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Secrets of Japan – 14 days

$ 8,245.00

Discover Japan’s contrasts, from its sleek, modern cities to ancient towns and traditional customs. Wander Tokyo’s energetic streets and hurtle along on the bullet train. Stay at a traditional inn at Hakone near Mt Fuji then journey back in time to discover the old town of Takayama. See the thriving Geisha culture in Kyoto, discover Japan’s turbulent past in Hiroshima and explore Osaka Castle in Osaka.

14 days itinerary showcase Tokyo, Hakone, Takayama, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Osaka

Description

Day 1 Tokyo
Upon arrival at Hanita or Narita Airport, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your tour briefing.

Hotel: Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu (or similar)

Day 2 Tokyo (B)
Spend the morning discovering Tokyo on a walking tour. Visit the city’s most famous Shinto shrine – Meiji Jingu.

Walk to nearby Harajuku which showcases the Cosplay (costume play) subculture. Take the train to Shibuya and see the iconic pedestrian crossing. Sample some delicious food as you wander through the Tokyu Food Hall. Return to your hotel and enjoy free time.

Day 3 Tokyo (B)
In the morning, visit the oldest and most revered temple in the city, Sensoji Temple. Stroll along Kappabashi Dori to see the endless array of specialised stores selling everything from cooking utensils to tables and uncover an abundance of fabrics as you walk through Nippori Fabric Town.

Visit Yanaka Cemetery which feels more like a park than a cemetery. Step back in time as you wander through Yanaka Old Town.

Enjoy a free afternoon.

Day 4 Tokyo to Hakone (B/D)
Take the train to Hakone.

Enjoy a short boat cruise on Lake Ashi and ride the ropeway (cable car) for majestic views of Mt Fuji. This evening, enjoy a delicious meal at your traditional Japanese hotel.

Hotel: Hakone Pax Yushimo (or similar)

Day 5 Hakone to Takayama (B)
Travel from Hakone to Takayama by train. See the magnificent wooden floats which are paraded through the streets each year during the two Takayama Festivals.

Visit a former government building, Takayama Jinya. Discover the beautifully preserved wooden houses as you stroll along Kami Sannomachi Street.

Hotel: Takayama Ouan (or similar)

Day 6 Takayama (B)
Enjoy a full day exploring Takayama and its surrounds at your own pace.

You may choose to visit Shirakawago, a village famous for its buildings with steeply pitched thatched roofs.

Day 7 Takayama to Kyoto (B)
From Takayama, travel by train to Kyoto.

During the afternoon, join a walking tour in the Gion district where you may see a Geisha.

Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Sanjo (or similar)

Day 8 Kyoto (B)
Discover Kyoto’s highlights on a full day walking tour.

Begin at Kiyomizudera Temple and wander along Ninenzaka Street before visiting Kyoto’s oldest Zen temple, Kenninji Temple. Learn the art of serving tea at a traditional tea ceremony. Discover the 1,001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy at Sanjusangendo.

Day 9 Kyoto (B/L/D)
Learn how to create bento during an interactive cooking class.

Spend the afternoon at leisure.

This evening, be entertained by a Maiko while enjoying a kaiseki dinner.

Day 10 Kyoto to Hiroshima (B/L)
Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine before travelling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima and enjoy a bento box for lunch.

Mitsui Garden Hotel Hiroshima (or similar)

Day 11 Hiroshima (B)
Visit the Peace Memorial Museum and Peace Memorial Park.

Venture by ferry to Miyajima Island, home to Itsukushima Shrine. Take the opportunity to either hike or travel by ropeway (cable car) to the summit of Mt Misen. For lunch, you may choose to try an okonomiyaki pancake.

Return by ferry and spend the afternoon at leisure.

Day 12 Day 12 Hiroshima to Osaka(B)
From Hiroshima, travel by train to Osaka.

Visit Osaka Castle, board the Aqualiner to cruise along Okawa River and see the city from the top of Umeda Sky Building.

Cross Hotel Osaka (or similar)

Day 13 Osaka (B/D)
Choose what you’d like to do with a full free day in vibrant Osaka.

This evening, enjoy a farewell group dinner in the Dotombori Area.

Day 14 Osaka (B)
Enjoy breakfast before transferring to Osaka Station for your onward journey or Itami/Kansai airport by shuttle service for your onward flights.


Departures are guaranteed to operate and maximum of 16


Low Season
$8245
Land only per person based on sharing

  • Single supplement: $1225

 

Shoulder Season
$8550
Land only per person based on sharing

  • Single supplement: $1385

 

High Season
$8695
Land only per person based on sharing

  • Single supplement: $1385

DEPARTURE DATES 2019 – 2020

2019: Feb 24, May 19, Jun 23
2019: Apr 7, Sep 8, Oct 6 2020: Mar 1, Apr 12
2019: Nov 10 2020: Mar 29, Apr 5



DEPARTURE CALENDAR 2019 – 2020

January:
2019:
2020:
February:
2019: 24
2020: 23
March:
2019:
2020: 1, 29
April:
2019: 7
2020: 5, 12
May:
2019: 19
2020: TBA
June:
2019: 23
2020: TBA
July:
2019:
2020: TBA
August:
2019:
2020: TBA
September:
2019: 8
2020: TBA
October
2019: 6
2020: TBA
November:
2019: 10
2020: TBA
December:
2019:
2020:

Additional information

OVERVIEW

Discover Japan's contrasts, from its sleek, modern cities to ancient towns and traditional customs. Wander Tokyo's energetic streets and hurtle along on the bullet train. Stay at a traditional inn at Hakone near Mt Fuji then journey back in time to discover the old town of Takayama. See the thriving Geisha culture in Kyoto, discover Japan’s turbulent past in Hiroshima and explore Osaka Castle in Osaka.

DEPARTURE

Selected group departure dates.

HOTELS

As indicated in the itinerary

INCLUSIONS

12 nights hotel accommodation, 1 night ryokan accommodation,
14 day rail pass, High-speed trains,
Transport in air-conditioned vehicles,
Entrance fees, Luggage transport,
English-speaking Tour Leader,
All tips on tour,
One way group transfer from Tokyo Airport to Tokyo accommodation,
One way group transfer from Osaka accommodation to Osaka Train Station or airport,
Meals as indicated (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)

EXCLUSIONS

 International flights – Call 1-888-887-1688 to get a quote from your home city
Insurance you may wish (which we urge you to purchase)
 Personal expenses and gratuities.
 Any other item not specified

QUESTIONS

Should you have any further questions, please call 1888-887-1688 for assistance or chat online with us.

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