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Quintessential Japan

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,663

The very essence of this special country is revealed with stays in its vibrant capital, Tokyo and its historic ancient capital, the beautiful Kyoto. A further stay in Hakone National Park with the nearby Mount Fuji and a day in Hiroshima complete the tour.


Your Quintessential Japan tour starts off with 3 nights in Japan’s vibrant capital, Tokyo.
Sightseeing includes a full day to Kamakura with its Great Buddha, ancient temple of Hase-Dera, famous for housing a massive wooden statue and the Tsurugaoko Hachimangu Shrine, Kamakura's most important shrine. Return to Tokyo via Yokohama and stop in at the traditional Japanese Sankeien Garden.

The following morning, enjoy a tour of Japan’s largest city which will include the observation deck of the Tokyo Tower, the gardens of the Imperial Palace, the Asakusa Kannon Temple and the traditional Ueno district.

Leave Tokyo by bus for the Hakone National Park and drive half way up the famous Mount Fuji for some spectacular panoramic views. Later, enjoy a cruise on Lake Ashi followed by a scenic ride on the Hakone Ropeway, one of the world’s longest aerial lifts. Overnight in Hakone.
The next day, take the bullet train to Kyoto. On arrival, head to the attractive city of Nara, to view the ancient Todaiji Temple with its Great Buddha, the largest bronze Buddha in Japan, the colourful Kasuga Taisha Shrine with its 3,000 lanterns and visit Nara Park, affectionately called "Deer Park" because of the friendly, free-roaming deer that inhabit it. Return to Kyoto for a 4 night stay.

You will have a full day of touring to some of the most famous sites including Nijo Castle, completed in 1626, the Kyoto Imperial Palace, former home of Japan’s Imperial families and the Golden Pavillion (Kinkakuji Temple), an impressive structure built overlooking a large pond which reflects a mirror image of the temple. You will also visit Sanjusangendo Temple, which has over 1,000 Buddha images and the Heian Jingu Shrine and the Kiyomizudera Temple with its famous wooden verandah.

Next head to Hiroshima for the day by the bullet train. Although widely known as the city destroyed by an atomic bomb in 1945, Hiroshima is now a modern, cosmopolitan city. On arrival, enjoy a tour which includes the beautiful Miyajima Island famous for its Itsukushima Jinja Shrine floating in the water, the Hiroshima Peace Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome, a reminder of World War II and an inspiring symbol of peace.

Another full day at leisure to further explore Kyoto brings to a conclusion your quintessential visit to Japan.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,663

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Tokyo

Upon arrival at Narita or Haneda airport, clear immigration and proceed to the arrivals hall, where our representative will greet you and assist you in boarding a taxi to your Tokyo hotel. After check-in, the remainder of the day is at leisure.

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 2

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. Your guide can assist you with directions if needed.

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Day 3

Tokyo - Kamakura - Tokyo

This morning, head to Kamakura by bus and arrive Jomyoji Temple. Enjoy some matcha green tea in the refined atmosphere of the temple's 400-year-old tearoom, and admire the exquisite rock garden. Walk through the grounds of Hokokuji Temple, known as the "bamboo temple" because of its beautiful bamboo grove. Sit down for a lunch of authentic Buddhist vegetarian cuisine, then continue to Kotoku-in Temple and the 13-meter-tall Great Buddha statue. Afterwards, travel to Enoshima Island, crossing a 600-meter suspension bridge. Take a walk along colourful Benzaiten Nakamise shopping street, then ride the escar up to Enoshima Shrine and enjoy beautiful ocean views. Return to Tokyo, with a drop-off either in Ginza or near Shinjuku Station West Exit (5:00-6:40pm).

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 4

Tokyo - Mt Fuji - Hakone

Travel to Mt. Fuji by bus this morning and head up to the 5th Station, a breath-taking 7,546 feet above sea level. Enjoy a Japanese-style lunch, then descend to Lake Ashi, a volcanic crater lake. Take a short cruise on the lake, often affording picture perfect views of Mt. Fuji, then ride the ropeway up Mt. Komagatake and spend some time at the peak. Enjoy the scenery and fresh air, and also visit Mototsumiya Shrine, nestled on the mountaintop. Continue to the town of Hakone, arriving at your hotel between 5:00-6:00pm.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Yumoto Fujiya

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    Yumoto Fujiya



    The Yumoto Fujiya Hotel is a Japanese-style resort hotel offering a fantastic range of spa and hot spring facilities combined with breath-taking views and where you can enjoy the traditional Japanese "ryokan" style of hospitality. The hotel is conveniently located just a three minute walk ...

    The Yumoto Fujiya Hotel is a Japanese-style resort hotel offering a fantastic range of spa and hot spring facilities combined with breath-taking views and where you can enjoy the traditional Japanese "ryokan" style of hospitality. The hotel is conveniently located just a three minute walk from Hakone-Yumoto Station. The resort has very spacious Japanese and Western style rooms and they are designed in understated contemporary style with large windows.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Games Room
    • Gift Shop
    • Pool (s)
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 5

Hakone - Kyoto

This morning, depart your Hakone hotel by taxi for Odawara Station, where you will board a bullet train for Kyoto via Shin-Yokohama (approximately 2 hours). Upon arrival, enjoy a Western-style lunch, then transfer to the ancient capital city of Nara for an afternoon of sightseeing. Visit Todaiji Temple, which houses the world's largest bronze statue, the tallest of the three Great Buddha statues of Japan. The friendly wild deer roaming freely around the temple are considered to be sacred messengers of the Shinto gods. Continue to the Kasuga Grand Shrine, famous for its lanterns, which have been donated by worshippers. Hundreds of bronze lanterns can be found hanging from the buildings and lining the paths through the woods. Finally, make a stop at Nara Nagomikan, where you can splurge on a variety of food products, sweets and goods, all exclusive to Nara. Return to Kyoto and be dropped off at your hotel between 6:30-7:30pm.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration4 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 6

Kyoto

Today, enjoy a full-day tour of Kyoto, starting with 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). Have lunch at the Kyoto Handicraft Center, then visit Sanjusangendo Temple. Sanjusangendo is home to the world's longest wooden structure, which houses 1,001 life-sized statues of Buddhist deities. Continue to the vermilion-hued Heian Jingu Shrine, then proceed to the hilltop temple Kiyomizudera. Look down at the city of Kyoto from Kiymomizudera’s wooden veranda, and catch drops of the Otowa waterfall flowing from beneath the main hall, known to grant wishes to those who drink it. Return to your hotel between 5:30-6:30pm.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 7

Kyoto - Hiroshima - Kyoto

Transfer 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. Later, return by bullet train to Kyoto, arriving your hotel between 8:20-9:00pm.

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Day 8

Kyoto at leisure

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

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Day 9

Depart Kyoto

Today, transfer by shared taxi to Kansai or Itami airport for your onward flight.

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DEPARTURES:

Jan 05 - Mar 08, Jul 24 - Aug 30, Dec 4-20: Sun, Tue

Mar 14-24, May 08 - Jul 05, Sep01 - Nov 29: Sun, Tue, Thu

Mar 26 - Apr 20, Jul 16, Sep 17, Oct 8: Sun-Thu, Sat

Except: Feb 16, 23, Mar 17, Apr 9, 16, May 24, May 26, Jul31, Aug 7, 9, 14, Sep 15, Oct 2, 4, 6

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Rail tickets
  • Sightseeing as indicated
  • Meals as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Tipping
  • International flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share in low season. Subject to availability.

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