Country
Japan
Duration
11 Days/10 Nights
Travel Type
Escorted Tour
 

If you would like to visit the highlights of Japan with limited time, this tour is your best choice!

Inclusions

10-night accommodation
16 meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Travel by bus with English-speaking guide
Arrival and departure shared transfers
Boat: Kawaguchiko Lake
City tours: Tokyo, Kyoto
Evening transfers: Shinjuku in Tokyo, Traditional quarter of Gion in Kyoto, Dotonbori in Osaka
High speed train: Hiroshima – Tokyo
Ferry: Hiroshima – Miyajima.
Ticket admissions:
– Metro
– Temple of Hokoku-ji and bamboo forest
– Sugimoto-dera Temple
– Great Buddha (Daibutsu) in Kamakura
– Castle in Odawara
– Village Museum in Iyashi No Sato Nenba
– Toyota Museum
– Tenryu-ji Temple
– Arashiyama bamboo forest in Kyoto
– Fushimi Inari
– Imperial Palace
– Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto
– Todai-ji Temple and Horyu-ji Temple in Nara
– Castle in Himeji
– Korakuen Gardens in Okayama
– Itsukushima Temple
– Peace Museum in Hiroshima

Exclusions

International airfare – Beverages – Gratuities to guides, drivers, and hotel staff – Optional excursions – City tax and visa fees when applicable – Travel insurances – All other items not mentioned in the inclusions

Additional Information

Note

Minimum 2 pax
Group size between 2 and 40 pax
English-speaking guided group tour
Multilingual : max 2 languages per coach – each language has their own tour guide

1

DAY 1 TOKYO

Welcome to Japan! Transfer by coach (SHUTTLE BUS) to hotel.
18H30 - Meeting with guide. Late in the afternoon, we will pay a visit to this fascinating country by taking a trip on the metro (tickets included) to the Shinjuku district and see the crowds of people who use this modern and efficient collective transport system. Shinjuku is one of the most important nightlife districts. Dinner included and return to hotel by metro with our guide.

Meals : Dinner

Accommodation : Tokyo for 2 nights

2

DAY 2 TOKYO

In the morning, we take part in a 5-hour trip with our guide to see this amazing city, with its hustle and bustle and extremely modern districts that coexist with quiet, peaceful areas. Brief stop at the Zojoji Temple to make a beautiful photograph of the Tokyo Tower. Pay attention to the hundred of Jizos, stone traditional protecting deities who guide us on our travels, give power to those who are weak (such children) and those in dangerous places, and who are dressed including hats, robes and windmills. Then we head to the junction of Shibuya, a junction that is said to be the most crowded in the world. The Meiji Temple is dedicated to the Emperor Meiji, his wife, and their spirits. We continue on our bus along the elegant street of Omotesando. We will edge the most beautiful part of the Imperial Palace and the gardens. Stop to visit the famous Nijubashi Bridge. We will pass through the district of Akihabara, the “electric town” with icons from the popular Japanese Manga and Anime culture and then see Kokugikan, the Sumo stadium, home of this Japanese sport. We will also visit the Buddhist temple of Sensoji, the oldest and most important temple in Tokyo, with its 55-metre high pagoda. Then we will have some free time to visit the traditional commercial street of Nakamise in the district of Asakusa. Lunch included in a local restaurant. Return to hotel.
Free time in the afternoon.
NOTE: During the Japanese Olympics, accommodation may be given near Narita airport.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

3

DAY 3 TOKYO - KAMAKURA - ENOSHIMA - ODAWARA - GORA

We will leave Tokyo for KAMAKURA. This “oasis of peace” for two centuries was the capital of Japan, and treasures numerous sanctuaries, temples and gardens. In the Zen temple of Hokoku-ji we will stroll through its bamboo forest (admission included) and we can have a green tea. We also see Sugimoto-dera, the oldest temple in the city, founded in 734. Time in the pleasant city centre before seeing the Great Buddha (Daibutsu - admission included). Our route is subsequently one of scenic beauty following the Pacific Ocean. Free time for lunch and a stroll in ENOSHIMA, a small island in the ocean connected by a bridge. We continue to ODAWARA; here we include admission to the castle, an imposing medieval fortress (restored in the twentieth century) from the Edo era, one of Japan´s main castles. Continuation to the beautiful area of Hakone, a region of lakes and mountains near Mount Fuji. Accommodation in the pleasant town of GORA (or a nearby place).

Meals : Breakfast

Accommodation : Gora for 1 night

4

DAY 4 GORA - OWAKUDANI - OSHINO HAKKAI - KAWAGUCHIKO - MOUNT FUJI - KAWAGUCHIKO

Today´s stage is spectacular. We start the day going up OWAKUDANI, the “hell valley”, steam boiler, bubbling mud and sulphurous gases. NOTE: Access is sometimes closed
due to high volcanic activity or toxic gases, in which case we would include the Arakurayama Sengen Park. After that we go on to OSHINO HAKKAI, a small, picturesque village with 8 ponds and views of Mount Fuji. We continue to KAWAGU- CHIKO, an idyllic city of small houses, flowers and mountains next to its beautiful lake, where we include a beautiful boat trip. Later we start to climb Mount Fuji where, on the road that takes us to the “fifth station” amidst spectacular forests and views, we reach a height of 2305 metres. Return to Kawaguchiko, where there will still be time for a stroll by the lake. We will stay in a Ryokan (traditional Japanese hotels), where we can enjoy its ONSEN (public bath). Dinner included.
NOTE: In the planned Ryokan some rooms are Japanese style,
accommodation on tatamis and others in western style. Accommodation may sometimes be in a western type hotel.
NOTE: In winter, the climb to Mount Fuji is often closed by snow or other weather conditions; if this is so, we will go as far as we are authorized.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation : Kawaguchiko for 1 night

5

DAY 5 KAWAGUCHIKO - IYASI NO SATO NENBA - TOYOTA - KYOTO

We are only 130km (81 miles) from KYOTO. In the morning, we continue along the pretty road bordered by lakes to IYASHI NO SATO NENBA, a tiny village destroyed by a typhoon in 1966 and later restored as a traditional open-air mountain village and museum. Its traditional houses have been transformed into arts and crafts shops, restaurants and traditional museums. We then have the opportunity to admire the SHIRAITO FALLS, considered done of the most attractive sites in Japan, with a waterfall height of 150 metres. We will then continue to NAGOYA, the third most important city of Japan, on the shores of the Pacific. Here we will visit the TOYOTA MUSEUM (admission included), a must-see for motor lovers. We continue to KYOTO.

Meals : Breakfast

Accommodation : Kyoto for 2 nights

6

DAY 6 KYOTO

We spend all day in the city that was the capital of Japan from the year 794 to 1868 and home to the Imperial Court. During World War II the city was the only major Japanese to escape the bombardments, and so it still preserves its wealth of artistic heritage; the famous protocol restricting greenhouse gas emissions was signed in Kyoto in 1997. We head for the outskirts of Kyoto to Arashiyama, where we cross the Togetsukyo Bridge (¨bridge over the moon¨), which has fantastic views. We will visit the Tenryuji temple, one of the ¨five major Zen temples of Kyoto¨ and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, followed by a walk through its mystic bamboo forest. The visit includes a trip to one of the most important parts of the city. We will see the marvellous Shinto Shrine of Fushimi Inari, the Imperial Palace and Kinkakuji temple, “the golden pavilion” and its wonderful gardens.
Free time before visiting GION, a busy traditional quarter famous for its Geisha. Free time.

Meals : Breakfast

7

DAY 7 KYOTO - NARA - OSAKA

We leave for NARA and visit Todaiji, a magnificent Buddhist temple built in 752, which has a giant Buddha and where passengers can take photos and touch and feed the deer that wander through the park. Lunch included. After the visit, we will see HORYUJI Buddhist temple, a World Heritage Site that includes a seminary, monasteries and temples. Its main pagoda temple is one of the oldest wooden buildings in the world and is the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan and an important place of worship.
We continue to OSAKA, where we arrive in the evening. Accommodation in this modern city (Japan’s second city). We will visit Dotonbori, a colourful district filled with nightlife.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation : Osaka for 1 night

8

DAY 8 OSAKA - HIMEJI - KIBITSU JINJA - OKAYAMA

We leave for HIMEJI, where we will include entry to its immense complex that shows us the architecture of Japanese castles. Lunch included in a local restaurant. We go on to OKAYAMA, where we will visit Korakuen, one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan, with its lakes, waterfalls and traditional teahouses. Next, we head towards the Shinto shrine of Kibitsu-Jinja where the God Kibitsuhiko-no-Mikoto is venerated, which is the origin of the legend of Momotaro, symbol of Okayama Prefecture. We find a unique architecture with a corridor of 360 meters long. After the visit, free time in the city, active provincial capital of just over 700,000 inhabitants.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation : Okayama for 1 night

9

DAY 9 OKAYAMA - KURASHIKI - HIROSHIMA - ITSUKUSHIMA - HIROSHIMA

We leave for KURASHIKI, a city with a very well preserved historical centre. Time for a stroll in this charming place with its atmosphere from the past. We continue on our way to HIROSHIMA, a city sadly known for the atomic bomb that fell on it in 1945 and which levelled the city. We will stroll around the Peace Memorial, the Dome of the bomb and we will visit the impressive Museum of Peace. After the war we will seek peace by embarking on a ferry to the island “where men and gods live together”, with the sanctuary of ITSUKUSHIMA dedicated to the guardian of the seas, built partially over the sea. Time to visit the temple, to stroll around its pretty centre and have lunch. Return to our hotel in Hiroshima. Dinner included.
NOTE: The order of the visits in Hiroshima may vary without affecting their content.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation : Hiroshima for 1 night

10

DAY 10 HIROSHIMA - TOKYO

After breakfast, transfer to the station to take the BULLET TRAIN to TOKYO. It takes four hours to travel the 800 kilometers between both cities. Arrival in Tokyo at around 2:00 pm.

Meals : Breakfast

Accommodation : Tokyo for 1 night

11

DAY 11 TOKYO - DEPARTURE

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport for departure.

Meals : Breakfast

HOTEL OPTIONS OR SIMILAR

Price based on one of the following accommodation or similar. Hotels will be confirmed 3 weeks prior departure.

Tokyo

Shinagawa Prince Hotel 4*

Gora

Tenseien Odawara Station 3*
Marroad Hakone 4*

Kawaguchiko

Highland Resort Spa 4*
Fuji Kawaguchiko Resort 4*
Hotel Mifujien 4*
Route Inn Court Yamagashi 3*
Fuji View Hotel Kawaguchiko 4*
Kofu Kinenbi 4*
Yamagishi Ryokan 4*
Fruits Park Fujiya 4*

Kyoto

Miyako Kioto Hachijyo 4*

Osaka

Holiday Inn Express Osaka City Centre – Midosuji 4*

Okayama

Mitsui Garden Okayama 4*
Daiwa Roynet Fukuyama 4*
Daiwa Roynet Okayama 4*
Gran Via Okayama 4*
Hotel Ana Crowne Plaza 4*
Diamond Setouchi Marine 4*

Hiroshima

Confort Hiroshima Otemachi 4*
Clayton Bay Kure 4*
Grand Prince Hotel 4*
Hotel Ana Crowne Plaza 4*
Apa Hiroshima Ekimae Ohashi 4*
Hilton Hiroshima 4*
Comfort Kure 3*

Rates in CA$, per person, starting from

Land Package
Departures 2024 Single
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Tour starts in Tokyo on Fridays in April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November
April 19, 26
May 03, 10, 17, 24, 31
June 07, 14, 21, 28
July 05, 12, 19, 26
August 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
September 06, 13, 20, 27
October 04, 11, 18, 25
November 01, 08
6929 5635
ID: 29733

Minimum 2 pax
Group size between 2 and 40 pax
Multilingual : max 2 languages per coach – each language has their own tour guide

**Prices in this document are for information only; they were issued at press time, for the current year. Please note that due to exchange rates and temporary promotions, they can increase or decrease at any time. Contact your travel agent for the price and promotion of the moment. Prices include the contribution of customers to the Compensation Fund for clients of Quebec travel agents.

Essential Japan and Hakone – Detailed itinerary
Essential Japan and Hakone – Detailed itinerary

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