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Japan Delights with Rail: 21 Days

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21 Days
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This epic rail journey across Japan takes you to several of the country’s most popular cities and landmarks. Starting and ending in Tokyo, you’ll visit Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki, with the comfort and convenience of having your travel and accommodations pre-arranged, letting you explore at your own pace.


This 21-day Japanese vacation takes you across Japan on an epic-rail journey. It includes a Japan Rail Pass, moderate or first-class accommodations depending on preferences, tailor-made excursions, and is perfect for travellers wanting to explore at their own pace.

Your trip to Japan begins in Tokyo, the nation’s capital and the largest city. There are futuristic cities and then there is Tokyo, a mind-blowing showcase of state-of-the-art technology, world-class transit, and looming skyscrapers all next to ancient temples and remnants of the imperial past. You’ll have two full days in Tokyo to explore the city and see its collection of landmarks, from grand temples like Senso-ji and the Meiji Shrine to the futuristic landscapes of Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Akihabara “Electric Town,” where manga, video games, and pop culture reign supreme. While in Tokyo, you’ll also head on two day trips to nearby temple towns. One day, head south to Kamakura, the lovely costal town that’s home to the Great Buddha and Hokoku-ji Temple alongside sandy beaches. The next day, head north to Nikko to see Toshogu, Japan’s most lavish shrine and the mausoleum for the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate.

From Tokyo, ride the rails to Ise to visit the country’s most significant Shinto Shrine, Isu Jingu Shrine, before continuing to Nagoya, the nation’s fourth-largest city and one of its transportation hubs. Spend your time in the city learning about its manufacturing history at the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, or see reconstructed Nagoya Castle and the Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Journey into the Japanese Alps and the Hida region where you’ll find 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.

Continue towards the coast to Kanazawa, home to one of Japan’s greatest gardens and best-preserved old towns. You’ll have a full day in Kanazawa to stroll down Higashi-Chaya Street to see the wooden samurai mansions and teahouses and visit Kenroku-en, considered one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. Turn south and take the train to Kyoto, the former imperial capital and Japan’s most beautiful city. You’ll have two full days to see its many temples and imperial sights, from Nijo Castle and the Kyoto Imperial Palace to the golden pavilion of Kinkaku-ji and the thousand orange-red torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine, which climbs a mountain in the city’s east.

While based in Kyoto, you’ll head on a day trip to nearby Nara, the nation’s first permanent capital and a historical gem with several UNESCO World Heritage Sites within its very walkable city core. See the statue of the Giant Buddha at Todai-ji Temple before strolling through Nara Park to befriend the partially-domesticated deer that have lived there for over a millennium. Another day, head to Kobe, the gorgeous port city, to wander around Soraku-en Garden, admire views of Mount Rokko, and dine on some fabulously-marbled Kobe beef.

Continue south and climb Mount Koya, the sacred mountain that’s the centre of Shingon Buddhism and home to Kobo Daishi’s mausoleum. Explore the hilltop covered in temples and graveyards. You can even stay in a temple overnight and join the monks in their rituals to get a taste of Buddhist life. Descend Mount Koya and head to Osaka, the nation’s third-largest city and a dizzying showcase of castles, skyscrapers, and delicious food. Explore the city at leisure, taking in popular sites like Osaka Castle and Dotonbori, the popular tourist district along the canal.

Continue your train journey southward to Hiroshima, the city forever in the shadow of the atom bomb. In the morning, visit Itshukushima, the small island to the city’s south more popularly known as Miyajima, where you’ll see the nation’s most famous red torii gate, which is partially submerged by the tide each day. In the afternoon, visit the Atom Bomb Dome and the Peace Park to pay tribute to the victims of the atom bomb that detonated over the city in 1945 to close World War II. Connect to the island of Kyushu and spend a day in Nagasaki, further exploring the legacy of the atom bombs and learning about the city’s long history as a port and gateway to the West. Turn back northeast and ride the train back to Tokyo, stopping off at the white-walled wonder of Himeji Castle along the way. In Tokyo, you’ll have one final night before turning back home the following day.


 

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Duration
21 Days
Prices:
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Day 1

Arrive Tokyo

On arrival at the airport, please make your way to the Japan Rail Pass counter to activate your rail pass. Once you have your pass, you can use it to travel by express train from the airport to your chosen hotel.

Duration5 Nights
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Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba

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    The blue sky with a sea breeze, comfortable, silent and relaxing, and a fantastic night view of Tokyo - all is an essence to make your time wonderful. Vacances et Elegance - the theme we pursue. Wonderful memories, special moments and the anticipation of happiness ...

    The blue sky with a sea breeze, comfortable, silent and relaxing, and a fantastic night view of Tokyo - all is an essence to make your time wonderful. Vacances et Elegance - the theme we pursue. Wonderful memories, special moments and the anticipation of happiness will welcome you. Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba - your story starts here.

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    • Art Gallery
    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Lounge(s)
    • Newsstand
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Wedding Chapel

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21 Day Japan Rail Pass - Ordinary

Japan has one of the most extensive, comfortable and modern rail systems in the world. The Japan Rail Pass offers foreign visitors the opportunity to travel on the extraordinary network of the JR Group at an economical price. The JR Pass allows travel on most JR trains, including Shinkansen bullet trains, limited express, express, rapid and local trains, as well as some local JR buses and the ferry to Miyajima island (near Hiroshima).

Duration2 Hours
Day 2

Explore Tokyo

Today is free for you to explore Tokyo. With such a great rail system and easy access to taxi's it is a very easy city to navigate. We can prearrange a Tokyo walking tour or morning tour if you prefer, just chat with our Asia experts to add it to your program.

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Day 3

Visit Kamakura

Today you will be using your Japan Rail pass to travel out of Tokyo. Japan has one of the most extensive, comfortable and modern rail systems in the world. Our first suggested visit is Kamakura which is a coastal town in Kanagawa Prefecture, less than an hour south of Tokyo. The town became the political center of Japan, when Minamoto Yoritomo chose it as the seat for his new military government in 1192.
Today, Kamakura is a small city and a very popular tourist destination. Sometimes called the Kyoto of Eastern Japan, Kamakura offers numerous temples, shrines and other historical monuments. In addition, Kamakura's sand beaches attract large crowds during the summer months. Top attractions include the Great Buddha, Hokokuji Temple, hiking trails and Enoshima beach just to name a few. You will return to Tokyo for your overnight.

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Day 4

Visit Nikko

Nikko is a town at the entrance to Nikko National Park, and only 2 hours and 40 mins from Tokyo and is most famous for Toshogu, Japan's most lavishly decorated shrine and the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate.

Nikko had been a center of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship for many centuries before Toshogu was built in the 1600s, and Nikko National Park continues to offer scenic, mountainous landscapes, lakes, waterfalls, hot springs, wild monkeys and hiking trails.

Nikko and the Okunikko area around Lake Chuzenji, in particular, are well known for their beautiful autumn colors (koyo). Return to Tokyo for your overnight.

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Day 5

Tokyo

Another full day in Tokyo, a city with plenty to offer, from craft beer tours, ninja training, shopping, cooking classes or tea ceremonies. We have a full list of suggestions to discuss with you. Or keep it free and easy to explore on your own.

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Day 6

Tokyo to Ise to Nagoya

Early this morning depart Tokyo for Ise which is 3 1/2 hours train journey away. Here you can visit the Ise Shrines. Ise City is located on the Shima Peninsula in Mie Prefecture. The city is home to the Ise Shrines (Ise Jingu), Japan's most sacred Shinto shrines. The Inner Shrine is one of the two main shrines making up the Ise Shrines in Ise City. Formally known as Kotai Jingu, the Inner Shrine enshrines Shinto's most venerated deity, the Sun Goddess (Amaterasu Omikami), and is considered Japan's most sacred shrine.

The Inner Shrine is believed to have been established over 2000 years ago. Its main buildings resemble ancient rice granaries and are built in an architectural style that shows almost no influence from the Asian mainland because they predate the introduction of Buddhism. Both, the Inner and Outer Shrine, are rebuilt from scratch every 20 years according to an ancient Shinto tradition. The 62nd rebuilding was completed in 2013. The 63rd rebuilding will take place in 2033.

In the late afternoon continue onto Nagoya which is a 90 min trip from Ise, you will be spending the evening here. With over two million inhabitants, Nagoya is Japan's fourth most populated city. It is the capital of Aichi Prefecture and the principal city of the Nobi plain, one of Honshu's three large plains and metropolitan and industrial centers.

Nagoya developed as the castle town of the Owari, one of the three branches of the ruling Tokugawa family during the Edo Period. Much of the city, including most of its historic buildings, were destroyed in the air raids of 1945. The Toyota Motor Corporation maintains its headquarters just outside of Nagoya. Explore on your own or we can pre-arrange a walking tour for you.

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Duration1 Night
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Hilton Nagoya

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    Gaze at stunning views over central Nagoya from the Windows on the World bar, at the Hilton Nagoya hotel. Swim in the 49-foot indoor pool or work out in the gym, then relax in the sauna. Choose from five bars and restaurants. Browse the designer ...

    Gaze at stunning views over central Nagoya from the Windows on the World bar, at the Hilton Nagoya hotel. Swim in the 49-foot indoor pool or work out in the gym, then relax in the sauna. Choose from five bars and restaurants. Browse the designer boutiques at the Hilton Plaza and enjoy a Shiatsu treatment in the massage room. Go offsite to explore Nagoya nearby attractions like Nagoya Castle and the Aichi Arts Centre. Choose from Hilton rooms to suites at the Hilton Nagoya hotel.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Children's Activities
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Massage Treatments
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Tennis

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Day 7

Nagoya to Takayama

This morning travel to Takayama which is a 2 1/2 hour journey by train. Takayama is a city in the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Prefecture. To differentiate it from other places named Takayama, the city is also commonly referred to as Hida-Takayama. Takayama retains a traditional touch like few other Japanese cities, especially in its beautifully preserved old town. It now ranks as one of the prime candidates among travelers wishing to add a rural element into their itineraries. The Takayama Festival, held in spring and autumn, is considered one of Japan's best festivals. Overnight in Takayama.

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Duration1 Night
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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.

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

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Day 8

Takayama to Kanazawa

Spend most of the day in Takayama and leave the city in the afternoon for Kanazawa which is a 2 1/2 hour journey. During the Edo Period, Kanazawa served as the seat of the Maeda Clan, the second most powerful feudal clan after the Tokugawa in terms of rice production and fief size. Accordingly, Kanazawa grew to become a town of great cultural achievements, rivaling Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo).

During World War Two, Kanazawa was Japan's second largest city (after Kyoto) to escape destruction by air raids. Consequently, parts of the old castle town, such as the Nagamachi samurai district and chaya entertainment districts, have survived in pretty good condition.

Today, Kanazawa remains an important city in its region and serves as the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture. The city boasts many historical attractions such as restored residences and districts, as well as modern museums. But Kanazawa's unchallenged main attraction is Kenrokuen, one of Japan's "three best landscape gardens" and by many considered the most beautiful of them all. You will have the rest of today and a full day tomorrow to spend in this beautiful city.

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Duration2 Nights
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Kanazawa Manten Hotel

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    A 5-minute walk from Kanazawa train station, this unassuming hot spring hotel is 3 km from both Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art and Kanazawa Castle. Casual rooms with understated decor feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Amenities include a restaurant, a bar, and a lounge ...

    A 5-minute walk from Kanazawa train station, this unassuming hot spring hotel is 3 km from both Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art and Kanazawa Castle.

    Casual rooms with understated decor feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs.

    Amenities include a restaurant, a bar, and a lounge with chabudai dining tables. There are also communal bathhouses with hot spring water, and a spa area with a sauna and soaking tubs.

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    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Child Friendly
    • Hot Tub
    • Laundry Service
    • Restaurant

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Day 9

Full Day in Kanazawa

A full day in Kanazawa to explore on your own. If you would like any pre-arranged day tours, please check with our Asia experts.

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Day 10

Kanazawa to Kyoto

Leave Kanazawa this morning for Kyoto. Spend the afternoon and evening explore this wonderful city. Kyoto served as Japan's capital and the emperor's residence from 794 until 1868. It is one of the country's ten largest cities with a population of 1.5 million people and a modern face.

Over the centuries, Kyoto was destroyed by many wars and fires, but due to its exceptional historic value, the city was dropped from the list of target cities for the atomic bomb and escaped destruction during World War II. Countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures survive in the city today. Some of Kyoto's main attractions are Nijo Castle, Sento Palace, Nishiki market, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Fushimi Inari Shrine and the preserved historic district of Higashiyama. There is so much to see, it may be worth extending your stay here. Overnight in Kyoto.

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Duration5 Nights
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ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto

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    ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto



    The Ana Crowne Plaza Kyoto is situated in central Kyoto, located near restaurants, shops, and markets. The hotel is ideally positioned for travelling around this unique city and the picturesque natural surroundings. The hotel is right in front of the prominent world heritage site Nijo-Castle. ...

    The Ana Crowne Plaza Kyoto is situated in central Kyoto, located near restaurants, shops, and markets. The hotel is ideally positioned for travelling around this unique city and the picturesque natural surroundings. The hotel is right in front of the prominent world heritage site Nijo-Castle. Guests will enjoy this location that is close to the cities of Kobe, Osaka, and Nara. The hotel offers 303 guestrooms that are adorned with bright lighting, rich colors, and an intricate Japanese theme. Guests can enjoy eating at any of the hotel's restaurants, which serve a compilation of international dishes. The ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto is perfect for travelers that want excellent accommodation in a vibrant location.

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    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 11

Explore Kyoto

Today is free for you to explore Kyoto. We can prearrange a Kyoto walking or biking tour if you prefer, just chat with our Asia experts to add it to your program.

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Day 12

Nara

Today we recommend you use your rail pass to visit Nara. Japan's first permanent capital was established in the year 710 at Heijo, the city now known as Nara. As the influence and political ambitions of the city's powerful Buddhist monasteries grew to become a serious threat to the government, the capital was moved to Nagaoka in 784 and a few years later to Kyoto.

Nara is located less than one hour from Kyoto and Osaka. Due to its past as the first permanent capital, it remains full of historic treasures, including some of Japan's oldest and largest temples. Some sites of interest Todaiji Temple, Horyuji Temple, Heijo Temple and Omizutori to name a few. Return back to Kyoto for overnight.

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Day 13

Visit Kobe

Visit Kobe today which is only 30mins west of Kyoto and the capital of Hyogo Prefecture and one of Japan's ten largest cities. Located between the sea and the Rokko mountain range, Kobe is also considered one of Japan's most attractive cities.

Kobe has been an important port city for many centuries. Its port was among the first to be opened to foreign trade in the 19th century alongside the ports of Yokohama, Nagasaki, Hakodate and Niigata.

In 1995, Kobe was hit by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, which killed over 5000 people and destroyed tens of thousands of buildings. Today the city is completely rebuilt, and few signs of the terrible event remain. Return to Kyoto for overnight.

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Day 14

Kyoto

Today is your last full day in Kyoto, to explore free and easy. Overnight in Kyoto.

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Day 15

Kyoto to Mount Koya

This morning travel to Mount Koya which is a 3 hour journey and overnight. Mount Koya is the center of Shingon Buddhism, an important Buddhist sect which was introduced to Japan in 805 by Kobo Daishi (also known as Kukai), one of Japan's most significant religious figures. A small, secluded temple town has developed around the sect's headquarters that Kobo Daishi built on Koyasan's wooded mountaintop. It is also the site of Kobo Daishi's mausoleum and the start and end point of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage.

Koyasan is also one of the best places to experience an overnight stay at a temple lodging (shukubo) where you can get a taste of a monk's lifestyle, eating vegetarian monk's cuisine (shojin ryori) and attending the morning prayers. Around fifty temples offer this service to both pilgrims and visitors.

We have provided moderate 3 star accommodation in the pricing for this evening as the only option for this area. We highly suggest you chat with our Asia expert to include a temple overnight here.

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Duration1 Night
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Route Inn Hashimoto Hotel

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    Route Inn Hashimoto Hotel



    Hotel Route-Inn Hashimoto is a new hotel opened in March 2014. Hashimoto City, Wakayama Prefecture, where the hotel is located, is a historic town that has prospered as an entrance town as a gateway to the world heritage "Koyasan". Located in the border between Nara ...

    Hotel Route-Inn Hashimoto is a new hotel opened in March 2014. Hashimoto City, Wakayama Prefecture, where the hotel is located, is a historic town that has prospered as an entrance town as a gateway to the world heritage "Koyasan".

    Located in the border between Nara and Osaka prefectures, access to Wakayama, Osaka and Nara is also preeminent.

    Complimentary breakfast buffet, free parking, and Radium artificial hot spring public baths by gender. All rooms are also equipped with Wi-Fi and air purifier, so we will support your business hotel life. Freshly grounded coffee (self service) is available in the lobby.

    Please use Hotel Route-Inn Hashimoto by all means as a base for sightseeing in Koyasan, as well as in the prefecture, Osaka prefecture and Nara prefecture.

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Day 16

Mount Koya to Osaka

Spend the morning in Mount Koya and around noon make your way to Osaka which is a 2 hour journey. Osaka is Japan's second largest metropolitan area after Tokyo. It has been the economic powerhouse of the Kansai Region for many centuries. Osaka was formerly known as Naniwa. Before the Nara Period, when the capital used to be moved with the reign of each new emperor, Naniwa was once Japan's capital city, the first one ever known.

In the 16th century, Toyotomi Hideyoshi chose Osaka as the location for his castle, and the city may have become Japan's political capital if Tokugawa Ieyasu had not terminated the Toyotomi lineage after Hideyoshi's death and moved his government to distant Edo (Tokyo). Return back to Kyoto for overnight.

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Duration1 Night
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ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Osaka

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    ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Osaka



    ANA Crowne Plaza Osaka overlooks the beautiful Dojima River and is just a short stroll away from the city's Nakanoshima Park in the heart of Japan's 'City of Water'. Located along Yodoyabashi street, one of Osaka's most energetic business centres, and neighboring the famed and ...

    ANA Crowne Plaza Osaka overlooks the beautiful Dojima River and is just a short stroll away from the city's Nakanoshima Park in the heart of Japan's 'City of Water'. Located along Yodoyabashi street, one of Osaka's most energetic business centres, and neighboring the famed and luxurious Kitashinchi dining and entertainment district, guests at the ANA Crowne Plaza Osaka have the benefit of being in close proximity to some of the best destinations across the city.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Wedding Chapel

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Day 17

Osaka to Hiroshima

In the early morning, travel from Osaka to Hiroshima which is a 2 hour train journey. When the first atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the city became known worldwide for this unenviable distinction. The destructive power of the bomb was tremendous and obliterated nearly everything within a two kilometer radius.

After the war, great efforts were taken to rebuild the city. Predictions that the city would be uninhabitable proved false. Destroyed monuments of Hiroshima's historical heritage, like Hiroshima Castle and Shukkeien Garden, were reconstructed. In the center of the city a large park was built and given a name that would reflect the aspirations of the re-born city: Peace Memorial Park. We suggest you visit the Peace Park before continuing on.

Depending on the time you have left in the day, it is suggested you visit Miyajima this afternoon and if you are not able to, try tomorrow morning. It is most famous for its giant torii gate, which at high tide seems to float on the water. The sight is ranked as one of Japan's three best views. While officially named Itsukushima, the island is more commonly referred to as Miyajima, Japanese for "shrine island". This is because the island is so closely related to its key shrine, Itsukushima Shrine, in the public's mind. Like the torii gate, the shrine's main buildings are built over water.

There are also wild deer on the island that have become accustomed to people. In the day the deer wander around the same sites as the tourists, and in the evening they sleep along the walking paths. Return to Hiroshima for overnight.

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Duration1 Night
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ANA Crowne Plaza Hiroshima

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    ANA Crowne Plaza Hiroshima is located in the centre of Hiroshima city on the main street called Peace Boulevard. The hotel has easy access to different areas attractive for tourists, such as Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Atomic Bomb Dome), Hiroshima Castle and a wide range of ...

    ANA Crowne Plaza Hiroshima is located in the centre of Hiroshima city on the main street called Peace Boulevard. The hotel has easy access to different areas attractive for tourists, such as Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Atomic Bomb Dome), Hiroshima Castle and a wide range of shopping centres. It is one of the biggest and the most prestigious hotels in the central region of Japan. It provides modern amenities, chic design and a friendly atmosphere.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
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    • Room Service
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Day 18

Hiroshima or Miyajima to Nagasaki

If you needed more time in Miyajima or opted to visit this morning, then it's only a 40min transfer over with your rail pass. Thereafter continue onto Nagasaki on the island of Kyushu which is a 4 1/2 hour train journey. You will be spending the evening and overnight here.

Nagasaki is an attractively situated port city on the island of Kyushu and the capital of Nagasaki Prefecture. As one of Japan's closest port cities to the Asian mainland, Nagasaki has played a prominent role in foreign trade relations for many centuries and was the most important of only a very few ports open to restricted numbers of foreign traders during Japan's period of isolation. In more recent history, Nagasaki became the second city after Hiroshima to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the end of World War II.

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Duration2 Nights
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ANA Crowne Plaza Nagasaki Gloverhill

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    ANA Crowne Plaza Nagasaki Gloverhill



    The ANA Hotel Nagasaki Gloverhill is within walking distance of Nagasaki's most beautiful landmarks. This hotel near Glover Garden provides a good base for exploring the city. It is less than 10 minutes' drive from the train station (the Nagasaki Line). Making good use of ...

    The ANA Hotel Nagasaki Gloverhill is within walking distance of Nagasaki's most beautiful landmarks. This hotel near Glover Garden provides a good base for exploring the city. It is less than 10 minutes' drive from the train station (the Nagasaki Line). Making good use of its waterfront position, all of the ANA's rooms include harbour views, the perfect way to start, and end the day.

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Day 19

Nagasaki

Today you have a full day in Nagasaki to explore. Overnight will be in Nagasaki.

Day 20

Nagasaki to Tokyo Stop in Himeji

On your way back to Tokyo, a stop at Himeji which is 4-5 hours away. Here you can spend the afternoon exploring the Himeji Castle. Himeji Castle, also known as White Heron Castle (Shirasagijo) due to its elegant, white appearance, is widely considered as Japan's most spectacular castle for its imposing size and beauty and its well preserved, complex castle grounds.

The castle complex as it survives today is over 400 years old and was completed in 1609. It is made up of over eighty buildings spread across multiple baileys, which are connected by a series of gates and winding paths. Return to Tokyo in the evening which is 3-4 hours journey.

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Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba

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    The blue sky with a sea breeze, comfortable, silent and relaxing, and a fantastic night view of Tokyo - all is an essence to make your time wonderful. Vacances et Elegance - the theme we pursue. Wonderful memories, special moments and the anticipation of happiness ...

    The blue sky with a sea breeze, comfortable, silent and relaxing, and a fantastic night view of Tokyo - all is an essence to make your time wonderful. Vacances et Elegance - the theme we pursue. Wonderful memories, special moments and the anticipation of happiness will welcome you. Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba - your story starts here.

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    • Art Gallery
    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Lounge(s)
    • Newsstand
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    • Restaurant(s)
    • Wedding Chapel

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Day 21

Depart Tokyo

Today make your own way to the airport for your onward flight. If you would like to extend any part of your stay, please inquire with our team.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 20 nights accommodation in moderate, first class or first class upgraded hotels
  • Japan Rail ordinary pass
  • Breakfast as per itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Airport transfers
  • Excursions
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not specifically noted in the itinerary
  • Beverages
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified

Our Asia Experts can assist with adding any excursions you wish to this itinerary. Click here for a sample of some of the day trips on offer.  Don't worry, if what you are looking for is not listed, we are able to assist with any request.

OTHER INFORMATION: 

If the city visited does not offer the class of hotel (moderate, first class or first class upgraded / deluxe) for the program, the best possible option was chosen. Please chat with you Asia Experts on the options available.

Please chat with our Asia Experts about upgrading your rail pass to the green pass which allows for some extra benefits. Green cars offer larger seats, more foot space and enhanced board service, and they tend to be less crowded than ordinary cars. They are available on most shinkansen and limited express trains and on a small number of local trains. Many travelers find the size and foot room of ordinary seats sufficient, but those who wish to have additional luxury, should go for the green car.  

The pass is valid on almost all trains operated on the nationwide network of JR (Japan Railways), including shinkansen, limited express, express, rapid and local trains. Below is a map showing the major train lines that can be used with the pass.   

 

TERMS & 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 enquire.

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