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Japan Odyssey

Created with Sketch. Hiroshima, Hakone, Kyoto, Tokyo, Shimane
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Duration

12 days 11 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

Arabic, Chinese, English, Francais

Overview

package taking you through Kyoto, Japan and 4 other destinations in Japan. Japan Odyssey includes accommodation, an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Itinerary

Day 1 - 3: Kyoto

Overview: The first day of our tour will begin in Kyoto with a welcome dinner. For those flying into Osaka, we recommend a coach transfer from Osaka to Kyoto. Odyssey welcomes the opportunity to provide recommendations for transfer arrangements to Kyoto upon request.

The ancient city of Kyoto was the home of the Emperor for 11 centuries over 1,200 years ago. Numerous temples and shrines of poignant historical beauty in Kyoto display the refined architecture of Japan. Kyoto’s legacy of aristocratic art and culture makes Kyoto unique among other cities of Japan. A “heartland” for many Japanese people, Kyoto is the place to encounter the finest essence of traditional Japan.

On our second day in Japan, we will enjoy a sightseeing tour by private car. This includes visits to some beautiful traditional temples, among them the Ryoanji temple, home of a picturesque and famous rock garden, and Kinkakuji Temple, the top two floors of which are covered in gold leaf.

Day three includes a sightseeing tour of Nara, where we visit the stunning Todaiji Temple and the beautiful Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Along with these exquisite buildings, we spend time at Nara park, a favourite spot in the prefecture populated by hundreds of free-roaming deer.

If time allows while in Kyoto, the group will have the opportunity to participate in an authentic tea ceremony.

Accommodation: 3 nights at 4 stars hotel

Day 4 - 6: Hiroshima

Overview: On the fourth day, after breakfast in Kyoto, we catch a Nozomi train to Hiroshima.

During our stay in Hiroshima, the group will visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome), which memorialises the devastation and lives lost in the atomic attack the city suffered in World War II. Peace Memorial Park, which is laid out near the hypocenter of the attack, is dedicated to peace. Here we’ll learn about Hiroshima’s recovery and growth to become a city with a population of 1.2 million citizens.

We then travel by local train and ferry to visit the sacred island of Miyajima, where roaming deer will welcome us. Miyajima, which means “Shrine Island,” has been worshiped since ancient times. The main entrance to the floating shrine building takes the form of a huge Torii gate floating on the sea. This forested island is well-known to the Japanese as one of the Scenic Trio of Japan.

Our visit to Hiroshima also includes a guided sightseeing tour, by private car, that takes us to Shukkei-en Garden (a garden replicating grand scenery in miniature), and the magnificent Hiroshima Castle.

Accommodation: 3 nights at 4 stars hotel

Day 7: Matsue

Overview: On the seventh day we travel from Hiroshima to Matsue.

Matsue, which prospered under the feudal lords in the Edo period (1603-1868), is spotted with traditional Samurai houses. Matsue Castle sits like a tower in the center of a network of waterways including the lake. During the afternoon, we experience the beautifully landscaped garden and carefully curated art collection at the Adachi Museum. We also visit nearby Izumo, a town steeped in legend and myth about the founding of Japan. We will learn about the ancient Izumo Taisha shrine, which enshrines the Kami, the deity of Izumo.

Note: Our luggage will be transported directly to our Tokyo hotel. You will need to arrange an overnight bag to cater for our two nights (Matsue and Hakone) before our arrival in Tokyo.

Accommodation: 1 night at 4 stars hotel

Day 8: Hakone

Overview: We fly from Izumo Airport to Haneda, and from there we will take a transfer to the foot of Mt Fuji.

From Mt Fuji, we have the opportunity to see the hot springs of Owakudani, the “valley of great boiling.” Hakone is a mountainous resort within the Fuji volcanic chain, and was designated as a National Park in 1938. Soaking in hot springs is a well-loved activity in Japan, and visitors can experience the hot springs in Hakone while enjoying the view of Mt. Fuji, which is considered to be the most beautiful and sacred mountain in Japan. From the hot springs, we will also enjoy the view of Lake Ashi, which is a typical caldera lake formed between the outer crater ridge and inner volcanoes.

We will return to the our hotel in Hakone to enjoy dinner.

Accommodation: 1 night at 4 stars hotel

Day 9 - 11: Tokyo

Overview: On the ninth day, we travel to Tokyo to for a full sightseeing day.

The capital of Tokyo is the centre of population, politics, finance, and culture in Japan. Approximately 12 million people reside within Tokyo, and almost one-fourth of Japan’s total population lives within commuting distance of the city. Historically, Tokyo was the centre of the feudal government of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Popular Japanese traditions such as Kabuki, Sumo wrestling, and Ukiyoe woodblock prints became popular and flourished in ancient Tokyo.

On a guided tour of Tokyo, we will see the iconic Tokyo Tower and the Imperial Palace, the Emperor’s residence, as well as having the opportunity to visit the buzzing Nakamise shopping street.

You will have days 10 and 11 of the tour free to explore Tokyo at your leisure, and your Odyssey program leader can show you some of the sights of this amazing city. On the final evening, the group will enjoy a farewell dinner.

Accommodation: 3 nights at 4 stars hotel

Day 12: Tokyo

Overview: Our tour will end in Tokyo after breakfast.

Included/Excluded

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

Durations

12 Days

Languages

Arabic
Chinese
English
Francais

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Hiroshima, Hakone, Kyoto, Tokyo, Shimane

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