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Iconic Japan National Geographic Journeys

Created with Sketch. Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto
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Duration

12 days 11 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

Arabic, Chinese, English, Francais

Overview

Start in Tokyo and end in Kyoto! With the In-depth Cultural tour Iconic Japan National Geographic Journeys, you have a 12 days tour package taking you through Tokyo, Japan and 4 other destinations in Japan. Iconic Japan National Geographic Journeys includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

In Japan, tradition and modernity are celebrated side-by-side in ways that often appear contradictory. Immerse yourself in this intriguing culture, beginning in sprawling Tokyo, one of the world’s most innovative cities. Then head by rail into the countryside to visit traditional villages and tranquil shrines. Explore quaint geisha districts and inspiring gardens; savour the fresh flavours of Japanese cuisine; and get a glimpse of the ancient soul of this fascinating, futuristic country.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Glimpse the Kawaii culture of cuteness in Tokyo
  • Don your kimono and relax in a traditional Ryokan
  • Snap a picture of the iconic Floating Torii Gate
  • Savour kaiseki meals - a multi-course Japanese dinner
  • Fall in love with Kyoto’s shrines, temples, and palaces
  • See the A-Bomb Dome in poignant Hiroshima

Itinerary

Day 1: Tokyo

Arrive at any time.

Accommodation:
- Hotel Gracery Shinjuku (or similar).

Included Activities:
- Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Additional Notes: On our tours in Japan we use public transport, making use of Japan's world famous transportation system. From the super fast Shinkansen Bullet Train to Kyoto's extensive local bus network, we ride with the locals.

As well, there is a lot of walking on this trip, every day - please ensure you have an average level of fitness and can walk unaided for long periods of time. A good pair of walking shoes are highly recommended.

Please note: We will use a baggage transfer service, which is included in the cost of your tour, so you will not have to worry about carrying your bags on and off trains as we travel. As such, you will not have access to your bags during the transfers from city to city, and will not be reunited with your luggage until the following day. On these days, we recommend using an overnight bag for anything you may need, including valuables.

Day 2: Tokyo (1B)

In Harajuka we catch a glimpse of the pop culture phenomenon of Kawaii. Directly translated as "cute," this Japanese cultural movement is reflected through various avenues of entertainment, toys, personal style, attitude, and cuisine.

Accommodation:
- Hotel Gracery Shinjuku (or similar).

Meals Included:
- Breakfast

Transport:
- Metro: Tokyo

Included Activities:
- Orientation Walk
- Harajuku Visit
- Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingū) Visit
- Asakusa Walk

Additional Notes: On some departures of this tour the activities on Days 2 and 3 will be swapped.

Day 3: Tokyo (1B, 1L)

Opt to visit Ueno park and the museums, Akihabara for cutting edge electronics, Harajuku for funky fashions, Ginza for the highest of the high end, walk the grounds of the Imperial Palace East Garden, or just stroll the streets, looking for the traditional life that still lies just under the modern surface.

Accommodation:
- Hotel Gracery Shinjuku (or similar).

Meals Included:
- Breakfast
- Lunch

Transport:
- Metro: Tokyo

Included Activities:
- Toyosu Fish Market
- Tsukiji Sushi Experience

Additional Notes: Please be advised the May 4, 2020 departure of this trip will not visit the inner Toyosu Fish Market as it is closed during this period. Alternatively, the group will visit the outer market of the Tsukiji fish market.

Day 4: Tokyo/Tsumago (1B, 1D)

Depart Tokyo by train. Disembark at Nagiso and continue to a local minshuku, a traditional Japanese bed-and-breakfast, where we’ll spend the night. Enjoy a walk through the countryside, passing lush farms and rice paddies into Tsumago, a protected cultural area dating to the Edo period. Explore the charming town, where motorized vehicles are prohibited on the main street during the day and phone lines and power cables hidden from view to preserve its traditional feel. Back at our minshuku, feast on a kaiseki meal—a ritualistic multi-course dinner emphasizing artful presentation and fresh ingredients.

Accommodation:
- Hanaya Tsumago Ryokan (or similar).

Meals Included:
- Breakfast
- Dinner

Transport:
- Metro: Tokyo
- Train: Tokyo to Tsumago

Included Activities:
- Tsumago countryside and Village walk

Day 5: Tsumago/Kanazawa (1B)

Continue by train to the historic city of Kanazawa, the seat of the powerful Maeda clan during the Edo period. Venture to Nagamachi, the city’s well-preserved samurai district located at the foot of Kanazawa Castle, and learn about the lifestyle of Japan’s ancient, elite warrior class. We’ll also visit the Nomura residence, the beautifully restored home of a wealthy samurai family, boasting a collection of antique heirlooms and a stunning garden.

Accommodation:
- Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel (or similar).

Meals Included:
- Breakfast

Transport:
- Train: Tsumago to Kanazawa-shi
- Taxicab: Tsumago
- Local Bus

Included Activities:
- Nagamachi Samurai District Walk
- Visit Nomura Family Samurai Residence

Day 6: Kanazawa (1B)

Spend the day exploring Kanazawa. Visit the Myoryuji Temple—commonly known as the Ninja Temple—which doubled as a military outpost, and discover its many hidden defenses and escape routes. Take a walk through the Higashi Chaya geisha district and gain insights into geisha culture, viewing one of the district’s traditional wooden houses. Then visit a local craft studio, where we’ll learn about the city’s time-honoured crafts and learn to paint chopsticks with gold leaf.

Accommodation:
- Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel (or similar).

Meals Included:
- Breakfast

Transport:
- Local Bus

Included Activities:
- Ninja Temple Visit
- Chopstick and Gold Leaf Painting Experience
- Higashi Geisha District Visit

Day 7: Kanazawa/Hiroshima (1B)

The large Peace Park in the centre of the city is an extremely moving place dotted with memorials of those known to have been killed in the explosion and others who died as a result. A burning flame waits in the park to be extinguished when all nuclear weapons in the world have been destroyed.

Accommodation:
- Grand Prince Hiroshima (or similar).

Meals Included:
- Breakfast

Transport:
- Taxicab: Kanazawa-shi
- Train: Kanazawa-shi to Hiroshima
- Tram

Included Activities:
- Hiroshima Park and Peace Memorial

Day 8: Hiroshima (1B)

Catch a ferry to Itsukushima Island, popularly known as Miyajima. Here, you’ll find one of Japan’s most beautiful and sacred temples, the 12th-century Itsukushima Shinto shrine. This UNESCO World Heritage site is built over the water, with a red torii or wooden gateway that appears to float at high tide. Spend the afternoon at leisure and explore on your own.

Accommodation:
- Grand Prince Hiroshima (or similar).

Meals Included:
- Breakfast

Transport:
- Ferry: Hiroshima to Miyajima

Included Activities:
- Miyajima Island Visit

Additional Notes: Please note the floating Torii Gate will be under construction from December 2022 and views may be obstructed during this time.

Day 9: Hiroshima/Kyoto (1B)

As the Imperial capital, Kyoto is an essential part of any visit to Japan. Kyoto has some of the most magnificent temples in Japan which date back centuries. There are said to be 2,000 temples, shrines, palaces, museums and traditional gardens in Kyoto. Use your time to wander past huge wooden structures and multi-storied pagodas, all linked with famous walkways.

Accommodation:
- Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shinmachi Bettei (or similar).

Meals Included:
- Breakfast

Transport:
- Train: Himeji to Kyoto

Included Activities:
- Himeji Castle
- Gion Walk

Day 10: Kyoto (1B)

Venture to the breathtaking Fushimi Inari shrine just outside of Kyoto, dedicated to the Shinto god of rice. Walk under the temple’s iconic red gates, where a scene from Memoirs of a Geisha was filmed. Spend the rest of the day discovering ancient Nara, the site of Japan’s earliest capital. Visit the impressive Todaiji temple—home to the largest bronze Buddha statue in the world—and wander the walkways of Kasuga Taisha, one of Japan’s most sacred Shinto shrines.

Accommodation:
- Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shinmachi Bettei (or similar).

Meals Included:
- Breakfast

Included Activities:
- Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Visit
- Day Trip to Nara
- Tōdai-ji Buddhist Temple Complex
- Visit Kasuga Grand Shrine

Additional Notes: Please note, the visit to the Kasuga Grand Shrine is not possible from October - December due to the shorter operating hours of this site.

Day 12: Kyoto (1B)

Depart at any time.

Meals Included:
- Breakfast

Additional Notes: For travellers flying out of Kansai International Airport (KIX), please find the public transit options below (please note that taxis can become quite expensive in the late hours)

1) By train - departing from Kyoto station, the limited express "Haruka" Train goes directly to the airport. The last train to the airport leaves Kyoto station at 20:30.
2) By bus - departing from Kyoto station, with several stops along the way. The last bus to the airport leaves Kyoto station at 22:10.

Included/Excluded

  • Accommodation
  • Guide
  • Meals
  • Additional Services
  • Transport
  • Flights
  • Insurance

Durations

12 Days

Languages

Arabic
Chinese
English
Francais

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto

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