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Essential Japan Coach Tour

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,650

Experience the essential highlights of Japan on this tour across the main island. Starting in Tokyo and ending in Kyoto, you’ll see the neon lights of Shinjuku, explore wooden villages and spot snow monkeys in the Japanese Alps, tour classic temples and shrines, and experience first-hand the cultural power of this Asian nation.


This 9-day Japanese vacation takes you to some of the nation’s most popular sights, including Tokyo, Kyoto, and Kanazawa. It features first-class accommodations, escorted coach tours, and is perfect for single travellers or those wanting to experience a sample of the nation’s highlights on a prearranged itinerary.

Your trip to Japan begins in Tokyo, the nation’s capital and largest city. There are futuristic cities and then there is Tokyo, a mind-blowing showcase of state-of-the-art technology, efficient transit, and looming skyscrapers all next to ancient temples and remnants of the imperial past. On a full day in Tokyo, head on a morning tour through Asakusa to see Senso-ji, the city’s most important Buddhist temple. In the afternoon, explore the Imperial Palace Gardens and do some shopping in Ginza before taking in the neon lights of Shinjuku at nighttime. From Tokyo, ride the shinkansen to Nagano, known for hosting the 1998 Winter Olympics. In Nagano, you’ll visit Zenko-ji Temple, one of the oldest and most significant Buddhist temples in the country. After burning some gomagyo wood chips to drive away evil spirits, head to the Jigokudani Monkey Park, which is famous for its Japanese macaques that bath in the onsen. You’ll have a chance to bath in an onsen yourself that evening as you stay in a ryokan in Yudanaka and enjoy traditional Japanese accommodations.

The following morning, head to the Hokusai Ukiyoe Museum to survey the artworks of Japan’s most famous artist before riding the train to Kanazawa, the lovely city in the northwest that’s home to one of Japan’s greatest gardens and best-preserved old towns. You’ll tour this garden and old town for yourself as you visit Kenroku-en, considered one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, and stroll down Higashi-Chaya Street, known for its wooden samurai mansions and teahouses. From Kanazawa, connect eastward to Shirakawago Village, a UNESCO-listed assemblage of thatched-roof houses depicting life in the Japanese Alps as it was lived hundreds of years ago. Continue to the small town of Takayama, one of the loveliest spots in all of Japan. Visit the Yatai Kaikan Museum to see the festival floats that are the highlight of the spring festival each year, and head on a walking tour down Kami Sannomachi Street to see the old wooden houses and sake breweries that line the street.

Head through Nagoya and connect to Ise by express train, where you’ll visit the country’s most significant Shinto shrine, Ise Jingu Shrine. Round out the day with a stroll along the Okage Yokocho shopping arcade before connecting to Toba. From Toba, head into Ise Shima National Park and visit Mikimoto Pearl Island, which is known around the world for its pearl cultivation and the Ama Women Divers that find the pearls along the ocean floor.

The final stop on your trip to Japan is Kyoto, the former imperial capital and Japan’s loveliest city. Spend just over a day exploring its many temples and imperial sights, from the golden pavilion of Kinkaku-ji to the thousand orange-red torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine to the towering bamboo stalks of Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. Close out your exploration of Kyoto with a trip to Tenryu-ji, one of the centres of Zen Buddhism, before strolling through the Gion samurai district to see people in traditional kimonos and experience the city as it was during the height of the Edo period. At the end of your stay, head to the airport to connect back home.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,650

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Day 1

Arrive Tokyo

Upon arrival at Narita or Haneda airport meet your English speaking assistant. He/she will take you to the airport bus to go to your hotel in Tokyo (ticket will be given by the assistant). Take the bus on your own to your hotel, your hotel stop will be announced in English. Check in on your own.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa

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    Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa



    Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa is only a 5-minute walk from Shinagawa station. The hotel boasts a spacious garden. The hotel's guest rooms, banquet facilities, and restaurants are arranged to allow maximum enjoyment of the garden. Perfectly located for business or pleasure, guests can enjoy the ...

    Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa is only a 5-minute walk from Shinagawa station. The hotel boasts a spacious garden. The hotel's guest rooms, banquet facilities, and restaurants are arranged to allow maximum enjoyment of the garden. Perfectly located for business or pleasure, guests can enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of nature, even in the middle of the metropolis.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Whirlpool

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Day 2

Tokyo

Meet your travel fellows and English speaking guide at the hotel lobby and start the morning tour of Tokyo. The tour will visit Shibuya crossing, a world famous and busiest intersection in Shibuya. Short photo stop at Imperial Palace, the former residence of Tokugawa shogun family in the Edo period and now current residence of the Japanese Imperial Family. Then head to Asakusa, and visit Sensoji temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo. Enjoy Nakamise shopping arcade which sells traditional Japanese kimono, goods or sweets. Free time in the afternoon. At night enjoy your dinner at the local restaurant or hotel.

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Day 3

Tokyo to Kusatsu Hot Springs

After breakfast, leave for Kusatsu to experience a Japanese traditional ryokan stay and hot springs! Tonight you will stay in a traditional Japanese style hotel called a "Ryokan" and sleep on futon bedding placed on the tatami mat flooring. Enjoy the hot springs and a multi-course Japanese style dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Sakurai

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    Hotel Sakurai



    Kusatsu Onsen, a famous Japanese hot spring bathed in magnificent nature in the four seasons. With the blessings of abundant nature, Hotel Sakurai delivers a truly relaxing hospitality. The largest in Kusatsu Onsen. It is a large public bath that is about 30 meters long. ...

    Kusatsu Onsen, a famous Japanese hot spring bathed in magnificent nature in the four seasons.
    With the blessings of abundant nature, Hotel Sakurai delivers a truly relaxing hospitality.

    The largest in Kusatsu Onsen. It is a large public bath that is about 30 meters long. The source uses "Bandai Mineral/Nishikawara Mixed Source".

    We will provide you with a variety of rooms to enjoy a relaxing, high quality relaxation. Please spend a relaxing time in your heart.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Family Room
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Hot Spring Bath
    • Non Smoking Rooms
    • Open-air bath
    • Public Large Bath
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 4

Kusatsu Hot Springs to Nagano

Take bullet train from Karuizawa to Nagano, a mountainous, landlocked prefecture in the central of Japan. Arrive at Nagano station and then transfer to the venue for your Soba buckwheat noodle making lesson. Enjoy your noodle creations for lunch. Then visit Jigokudani Monkey Park, where you might be able to see the snow monkeys that soak in the hot springs during the winter months. They do not bathe in the hot spring waters in the spring or summer but you still may be able to watch the monkeys. Continue to your hotel and rest of day at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Metropolitan Nagano

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    Hotel Metropolitan Nagano



    The Hotel Metropolitan Nagano is an excellent choice as a travel base, conveniently located steps away from JR Nagano Station. This urban style hotel provides comfort and ease, serving as a gateway to Shinshu and all of its natural richness.

    The Hotel Metropolitan Nagano is an excellent choice as a travel base, conveniently located steps away from JR Nagano Station. This urban style hotel provides comfort and ease, serving as a gateway to Shinshu and all of its natural richness.

    Facilities

    • Accessible Facilities
    • Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Hot Tub
    • Laundry Service
    • Parking(with charge)
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 5

Nagano to Kanazawa

Take a morning half day tour of Nagano with a visit to the Hokusai Museum. Hokusai, was a famous Japanese woodblock printing artist who created the iconic The Great Wave off Kanagawa image. Then visit Zenkji temple, a very old Buddhist temple constructed before Buddhism was split into several sects, so every sects can be accepted at this temple. At the temple experience a "Mawarigoma", the burning of sacred wooden chips to drive away evil and pray for health, peace and good fortune. After the tour, travel to Kanazawa by bullet train. In Kanazawa visit Kenrokuen Garden, considered to be one of the top three most beautiful Japanese gardens in Japan. Also visit the Nagamachi district where brave samurai warriors once lived to see Nomurake Samurai Residence.

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Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Daiwa Royal Hotel D-Premium Kanazawa

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    Daiwa Royal Hotel D-Premium Kanazawa



    You can enjoy Kanazawa's unique time, such as an interior design that incorporates Kanazawa's traditional culture, and a bathhouse with the motif of Kaga Yuzen. It has already started in the lobby, such as lighting using the Kaga Yuzen color scheme and a front display ...

    You can enjoy Kanazawa's unique time, such as an interior design that incorporates Kanazawa's traditional culture, and a bathhouse with the motif of Kaga Yuzen. It has already started in the lobby, such as lighting using the Kaga Yuzen color scheme and a front display inspired by a Japanese umbrella.

    D-Premium Kanazawa incorporates Kanazawa 's emotions in every corner of the design, in line with its "town development". The exterior is inspired by the traditional style of "Kimushi-an" and the atrium is reminiscent of Kenrokuen's "snow hanging".

    Facilities

    • 24 hour Front desk
    • Free WiFi
    • Non Smoking Rooms
    • Public Large Bath
    • Restaurant
    • Vending Machines

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Day 6

Kanazawa (Shirakawago and Takayama)

Today take a full day excursion to Shirakawago and Takayama. Shirakawago is a village famous for unique and traditional "Gasshozukuri" thatched houses which are a UNESCO World Heritage site. In Takayama take a walk through the old town and visit the Yatai Kaikan Museum where the stalls of Takayama festival are exhibited. Also, see Kami Sannomachi Street where classical houses are well preserved and visit a Japanese Sake Brewery.

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Duration1 Night
Day 7

Kanazawa to Kyoto

Take the limited express train to Kyoto. Kyoto served as Japan's capital and the emperor's residence from 794 until 1868. Upon arrival, visit Kinkakuji temple (the Golden Pavilion), originally constructed in 1397 by Ashikaga shogun, the commander in chief of the Samurai administration. Then have lunch and experience a matcha green tea ceremony. Later proceed to the Arashiyama area of Kyoto to see Sagano Bamboo Grove. The evening is free but you can choose to join a guided Gion night walking tour (transportation in the evening is not included).

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
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Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo

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    Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo



    Located in a prime location within a two-minute walk from Kyoto Station - the gateway to the ancient capital of Kyoto - the Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo offers an ideal base and various package plans for leisure and business travelers. As the largest hotel in ...

    Located in a prime location within a two-minute walk from Kyoto Station - the gateway to the ancient capital of Kyoto - the Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo offers an ideal base and various package plans for leisure and business travelers. As the largest hotel in Kyoto, with 986 rooms, theMiyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo combines comfort with functionality, providing space to relax. Whether you're in Kyoto for business or leisure, the Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo offers a truly enjoyable stay.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 8

Kyoto (Ise or Nara)

Choose to take an excursion to Ise or to Nara today. In Ise, visit Ise Jingu shrine, Japan's most sacred and highest ranked shrine. After visiting the shrine head to Okage Yokocho shopping arcade in front of the shrine. If you choose to visit Nara you will visit Todaiji Temple which has a giant Buddha, Nara park and Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Return to Kyoto and have a farewell dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 9

Depart Kyoto

Day at leisure until your transfer to Kansai or Itami airport by shuttle bus. Your room is available until regular check out time.

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DEPARTURES:

2020: Feb 18; Mar 10, 24; Apr 7, 21; May 5, 19; Jun 16; Jul 14; Aug 18; Sep 1, 29;
Oct 13; Nov 3 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights first class accommodation (include 1 night in a Japanese ryokan)
  • Daily breakfast, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Touring as per itinerary with English speaking guide
  • Transportation in seat in coach and/or by public transportation
  • Ordinary class train tickets as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees to places mentioned
  • Soba making experience in Nagao
  • Sacred wood chip burning experience at Zenkoji temple in Nagano
  • Japanese sake brewery visit in Takayama
  • Matcha green tea ceremony in Kyoto

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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