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Essential Japan Coach Tour

Duration
9 Days
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US$ 4,406

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$ 4,406

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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 limousine bus to the hotel in Tokyo (ticket will be given from the assistant). Transfer to the hotel and check in on your own. Free at leisure after check in.

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 Asakusa, the downtown of Tokyo. Visit Sensoji temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo and Nakamise shopping arcade which sells traditional Japanese kimono, goods or sweets. Enjoy free time for lunch and strolling around the town of Asakusa. Then proceed to the Imperial Palace Plaza for photo stop, the former residence of Tokugawa shogun family in the Edo period and now current residence of the Japanese Imperial Family followed by the free time at Ginza, one of the most sophisticated shopping districts in Tokyo. At night transfer to Shinjuku and enjoy your dinner at the local restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 3

Tokyo to Nagano to Monkey Park to Yudanaka Hot Springs

Transfer to Tokyo and take the "Hokuriku Shinkansen" super express train for Nagano, central part of Japan. Upon arrival at Nagano station start the tour with the visit to Zenkoji temple. It is very old Buddhist temple constructed before Buddhism was split into several sects, so every sects can be accepted at this temple. Experience "Gomagyo", burning the sacred wooden chips to drive away evils and pray for health, peace and good fortune, enjoy "Soba", Japanese backwheat noodles making. You can taste the noodle for your lunch.

Then visit Jigokudani Monkey Park. It is well known as "Snow Monkey", the wild monkeys soak in the hot springs in winter. Although they do not bathe in spring or summer because of heat you can still enjoy and watch the wild life of monkeys. On this night you will stay in Japanese style hotel called "Ryokan". Please experience soaking public bath of hot springs and enjoy Japanese style dinner, and sleeping on "tatami" (straw mat floor) room.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Issano Komichi Biyu No Yado

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    Issano Komichi Biyu No Yado



    Guests can relax in the large communal bath with jacuzzis as well as in the open-air bath. A private rooftop open-air bath is also available for hire. Issa no Komichi Ryokan is located just a 7-minute walk from Yudanaka Station, with easy access to popular ...

    Guests can relax in the large communal bath with jacuzzis as well as in the open-air bath. A private rooftop open-air bath is also available for hire. Issa no Komichi Ryokan is located just a 7-minute walk from Yudanaka Station, with easy access to popular tourist attractions.

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Day 4

Yudanaka to Nagano to Kanazawa

Visit Hokusai Ukiyoe (Japanese art flourished in 17-19 centuries) Museum before going to Kanazawa. Hokusai is one of the most famous artists of Ukiyoe Japanese art. After arriving at Kanazawa by the Shinkansen visit Omicho Market which sales daily foods such as fish, meat, vegetable or fruits, and enjoy free time for lunch and strolling around the market. Then visit Kenrokuen Japanese Garden, one of the top three most beautiful Japanease gardens in Japan, and Higashi-Chaya preserved district where you can enjoy the atmosphere of old streets in the Edo period. After checking in to your hotel free at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa

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    ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa



    Flanked by majestic mountains and looking out to the Japan Sea, the city of Kanazawa is a growing metropolis with a rustic feel. ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa stands proudly in this city rising to prominence as an international convention site, proving to be an increasingly ...

    Flanked by majestic mountains and looking out to the Japan Sea, the city of Kanazawa is a growing metropolis with a rustic feel. ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa stands proudly in this city rising to prominence as an international convention site, proving to be an increasingly popular stop for travelers with her traditional hospitality and excellent facilities.

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Day 5

Kanazawa to Shirakawago Village to Takayama

Proceed to Shirakawago village, which is famous for unique and traditional "Gasshozukuri" thatched houses and registered as UNESCO World Heritage site. After lunch at the local restaurant transfer to Takayama and visit Yatai Kaikan Museum where the stalls of Takayama festival are exhibited followed by the walking tour of Kami Sannomachi Street where classical houses are well preserved, and visit the Sake Brewery. Then walk to the hotel and check in.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Takayama Green Hotel

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    Takayama Green Hotel



    The Takayama Green Hotel is a new type of resort hotel that combines the functionality of an urban hotel with the atmosphere of a traditional Japanese inn. The Takayama Green Hotel offers a wide variety of gourmet dinner experiences and a luxurious natural hot spring ...

    The Takayama Green Hotel is a new type of resort hotel that combines the functionality of an urban hotel with the atmosphere of a traditional Japanese inn. The Takayama Green Hotel offers a wide variety of gourmet dinner experiences and a luxurious natural hot spring bath popular for its skin-beautifying properties. The hotel's ideal location in the heart of Takayama City makes it the perfect base for sightseeing in the Hida Area.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Game Centre
    • Golf Course
    • Hot Spring
    • Karaoke Lounge
    • Parking
    • Sauna
    • Spa

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Day 6

Takayama to Ise to Toba

Visit Takayama morning market before waiking to Takayama station. Transfer to Nagoya by limited express train and upon arrival take free time for lunch at Nagoya. After lunch proceed to Ise by Kintetsu limited express train. Upon arrival at Ise transfer to Ise Jingu shrine, Japan's most sacred and highest ranked shrine. After visitng the shrine and Okage Yokocho shopping arcade spreading in front of the shrine transfer to Toba and check in to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Toba International Hotel Shiojitei

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    Toba International Hotel Shiojitei



    Endlessly blue ocean and sky, soft ocean breeze and sophisticated hospitality welcome you. Since our renewal opening in 2010, Toba Hotel International continues to evolve to offer more luxury spaces. Ocean view guest rooms are designed with the view of Toba Bay as a part ...

    Endlessly blue ocean and sky, soft ocean breeze and sophisticated hospitality welcome you. Since our renewal opening in 2010, Toba Hotel International continues to evolve to offer more luxury spaces. Ocean view guest rooms are designed with the view of Toba Bay as a part of the interior lay out.

    The abundant blessings of the ocean and the vast land, collaborated with our chef's skills, we dynamically deliver locally produced and consumed cuisine. Elegant time spent to fine-tune your beauty at our pearl spa, Japan's first in the resort area catered by MIKIMOTO Group. Enjoy pleasant encounters and relaxation you can only find in this area. We promise to deliver the finest vacations to all visitors.

    Facilities

    • Concierge Service
    • Hot Spring
    • Lobby lounge
    • Shop
    • Terrace

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Day 7

Toba to Kyoto

Toba is the base to explore Ise Shima National park which is famous for its Rias coast and the beauty of islands on the sea, and also well known with Mikimoto Pearl Island. Kokichi Mikimoto established a factory for pearl cultivation and succeeded producing high quality of pearls after a long struggle. The tour visit the factory and see how Mikimoto pearl is created and also see the performance of Ama Women Divers. Then transfer to Kyoto by limited express train. Upon arrival enjoy your lunch at the local restaurant and start the afternoon tour of Kyoto. Visit Kinkakuji Golden Pavillion, the Buddhist temple originally constructed in 1397 by Ashikaga shogun (commander in chief of Samurai administration), and new building was built in 1955 after original has been burnt down by arson. Then enjoy Japanese culture experience such as tea ceremony, kimono wearing or Japanese calligraphy before check in to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

New Miyako Hotel

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    New Miyako Hotel



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

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

Start the full day tour of Kyoto from the visit to Fushimi Inari shrine. The scenery where hundreds of red Torii gates are lined is quite spectacular. Then visit Arashiyama, which is famous for beautiful Togetsukyo bridge crossing Katsura River and serene bamboo forest. Stroll aound the bridge and the bamboo forest, some free time for lunch and visit Tenryuji. It is the temple which belongsZen Buddhism sect. After a brief rest at the hotel visit Gion, the dining and entertainment district of Kyoto and enjoy your dinner at the local restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 9

Depart Kyoto

Transfer to Kansai airport by shuttle taxi with your luggage. Your room is available until regular check out time.

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DEPARTURES:

2019: Feb 14, 28; Mar 14, 28; Apr 11, 25; May 9, 23; Jun 6, 20; Jul 4, 18; Aug 1, 15, 29; Sep 12, 26; Oct 10, 24; Nov 7, 21 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Transfer as per itinerary
  • English speaking guide
  • Tourist Class reserved seats
  • Admission

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • 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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