Intriguing Spirit of Japan 14 days

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  • Transport
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13 Nights from $4,590

(* Price is per person.)

* Above price are Land only price. Airfare is not included.
* Departure: Monday and Saturday (expect peak season)  
* Seasonal surcharges apply for all other dates.
* Minimum of 2 people 


Take a journey to the most popular spiritual & historical areas in Japan, including a World Heritage site. Experience, Mt. Koya, a renowned overnight stay in a Temple lodge, where you can embrace & taste a Monk's lifestyle.

Highlights
1. Visit World Heritage of Japan
2. Staying at a Shukubo( temple Lodging) in Mt. Koya.
3. Experience the serenity of Buddihsm at 1200 year - old Temple.
4. Staying at a Japanese Traditional Inn ( Ryokan) Experience
5. Visit Itsukushima Shrine,Hiroshima Peace and Memorial Park in Hiroshima.
6. Visit 3 World Heritage Sites, Mt. Fuji, Shirakawago & Miyajima
7.
Prices are based on 2 or more people travelling
A single supplement surcharge will apply if a solo traveller
8. Hotel upgrades are also available. Please ask for details.
9. Seasonal surcharge apply. Please ask our friendly staff for detail.

 

Route Map

Call us on 1800 802 552  or  Online Enquiry

Schedule

B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner
Day 1 : Tokyo

Day 1

Day 1 : Tokyo

Welcome! Upon arrival at Narita Airport, your driver will meet you at the arrival exit point and take you to your accommodation by public shared taxi.

Overnight at Shinjuku Washington Hotel Annex or similar hotel (3 Star Hotel)

Day 2: Tokyo (B)

Day 2

Day 2: Tokyo (B)

After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy the Tokyo Morning Tour, visiting Tokyo Tower, Meiji Shrine and Imperial Palace Gardens.

Take the afternoon off to enjoy what Tokyo has to offer at leisure. Please look at our day tours section for options.

Overnight at Shinjuku Washington Hotel Annex or similar hotel (3 Star Hotel)

Day 3: Tokyo (B)

Day 3

Day 3: Tokyo (B)

Breakfast at your Hotel.

Enjoy a free day at leisure in Tokyo.
Please take a look at our day tours section for options during your free time.

Overnight at Shinjuku Washington Hotel Annex or similar hotel (3 Star Hotel)

Day 4: Tokyo (B) ~ Nikko (L) ~ Tokyo

Day 4

Day 4: Tokyo (B) ~ Nikko (L) ~ Tokyo

After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy the World Heritage Nikko Full Day Tour, visiting Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Falls, one of Nikko’s three most famous waterfalls.

Then enjoy a delicious Japanese style lunch at a local restaurant.

The tour will finish in the late evening in Shinjuku. Please make your own way back to your hotel.

Overnight at Shinjuku Washington Hotel Annex or similar hotel (3 Star Hotel) 

Day 5: Tokyo ~ Hakone (B, L, D) <Mt. Fuji>

Day 5

Day 5: Tokyo ~ Hakone (B, L, D)

Breakfast at your Hotel. Your main suitcase will be transferred directly from the Tokyo hotel to the Kyoto hotel. Travel by coach halfway up Japan's highest mountain, Mt. Fuji, where you will experience a spectacular view from 2,300 metres high.Indulge in a Japanese-style lunch.

In the Afternoon, ride on a Pirate Ship on Lake Ashi, proceed to Komagatake Ropeway and Hakone-En.

After the tour, make your own way from Hakone-Yumoto Station to your accommodation.

Overnight at Nanpu-so or similar (3 Star Ryokan)

Day 6:  Hakone ~ Takayama (B)

Day 6

Day 6: Hakone ~ Takayama (B)

Following breakfast at your Hotel, catch the Bullet Train from Odawara to Nagoya and then take the Limited Express train from Nagoya to Takayama.

At arrival of Takayama enjoy The Takayama Afternoon Tour which includes; viewing of colourfully decorated festival floats at Yatai Kaikan Hall, the Kusakabe Folk Craft Museum, formerly the residence of powerful merchants under government patronage, and the streets of Kami Sannomachi where the unique traditional wooden houses are preserved.

<Departure Date for when Shirakawa-go winter illumination is being held.>
Depart from Hida Hotel Plaza, proceed to Takayama station on foot.
Take a regular sightseeing bus to Shirakawa-go.
Enjoy the beautiful Shirakawa-go illumination Event
Head back to Takayama.

Overnight at Hida Hotel Plaza or similar (3.5 Star Hotel)

Day 7: Takayama ~ Shirakawa-go ~ Kanazawa (L)

Day 7

Day 7: Takayama ~ Shirakawa-go ~ Kanazawa (L)

Enjoy the Shirakawa-go Tour, drive to the World Heritage Site, Gokayama Ainokura, and experience this mountain village that preserves the old ways of life, then visit Gokayama.

After the tour, proceed to Shirakawa-go to enjoy a Japanese style lunch. Savour the taste of home-style cooking that can only be experienced in a region such as this.

After lunch, your guide will take you on a walking tour around the thatched roof village. Enjoy some time around the village at your leisure. Head to Kanazawa.

<Departure Date for when Shirakawa-go winter illumination is being held>
Visit Takayama Morning market, Takayama Yatai Kaikan Hall where colourfully decorated traditional festival floats are displayed, Kusakabe Folkcraft Museum which was formerly the residence of powerful merchants under government patronage, and Kami Sannomachi Street where traditional Japanese wooden houses are preserved. Take a local bus to Kanazawa.

Overnight stay at Hotel Kanazawa or similar (4 Star Hotel)

Day 8: Kanazawa ~ Kyoto

Day 8

Day 8: Kanazawa ~ Kyoto

Enjoy the Kanazawa Morning Tour, visit to Higashi Chaya District, where wooden-latticed exteriors of teahouses line both sides of the stone-paved street. Visit Tentokuin Temple, Nagamachi Samurai District and Kenroku-en Garden; one of the top three Japanese gardens, offering amazing seasonal views all year round. 

Catch the Limited Express train from Kanazawa to Kyoto and make your own way to your accommodation. 

Overnight at Almont Hotel Kyoto or similar (3 Star Hotel)

Day 9: Kyoto (B) ~ Nara ~ Kyoto

Day 9

Day 9: Kyoto (B) ~ Nara ~ Kyoto

Breakfast at your Hotel. Join in on some sightseeing of the Nara Morning Tour, visiting Todaiji Temple; the temple has an enormous bronze Buddha within its Daibutsuden Hall, one of the largest wooden structures in the world. Walk among the 1,100 or so tame friendly deer roaming about the Nara Park (Deer park). Visit Kofukuji Temple, then travel back to Kyoto and have some lunch (about 40-50 mins) before the Kyoto Afternoon Tour starts.

On this tour visit Kiyomizu Temple, where you can enjoy panoramic views of Kyoto, Kodaiji Temple, Yasaka Shrine and the Gion District, which is one of the famous entertainment and geisha quarters. Tour will end at Gion district. Make your own way back to your accommodation.

Overnight at Almont Hotel Kyoto or similar (3 Star Hotel)

Day 10 : Kyoto (B) ~ Hiroshima ~ Kyoto

Day 10

Day 10 : Kyoto (B) ~ Hiroshima ~ Kyoto

Breakfast at your hotel, and then catch the bullet train from Kyoto to Hiroshima, visiting Itsukushima Shrine, Hiroshima Peace and Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Dome. From Hiroshima station, catch the bullet train to Kyoto.

After the tour, make your own way from Kyoto Station back to your accommodation.

Overnight at Almont Hotel Kyoto or similar (3 Star Hotel)

Day 11 : Kyoto (B)

Day 11

Day 11 : Kyoto (B)

Breakfast at your Hotel. Enjoy a full day exploring what Kyoto has to offer at leisure. Please look at our day tours section for options.

Overnight at Almont Hotel Kyoto or similar (3 Star Hotel)

Day 12 : Kyoto - Mt.Koya (B, D)

Day 12

Day 12 : Kyoto - Mt.Koya (B, D)

Breakfast at your hotel. Pack an overnight bag for Mt. Koya, and leave Kyoto by train and cable car via Gokurakubashi, where you will have free time at leisure. Your other luggage will be transferred to Osaka, please leave it at your hotel in Kyoto.

Enjoy a Japanese-Shojin Ryori ( Monk's food - Vegetarian dishes) for dinner at the Temple.

Overnight at Temple in Mt. Koya

Day 13 : Mt. Koya (B) ~ Osaka

Day 13

Day 13 : Mt. Koya (B) ~ Osaka

After a Buddhist Monk vegetarian breakfast and lecture, in English, about the history of Mt. Koya and Buddhism Henjko-in, transfer to Osaka via train.

The rest of the day can be spent sightseeing in Osaka at your leisure. Please look at our day tours section for options.

Overnight at Hotel Vista Grande Osaka or similar (4 Star Hotel)

Day 14 : Osaka (B) ~ Kansai Airport

Day 14

Day 14 : Osaka (B) ~ Kansai Airport

Breakfast at your Hotel. Enjoy the wonders of Osaka at your leisure until departure.

Transfer to Kansai Airport by Airport Shuttle van.

Pick up time is about 4 hours prior to the flight

 

Inclusions

  • Transfer from Narita Airport to hotel
  • 13 Nights Accommodation
  • 11 x Breakfasts, 3 x Lunches, 2 x Dinners
  • 7-Day Japan Rail Pass
  • Luggage Transfer Service on Day 5 and 12
  • English Speaking Guide on Day 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10
  • Train tickets from Kyoto to Mt. Koya

Remarks

* The above offers are subject to availability and confirmation.
* For full terms and conditions, please contact our travel specialists.
* Costing will vary from time to time depending on the exchange rate. The final rate will be confirmed at time of booking confirmation.

Day2: Tokyo Grand Full day Tour
1. In some cases, a taxi may be used for pick-up & return sevices.
2. Due to operational reasons, a tour guide may not accompany you when providing pick- up and return services.
3  Visits or coveyance may be omitted or substituted due to heavy traffic, weather conditions or other operational reasons.
4. The itinerary ( Tour completion time, visiting schedule, & others) may be changed due to heaany traffic, weather conditions, or other operational reasons.
4. Tour starts from DAI-ICHI HOTEL TOKYO at 9:00

Day:3 Nikko Full Day Tour
1.
Due to expected traffic congestion during the peak autumn season, the tour will not visit the kegon falls or Lake Chuzenji between 11th October and  6th November 2016. During these dates, the tour will visit either the Rinno-ji temple Taiyu- in Mausoleum, Nikko Futarasan Jinja Shrine, the Kirifuri falls or the Nikko tamozawa Imperial Villa.
No refunds will be made even if substitutions mentioned in remarks 1 and 2 occur as a result of traffic conditions on dates not mentioned.
2.The tour may also be changed to the above itinerary on dates other than that listed above due to traffic congestion, or other unforeseen circumstances. No refunds will be provided for changes in the itinerary.
3.Note arrival times may be delayed due to traffic conditions as this tour will travel by bus.
4.As temperatures drop in Nikko,it is highly recommednded to bring an overcoat or other warm clothing from fall to spring.
5.This tour involves walking the hills and stairs of Toshogu Shrine and Kirifuri Falls. Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and sneakers are recommended.
6.Earphone devices will be provided at Nikko Toshogu Shrine in order to directly hear the tour guide. However this may not apply if there are less than 15 participants.
7.A fine of JPY 10,000 may be charged if earphones are lost or damaged.
8.Please note that due to repair and restoration work, part or all of Toshogu Shrine's Yomeimon Gate may not be visible.

Day 4 : Mt. Fuji & Hakone Tour
1.Please note that the tour may not visit the Mt. komagatake Ropeway in cases of heavy traffic. the tour will not be cancelled, and no redunds will be provided in such cases. In addition, the arrival time may also be delayed. ( The estimated arrival time is between 20:00-22:00)
2.If Fuji Visitor Centre is closed or the tour is behind schedule due to traffic the visit to Fuji Visitor Centre may be skipped.
3. If the roadway to Mt Fuji 5th station should be blocked due to road  surface freezing, the tour would be take to the highest elevation point possible.
4.As temperatures drop significantly on Mt. Fuji, it is highly recommended to bring an overcoat of other warm clothing from fall to spring.
5.The tour will not be cancelled or refunded even if the full view if Mt. Fuji is not visible due to weather conditions.
6.The Komagatake Ropeway or Lake Ashi cruise ma be omitted or substituted depending on traffic, weather conditions or other operational concerns. If either or both are omitted the following alternatives may be used:  Hakone Ropeway, Owakudani valley, Hakone  Check Point,  Narukawa Art Museum, Hakone Sekisho (checking station) remains, Lake Kawaguchi Cruise, pirate boat on Lake Ashi, Lake Kawaguchi Ropeway, Hakone-en Auqarium,Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. The tour will not be cancelled or refunded for such itinerary alteration.
7.Please apply GPS audio guide at the time of reservation. The number of GPS audio guides is limited, so they may not be available to each of you.
8.The tour guide may not accompany back to Tokyo from Odawara Station. In this case, the manner of returning will be iinformed in advance.
9.Note the bus may make multiple stops at hotels, in the Hakone area after sightseeing concludes.
10.If the minimum number of participants is not met by 4 days before a scheduled date, the tour on the date may be cancelled.

Day 6 -8 Takayama, Shirakawago & Kanazawa Tour
1.If sightseeing facilities at Takayama or Kanazawa are closed, the tour will be taken to alternative destinations.
2. As the tour requires a lot of walking, please participate in comfortable clothes and shoes. If you are planning to attend this tour during the winter months (October to February), please bring a coat or other warm clothing.
3. Transportation from Takayama to Kanazawa may be via shared expressway bus or a charter bus.
4. Sightseeing at Shirakawago and Gokayama thached roof village on day-2 will be conducted via regular sightseeing bus operated by Nohi Bus. Note that the bus will be shared with Japanese customers. Also, depending on the number of participants, a charter bus may be used.
5. Vegetarian meals are not available for lunch at Shirakawa-go on day-2.
6. Kanazawa sightseeing on Day 3 will be conducted via regular sightseeing bus operated by Hokuriku Railroad. This tour is jointly operated with Japanese customers. If Tentokuin Temple is closed, the tour will visit Kanazawa Yasue Gold Leaf Museum. Also, depending on the number of participants, public transportation may be used.
7. Tours departing Jan. 16, 23, 24, 30, 31 or Feb. 7 or 14 will visit the limited-time Shirakawa-go illumination. In such cases, the itinerary for Takayama and Shirakawa-go will be changed. On these days, Shirakawa-go will be visited on the 1st night. The visit will be via a regular sightseeing bus operated by Nohi Bus. Takayama sightseeing will be in the morning on the 2nd day, and Gokayama will not be visited; Takayama Morning Market will be visited instead. Also, in the case that the Shirakawa-go illumination regular sightseeing bus service is suspended, the normal itinerary will be followed. No refunds will be provided in such cases.
8. If the minimum number of participants (1) is not met by 20 days before the scheduled date, the tour on that date may be cancelled.


Day 10. Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour (Depart : Hiroshima)
1.The tour will be accompanied by a certified English-speaking guide or an English-speaking tour assistant. from Kyoto and Osaka Departure, english - speaking guide or assistance services is included except while on board the Shinkansen.
2, Minimum participants required : 2 persons.
   If the minimum number of participants is not met by 5 days before a scheduled date, the tour on that date may be cancelled.
3.According to the number of participants, transportation ( microbus, raxi, train or tram) between Hiroshima and Miyajima will vary depending on the number of participants.
4.Lunch is not included in the tour.Please have lunch on your own at Miyajima.

Day 12.  Mt. Koya

1. This tour will be accompanied by a certified English-speaking guide.
2. Minimum participants required: 2
3.Please wear confortable clothing as temperatures drop significantly in Koyasan.
4.The order of the itinerary and lunch location are subject to change.
5.It is recommended to bring warm clothing as temperatures drop significantly in Koyasan. 
6.A guide will accompany the tour until arriving at Koyasan Shukubo Fukichi - in on day-1 on the tour. No guide will be present on the Day2.



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