Golden Route Japan
9 nights 10 days
The ultimate tour to discover the main areas and cities of Japan. You will follow the original Tokkaido route from Tokyo to Hiroshima and then return to Tokyo via the Sightseeing Capitol of Japan, Kyoto. You will be introduced to the Japanese culture and along the way visit many World Cultural Heritage sites. Something to excite any traveler no matter what your interests are.
Welcome to Tokyo & Japan! After your immigration and custom formalities are complete, you will be met by your English Speaking Guide and transfer to your first night's accommodation in this vibrant city. (Accomodation : Tokyo)
Transfer from Tokyo to Hiroshima by a Bullet train that can clock close to 300km/per hour. Once in Hiroshima you will be taken to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic bomb Dome, to see the effects the A-bomb had on this relatively small and gentle City. (Accomodation : Hiroshima)
Today's itinerary includes a Half Day Sightseeing tour of Miyajima and you get there by a short Ferry ride. You will surely be mesmerized by Itsukushima Shrine with its Large and bright orange Torii gate floating on the sea. Even if the tide is out, actually stroll out to the Torii gate. Also don't miss the Five-storied Pagoda. (Accommodation : Hiroshima)
After 2 days in Hiroshima, you will next travel to Kyoto which was once the Capitol of Japan. After arrival enjoy Kiyomizu Temple, a 1300 year old Shrine which boasts to be the roots of religion in Japan. You will also visit Nijo Castle, and also stroll the most Japanese of Japanese streets at Ninen-zaka & Sannen-zaka. (Accomodation : Kyoto)
From Kyoto, Nara is only one hour away, and here you will be fascinated with the history and the shear size of one of the largest bronze statues in the World (Todai-ji Temple). Also visit, Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Dear park and Kofuku-ji Temple before returning to Kyoto. (Accommodation : Kyoto)
Compare the differences of Kyoto and Osaka, the second largest City in Japan. The lifestyle and the tempo of this city is often noted as more relaxed than other areas. Even the Japanese dialect is slightly different in Osaka as is the food and fashion. Visit the Osaka Castle, Observation deck of Umeda Sky Building and Dotonbori Canal Area, an area of total fusion. Osaka is only 35 minutes away by local train, so no need to change your accommodation. (Accommodation : Kyoto)
Enjoy a full day in Kyoto visiting Kinkaku-ji Temple (= Golden Pavilion), Ryoan-ji Temple with its rock garden Heian Shrine and many secrets, and then head to central Kyoto and stroll Nishiki-koji Food Market. (If you Have been to Japan before, there are many other options to suit your needs such as visitng Japanese Rice-Wine or Whiskey Disitlleries, or head to some temples that are really loved by the Japanese, but not so widely known by Tourists) (Accommodation : Kyoto)
Transfer to Hakone from Kyoto by a Bullet Train. Once in Hakone, take a gentle cruise on Lake Ashi, visit Hakone Shrine and also take the Mt. Komagatake Ropeway. It is here were you have the chance to see the most famous mountain of Japan, MT Fuji in the not so far distance. A stay in a Japanese Style Inn with a Hot Springs bath in your room is often popular. (Acommodaiton : Hakone)
From Hakone it is a short distance back to Tokyo and upon arrival, visit the Imperial Palace Plaza and stroll through the most popular Ginza shopping district. After Sightseeing is complete, you will transfer to you accommodation and your last night in Japan can be spent at leisure. (Accommodation : Tokyo)
After your Hotel check out, it only remains for you to be transferred to the Airport to connect you with your home-bound flight. We will miss you, but know that you will be leaving with some amazing memories.
Experience Japan arranged a trip to Japan for my three teenage children and me. It was the trip of a lifetime. Our coordinator, Amandine, was fantastic. Sh made excellent suggestions and arranged special outings for us that made the trip unforgettable. I was impressed with the value I received, with the guides, and especially with how well-organized and efficient the Experience Japan team was. If I had attempted to plan a trip like this on my own it would have been incredibly difficult and stressful. Experience Japan, with their excellent guides, carefully planned transportation arrangements, and meticulous attention to detail, allowed us to have a stress-free, thrilling adventure. My children and I got to experience a whole new land and culture, and it has been a life-changing experience. We WILL go back to Japan, and we WILL use Experience Japan again! I recommend them wholeheartedly. A private sushi-making lesson with a Master Sushi Chef. A stay in a traditional Ryokan in Hakone, with traditional lodging and hot spring mineral baths. Petting an owl in an Owl Cafe in Electric Town, Tokyo. Castles, temples, shrines, gardens...I can't even begin to list all the wonders we saw. Allow at least two weeks. We only had nine days, and there was so much more to see. But we'll just have to go back.... READ MORE