Japan Express: Osaka to Tokyo

Start: Osaka Finish: Tokyo

Visiting: Osaka, Kōyasan, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Hakone, Tokyo, Ginza, Akihabara, Imperial Palace


Duration: 8 Nights

Physical rating: 3 - Average

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour Operator: G Adventures

Group size: 1 - 15

Age range: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $2916 $2479

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Tour Overview

From the Buddhist monks of Koyasan to the high rollers of Tokyo, see the many faces of Japan on this condensed tour beginning in Osaka. Savour the region’s culinary delicacies and the beautiful views at Mt Fuji. You'll stay in a traditional ryokan and really soak up local culture in onsen hot springs. A great combination of the traditional and the contemporary, this adventure provides a taste of the rich culture of Japan.

Highlights

  • icon gaze at the famous floating torii gate in Miyajima
  • iconTake in views of Mt Fuji, stay in temple lodging and a traditional ryokan, gaze at the famous floating torii gate in Miyajima, explore Kyoto's Nijo Castle
  • icon Koyasan. Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum visit. Miyajima excursion with floating torii gate visit. Nijo Castle and gardens visit (Kyoto). Gion walk. Fushimi Inari shrine visit. Lake Ashino-ko boat ride (Hakone). Traditional ryokan stay with kaiseki meal. Japan Rail (JR) pass (7 days). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • iconTake in views of Mt Fuji
  • icon explore Kyoto's Nijo Castle
  • icon stay in temple lodging and a traditional ryokan
  • iconYour Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple
  • icon Koyasan. Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum visit. Miyajima Island excursion. Nijo Castle and gardens visit (Kyoto). Gion walk. Fushimi Inari shrine visit. Lake Ashino-ko boat ride (Hakone). Traditional ryokan stay with kaiseki meal. Japan Rail (JR) pass (7 days). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Places You'll See

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icon Day 1: Osaka

Location: Osaka

Accommodation: Ibis Styles Osaka

Arrive at any time.

We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully experience this lively city.

ACTIVITY: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

icon Day 2: Osaka/Kōyasan

Location: Osaka

Accommodation: Ekoin Monastery

Meals: BREAKFAST, DINNER

Depart early and travel to the centre of Buddhism in Japan and sleep in a temple atop the 800m Mt Koya. Savour a traditional dinner of shojin ryori (Buddhist vegetarian cuisine). Watch the monks pray in the morning.

Journey to Mt Koya, a religious centre founded in 816 by the Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi. The train ride up the mountain is possibly one of the finest rail journeys in Japan. For the final steep ascent, switch to funicular and then hop on a bus to reach the monastery. In the evening, dine on shojin-ryori, typical vegetarian cuisine, and relax in a yukata, or kimono.

TRANSPORT: MORNING Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

ACTIVITY: During the overnight stay in the mountain temple, witness the routines of the monks and dine on typical fare. Explore the temples and moss covered Oku-no-in cemetery in the afternoon. In the evening, savour the shojin-ryori vegetarian cuisine, and relax in a yukata or kimono. Early morning at the temple offers the chance to observe the monks praying, before a vegetarian breakfast. Breathe the fresh mountain air and soak in the beautiful surroundings.

ACTIVITY: AFTERNOON Oku-no-in is the most sacred site in Koyasan and the location of the mausoleum for Kobo Daishi (also known as Kukai), the founder of Shingon Buddhism. The area is surrounded by a massive cemetery, the largest in Japan. With over 200,000 tombstones lining the almost 2km path to Kobo Daishi's mausoleum, there is plenty of area to explore. Be sure to see Torodo Hall (Hall of Lamps), the main place of worship, where more than 10,000 lanterns are kept burning day and night.

icon Day 3: Kōyasan/Hiroshima

Location: Kōyasan

Accommodation: Hotel New Hiroden

Meals: BREAKFAST

Watch the monks pray in the morning and enjoy a traditional breakfast before travelling to Hiroshima. This afternoon, visit the Peace Park and Memorial Museum commemorating the events of 1945.

Early morning offers the chance to observe the monks praying. Breathe in some fresh mountain air before a vegetarian breakfast, then start the journey back down the mountain via bus, train and funicular. Later, board a train to Hiroshima, a historically significant city, marked by the explosion of the first atomic bomb in 1945.

TRANSPORT: Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.

ACTIVITY: Walk through the Peace Park in the centre of Hiroshima, a living memorial dedicated to the tens of thousands who died from the atomic bomb blast in 1945. Visit the statue of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who died of leukemia as a result of the bomb blast, despite folding 1,000 origami paper cranes to appeal to the gods to make her well. See the frame of the Gembaku Dome, the sole building to withstand the explosion. Reflect, remember, and be reminded of the power we all hold to create peace.

icon Day 4: Hiroshima

Location: Hiroshima

Accommodation: Hotel New Hiroden

Take a ferry ride over to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating Torii Gate. Opt to hike around Mt Misen.

Additional Information: Please note the floating Torii Gate will be under construction from June 2019 to August 2020.

TRANSPORT: Hop a ferry to reach the island and journey back in the evening.

ACTIVITY: Take a trip to Miyajima Island, famed as one of Japan's most scenic spots, with a free afternoon to explore. See the famous floating Torii Gate, set out in the bay, which glows extraordinarily at sunset. The island is dotted with shrines and temples, populated by deer and monkeys, and traversed with hiking trails for those who want to get some exercise. There are also lanes full of souvenirs and tasty treats. Visit Miyajima at your own pace, and have the option to hike up to the peak of the island, Mt Misen, to see spectacular views of the surrounding islands.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Free time on Miyajima Island to make the most of this beautiful location.

icon Day 5: Hiroshima/Kyoto

Location: Hiroshima

Accommodation: The b Kyoto Sanjo

Travel to Kyoto and start exploring. Visit the impressive Nijo Castle and gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening, explore the geisha district of Gion on a CEO-led walking tour.

Additional Information: Please note the Ninomaru Palace at Nijo Castle will be closed from Dec 26-Jan 3. Groups travelling during this time will visit the Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

TRANSPORT: Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.

ACTIVITY: Walk through Gion, Kyoto's most famous geisha district. Visit shops, restaurants and ochaya (teahouses), where geiko (Kyoto dialect for geisha) and maiko (geiko apprentices) entertain.

ACTIVITY: Visit the Nijo Castle, the residence of the first shogun of the Edo Period built in 1603. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the property is divided into three areas: the Honmaru (main circular fortification), Ninomaru (secondary circle of defense), and the gorgeous gardens that surround both.

icon Day 6: Kyoto

Location: Kyoto

Accommodation: The b Kyoto Sanjo

Enjoy a visit to the beautiful Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine and walk under the bright torii gates. Opt to shop, stroll along the riverbank, or explore another of Kyoto's many temples with free time.

ACTIVITY: Visit the Fushimi Inari shrine, located just outside of Kyoto. Walk under the thousands of iconic torii gates (as seen in the film Memoirs of a Geisha) and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. The shrine itself is at the base of the Inari mountain but includes many trails up to smaller shrines in the area.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Continue exploring Japan's historic capital with some free time.

icon Day 7: Kyoto/Hakone

Location: Kyoto

Accommodation: Hakone Pax Yoshino

Meals: DINNER

Take a boat ride on Lake Ashino-ko, and hopefully catch a glimpse of majestic Mt Fuji. Enjoy a stay in traditional ryokan accommodation, feast on a Japanese multi-course kaiseki meal, soak in the natural hot springs, and sleep on a futon.

Travel to Hakone, a town in the hills famous for its onsens, or natural hot springs. Stay in a traditional ryokan, with its own private onsen. In the evening, enjoy the ryokan, savouring a complex meal of traditional Japanese foods, followed by a recommended soak in the onsen.

TRANSPORT: Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

ACTIVITY: Hop aboard a passenger boat to cruise the waters of Lake Ashinoko. If you are lucky, on a clear day you can capture a view of Mt Fuji. The lake was formed from the caldera of Mt Hakone following its eruption 3000 years ago. Sit back, relax and enjoy.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy the ryokan, savour a complex meal of traditional Japanese foods, then finish the day with a soak in the onsen.

icon Day 8: Hakone/Tokyo

Location: Hakone

Accommodation: The B Ikebukuro Tokyo

Meals: BREAKFAST

Head to Tokyo with time to do some last-minute shopping.

Arrive before noon to Tokyo, with time to explore this energetic metropolis. Opt to visit Ueno park and the museums, Akihabara for cutting edge electronics, Harajuku for funky fashions, Ginza for the highest of the high end, walk the grounds of the Imperial Palace East Garden, or just stroll the streets, looking for the traditional life that still lies just under the modern surface.

TRANSPORT: Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON With so much to do, start exploring now.

icon Day 9: Tokyo

Location: Tokyo

Depart at any time.

Additional Information: We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.

What's Included

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    Accommodation

    Hotels (6 nts), mountain monastery (1 nt, shared facilities), traditional inn (1 nt, shared facilities).

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    Meals

    3 breakfasts, 2 dinners

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

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    Miyajima Island excursion

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    Fushimi Inari shrine visit

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

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    Lake Ashino-ko boat ride (Hakone)

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

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    Gion walk

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

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    Traditional ryokan stay with kaiseki meal

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

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    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

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    Japan Rail (JR) pass (7 days)

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

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    Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum visit

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

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    Nijo Castle and gardens visit (Kyoto)

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Koyasan

Accommodation

Hotels (6 nts), mountain monastery (1 nt, shared facilities), traditional inn (1 nt, shared facilities).

Meals Included

3 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Transport

Bullet train, tram, ferry, public bus, walking.

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    G Adventures requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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