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Trip Overview

On this 12 - day round trip tour, you will travel around Honshu, Japan’s main island, to visit some of the country’s most culturally - rich areas. Start your trip in Tokyo’s fast - paced metropolis before heading to Izu Peninsula, a beautiful seaside region where even the Japanese Imperial family visits for summer retreats. Your next stop is the ancient capital of Kyoto, home to many historic shrines and temples. Spend a night in Okayama for a visit to Kurashiki to see the preserved canal district and soak in the area’s traditional atmosphere before heading to Hiroshima to learn more about its efforts in promoting world peace. Travelling by first class rail and staying in some of the finest hotels this is a Premier holiday not to be missed.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a guided city tour of Tokyo from the old town to the modern skyscrapers and experience the water bus.
  • Visit to Meiji Srine
  • Lear about the history with a guided stroll through Kiyosumi Teien Gardens
  • Stay in Hotel Gajoen Tokyo a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World
  • Stay in beautiful Izu Peninsula a mix of seaside resort with traditional hot springs, and awe-inspiring, rugged coastlines.
  • Your next must-see destination is Kyoto which has 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites where you will take part in a formal tea ceremony.
  • Visit to Kinkakuji Temple, Nijo Castle, Nishiki Market and Kiyomizu Temple.
  • Nara Deer Park
  • A vist to Korakuen Garden, which is ranked as one of the three best landscape gardens in Japan. References to the popular fairy tale of Momotaro (the Peach Boy) can be seen here.
  • Visit Okayama Castle and Korakuen Garden
  • A guided tour of the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima
  • See the Floating Torii Gate

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Green First-Class Rail tickets
  • Airport Transfers
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Four nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Tokyo
  • One nights accommodation with breakfast and dinner in Izu Peninsula
  • Three nights accommodation with breakfast in Kyoto
  • One nights accommodation with breakfast in Okayama
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast in Hiroshima
  • Services of an English-speaking guide
Trip Map

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Extend your trip or try this package in reverse. Call a Rail Expert for details.

Disclaimer:

Prices are per person and subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards.

Daily Itinerary:

DAY 1 – TOKYO
On your arrival at Narita Airport, you will be met by an assistant in the arrival lobby for your private transfer to your hotel in Tokyo.  You will have the rest of the day to spend at your leisure after check-in. (Overnight in Tokyo)

DAY 2 - TOKYO
Today take a day tour of this fascinating city with a local guide. First up is Asakusa, Tokyo’s old town where you can soak in the atmosphere of the Tokyo of old. Visit Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest temple and wander down Nakamise, a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries. Next, travel down the Sumidagawa River on Tokyo's Water Bus, a unique means of transportation. You'll arrive directly at Hamarikyu garden, an Edo Period Japanese garden surrounded by the Shiodome district’s futuristic skyscrapers, a great example of how Japan is the land of contrasts, where you will stop for a cup of steaming matcha and Japanese sweets in a tea house on a small island in the park’s lake. (Please note that the tea house will be closed for renovations until mid-March so during this time it will not be possible to try the tea and sweets. Instead, a Japanese snack of your choice will be included in Asakusa.) After lunch, enjoy a visit to Meiji Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the deified spirit of Emperor Meiji and a popular place for traditional Japanese weddings. Finally, as the sunlight dims, take a walk down the sparkly Omotesando shopping street, a broad tree lined avenue home to the flagship stores of the world’s top fashion brands and some fantastic modern architecture. (Overnight in Tokyo) B

DAY 3 – TOKYO
Journey to the Eastern part of Tokyo, Fukagawa district – a serene and charming area. Enjoy a guided stroll in the beautiful Kiyosumi Teien gardens, these gardens date back to 1721 when the area was a villa for a feudal lord. In the late 19th century it was purchased by Iwasaki Yataro, founder of the Mitsubishi Corporation, who used his company ships to transport 50 precious stones here from all over Japan. A walk through this charming residential district will take you to the Fukagawa Fudo-do Temple. The highlight is the spectacular goma-kito ceremony. In this ceremony, a Buddhist priest burns consecrated wooden sticks in a large fire to give protection and make the wishes of those who offered the sacred wood come true. You will be able to observe the ceremony from close by and watch as the chief priest chants sutras and other priests play the taiko drums (Overnight in Tokyo) B

DAY 4 – TOKYO TO IZU PENINSULA
After breakfast you have some free time before a taxi will collect you from your hotel to transfer you to Tokyo station where you will catch a limited express train (departure time 13:00) to the picturesque Izu region. You can enjoy some dramatic coastal scenery along the way (at times the train will even slow down a little to allow you a better look at it!) and you will reach the Izu-Kogen station in Shizuoka prefecture in a little over 2 hours. Upon arrival at Izu-Kogen Station, you will be picked up by taxi and transferred to tonight’s accommodation in a traditional Japanese room. A delicious Japanese style meal is included tonight which is sure to serve up some of the Izu Peninsula’s fresh seafood. Enjoy! (Overnight in Izu Peninsula) B, D

DAY 5 – IZU PENINSULA TO KYOTO
This morning, a taxi will pick you up and take you to Izu-Kogen station, where you will board the train to Odawara, where you will change to the Shinkansen bullet train bound for Kyoto. Total journey time is around 3 hours. Keep an eye out of the right side of the train for views of Mt. Fuji! Upon arrival in Kyoto, a taxi will be awaiting to take you to your hotel. This afternoon, a guide will escort you to the tea ceremony with a professional instructor. Here you will learn all about the various types of tea and the instruments used to prepare it with the support/advice from the professional instructor You will see how every movement has a meaning and what serving tea to guests means in Japan. (Overnight in Kyoto) B

DAY 6 – KYOTO
Today you explore the former imperial capital with a knowledgeable local guide, utilizing Kyoto’s comprehensive bus system to visit some of Kyoto’s World Heritage Sites. You will start your day with a visit to Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), which is one of Kyoto’s most famous temples.  Nijo Castle is an ornamental castle built by the founder of the Edo Shogunate as his Kyoto residence and is surrounded by stunning surrounding gardens. Take a walk down Nishiki Market, a narrow, five block long shopping street lined by more than one hundred shops and restaurants. Known as "Kyoto's Kitchen", this lively retail market specializes in all thing’s food related, like fresh seafood, produce, knives and cookware, and is a great place to find seasonal foods and Kyoto specialties, such as Japanese sweets, pickles, dried seafood and sushi. To end the day, you can decide what to visit. You may want to go to Kiyomizu (Pure Water) Temple or instead, to visit Sanjusangendo, a temple which is Japan's longest wooden structure (120m). It is famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. In the center of the main hall sits a large, wooden statue of a 1000-armed Kannon that is flanked on each side by 500 statues of human sized 1000-armed Kannon standing in ten rows. Together they make for an awesome sight. (Overnight in Kyoto) B

DAY 7 – NARA
After breakfast you head to Nara by train (45min) with a local guide. For 74 years during the 8th century Nara was Japan’s capital and many of the temples and shrines built at that time remain. Visit Todaiji temple, the world’s largest wooden building and home to Japan’s largest Buddha. Next stop is Nara’s most celebrated shrine, Kasuga Taisha, established in 768 AD and famous for its hundreds of bronze and stone lanterns which have been donated by worshipers. Complete the day with a wander through Nara Park, called Deer park by locals due to the large population of more than 1,000 tame deer living there. (Overnight in Kyoto) B

DAY 8 – KYOTO TO OKAYAMA
This morning, our private taxi will take you to Kyoto Station to catch the Shinkansen to Okayama. The ride will take around 1 hour to reach Okayama Station. After dropping off your luggage at the hotel, catch the train to nearby Kurashiki, reachable in under 15 minutes by train from Okayama station. Your visit to the Kurashiki Bikan Area will be self-guided. This area is known for its retro-modern cityscape possessing a mixture of Japanese and western flavours. Special local products from all over the surrounding area were gathered in Kurashiki via rivers using takasebune, takase-style cargo boats, and thus many white-walled houses and storehouses of merchants lined the Kurashiki River at the center of town. You can admire the nostalgic scenery of white-walled storehouses together with narrow stone-paved streets crowded by carts in olden days. The structures down the side streets have also been repaired and remodelled, and are used today for galleries, coffee shops, and souvenir shops. The blending of Japanese and western, as well as that of antiquity and modernism, create a unique, calming, original atmosphere one cannot experience in any place other than Kurashiki. You will have the choice of visiting one of two attractions in the afternoon, either the Ohara Museum of Art or Ohashi House, an example of Japanese merchant housing from the late 1700s. (Overnight in Okayama) B

DAY 9 – OKAYAMA TO HIROSHIMA
This morning, a local guide will take you around Okayama, First, visit the Korakuen Garden. a place of scenic beauty. You will then visit Okayama Castle and admire the impressive appearance of its black castle tower. After your tour, you will depart from Okayama station on the Shinkansen bullet train heading to Hiroshima. The journey is just around 1 hour. Alight at Hiroshima station and make your way to the hotel. You will have the rest of the afternoon to spend at your leisure exploring the scenic city of Hiroshima. (Overnight in Hiroshima) B

DAY 10 –HIROSHIMA
This morning a guide will meet you at your hotel for your visit the Peace Memorial Park. The area where the park now lies was ground zero for the Atomic Bomb on 6th August 1945. After the bombing, the Memorial Park was created and dedicated to those who lost their lives in the attack. Stroll through the park and discover the many memorials, monuments and statues in the park before heading into the Museum itself.  From Hiroshima, a short ferry ride will take you to Miyajima Island. Here you will find perhaps the most photographed site in Japan - The Floating Torii Gate. You will have time to explore the island and its many shrines and temples, sample local goodies like maple leaf shaped cakes before heading back to your hotel. (Overnight in Hiroshima) B

DAY 11 –HIROSHIMA TO TOKYO
Today you will make your own way to Hiroshima station for your ride aboard the Shinkansen to Tokyo. Upon arrival in the capital, make your way to your hotel. You are free to spend the rest of the day at your leisure. (Overnight in Tokyo) B

DAY 12 – TOKYO
Today you will make your own way to Hiroshima station for your ride aboard the Shinkansen to Tokyo. Upon arrival in the capital, make your way to your hotel. You are free to spend the rest of the day at your leisure. B

Hotel Gajoen

Hotel Gajoen

Enchanting galleries filled with Japanese pre-war art Tranquil gardens with a river flowing through them Traditional banquet halls for weddings, events and exhibitions

Hotel Gajoen

Hotel Gajoen

Enchanting galleries filled with Japanese pre-war art Tranquil gardens with a river flowing through them Traditional banquet halls for weddings, events and exhibitions

Hanafubuki

Hanafubuki

Hanafubuki offers 4 different types of Washitsu, 3 family rooms, and also 2 twin bed rooms. 4 Villas have 2 to 7 guest rooms in each building, and each room has its own theme and atmosphere.

Hanafubuki adapts a hotel style reservation method. This means you do not have to order dinner nor breakfast.You can decide yourself, based on your own desires and needs.

Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel

Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel

"Sheraton Grand" which boasts the world's best design and service within the Sheraton brand of over 440 hotels in 72 countries worldwide. Spacious rooms with fully equipped facilities, an exciting restaurant concept and attentive service quality tailored to our customers. We will continue to improve the environment and quality of our excellent evaluation, and to provide you with a fulfilling stay, where you can experience more of the appeal of Japan and the local people in Hiroshima.

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel

For Your comfort

Television (regular channels), telephone, hot water pump pot, refrigerator,hair dryer, bidet, safe deposit box, Laundry service

For Your convenience

Tea set (japanese green tea), coffee set, slippers, bath towels, face towels,hand towels, bar soap, liquid soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush set,razor, shaving cream, shower cap, comb, cotton swabs, cosmetic cotton, nightwear (yukata)

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person and subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards.

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