Takayama autumn 8days

Autumn

Autumn leaves Complete Tour 11 days

This tour gives you a sampling of all that Japan has to offer, from unique locales to "must see" tourist attractions in Tokyo , Kyoto, Hiroshima and Koyasan.
Main attraction of this tour is visiting 8 World Heritage sites of UNESCO.

DAY 1

NARITA-TOKYO

Welcome to Tokyo! You will be greeted by an English-speaking assistant at the airport. The assistant will get you in the bus to your hotel.

About accomodation Hotel Grand Pacific Le Daiba (Free WiFi) or Similar
DAIBA station on the Yurikamome line is facing to the hotel entrance. It is 15 minutes from Shimbashi station, linked with JR lines.There are DiverCity Tokyo Plaza(shopping mall) or Amusement park(Palette-Town) around the Hotel.
Meals Breakfast: ―     Lunch: ―     Dinner: ―

DAY 2

TOKYO

We start the day having breakfast in a restaurant at Tsukiji Fish Market, which is known to be the biggest fish market in the world. The Tsukiji Outer Market, known as the Jogai Shijo, is Japan's "Food Town," where one can encounter all of Japan's traditional foods. A mixture of wholesale and retail shops along with numerous restaurants line the streets, and new culinary trends are born here. Take a walk around and experience the taste of Japan first hand.

We head out to the Imperial palace. The Imperial palace is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. It is a large park-like area located in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo and contains buildings including the main palace, the private residences of the Imperial Family, an archive, museums and administrative offices. It is built on the site of the old Edo Castle and the beautiful cherry flower in spring.

We will visit Tokyo Skytree, a broadcasting and observation tower with the height of 634 meters (2,080ft). The view of the metropolitan Tokyo area from there will be spectacular. If the sky is clear, the Mt. Fuji can be seen in the distance.

Then we proceed to Asakusa Sensoji Temple, the Five Storied Pagoda and the traditional Nakamise shopping arcade. Then drive to Akihabara area and enjoy Japanese pop culture zone, the electronic district and the mecca for the anime (Japanese cartoon characters).

About accomodation Hotel Grand Pacific Le Daiba (Free WiFi) or Similar
DAIBA station on the Yurikamome line is facing to the hotel entrance. It is 15 minutes from Shimbashi station, linked with JR lines.There are DiverCity Tokyo Plaza(shopping mall) or Amusement park(Palette-Town) around the Hotel.
Meals Breakfast: ✓     Lunch: ✓     Dinner: ―

DAY 3

TOKYO-MT.FUJI-HAKONE-HAMAMATSU

This is the day when we will see the highest peak in Japan, Mt.Fuji which has just become No.17 World Heritage Site in Japan. It is has been appreciated by many Japanese for ages because of its perfect conical shape. Please enjoy magnificent view from the lakeside of Lake Kawaguchi.

Then, we also go to Oshino-Hakkai. It is a natural monument "Oshino Hakkai" is a spring water pond that emits water source to Fuji of subsoil water. Please enjoy mysterious spring water pond.

Our journey will continue to Hakone, the weekend getaway from the Tokyo metropolitan area, a nature-rich resort with the beautiful Lake Ashi where we take a cruise. Also, we will take a cable car to see the splendid scenery from an observatory deck, Mt.Fuji, Gulf of Sagami and Lake Ashi...

We then head out to Hamamatsu for the night and have Japanese style dinner at the hotel.

About accomodation Hamanako Royal Hotel (WiFi=○) or Similar
It has large onsen (hot spring). Please enjoy taking bath.
Meals Breakfast: ✓     Lunch: ✓     Dinner: ✓

DAY 4

HAMAMATSU-MIKAWAANJO-KYOTO

We start the day bullet train ride experience to Kyoto, the heart of Japanese tradition. After arriving, you will feel that you have time slipped into the world one thousand year ago, when visiting Kiyomizu temple and Golden Pavilion.

Kiyomizu temple is known as there is not a single nail used in the entire structure.

Golden Pavilion, beautifully constructed shrine is well balance with nature maintaining a Japanese and Zen Garden with a Bamboo Forest.

Next, we visit at Nishijin Textile Center, ladies wearing kimonos show you beautiful seasonal design and patterns of kimonos and sashes. In the evening you will be taken to Gion “Geisha district” Those who have seen “Memoirs of Geisha” will be fascinated by its shooting spots. We stay in Kyoto for the night.

About accomodation Kyoto Tokyu Hotel (WiFi=○) or Similar
It is located right next to Nishi Honganji (temple, World Heritage). It is good idea to take walk to Nishi Honganji to see peace morning atmosphere (no entrance fee).
Also, they have shuttle bus service to Kyoto station. Please enjoy having dinner aroud there.
Meals Breakfast: ✓     Lunch: ✓     Dinner: ―

DAY 5

KYOTO - NARA - OSAKA

Before leaving Kyoto, we can’t miss one place to visit…“Nijyou castle”. The shogun constructed this building when visiting Kyoto until 150 years ago. It’s also the place where the last shogun gave his political power back to the Emperor.

If you like drinking sake, you would love to visit our next stop…the sake brewery! The guide gives you a little tour inside the brewery followed by tasting.

Visiting the ancient capital of Japan is a must in your tour. You will be greeted with cute deer vowing to you around Todaiji temple at Nara. You will feel sacred when looking up the huge Buddha statue made in 8th century. Just outside the temple is the Nara Deer Park, where you will be greeted by numerous deer that roam around freely. Then, we head out to Osaka.

About accomodation Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka (WiFi=○) or Similar
It is located in central Osaka and there are various kinds of restaurants due to the city is called "City of Food".
Meals Breakfast: ✓     Lunch: ✓     Dinner: ―

DAY 6

OSAKA - HIMEJI - MATSUE

Leaving Osaka, we go to Himeji Castle that was built in early 17th century. It is called as "Egret castle" due to its beautiful white walls and roof. It is designated as World Heritage of UNESCO.

Then, we will drive to the prestigious Adachi Museum that is famous for beautiful art works and Japanese garden. The Japanese garden of the Adachi Museum is a beautiful garden as it is called the best garden in Japan with an American Japanese garden specialized magazine for 13 consecutive years.

The Adachi Museum is an art museum established based on the artworks which Zenko Adachi collected. There are many collection of Taikan Yokoyama representing a modern Japanese painting. Then, we proceed to Matue.

About accomodation Matsue area or Izumo area
Meals Breakfast: ✓     Lunch: ✓     Dinner: ✓

DAY 7

IZUMO - IWAMI - HIROSHIMA

Today's excursion starts from Izumo Taisha (shrine) in Izumo. Its origine is unknown, however, it has such a long time history since ancient time. Because it is said that the shrine enshrines god of marriage , so many people visit this shrine to pray for their marriage.
The stories about the god are described in ancient document called "Kojiki (Record of Ancient Matters)". You may fell atmosphere of ancient myth of Japan.

From Izumo, we will drive to Iwami Ginzan (silver mine) which is designated as World Heritage site of UNESCO. The mine produced almost 1/3 of silver in the world between 16th and the mid 19th century. Not only the mine, but also traditional houses around the mine still show us tasteful townscape.

Then, we will drive to Hiroshima. Japan is the only country which has suffered A-bomb disaster. The first A-bomb was dropped on Hiroshima at 8:15 on August 6, 1945. It would be precious experience to visit Peace Memorial Park and Museum as well as A-bomb Dome that is designated as World Heritage of UNESCO. Although you don’t see the aftermath of the disaster in Hiroshima today, the museum tells you all about what happened.

About accomodation Hiroshima Grand Prince Hotel (WiFi=○) or Similar
This hotel is located in the Ujina island where is the south of the Hiroshima station. Also, they have shuttle bus service to Hiroshima station.
Meals Breakfast: ✓     Lunch: ✓     Dinner: ―

DAY 8

HIROSHIMA - KURASHIKI - TAKAMATSU

Near Hiroshima city there is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site, Itsukushima Shinto shrine. We take a boat off the main island to a small sacred island, on whose beach stands the vermillion color Torii gate. The gate and main hall of the shrine look floating in the water when the tide is high.

Leaving Hiroshima, we stop at Kurashiki for sightseeing and riverside walking at Kurashiki Bikan historical quarter. White wall storages and houses make the townscape tasteful.

We will go on to Shikoku island crossing on a series of huge suspension bridges spanning Shikoku and Honshu islands. The view from the bridges made with latest Japanese technology will be unforgettable. The climate of this area of Japan is similar to that of Mediterranean Sea, which is suitable for growing fruits like grapes and oranges.

About accomodation JR Hotel Clement Takamatsu (WiFi=○) or Similar
Meals Breakfast: ✓     Lunch: ✓     Dinner: ✓

DAY 9

TAKAMATSU - TOKUSHIMA - Mt.KOYA (KOYASAN)

We will start excursion from Ritsurin Koen (park), one of the best Japanese garden in Takamatsu. It takes your breath away with picturesque scene of ponds, small bridges and tea house.

Leaving Shikoku with a 2 hour boat ride to Honshu island again, the tour continues to the sacred training spot of Buddhist monks at Koyasan mountains. 117 temples are located 1,000m (about 3,000ft) above sea level and Koyasan is designated as World Heirtage site of UNESCO. The legendary monk Kobodaishi is one of the most historical religious figures. The mausoleum of Kobodaishi, Okunoin and lined up tall cedar trees approach to the mausoleum makes the area sacred atmosphere.

About accomodation Shukubo (Guest house managed by temple)
Please enjoy experiencing Shojin Ryori (vegetarian meal made by Buddhist monks).
Meals Breakfast: ✓     Lunch: ✓     Dinner: ✓

DAY 10

Mt.KOYA-OSAKA

In the morning, Shukubo have devoted thereselves to pray for the repose of ancestor's souls for more than a thousand year. Some of shukubo show this ceremony daily.

Before leaving Mt.Koya, we can’t miss Danjo garan. Konpon Daito(Great Pagoda) is planned by Kobo Daishi,as a center of his monastic camplex.Canstruction began in 816,and was nearly completed some seventy years later.The design is a three-dimensional expression of the mandalas of Shingon Buddhism.Images of the eight patriaechs of Shingon Buddhism are also painted in the corners of the structure.
We proceed to Kongobuji. Kongobuji is the administrative head temple of Koyasan Shingon Buddhism.

Then we head out to Osaka. Osaka was the commercial center in the samurai period, developed around invincible Osaka Castle.
The top of this 7 story building commands great views of the city of Osaka, the castle being surrounded by the walls of huge stones and moats. Before we check in our hotel, let's take short walk at Dotonbori (food and shopping district popular among Osaka residence).

About accomodation Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka (WiFi=○)
It is located in central Osaka and there are various kinds of restaurants due to the city is called "City of Food".
Meals Breakfast: ✓     Lunch: ✓     Dinner: ―

DAY 11

OSAKA-KANSAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Time to get back home with unforgettable memory and lots of souvenir. Leaveing for Kansai International Airport by Hotel shattle.Return by air.

Meals Breakfast: ✓     Lunch: ―    Dinner: ―
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Start Date(Day 1 of the Itinerary)November 24, 2016
Nights 11 days 10 nights
Price USD 3,500
Single room supplement USD 750

PLEASE NOTE

All prices are per person, based on double or triple occupancy.
International flights are not included on our tours - this allows you the flexibility to choose your own departure and get the best value for your money!

TOUR COST INCLUDES

  • 7 nights Western style and 2 nights Japanese style and 1 night at Shukubo (guest house of temple in Koyasan) accommodation
  • Meet and greet upon arrival at Narita Airport
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Private coach transfers between destinations in Japan
  • Comprehensive escorted with TC tour professional English speaking tour guide
  • Meals described as in the itinerary
  • Admission fees and activities
  • Entry fees to sites, gardens, and museums listed in the itinerary

TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International Airfares
  • Meals that are not included in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills
  • Gratuities

ADDITION INFORMATION

Transport Travel by air conditioned, private coach, baggage handling free
Arrival/Departure Airports For arrivals at Haneda Airport ( HND)Narita Airport (NRT), this tour starts in Tokyo and ends in Osaka, with departures at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX)
Meal Requests Vegetarian or special meals can be arranged
Meet and Greet Please note that the meet and greet and airport transfer to the first hotel is ONLY available on the first day of the tour after 10 AM.
If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, please arrange your own hotel transfer

Tour schedule and prices subject to change without notice

TOKYO

  • Tsukiji Fish Market (Not Tuna auction)
  • Imperial Palace*
  • Tokyo Skytree

  • Akihabara
  • Maid café (c)ぴなふぉあ

MT. FUJI

  • Mt.Fuji 5th step

HAKONE

  • Lake Ashi
  • Owakudani (volcanic valley)

KYOTO

  • Gion (District where Geisha and Maiko work)
  • Kiyomizu Temple
  • Nijo Castle

  • Kimono Show (Nishijin)
  • Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
  • Gekkeikan Sake Brewery

NARA

  • Todaiji Temple
  • Deer Park

OSAKA

  • Osaka Castle

HIMEJI

  • Himeji Castle

MATSUE AREA/ IZUMO

  • Mt. Daisen*
  • Adachi Museum
  • Izumo Taisha Shinto Shrine

IWAMI

  • Iwami Ginzan (silver mine)

HIROSHIMA

  • Peace Memorial Park & Museum
  • A-bomb Dome
  • Itsukushima Shinto Shrine

KURASHIKI

  • Kurashiki Bikan historical quarter

TAKAMATSU

  • TAKAYAMA Ritsurin Park

KOYASAN

  • Konpon Daido
  • Approach to Okunoin
  • Buddhist monks