WONDERS OF JAPAN
DAY 1 SAT. Tokyo
Transfer by coach to hotel and meet with guide. In the afternoon visit the Shinjuku district and see the crowds of people who use this modern and efficient collective transport system. Shinjuku is one of the most important nightlife districts. The visit includes an ascent to the Metropolitan Tower, which has a wonderful view of the city from the 46th floor. Dinner tonight is included.
DAY 2 SUN. Tokyo
In the morning take part in a 5-hour trip with guide to see this amazing city, with its hustle and bustle and extremely modern districts that coexist with quiet, peaceful areas. Brief stop at the Zojoji Temple to make a beautiful photograph of the Tokyo Tower. Pay attention to the hundred of Jizos, stone traditional protecting deities who guide us on our travels, give power to those who are weak (such children) and those in dangerous places, and who are dressed including hats, robes and windmills. Then we head to the junction of Shibuya, a junction that is said to be the most crowded in the world. The Meiji Temple is dedicated to the Emperor Meiji, his wife, and their spirits. Walk to the lively Harajuku area where you can find shops and boutiques of the most eccentric styles. Continue on the bus along the elegant street of Omotesando. Edge the most beautiful part of the Imperial Palace and the gardens. Stop to visit the famous Nijubashi Bridge. Pass through the district of Akihabara, the “electric town” with icons from the popular Japanese Manga and Anime culture and then see Kokugikan, the Sumo stadium, home of this Japanese sport. Also visit the Buddhist temple of Sensoji, the oldest and most important temple in Tokyo, with its 55-metre high pagoda. Here some free time to visit the traditional commercial street of Nakamise in the district of Asakusa. Lunch included at a local restaurant. Return to hotel. Free time in the afternoon.
DAY 3 MON. Tokyo – Mt Fuji – Kawaguchiko
Set out for the beautiful region of Mt Fuji, passing through the pretty countryside. Reach the idyllic city of Kawaguchiko with its tiny houses, flowers and mountains and its beautiful lake. On arrival visit the Fuji Sengen Shrine set in a magical site surrounded by tall trees and the starting point of the traditional pilgrimage to the mountain. The trip includes the ascent by cable car to Mount Tenjo. The views of the neighbouring lakes and Mt Fuji are spectacular. The visit also includes a delightful boat trip on Kawaguchiko Lake. After lunch start to ascend Mt Fuji on the road that takes you to the -fifth station surrounded by spectacular forests and views to a height of 2,305 metres. Return to Kawaguchiko with some time to stroll near the lake. Stay at a Ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn) and have the chance to enjoy its Onsen (public baths). Traditional Japanese dinner is included tonight.
DAY 4 TUE. Kawaguchiko Iyasi no Sato Nenba – Toyota – Nagoya
In the morning continue along the pretty road bordered by lakes to Iyashi No Sato Nenba, a tiny village destroyed by a typhoon in 1966 and later restored as a traditional open-air mountain village and museum. Its traditional houses have been transformed into arts and crafts shops, restaurants and traditional museums. You will then have the opportunity to admire the Shiraito Falls considered one of the most attractive sites in Japan with a waterfall height of 150 metres. Continue onto Nagoya to visit the Toyota Museum. A must-see for motor lovers! Dinner tonight is included.
DAY 5 WED. Nagoya – Kyoto
Upon arrival into Kyoto city visit Fushimi Inari, the Imperial Palace and Kinkakuji temple, “the golden pavilion” and its wonderful gardens. Free time before visiting Gion, a busy traditional quarter famous for its Geisha.
DAY 6 THU. Kyoto – Nara – Osaka
Travel to the outskirts of Kyoto to Arashiyama and cross the Togetsukyo Bridge, which has fantastic views. Visit the Tenryuji temple, one of the five major Zen temples of Kyoto and a Unesco World Heritage Site, followed by a walk through its mystic bamboo forest. Head for Nara and visit Todaiji, a magnificent Buddhist temple built in 752, which has a giant Buddha and where passengers can take photos and touch and feed the deer that wander through the park. Lunch is included today. Continue onto Osaka and arrive early evening. Visit Dotonbori, a colourful district filled with nightlife.
DAY 7 FRI. Osaka- Himeji- Engyo-ji – Okayama
Travel to Himeji castle then take a cable car trip up Mount Shosha where the Engyo-ji temple complex is with over a thousand years of history. Also where the film “The last Samurai” was shot. Lunch included at a local restaurant. Travel onto Okayama and visit Korakuen, one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan, with its lakes, waterfalls and traditional teahouse.
DAY 8 SAT. Okayama – Kurashiki – Hiroshima – Itsukushima – Hiroshima
Travel to Kurashiki, a city with a very well preserved historical centre. Time for a stroll in this charming place with its atmosphere from the past. Travel to Hiroshima and Miyajima island visiting the famous Peace Memorial Park and Itsukushima Shinto shrine.
DAY 9 SUN. Hiroshima – Matsuyama
Today take a ferry to Shikoku Island on a pleasant crossing that lasts two hours and a half and see the many islands that make up Japan. In Matsuyama take the cable car up to its impressive castle. Afterwards visit Ishiteiji, a beautiful Buddhist temple and a place of pilgrimage. Lunch is included today. Late afternoon visit Dogo Onsen, a traditional Japanese bath facility built in the 19th century.
DAY 10 MON. Matsuyama – Kotohira – Takamatsu – Naruto – Kobe
Travel to Kotohira, a Shinto shrine dedicated to the God of sailors and a place of pilgrimage. The shrine stands on Mount Zozu and is reached by climbing 785 steps. Afterwards in Takamatsu visit Rit-Surin, one of the prettiest gardens in Japan. Then at Naruto cross an impressive bridge over the sea stopping on the way to admire the construction and walk on its glass floor with the sea 45 metres below. Arrival in Kobe and overnight.
DAY 11 TUE. Kobe – Osaka
After visiting the Earthquake Memorial Museum in Kobe, travel to Osaka city where the tour will conclude.
|Price:||$4,488 Per Person Twin Share
|2018/19 Departure Dates:||Apr: 14, 28
Jun: 02, 16, 30
Jul: 14, 28
Sep: 01, 15, 29
Oct 13, 27
Nov: 10, 24
Dec: 08, 22
Jan: 05, 19
Feb: 02, 16
Mar: 02, 16
|Pick A Sector:||Yes. Able to book just the part of the tour that you want.|
|Accommodation:||3.5-4 star accommodation. Also flexibility to add additional nights at the beginning or end of the trip.|
|Inclusions:||Travel by bus with English speaking guide
3.5-4 star accommodation with daily breakfast
9 Meals: Dinner in Tokyo, Lunch in Tokyo, Dinner in Kawaguchiko, Dinner in Nagoya , Lunch in Nara, Lunch in Himeji, Dinner in Hiroshima, Lunch in Matsuyama, Lunch in Takamatsu
City tour: Tokyo, Kyoto
Cruise: Kawaguchiko Lake
Evening Transfer: Shinjuku in Tokyo, Dotonbori in Osaka
Ticket admission: Metro, Metropolitan Tower in Tokyo, Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nenba village and museum, Fuji Sengen Sanctuary in Kawaguchiko, Toyota Museum in Nagoya, Fushimi Inari Sanctuary and Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Todai-ji Temple in Nara and Horyu-ji Temple, Castle in Himeji, Korakuen Gardens in Okayama, Itsukushima Shrine, Peace Museum in Hiroshima, Castle, Ishite Ji Buddhist temple, Dogo Onsen in Matsuyama, Ritsurin Garden in Takamatsu, Naruto Brigde, Earthquake Memorial Museum in Kobe, Engyo-ji temple in Himeji
Ferry: Hiroshima – Miyajima, Shikoku Island (Hiroshima – Matsuyama)
Funicular: Tenjo Mount in Kawaguchiko, Castle in Matsuyama, Mount Shosha