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9-Day Contrasts of Japan Tour from Tokyo Tour Code: 038-19258

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Tokyo, Japan
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Visit Tokyo (Akihabara, Nijubashi, Senso-ji), Kawaguchiko, Kyoto (Fushimi Inari Taisha, Gion, Kinkaku-ji), Mount Fuji (Fifth Station, Komitake Shrine), Nara (Todaiji), Osaka (Dotonbori), Nagoya, Himeji (Himeji Castle), Hiroshima (Itsukushima Shrine), Iyashi No Sato Nenba, Kurashiki, Okayama (Kibitsu-jinja, Korakuen Garden), Shizuoka (Shiraito Falls).
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Day 1: Tokyo

Welcome to Japan! Transfer by coach (SHUTTLE BUS) to hotel.

18H30.- Meeting with guide. Late in the afternoon, we will pay a visit to this fascinating country by taking a trip on the metro (tickets included) to the Shinjuku district and see the crowds of people who use this modern and efficient collective transport system. Shinjuku is one of the most important nightlife districts. Dinner included and return to hotel by metro with our guide.

  • Tokyo, JAPAN

    Tokyo, JAPAN
    One of the 47 prefectures of Japan and has been the capital since 1869. The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world. It is the seat of the Emperor of Japan, the Japanese government and the National Diet.
Deluxe Hotel: Fiju Kawaguchiko Resort/Hotel New Otani Garden Tower/Shinagawa Prince Hotel or similar
Dinner: Included (Pork shabu-shabu 2 types of pork cut: belly and shoulder loin, vegetables, noodles, udon, rice and dessert)

Day 2: Tokyo

In the morning, we take part in a 5-hour trip with our guide to see this amazing city, with its hustle and bustle and extremely modern districts that coexist with quiet, peaceful areas. Brief stop at the Zojoji Temple to make a beautiful photograph of the Tokyo Tower. Pay attention to the hundred of Jizos, stone traditional protecting deities who guide us on our travels, give power to those who are weak (such children) and those in dangerous places, and who are dressed including hats, robes and windmills. Then we head to the junction of Shibuya, a junction that is said to be the most crowded in the world. The Meiji Temple is dedicated to the Emperor Meiji, his wife, and their spirits. We continue on our bus along the elegant street of Omotesando. We will edge the most beautiful part of the Imperial Palace and the gardens. Stop to visit the famous Nijubashi Bridge. We will pass through the district of Akihabara, the “electric town” with icons from the popular Japanese Manga and Anime culture and then see Kokugikan, the Sumo stadium, home of this Japanese sport. We will also visit the Buddhist temple of Sensoji, the oldest and most important temple in Tokyo, with its 55-metre high pagoda. Then we will have some free time to visit the traditional commercial street of Nakamise in the district of Asakusa. Lunch included in a local restaurant. Return to hotel.

Free time in the afternoon.

  • Tokyo, JAPAN

    Tokyo, JAPAN
    One of the 47 prefectures of Japan and has been the capital since 1869. The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world. It is the seat of the Emperor of Japan, the Japanese government and the National Diet.

    Senso-ji

    Senso-ji
    Founded in approximately 628 AD, this Buddhist temple in Tokyo is the city's oldest as well as one of its most important. The street leading to the temple is called the Nakamise-dori and features many retail shops and kiosks.

    Duration: Approx. 40 Minutes

    Nijubashi

    Meaning "Double Bridge" in Japanese, this bridge is one of the most famous in Japan. Though there are two separate bridges, when you look at them from the right angle, they appear to be a single two-storied bridge,

    Akihabara

    This district in the Chiyoda Ward of Tokyo became the city's major shopping center for household electronic goods, giving it the nickname "Electric Town." It is a center of otaku culture and seeks to replicate the anime world.

    Duration: Approx. 1 Hour

    Shibuya

    Shibuya is a popular shopping and entertainment area found around Shibuya Station. In this regard, Shibuya is one of Tokyo's most colorful and busy districts, packed with shopping, dining and nightclubs. Shibuya is also a center for youth fashion and culture. Its streets are the birthplace to many of Japan's fashion and entertainment trends. Numerous department stores and shopping malls can be found around the area catering to all types of shoppers.
Deluxe Hotel: Tokio Prince Hotel/The Prince Park Tower Tokyo or similar
Lunch: Included (Kyoto style grilled chicken, pickle, rice, fried escado and chicken karaage, sashimi, salad, chicken stew.)

Day 3: Tokyo-Mount Fuji-Kawaguchiko (126 km)

We travel to the beautiful area of Monte Fuji, through pretty countryside on our way. First of all we see the Arakurayama Sengen Park, with its beautiful pagodas, and from here enjoy the best and most well-known views of Mount Fuji. After this we go on to Kawaguchiko with its tiny houses, flowers and mountains, and its beautiful lake. On our arrival, we will visit the Fuji Sengen Shrine set in a magical site surrounded by tall trees, and the starting point of the traditional pilgrimage to the mountain. At the shrine, we will express our thanks for being able to visit this wonderful place. The visit also includes a delightful boat trip on Kawaguchiko Lake. After lunch, we start to ascend Mount Fuji on the road that takes us to the “fifth station”, surrounded by spectacular forests and views, to a height of 2,305 metres.
Note: In winter, the route up to Mount Fuji is closed due to snow or other adverse weather conditions; during this season, we will ascend as far as the authorised point.
Return to Kawaguchiko, with time to stroll near the lake. We will stay at a Ryokan (a traditional Japanese hotel), and have the chance to enjoy its Onsen (public baths). Dinner included.

  • Mount Fuji, JAPAN

    Mount Fuji is the most iconic mountain in Japan. Its snow-capped peak has become am unmistakable image in the skyline of the surrounding regions. It is an active stratovolcano, though it has not erupted since 1707.

    Duration: Approx. 1 Hour

    Arakura Sengen Shrine

    This scenic park located on the mountainside of Mt. Arakura and in front of Mt .Fuji, offers a panoramic view of the city. A lot of people enjoy cherry blossoms in the park in spring, and also enjoy hiking.

    Fifth Station

    Located around the midsection of Mount Fuji, the Fifth Station offers a good place to rest and an even better scenic viewpoint, about halfway along the Yoshida Trail. There is a lodge with shops and restaurants.

    Komitake Shrine

    Komitake Shrine is located behind the souvenir shops and restaurants, we can enjoy an unobstructed views of Fujiyoshida City and Lake Yamanaka at the observation point in it.
  • Kawaguchiko, JAPAN

Deluxe Hotel: Kofu Kinenbi/Fuji View Hotel Kawaguchiko/Fruits Park Fujiya or similar (some rooms are in Japanese style, with accommodation on tatamis, and others are in western-style. Accommodation may sometimes be in a western type hotel)
Dinner: Included (Typical Japanese style food. Water and tea included.)

Day 4: Kawaguchiko - Iyasi no Sato Nenba - Toyota - Kyoto (337 km)

In the morning, we continue along the pretty road bordered by lakes to Iyashi No Sato Nenba, a tiny village destroyed by a typhoon in 1966 and later restored as a traditional open-air mountain village and museum. Its traditional houses have been transformed into arts and crafts shops, restaurants and traditional museums. We then have the opportunity to admire the Shiraito Falls, considered done of the most attractive sites in Japan, with a waterfall height of 150 metres. We will then continue to Nagoya, the third most important city of Japan, on the shores of the Pacific. Here we will visit the Toyota Museum (admission included), a must-see for motor lovers. We continue to Kyoto, accomodation.
  • Iyashi No Sato Nenba, JAPAN

    Iyashi no Sato stands on the site of a former farming village on the western shores of Lake Saiko. Known as “Healing Village,” the community is comprised of 22 traditional thatched roof houses that depict old-time scenery of the Showa Period (1926-1989). Each house highlights traditional Japanese culture through hands-on experiences such as crafts, sampling of local produce, and an opportunity to dress up in armor or kimono. In winter, snowfall transforms the village into a magical, fairytale-like landscape that commands a magnificent view of Mt. Fuji like no other!
  • Shizuoka, JAPAN

    The capital of the Japaneses prefecture of the same name, Shizuoka has been populated since prehistoric times. It rests in the shadow of Mt. Fuji, the iconic Japanese peak.

    Shiraito Falls

    The Shiraito Falls are located in the southwestern foothills of Mount Fuji. Ranked among the most beautiful waterfalls in Japan, the 150 meter wide cascade is fed by the volcano's spring water and flows off the edge of a 20 meter high cliff in thin white streams that resemble hanging threads of silk - hence its name.
  • Nagoya, JAPAN

    The largest city in the Chubu region of Japan, Nagoya is an industrial shipping center. The main industry in the area is automotive, and many car companies, like Lexus, have their headquarters here.
Deluxe Hotel: Miyako Kioto Hachijyo or similar

Day 5: Kyoto

We spend all day in the city that was the capital of Japan from the year 794 to 1868 and home to the Imperial Court. During World War II the city was the only major Japanese to escape the bombardments, and so it still preserves its wealth of artistic heritage; the famous protocol restricting greenhouse gas emissions was signed in Kyoto in 1997. We head for the outskirts of Kyoto to Arashiyama, where we cross the Togetsukyo Bridge (¨bridge over the moon¨), which has fantastic views. We will visit the Tenryuji temple, one of the ¨five major Zen temples of Kyoto¨ and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, followed by a walk through its mystic bamboo forest. The visit includes a trip to one of the most important parts of the city. We will see the marvellous Shinto Shrine of Fushimi Inari, the Imperial Palace and Kinkakuji temple, “the golden pavilion” and its wonderful gardens.

Free time before visiting GION, a busy traditional quarter famous for its Geisha. Free time.

  • Kyoto, JAPAN

    For over 1,000 years, Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan. Today, its economy is based around information technology. It is home to the Nintendo headquarters, one of the world's most popular video game corporations.

    Arashiyama

    Arashiyama is the second-most important sightseeing district in Kyoto. It’s filled with temples and shrines, but the star attraction is the famed Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.

    Kinkaku-ji

    The name of this Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto translates to the "Temple of the Golden Pavilion." It sits on a beautiful, tranquil lake. It was originally built in 1397 and rebuilt after a 1950 arson.

    Duration: Approx. 40 Minutes

    Fushimi Inari Taisha

    Fushimi Inari Shrine is an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of vermilions torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari, which stands at 233 meters and belongs to the shrine grounds. Fushimi Inari is the most important of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. Foxes are thought the Inari's messengers, resulting in many fox statues across the shrine grounds.

    Gion

    Gion is the most famous district of Kyoto which reserves many old streets and architectures to feel the old Japanese culture.
Deluxe Hotel: Miyako Kioto Hachijyo or similar

Day 6: Kyoto-Nara-Osaka (77 km)

We leave for Nara and visit Todaiji, a magnificent Buddhist temple built in 752, which has a giant Buddha and where passengers can take photos and touch and feed the deer that wander through the park. Lunch included. After the visit, we will see Horyuji Buddhist temple, a World Heritage Site that includes a seminary, monasteries and temples. Its main pagoda temple is one of the oldest wooden buildings in the world and is the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan and an important place of worship.

We continue to Osaka, where we arrive in the evening. Accommodation in this modern city (Japan’s second city). We will visit Dotonbori, a colourful district filled with nightlife.

  • Nara, JAPAN

    This Japanese city has a rich history. From 710 to 794 BCE, it was the country's capital. There are many deer in the area, and it is said that if you bow to them, they will return the gesture.

    Todaiji

    This Buddhist temple in Nara was once among the Seven Great Temples. It houses the world’s largest bronze Buddha statue. Visitors can see deer, seen as the messengers of the gods in Shinto, freely roaming the grounds.

    Horyuji Temple

    Horyuji Temple housing several important cultural properties and designated as Japan's first UNESCO World Heritage It was founded in 607 by Prince Shotoku and contains the world's oldest surviving wooden structures.
  • Osaka, JAPAN

    Osaka is a designated city in the Kansai region of Japan. It is the capital city of Osaka Prefecture and the largest component of the Keihanshin Metropolitan Area, the second largest metropolitan area in Japan.

    Dotonbori

    Dotonbori is one of the most prosperous business districts in Osaka and a landmark food stronghold. Almost all the specialties of Osaka are included here, including ramen noodles, octopus roast, teppanyaki, revolving sushi, puffer fish cuisine, etc. The most famous ones are "Osaka King General" and "Crab Road Music". In the night when neon lights are flashing, there is even more excitement here.
Deluxe Hotel: Candeo Osaka Namba/Holiday Inn Express Osaka City Centre - Midosuji or similar
Lunch: Included (Buffet More than 20 Westen set menu less than 20)

Day 7: Osaka - Himeji - Kibitsu Jinja - Okayama (147 km)

We leave for Himeji, where we will include entry to its immense complex that shows us the architecture of Japanese castles. Lunch included in a local restaurant. We go on to Okayama, where we will visit Korakuen, one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan, with its lakes, waterfalls and traditional teahouses. Next, we head towards the Shinto shrine of Kibitsu-Jinja where the God Kibitsuhiko-no-Mikoto is venerated, which is the origin of the legend of Momotaro, symbol of Okayama Prefecture. We find a unique architecture with a corridor of 360 meters long. After the visit, free time in the city, active provincial capital of just over 700,000 inhabitants.

  • Himeji, JAPAN

    A city located in Hyōgo Prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. Originally a castle town, Himeji is home to the Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Himeji Castle

    A hilltop Japanese castle complex situated in the city of Himeji which is located in the Hyogo Prefecture of Japan. The castle is regarded as the finest surviving example of prototypical Japanese castle architecture, comprising a network of 83 buildings with advanced defensive systems from the feudal period.
  • Okayama, JAPAN

    Okayama, known for its delicious fruit, is often called the land of sunshine and Momotaro, the "Peach Boy" is the local hero and symbol. Okayama City, It is home to the imposing, black Okayama Castle and Okayama Korakuen, one of Japan's three greatest landscape gardens.

    Korakuen Garden

    Korakuen is a beautiful landscape garden and Okayama's main attraction. Along with Kanazawa's Kenrokuen and Mito's Kairakuen, Korakuen is ranked as one of Japan's three best landscape gardens. It is located just beside Okayama Castle, which can be seen from the garden as "borrowed scenery".

    Kibitsu-jinja

    Kibitsujinja Shrine is closely associated with the figure believed to have inspired the famous Japanese folk tale “Momotaro.” Rebuilt in 1425, the building at the heart of the shrine has been designated a National Treasure. However, the shrine’s grandest feature is its large corridor some 360 m long. While heading to the rear of the corridor, which stretches out in a straight line, visitors will be able to see beautiful seasonal flowers along both sides of the corridor.
Deluxe Hotel: Mitsui Garden Okayama/Daiwa Roynet Fukuyama/Daiwa Roynet Okayama or similar
Lunch: Included (Appetizer, soup, main course chicken, dessert, 3 types of bread)

Day 8: Okayama - Kurashiki - Hiroshima- Itsukushima - Hiroshima (138 km)

We leave for Kurashiki, a city with a very well preserved historical centre. Time for a stroll in this charming place with its atmosphere from the past. We continue on our way to Hiroshima, a city sadly known for the atomic bomb that fell on it in 1945 and which levelled the city. We will stroll around the Peace Memorial, the Dome of the bomb and we will visit the impressive Museum of Peace. After the war we will seek peace by embarking on a ferry to the island “where men and gods live together”, with the sanctuary of Itsukushima dedicated to the guardian of the seas, built partially over the sea. Time to visit the temple, to stroll around its pretty centre and have lunch. Return to our hotel in Hiroshima. Dinner included.

Note: The order of the visits in Hiroshima may vary without affecting their content.

  • Kurashiki, JAPAN

    Kurashiki is an area of historic buildings along an old willow-edged canal. A picturesque group of black-and-white warehouses has been converted into museums, and laneways are lined with old wooden houses and shops.
  • Hiroshima, JAPAN

    The capital of Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan.As of August 2016, the city has an estimated population of 1,196,274. Hiroshima was the first city targeted by a nuclear weapon, when the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) dropped an atomic bomb on the city at 8:15 a.m. on August 6, 1945, near the end of World War II.

    Hiroshima Peace Memorial

    Originally the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, and now commonly called the Genbaku Dome, Atomic Bomb Dome or A-Bomb Dome, is part of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The ruin of the hall serves as a memorial to the people who were killed in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945.

    Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

    It is dedicated to the legacy of Hiroshima as the first city in the world to suffer a nuclear attack, and to the memories of the bomb's direct and indirect victims (of whom there may have been as many as 140,000). The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is visited by thousands of people each year.

    Itsukushima Shrine

    The centuries-old Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima is the source of both the island's fame and its name. The shrine is known worldwide for its iconic "floating" torii gate.The shrine and its torii gate are unique for being built over water, seemingly floating in the sea during high tide.
Deluxe Hotel: Candeo Hatchobori/Grand Prince Hotel/Comfort Kure or similar
Dinner: Included (Dinner buffet)

Day 9: Hiroshima-Tokyo (670 km)

After breakfast, transfer to the station to take the Bullet Train to Tokyo. It takes four hours to travel the 800 kilometers between both cities. Arrival in Tokyo at around 2:00 pm. END OF THE TRIP.

Check your flight time in case you need an additional night. Transfer to the airport for departure not included. Our guide will advise you on the best public transport to get there.

Note: If you have booked additional nights in TOKYO at the end of the trip, the transfer from the station to the hotel is NOT included.

Price Includes

  • Airport pickup
  • 8 nights hotel accomodation
  • Travel by bus with English speaking guide
  • Basic travel insurance
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Boat: Kawaguchiko Lake.
  • City tour in: Tokyo, Kyoto.
  • Evening Transfer: Shinjuku in Tokyo, Traditional quarter of Gion in Kyoto, Dotonbori in Osaka.
  • Ticket admission: Metro, Zojoji Temple, Meiji Temple, Sensoji Temple , Arakurayama Sengen Park , Village Museum , Toyota Museum , Tenryu-ji Temple, Arashiyama bamboo forest in Kyoto, Fushimi Inari, Imperial Palace, Kinkakuji Temple , Todai-ji Temple and Horyu-ji Temple. , Castle , Korakuen Gardens , Itsukushima Temple , Peace Museum in Hiroshima.
  • Ferry: Hiroshima - Miyajima.
  • High Speed Train: Hiroshima - Tokyo
  • 3 Lunch included in: TOKYO, NARA, HIMEJI
  • 3 dinner included in: TOKYO, KAWAGUCHIKO, HIROSHIMA

Price Excludes

  • Optional items
  • Personal expenses

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