JOURNEY THROUGH JAPAN - 2018
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From $4979 AUD
This Japan tour showcases the very best that the country has to offer. You’ll start and end in Tokyo and overnight throughout in Toyama, Nagoya, Osaka, Matsue, Hiroshima, and Kyoto. Along the way, you’ll see stunning scenery and visit many of Japan’s celebrated sites.
On this tour through Japan, you’ll visit many famous shrines and UNESCO Heritage Sites. In Tokyo, visit Meiji Shrine, built in the 1920s to enshrine the emperor, and journey to Nikko to see the Toshogu Shrine and its Yomeimon Gate. See Shirakawa’s unique Gassho-Zukuri thatched houses, which can only be found here, then continue to Toba to visit the Ise Grande Shrine. In Hiroshima, visit Peace Memorial Park and see the only remaining structure—the Atomic Bomb Dome—that predates the 1945 atomic blast. An excursion from Hiroshima takes you to the Itsukushima Shrine, built over water and known for its iconic floating Torii gate. Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has long been worshipped as a sacred mountain. You’ll enjoy views of majestic Mount Fiji during your cruise on crystal-blue Lake Ashi and during your cable-car ride (weather permitting).
In addition to Japan’s famous sites, on this tour you’ll also learn about the culture. Visit Takayama for a glimpse of traditional 19th century Japanese architecture, learn about pearl cultivation on Mikimoto Pearl Island, and participate in a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto.
All of this—and more—await you on this value-minded tour through Japan!
In Tokyo, Matsumoto, Hiroshima, Kyoto and Mount Fuji Area. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
- SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
Meiji Shrine, Lake Chuzenji, Kegon Waterfall, Gassho-Zukuri houses, Shukkei-en Garden, Nijo Castle, Temple of the Gold Pavilion, Heian Shrine and Garden, Lake Ashi Cruise.
Services of a professional Tour Director.
Private, deluxe, airconditioned coach while touring; bullet train from Hiroshima to Kyoto
Hotel accommodation will be allocated in twin-bed or double rooms with private facilities, as stated or similar.
Breakfast daily (B)
Day by Day
Welcome to Japan's capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Today's sightseeing tour takes you to the MEIJI SHRINE, a magnificent 20th century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest. Afterwards, pass by the Imperial Palace Plaza, the State Guest House, the Akihabara district, and the famous Ginza shopping street. Your tour concludes with a visit to the ASAKUSA KANNON TEMPLE and the NAKAMISE SHOPPING ARCADE. Enjoy a free afternoon and evening in this cosmopolitan city. (B)
TOKYO. NIKKO EXCURSION.
Journey north to Nikko for a visit to TOSHOGU SHRINE and its famous YOMEIMON GATE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, continue on to the scenic Iroha-zaka Driveway, which reaches elevations of 3,940 feet (1200 metres), to visit LAKE CHUZENJI and the KEGON WATERFALL. Later, return to Tokyo. (B)
This morning drive to Matsumoto where you will see Matsumoto Castle and the Matsumoto City Museum. Later, travel to Nagano to visit Zenkoji Temple. Founded 1400 years ago, the temple houses what is said to be the first Buddhist statue brought to Japan. (B)
NAGANO - SHIRAKAWA - TAKAYAMA - NAGOYA.
Continue through Japan's beautiful mountain scenery to one of the country's most remote regions - Shirakawa. Protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the unique Gassho-Zukuri (meaning joined hands) style thatched houses can only be found in this area. This afternoon, journey through the Japanese Alps, via one of Japan's longest road tunnels, to the secluded town of Takayama, where old traditions are untouched by the passage of time. Visit the Kusakabe Heritage House for a glimpse of traditional Japanese architecture of the late 19th century before heading to Nagoya. (B)
Begin today with a trip to Toba and visit MIKIMOTO PEARL ISLAND to learn about the pearl cultivation process. Later, enjoy a visit to the most important shrine of the Shinto "church," ISE GRANDE SHRINE. This afternoon, continue to Osaka, Japan's second largest city, where the rest of the day is at leisure. (B)
Journey to the city of Yonago on the coast of the Sea of Japan. After a brief visit, continue to ADACHI MUSEUM OF ART to view Japanese-style gardens and view paintings by one of the greatest Japanese painters, Yokoyama Taikan. Later, visit Matsue to see MATSUE CASTLE and BUKE YASHIKI, a former samurai residence. (B)
En route to Hiroshima, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of ITSUKUSHIMA SHRINE and its famous FLOATING TORII GATE. From here, continue to Hiroshima. This city bears significant historic importance, for it was here that the world's first atomic bomb was dropped in 1945. Your tour features the PEACE MEMORIAL PARK to see the PEACE MEMORIAL, commonly referred to as the Atomic Bomb Dome, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been preserved just as it was on August 6, 1945, immediately after the bombing. Also, visit the SHUKKEIEN GARDEN, which dates back to 1620. (B)
Your fascinating journey to Kyoto, aboard one of Japan's famous BULLET TRAINS, is sure to be a highlight of your tour. Kyoto is one of the most fascinating cities in Japan and the remainder of your day is free to explore. This evening, you may choose to stay (additional expense) in a traditional Japanese ryokan. (B)
Enjoy a tour of Kyoto, visiting many of the city's temples, shrines, palaces, and pagodas. A highlight of the day is a visit to the extraordinary NIJO CASTLE, built in 1603 as the official residence of the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. You will also visit the TEMPLE OF THE GOLD PAVILION and the HEIAN SHRINE AND GARDEN. During the day, there will also be a chance to participate in a traditional JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY. (B)
KYOTO-MOUNT FUJI AREA-TOKYO.
Drive to the Mount Fuji area for a leisurely CRUISE ON LAKE ASHI and an aerial CABLE CAR RIDE (weather permitting) over the beautiful Owakudani Valley. From here, enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Fuji, before continuing on to your Tokyo airport hotel. (B)
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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