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Tours - Japan - Past, Present and Future
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 
•    Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
-    Airport transfer (arrival and departure) in a shared van
-    public transport on tour in Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima
•    English speaking guide on tour day
-    Customer service in Tokyo, Nagoya
-    4 hour guide on day 6, day 7 and day 9
-    8 hour guide on day 2, day 11

•    Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time
•    Service charge and current government VAT tax    
•    JR Pass for 7 days.
    
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 Narita Airport and transfer to the city hotel on a shared coach.  Relax at the hotel and enjoy walkable Japanese-style restaurants in the area of your hotel regarding the provided brochure.

Meal: None
Hotel: B Asakusa or Shiba Park or Tokyo Marriot 
 

Day 2: HARAJUKU - ASAKUSA

After a breakfast, your private guide takes you on a tour using the inner-city public transit system tostroll 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. Get your fortune told, find high-class incense, spot geiko (young geisha) passing by and snack on Edo foods! After having sushi or ramen for lunch at the local restaurant.

 

In the afternoon, you will visit  the magnificent Meiji Shrine, a Shinto shrine dedicated to the Meiji Emperor, and the most popular place in the city for weddings and end-of-year "Hatsu-mode."  You will be shown the traditions associated with visiting such a shrine. 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. 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
Hotel: Hotel: B Asakusa or Shiba Park or Tokyo Marriot 

Day 3: EXPLORE TOKYO IN YOUR OWN WAY

 


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 take a cruise down the Sumida River to 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. 

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!


Meal: B
Hotel: Hotel: B Asakusa or Shiba Park or Tokyo Marriot 

 

Day 4: TAKAYAMA 


The next day, we send you to Takayama and Hida. Takayama is an area of Japan that has been inhabited since the Jomon Period. Let us guide you through the streets and show you glimpses of the rich history. Visit the TakayakaJinya - a building from the 17th century that has been preserved as it was from the time of its construction, and is still in use today.

The nearby Hida area is famous for a unique style of architecture that resembles hands folded in prayer. This has a practical use, but step inside to discover how roomy and comfortable it is, and why this remains unchanged. 

Meal: B, D

Day 5: TAKAYAMA - SHIRAKAWAGO - TAKAYAMA 

Then go to Shirakawago nearby. This area is famous for a unique style of architecture that resembles hands folded in prayer. This has a practical use, but step inside to discover how roomy and comfortable it is, and why this remains unchanged. 

In the afternoon, we take you to a sake brewery. The freshest sake is the best - find out for yourself how it&;s made, and what it tastes like! You'll have plenty of this sake to accompany your traditional dinner.

Meal: B, D

Day 6: KANAZAWA

Today we bring you back into more samurai culture. Visit Nagamachi, where the samurai lived. Many of the homes are still standing, and we will take you to the Nomura-ke, one of the homes restored to golden era of samurai precedence. See how they lived and worked, what they ate and wore. Nearby, stop into one of the local shrines or temples - a staple of everyday life both in modern times and at the time of the samurai. 

Also in Kamakura, the Contemporary Art museum is now open to the public with the cutting edge of design right around the corner from the old. There is also the DT Suzuki Museum, showcasing the history of Zen being brought to the western world. 

Meal: B
 

Day 7: KANAZAWA - HIROSHIMA

Next we head over to Hiroshima, a city not only made world-famous in the aftermath of the Second World but also the stunning vibrancy and culture which has regrown 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. 
Visit the Hiroshima Caste, Prefectural Museum of Art, Shukkei-En Gardens, baseball stadium, and eat a style of okonomi-yaki unique to the city!

Meal: B
 

Day 8: HIROSHIMA - MIYAJIMA

The next day, return to Miyajima, 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

Day 9: HIROSHIMA - KYOTO (B)

Today, after breakfast, take a taxi to the train station and then transfer on a  bullet train to Kyoto.
Free evening to enjoy at your leisure to  walk through Gion, where you may get a glimpse of Geisha, walking through the narrow alley.


Meal: B, D
 

Day 10: KYOTO

Finally, visit the famous Kiyomizu Temple, a location considered so powerful that people from all over the country to visit when they have worries they need to resolve.. Revel in  incredible views of Kyoto from the top of the city, all in a building containing no nails or fasteners that has been standing since long before the city was ever capital.

On your way back to town, walk through the Higashiyama District, full of old-style crafts and artisans. These quaint alleyways are lined with real homes and adorable gardens into which you can peer, and do drop into a peaceful teahouse on your way down the path!

 

Meal:B
 

Day 11: KYOTO - NARA (OPTIONAL)

On this day, we&;ll see a "machiya," a restored traditional wooden house that is typical to Kyoto and many parts of Japan. Experience to live in a traditional Japanese home on a daily basis. Then try on Japanese traditional dress, kimono! There are many styles and colors, and see how the outfit works on you. and join in a tea ceremony.

In the afternoon, it may be worth your while to visit the very nearby Nara, which is a capital of Japan even older than Kyoto. This 8th century town is filled with wabi-sabi and quiet streets that lead from shrine to shrine. Visit the outstanding Todaiji - a "power spot" claiming responsibility for inciting many of historical figures to action. It's the largest wooden building in the world, and is quite an impressive site. Also visit KasugaTaisha, Nara's most celebrated shinto shrine, which is populated by pretty, friendly deer whose presence only improves the tranquility of the area. 

Meal: B
 

Day 12: Kyoto - Kurasiki(B)

After breakfast, take a bullet train to a beautiful Canal town. Enroute stop at Himeji to visit a imposing castle.

Kurashiki has a preserved canal area that dates back to the Edo Period, when the city served as an important rice distribution center.
Upon arrival in the later afternoon,  walk around this canal town. Visit the famuosOhara 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 13    Nagasaki(B)

After breakfast, take a bullet train to Nagasaki.
Nagasaki is a town of churches - that is, churches, temples, pagodas, shrines and mosques! This multi-cultural city has created a delightful mish-mash of color, culture and design. Try kappo-ryori, a turn-table of various exciting flavors influenced by trade with multiple countries.

Afternoon, take a cruise to Gunkajima. Gunkanjima is a small island located about 20 kilometers from Nagasaki. Port. Until 1974, the island served as a coal mine, and more than 5000 residents called the 480 meter long, 150 meter wide island home, resulting in the highest population density in history recorded worldwide.
 
Meal: B
Note: 
Today is a self guided day. 
Cruise ticket is included
 

Day 14   Nagasaki(B)

Today, we take you even deeper into Nagasaki, on foot and by the trams which have become to iconic of the city. We visit the Teramachi "Temple City," the Sofukuji Temple, and Urakami, the largest Roman Catholic church in Japan. As described in the upcoming Scorcese movie "Silence," Nagasaki has had a deep, difficult relationship with the influence of Christianity here - see glimpses of the influence all over the city. We also take you to another dark stone in this grand city's history - the memorial of the atomic bomb. See how the city grows back like a phoenix again and again throughout history. Also visit Glover Park, and Dejima, another multi-cultural asset in this city's many facets.

Meal: B
Note: 
8 hours guided tour

Day 15   Beppu(B)

After breakfast, take a bullet train to a Beppu.

Beppu (別府) is one of Japan's most famous hot springresorts, producing more hot spring water than any other resort in the country.
Beppu offers an unmatched range of bathsto be enjoyed, including ordinary hot water baths, mud baths, sand baths and steam baths. 


Meal: B
Note: 
Today is a self guided day

Day 16  Beppu(B)

Free day to relax
 
Meal: B
Note:
Today is a self guided day
 

Day 17  Fukuoka or Osaka(B)

After breakfast, take a bullet train to either Fukuoka or Osaka for a last night
.
 
Meal: B
Note: 
Today is a self guided day

Day 18    Departure(B)

After breakfast- transfer to airport for your flight back home.
 
Meal: B
Note:
 

 


 

 

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