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9 Day Classic Japan 2018 Itinerary tour
Hakone Hiroshima 9 Day Classic Japan 2018 Itinerary Trip

9 Day Classic Japan 2018 Itinerary

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
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Overview

Highlights

  • Tour dazzling Tokyo, a city of ancient traditions coupled with state-of-the-art technology
  • View the serene Meiji Shrine honoring the first Emperor of modern Japan and his Empress
  • Board the famous Shinkansen, or “bullet train” that whisks you from Tokyo to Osaka
  • Visit dramatic Osaka Castle with its extraordinary collection of art, armor and collectibles
  • In Osaka, walk through bustling Kuromon Market, with vendors selling fast-food Japanese-style
  • Discover Kyoto, founded in the 7th century, one of the early capitals of Japan
  • Climb to the hilltop Kiyomizu temple, for astonishings views over the city of Kyoto
  • Stand before the celebrated gold-gilded Kinkakuji Temple, known as the “Golden Pavilion"

Short Description

3 Tokyo, 2 Osaka, 2 Kyoto

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City N/A
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Travel Theme

Cultural 50 plus

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Cities & Attractions

Hakone Hiroshima Kyoto Nara Osaka Tokyo

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Trip Includes

  • Flights Los Angeles-Tokyo, Osaka-Los Angeles Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 7 nights accommodations
  • 3 nights Tokyo
  • 2 nights Osaka
  • 2 nights Kyoto
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • High-Speed Bullet Train: Tokyo-Osaka
  • 9 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners with wine
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
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    Itinerary

    DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Japan
    Depart for Japan

    DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Tokyo
    Arrive in dynamic Tokyo and transfer to the hotel. Time to settle in and rest before tonight’s Welcome Dinner and briefing with your Tour Manager and travel companions. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 pm, in order not to miss the orientation meeting and welcome dinner
    Overnight: Tokyo
    Meals: Dinner

    DAY 3, Friday - Tour of Tokyo
    On today’s tour of Tokyo, witness the contrast of this city of ancient traditions coupled with state-of-the-art technology. The tour begins at the Imperial Palace, a huge parkland with magnificent gardens, the residence of Japan’s Imperial family. Continue to Asakusa, once Tokyo’s leading entertainment district. Here, enter the massive gates to the ancient Buddhist temple of Sensoji built in the 7th century and the Kannon Temple, one of the most visited spiritual sites in the world. Stroll along bustling Nakamise Street; see endless rows of traditional local snacks and souvenirs. Make a photo stop at the impressive Tokyo Tower, the world’s tallest self-supporting steel tower, a symbol of Japan's post-war rebirth. Continue through trendy Omotesando to the serene Meiji Shrine, nestled in a beautiful forested area that honors the first Emperor of modern Japan and his Empress. Next, to the frenetic Ginza district, Tokyo's celebrated shopping, dining and amusement area – time to linger and discover on your own
    Overnight: Tokyo
    Meals: Breakfast

    DAY 4, Saturday - Full Day in Tokyo
    Spend the day at leisure to explore all of the delights of Tokyo on your own, or, participate in the optional full day tour to Mt. Fuji and Hakone that promises a day of breathtaking natural scenery. Upon arrival, ascend to the 5th Station of Mt. Fuji, located at an elevation of 7,545 feet (weather permitting) pausing to admire the gorgeous panorama of the park and lake. After lunch, enjoy a picturesque boat cruise around pristine Lake Ashi. Later, take off to the summit by cable car to marvel at the sweeping views of Hakone National Park. Spend time at leisure to explore the surrounding area on your own. Afterwards, return to Tokyo
    *This optional tour and its inclusions are permitting weather conditions, and subject to change
    Optional: Full day Mt. Fuji & Hakone with lunch
    Overnight: Tokyo
    Meals: Breakfast

    DAY 5, Sunday - Bullet Train to Osaka, City Tour
    At the Shinagawa Station, board the world-famous Shinkansen, or “bullet train” that whisks you to Osaka – a unique experience! Upon arrival, your sightseeing of Osaka begins with a visit to the dramatic Osaka Castle built as a display of power in the 16th century, strategically looming over the surrounding park and moat. Inside, see an excellent collection of art, armor, and collectibles. A quick photo stop at Umeda sky building, a strikingly unique high-rise structure, before continuing to the Kuromon Market, an Osaka landmark, with vendors selling fresh food and fast-food Japanese-style. Stop for lunch, or just try the tasty snacks. Then, free time to wander along the Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori shopping streets with an array of fabulous selection of fashionable boutiques. Continue to the hotel in Osaka for overnight
    Overnight: Osaka
    Meals: Breakfast

    DAY 6, Monday - Full Day in Osaka
    Time to discover Osaka on your own, or, join the fascinating optional tour to Hiroshima and Miyajima Island. After arriving by train, a tram or bus takes you to the Peace Memorial, a historical site near where the atomic bomb exploded, dedicated to the many lives lost in Hiroshima. The burning flame that marks these graves “will only be extinguished when all nuclear weapons in the world are destroyed!” This park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. After this solemn visit, a short ferry ride to Miyajima Island, not far from the coast. Enjoy views of the striking Itsukushima Shrine best known for its "floating" Torii Gate, dating back to the 6th century. Spend free time on the island with its many shrines and temples before boarding the train back to Osaka
    Optional: Full day Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour
    Overnight: Osaka
    Meals: Breakfast

    DAY 7, Tuesday - Kyoto City Tour
    Journey today to historic Kyoto, founded in the 7th century, one of the early capitals of Japan and home of the country’s most treasured remnants of Japanese imperial life. Here, start with a visit to the celebrated gold-gilded Kinkakuji Temple, known as the “Golden Pavilion’ surrounded by trees and nestled on a reflective pond. After a stop at the hillside Kiyomizu Temple for astonishing views over the city of Kyoto. End the day with a walk in Gion, Kyoto's most famous Geisha district; visit the shops, restaurants and tea houses where Geisha entertain
    Overnight: Kyoto
    Meals: Breakfast

    DAY 8, Wednesday - Full Day in Kyoto
    The morning is at leisure for personal pursuits. In the afternoon, enjoy this stunning city on your own, or, embark on the optional tour to the 8th century Imperial capital of Nara. In this repository of Japan’s cultural heritage, there are eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a wealth of historic treasures including some of Japan’s oldest Buddhist temples. Arrive at the exquisite wooden Todai-ji Temple, home of the impressive Daibutsu (Great Buddha) bronze statue, rising over 50 feet high and visit the famous and beautiful Kasuga Grand Shrine displaying over 3,000 antique hanging bronze and stone lanterns. Continue to Nara Park to see the over 1,000 tame deer roaming freely in the peaceful park. Tonight, gather together for a Farewell Dinner at the hotel
    Optional: Imperial Capital of Nara (PM)
    Overnight: Kyoto
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    DAY 9, Thursday - Depart Japan
    Transfer to the airport in Osaka for your departure flight
    Meals: Breakfast

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    Optional Activities

    Full Day Mt. Fuji & Hakone with Lunch
    Travel along the scenic roads of rural Japan with its striking natural scenery. Ascend to the 5th Station of Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan and one of the most beautiful conical volcanoes in the world. Stop to admire the gorgeous landscape (weather permitting) of the park and lake Ashi. After lunch, enjoy a relaxing cruise around placid Lake Ashi. Ascend to the summit using a cable car, to marvel at sweeping views of Hakone National Park and gain a whole new appreciation of this iconic mountain. Spend time at leisure to explore the surrounding area on your own before returning to your hotel in Tokyo.

    Pick up details to be advised locally. Drop-off at Shinjuku Station. Approximate tour duration is 11 hours.

    *Note If the volcanic warning condition is at a high level, the itinerary may be modified and advised locally.

    OnDay : 4
    Price : $126

    Full Day Mt. Fuji & Hakone with Lunch
    Travel along the scenic roads of rural Japan with its striking natural scenery. Ascend to the 5th Station of Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan and one of the most beautiful conical volcanoes in the world. Stop to admire the gorgeous landscape (weather permitting) of the park and lake Ashi. After lunch, enjoy a relaxing cruise around placid Lake Ashi. Ascend to the summit using a cable car, to marvel at sweeping views of Hakone National Park and gain a whole new appreciation of this iconic mountain. Spend time at leisure to explore the surrounding area on your own before returning to your hotel in Tokyo.

    Pick up details to be advised locally. Drop-off at Shinjuku Station. Approximate tour duration is 11 hours.

    *Note If the volcanic warning condition is at a high level, the itinerary may be modified and advised locally.

    OnDay : 4
    Price : $126

    Full Day Hiroshima & Miyajima
    Spend a day exploring the historical highlights of Hiroshima and discovering the idyllic Miyajima Island on this tour from Osaka. Depart from Shin-Osaka station on board the bullet train for your ride to Hiroshima. Upon arrival, visit the Hiroshima Memorial Park, a historical site near where the atomic bomb exploded. See exhibitions that show the carnal destruction the bomb caused and marvel at how the city recovered. Take a moment to reflect on the heartbreaking history of the region. Continue to the iconic Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome), a structure that miraculously survived the 1945 attack. Afterwards, board a ferry to the majestic Miyajima Island, an area known as one of Japan’s most beautiful landscapes. Disembark and explore the island with your guide, as he explains the history of the iconic red Itsukushima Shrine, that appears to float on the water at high tide. Reboard the ferry and head back to Hiroshima, from where you take the bullet train for your return journey to Osaka.

    Pick up details to be advised locally. Drop off at Shin-Osaka station. Approximate tour duration is 11 hours.

    OnDay : 6
    Price : $358

    Full Day Hiroshima & Miyajima
    Spend a day exploring the historical highlights of Hiroshima and discovering the idyllic Miyajima Island on this tour from Osaka. Depart from Shin-Osaka station on board the bullet train for your ride to Hiroshima. Upon arrival, visit the Hiroshima Memorial Park, a historical site near where the atomic bomb exploded. See exhibitions that show the carnal destruction the bomb caused and marvel at how the city recovered. Take a moment to reflect on the heartbreaking history of the region. Continue to the iconic Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome), a structure that miraculously survived the 1945 attack. Afterwards, board a ferry to the majestic Miyajima Island, an area known as one of Japan’s most beautiful landscapes. Disembark and explore the island with your guide, as he explains the history of the iconic red Itsukushima Shrine, that appears to float on the water at high tide. Reboard the ferry and head back to Hiroshima, from where you take the bullet train for your return journey to Osaka.

    Pick up details to be advised locally. Drop off at Shin-Osaka station. Approximate tour duration is 11 hours.

    OnDay : 6
    Price : $358

    Imperial Capital of Nara
    Travel via the Nara Keinawa expressway to the 8th century Imperial capital of Nara, repository of Japan's cultural heritage, with eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a wealth of historic treasures. Arrive at the exquisite Todai-ji Temple, one of the world’s largest wooden structures and home of the impressive Great Buddha bronze statue, rising over 50 feet high. You then continue to Nara Park to see the over 1,000 tame deer roaming freely in the peaceful park. The tour concludes with a visit to the famous and beautiful Kasuga Taisha Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, displaying over 3,000 antique hanging bronze lanterns.

    Pick up details to be advised locally. Drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

    OnDay : 8
    Price : $69

    Imperial Capital of Nara
    Travel via the Nara Keinawa expressway to the 8th century Imperial capital of Nara, repository of Japan's cultural heritage, with eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a wealth of historic treasures. Arrive at the exquisite Todai-ji Temple, one of the world’s largest wooden structures and home of the impressive Great Buddha bronze statue, rising over 50 feet high. You then continue to Nara Park to see the over 1,000 tame deer roaming freely in the peaceful park. The tour concludes with a visit to the famous and beautiful Kasuga Taisha Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, displaying over 3,000 antique hanging bronze lanterns.

    Pick up details to be advised locally. Drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

    OnDay : 8
    Price : $69

    Flights & Transport

    Only ground transport

    Group Size:

    Small Group - 24 max

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    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

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    *Not Included: Optional tours and gratuities.

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