17 Day Essential Japan

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: 17 Days
From: Tokyo to Osaka
Tour Code: JPES.1
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Japan
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1
Tokyo
This evening meet for your welcome reception and dinner at your hotel in Tokyo, your Special Stay for the next three nights. (D)
2
Tokyo
Visit the Asakusa district, paying your respects at Sensoji, the city’s oldest Buddhist temple before enjoying a cruise on the Sumida River. Freechoice: Head to west Tokyo. Here visit the Imperial Shinto Meiji Shrine, before seeing Omotesando and Shibuya Cat streets. Alternatively, wander through picturesque Shinjuku-Gyoen Gardens before witnessing the Shinjuku entertainment district come alive at dusk. 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
Start your day visiting the National Sumo Stadium and Museum in the Ryogoku District. Later, walk through the peaceful Hama-Rikyu Gardens located across from your hotel. Enrich: Given by Taiko Masters, partake in an interactive, private group demonstration and lesson in playing the Taiko drums. This afternoon cross the famous Shibuya pedestrian crossing, the busiest in the world, and see the famous Hachiko dog statue. Freechoice Dining: Choose from contemporary Asian 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 - Hakone
Wander through the Tsukiji Fish Market to see the mornings catch being distributed. Enrich: Immerse yourself in Japanese cuisine with the help of a local chef, as you prepare your own sushi lunch. Venture into the countryside on your drive to Hakone and study the art works and sculptures at the Hakone Open Air Museum. Enjoy a Special Stay at your hotel overlooking Lake Ashinoko. (B/L/D)
5
Hakone - Five Lakes
Walk around the hot springs at the summit of the Owakudani geothermal area before admiring the stunning scenery during your cable car ride down to your Lake Ashinoko cruise with Mt Fuji as a backdrop. Later, discover the craftsmanship involved in creating kimonos at the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. Soak in the views of Mt Fuji from your lovely hotel for an overnight stay. Freechoice Dining: Choose from Japanese or French menus at the hotel restaurant. (B/L/D)
6
Five Lakes - Takayama
Cross beautiful countryside on your drive to Takayama, where you’ll learn how they make wasabi at the Daio Wasabi Farm en-route. Later, stop at the Hida Folk Village to partake in Sarubobo mascot-making before beginning a two night stay at your hotel with amazing views over Takayama. (B/L/D)
7
Takayama
Discover the famous traditional farmhouses of nearby Shirakawa-go then gain unique insights into the region’s culture and history at the various museums and arts centres located in Takayama’s old quarter. Freechoice Dining: Choose between Le Midi, a French/Italian-inspired bistro in town famed for its Hida Beef, or Sakanaya, a fine Japanese restaurant set in a renovated former sake brewery near your hotel. (B/L/D)
8
Takayama - Nagoya
Wander the Miyagawa morning markets before travelling by Express train to Nagoya. Explore the rebuilt Nagoya Castle before enjoying an overnight special stay. (B/L/D)
9
Nagoya - Kyoto
See the industrial robots perform around the Toyota factory (when available) and visit the museum before travelling by Shinkansen train to the culturally rich city of Kyoto, home to many World Heritage-listed Sites. Settle into your four night stay. (B/L/D)
10
Kyoto
Begin with a visit to the Kinkaku-ji or 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. Later marvel at the architecture of Nijo Castle, a classic reminder of the fascinating Edo-period shogunate’s power. Freechoice Dining: Choose between Japanese cuisine at Shinensen Heihachi, or international cuisine at the historic Fortune Garden. (B/L/D)
11
Kyoto
This morning, stroll along the Philosopher’s Walk, especially beautiful during blossom season, before letting yourself loose in the Nishiki Shijo Shopping District during your free afternoon. 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)
12
Kyoto - Nara
Enjoy an excursion to Nara, where you’ll visit Todaiji Temple and Nara Park. You’ll stop at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, featured in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha, before a sake tasting and visit to a sake museum. Ryokan Upgrade For a unique insight into Japanese culture, choose to spend 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)
13
Kyoto - Hiroshima
Revel in the atmosphere of the ancient preservation districts in your own time, before boarding your Shinkansen train to Hiroshima. Tonight, sample Okonomiyaki, a delicious Japanese-style pancake, a specialty of the region. You’ll enjoy two restful nights. (B/L/D)
14
Hiroshima - Miyajima Island
Sail by ferry to Miyajima Island to visit the 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)
15
Hiroshima - Himeji - Osaka
Travel by Shinkansen to marvel at Himeji Castle, an original and Japan’s most spectacular castle before continuing to Osaka. Tonight begin a memorable two night Special Stay in Osaka. (B/L/D)
16
Osaka
Located outside of Osaka is 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. Back in Osaka, marvel at sheer size of the city from Sky Garden before seeing how beer is made at the Asahi factory. Tonight relive your experiences at your farewell dinner. (B/L/D)
17
Osaka
Bid a fond farewell to the ‘land of the rising sun’. (B)
1
Tokyo
This evening meet for your welcome reception and dinner at your hotel in Tokyo, your Special Stay for the next three nights. (D)
2
Tokyo
Visit the 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
Start your day walking through the peaceful Hama-Rikyu Gardens before visiting the National Sumo Stadium and Museum in the Ryogoku District. Enrich: Given by Taiko Masters, partake in an interactive, private group demonstration and lesson playing the Taiko drums. Walk off your lunch in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace, part of the inner palace area and the former site of Edo Castle’s innermost circles of defence. 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)
4
Tokyo - Hakone
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. Venture into the countryside on your drive to Hakone and study the art works and sculptures at the Hakone Open Air Museum. Enjoy a Special Stay at your hotel overlooking Lake Ashinoko. (B/L/D)
5
Hakone - Five Lakes
Walk around the hot springs at the summit of the Owakudani geothermal area and admire the stunning scenery during your cable car ride down to your Lake Ashinoko cruise with Mt Fuji as a backdrop. Later, discover the craftsmanship involved in creating kimonos at the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. Soak in the views of Mt Fuji from your lovely hotel. Freechoice Dining: Choose from Japanese or French menus at the hotel restaurant. (B/L/D)
6
Five Lakes - Takayama
En route to Takayama learn how wasabi is made at the Daio Wasabi Farm. Stop at the Hida Folk Village to partake in Sarubobo mascot-making. Enjoy a two night stay at your resort with amazing views over Takayama. (B/L)
7
Takayama
Discover the historical farmhouses of the mountain villages in Shirakawa-go, now a World Heritage-listed Site. Back in Takayama, enjoy a sake tasting and visit to a sake museum, then view the impressive Yatai festival floats before exploring the shops and backstreets of Takayama’s old quarter. Freechoice Dining: Choose between Le Midi, a French-Italian-inspired bistro in town famed for its Hida Beef, or Sakanaya, a fine Japanese restaurant set in a renovated former sake brewery. (B/L/D)
8
Takayama - Nagoya
Wander the Miyagawa morning markets before travelling by Express Train to Nagoya and exploring the rebuilt Nagoya Castle. Overlook the flood-lit Nagoya Castle and enjoy your Teppanyaki feast at your overnight Special Stay. (B/L/D)
9
Nagoya - Kyoto
Travel by Shinkansen train to the culturally rich city of Kyoto, home to many World Heritage-listed Sites Enrich: Partake in a Japanese tea ceremony whilst dressed in a traditional Japanese kimono, a great photo opportunity Settle into your four night stay in Kyoto. (B/L/D)
10
Kyoto
Begin with a visit to the Kinkaku-ji or Golden Pavilion before wandering through the classical Zen Garden at Ryoanji Temple. Then wander through the surreal Arashiyama Bamboo Grove before an afternoon at leisure. Freechoice Dining: Choose between Japanese cuisine at Shinensen Heihachi, or international cuisine at the historic Fortune Garden. (B/L/D)
11
Kyoto
Freechoice: Revel in the atmosphere of the ancient preservation districts or visit the Silver Pavilion and then stroll along the Philosopher’s Walk, especially beautiful during blossom season. Later marvel at the architecture of Nijo Castle, a classic reminder of the fascinating Edo-period shogunate’s power, before letting yourself loose in the Nishiki Shijo Shopping District during your free afternoon. 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)
12
Kyoto - Nara
Enjoy an excursion to Nara to visit Todaiji Temple and Nara Park. Stop at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, featured in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha. Ryokan Upgrade - Choose to stay in a Ryokan, a traditional Japanese Inn with futon beds and private facilities including dinner and breakfast. Must be pre-booked before departure. (B/L/D)
13
Kyoto - Hiroshima
Board your Shinkansen train to Hiroshima. Enrich: Experience an emotional visit to the Peace Park and Museum before visiting Orizuru Tower to create your own special origami donation. Enjoy two restful nights in Hiroshima. (B/L)
14
Hiroshima - Miyajima Island
Sail by ferry to Miyajima Island to visit the Daisho-in Temple and the floating sixth century Torii Gate at the Itsukushima Shrine. On return to the mainland visit the Mazda car factory and see the robots at work on the cars on the production line. Tonight, sample Okonomiyaki, a delicious savoury Japanese-style pancake and specialty of the region. (B/L/D)
15
Hiroshima - Himeji - Osaka
Travel by Shinkansen to marvel at Himeji Castle, an original and Japan’s most spectacular castle before continuing to Osaka. Enjoy a two night Special Stay. (B/L)
16
Osaka
Located outside of Osaka is 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. Back in Osaka, marvel at the size of the city from Sky Garden before seeing how beer is produced at the Asahi factory. Tonight relive your experiences at your farewell dinner. (B/L/D)
17
Osaka
Bid a fond farewell to the ‘land of the rising sun’. (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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