11-Day Japan Highlights
Tour Style: Self Guiding & Join in Bus Tour
- Get to Meiji Shrine to view the natural place preserved in the middle of the bustling city
- Enjoy a majestic view of Mt Fuji soaring into the air and a grand view of the mountain foot stretching out like a skirt
- Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & Museum to learn the history of Hiroshima and the advent of the first atomic bomb on 6 August 1945
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- Day 1
Welcome to Osaka!
Upon your arrival at the airport and clear customs, your airport assistant is holding a welcome board with your name and will be ready to answer your questions about this country. Next, you will take an airport shuttle bus for your hotel in Osaka (The assistant will not escort you to your hotel). Check in to your hotel by yourself. The rest of the day will be free at leisure.
- Day 2
Meet your guide at an appointed time and head to Kobe by train. You will go to Japan's top sake (rice wine) producing region - Nada Sake District. After that, visit Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum. End your trip at Kobe Harborland, it is a shopping and entertainment district along the waterfront of Kobe's port area. Return to Osaka by train after the tour.
- Day 3
Discover Osaka at leisure. You may visit the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, it presents a glimpse of the streets of Osaka during the Edo period through recreated houses which visitors can enter. Later, you may go to the famous market - Kuromon Ichiba Market - which is known as the Osaka people's kitchen. You may like to explore Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Stree and Dotonbori Area to seek for some souvenirs or local flavors.
- Day 4
Enjoy your leisure time before you proceed to the train station for Hiroshima. Upon arrival, find your own way to you hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax.
- Day 5
Meet your guide at the hotel lobby, and then be escorted to the pier to take a ferry to Miyajima Island, where you will visit the Itsukushima Shrine - one of the finest shrines which are renowned for its beautiful Shinden-zukuri style structure. In the afternoon, return to Hiroshima by ferry. End your tour with a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & Museum, the Atomic Bomb Dome before getting back to your hotel.
- Day 6
Get to Hiroshima Station and take a train to Kyoto by yourself. On arrival, your local guide in Kyoto will meet and escort you to your hotel by public transportation.
This afternoon, you will be accompanied to visit the historic Nijo Castle (if closed, you will visit Ryoan-ji Temple instead) completed in 1626, which was built to provide lodging for Tokugawa Shogun and as a palladium for Kyoto Imperial Palace. Next, enjoy some free time at Gion District where you may encounter the beautiful Geisha at Hanami-koji Street if you are lucky.
- Day 7
Today, you will be escorted by the guide to discover the historic Kyoto by public transportation.
A full-day discovery includes Kiyomizu-dera Temple, the oldest temple in Kyoto and one of the national architecture treasures of Japan; Sanjusangen-do Temple, which is famous for thousands of vivid statues of Kannon; Kinkaku-ji Temple, also named as the Golden Pavilion; Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine where the pilgrims come to worship for good harvest, prosperity and safety.
- Day 8
Get your own way to the railway station for a train to Tokyo. Upon arrival, go to your hotel by yourself. The rest of the day is free for your own exploration.
- Day 9
Today, you will have a full-day Tokyo city tour with a private guide by public transportation.
The first stop is Meiji Shrine, an important Shinto temple dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife. Next, head to the East Garden of the Imperial Palace, which is the only area open to the public in the palace, and enjoy one art tea ceremony in a tea house. Afterward, spend some time at Senso-ji Temple (also named as Asakusa Temple), the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo. Stroll around Nakamise shopping street and then be escorted back to your hotel.
- Day 10
At the appointed time, be picked up at hotel and head to Mt. Fuji by your English-Speaking driving guide (around 3 hours), you will arrive at Mt. Fuji 5th Station to catch an amazing view of the Fuji Five Lakes below. After that, keep your camera at the ready to snap some shots as you will take a cruise on Lake Kawaguchi or hop on the Kachi Kachi Ropeway to the scenic overlook. Before returning to Tokyo, make a visit to Iyashi no Sato, which is a historic village located near the lake.
- Day 11
Free in the day before taking a shuttle bus to the airport on your own for your flight home.
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