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.
The agent (Amandine) was phenomenal: professional, kind, helpful, dedicated. I would highly recommend her in particular and her agency, Experience Japan Travel,based in Osaka. We had one small mis-happening with one guide who was less perfect than the others. The rest of the trip was very much enjoyed by all. Kid one: the sheer amount of people on the street shopping and moving around Kid two: the kindness, politeness, and cleanliness of the Japanese people and their public places we encountered Father: the ease that the travel agent prep work and schedule and program created so that we were able to focus on the experience and the activities instead of the logistics that can always be a challenge in a foreign country. I would add two or three more days (at least one in Tokyo), one in Kyoto, one in Osaka. I would avoid the rainy season. I would better profile the guide profiles that would be best suited for our family. I would give permission for the guide to change or adjust or complement the things to do and things to see to enhance our experience.... READ MORE