Panorama of Japan
11 nights 12 days
The main Cities of Japan can get very busy, especially in the traditional travelling seasons. If you want to avoid some of the congestion or you would like to see more of the rural Japan, this tour is highly recommended. You will be astonished on just how much nature there actually is in Japan. If you have been to Japan before, this is also a great opportunity to see something new that will make you even more intrigued with this mystic country.
On arrival in Tokyo, an English speaking guide will be waiting in the arrival lobby and then will escort you to your accommodation.
Morning tour of Japan's vibrant capital visiting the site of the Imperial Palace Plaza, the Buddhist temple of Sensoji (Asakusa Kannon) and the famous Nakamise Shopping Street whose shops display typical Japanese souvenirs such as yukata and folding fans alongside traditional local snacks. The afternoon is at leisure. Maybe take the opportunity to head to the top of the Tokyo Tower to marvel at the sweeping views of this vast city.
Drive to the magnificent setting of Mount Fuji, travelling via Lake Kawaguchi and Fuji's 5th station to enjoy some spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. Continue to Hakone
This morning take the Komagatake cable car. Enjoy a boat ride on Lake Ashi, before taking the train, via Nagoya, to Takayama. Takayama is a working city, but retains its traditional charm. Get ready to be captivated.
A walking tour of Takayama this morning takes in the beautifully preserved ambience of its old town including Miyagawa Open Air Market, Kami-sannomachi Street, Jinya House and Kusakabe House. Also visit the Festival Floats Museum with its excellent display of floats used during the spring and autumn 'matsuri'
Drive to Shirakawago to explore something of its captivating old farm houses, taking in the traditional architectural style of the Gasshozukuri houses, before proceeding, via Gokayama Village, to Kanazawa
A morning's tour of the city takes in the beautiful landscapes of the Kenrokuen Gardens and a former Samurai House, now an interesting museum. The Kenroku-en gardens lie just outside Kanazawa Castle and are one of the best 3 gardens in Japan. In the afternoon, travel to Hiroshima by Bullet Train
Again you will be fascinated with today's content. It includes the poignant and powerful Peace Park, the A-bomb Museum along with Shukukeien Gardens and Hiroshima castle. In the afternoon travel by coach and ferry to Miyajima Island for an overnight stay at a Traditional Japanese Inn.
Before you lies the beauty of Miyajima. A visit to Itsukushima Shrine (World Heritage - Large and bright orange Torii gate floating on the sea) and Momijidani Park. In the afternoon return by ferry and then Bullet Train to Kyoto where you will be staying 3 nights.
Sightseeing in Kyoto includes Kinkakuji Temple, Nijo Castle and the Kiyomizu Temple. Enjoy a walk around the Gion area of Kyoto with the opportunity to see the famous geishas and maikos. Take part in a traditional tea ceremony
Today is at leisure in Kyoto for you to wander the streets and take in the most traditional and cultural orientated City. Or if you would like to take a day tour to Nara, Osaka, or Kobe this can also be arranged.
Today we visit the Fushimi Inari shrine where some scenes of the film, "Memoirs of a Geisha" were shot. It is most famous for Senbon Torii (one thousand gateways) which is painted red. There will also be a visit to the Gekkeikan Okura sake museum with the opportunity to taste sake. Return to the hotel to arrive mid-afternoon. In the evening transfer to Osaka Kansai airport for your International Flight outbound.
------All our expectations were exceeded by far! Japan is an amazing country. From breath taking sky scrapers in Tokyo, to beautiful mountains, the very specil Snow Monkeys, old traditional Japan on the Nakasendo trail, the exotic food, the kindest friendliest people - and just so many more. Scott Kent from Experience Japan Travel is simply the best! From the 1st emails some months ago, I knew that this was going to be a very special experience. Scott's attention to detail, the prompt emails, very comprehensive detailed itinerary, website links and all the extra little bits of info made it an unforgettable trip. The choice, variety and locations of the accommodations were absolutely perfect and easily accessible from all the stations. We never felt lost or unsure of where to go or what to do. The itinerary was so well planned, with enough time to see and do. The guides with chartered Cars that you provided on the guided days were excellent, professional of high standard and caring. Ms Yuka in Tokyo was delightful, taught us a lot and was like a real mother hen - so concerned about all our travelling days by ourselves. Scott and Mr Nakagawa were so helpful in getting us to the doctor when Stef got ill. Ms Saiko is a knowledgeable easy going and caring tour guide. It was such a privilege that we could meet Scott in person. The day in Kyoto - although cold and wet was a high light of the trip. Kosanji Temple and surrounds touched our souls. Your easy way of going around with clients, passion for what you do, and sharing knowledge made it a fantastic experience. I've dealt with various travel companies before but I must say - Experience Japan Travel is in a league of its own. This was surely one of our best organized trips - to a country so far and different to anything else - it was just magic! Japan is a must see destination! - and we will be back to see the many other faces of Japan. Best regards Stef & Inamarie Greyson... READ MORE