Riviera Travel portfolio grows with new Japanese garden trips

Riviera Travel has introduced three 13-day Gardens of Japan escorted tours for 2022.

The tours will include visits to 10 traditional gardens across cities including Tokyo, Hakone, Hiroshima, Okayama and Kyoto.

The itinerary features the Hama-rikyū Gardens in Tokyo, which is a Special National Historic Site; the Kōraku-en Garden (pictured) in Okayama, recognised as one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan; and the Murin-an Garden in Kyoto, an official National Place of Scenic Beauty.

Each tour can accommodate up to 44 guests and departures are scheduled for March 24, May 18 and November 2, to cover different seasons.

Other activities include guided tours of Tokyo and Kyoto; the option to stay in a ‘ryokan’, a Japanese inn; a Mount Fuji sightseeing excursion; a visit to Hiroshima’s Peace Park; and a trip on a high-speed bullet train.

Prices start from £4,299, with direct flights from Heathrow.

Katja Hildebrandt Head of cruise and worldwide product Riviera Travel said: “Japan is a truly unique destination and similarly, its gardens are wonderfully distinctive. They are designed for wellbeing and relaxation, and by combining incredible design with the true beauty of nature, provide a fantastically uplifting experience.”