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.
Hi (Experience Japan Travel), hope all is well. The trip was an absolute pleasure for my wife and I. We had a wonderful time learning about the culture and enjyed the sights that you organized for us. The guides were delightful and created a very pleasant experience. The first Guide made us feel very welcomed on our arrival. She was very sweet and kind in assisting us to the hotel from the airport and for providing a brief insight to the itinerary. The Tokyo Guide was insightful as well as open to diverse discussions about Japans culture. It was very impressive how much she knew about Manga and the arts. She also was able to explain how the train system works in order for my wife and I to move around Tokyo with no issues, which worked out great. The Guide in Kyoto was delightful and made all the sights fun and interesting, specifically choosing the Imperial Palace in Kyoto in leui of one of the temples that was on the agenda. Overall, they all had something special to contribute to this wonderful trip. I also wanted to thank you personally for recommending Karuizawa, my wife especially enjoyed this particular stay for its relaxing ambiance. We cannot wait to go back and experience other parts of Japan. Well be reaching out to you for this future trip. Thanks so much! Best Regards, Fabio & Leslie... READ MORE