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Japan Showcase Tour: Kyoto to Tokyo

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,403

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 From:
US$ 2,403

Itinerary

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

This morning you will explore some of Kyoto's most famous sites and discover the history behind this ancient political capital. Start by touring the impressive Nijo Castle (when closed, visit Ryoanji Temple instead). Noted for its gorgeous interiors, the castle's "squeaky" nightingale floors alerted residents against any unwanted intruders. Continue to the incomparable Kinkakuji Temple, famous for both its Golden Pavilion and its exquisite Japanese garden. Afterwards, visit the Kyoto Imperial Palace, where you gain exclusive access to the former residence of the Emperor of Japan (if the Palace is closed, visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead). Your tour will end at Kyoto Station, from where you can continue to explore on your own or return to your hotel (the guide can assist you with directions).

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Day 3

Kyoto to Hiroshima

Transfer by taxi from your hotel to Kyoto Station this morning, then take the bullet train to Hiroshima (2 hours). Upon arrival, meet your local guide and transfer to Miyajimaguchi for the ferry to Miyajima Island. This enchanting island is home to the Shinto shrine of Itsukushima, famous for its huge bright orange gate (tori) that rises majestically out of the sea. At high tide it is considered to be one of the most beautiful sights in Japan. The size and physical landscape of Miyajima makes it an ideal place for walking, and you can spend some time relaxing on your own here. Return to central Hiroshima and visit the Peace Park and Memorial Museum, illuminating the tragic events of World War II. Drive past the eerie A-Bomb Dome, left standing in a ruinous state after more than 70 years. Arrive your hotel between 5:45-6:15pm and the evening is at 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 - Kurashiki - Kyoto

This morning, walk 5 minutes from your hotel to Hiroshima Station (connected by walkway) and catch a bullet train to Shin-Kurashiki Station. Transfer by coach to Kurashiki's historic merchant quarter and explore the evocative 17th-century streets. After a Western-style lunch, visit the acclaimed Ohara Museum of Art, which holds the first collection of Western art to be permanently exhibited in Japan. Travel onwards to Okayama and tour the beautiful Korakuren Garden, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. Finally, catch a bullet train from Okayama to Kyoto, arriving Kyoto Station between 7:00-7:30pm, followed by a transfer to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
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.

    Facilities

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

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Day 5

Kyoto at leisure

Today is completely free for you to explore Kyoto on your own.

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Day 6

Kyoto - Shizuoka - Mt Fuji - Tokyo

Early this morning, transfer by taxi to a meeting point near Kyoto Station, then depart by shinkansen (bullet train) for Shizuoka. From here, proceed by coach to the Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, a Japan National Treasure which contains beautifully-intricate lacquering and carvings. From here, take a ropeway ride to the peak of Nihondaira, affording exhilarating views of Suraga Bay. Visit a tea plantation and sample the exquisite tea at Nihondaira Ocha Kaikan, then proceed to the port town of Shimzu for a sushi lunch. Afterwards, travel along the historic Tokaido Road visit the Tokaido Hiroshige Museum of Art, which houses a world-famous collection of woodblock prints. Continue by coach to the 2nd Station of Mt. Fuji (elevation 1500 metres/4921 feet) to admire this iconic mountain. Finally, board a shinkansen at Mishima Station for Tokyo, arriving Tokyo Station between 6:30-8:00pm, followed by a transfer to your hotel by taxi.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration3 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 7

Tokyo

This morning, take in mesmerizing city views from the Tokyo Tower, designed by Tachu Naito and inspired by the Eiffel Tower. Continue to the Imperial Palace Plaza and admire the palace and gardens (entrance inside the palace is forbidden). Next, travel to Asakusa and visit Sensoji, the oldest and most beloved temple in the city. Explore crazy Nakamise shopping street, then take a drive through historic Ueno and Akihabara Electric Town. You'll be dropped off at either Tokyo Station or the Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal (12:30-12:50pm), from where you can continue to explore on your own or return to your hotel (the guide can assist you with directions).

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Day 8

Tokyo at leisure

Today is completely free for you to explore Tokyo on your own.

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Day 9

Depart Tokyo

Today, transfer by taxi to Tokyo Narita or Haneda airport for your onward flight.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: 
Jan, Feb, Mar:
Thursdays and Saturdays (except Mar 18, 25)
Apr: 6, 13, 20
May, Jun, July, Aug, Sep: Thursdays and Saturdays (except May 4; Sep 30)
Nov, Dec: Thursdays (except Dec 21, 28)

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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