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Japan Explorer 13 Nights

Everything you might want to see in Japan is included in this tour while you embark on an exploration of Japan. Visit the bustling city of Tokyo, the cultural capital that is Kyoto, and the deep history of Hiroshima. Meanwhile, fully immerse yourself in traditional Japanese living with a stay at a Japanese-style hot spring guesthouse (onsen ryokan) where you can relax in the onsen and don a casual kimono (yukata). So, take a ride through the best attractions Japan has to offer with this fully escorted tour.

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Day 1

City: Arrival in Tokyo

Event: Arrive at Narita/Haneda Airport

Welcome to Japan!

Following your arrival to Japan and transfer to the hotel, enjoy the rest of the day free to relax from the long flight.

Accommodations

Standard: Hotel Monterey Hanzomon or Hotel Monterey Akasaka or similar

Meals

Breakfast at the hotel.


Day 2

City: Tokyo

Event: Tour of Tokyo

Let’s begin our exploration of Japan with a tour of Tokyo. Firstly, the tour begins with a visit the Shunkaen Bonsai Museum set up by the bonsai master Kunio Kobayashi. Then, we will visit Tokyo SKYTREE, the world’s tallest tower. Afterward, we will take a visit to Asakusa Kannon Temple and the Nakamise Shopping Arcade. Finally, we end the day’s tour with a visit to the Imperial Palace, home to Japan’s Imperial Family.

Accommodations

Standard: Hotel Monterey Hanzomon or Hotel Monterey Akasaka or similar

Meals

Breakfast at the hotel.


Day 3

City: Tokyo

Event: Tour of Tokyo

Today we will visit the Meiji-jingu Shrine which was dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken in 1920. Then, is a trip to Harajuku, Omotesando, and Shibuya, famous shopping destinations. Although these are famous shopping districts, you will want to save some energy (and yen) for a visit to Akihabara Electric Town. Famous for its densely packed buildings full of anime and manga paraphernalia, this area is undoubtedly Japan’s pop-culture capital. Finally, we end the day’s shopping trip with a visit to Ginza. Here, you’ll find upmarket shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Accommodations

Standard: Hotel Monterey Hanzomon or Hotel Monterey Akasaka or similar

Meals

Breakfast at the hotel.


Day 4

City: Tokyo – Nikko – Tokyo

Event: Tour of Nikko

Leaving Tokyo for the day, we will take a trip to Nikko. Firstly, the tour begins with a visit to Toshogu Shrine. Built in 1617, the shrine is a mausoleum of the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Then on the itinerary is a visit to Kegon Waterfall. Ranked among Japan’s top three waterfalls, Kegon Waterfall is almost 100 meters tall. Before returning to Tokyo, we will take a trip to Mt. Nantai, one of Japan’s 100 famous mountains.

Accommodations

Standard: Hotel Monterey Hanzomon or Hotel Monterey Akasaka or similar

Meals

Breakfast at the hotel.


Day 5

City: Tokyo – Mt. Fuji – Hakone

Event: Transfer to Hakone with view of Mt. Fuji

After checking out of the hotel, we then continue our exploration of Japan by heading to Mt. Fuji’s 5th Station and the Fuji Visitor Center. Then, we will enjoy a scenic boat cruise on Lake Ashi with spectacular views of Mt. Fuji. Upon arrival at the hotel in Hakone, relax in the calming hot springs that will undoubtedly take away all your worries. Following a trip to the hot springs, enjoy a kaiseki dinner at the guesthouse and spend the night asleep on a futon.

Accommodations

Standard: Fuji Premium Resort or similar

Meals

Breakfast at the hotel.


Day 6

City: Hakone – Shima Peninsula (Ise)

Event: Transfer to Shima Peninsula by Shinkansen and express train

Today you will board the Shinkansen (bullet train) and express train to travel to Shima Peninsula. Once there, enjoy a visit to Ise Grand Shrine made up of the outer shrine (Geku) and inner shrine (Naiku). We will continue in the area to Okageyokocho Street and the Sengukan Museum.

Accommodations

Standard:

Meals

Breakfast at the hotel.


Day 7

City: Shima Peninsula (Ise) – Kyoto

Event: Tour of Toba

The day’s tour takes us to Mikimoto Pearl Island. Mikimoto Pearl Island features a museum about pearls, pearl cultivation, and Mikimoto Kokichi. Born in Toba, Mikimoto Kokichi was the first person to cultivate pearls in the year 1983. While on the island, you will be able to observe a live demonstration of female divers (ama).

Following the explorations of Mikimoto Pearl Island, you will board an express train to Kyoto.

Accommodations

Standard: Kyoto Tower Hotel or similar

Meals

Breakfast at the hotel.


Day 8

City: Kyoto

Event: Tour of Kyoto

Known as the cultural capital of Japan, an exploration of Japan is certainly not complete without a trip to Kyoto. Today’s tour will take us to several of Kyoto’s most famous temples. Firstly is a visit to Kinkaku-ji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion. Secondly, we take a visit to Nijo-jo Castle, home to the first shogun , Tokugawa Ieyasu. Following that we will venture to Sanjusangendo Hall that houses a large wooden 1000-armed Kannon statue surrounded by 500 smaller statues. The itinerary then brings us to Kiyomizudera Temple. The temple is one of the most celebrated temples in Japan and today is a World Heritage Site. Finally, we end our exploration of Kyoto’s temples with a visit to Sannenzaka. A pedestrian-only lane, Sannenzaka takes you back in time to old Kyoto.

Accommodations

Standard: Kyoto Tower Hotel or similar

Meals

Breakfast at the hotel.


Day 9

City: Kyoto – Nara – Osaka

Event: Tour of Nara

Following our departure from Kyoto, we first take a visit to Todai-ji Temple in Nara. Located inside the temple’s main hall is a 15 meter tall Great Buddha statue. Then, we visit Nara Park, home to hundreds of freely roaming deer. Considered the messenger of the gods, the deer at Nara Park have since become a symbol of the city. Finally, we end the tour of Nara with a visit to the Kasuga Grand Shrine. Famous for its lanterns, there are hundreds of bronze lanterns hanging from the buildings and stone lanterns lining the walkways.

Accommodations

Standard: Hearton Hotel Nishi-Umeda or similar

Meals

Breakfast at the hotel.


Day 10

City: Osaka – Mt. Koya

Event: Transfer to Mt. Koya by express train and cable car

An express train and cable car will take you from Osaka to Mt. Koya. Following your arrival, you will visit the Reihokan Museum housing the religious treasures of Koyasan. We then venture to Kongobu-ji Temple, constructed in 1593 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in commemoration of his mother. Finally, we finish with a visit to Okunoin Temple, the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi. Afterwards, enjoy the vegetarian temple cuisine (shojin ryori) for dinner.

Accommodations

Standard:

Meals

Breakfast at the hotel.


Day 11

City: Mt. Koya – Miyajima Island – Hiroshima

Event: Transfer to Hiroshima

Start the day early with zen meditation in the early morning followed by vegetarian temple cuisine for breakfast. Then, transfer to Miyajima Island from Hiroshima. Take in the sights at Miyajima Island and visit Omotesando Street and Itsukushima Shrine. The famous “floating” torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine is the cause for Miyajima Island’s name. Formally known as Itsukushima Island, it has since been nicknamed “Miyajima” meaning “shrine island” in Japanese.

Following our exploration of Miyajima Island, we will return to Hiroshima by ferry. The ride will take approximately 10 minutes.

Accommodations

Standard: Grand Hiroshima Intelligent Hotel or similar

Meals

Breakfast at the hotel.


Day 12

City: Hiroshima – Osaka

Event: Tour of Hiroshima

A visit to Hiroshima is obviously not complete without a trip to the Peace Memorial Park and the A-Bomb Dome. The A-Bomb Dome is what remains of the Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, one of the few buildings to remain standing since the atomic bomb was dropped during World War II. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial is equally a reminder of the destructive power of mankind and expresses the hope for world peace.

Accommodations

Standard: Hearton Hotel Nishi-Umeda or similar

Meals

Breakfast at the hotel.


Day 13

City: Osaka – Kobe – Osaka

Event: Tour of Kobe

Our last full day on the tour will take you on a tour of Kobe as the final stop in our exploration of Japan. On the tour, you will visit a sake brewery, Meriken Park, Nankinmachi Chinatown, and the Sannomiya area. Nankinmachi, Kobe’s Chinatown, was named after Nanking, the Chinese capital during that time. Made up of only two streets, they are consequently jam packed with shops, restaurants, and stalls.

Accommodations

Standard: Hearton Hotel Nishi-Umeda or similar

Meals

Breakfast at the hotel.


Day 14

City: Departure from Osaka

Event: Transfer to Kansai International Airport

Our exploration of Japan comes to an end as we head for Kansai International Airport following our departure from Osaka. Thank you for choosing to travel with Kintetsu International Hawaii Company, we hope to see you again soon – sayonara!


Prices

15-19 pax 20-24 pax 25-30 pax Single Extra
Tentative Price ¥564,650 ¥507,150 ¥473,800 ¥104,650

Tour’s Selling Point

Embark on an exploration of Japan while on this tour featuring visits to10 popular Japanese cities. This tour provides a rather well-rounded experience full of shopping, dining, and entertainment. Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Japan while visiting various important sites.


Hiroshima Dome

Itsukushima Shrine

Tokyo SKYTREE

Nara


Includes

Accommodations Twin basis at 3 star class, standard category.
Meals Daily breakfast at the hotels. Lunch and dinner is not included unless specified.
Transfers Private coach as specified in the itinerary
Train Bullet train (Shinkansen) and Express train – tourist class reserved seat
Admission Fee Admission fee as specified in the itinerary is included.
Guide / Assistant English speaking guide for sightseeing, English speaking assistant for arrival/departure day is arranged.
Luggage Transfer When you take train, luggage shipping service (1 luggage per person) is included.
Others Other expense such as government tax, service charge, tips to drivers, toll road, and parking fees is included.

Accommodations

City Standard Plan (3 Star)
Tokyo Hotel Monterey Hanzomon or
Hotel Monterey Akasaka or similar
Hakone Fuji Premium Resort or similar
Ise
Kyoto Kyoto Tower Hotel or similar
Osaka Hearton Hotel Nishi-Umeda or similar
Mt. Koya
Hiroshima Grand Hiroshima Intelligent Hotel or similar

Note

  • All rates quoted here are net and in Japanese Yen.
  • Rates quoted for transfers, transportation, sightseeing, etc. include our operating fee.
  • Should the total number of tour members drop below or exceed over the bracket, we will re-cost and the tour price will be adjusted.
  • Price is subject to change due to season and availability.


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