14 DAY DISCOVERY JAPAN TOUR – Escorted Tour
Embark on our fascinating 14-Day Japan Tour to discover all the must-see destinations and hidden-gems in Japan. Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of Tokyo & Osaka, explore the heritage Shirawakago, cruise on peaceful lake Ashi to admire the Fuji Mt, discover Myjajima island, take the bullet trains, visit the Gion district of Geisha, and many more!
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Cost is subject to class availability and exchange rate, may change without prior notice.
DAY 1 - TOKYO ARRIVAL
Transfer Via: International Flight on your own arrangement
Airport Transfer: To your hotel
Accommodation: Hotel Metropolitan Edmont or similar
Upon arrival at Airport, meet your guide & transfer to Hotel Metropolitan Edmond or similar
Day 2 - TOKYO CITY TOUR (B,L)
Accommodation: Hotel Metropolitan Edmont or Similar
Sightseeing: Tsukiji Fish Market, Ginza, Asakusa Temple, Nakamise Street
Visit Tsukiji Market - Tsukiji Market is a large wholesale market for fish, fruits and vegetables in central Tokyo. It is the most famous of over ten wholesale markets that handle the distribution of food and flowers in Tokyo. Tsukiji Market is best known as one of the world's largest fish markets, handling over 2,000 tons of marine products per day.
Ginza - Tokyo's most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district, featuring numerous department stores, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, night clubs and cafes. One square meter of land in the district's center is worth over ten million yen, making it one of the most expensive real estate in Japan.
Asakusa Temple & Nakamise St - Asakusa is the center of Tokyo's shitamachi (literally "low city"), one of Tokyo's districts, where an atmosphere of the Tokyo of past decades survives. Asakusa's main attraction is Sensoji, a very popular Buddhist temple, built in the 7th century. The temple is approached via the Nakamise, a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries.
Sensoji Temple's pagoda is being renovated through September 2017 and covered up by scaffolding. However, the works have only a minor impact on a visit to the temple.
Sky Tree for photo - The Tokyo Skytree is a television broadcasting tower and landmark of Tokyo. It is the centerpiece of the Tokyo Skytree
Town in the Sumida City Ward, not far away from Asakusa. With a height of 634 meters (634 can be read as "Musashi", a historic name of the Tokyo Region), it is the tallest structure in Japan and the second tallest in the world at the time of its completion. A large shopping complex with aquarium is located at its base.
Return to hotel.
DAY 3 - TOKYO CITY TOUR (B,L)
Accommodation: Hotel Metropolitan Edmont or Similar
Sightseeing: Akihabara, Shibuya, Harajuku, Shinjuku
Shopping at Akihabara - Akihabara is a district in central Tokyo that is famous for its many electronics shops. In more recent years, Akihabara has gained recognition as the center of Japan's otaku (diehard fan) culture, and many shops and establishments devoted to
anime and manga are now dispersed among the electronic stores in the district.
Shibuya - Shibuya often refers to just the 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.
Harajuku - Harajuku refers to the area around Tokyo's Harajuku Station, It is the center of Japan's most extreme teenage cultures
and fashion styles, but also offers shopping for adults and some historic sights.
Shinjuku - Shinjuku is one of the 23 city wards of Tokyo, but the name commonly refers to just the large entertainment, business
and shopping area around Shinjuku Station.Shinjuku Station is the world's busiest railway station, handling more than two million passengers every day.It is served by about a dozen railway and subway lines, including the JR Yamanote Line.
Return to hotel.
DAY 4 - TOKYO - FUJI (B,L,D)
Accommodation: Motosu View Hotel or Similar
Sightseeing: Lake Ashi, Komagatake Ropeway, Mt. Fuji
Lake Ashi Short Cruise - Lake Ashinoko was formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone after the volcano's last eruption 3000 years ago.
Today, the lake with Mount Fuji in the background is the symbol of Hakone.
Komagatake Ropeway - The Hakone Komagatake Ropeway leads from the shore of Lake Ashinoko to near the Komagatake peak of Mount
Hakone. The ropeway is not covered by the Hakone Free Pass, although a discount is available.
Mt Fuji - Mount Fuji is with 3776 meters Japan's highest mountain. It is not surprising that the nearly perfectly shaped volcano has been worshiped as a sacred mountain and experienced big popularity among artists and common people throughout the centuries.
Return to hotel.
DAY 5: FUJI - TAKAYAMA (B,L,D)
Accommodation: Hida Hotel Plaza or Similar
Sightseeing: Matsumoto Castle, Daio Wasabi Farm, Takayama Sanmachi
Matsumoto Castle for photo - Matsumoto Castle is one of the most complete and beautiful among Japan's original castles. It is a "hirajiro" - a castle built on plains rather than on a hill or mountain.
Daio Wasabui Farm - The Daio Wasabi Farm in rural Azumino City near Matsumoto is one of Japan's largest wasabi farms and a popular
Takayama Sanmachi - Takayama is a city in the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Prefecture. To differentiate it from other places named
Takayama, the city is also commonly referred to as Hida-Takayama. Takayama retains a traditional touch like few other Japanese cities, especially in its beautifully preserved old town.
Hotel: Hida Hotel Plaza or similar
DAY 6: TAKAYAMA - KANAZAWA (B,L)
Accommodation: Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel or Similar
Sightseeing: Takayama Morning Market, Hida no Sato Fork Village, Shirakawago
Takayama morning market - Two morning markets are held in Takayama on a daily basis from around 6:30 (7:00 in winter) to noon: the Jinya-mae Market in front of the Takayama Jinya, and the Miyagawa Market along the Miyagawa River in the old town.
Hida no Sato Fork Village - Hida Folk Village is an open air museum exhibiting over 30 traditional houses from the Hida region, the mountainous district of Gifu Prefecture around Takayama.
Shirakawago -The Shirakawa-go and neighboring Gokayama regions line the Shogawa River Valley in the remote mountains that span from
Gifu to Toyama Prefectures.
DAY 7 - KANAZAWA - KYOTO (B,L)
Accommodation: Kyoto Granvia Hotel or Similar
Sightseeing: Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa Castle, Higashi Chay, Samurai Area, Oumicho Market, Gion
Kenrokuen Garden + Kanazawa Castle for a photo stop - Kenrokuen in Kanazawa is justifiably classified as one of Japan's "three most beautiful landscape gardens" alongside Mito's Kairakuen and Okayama's Korakuen. The spacious grounds used to be the outer garden of Kanazawa Castle and were constructed by the ruling Maeda family over a period of nearly two centuries.
Higashi Chaya - (lit. teahouse) is an exclusive type of restaurant where guests are entertained by geisha who perform song and dance. During the Edo Period, chaya were found in designated entertainment districts, usually just outside the city limits.
Samurai area - Nagamachi was a samurai district located at the foot of the former Kanazawa Castle, where samurai and their families
used to reside. The area preserves a historic atmosphere with its remaining samurai residences, earthen walls, private entrance gates, narrow lanes and water canals.
Ourmicho Market - Omicho Market has been Kanazawa's largest fresh food market since the Edo Period. Today, it is a busy and colorful network of covered streets lined by about 200 shops and stalls.
Gion - Gion is Kyoto's most famous geisha district, located around Shijo Avenue between Yasaka Shrine in the east and the Kamo River in the west. It is filled with shops, restaurants and ochaya (teahouses), where geiko (Kyoto dialect for geisha) and maiko (geiko apprentices) entertain.
Return to hotel.
DAY 8: KYOTO (NARA CITY TOUR) (B,L)
Accommodation: Kyoto Granvia Hotel or Similar
Sightseeing: Todaiji Temple, Nara Park, Kasuga Taisha
Nara City tour - Japan's first permanent capital was established in the year 710 at Heijo, the city now known as Nara. Japan's first permanent capital, Nara (奈良) is one of the country's most rewarding destinations. With eight Unesco World Heritage Sites
Todaiji Temple (enter) - Todaiji is one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara.
The temple was constructed in 752 as the head temple of all provincial Buddhist temples of Japan and grew so powerful that
the capital was moved from Nara to Nagaoka in 784 in order to lower the temple's influence on government affairs.
Nara Park - Nara Park is a large park in central Nara. Established in 1880, it is the location of many of Nara's main attractions including
Todaiji, Kasuga Taisha, Kofukuji and the Nara National Museum.
Kasuga Taisha - Kasuga Taisha is Nara's most celebrated shrine. It was established at the same time as the capital and is dedicated to the
deity responsible for the protection of the city.
Return to hotel.
DAY 9 - KYOTO (B,L)
Accommodation: Kyoto Granvia Hotel or Siilar
Sightseeing: Kiyomizu Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
Kiyomizu Temple (enter) - Kiyomizu Temple is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. It was founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto, and derives its name from the fall's pure waters.
Fushimi Inari Shrine - Fushimi Inari Shrine is an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings.
Arashiyama Bamboo Forest - Arashiyama is a pleasant, touristy district in the western outskirts of Kyoto. The area has been a popular destination since the Heian Period (794-1185), when nobles would enjoy its natural setting.
Return to hotel. Baggage sent to Hiroshima hotel while passengers catch bullet train Day 10.
DAY 10 - KYOTO - HIROSHIMA
Accommodation: Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima or similar (B,L)
Sightseeing: Bullet Train (Kyoto - Hiroshima), Peace Park & Atomic Bomb Museum, Miyajima
Bullet Train from Kyoto to Hiroshima - Japan's main islands of Honshu, Kyushu and Hokkaido are served by a network of high speed train lines that connect Tokyo with most of the country's major cities.
Peace Park + Atomic Bomb Museum (enter) - Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park is one of the most prominent features of the city.
Even visitors not looking for it will likely stumble upon the large park of over 120,000 square meters. Its trees, lawns. On August 6, 1945, the city of Hiroshima was the target of the first atomic bomb used against civil population in history.
Miyajima Island - Miyajima is a small island less than an hour outside the city of Hiroshima. It is most famous for its giant torii gate, which at high tide seems to float on the water.
Return to hotel.
DAY 11 - HIROSHIMA - KURASHIKI - KOBE (B,L)
Accommodation: ANA Grand Plaza KOBE or Similar
Sightseeing: Kurashiki Canal Area, Himeji Castle, Kokoen Garden
Kurashiki Canal Area - During the Edo Period (1603-1867), Kurashiki was an important point along the distribution route of Japan's most important commodity, rice. Large quantities of rice from the surrounding area were brought into Kurashiki and intermediately stored there in storehouses before being shipped to Osaka and Edo.
Himeji Castle for photo - Himeji Castle, also known as White Heron Castle (Shirasagijo) due to its elegant, white appearance, is widely considered Japan's most spectacular castle for its imposing size and beauty and its well preserved, complex castle grounds.
Kokoen Garden (enter) - Kokoen is a relatively recently constructed Japanese style garden, which was opened in 1992 on the former site of of the feudal lord's west residence (Nishi-Oyashi).
Return to hotel.
DAY 12 - KOBE - OSAKA (B,L)
Accommodation: Hotel Granvia Osaka or Similar
Sightseeing: Earthquake Museum, Osaka Castle (photo), Umeda Sky Building, Shinsaibashi
Earthquake Museum (enter) - On January 17, 1995 at 5:46 am, the city of Kobe was hit by the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake, resulting in the death of more than 5000 people and the destruction of tens of thousands of homes. The Earthquake Memorial Museum is part of the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution.
Osaka Castle for photo - The construction of Osaka Castle started in 1583 on the former site of the Ishiyama Honganji Temple, which had been destroyed by Oda Nobunaga thirteen years earlier.
Umeda sky building enter - The Umeda Sky Building is a spectacular high rise building in the Kita district of Osaka, near Osaka and Umeda Stations. It is also known as the "New Umeda City".
Shinsaibashi - The Shinsaibashi is the largest shopping area in Osaka where many boutiques and specialty shops are gathered.
Return to hotel.
DAY 13: OSAKA (B,L)
Accommodation: Hotel Granvia Osaka or Similar
Kuromon Market - Kuromon Ichiba is one of the most well known central food markets in Osaka, Japan. Here you'll find the giant moving crabs above seafood restaurants, huge puffer fish lanterns and monster-sized nigiri sushi. If you like Japanese food, then you'll love Kuromon Ichiba Market. It's home to some of the best and freshest seafood in Osaka.
Return to hotel.
Day 14: OSAKA - DEPARTURE (B)
Transfer via: International Flight on your own arrangement
After breakfast, coach transfer to Osaka Airport for departure (Sayonara!)
• Airport transfer: on the first and last day of the tour
• Transportation: Coach, Gondola, local train & bullet train
• All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
• All entrance fees at monument
• Comprehensive sightseeing
• Locally based professional drivers, English speaking tour guides
• Meals: 13 Breakfast, 12 Lunch, 2 Dinner
• Accommodation: 13 Nights in 4 Star Plus Hotel, as listed or similar
|Tokyo||Hotel Metropolitan Edmont|
|Takayama||Hida Plaza Hotel|
|Kanazawa||Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel|
|Kyoto||Kyoto Granvia Hotel|
|Hiroshima||Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima|
|Kobe||ANA Crown Plaza Kobe|
|Osaka||Hotel Granvia Osaka|
|Start Date||End Date||Price per person, twin share||Single Sup||Status|
This is an escorted tour by an Australian tour director, with guaranteed departure from 10 passengers. Maximum 16 passengers.
Price shown is per person, twin share
Room types: Superior
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