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Japan Panorama Tour - Hiroshima, Miyajima, Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto

An inspiring Tour of Japan

Tokyo, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Osaka

12 Days / 11 Nights – Tour Code (JPP)

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Hiroshima and Miyajima Island, Japan Vacation Package


Japan has long been considered one of the most rewarding, most intriguing travel destinations in the world. Japan is a land of contrasts, steeped in timeless traditions all the while setting new trends for the rest of the planet to follow. Its
vibrant, ultra-modern society is distinctively complemented by its magnificent history, majestic culture, and breathtaking natural beauty — making Japan truly a world class destination for explorers and families alike.

Your introduction of Japan begins with one of the world’s most modern yet historic cities — Tokyo. Here, visit the world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market, a vibrant locals market lined with sushi stalls featuring the day’s freshest catch; Sensoji Temple and its colorful Nakamise shopping street, and Meiji Shrine, dedicated to the late 19th-century emperor who opened Japan to the West. Next, journey to the heart of Japanese civilization to Takayama, a charming castle town of wooden homes and cobbled alleyways nestled in the Japan Alps offering the visitor a rare glimpse into Japan’s Shogunate period. Visit two enchanting UNESCO World Heritage villages at Shirakawa-go and Gokayama before continuing on Kanazawa, yet another castle town steeped in Shoguate Era and home to the famous Kenrokuen Garden.

Your journey continues on to Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan for more than a thousand years. Kyoto is forever known for its history and culture, casting an image of Old Japan where ancient Buddhist temples, traditional wooden houses, stunning palaces and beautiful classical gardens abound. Next, proceed to the Inland Sea to Hiroshima and Miyajima Island. Visit the region’s must see sights including spectacular Isukushima Shrine and its mesmerizing “Floating Torii Gate” and Hiroshima’s A-Bomb Dome.

Last but not least, we fast-forward our time journey to the vibrant port city of Osaka, a vibrate city that sports an arsenal of shopping, dining and entertainment venues for all ages. From Tokyo’s glamorous Ginza District to Shirakawa-go’s rustic wooden villages, Mt. Fuji’s breathtaking panorama to Miyajima’s dazzling sea views, Kyoto’s ancient temples and shrines to Hiroshima’s symbols of peace — this is a journey that goes beyond the imagination.


TOUR OVERVIEW

TOUR INCLUDES:

  • 11 nights hotel accommodations per itinerary
  • Hotel American Breakfasts Daily
  • Transportation within Japan per itinerary
  • Join sightseeing by motorcoach with services of English-speaking guides
  • Separate baggage transfer service between Tokyo / Kyoto / Osaka

TOKYO (3 nights)

  • 3 nights at ANA InterContinental Hotel
  • Private half-day Tokyo city tour visiting Tsukiji Outer Fish Market, Meiji Jingu Shrine and Asakusa Kannon Temple
  • Airport transfers by reserved private taxi upon arrival

TAKAYAMA (1 night)

  • 1 night at Hotel Hida Plaza*
  • Sightseeing of Takayama Town and villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama

KANAZAWA (1 night)

  • 1 night at Hotel Nikko Kanazawa*
  • Extensive sightseeing in including the beautiful Kenroku-en Garden, Kutaniyaki Pottery kiln and Nagamachi Samurai House district

KYOTO (3 nights)

  • 3 nights at Hotel Okura Kyoto | Westin Miyako Hotel
  • Full day sightseeing to World Heritage Kyoto & Nara (1994)

HIROSHIMA (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at Sheraton Hiroshima
  • Full day private walking tour of A-Bomb Dome, Peace Memorial Park & Miyajima Island and its Itsukushima Shrine (a.k.a Floating Torii Gate)

OSAKA (1 night)

  • 1 night at Hilton Osaka | ANA Crowne Plaza
  • Departure transfers to Kansai or Itami Airport in Osaka by airport shuttle bus

1 Accommodations based on Japanese/Deluxe Rooms at Hida Plaza Takayama and Hotel Nikko Kanazawa.


Hiroshima Tour, Japan Vacation

A-Bomb Dome, Hiroshima

 

Takayama Tour, Japan

Shirakawa-go, Takayama

 


TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrive Tokyo
Upon arrival and after clearing Customs and Immigration, be met and transferred to your hotel by private reserved taxi.

Day 2 Tokyo
This morning, enjoy a half day walking tour of Tokyo accompanied by your private guide (using public transportation). Visits include Tsukiji Outer Fish Market, Asakusa Kannon/Sensoji Temple and the beautiful Meiji Jingu Shrine. Afternoon free at leisure. (B)

Day 3 Tokyo 
Full day free at leisure to relax and explore Tokyo on your own. Optional tours (Mt Fuji, Kamakura, Kawagoe, Nikko, etc.) are available upon request. (B)

Day 4 Tokyo / Takayama
Travel by a Shinkansen (bullet-train) to Takayama, an ancient tranquil city known as “Little Kyoto”. Upon arrival in the afternoon, stroll through Takayama with visits to the Yatai Kaikan Hall, where colorfully decorated traditional festival floats are displayed; Kusakabe Folkcraft Museum, formerly the residence of powerful merchants under government patronage; and the streets of Kami Sannomachi, famous for its preserve traditional Japanese wooden houses. Overnight in Takayama. (B)

Day 5 TakayamaKanazawa
After breakfast, enjoy a stroll through the morning market of Takayama. Afterwards, embark on a scenic drive by Lake Miboro and along Shokawa River to Shirakawa-go, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, famous for its unique structures called Gassho-Zukuri, or joined-hands farmhouses. Then visit Gokayama, another World Heritage Site (1995), where you can experience making Gokayama Washi, traditional Japanese paper. Continue to Kanazawa for overnight. (B)

Day 6 Kanazawa / Kyoto
Morning sightseeing in Kanazawa, visiting Kenroku-en Garden, one of Japan’s three most beautiful traditional gardens; Kutaniyaki Pottery kiln; and a stroll through the Nagamachi Samurai House district. Later in the afternoon, continue to Kyoto by rail. (B)

Day 7 Kyoto (Nara)
Today’s tour begins with a morning tour to Kyoto, visiting Golden Pavilion, Nijo castle noted for its gorgeous interiors (When Nijo Castle is closed, visit Ryoanji Temple instead), and Kyoto Imperial Palace (on Sat., Sun., & national holidays: visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine or Higashi Honganji Temple instead). After lunch at Kyoto Handicraft Center, Proceed to Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan. Visit Todaiji Temple housing a great image of Buddha, colorful Kasuga Shrine with 3,000 lanterns and Deer Park where many tame deer are freely roaming. Return to Kyoto. (B,L)

Day 8 Kyoto
Full day free at leisure to soak up Kyoto’s serene atmosphere and explore its many temples, shrines and heritage sites on your own. (B)

Day 9 Kyoto / Hiroshima 
Transfer to Kyoto Station on your own (via subway or taxi) for your Shinkansen to Hiroshima. Upon arrival, enjoy a walking tour of Hiroshima and Miyajima Island starting with a visit to the A-Bomb Dome, Peace Memorial Park and Peace Museum. Afterward, proceed to Miyajima Island with a ferry ride to the remarkable Itsukushima Shrine and its Floating Torii Gate. Take a stroll along the colorful Omotesando Shopping Street lined with colorful shops and delectable food stands before returning to Hiroshima. Overnight in Hiroshima. (B)

Day 10 Hiroshima (Miyajima)
Full day free at leisure to relax and explore Hiroshima and nearby towns such as Okayama’s famed Korakuen Garden, Kurashiki’s heritage town, and/or Tomonoura’s charming Fishing Village, etc. on your own. (B)

Day 11 Hiroshima / Osaka
Board your Shinkansen for Osaka. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure to eat, shop and explore the vibrance of Osaka, famous for its fantastic eats and electric nightlife. (B)

Day 12 Return Home
Transfer to Kansai or Itami Airport by airport shuttle bus for your depart flight home. (B)



PRICE CHART

2018 Price Chart (Prices valid through December 20, 2018)
 Set Departure Twin Sharing Single Supplement
January – February  4,925 1,785
March – April* 5,125 1,945
May 4,975 1,825
June – September 4,925 1,785
October 5,125 1,895
November 5,275 2,195
December 5,025 1,825
Supplement for one passenger traveling alone: $650

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Prices are per person, based on double occupancy
  • Price includes entrance fees, hotel taxes & service charges
  • Price excludes all airfares, personal expenses, beverages during included lunches, meals not specified in itinerary
  • All sightseeing on JOIN basis (except Tokyo) by motorcoach per itinerary
  • *Peak Season Hotel Surcharge of $80 per person/night applies for stays in Kyoto during Mar.26 – Apr.16 
  • Tour commences in Tokyo and ends in Kyoto. Tour Schedule for departure dates



ACCOMMODATIONS

Tokyo - Grand Pacific Hotel

Tokyo – Grand Pacific Hotel

Tokyo - ANA Intercontinental Hotel

Tokyo – ANA Intercontinental Hotel

Hakone - Yumoto Fujiya Resort

Hakone – Yumoto Fujiya Resort

Kanazawa - Hotel Nikko

Kanazawa – Hotel Nikko

Kyoto - Westin Miyako Resort

Kyoto – Westin Miyako Resort

Kyoto - Hotel Okura

Kyoto – Hotel Okura

Sheraton_Hiroshima_T

Hiroshima Sheraton Hotel

 

Osaka - Hilton Hotel

Osaka – Hilton Hotel

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Half day private tour of Tokyo visiting the World Famous Tsukiji Fish Market, Meiji Jingu Shrine and Sensoji Temple
  • Tour of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama Villages in Takayama
  • Tour of Kenroku-en Garden in Kanazawa, one of Japan’s top 3 classical gardens
  • Full day Kyoto and Nara tour including visits to Golden Pavilion, Kyoto Imperial Palace & Todaiji Temple
  • Tour of A-Bomb Dome, Itsukushima Shrine and the “Floating Torii” Gate

Price Starting From: $4,925

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TESTIMONIALS

“We were very pleased with our experience. We planned our trip in under 3 weeks and Explorient helped us secure our airfare, hotel and travel guides during a very busy season. We could not have done it without them. I would highly recommend using them to make your trip easier and more enjoyable.”

The Rollins Family - Colorado

March 2017 (Japan)