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Joys of Japan


  • Explore Tokyo before your golf tour
  • Mount Fuji from Hakone
  • Osaka Castle

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Sep 23

Depart Vancouver to Tokyo

Board your flight to Tokyo.

Sep 24

Arrive in Tokyo

Welcome to Tokyo! Upon arrival at the airport this afternoon you’ll be met by your English-speaking guide and assisted with your transfer to your hotel in Tokyo ( approx. 1h 30 mins)

Accommodation: Hotel Grand Palace  (Western Room)

Duration3 Nights
Sep 25

Tokyo

After breakfast this morning meet your guide for your day of touring in Tokyo.
Begin with a visit to the Buddhist Asakusa Kannon Temple (also known as Sensoji), one of Tokyo's most colorful and popular temples. It was completed in 645, making it Tokyo's oldest temple. The promenade leading to the temple, called Nakamise-dori, lines both sides of the entrance to the temple with many small food and traditional souvenir shops. The shopping street has a history of several centuries. Your tour will then head to nearby Akihabara Electric Town (with time for lunch on your own). Akihabara is the go-to district in Tokyo for electronics, anime and manga products. Hundreds of electronics stores line the neighborhood streets, selling everything from computer parts to home goods and ranging in size from small stalls to mainstream chains. Akihabara has become famous for its "otaku" culture, or diehard anime and manga fans. The streets of Akihabara are decorated with manga and anime images, and the neighborhood is designed to make visitors feel as if they are wandering through an actual comic or animated production. It is a great place to people-watch and see "cosplay," short for costume play, in which fans dress up as their favorite characters in anime and manga.

Your day ends with a Calligraphy Class. The Japanese language features 3 different “alphabets” and their usage and the way the characters look have changed over time. In this class, you will be instructed by a Japanese Calligraphy teacher who will teach you how to write some of these characters and create your own unique piece of art to take home with you.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Sep 26

Tokyo

Meet your guide in the hotel lobby after breakfast. and head to the Tokyo Tower. At 333 meters the Tokyo Tower is 13 meters taller than Paris’ Eiffel Tower, after which it was modeled. The world's tallest self-supporting steel tower was completed in 1958 as a symbol for Japan's rebirth as a major economic power. The Tokyo Tower serves as a television and radio broadcast antenna and tourist attraction. The panoramic views of Japan's capital are stunning. Be sure to stand over the glass-floor "lookout window."

Your tour continues on to the grand Imperial Palace Plaza. The Imperial Palace is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. Unfortunately, entrance inside the palace is forbidden but none-the-less, the gardens outside of the palace are beautiful and offer some excellent photo opportunities. Next up is “The Ginza,” Tokyo's most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district. This is the area in Tokyo where the aura of wealth and luxury simply overflows. There are always a lot of people walking around no matter the hour, so it’s a very energetic place. One square meter of land in the district's center is worth over ten million yen, making it one of the most expensive real estate in Japan. It is where you can find the infamous $10 cups of coffee and where virtually every leading brand name in fashion and cosmetics has a presence.

Finally, you head to Odaiba, born from reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay in the southeastern part of Tokyo. The name Odaiba means a "platform site." It derives its name from the installation of a platform for a marine cannon battery that was constructed in haste to meet the sudden need for the defense of Tokyo (called Edo at that time) after the unexpected appearance of the black steel ships from the United States in 1853 commanded by Commodore Perry.

The center of Odaiba is Aquacity Odaiba. It includes a shopping mall with a 300-meter-long boutique street, a multi-flex cinema that employs the latest acoustic and screen technologies, and a gourmet zone that stretches over 15,000 square meters, which is obviously the largest such zone in Japan.

Major attractions of Odaiba are dotted along the Yurikamome Line, a new unmanned traffic system that crosses Rainbow Bridge to connect Shimbashi Station with Odaiba. Attractions include the Odaiba Seaside Park that overlooks Rainbow Bridge, Fuji TV headquarters and studios where visitors can see the sets of popular TV programs, and Palette Town, a "theme park for women" with an interior modeled after a European city in the 18th century, and which accommodates over 150 shops. All of these and many other vie against each other in one location.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Sep 27

Tokyo-Inatorie

This morning check out of your Tokyo hotel and depart with your guide on a visit to Meiji Shrine.
Meiji-jingu was founded in 1921 to enshrine the Emperor and Empress Meiji, Japans first sovereign following the demise of rule by the samurai class. Most of the major buildings of the shrine were burned down in 1945 due to air raids during World War II, but thanks to donations from Japan and abroad, all were reconstructed in 1958. With many large trees still growing in its grounds, Meiji-jingu is a precious wooded area in the heart of the city. The area is also home to many birds and insects, and together with the extensive Yoyogi Koen (the park beside the shrine), it is a soothing oasis in the middle of Tokyo.

From Meiji Shrine you’ll continue to Harajuku and Omotesando. Harajuku refers to the area around Tokyo's Harajuku Station, which is between Shinjuku and Shibuya on the Yamanote Line. It is the center of Japan's most extreme teenage cultures and fashion styles, but also offers shopping for adults and some historic sights. Referred to as Tokyo's Champs-Elysees, Omotesando is a one kilometer long, tree lined avenue, serving as the main approach to Meiji Shrine. Numerous stores, boutiques, cafes and restaurants, including several leading fashion brand shops, stand along the avenue.

This afternoon your coach will transfer you to Inatori. Arrive at your hotel for check in around 4 pm, and enjoy an onsen bath at your ryokan, type of traditional Japanese inn that originated in the Edo period (1603–1868), when such inns served travelers along Japan's highways. They typically feature tatami-matted rooms, communal baths, and other public areas where visitors may wear yukata and talk with the owner.

An onsen is a term for hot springs in the Japanese language, though the term is often used to describe the bathing facilities and inns around the hot springs. As a volcanically active country, Japan has thousands of onsen scattered along its length and breadth. Onsen were traditionally used as public bathing places and today play a central role in directing Japanese domestic tourism.

Traditionally, onsen were located outdoors, although a large number of inns have now built indoor bathing facilities as well. Onsen by definition use naturally hot water from geothermally heated springs. Onsen should be differentiated from sentō, indoor public bath houses where the baths are filled with heated tap water.

Enjoy a welcome dinner at your ryokan this evening.

Accommodation: Inatori Ginsui-so (Japanese Rooms)

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Sep 28

Inatori Golf

After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Inatori Golf Club for your 9:15 tee time. Inatori is a 36 hole, par 144 course built in 1964, and you’ll be playing the Umi/Yama course.

Return to your ryokan for your Japanese dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Sep 29

Inatori Golf

After breakfast at your hotel, return to Inatori Golf Club for your 9:15 tee time. Today you’ll play the Shima/Tori course.

Return to your ryokan for your Japanese dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Sep 30

Inatori – Hakone

After breakfast at your ryokan, join your guide for a tour of the Inatori Morning Fish Market before continuing to Hakone by coach. En route enjoy a cruise on Lake Ashi which lies in a crater formed by a massive volcanic eruption around 3,000 years ago. Take a short cruise of this postcard-perfect body of water, admiring views of Mount Fuji, Mount Komagatake and other peaks in the distance.
Move back to the lakeshore after your cruise, where you’ll continue to the Mount Komagatake Ropeway, which will whisk you to the mountain’s peak. Climb ever-higher aboard this aerial tramway as you head to the summit, where you’ll then have some time to wander around. Explore the beautiful views as you explore the top of the peak, including great views of Mount Fuji, the Izu Peninsula, and Izu islands, among other features.


Check into your hotel and enjoy dinner there this evening.

Accommodation: Hakone Sengokuhara Prince Hotel (Western rooms)

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Oct 1

Hakone Golf

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel then join your guide for transfer to Hakone-en Golf Club for your 9:30 tee time. Enjoy a round of golf on the Out/In course.

Hakone-en G.C. is a 18 hole par 71 course. Back tee yardage: TBA, White tee (regular men’s) 5,936 yards, Ladies: 5,592 yards. This course features all bent greens and has a driving range on-site.

This short wide open par 71, 5936 yard course borders Lake Ashinoko with glimpses of Mt. Fuji in the distance. Perfect for the resort golfer who wants worry free golf and lots of fresh air. It is not as flat as the majority of the courses in the valley, but the world isn't flat! There is a forty stall 250 yard driving range that overlooks the lake and it has by far the most spectacular view of any driving range in Japan. Return to your hotel for dinner this evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Oct 2

Hakone Golf

After breakfast at your hotel join your guide for transfer to Hakone Yunohana Golf Club for a second day of golf, teeing off at 9:30. Enjoy a round of golf on the Out/In course.
Hakone's Mt. Komagatake acts as a backdrop to this spacious golf course atop Hakone Yunohana plateau with a commanding view of Sagami Bay and Enoshima Island, and the mountains of the Boso area.

Return to your hotel for dinner this evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Oct 3

Hakone Osaka

Check out of your hotel after breakfast this morning and transfer to Odawara Station with your guide. Your luggage will be forwarded to Osaka as you enjoy the JR Bullet train to Shin Osaka.
Upon arrival in Osaka, you’ll transfer by coach to your hotel, with some sightseeing en route.
Visit the Umeda Sky Building, a spectacular high rise building in the Kita district of Osaka, near Osaka and Umeda Stations. It is also known as the "New Umeda City". The 173 meter tall building consists of two main towers which are connected with each other by the "Floating Garden Observatory" on the 39th floor. The observatory offers a great view of the city. From there continue to the Namba area and Dotonbori. Best seen at night, Dotonbori never truly closes with some restaurants open 24 hours. One of Osaka's most popular tourist destinations, this street runs parallel to the Dotonbori canal. It is a popular shopping and entertainment district and is also known as a food destination. At night it is lit by hundreds of neon lights and mechanized signs, including the famous Glico Running Man sign and Kani Doraku crab sign.

Accommodations: Hotel Granvia Osaka (Western Rooms)

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Oct 4

Osaka-Ibaraki Golf – Osaka

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel then join your guide for the transfer to Ibaraki Kokusai Golf Club for a 10 am tee time. Play a round of golf on the East/West course.

Return to your hotel. Dinner is on your own this evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Oct 5

Osaka – Kyoto –Osaka

Enjoy a day of sightseeing today. Join your guide at the hotel and transfer 1 hour to Kyoto where you’ll discover the history behind Japan’s ancient political capital during your guided tour of Kyoto. Visit the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji Temple), designated as a National Special Historic Site and National Special Landscape, with 2 floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold. The detailed architecture here incorporates three distinct styles of Shinden, Samurai, and Zen. Next, you will visit the historic Nijo Castle, which was completed in 1626 and built to provide lodging for Tokugawa Shogun.

Afterward, enjoy a traditional tea ceremony - a quintessential part of Japanese culture that has been described as a formal social gathering, a meditative practice and a performance art. Kyoto was where the tea ceremony was born and remains its spiritual heart. A tea ceremony is a traditionally ritualized way of preparing, serving, and drinking green tea. The custom of tea drinking introduced from China, began in the 9th century. Later, it gradually spread among the common people.

The final stop of the day is at the Gion District, Kyoto's most famous geisha district, located around Shijo Avenue between Yasaka Shrine in the east and the Kamo River in the west. It is filled with shops, restaurants and ochaya (teahouses), where geiko (Kyoto dialect for geisha) and maiko (geiko apprentices) entertain. Keep your eyes open and you might catch a glimpse of one! You will then return to the hotel, where the balance of the day is at your leisure. Lunch and dinner are on your own today.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Oct 6

Osaka- Shirahama

After breakfast at your hotel meet your guide for the transfer to Yuasa ( 1hr 30min) where you’ll visit Yuasa Shoyu Museum and learn all about making Soya sauce, then continue to Wakayama Marina City, located approximately 40 minutes from Kansai International Airport and 70 minutes from Osaka by either car or bus. This island resort enjoys expansive ocean views and is home to a number of popular sightseeing spots. At “Kuroshio Market,” you can eat and purchase fresh Japanese seafood, while in “Porto Europe”; you’ll find reproductions of classic European architectural styles. “Kinokuni Fruits Village,” is the perfect place to buy fresh fruits and vegetables harvested at local farms, while at the Kuroshio Ichiba Market you’ll see the fascinating Tuna Cutting show in the fish market.

Arrive at your hotel in time for dinner.

Accommodations: Hotel Seamore or similar (Western Rooms)

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Oct 7

Shirahama Golf

Meet your guide in the lobby after breakfast and transfer to the Asahi Golf Club Shirahama Course for your 10 am tee time. Return to the hotel for dinner this evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Oct 8

Shirahama-Mt. Koya- Shirahama

After breakfast join your guide for a day of sightseeing. Begin by transferring by coach to Mt. Koya (2 hrs) and visit the Konpon Daito Pagoda. Part of a larger Buddhist complex, the vermilion Konpon Daito Pagoda, is a 45 meter tall, two tiered, tahoto style pagoda. A statue of the Dainichi Nyorai (Cosmic Buddha, also known as Variocana), the central Buddha in Shingon Buddhism, stands in the middle of the pagoda's interior and is surrounded by statues and paintings on pillars, which together make up a rare three dimensional mandala (a metaphysical map of the cosmos). Mandala are usually two dimensional paintings.

Next, visit Kongobu-ji Temple. The monk Kobo Daishi (Kukai) of the 8th to 9th centuries studied Buddhism in Tang-dynasty China and brought it back to Japan. He built Kongobu-ji Head Temple on Koyasan when he returned in 816. Many monks gathered as he established Koya-sans Kongobu-ji Head Temple as the place for learning the teachings of the Shingon-shu sect of Buddhism. There are many temples centering on Kongobu-ji Head Temple on Koyasan, and the entire mountain is a place of worship. The present Kongobu ji Head Temple was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who unified Japan in the latter part of the 16th century. What catches the eye is the Fudo-do. This hall was built by one of Emperor Tsuchimikado's wives, and has a gentle appearance befitting a temple structure built by a woman. It is the oldest building on the mountain and is designated a National Treasure.'

Okunoin is the site of the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi (also known as Kukai), the founder of Shingon Buddhism and one of the most revered persons in the religious history of Japan. Instead of having died, Kobo Daishi is believed to rest in eternal meditation as he awaits Miroku Nyorai (Maihreya), the Buddha of the Future, and provides relief to those who ask for salvation in the meantime. Okunoin is one of the most sacred places in Japan and a popular pilgrimage spot. You’ll visit this sacred spot before returning to Shirahama in time for dinner at your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Oct 9

Shirahama Golf – Osaka

After breakfast today meet your guide and transfer to the Shiraham Golf Club for a round of golf. Tee time is scheduled for 10 am.

After your game, your coach will drive you back to Osaka for the evening.

Accommodations: Hotel Granvia Osaka (Western Rooms)

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Oct 10

Osaka– Home

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel then join your guide for the drive to the airport for your flights home to Vancouver.

Meal Plan Breakfast

PRICING:

LAND ONLY TOUR PRICES (Based on minimum of 20 people travelling)

TWIN SHARE: CA $10,129.00 per person
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: CA $$2,015.00 per person

TERMS & CONDITIONS

TO BOOK:


A non-refundable $750.00 per person deposit required 
Insurance, if required, should be purchased at time of deposit for maximum coverage.

FINAL PAYMENT:


Balance of payment is required by July 14, 2017 or space can be cancelled by supplier.

CANCELLATIONS:

Cancellations made prior to July 14, 2017 - loss of non-refundable deposits.
Cancellation received between July 15 and August 23, 2017 - penalty of 75% of tour price
Cancellations received after August 23, 2017 - 100% non-refundable

INSURANCE:


All passengers are strongly urged to take out insurance coverage to cover cancellation due to illness prior to or during travel. In the event of a traveler becoming ill during a tour, all hospital and medical expenses are the traveler’s responsibility, and they shall not be entitled to any refund of passage money paid.

PRICES:

All prices quoted for this tour are based on a minimum group size of 20, and subject to change or surcharge should the numbers fall below 20 passengers.

FORCE MAJEURE:


We shall not be liable for any claims, losses, damages, costs, expenses, delays or loss of enjoyment, of any nature or kind whatsoever, resulting from events beyond our or our supplier’s reasonable control, including but not limited to acts of God, strikes, lockouts or other labor disputes or disruptions, wars, blockades, insurrections, riots, earthquakes, weather conditions, floods or acts or restraints imposed by government authorities.

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