Classic Japan: Land of the Rising Sun

Classic Japan: Land of the Rising Sun

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Classic Japan: Land of the Rising Sun

12 Days Starting in Tokyo, Japan and ending in kyoto

Visiting: Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Osaka, Okayama, Kurashiki, Hiroshima, Bizen, Himeji, Kyoto, Asia

Tour operator:

Cosmos

Tour code:

2510-2025

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 43

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Budget

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

This Japan tour is perfect for value-minded travel lovers who enjoy history, beautiful settings, and fascinating architecture. You’ll start in Tokyo, end in Kyoto, and overnight along the way in the Mount Fuji area, Osaka, and Hiroshima. Highlights of this tour through Japan are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites you’ll visit. Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain, has long been worshipped as a sacred mountain; you’ll enjoy views of majestic Mount Fiji and Lake Kawaguchi during your cable-car ride (weather permitting). In Hiroshima, visit Itsukushima Shrine, built over water and known for its iconic floating Torii gate and Peace Memorial Park to see the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, the only remaining structure from the first atomic bomb in 1945. In Kyoto, visit the Temple of the Gold Pavilion, a Buddhist temple covered in beautiful gold leaf and participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. In addition to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, famous shrines, and other historic sites, this tour includes visits to two of Japan’s premier gardens dating back to the 1600’s. Walk the tranquil Koraku-En to enjoy the ponds, bridges, waterfalls, and tea house and the Shinjuku Gyoen or “Imperial Garden,” formerly a feudal lord’s property and home to one thousand cherry blossom trees. You’ll enjoy a local lunch and taste the “Japanese pizza” of Osaka, the legendary okonomiyaki dish. Plus, you’ll ride on the famous bullet train or shinkansen. History, scenery, culture, cuisine, and fun experiences…this Japan vacation has it all!

Highlights

  • Mount Fuji.

  • Chureito Pagoda.

  • Visit Osaka Castle

  • Peace Memorial Park

Places You'll See

Mitsui Garden Hotel Jingugaien Tokyo Premier

Fujisan Mishima Tokyu Hotel

Mitsui Garden Hotel Osaka Premier

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Hiroshima Ekimae

Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Sanjo

Mitsui Garden Hotel Jingugaien Tokyo Premier

Fujisan Mishima Tokyu Hotel

Mitsui Garden Hotel Osaka Premier

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Hiroshima Ekimae

Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Sanjo

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Tokyo,Japan

Location: Tokyo

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: No Meals

Welcome to Japan’s capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2 : Tokyo

Location: Tokyo

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Meet your Tour Director and travel companions prior to morning sightseeing in Tokyo. Your tour starts with a visit to Meiji Shrine, a magnificent 20th-century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest. Next, visit Shinjuku Gyoen Garden. Originally dating from the early 1600s, the garden was destroyed in World War II and reopened in 1949 as a public park, home to one thousand cherry blossom trees. Today, it remains an immensely popular stop for locals and visitors alike. Last stop is the vibrant Asakusa Kannon Temple and the bustling Nakamise shopping arcade. The balance of the afternoon is at leisure.

Day 3 : Tokyo

Location: Tokyo

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy the day at your leisure to explore this sprawling metropolis.

Day 4 : Tokyo,Mount Fuji Area

Location: Tokyo, Mount Fuji

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, leave Tokyo and head south along the coast to the beautiful Five Lakes region. Take a cable-car ride (weather permitting) for panoramic views of Lake Kawaguchi and spectacular Mount Fuji, or Fujisan as the locals call it, Japan’s highest mountain. You’ll also visit Chureito Pagoda for a chance to snap your own iconic image of the pagoda with Fujisan in the background!

Day 5 : Mount Fuji Area,Osaka

Location: Mount Fuji, Osaka

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, board Japan’s famous bullet train for Osaka. Upon arrival, a traditional lunch is served. Experience the city’s legendary dish, okonomiyaki, a delicious Japanese-style pancake. Then, join your Tour Director for a walking tour in Minami. Made up of Shinsaibashi, Namba, and Dotonbori, this area is home to great dining and nightlife and some of the city’s most fashionable shops and department stores.

Day 6 : Osaka

Location: Osaka

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: No Meals

Your sightseeing tour starts at the Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses, where traditional thatched-roof farm houses dating from the Edo period have been restored. Be transported back in time as you explore the old architecture. Visit Osaka Castle then enjoy the afternoon and evening at leisure. Perhaps return to Dotonbori this evening to sample local cuisine and see the sparkling neon lights.

Day 7 : Osaka,Okayama,Kurashiki,Hiroshima

Location: Osaka, Okayama, Kurashiki, Hiroshima

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, drive south to Okayama and visit Koraku-en, one of the “Three Great Gardens of Japan.” The 30-acre garden features ponds, plum groves, and tea fields. The wide lawns, believed to uplift the spirit and promote open mindedness, are unique to Koraku-en and not a traditional feature of Japanese gardens. In Kurashiki, enjoy free time in the Bikan Historical Quarter, once the political and commercial center of the city. The canal-lined, white-washed, stone streets reflect the Edo period (1603-1867) and are quintessentially Japanese. Continue to Hiroshima.

Day 8 : Hiroshima

Location: Hiroshima

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today’s full day sightseeing includes two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Peace Memorial Park and Itsukushima Shrine. Start at Peace Memorial Park where you’ll visit the Peace Memorial, commonly referred to as the Atomic Bomb Dome, that is preserved and is just as it was on August 6, 1945, immediately after the bombing. You will also visit the Memorial Museum and Memorial Hall, which commemorate the lives lost that day. Then, travel to Miyajima Island to visit Itsukushima Shrine, known for its beautiful floating Torii Gate.

Day 9 : Hiroshima,Bizen,Himeji,Kyoto

Location: Hiroshima, Bizen, Himeji, Kyoto

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Drive north to Bizen, where you’ll visit a traditional pottery workshop to learn more about Bizen-yaki, one of Japan’s six ancient pottery styles dating back over 1,000 years. Stop in Himeji to visit Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see the finest surviving example of early 17th-century Japanese castle architecture that combines function with elegance. Continue to Kyoto. This evening, you may choose to stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan (additional fee).

Day 10 : Kyoto

Location: Kyoto

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Your day begins with a visit to stunning Kinkakuji, the Temple of the Gold Pavilion, covered in shimmering gold leaf. Walk through bustling Nishiki Market, a narrow, five block long shopping street lined by more than one hundred shops and restaurants. Participate in a tea ceremony, time-honored tradition, and wonderfully choreographed ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea. The afternoon is free for you to explore more of Kyoto’s historic sites and shrines. After lunch, visit Sanjusajendo Temple, famous for its 1,001 statues of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy and Fushimi Inari Shrine, renowned for the thousands of brightly hued Torii Gate. Then, take a walking tour through Gion, Kyoto’s most famous geisha district, and sample a local Japanese treat.

Day 11 : Kyoto

Location: Kyoto

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Full day at leisure to explore more of Kyoto’s historic sites and shrines.

Day 12 : Kyoto

Location: Kyoto

Meals Included: Breakfast

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

What's Included

  • Fully Guided

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Transport

    Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi.

What's Not Included

Not, Included.

Meals

11 breakfasts, 4 lunches

UNESCO Sites

Himeji Castle|Hiroshima Peace Memorial|Itsukushima Shrine|Mount Fuji

Small Group

Cosmos offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Asia tour dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 20 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

Accommodation

Mitsui Garden Hotel Jingugaien Tokyo Premier



Located in the heart of the city, and just one minute from a subway station, the Mitsui Garden Hotel Jingugaien Tokyo Premier offer great access to all Tokyo has to offer. Its situated within a calming garden area to help you escape the crowds after a day of sightseeing. From the rooftop terrace you'll have 360 degree views over the city.





Fujisan Mishima Tokyu Hotel



This brand new hotel features great access to and view of Mt. Fuji, as well as a restaurant, sauna, and free Wifi.





Mitsui Garden Hotel Osaka Premier



Located a 5-minute walk from Higobashi Subway Station and close to popular tourist areas, Mitsui Garden Hotel Osaka Premier is a great base to explore the city from. Guestrooms are spacious by Japanese standards and feature a simple contemporary style. The hotel also features an on site Japanese-style bath to relax in after exploring.





Daiwa Roynet Hotel Hiroshima Ekimae



Conveniently located just within a 5-minute walk of Hiroshima Station, Daiwa Roynet Hotel Hiroshima Ekimae is the perfect base to explore the city and the surrounding area.





Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo



Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo is located in Kyoto, 600 metres from Karasuma Station. It offers modern accommodation with a public bath, a restaurant and rooms with free WiFi. Shijo Station Exit 2 on the Karasuma Subway Line is a 6-minute stroll.

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Low.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, 5 years or above.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in an Itinerary.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1961

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Cosmos is committed to minimizing our impact on the environment and to reducing dependence on non-renewable resources. In this endeavor, we have implemented policies to support this mission and are working carefully to enhance our products with this mission and our values combined. We are committed to complying with all relevant legislation and/or regulations.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Travel documents, including any air tickets, itineraries, and other information, are available approximately two to three weeks prior to departure provided full payment has been received.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    All guests are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for travel through February, 2023. Beginning March 1, 2023, while we highly recommend vaccination, we will no longer require it. We ask all guests to comply with airline and destination requirements, which still may apply. To check your destination requirements for your travel dates, view the Latest Travel & Health Restrictions for Travel.

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WE saw so much. The tour director Mladin was very knowledgeable and made the experience so enjoyable. The bus driver Paul was so nice and helpful. A couple of the hotels had no refrigerators to keep the water cold. We had to carry our own luggage to and from the rooms. There should have been porters to help us. Over all we had a great time.

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