Journey through Japan

Journey through Japan

Japan, a country of contrasts, offering ultra-modern technology in a unique, traditional and mysterious land. Discover modern cities and ancient marvels on this enchanting journey. From bustling cities to quiet mountain villages, experience the distinct flavor of Japan during this amazing vacation. Of course, you’ll visit Japan’s famous sights, including many of its castles and shrines. In Kyoto, see the Temple of the Gold Pavilion, a Buddhist temple covered in gold leaf, and be amazed at its beauty. You’ll also visit Matsumoto Castle, a must-see sight in Japan; dating from 1593 and designated a national treasure, it is Japan’s oldest existing castle tower. While in Japan, taste some authentic sushi, visit a Shinto shrine, and experience some of the optional activities available. Whatever you decide to do, be sure to bring your camera, so you can capture memories to share with everyone back home!

Day 1 : Arrive Tokyo

Check-in to your hotel.The rest of the day is yours to relax.


Day 2 : Tokyo

Meals: Breakfast

One of the most exciting cities in the world, Tokyo is home to more than 8 million people. Today’s sightseeing tour takes you to the Meiji Shrine - a magnificent 20th-century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest. Afterward, pass by the Imperial Palace Plaza, the National Guest House, the Akihabara district, and the famous Ginza shopping street. Your tour concludes with a visit to the Asakusa Kannon Temple and the Nakamise Shopping Arcade. Enjoy a free afternoon and evening in this cosmopolitan city.


Day 3 : Tokyo - Nikko - Tokyo

Meals: Breakfast

Journey north to Nikko for a visit to Toshogu Shrine and its famous Yomeimon Gate, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, continue on to the I-Ro-Ha Zaka driveway, which reaches elevations of 3,940 feet, to visit Lake Chuzenji and the Kegon Waterfall. Later, return to Tokyo.


Day 4 : Tokyo - Matsumoto - Nagano - Toyama

Meals: Breakfast

This morning, drive to Matsumoto, where you will see Matsumoto Castle and the Japan Folklore Museum. Later, travel to Nagano to visit Zenkoji Temple. Founded 1400 years ago, the temple houses what is said to be the first Buddhist statue brought to Japan. In the evening, arrive in Toyama.


Day 5 : Toyama - Shirakawa - Takayama - Nagoya

Meals: Breakfast

Continue through Japan’s beautiful mountain scenery to one of the country’s most remote regions—Shirakawa. Protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the unique Gassho-Zukuri (meaning joined hands)-style thatched houses can only be found in this area. This afternoon, journey through the Japanese Alps, via one of Japan’s longest road tunnels, to the secluded town of Takayama, where old traditions are untouched by the passage of time. Visit the Kusakabe Heritage House for a glimpse of traditional Japanese architecture of the late 19th century before heading to Nagoya.


Day 6 : Nagoya - Toba - Osaka

Meals: Breakfast

Begin with a trip to Toba and visit Mikimoto Pearl Island to learn about the pearl cultivation process. Later, enjoy a visit to the most important shrine of the Shinto “church”—Ise Grande Shrine. This afternoon, continue to Osaka, Japan’s second-largest city, where the rest of the day is at leisure.


Day 7 : Osaka - Matsue

Meals: Breakfast

Head to the city of Yonago on the coast of the Sea of Japan. After a brief visit, continue to Izumo to admire the exterior architecture of the Izumo Shrine. Later, visit Matsue to see Buke Yashiki, a former samurai residence, and Matsue Castle.


Day 8 : Matsue - Hiroshima

Meals: Breakfast

En route to Hiroshima, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Itsukushima Shrine and its famous floating Torii Gate. From here, continue to Hiroshima, where your sightseeing tour of this important historical city features the Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Museum, which commemorates the victims of the atomic bomb. Also visit the Shukkeien Landscape Garden, which dates back to 1620.


Day 9 : Hiroshima to Kyoto by Bullet Train

Meals: Breakfast

A highlight of your tour is a journey to Kyoto on one of Japan’s famous bullet trains. Reaching Kyoto, one of the most fascinating cities in Japan, the remainder of the day is free for you to relax or explore.


Day 10 : Kyoto

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a tour of Kyoto, visiting many of the city’s temples, shrines, palaces, and pagodas. A highlight of the day is a visit to the extraordinary Nijo Castle, built in 1603 as the official residence of the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. You will also visit Kinkakuji, the Temple of the Gold Pavilion, and the Heian Shrine and garden. During the day there will also be the chance to participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.


Day 11 : Kyoto - Hakone National Park - Tokyo

Meals: Breakfast

Drive on the Meishin and Tomei expressways to Hakone National Park for a leisurely cruise on Lake Ashi and an aerial cable-car ride over the beautiful Owakudani Valley. From here, weather permitting, enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Fuji before continuing on to your hotel at Tokyo’s Narita Airport for one night.


Day 12 : Tokyo

Meals: Breakfast

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.


  • 03 Nights Accomodation in Tokyo at Akasaka Excel Hotel.
  • 01 Night Accomodation in Toyama at Excel Hotel Tokyu.
  • 01 Night Accomodation in Nagoya at Nagoya Sakae Tokyu Inn.
  • 01 Night Accomodation in Osaka at Shin-Osaka Esaka Tokyu Inn.
  • 01 Night Accomodation in Matsue at Matsue Tokyu Inn.
  • 01 Night Accomodation in Hiroshima at Hiroshima Tokyu Inn.
  • 02 Nights Accomodation in Kyoto at New Miyako.
  • 01 Night Accomodation in Tokyo at Narita Excel Tokyu.
  • Daily Breakfasts.
  • All Transfers & Sightseeings as per the Itinerary.
Headsets throughout the tour

Sightseeing:

Visits to Tokyo, Nikko, Shirakawa, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Hakone National Park.
Guides:

Services of a professional Tour Director while touring.
Hotels:

TOKYO Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu.
TOYAMA Excel Hotel Tokyu.
NAGOYA Nagoya Sakae Tokyu Inn.
OSAKA Shin-Osaka Esaka Tokyu Inn.
MATSUE Matsue Tokyu Inn.
HIROSHIMA Hiroshima Tokyu Inn.
KYOTO New Miyako.
TOKYO NARITA AIRPORT Narita Excel Tokyu.
Meals:

11 Breakfasts.
Exclusions:
Return airfare, airport taxes, visa charges, insurance, tips, all items of personal nature and anything not mentioned in the 'Inclusions'. GST 5%.
Disclaimer:
Cost per person on twin sharing basis. Any Increase in the rate of exchange leading to an increase in land arrangements and high season surcharge if any, will have to be borne by the client. Standard terms and conditions apply.