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Japan Showcase Tour: Kyoto to Tokyo

Duration
9 Days
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Explore Japan's top cultural and natural destinations on this exciting 9-day tour. Begin in the beautiful ancient capital, Kyoto, visit Hiroshima and Miyajima Island, explore the small cities of Kurashiki and Okayama, then travel north by way of Mount Fuji to sensational Tokyo.


Upon arriving at Osaka Kansai or Itami Airport, begin your stay in Kyoto. Known as the "thousand year capital", Kyoto was the home of the emperor from 794 to 1868 and still contains the mysticism of this rich historical era. You will have a half day tour to some of the most famous sites, including Nijo Castle, the Kyoto Imperial Palace and the Golden Pavillion (Kinkakuji Temple).

Next, head to Hiroshima by the bullet train. Although widely known as the city destroyed by the atomic bomb, Hiroshima is now a modern, cosmopolitan city. On arrival, tour beautiful Miyajima Island, famous for the Itsukushima Jinja shrine which at high tide appears to float on the water. You will also visit the excellent Hiroshima Peace Park and museum, and pass by the Atomic Bomb Dome. Stay overnight in Hiroshima before catching another bullet train to Kurashiki City, known for its 17th-century streets and historic merchant quarter. Visit the acclaimed Ohara Museum of Art, which holds the first collection of Western art to be permanently exhibited in Japan, then travel onwards to Okayama and tour the beautiful Korakuren Garden, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan.

Return by bullet train back to Kyoto for 2 more nights. Having been previously introduced to this fascinating and walkable city, you will have a full day at leisure to continue exploring on your own.

A further bullet train journey will take you to Shizuoka, then you will continue by coach to the Kunozan Toshogu Shrine. Take an exhilarating ropeway ride to the peak of Nihondaira to visit a tea plantation and admire the views of Mt. Fuji and Suraga Bay. Proceed along historic Tokaido Road to the Tokaido Hiroshige Museum of Art, then visit the second station of iconic Mt. Fuji before boarding a shinkansen for Tokyo.

The largest metropolitan area in the world, Tokyo is safe, diverse and just a little crazy. Enjoy a half-day tour which will orient you for further exploration on your own. Start at the observation deck of the Tokyo Tower, continue to the gardens of the Imperial Palace, then Asakusa Kannon Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street. The remainder of the day is free, as well as an additional day for you to walk, shop, eat and explore. Finally, you will be transferred to Narita or Haneda Airport for your onward flight.

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Duration
9 Days
Prices:
On request

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Day 1

Arrive Kyoto

Upon arrival at Osaka Kansai or Itami airport, clear immigration and proceed to the arrivals hall, where our representative will greet you and assist you in boarding a shared taxi to your Kyoto hotel. (Important: If your flight arrives before 8:00am or after 8:00pm, please report directly to the Shared Taxi Ticket Counter.) After check-in, the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Karasuma Kyoto Hotel

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    Karasuma Kyoto Hotel



    The city of Kyoto harmonizes 1,200 years of tradition and culture with modern sensibilities. It is thronged with visitors from both Japan and overseas, who come to experience its profound appeal. Many repeat travellers to Kyoto choose to stay at the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel. Located ...

    The city of Kyoto harmonizes 1,200 years of tradition and culture with modern sensibilities. It is thronged with visitors from both Japan and overseas, who come to experience its profound appeal. Many repeat travellers to Kyoto choose to stay at the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel. Located at the intersection of Shijo and Karasuma streets, in the heart of Kyoto's downtown, the hotel has won the hearts of visitors through its unrivalled access and the welcoming, conscientious service offered by the Kyoto Hotel group. Use the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel, convenient for both business and sightseeing, whenever you visit Kyoto.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Kyoto to Nara

You will be picked up this morning after breakfast for your day tour of Kyoto and Nara. Your first stop is Nijo Castle which is a World Heritage site. Tour the historical castle completed in 1626, which was built to provide lodging for Tokugawa Shogun and as a palladium for Kyoto Imperial Palace. The impressive, elaborate carvings and decors in the Ninomaru Palace are a must-see. After your visit at the castle, your next stop is Kinkaku-ji Temple, another World Heritage site. The wooden architecture is covered in thin layers of pure gold and is surrounded by a beautiful pond. The Kyoto Imperial Palace, which was used as the Emperor's residence until about 150 years ago. Japanese/Western style buffet lunch. After lunch onwards to and first stop is Todai-ji Temple (Great Buddha)/Nara Park, your 3rd world heritage site for the day. This is the symbol of the Nara Period and one of the world's largest wooden structures. Its huge main hall and bronze Great Buddha are impressive to behold. The deer of Nara Park are thought to be the shrine messengers. Nara Nagomikan is the the largest souvenir shop in Nara. Enjoy yourself in this spacious shop and look for the perfect souvenir. This facility may be omitted from the itinerary if it is closed on the day of the tour, or as a result of traffic congestion. You will arrive back in Kyoto in the evening and dropped off at your hotel.

Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays in January, July, August, and December. (Closed on the following day if Tuesday is a holiday.) If the castle is closed, or if the tour is during the year-end/New Year's holidays, Ryoan-ji Temple will be visited instead.

Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed to the public on the following days. During these times, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine will be visited instead. Mondays, Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday, May 14-17 for the Aoi Festival, New Year's holidays, and whenever there is an Imperial Household event.
During the Gion Festival (Sakimatsuri, July 15 - 16), drop-off service to Karasuma Kyoto Hotel and Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto will be unavailable due to traffic restrictions.

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Day 3

Kyoto to Hiroshima

Leaving from Kyoto early this morning (select hotels have pick up service) travel to Hiroshima by Shinkansen train. The journey takes approximately two hours. Arrive at the JR Hiroshima station and walk to the Granvia Hotel, directly connected to Hiroshima station. At 10:30Am the tour departs from the hotel. First, you will transfer to Miyajimaguchi where you will take a ferry over to beautiful Miyajima Island, an UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its Itsukushima Jinja Shrine. Here, you will have the opportunity to take in one of the three most renowned views in Japan, especially at high tide when the shrine appears to be floating magically on top of the sea! Break for lunch (not included) and enjoy some time to relax on your own. Continue on to the Hiroshima Peace and Memorial Park/Museum, dedicated to promoting peace around the world. Walk around and reflect on human history through the poignant portrayals of Hiroshima's darkest hours. Drive by the Atomic Bomb Dome, a sobering reminder of World War II and an inspiring symbol of peace. The tour disbands at the JR Hiroshima Station around 5:30-6:15PM. Remainder of the evening is at your leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima

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    Hotel Granvia Hiroshima



    The Hotel Granvia Hiroshima is adjoined to the railway station making it very easy to locate. The area is quiet and away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The 437 rooms are all spacious and elegantly furnished. The hotel offers a beauty salon, ...

    The Hotel Granvia Hiroshima is adjoined to the railway station making it very easy to locate. The area is quiet and away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The 437 rooms are all spacious and elegantly furnished. The hotel offers a beauty salon, barber shop, boutiques, drugstore, restaurant and bar.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wedding Chapel

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Day 4

Hiroshima to Kurashiki

Travel from Hiroshima to Kurashiki by bullet train, which takes about 90 minutes. Kurashiki City is renowned for its white walls and rich culture. Visit the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter and stroll its streets. The old merchant quarter is called the Bikan historical area and it contains many fine examples of 17th century wooden warehouses, along a canal. Stop for a Western-Style lunch (included) and then see the Ohara Museum of Art, the first collection of Western art to be permanently exhibited in Japan. Travel from Kurashiki station to Okayama station. Tour the beautiful Korakuren Garden, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. From Okayama station travel back to Kyoto by bullet train. Drop off services at select hotels are available.

Duration: 10-11 hours

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Karasuma Kyoto Hotel

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    Karasuma Kyoto Hotel



    The city of Kyoto harmonizes 1,200 years of tradition and culture with modern sensibilities. It is thronged with visitors from both Japan and overseas, who come to experience its profound appeal. Many repeat travellers to Kyoto choose to stay at the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel. Located ...

    The city of Kyoto harmonizes 1,200 years of tradition and culture with modern sensibilities. It is thronged with visitors from both Japan and overseas, who come to experience its profound appeal. Many repeat travellers to Kyoto choose to stay at the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel. Located at the intersection of Shijo and Karasuma streets, in the heart of Kyoto's downtown, the hotel has won the hearts of visitors through its unrivalled access and the welcoming, conscientious service offered by the Kyoto Hotel group. Use the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel, convenient for both business and sightseeing, whenever you visit Kyoto.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 5

Kyoto

Enjoy a day at leisure in Kyoto. Late this afternoon transfer by shuttle to the Kyoto station and travel by Shinkansen back to Tokyo. On arrival in Tokyo you will be met an English speaking tour conductor who will assist you in using the taxi service for drop off at your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Shiba Park Hotel

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    Shiba Park Hotel



    Welcome to the best in Japanese hospitality, the Shiba Park Hotel. It is the tradition of this hotel to serve the local and overseas guests alike, with their well-trained, friendly and helpful staff. They offer many services regardless of whether you are travelling on business ...

    Welcome to the best in Japanese hospitality, the Shiba Park Hotel. It is the tradition of this hotel to serve the local and overseas guests alike, with their well-trained, friendly and helpful staff. They offer many services regardless of whether you are travelling on business or pleasure.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 6

Tokyo to Mt Fuji to Tokyo

Leave Tokyo by bus for Hakone National Park (depart at approximately 8:45AM). En route, drive half way up Mount Fuji to the 5th Station for a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside from a sight 2,300 meters. (When the drive to the 5th Station is closed in winter, due to snow, you will go to the highest possible point.) After a Japanese style lunch you will enjoy a cruise on the beautiful Lake Ashi followed by a scenic ride on the Hakone Ropeway (one of the world's longest aerial lifts) with a view of the volcanic Owakudani Valley. You will be dropped at the Odawara station where you board a Shinkansen to arrive at Kyoto station. Transfer to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 7

Tokyo

Today you will start off your stay in Tokyo on the Edo Tokyo morning tour. Your tour will start with a drive by of the National Diet Building which is the center of the Japanese Government. Don't let the impressive Western-style architecture fool you, this building is constructed almost entirely out of pure Japanese materials. Then you will pass the Imperial Palace which is formerly known as Edo Castle, this palace is the residence of the Emperor of Japan. The grounds are lush with green foliage and provide a relaxing spot for Tokyoites and isitors alike. Your first stop is the Tsukiji Outer Market which is Japan's No.1 place for seafood with over 400 shops including fresh fish retailers, grocers, and restaurants. Enjoy shopping and try some local food while exploring this one-of-a-kind location. Your next stop is the Tokyo Skytree Town where you will have the opportunity to enjoy freely exploring Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Solamachi which features many traditional Tokyo shops, an aquarium, planetarium, and more. Admission to Tokyo Skytree Tembo Deck and paid facilities at Tokyo Skytree Town are not included in the tour booking charge. The last stop for the day is the Senso-ji Temple & Nakamise Shopping Street. Senso-ji, Tokyo's oldest temple, offers plenty to see including the bright red Kaminarimon Gate, a statue of the god of thunder, and a five-story pagoda. The bustling street known as 'Nakamise' stretches for about 250 m from Kaminarimon Gate to Senso-ji Temple and is filled with a plethora of shops. The tour ends in Asakusa after enjoying a stroll around.

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Day 8

Tokyo at leisure

Today is a day at leisure to explore Toyko on your own.

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Day 9

Depart Tokyo

Tokyo Hotel to Tokyo Narita Airport by Limousine Bus.

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DEPARTURES:

Select Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Guided touring as per itinerary
  • Inter-Japan train and land travel as per itinerary
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Meals as specified

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Optional excursions
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on the Moderate itinerary option in 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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