking in the Kawaiahao Church, the Iolani Palace and the statue of King Kamehameha who founded the Kingdom of Hawaii.
The rest of your time on Oahu is at your leisure. If you’d like to experience some world class snorkelling, then head to Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, where a colourful coral reef sits in an extinct volcanoes crater on the south coast. Turtles are regularly seen as well as lipstick tangs and trumpet fish.
In the morning, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight from Honolulu to Kauai. On arrival in Kauai, you’ll pick up your car hire from the airport and drive to your hotel - the rest of the day is at leisure.
You’ll have two full days here to relax – there are plenty of beautiful beaches, so why not head out to find one of them? If you want to explore the island, there’s nowhere better to start than the Waimea Canyon, known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”. The deep gorge is carved right down the middle of the north-west corner of the island and is coloured a deep red, orange and green. You can cruise along Waimea Canyon Drive and hike away from the road before driving a loop around the island to northern beaches where you can relax on Lumahai Beach, Tunnels Beach or Wainiha Beach – each more beautiful than the last!
On your second free day in Kauai, why not hike a section of the Na Pali coastline? The stunning mountains and valleys on this area of the island are created by Mount Wai’ale’ale which sits in the centre of Kauai and is one of the rainiest spots on earth. The water runoff from this mountain has carved deep grooves into the island and the hike down the coastal path is one of the most scenic on the island.
We can you book you a guided trek along part of the trail, a 6 hour round trip to Hanakapiaai Beach that will give you a glimpse into Kauai’s natural beauty. If you don’t fancy the hike then we’d recommend a helicopter tour, which will give you a bird’s eye view of the mountains, including the “Wall of Tears” where hundreds of narrow waterfalls cascade down the lush green hillside. If you want to add this, just ask!
In the morning, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to the Big Island. On arrival on the Big Island, you’ll pick up your car hire from the airport and drive to your hotel in Kona. The rest of the day is at leisure so why not settle into the hotel and have dinner on one of the fabulous beaches on the western shore.
Again, you have two full days to enjoy this beautiful island. We recommend you drive over to the Volcanoes National Park to witness the lava flows and views of the caldera from the main centre of the park. Once you have explored the museum and the Crater Rim Drive, check with Volcano Observatory where the best area to see the glowing lava as it bubbles out of the earth.
In the afternoon you could drive from the volcanoes to the Kapoho Tide Pools, where the spring-fed pools are full of fish that will happily swim right up to you. After enjoying the pools, drive back towards Kona, stopping at one of the observatories at the summit of Mauna Kea. This is the highest point of Hawaii and is known worldwide as a stargazing spot! It’s a beautiful way to spend
On your second day, why not relax today and head to the beach? Head north and you’ll hit Hapuna Beach, where the turquoise water is so beautiful, you’ll just want to lie down on the white sand and watch it crash against the shore. A more remote option but equally stunning is Makalawena Beach, only accessible by a 25-minute walk from the road.
Go south and you’ll come across Kealakekua Bay, where green turtles relax in the warm water and the snorkelling is arguably the best on the island. Parrotfish, Tang, Triggerfish and Surgeonfish all dance through the water in a colourful cloud but if you’re after the bigger marine life you should try snorkelling with Manta Rays, which are best seen at night when they begin to feed on plankton that live off the shore of the Big Island. Swimming with these gentle giants is a wonderful experience, speak to your consultant about booking a tour.
Your holiday has come to an end - today you’ll return your car to the airport before catching your flight back home. Aloha!
Late March to early April is springtime in Japan and coincides with cherry blossom season in the Honshu cities, so you’ll need to book well in advance. Prices will also be higher and availability limited around Golden Week (early May) O-Bon (mid-August) and New Year.
High Season in Hawaii is from December to April & June to August, winter is wetter but is a good time for whale watching and surfing. Prices around the Christmas, New Year and Easter holidays are the highest with October & November being the cheapest months to visit. May and September can be a good time to visit with crowds fewer and temperatures mild.
This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.