12 Day Japan Highlights

Scenic Small Group Tour starting in Tokyo and finishing in Osaka

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Overview
Operator: Scenic
Type: Small Group Tour (Premium)
Max Group Size: 24
Duration: 12 Days
From: Tokyo to Osaka
Tour Code: JPCT.1
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Japan
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1
Tokyo
Your journey begins in Tokyo with a three night Special Stay. Meet your fellow travellers at tonight’s welcome dinner. (D)
2
Tokyo
Begin your discovery of Tokyo in Asakusa district, paying your respects at Sensoji, the city’s oldest Buddhist temple. After lunch enjoy a cruise on the Sumida River before a gentle walk through the peaceful Hama-Rikyu Gardens located across from your hotel. Sundowners: Take in the bright lights of Tokyo during your evening dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay on a yakatabune, an old fashioned houseboat. (B/L/D)
3
Tokyo
Wander through the Tsukiji Fish Market to see the morning’s catch being distributed. Enrich: Immerse yourself in Japanese cuisine with the help of a local chef, as you prepare your own sushi lunch. Freechoice: Head to west Tokyo and visit the Imperial Shinto Meiji Shrine, before seeing the Shibuya scramble crossing. Or, wander through picturesque Shinjuku-Gyoen Gardens before witnessing the Shinjuku entertainment district come alive at dusk. Freechoice Dining: Choose from an Asian mix at China Blue or with your Tour Director, culturally immerse yourself in the traditional Japanese evening bar scene serving Yakatori. (B/L/D)
4
Tokyo - Five Lakes - Hakone
Venture deep into the stunning scenery of Kawaguchiko Area. Discover the incredible workmanship involved in creating kimonos at the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. Near Hakone, walk around the hot springs of the Owakudani geothermal area before admiring the stunning scenery during your cable car ride down to your Lake Ashinoko cruise. (B/L)
5
Tokyo - Himeji - Hiroshima
Relax in your Green (Business) Class tickets on the Shinkansen train to Himeji Castle and marvel at Japan’s most spectacular and one of the few remaining original castle’s. Continuing to Hiroshima where tonight, sample Okonomiyaki, a delicious Japanese-style pancake, a specialty of the region. You’ll enjoy two restful nights in Hiroshima. (B/L/D)
6
Hiroshima - Miyajima Island
This morning see industrial robots perform around the Mazda car factory. Later sail by ferry to Miyajima Island to visit Daisho-in Temple and the floating sixth century Torii Gate at the Itsukushima Shrine. (B/L)
7
Hiroshima - Kyoto
Enrich: Experience an emotional visit to the Peace Park and Museum before visiting Orizuru Tower to create your own special origami donation. Later travel by Shinkansen train to the culturally rich city of Kyoto, home to many World Heritage-listed Sites. Settle into your three night stay at your hotel in Kyoto. (B/L/D)
8
Kyoto
Freechoice: Revel in the atmosphere of the ancient preservation districts or visit the Silver Pavilion and then stroll along the Philosopher’s Walk. Alternatively visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, featured in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha and marvel at the architecture of Nijo Castle, a classic reminder of the fascinating Edo-period shogunate’s power. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Enrich: After strolling through the Gion District, tonight’s dinner will allow you to interact with a Maiko, an apprentice Geisha, who’ll host your meal presentation. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn about what is involved in becoming a Geisha and the art of Japanese hospitality. (B/D)
9
Kyoto
Begin with a visit to the Kinkaku-ji known as the Golden Pavilion before wandering through the classical Zen Garden at Ryoanji Temple. Enrich: Partake in a Japanese tea ceremony whilst dressed in a traditional Japanese kimono, a great photo opportunity. Freechoice Dining: Choose between Japanese cuisine at Shinensen Heihachi, or international cuisine at the historic Fortune Garden. Ryokan Upgrade For a unique insight into Japanese culture, choose to stay tonight in a Ryokan. This traditional Japanese Inn has tatami mat flooring with futon beds, sliding shoji paper doors, onsen hot spring baths and private facilities. Includes dinner and breakfast (additional cost). (B/L/D)
10
Kyoto - Nara - Osaka
Begin your drive to Osaka with an excursion to Nara, where you’ll visit Todaiji Temple and see deer in Nara Park. Later stop at the timeless village of Tondabayashi Jinaimachi. Visit a traditional house and wander around this splendid historical time capsule, with houses and buildings that date back to the Edo period. Upon arrival in Osaka begin a memorable two night Special Stay in Osaka. Freechoice Dining: Choose from the Sky Lounge Windows on the World (35th floor), or the Cosmopolitan, a gorgeous grill style restaurant also overlooking the Osaka skyline. (B/L/D)
11
Osaka
Freechoice: Admire the view from the Floating Garden Observatory and walk the lively and eccentric downtown area of Osaka or alternatively visit the Museum of History and the rebuilt Osaka Castle. Later see how beer is made at the Asahi factory before reliving your experiences at your tonight’s farewell dinner. (B/D)
12
Osaka
Depart today with treasured memories of your time in Japan. (B)
1
Tokyo
Welcome to Japan. This evening, enjoy your Japanese welcome reception and dinner at your hotel in Tokyo, your Special Stay for four nights. (D)
2
Tokyo
Begin your discovery of Tokyo in Asakusa district, paying your respects at Sensoji, the city’s oldest Buddhist temple. Freechoice: Visit the Imperial Shinto Meiji Shrine, walk across the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world and see the famous Hachiko dog statue. Alternatively, visit Shinjuku-Gyoen Gardens before exploring the lively Shinjuku entertainment district, or sample local snacks while strolling through the Yanaka District. Sundowners: Take in the bright lights of Tokyo during your evening dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay on a yakatabune, an old fashioned houseboat. (B/L/D)
3
Tokyo - Five Lakes - Hakone
Venture into the stunning scenery of Kawaguchiko Area. Discover the incredible workmanship involved in creating kimonos at the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. Near Hakone, walk around the hot springs of the Owakudani geothermal area before admiring the stunning scenery during your cable car ride down to your Lake Ashinoko cruise. (B/L)
4
Tokyo
Wander through the Tsukiji outer Fish Market to see the morning’s catch being distributed by the wholesale and retail shops. Enrich: Immerse yourself in Japanese cuisine with the help of a local chef, as you prepare your own sushi lunch. Walk off your delicious lunch in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace. Freechoice Dining: Choose contemporary Asian at China Blue. Alternatively, join your Tour Director and immerse yourself in the traditional Japanese evening Izakaya bar scene serving Yakatori and Kushiyaki. (B/L/D)
5
Tokyo - Himeji - Hiroshima
Relax in the Green (Business) Class on the Shinkansen train to Himeji Castle and marvel at Japan’s most spectacular, and one of the few remaining original castles. Continue to Hiroshima where tonight you’ll sample Okonomiyaki, a delicious savoury Japanese-style pancake and specialty of the region. You’ll enjoy two nights in Hiroshima. (B/L/D)
6
Hiroshima - Miyajima Island
Travel by ferry to Miyajima Island to visit Daisho-in Temple and the floating sixth century Torii Gate at the Itsukushima Shrine. Enrich: Experience an emotional visit to the Peace Park and Museum before visiting Orizuru Tower to create your own special origami donation. (B/L)
7
Hiroshima - Kyoto
Marvel at industrial robots at work in the Mazda car factory. Later, travel by Shinkansen train to the culturally rich city of Kyoto, home to many World Heritage-listed sites. Settle into your three night stay in Kyoto. (B/L/D)
8
Kyoto
Freechoice: Revel in the atmosphere of the ancient preservation districts or visit the Silver Pavilion and stroll along the Philosopher’s Walk. Alternatively, visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, featured in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha and marvel at the architecture of Nijo Castle, a classic reminder of the fascinating Edo-period shogunate’s power. The afternoon is at leisure. Enrich: After strolling through the Gion District, tonight’s dinner will allow you to interact with a Maiko, an apprentice Geisha, who’ll host your meal presentation. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn about what is involved in becoming a Geisha and the art of Japanese hospitality. (B/D)
9
Kyoto
Visit Kinkaku-ji, known as the Golden Pavilion before wandering through the classical Zen Garden at Ryoanji Temple. Enrich: Partake in a Japanese tea ceremony whilst dressed in a traditional Japanese kimono, a great photo opportunity. Stop for some sake tasting at a sake museum. Freechoice Dining: Choose between Japanese cuisine at Shinensen Heihachi, or international cuisine at the historic Fortune Garden. Ryokan Upgrade - For a unique insight into Japanese culture, choose to stay tonight in a Ryokan. This traditional Japanese Inn has tatami mat flooring with futon beds, sliding shoji paper doors, onsen hot spring baths and private facilities. Includes dinner and breakfast. (B/L/D)
10
Kyoto - Nara - Osaka
Begin your journey to Osaka with an excursion to Nara, where you’ll visit Todaiji Temple and see deer in Nara Park. Later, stop at the timeless village of Tondabayashi Jinaimachi. Visit a traditional house and wander around this historical time capsule, with houses and buildings that date back to the Edo period. In Osaka enjoy a two night Special Stay. (B/L)
11
Osaka
Freechoice: Admire the view from the Floating Garden Observatory and walk the lively and eccentric downtown area of Osaka, or alternatively visit the Museum of History and the rebuilt Osaka Castle. Later, see how beer is made at the Asahi factory, with a taste test, before reliving your experiences at your tonight’s farewell dinner. (B/D)
12
Osaka
Depart today with treasured memories of your time in Japan and China. (B)
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Journey Highlights
  • Luxury coach travel.
  • A private vehicle for sightseeing excursions.
  • An experienced Scenic Tour Director to guide and assist you Knowledgeable local guides.
  • The services of our Scenic airport representatives.
  • Return airport transfers Complimentary beverages (limited bar).
  • Scenic Freechoice - Choose between a vast range of activities, sightseeing and dining experiences from walking through Japan's beautiful gardens to soaking up the history in Hiroshima.
  • Scenic Enrich - We have handpicked a range of unique experiences from partaking in a Japanese tea ceremony to learning to play the Taiko drums.
  • Luxury Hotels - From luxury resorts in iconic countryside locations to world-famous hotels in bustling cities, you'll get to enjoy the very best accommodation available.
  • Rail - Experience state-of-the-art rail travel on board Japan's world-famous Shinkansen bullet trains and relax in Green (Business) Class seats.
  • The Nth Degree - We take care of everything for you from private buses in national parks to viewing ancient artefacts after hours and avoiding the crowds.
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.
Sightseeing Highlights
  • Scenic Freechoice - Whether you want a relaxed pace or you want to fit in as much as possible, Scenic Freechoice offers a diverse range of sightseeing, activities and dining for you to choose from.
  • Scenic Enrich - Scenic Enrich encounters take you behind the scenes to enjoy private access and special moments you will treasure forever.
  • Scenic Hotels - You’ll find that the wonders of China and Japan are even more delightful when you’re ensconced in the comfort and luxury of the region’s most prestigious hotels. You can look forward to some of the most lavish accommodation in the Orient, as well as truly outstanding levels of service.
  • Scenic Rail - Both China and Japan have state-of-the-art high-speed rail systems, and our itineraries allow you to enjoy both the high-speed and Maglev trains in China, and of course Japan’s world-renowned Shinkansen bullet trains.
  • Local Knowledge - Enjoy the intimacy of fully escorted small group touring with your knowledgeable local guides and expert Tour Directors.
  • The Nth Degree - We've thought about the details so you don't have to, from personal airport transfers, first-class transport and local guides. All tips and gratuities are included.
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.
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