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Tours - Shinkansen Express (15 days)
Tour includes:

• Accommodation at selected hotels with meals as mentioned

• Check-in time is 3.00PM and check-out time is 11.00AM. Early or late service is subject to

availability with surcharge.

• Meals as mentioned

• Tours and transfers as mentioned by public transport in Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima

• Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time

• Service charge and current government VAT tax


Tour excludes:

• VISA

• Optional tour

• Please make sure you have 6 months passport validity.

• Early/late check in/out service at hotels (surcharge if request)

• Tips and gratuities

• Services and meals if not mentioned in itinerary

• All drinks, including water, soft drink and alcohol on all included or optional excursion

• Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature

• Travel Insurance (Compulsory)

Day 1: ARRIVE TO TOKYO

Meet your assistant at the airport and transfer to the hotel. We can arrange share airport transfer or a private vehicle depending on your choice.
Your Customer Service Assistant will meet you at your hotel to provide you with the welcome packet. He/ She will equip with all the first hand practical information about the tour. You can ask any questions about the country, logistics or optional excursions.

Optional excursion:
Tokyo Foodie Tour in the evening:

Meal: None
 

Day 2: HARAJUKU - ASAKUSA

After a breakfast, your private guide takes you on a tour using the inner-city public transit system to stroll at the peaceful Hamariyku garden, the former private garden of an Edo Period Lord. Here you will stop for a Japanese green tea. What a way to start the day. Followed by a short cruise along the sumida river to see the Tokyo from different angle.
Next, head over to Asakusa - home of the grand temple of Senso-ji! This bright red temple is central to an area famous for kimono, geisha, performing arts and old-fashioned souvenirs for more than 300 years.  Enjoy sushi or ramen for lunch at the local restaurant. 

 

 

Continue the journey to Harajuku and Omote-Sando, also known as Tokyo&;s Champs-Elysee. This broad, tree lined avenue features a multitude of fashion flagship stores designed by internationally renowned architects within a short distance. To complete the experience visit the trendy Kawai café.

End the day at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku is one of Tokyo&;s tallest and most distinctive skyscrapers. The 243 meter tall building has two towers, and each houses an observatory at a height of 202 meters, which provide good panoramic views of Tokyo. 
 
Meal: B
Guide is included for 8 hours, using public transport.

Day 3: EXPLORE TOKYO IN YOUR OWN WAY

 
Free day. You can go back to the areas we showed you to get a deeper look at the fascinating back alleys, or use our information packet to visit new areas of the old town. Make a visit to the Tsukji Fish Market and surrounding restaurants in Tsukushima. 

Or perhaps visit Odaiba - a unique island of gaming and multi-media! If  you are interested in traditional art, come to the Kabuki-za Theatre in Ginza, and see a performance while there - a must-see for any visitor to Japan. Or Akhiabara if you are into electronic gadgets
 
We also offer a optional day trip to nearby Nikko to see beautiful traditional streets and customs, or to Kamakura to see the giant Buddha stature and town of the samurai. Just tell us what you are looking for!

Other optional excursion: Taste 100 kinds of Sake with finger food and admission ticket to Robot show
 
Meal: B

 

Day 4: NAGANO- SHIBU ONSEN

Embark on a bullet train or a bus to Nagano.
Free day to explore the city.
First, take a public bus from the station, which takes about 45min drive followed by a gentle walk of 30min. The Jigokudani Monkey Park offers visitors the unique experience of seeing wild monkeys bathing in natural hot spring. The park is inhabited by Japanese Macaques, which are also known as Snow Monkeys.
Take a short bus ride to Shibu Onsen, where you will be spending a night at a traditional Ryokan.
 One incentive to walk around the town is to make use of the public bath houses, of which there are nine. The public baths are locked and, except for one, only accessible to locals and overnight guests, who are provided with a master key by their ryokan. The bath houses are small buildings, divided into a women's side and a men's side, and the baths themselves are quite simple. The bath houses are numbered, but also have special names and cure different ailments.
 Traditional Kaiseki meal will be served at you for dinner.
 
 Meal: B, D 
Note: Service of local English speaking assistant in Nagano.

Day 5: MATSUMOTO

 Early start after breakfast, take a public bus to Nagano station and visit Zenkoji temple in the morning.
Afterwards, continue your journey by a public train. In the afternoon, visit the imposing castle at your own speed. If the time permits, visit famous wasabi farm and learn how this spicy paste is grown in the field.


Meal: B
Note: Today is self guided day

Day 6: TAKAYAMA

Take a public bus to Takayama, which takes about 3 hours. Enjoy the scenic drive. In the afternoon, head out on a walk of the town visitng the old town and sake brewery. The freshest sake is the best - find out for yourself how it&;s made, and what it tastes like!. Tonight stay at a traditional Ryokan and enjoy Kaiseki meal for dinner.

Meal: B, D
Note:

-Today is a self guided day
-Service of Customer Service Executive to meet and greet upon arrival

Day 7: Takayama

In the morning, visit the Miyagawa farmer's market on foot. Delight a new day with taste and smell fresh Japanese vegetables and fruits at this aged market. At the end you can visit the floats museum displaying an array of unique and colorful floats used in the festivals of the area.
 
In the afternoon you can visit the local folk village or Shirakawago, unesco world heritage site.

Optional activity:
Home-cooking.
 
Meal: B, D
Note: Today is a self guided day

Day 8: KANAZAWA

Today, transfer to the train station and  continue to Kanazawa on a bullet train bright and early in the morning. Kanazawa is a town inhabited by samurai that was the center of culture in the east for much of the 17th century. Take a sightseeing bus tour of the whole area, visit the Kenroku Garden, a spacious and well-decorated garden of waterfalls and curiosities, or perhaps visit the Kanazawa Castle and see where the elite governed the area.
 
In the evening visit Higashi Chaya district, one of three well-preserved chaya districts in the area. This is where geisha entertain patrons with songs, dancing, and music. Kanazawa is also famous for gold leaf products - find their signature in everything from accessories to clothing, house wares  to food.
  
Meal: B
Guide included for 4 hours 
JR Pass starts from today.

Day 9: KANAZAWA - HIROSHIMA

Next we head over to Hiroshima on a bullet train. Hiroshima is a city not only made world-famous in the aftermath of the Second World but also the stunning vibrancy and culture which has re-grown itself from the ashes.
With the tranquil Peace Park and Museum in the center of the city reminding us of humanity's recent past, you'll find shopping centers, confectionary hubs, teahouses, museums and sports fields branching out all around.
At your leisure time, Prefectural Museum of Art, Shukkei-En Gardens, baseball stadium, and eat a style of okonomi-yaki unique to the city!
 
Meal: B
Guide is included for  4 hours and public transport to visit the peak park, museum and castle

Day 10: HIROSHIMA

The next day is self guided day.  Visit Mazda car factory in the morning. Afterwards, return to Miyajima, on a public train one of the "Three Great Views of Japan" popularized in the Edo Period. Surely you will feel a sense of nostalgia from seeing the famous "floating" red gate - the torii- a famous symbol of Japanese shrine entrance.
Miyajima is also populated by the friendliest of deer - sweet creatures that will eat from your hand and stroll with you as you enjoy this 8th century treasure. Visit the temples and hike (or take a cable car) to the top of Misen Mountain for a taste of monk life.


Meal: B
Note: Today is a self guided day

Day 11: KURASHIKI

Take a bullet train to Kurashiki.
Kurashiki has a preserved canal area that dates back to the Edo Period, when the city served as an important rice distribution center.

Enjoy the afternoon walking around this canal town. Visit the famuos Ohara museum, Ohashi house, Ivy Square and get your own Japanese jeans made at a local factory.

Meal: B
Note:
Today is a self guided day

Day 12: HIMEJI-KYOTO

Today, after breakfast, head to train station and then take  a bullet train. Stop at imposing Himeji Castle on the way.

Afterwards, continue your journey on a bullet train arriving Kyoto in the evening. Customer service executive meets you at the train station and transfer to your hotel using public transport. Enjoy  your leisure  walk through Gion, where you may get a glimpse of Geisha, walking through the narrow alley.

Optional:
Dinner with Maiko
 
Meal: B
Note: Customer service assistant in Kyoto

Day 13:  KYOTO

Utilizing the efficent Kyoto&;s subway or bus and a knowledgeable private guide, we start with the grand Nijo Castle, a sprawling, breath-taking example of comfortable luxury in Japanese nature. We then visit Ryoanji, famous for its UNESCO-protected World Heritage zen gardens. You may find it nostalgic, as it has been featured in many movies and cited often for inspiration by creators and entrepreneurs alike. Afterward, visit Kinkakuji, the location of many films and novels, this pavilion which is completely coated in gold was originally built as a summer house for a shogun.
 
Transfer to Sagano, and start walking through the lush bamboo grove, admiring the amazing views of the mountains and imposing valleys. It is around 3 km gentle walk. Head to Tenryu- Ji temple, which dates to 1339 and it still stands in the original design. Next, continue to the Jajakko- Ju temple, nestled in the wooded hill. Finish your walk by crossing over the famous Togetsukyo bridge, overlooking at the stunning views of the hozu river.

Meal: B
Guide is included for 8 hours and public transport
Note- You can extend your experience by joining Samurai Kembi class after the day tour in the evening.

Day 14: KYOTO - NARA (OPTIONAL)

In the morning, participate in a tea ceremony at the traditional Japanese house.  

Free afternoon to visit Nara.

Optional excursion:
-Cycling tour
- Calligraphy lesson

Meal: B
Tea Ceremony.

Day 15: DEPARTURE FROM KYOTO

The final day, see those last few sights which you hadn't had a chance to peek into during your tour, do a little souvenir shopping, perhaps find yourself a kimono. Enjoy a few local snacks before you head off to Kansai Airport. We will be happy to accompany you on this last leg of your journey, and answer any questions you may still have.
 

 

 

 

 

 

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