Traditional & Modern Japan

Traditional & Modern Japan

 Japan is a country offering all the ingredients for the perfect travel experience: rich and unique culture, magnificent landscapes of snow-covered volcanoes, enormous megacities and distinctive cuisine. This is a trip that is going to introduce you all the essentials of Japan ranging from the ultra modern city of Tokyo, the emblematic Mt. Fuji and the scenic Hakone where a bullet train will take you to the old capital Kyoto still preserving the unique culture and traditions of Japan. Explore our itinerary designed to reveal you all the beauty Japan has to offer at the best possible price.

Highlights:
Tokyo – Japan’s ultra modern capital and its most populous city
Hakone – traditional city offering world-class art museums, traditional inns and spectacular mountain scenery
Mt. Fuji – the highest mountain in Japan
Town of Nara – Japan's first permanent capital

 


Trip plan:   

Day 1. Tokyo(arrival)
Arrive at Narita(Narita International Airport) or Haneda(Tokyo International Airport). You will be met by our partner representative and helped to board an airport bus or train. Transfer to the hotel.


Day 2. Tokyo City tour
Breakfast at the hotel. Tour of Tokyo with a guide (9: 00-17: 00), using a private car and public transport. The tour included: The Tokyo Radio-TV Tower, rising to 333 meters high, one of the world's highest television towers. The next stop is the Imperial Palace - the residence of the Japanese Imperial Family. Surrounded by ditches filled with water and thick stone walls, the palace is a typical example of Edo's architecture. In Asakusa, we will visit Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street, which departs from the outer gate of the temple and leads to the temple itself. Numerous stalls offer tourists an abundance of souvenirs and traditional local delicacies. The walk continue in the area, Harajuku-Omotesando, where you will meet the unique, futuristic Harajuku fashion, designed for the younger generation. The tour finish here and you can return to the hotel by public transport using Yamanoe line from Harajuku Station. (Breakfast / Lunch)


Day 3. Tokyo free day

Breakfast at the hotel. On this day, you can take a stroll around Tokyo. Akihabara Electronic District and The Sky Tree Tower, which rises at an altitude of 634 meters are very interesting places to visit. Additional day trips to Kamakura or Nicco are possible. (Breakfast)


Day 4. Tokyo-Hakone-Hiroshima
Breakfast at hotel. Your main suitcase will be transferred directly from Tokyo to Kyoto. Please leave your suitcase with porter/bell desk by 7:30 AM.(You travel with just an overnight bag for your nights in Hiroshima and Miajima). Transfer to Hakone with your guide. (Tokyo to Odawara by bullet train). Sightseeng in Hakone by coach. Enjoy panoramic views of Mt. Fuji (weather permitting).Owakudani (ropeway ride)/ Owakudani – Togenday/Ashinoko Cruise (45 min.)/ Togenday – Hakone machi tour ends at Odawara station. Transfer to Hiroshima by Bullet train.(the guide will help you to board the train) (Odawara – 16:08 – Nagoya 17:17, Nagoya 17:33 – Hiroshima 19:55). Upon arrival at Hiroshima you will be met by English speaking assistant and walk to your hotel. ( B/L)


Day 5. Hiroshima-Miyajima
After breakfast at the hotel you will take a tour of the city of Hiroshima and Miyajima (10:00 - 17:00) with public transport. You will visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, also called the Dome of Atomic Bomb or just the Atomic Dome, in memory of the victims of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombing at the end of World War II on 6 and 9 August 1945 respectively. Then you will visit the temple of the Iscukushuma. Dinner in Riocan ( in traditional Japanese style) in Miyajima. Overnight in a traditional Japanese room. (B / L / D)


Day 6. Miyajima-Hiroshima-Osaka-Kyoto

Breakfast in Riokan. After moving to Hiroshima Station, you take a train to Osaka with your guide. (Hiroshima 10:35 - Shin Osaka 12:01). You'll be touring Osaka with public transport. The program includes Osaka Castle, which played an important role in the reunification of Japan in the 16th century, the central business district of Umeda, known for the concentration of tall buildings as well as the extravagant Dotonburi. Transfer to Kyoto by train. Transfer to the hotel by bus or on foot. (B)


Day 7. Kyoto City tour

Breakfast at the hotel. Kyoto City Tour (9:00 - 16:00) by car. The program in Kyoto begins with a visit to the Buddhist temple complex "Kyomizu-dera" - a major landmark of the city, founded in the late 8th century. The name translated as a "temple of pure water" and owes it to a waterfall located inside in the complex. Visit the Buddhist temple "Kinkaku-ji" (The Temple of the Golden Pavilion) - one of Japan's most famous landmarks. Visiting Nijo Castle, the Tokugawa shogun's residence from the 17th century to the end of the 18th century, when it came to the possession of the imperial family. The castle is crafted in classic Japanese style and includes several gardens, numerous cherry trees, a lake with three islands and artificially arranged stones. The walk ends in the ancient neighborhood of geishas Gion. Your guide will tell you how to return to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel (B/ L)


Day 8. Kyoto-Nara-Kyoto

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Nara. Tour of the city with a guide (9:00 - 16:00). Nara is the first capital of Japan since 710. Our tour will begin with the temple of Todayji (built in 752), the home of the Great Buddha. Here is one of the largest Buddha statues in the world, made of 437 tons of bronze and 130kg of pure gold. You will walk in the park of the deers, where thousands of deers walk in freedom, because they are considered sacred ambassadors of the temple. You continue to the Kassuga Temple - one of the most beautiful Shinto temples built in 710. The temple is surrounded by thousands of hanging lanterns. Today's tour ends with a return to Kyoto. Overnight at the hotel. (B / L)


Day 9. Kyoto – Kansai International Airport ( departure)
Breakfast at hotel. (This may not be provided depending on your flight time. Breakfatst is non-refundable). Transfer to Kansai International Airport (2 hours drive).

 

Luggage transport: Tokyo-Kyoto(one item per person)  

Price of extra services: ►  accommodation in a single room: 820 euros 

Included in the price:  ► Hotels: Tokyo(3 nights), Hiroshima(1 night), Miyajima(1 night), Kyoto(3 nights)► Meals: Daily breakfast, Lunch except for Day1, Day 3, Day6, Day 9, Dinner at Miyajima on Day 5► Privat guide for Day2, Day 4-8► Meeting assistant for Day 1 and Day 4► Train: Tokyo-Odawara, Odawara-Hiroshima, Hiroshima-Osaka, Kyoto-Nara(Ordinary class reserved seat), Osaka-Kyoto(local train)► Roundtrip airport transfers by airport Limousin bus or train, or van, Ferry and local train in Hiroshima

Excluded from the price: ► Insuarance►Airport tax►international flight ticket ► meals not included in the program and beverages during lunches and dinners 

 


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