Escorted Tour Departs September 22, 2018. Japan Sights, Culture & Cuisine. A tour of Japan Culture and Cuisine which starts in Tokyo and continues on as we reach the southern city of Hiroshima. Experience stops into some of the most famous designated World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
Itinerary at a Glance:
Includes 13 nights hotel accommodations, breakfast daily, 11 lunches, 8 dinners, private transfers and tours, all admissions to attractions per itinerary and English speaking local tour guides. Bullet train ticket from Hiroshima to Osaka. Tour guide from Premiere Tours.
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Sept. 22 – TOKYO – Arrival
Arrival into Tokyo airport. Meet our airport representative with your name on sign board after you clear airport formalities. Transfer to our hotel, Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo. Balance of day free to get caught up with jet lag.
Sept. 23 – TOKYO – City Tour ( B,L )
Today’s full day tour of Tokyo take us to Little Edo, where we will visit Kurazukuri Old Town, Kashiya Yokocho (Candy Alley ), Asakusa Temple, one of Tokyo’s most colourful and popular temple. We will also visit Tokyo Sky Tree, the tallest structure in Japan the the second tallest in the world. We will also pass by the Imperial Palace and Shinjuku shopping street.
Sept. 24- TOKYO – Yokohama ( B,L,D )
Today we travel to Yokohama where we will visit China Town and a Ramen Museum. Continue on to Kamakura Great Buddha, the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan.
Sept. 25 – TOKYO ( B )
Free day for you to explore Tokyo.
Sept. 26 – TOKYO – Mt. Fuji ( B,L,D )
We leave Tokyo and make our way to Mount Fuji, Japan’s tallest mountain but our stop will only be up to the 5th station. After this visit, we continue on and experience a leisurely cruise on Lake Ashi before proceeding to Lake Shirakaba, located on the western base of Mount Tateshima, Lake Shirakaba is a popular summer resort destination. Accommodations at Ikenotaira Hotel.
Sept. 27 – Mt. FUJI – KANAZAWA ( B,L,D )
This morning visit the Shadow Cut Museum and the Glass Craft Museum located in the hotel. We continue by taking cable car to Mt. Tateshina, a dormant volcano that offers a panoramic view of the Kita Alps. Proceed to Takayama Sannomachi, a street with many buildings and houses dating from the Edo Period. We will also enjoy a Hida beef, a very tender Japanese beef very similar to Kobe beef. Overnight at Kanazawa Kokusai Hotel.
Sept. 28 – KANAZAWA – City Tour ( B,L,D )
Today we tour within Kanazawa visiting Hakuza Golden tea house and Nagamachi Bukeyashiki street where traditional samurai houses still exists. Then we visit Kenrokuen Japanese Garden, one of Japan’s three most beautiful traditional gardens. Continue on to Oumicho Market and Higashi Chaya street, popular with exclusive type of restaurants where guests are entertained by geisha with song and dances.
Sept. 29 – KANAZAWA – SHIRAKAWAGO ( B,L,D )
This morning visit Gujo Hachiman to see how the various food replicas that we see in all restaurants in Japan. Food replicas are the wax or plastic representations of dishes that many restaurants in Japan put on display to entice and inform patrons. Gujo Hachiman has been a center of food replica production for decades, and maintains four replica workshops. Then continue on visit Shirakawago, a small traditional village showcasing a building style known as gasshō-zukuri. Overnight at Gifu Miyako Hotel.
Sept. 30 – GIFU – KYOTO ( B,L )
This morning we depart Gifu and make our way to Kyoto. Our first stop is a visit to Kiyomizu Temple, The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) UNESCO World Heritage site. It was one of 20 finalists for the New7Wonders of the World. Next visit is Arashiyama with it’s famous Togetsuko Bridge, a well know landmark in the area as well as the Sagano Bamboo Groves. Overnight at New Miyako Hotel.
Oct. 01 – KYOTO ( B )
Free day for you to explore Kyoto.
Oct. 02 – KYOTO – KOBE ( B,L,D )
Today we visit the Nara Todaiji Temple and Deer Park. Nara is home to the largest wooden structure in the world, the magnificent Todaiji Temple which houses a giant bronze stature of Buddha. Continue on to visit Kobe Hakutsuru Japanese Sake Brewery, Japan’s top sake producing region. We will also visit the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institiute ( Earthquake Museum ) and the Nankinmachki Chinatown. Overnight at Ana Crowne Plaza Kobe.
Oct. 03 – KOBE – HIMEJI – HIROSHIMA ( B,L,D )
This morning, we visit Himeji Castle, known as the White Heron Castle, Japan’s most spectacular castle. Continue on to visit Hiroshima Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Museum. We will also visit Okonomimura Okonomiyaki village which is a Hiroshima style okonomiyaki food theme park. Overnight at Granvia Hiroshima Hotel.
Oct. 04 – HIROSHIMA ( B,L )
Today we visit Iwakuni Kintaikyo Bridge, a historical wooden arch bridge, built in 1673, spanning the Nishiki River in a series of five wooden arches. The bridge is located on the foot of Mt.Yokoyama, at the top of which lies Iwakuni Castle. After our visit to Iwakuni Castle, we continue on to Miyajima Island by ferry and visit Itsukushima shrine, a shrine with more than 1400 years of history, and is a registered World Heritage Site.
Oct. 05 – HIROSHIMA – OSAKA ( B,L,D )
We depart Hiroshima for Osaka via bullet train. In Osaka, we visit Osaka Tsutenkaku town, a landmark of Osaka that has appeared in numerous movies; and the Dotonbori and Shimbashi arcade, a famous shopping arcaded in Osaka. Continue on to Kuromon ichiba market, a main food market in Osaka with more than 190 years of history and tradition. Overnight at Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka.
Oct. 06 – OSAKA – Home ( B )
Morning free for last minute exploration. Depart in early afternoon for airport for flights home.