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In the heart of Japan

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2 299 $

In the heart of Japan Tour

14 days

Ideal for a first visit to Japan, this trip allows you to visit the country's main cultural and natural sites.

Included :

  • Plane tickets from Europe
  • Twelve nights in 3-star hotels, with breakfast
  • Airport transfers
  • 1 7-day Japan Rail Pass for shinkansen (Japanese high speed train) and train travel
  • 1 Pasmo card for travelling in Tokyo and Kyoto

Not included :

  • Optional insurance
  • Any meals not specified
  • Personal expenses

Detailed Itinerary

TOKYO - KANAZAWA - HIROSHIMA - KYOTO

Day
0

Flight from Europe to Tokyo (Narita or Haneda airport).

Overnight on plane and arrival the next morning in Tokyo Narita or Haneda.

Day
1

TOKYO

Arrive in Tokyo at Narita or Haneda Airport.
Limousine bus transfer to Tokyo.
Check in to your hotel.

TOKYO

Night in B Akasaka Mitsuke hotel or equivalent.

Day
2

TOKYO

Visit Tokyo and surrounding area at your leisure.

Among the options open to you, here are a few essentials:
- The Asakusa district and the Senso-ji temple
- The Tokyo Skytree, 634 metres high, and Tokyo Tower, a symbol of the city
- Ueno Park and its many museums
- The party districts of Shibuya and Shinjuku

TOKYO

Dinner and a free evening.

Day
3

TOKYO

Visit Tokyo and surrounding area.

Continue exploring the city:
- The gardens of the imperial Palace
- The Meiji-jingu shrine
- The fish market in Tsukiji

TOKYO

Dinner and a free evening.

Day
4

TOKYO

A few examples of day trips from Tokyo:
- The temples and shrines of Nikko, in the heart of the forest (approx. 2hrs one way).
- The city of Kamakura and its monumental bronze Buddha statue (approx. 1hr one way).

TOKYO

Dinner and a free evening.

Day
5

TOKYO - KANAZAWA

Exchange and activate your Japan Rail Pass.

Transfer to Tokyo Station (not included).
Direct shinkansen journey to Kanazawa included in the Japan Rail Pass (approx. 2hrs 50mins).
Check in to your hotel.

KANAZAWA

Night in Dormy Inn or equivalent hotel.

Day
6

KANAZAWA

Visit Kanazawa and the surrounding area.

Among the options open to you, here are a few suggestions:
-Kenrokuen Japanese garden, one of the three finest gardens in Japan
- Kanazawa Castle
Seisonkaku villa, built in 1863 and its private collections
- The 21st-century museum, an impressive modern art museum
- The districts of Higashi-Chaya (Geisha district) and Nagamachi (district of the
Samurai houses, such as the Nomura house)

KANAZAWA

Dinner and a free evening.

Day
7

KANAZAWA - HIROSHIMA

Transfer to Kanazawa Station (not included).
Train journey to Shin-Osaka then Hiroshima, included with the Japan Rail Pass (approx. 5hrs total journey).
Check in to your hotel.

HIROSHIMA

Night in Dormy Inn or equivalent hotel.

Day
8

HIROSHIMA

Visit Hiroshima and the surrounding area.

Here are a few essential things to see:
- The Peace Memorial Park and its museum
- Ikari-jinja shrine
- The Sukkei-en garden

A few ideas for day trips from Hiroshima: Miyajima Island
Itsukushima-jinja shrine and its huge gate (ootorii)
- Momijidani Park
- Daisho-in Temple
- The view over the bay from Mount Misen, Shishi-no-iwa

HIROSHIMA

Dinner and a free evening.

Day
9

HIROSHIMA - KYOTO

Transfer to Hiroshima Station (not included).
Train journey to Kyoto, included in the Japan Rail Pass (approx. 2hrs one way).
Check in to your hotel.

KYOTO

Night in B Sanjo or equivalent hotel.

Day
10

KYOTO

Visit Kyoto and the surrounding area.

Among the options open to you, here are a few suggestions:
- The Ryoanji zen garden , a famous dry landscape garden
Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) and the Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion)
- The Gion district and the Philosopher's Way
Kiyomizu-dera, a thousand-year-old temple which overlooks the city

KYOTO

Dinner and a free evening.

Day
11

KYOTO

Continue your visit of the old capital:
- Nishiki market, where you can find the typical ingredients of Kyoto cuisine
- Nijo Castle and its "nightingale floors"
- The bamboo grove of Arashiyama, in western Kyoto

KYOTO

Dinner and a free evening.

Day
12

KYOTO

A few examples of day trips from Kyoto :
- The cities of Osaka and Nara. Train journey covered by the Japan Rail Pass (30 to 45 minutes one way).
Fushimi-Inari Taisha and its famous red torii which are lined up in their hundreds. Train journey is covered by the Japan Rail Pass (approx. 5 minutes by train).
- Himeji Castle or the "White Heron Castle" in Himeji, fully restored in 2015. Train journey covered by the Japan Rail Pass (approx 1hr 30mins).

KYOTO

Dinner and a free evening.

Day
13

KYOTO

Transfer to Kansai International Airport from Kyoto in Shuttle bus.
Return flight to Europe.

KYOTO

Day 0
Day 1 Tokyo - Shinjuku TOKYO
Day 2 TOKYO
Day 3 tokyo_tsukiji TOKYO
Day 4 nikko TOKYO
Day 5 Kanazawa TOKYO, KANAZAWA
Day 6 KANAZAWA
Day 7 Shinkansen KANAZAWA, HIROSHIMA
Day 8 HIROSHIMA
Day 9 Kyoto, maiko à Gion HIROSHIMA, KYOTO
Day 10 Kyoto - Pavillon d'argent KYOTO
Day 11 Kyoto - Kiyomizu-dera KYOTO
Day 12 KYOTO
Day 13 KYOTO
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