Splendours of Japan

Splendours of Japan

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Splendours of Japan

13 Days Starting in Tokyo, Japan and ending in Osaka, Japan

Visiting: Tokyo, Yamanakako, Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway, Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Kotohira, Hiroshima, Osaka

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

JPHOZN19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

15 - 28

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
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Tour Overview

Embrace the timeless tradition and modern spirit of Japan’s iconic sites, from the neon skyline of Tokyo to the foodie hotspot of Osaka. Relax in the soothing hot springs of Kotohira, spend the night in a traditional ryokan and contemplate world peace in Hiroshima. Encounter the Sensoji Buddhist Temple. One of Tokyo's most colourful and popular temples, Sensoji has been rebuilt countless times since it was founded in 628, making it Tokyo's oldest temple site.

Highlights

  • Hiroshima: Sample the famous Hiroshima style okonomiyaki.

  • Mountain village of Gokayama.

  • Golden pavilion of Kinkakuji Temple.

  • View Mt. Fuji

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Konnichiwa Tokyo
Location: Tokyo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: New Otani Garden Tower
Meals Included: Welcome Reception

Your in-depth exploration of Japan begins in Tokyo. On arrival at Narita or Haneda Airport, take a shuttle bus transfer to your centrally located hotel, where you’ll join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome drink and local appetisers.

Day 2 : Explore Vibrant Tokyo
Location: Tokyo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: New Otani Garden Tower
Meals Included: Breakfast

We launch our city tour in the old-time entertainment centre of Asakusa, where we’ll encounter the Sensoji Buddhist Temple. One of Tokyo's most colourful and popular temples, Sensoji has been rebuilt countless times since it was founded in 628, making it Tokyo's oldest temple site. Strolling down Nakamise next, we immerse ourselves in the sights and sounds of shitamachi (downtown Tokyo), admiring the wooden dolls, colourful chiyogami (origami paper) and traditional Japanese sweets. We’ll ascend Tokyo Skytree, the world's highest free-standing broadcasting tower for panoramic views of the city, then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or on an optional experience where a professional stylist will dress you in a traditional Japanese kimono.

Day 3 : Off To The Five Lakes District
Location: Tokyo, Yamanakako
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Fuji Marriott Yamanakako
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our first stop today is the Imperial Palace Plaza from where the two bridges that form the entrance to the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace can be viewed. We'll have the opportunity to explore the leafy Imperial Palace East Gardens before continuing our city tour. At the Tokyo National Museum browse collections of Japanese art, then continue to the Ginza district where we’ll learn how to make sushi with a Local Specialist. We venture to the Five Lakes District next, keeping a keen eye out for the UNESCO listed Mt. Fuji which dominates the landscape.

Day 4 : Majestic Mt. Fuji And Timeless Takayama
Location: Yamanakako, Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway, Takayama
Accommodation: Resort
Accommodation Name: Associa Takayama Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Visit Oshino Hakkai, a small rural village in the Fuji Five Lakes district, renowned for eight natural spring water ponds that are fed by melted snow from Mt. Fuji. Admire the reflections of the sky and landscapes in its clear waters, then ascend Mt. Fuji by road to 2,300 metres at the 5th station. Ride up Mt. Tenjo on the Kachikachiyama Ropeway next, for jaw-dropping views (weather permitting) of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchiko. Then, journey through the Japanese Alps to the beautiful hillside town of Takayama, before enjoying dinner at the hotel.

Day 5 : Experience Gokayama And On To Kanazawa Dive Into Culture Make Travel Matter
Location: Takayama, Kanazawa
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Kanazawa Tokyu
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Immerse yourself in tradition as you walk through the Edo-style streets of Takayama's Old Town. Indulge a lunch of Japanese Hida-gyu – beef from a black-haired Japanese cattle breed, renowned as one of the finest quality varieties of beef. Journey back in time this afternoon during a visit to the peaceful UNESCO-listed Gokayama, a mountain village set amidst five valleys. Admire the unique construction of the local Gassho-zukuri wooden houses that have been built without the use of nails with steeply sloped thatched roofs to prevent snow from building up on them. Next, meet a local family in one of these houses to observe local artisans making washi paper and trying your hand at making your own. Make a difference to the sustainability of this small business during this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Stay overnight in Kanazawa.

Day 6 : Traditional Kanazawa
Location: Kanazawa
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Kanazawa Tokyu
Meals Included: Breakfast

Join a Local Specialist this morning to learn the secrets of painting gold leaf, a delicate craft the Japanese have been perfecting since the 16th century. Continue to the tranquil gardens of Kenrokuen, which took shape over a hundred years to emerge as one of Japan’s most beautiful gardens. Connecting with your exquisite natural surrounds, you’ll stroll through ornate landscapes and past ponds and temples. Take a short walk through the Omicho market next to see the local fish catch and enjoy an insider’s view of everyday life in a busy coastal town.
Then, visit the Nagamachi District with its beautifully preserved samurai houses that line the traditional stone streets. Here you will gain first-hand insights into samurai life during a visit to the Nomura house, an elegant samurai mansion.

Day 7 : Onwards To Kyoto Connect With Locals
Location: Kanazawa, Kyoto
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Nikko Princess
Meals Included: Breakfast

We board an Express train this morning to Kyoto, where we’ll Connect With Locals at a traditional ryokan. We’ll enjoy a Be My Guest lunch and learn about local Japanese customs as our hosts welcome us into their beautiful home. After lunch, we visit the UNESCO-listed Kinkakuji Temple with its famous Kinkaku (Golden Pavilion), the proud symbol of Kyoto and a Zen temple, which has its origins as a 14th-century villa.

Day 8 : Discover Enchanting Kyoto
Location: Kyoto
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Nikko Princess
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Farewell

The blazing orange torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine guide our path through the forest, up into the mountains and to a sacred site that has heard prayers for prosperity and happiness since the 8th century. We continue to Sanjusangen-do Hall and admire the minute detail of each of its 1,001 “thousand-handed” goddesses of mercy statues, then enjoy a walking tour of the Gion area. This evening, we indulge in a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and fellow guests.

Day 9 : Cross The Seto Inland Sea To Awaji Island Stays With Stories
Location: Kyoto, Kotohira
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Kotohira Grand Sakuranosho Ryokan
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we leave Japan’s main island Honshu behind, crossing the world’s largest suspension bridge over the Seto Inland Sea to Awaji Island. Enjoy free time for lunch, then take a walk around Yumebutai, a complex of buildings built on the side of the mountain. One of the most striking features is the ‘100 Stepped Garden’ — a group of 100 flowerbeds in small square gardens on an incline and arranged in grids spread over several levels. Visit the Water Temple and admire the reflection of the surrounding mountains, rice paddies and bamboo groves as you descend the steps to the Buddhist temple beneath its still waters.
Journey to the small mountain hot springs village of Kotohira where our accommodation tonight is one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories - a traditional Japanese ryokan. We’ll have some time this evening to climb the steps adjacent to the hotel to visit Kotohira-gu Shrine and be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Later perhaps take a relaxing soak in the onsen (hot spring) bath at our hotel.

Day 10 : Spiritual Kotohira And Onwards To Hiroshima
Location: Kotohira, Hiroshima
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Rihga Royal
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning visit the Zentsuji Temple, birthplace of one of the most revered figures of Japanese Buddhism, the high priest Kobo Daishi. It is the 75th temple on the 88 temple Shikoku Pilgrimage, which covers approximately 1,200 kilometres and was traditionally done on foot taking up to 60 days to complete. It is still done by many people today although modern pilgrims use cars, taxis, buses, bicycles or motorcycles. Continue to Omishima Island and make a stop at a local restaurant for lunch. Drive to Hiroshima via the Setouchi Shimanami Kaido Expressway, a 60-kilometre highway that links the islands of the Seto Inland Sea with nine individual bridges. Check into your hotel for a relaxing evening.

Day 11 : Set Sail For Miyajima Island Dive Into Culture
Location: Hiroshima
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Rihga Royal
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Regional

We travel by ferry to the sacred Miyajima Island, where we’ll see the famous UNESCO-listed Itsukushima Shrine and elaborate torii gate that stands majestically in the sea. After some free time for lunch and to explore the island’s spiritual sanctuaries, we return to Hiroshima for a visit to the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Imagine the devastation and horror that followed the world’s first atomic explosion in 1945 as you see the UNESCO-listed Peace Memorial, the only structure left standing in the area and an expression of hope for world peace. This evening, we’ll indulge in Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, a savoury pancake made with egg, cabbage, soba noodles, and meat, seafood or cheese, grilled in layers on a hot plate.

Day 12 : High Speed Bullet Train To Osaka
Location: Hiroshima, Osaka
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Sheraton Miyako
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Farewell

Board the high-speed bullet train to Osaka this morning and enjoy some free time for lunch and shopping in the Dotonbori Street area. Visit Osaka Castle, which played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 13 : Sayonara Osaka
Location: Osaka
Meals Included: Breakfast

Our encounter with Japan’s centuries-old traditions and modern cityscapes at its end, take a transfer by airport shuttle service to Kansai International Airport, or Osaka Itami Airport for your onward flight.

What's Included

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  • Fully Guided

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  • Meals

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  • What is the maximum group size?

    28 People.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, 5 years and above.

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes.

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

    Low.

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

    As detailed in an itinerary.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

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It was a well organized tour group and we hit lots of interesting and beautiful scenes. Like our previous trips with Trafalgar, tourists were treated with well manner and professional tour guide/director, making our trip very enjoyable and delightful!

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