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Highlights of Japan

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,826

Experience the many different faces of Japan from contemporary Tokyo to traditional Kyoto and Nara, from majestic Mount Fuji to historic Takayama and find out how Hiroshima has developed.


Japan is a land of contrasts and undertaking this itinerary will show that to its fullest combining exciting and innovative contemporary Japan with its traditional and historical legacies. From Imperial castles to snow-capped mountains and from Shinto shrines to modern boulevards, this is Japan.

Start in Tokyo, the capital since the late 1800’s. Visit the Meiji Shrine dedicated to a Japanese Emperor who died in 1912. It was destroyed during World War 2 but has been totally reconstructed. Set in a large garden-like park, it is revered by the locals.  Close by is Harajuku, the unique colourful youth fashion quarter with many bargains to be had.  Enjoy a cruise on the Sumida River which flows through the heart of Tokyo to the old quarter of Asakusa with its functioning Kannon Temple and colourful street markets. Next is the TokyoTower with wonderful views of the city from the observation platform.

The next morning enjoy the sights and sounds of the Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest fish and seafood market in the world. Travelling south by road, drive the Hakone National Park where you will have a cruise on Lake Ashi and then have a traditional Japanese meal with the option afterwards to have a dip in a hot spring.

Next travel to Takayama, a charming old town with much history and culture. Visit the Yatai Kaikan Hall, home to the exhibits from the Takayama Festival, one of the most important in Japan, The exhibits are mainly the floats used. Afterwards, stroll through the atmospheric old town, known as Kamisannomachi District.

Continue to Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan until 1869. Historic Kyoto has over 1600 temples and 400 shrines and is one of the best preserved cities in Japan which is somewhat mind-boggling especially as it is also a functioning contemporary city as well. However, there are many neighbourhoods consisting of labyrinths of narrow streets. In Kyoto, time seems to stand still. Some of the most important sites to be visited are the Kinkaku-ji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavillion, breathtaking in its beauty. It is superbly reflected in a mirror pond; the Kiyomizu Temple complex, Kyoto’s most visited temple situated on a hillside with amazing views of the surrounding area and totally made of wood; Nijo Castle built in the 17th Century surrounded by attractive gardens; the Pontocho, a narrow lane evoking the past with its bars and teahouses and the Gion Quarter where you may well see Geishas as they hurry to their next assignment.

Hiroshima is known as the city destroyed by an atomic bomb in 1945. After the bombing, Hiroshima was reconstructed as a large, modern city. A visit to the Peace Memorial Park, A-Bomb Museum and Museum is a must for anybody wanting to understand the effects of nuclear weapons. The A-Bomb Dome is what most visitors see first and it has become a legendary building that all associate with Hiroshima. It is supposedly the sight of where the bomb directly exploded above the earth. It is the only surviving building from the blast and exists only in ruin, although one can still see the structure of the original dome upon the roof. Also visit the extremely impressive UNESCO protected Itsukushina Shrine on Miyajima Island with its dramatic Tori (gate) situated in the lake.

The next day, travel by train to Nara, your final stop, once the capital of Japan in the 6th Century AD. Here, visit the remarkable Todai-ji Temple, a national treasure which houses the world’s largest bronze statue of Buddha and the impressive Kasuga Shrine Both also date back to the 6th Century AD. Enjoy the many free roaming deer in the scenically beautiful Nara Deer Park.  


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,826

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Day 1

Arrive Tokyo

On arrival in Tokyo, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your tour briefing. Stay the next two nights at Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu (or similar).

Duration2 Nights
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Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu

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    Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu



    Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu is right across from Akasaka-Mitsuke Subway Station. It offers 2 dining options, a variety of shops and comfortable rooms. Comfort and style define each of the 487 air-conditioned rooms at Hotel Akasaka Excel. A tour desk and currency exchange help with ...

    Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu is right across from Akasaka-Mitsuke Subway Station. It offers 2 dining options, a variety of shops and comfortable rooms. Comfort and style define each of the 487 air-conditioned rooms at Hotel Akasaka Excel. A tour desk and currency exchange help with sightseeing. The 24-hour front desk offers luggage storage, laundry and fax/photocopying services. Guests can work in the business centre or unwind with a massage.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 2

Explore Tokyo on Foot and Rail

Today, explore Tokyo on foot and on the underground rail network. Visit serene Meiji Jingu, Tokyo's most famous Shinto shrine with a 12 meter high torii gate at the entrance. Continue to the Imperial Palace to see Nijubashi, a metal bridge built in 1888. Travel by train to Asakusa, one of Tokyo's liveliest districts, and home to some of the city's best street food, and old izakaya and yakitori restaurants. Learn about the world of sumo as you enjoy a 'chanko' lunch with sumo wrestlers. After lunch, try on a sumo suit and test your skills against a professional. Spend time exploring Asakusa before returning to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Tokyo to Hakone

Take the train to Hakone. Ride the ropeway (cable car) for views of Lake Ashi and, if the day is clear, catch a glimpse of Mt Fuji. Sail across the waters of Lake Ashi on a pirate ship before transferring to your accommodation, a traditional Japanese ryokan. Soak in the onsen, enjoy a delicious dinner and sleep on a futon mattress in a tatami-floored room. Overnight at Hakone Pax Yoshino (or similar).

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Duration1 Night
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Hakone Pax Yoshino

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    Hakone Pax Yoshino



    A western style building with a large observatory open air hot spring bath on the highest floor. Enjoy a change of the seasons of Mt. Yusaka on the other side of the lake.

    A western style building with a large observatory open air hot spring bath on the highest floor. Enjoy a change of the seasons of Mt. Yusaka on the other side of the lake.

    Facilities

    • Kids Corner
    • Lounge
    • Massage Rooms
    • Reception
    • Shop

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Day 4

Hakone to Takayama

From Hakone, travel by train to ancient Takayama, famous for its well preserved old town district
and traditional atmosphere. On the way, enjoy a bento box for lunch. Visit Takayama Jinya, a former government building which offers insights into Japan's history. Stroll along Kami Sannomachi Street to see the immaculately-preserved traditional wooden houses. View the elaborate festival floats at the Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan and enjoy free time before walking back to the hotel. Stay the next two nights at Best Western Hotel Takayama (or similar).

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Duration2 Nights
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Best Western Hotel Takayama

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    Best Western Hotel Takayama


    Located in the heart of downtown Takayama, the Best Western Hotel Takayama offers the comfort and convenience you are looking for. We are located within walking distance from all major tourist attractions, shopping centres, and convenience stores with banking machines, post office, city hall, bus ...

    Located in the heart of downtown Takayama, the Best Western Hotel Takayama offers the comfort and convenience you are looking for. We are located within walking distance from all major tourist attractions, shopping centres, and convenience stores with banking machines, post office, city hall, bus terminal and JR Takayama Train Station. Each of the rooms are warm and welcoming.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 5

Takayama Free Day

Spend the day at leisure exploring Takayama and its surrounds at your own pace. You may choose to visit Shirakawago, a World Heritage Listed protected village famous for its stunning natural beauty and steeply pitched thatched roofs designed to withstand the heavy winter snowfall. Discover the shrines and temples of the Teramachi district or travel a short distance to Hida-Furukawa to admire the preserved buildings.

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Day 6

Takayama to Kyoto

This morning, travel by train to Kyoto, Japan's cultural capital. Enjoy free time until a late afternoon walking tour along Ponto-cho and Hanami-koji Lane in the Gion district where you may see a Geisha. Stay the next four nights at Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo (or similar).

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Duration4 Nights
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Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Sanjo

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    Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Sanjo



    Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Sanjo is a 1-minute walk from Karasuma Oike Subway Station. The hotel offers modern accommodation with a restaurant, free internet and a public bath with views of the garden. Guestrooms offer both air-conditioning and heating facilities. Each room is equipped with ...

    Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Sanjo is a 1-minute walk from Karasuma Oike Subway Station. The hotel offers modern accommodation with a restaurant, free internet and a public bath with views of the garden. Guestrooms offer both air-conditioning and heating facilities. Each room is equipped with a work desk and a flat-screen TV.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 7

Kyoto

Today, travel on public transport and explore Kyoto's highlights on foot with your guide. Take the
train to Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and marvel at the towering stalks of bamboo before continuing to Tenryuji Temple. See Katsura River from Togetsukyo Bridge and take the iconic purple Randen Train to Ryoanji Temple, the site of the most famous rock garden in Japan. Visit the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji), an elegant, gilded 14th century building which is one of Japan's most cherished sites.

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Day 8

Kyoto

Today is yours to further explore Kyoto. Perhaps take the train to the historic city of Hiroshima, venture to Osaka to see Osaka Castle, meet Nara's deer population or visit Himeji Castle.

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Day 9

Kyoto

Spend a free day exploring Kyoto at your own pace. Choose to explore Teramachi which is the perfect place to find traditional Japanese souvenirs including a kimono. This evening, enjoy a special kaiseki farewell dinner while being entertained by a Maiko.

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Day 10

End of Journey

Enjoy breakfast before transferring by private taxi to Kyoto Station for your onward journey.

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DEPARTURES:

2018: Oct 1, 15; Nov 12; Dec 31
2019: Feb 17; Mar 17; May 12; Jun 2; Aug 25; Sep 29; Oct 20; Nov 17
2020: Feb 9; Mar 22, 29; Apr 5, 12

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • Meals as specified
  • Small group touring and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Train travel as per itinerary (a JR Pass will be provided)
  • Shared coach arrival transfer from Narita Airport to Tokyo hotel
  • Departure taxi from Kyoto hotel to Kyoto Station
  • Luggage transfer as per itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and doemstic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Departure transfer (you will use your JR Pass)
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

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.

Selected departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 guests, please check with our Asia experts on the relevant dates. It is compulsory to have comprehensive travel insurance to participate on this trip. 

 

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