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Cityscapes and landscapes

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6 435 $

Cityscapes and landscapes Tour

22 days

This is one of our favourite tours at Japan Experience. You'll visit the most famous sights in Japan, as well as visit the lush southern areas of the main island of Honshu, and the volcanic landscapes on the island of Kyushu, a great contrast in scenery on one tour.

Included :

- The visits and activities mentioned in the itinerary
- The assistance of a bilingual specialist in Japanese culture
- 3* accommodation (prices based on twin-share, €790 single supplement)
- Full board (except meals at leisure as mentioned)
- Internal transport by minibus, train and ferry
- Bus transfers between the airport and your hotel

Not included :

- Airfare to and from Japan
- Travel insurance
- Meals & drinks in your free time 
- Personal expenses

Accommodation:
Hotels used are examples only, if unavailable an equivalent hotel will be substituted by us.

Transportation

Upcoming Departures

Detailed Itinerary

TOKYO - HAKONE - KYOTO - NARA - ISE - KOYA-SAN - OSAKA - KOBE - TAKACHIHO - KUMAMOTO - NAGASAKI - FUKUOKA - MIYAJIMA - OSAKA

Day
1

TOKYO

Arrive Tokyo by your own arrangements (either from Narita or Haneda airport)

Transfer by shuttle to your hotel in Central Tokyo.

Check in to your hotel and meet your guide, who will give a presentation about the tour.

Visit Meiji Jingu, a Shinto shrine dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken; near the young and trendy area of Harajuku. Visit the Ota Memorial Museum, one of the best collections of woodblock prints in Japan.

Spend the evening in Shinjuku, the main area for going out in Tokyo; see the Tokyo skyline from the observatory at the top of the City Hall, at a height of 243m.

Enjoy a welcome dinner in one of the many great restaurants in Shinjuku.

TOKYO

Night in Tokyo in a 3* hotel. Breakfast included.

Day
2

TOKYO

Visit the Marunouchi area and Ginza, quintessential Tokyo. Then visit the Imperial Palace gardens, former home of the Shogunate.

Lunch in Ginza.

Visit Hamarikyu gardens, then take a cruise on the Sumida River to the traditional area of Asakusa. Visit Sensoji Temple, one of the main sites for pilgrimage in Japan. See Kaminarimon, the gate of the God of Thunder and entrance to Nakamise-dori, a long straight street to the temple bordered by shops selling traditional goods and souvenirs, popular for over 1,000 years.

Dinner in a traditional restaurant in Asakusa.

TOKYO

Night in Tokyo in a 3* hotel. Breakfast included.

Day
3

TOKYO

In the morning visit Ueno its park, zoo, museums and galleries. Then stroll the streets of Ameya Yokocho, a paradise for bargain hunters.

Lunch in Ameya Yokocho.

You're free to explore in the afternoon and find somewhere for dinner (not provided).

TOKYO

Night in Tokyo in a 3* hotel. Breakfast included.

Day
4

TOKYO

A free day where you can explore the city at your leisure. Your guide would be happy to offer suggestions if needed!

Our suggestion: why not use a Japan Rail Pass and take the Shinkansen to Nikko for the day?

Lunch and dinner not included.

TOKYO

Night in Tokyo in a 3* hotel. Breakfast included.

Day
5

HAKONE

Depart by minibus to Kamakura, a former Shogunate capital, passing through the port of Yokohama. In Kamakura, visit the temple of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, the reason for the founding of the town.

Lunch in Kamakura.

In the afternoon visit Kotokuin Temple and see the great Buddha.

Travel to Mount Fuji - Hakone National Park.

HAKONE

Night in 3* traditional lodging with spa. Half-board.

Day
6

KYOTO

Walk in Mount Fuji National Park, see Lake Ashi, the former Sekisho police station and the shinto shrine Hakone-jinja.

Take the Shinkansen to Kyoto and check-in to the hotel.

Visit Nijo castle and the old quarter of Teramachi.

Lunch and dinner provided.

KYOTO

Night in a 3* hotel with spa. Breakfast included.

Day
7

KYOTO

Discover the main sights of Kyoto: the Buddhist temple of Ryoanji with its famous rock garden, Rokuonji temple and the famous Gold Pavillion, Kinkaku-ji.

See Gishouji temple and stroll the Philosopher's Path, lined with cherry trees.

Visit Kiyomizu-dera, a famous temple with over 1200 years of history.

Excursion and dinner in Gion's Pontocho, an area frequented by geisha.

Lunch and dinner provided.

KYOTO

Night in a 3* hotel with spa. Breakfast included.

Day
8

KYOTO

Free day.

Enjoy the charms of the old capital and its many palaces, villas, Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines.

Our suggestion: use your Rail Pass for a short trip by Shinkansen and visit Korakuen Garden in Okayama, and Bikan historical quarter in Kurashiki...

Lunch and dinner not provided.

KYOTO

Night in a 3* hotel with spa. Breakfast included.

Day
9

KYOTO

Visit Nishiki market with its traditional products, then the esoteric Buddhist temple (Tendai school) of Sanjusangendo, with its 1001 statues of Kannon (Avalokiteshvara).

Excursion by shinkansen to Himeji: visit the renowned Himeji Castle

Travel to Nara, the first "official" capital of Japan.

Lunch and dinner provided.

KYOTO

Night in a 3* hotel. Breakfast included.

Day
10

NARA

Nara Park and its temples (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) are the main monuments of the former imperial capital: visit Todaiji temple, see the huge bronze Buddha and Nan-Daimon gate; Kasuga shrine and its thousands of votive lanterns; and Kofukuji Buddhist temple. Don't forget the tame deer that freely roam the park!

Take a scenic route to Futami, near the sacred town of Ise.

Lunch provided.

NARA

Night in a 3* ryokan (traditionnal inn). Half-board.

Day
11

ISE

In Ise, visit the Shinto temple Naiku, dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu, founder of the Japanese Imperial line.

Continue down the Pearl Road along Toba Bay. Lunch in a small port, then drive along the coast and inland to Shingu.

In Shingu, visit the Shinto shrine Kumano Hongu Taisha.

ISE

Night in a 3* ryokan (traditionnal inn) with spa. Half-board.

Day
12

KOYA-SAN

Visit the Shinto temple of Kumano Nachi Taisha (UNESCO World Heritage Site) with the nearby waterfall and steep pilgrimage route. Drive through the mountains along the Aritagawa to the shrine of Mount Koya. Visit the temple of Kichishoji and the terraced rice paddies of Aritanosato.

At Mount Koya (UNESCO World Heritage Site), visit Okunoin cemetery, established over 1,200 years ago and the largest cemetery in Japan, with over 200,000 tombstones. 

KOYA-SAN

Temple lodging in Mount Koya. Half-board (vegetarian meals).

Day
13

OSAKA

Visit Kongobuji, the seat of Shingon Buddhism: see Danjo-garan, the sacred space of the main temple.

Visit the Reihokan temple-museum.

Travel to Nara.

See Horyuji temple, the cradle of Japanese Buddhism, one of the oldest wooden structures in the world (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

Travel to Osaka.

Dinner provided.

OSAKA

Night in a 3* hotel. Breakfast included.

Day
14

KOBE

Morning free: enjoy the charms of Japan's second largest city at your own pace.

Leave for the cosmopolitan city of Kobe. Visit a former sake brewery and the European quarter.

Take a ferry and cruise to the port of Oita on the island of Kyushu.

Lunch and dinner provided.

KOBE

Dinner followed by a night on board the ferry (cabin with bunks). Breakfast included.

Day
15

TAKACHIHO

Arrive in Oita and drive to Usuki to visit the site of the stone Buddha carved into the cliffs.

Visit Beppu and see the "hells" or jigoku, a collection of naturally colored thermal springs.

Lunch provided.

TAKACHIHO

Night in a 3* ryokan (traditonnal inn) or minshuku (Japanese B&B). Half-board.

Day
16

KUMAMOTO

Leave for the peninsula of Kunisaki. Visit the small town of Kitsuki and its two samurai neighborhoods.

Take the coastal road along the peninsula of Kunisaki to the Shinto shrine Hachimangu in Usa.

Travel on to Fukuoka, the main city and administrative capital of Kyushu.

Lunch and dinner provided.

KUMAMOTO

Night in a hotel (3*) in Fukuoka. Breakfast included.

Day
17

NAGASAKI

Visit Suizenji Garden, where the 53 stations of the old route between Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto has was recreated in the 17th Century.

Ferry from Kumamoto to Shimabara, a former Christian outpost and visit the castle-museum of Shimabara.

Lunch in Shimabara.

Drive through Mount Unzen National Park with its many volcanic vents.

Drive along the coast to Nagasaki and visit Megane-bashi, a bridge famous for resembling a pair of reading glasses.

NAGASAKI

Night in a 3* hotel. Breakfast included.

Day
18

FUKUOKA

Visit of the city of Nagasaki and explore by tram: the site of Deshima, the old Dutch docks; Glover Park; The Chinese temple Sofukuji.

The monument dedicated to the 26 Christian martyrs of Japan; The panorama of Mount Inasa overlooking the harbor and the bay of Nagasaki.

Lunch and dinner provided.

FUKUOKA

Night in Dormy Inn Nagasaki (3*). Breakfast included.

Day
19

MIYAJIMA

Take the Shinkansen to Hiroshima and the train to Miyajima, a sacred Shinto island: see the famous shinto shrine of Itsukushima Jinja, a prime example medieval palatial architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site; see Senjokaku Pavilion and its pagoda.

Lunch provided.

MIYAJIMA

Night at Kikugawa (3* guest house). Half-board.

Day
20

OSAKA

Free morning to explore Miyajima: last chance for souvenir shopping!

Return to Hiroshima: visit the Peace Park: the park, museum and Genbaku Dome (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Travel by Shinkansen from Hiroshima to Osaka.

Breakfast and dinner provided. Lunch not provided.

OSAKA

Night at Cross Hotel Osaka (3*). Breakfast included.

Day 0 PARIS
Day 1 Tokyo - jardin Meiji Jingu TOKYO
Day 2 TOKYO
Day 3 Tokyo - Ameyoko-chô TOKYO
Day 4 TOKYO
Day 5 HAKONE
Day 6 KYOTO
Day 7 KYOTO
Day 8 KYOTO
Day 9 KYOTO
Day 10 NARA
Day 11 ISE
Day 12 KOYA-SAN
Day 13 OSAKA
Day 14 KOBE
Day 15 TAKACHIHO
Day 16 KUMAMOTO
Day 17 NAGASAKI
Day 18 FUKUOKA
Day 19 MIYAJIMA
Day 20 OSAKA
Day 21 PARIS
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