Japan Highlights

12 Day Small Group Tour from Tokyo to Osaka with Scenic

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Scenic's 12 Day Japan Highlights. This journey showcases the highlights of Japan and provides a cross-section of Japan's ancient history, tradition and religious beliefs which still exist side by side with the industrial might and unique cultural quirks that characterise modern...read more

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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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Wednesday 11 Sep 2019 Sunday 22 Sep 2019 471per person 15,219per person Enquire
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Wednesday 25 Mar 2020 Sunday 05 Apr 2020 498per person 16,092per person Enquire
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Wednesday 22 Apr 2020 Sunday 03 May 2020 492per person 15,898per person Enquire
Wednesday 20 May 2020 Sunday 31 May 2020 465per person 15,025per person Enquire
Wednesday 11 Sep 2019 Sunday 22 Sep 2019 573solo traveller 18,517solo traveller Enquire
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Wednesday 25 Mar 2020 Sunday 05 Apr 2020 600solo traveller 19,390solo traveller Enquire
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Wednesday 22 Apr 2020 Sunday 03 May 2020 594solo traveller 19,196solo traveller Enquire
Wednesday 20 May 2020 Sunday 31 May 2020 567solo traveller 18,323solo traveller Enquire
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