JOURNEY THROUGH JAPAN - 2017
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Begin in Tokyo with sightseeing including th Meiji Shrine, the Akihabara district and the famous Ginza shopping district. Journey north to Nikko and see the famous Yomeimon Gate.Travel to Shirakawa, home to the unique thatched houses. Journey through the Japanese Alps to the secluded town of Takayama and visit Nagoya, Osaka and Matsue Castle. See the Itsukushima Shrine and its famous floating Torii Gate and the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima. Travel on one of Japan's bullet trains and enjoy a tour of Kyoto, including many of the city's temples, shrines, palaces and pagodas.
Extend your holiday with a 3-night Ryokan experience
Travel to Japan throughout late March - April for a chance to see the beautiful cherry blossom trees in full bloom.
In Tokyo, Matsumoto, Hiroshima and Kyoto. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
- SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Kannon Temple, Lake Chuzenji, Kegon Waterfall, Matsumoto Castle, Zenkoji Temple, Gassho - Zukuri houses, Matsue Castle, Peace Memorial Park, Shukkeien Landscape Garden, Nijo Castle, Temple of the Gold Pavilion, Heian Shrine and Garden, Lake Ashi Cruise.
Services of a professional Tour Director.
Airport transfers; private, deluxe, air-conditioned coach while touring; bullet train from Hiroshima to Kyoto; internal flights.
Hotel accommodation will be allocated in twin-bed or double rooms with private facilities, as stated or similar.
Breakfast daily (B)
Day by Day
Welcome to Japan's capital city. On arrival in Tokyo you will be transferred to your hotel where you will be met by our local representative. The rest of the day is yours to relax or begin your exploration of one of the most exciting cities in the world, 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. Afterwards, pass by the Imperial Palace Plaza, the State 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. (B)
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 scenic I-Ro-Ha Zaka driveway, which reaches elevations of 1,200 metres (3,940 feet), to visit LAKE CHUZENJI and the KEGON WATERFALL. Later, return to Tokyo. (B)
This morning, travel to Matsumoto where you will see MATSUMOTO CASTLE and the MATSUMOTO CITY MUSEUM. Later, visit Nagano and the ZENKOJI TEMPLE. Founded 1,400 years ago, the temple houses what is said to be the first Buddhist statue brought to Japan. Arrive in Toyama this evening. (B)
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 (joined hands) thatched houses can only be found in this area. This afternoon, journey through the Japanese Alps 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. (B)
Begin today 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. (B)
Journey to the city of Yonago on the coast of the Sea of Japan. After a brief visit, continue to ADACHI MUSEUM OF ART to view Japanese-style gardens and view paintings by one of the greatest Japanese painters Yokoyama Taikan. Later, visit Matsue to see MATSUE CASTLE and LAFCADIO HEARN MEMORIAL MUSEUM, to learn about the life of an international writer. (B)
En route to Hiroshima, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of ITSUKUSHIMA SHRINE and its famous FLOATING TORII GATE. From here, continue to Hiroshima. This city bears significant historic importance, for it was here that the world's first atomic bomb was dropped in 1945. Your tour features the PEACE MEMORIAL PARK and ATOMIC BOMB MUSEUM, which commemorate the victims of that fateful day. Also visit the SHUKKEIEN LANDSCAPE GARDEN, which dates back to 1620. (B)
Your fascinating journey to Kyoto, aboard one of Japan's famous BULLET TRAINS, is sure to be a highlight of your tour. Kyoto is one of the most fascinating cities in Japan and the remainder of your day is free to explore. (B)
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 a chance to participate in a traditional JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY. (B)
KYOTO-HAKONE NATIONAL PARK-TOKYO.
Drive to Hakone National Park for a leisurely CRUISE ON LAKE ASHI and an aerial CABLE CAR RIDE (weather permitting) over the beautiful Owakudani Valley. From here, enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Fuji, before continuing on to your Tokyo airport hotel. (B)
Your tour ends today with a transfer to the airport. (B)
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