JAPAN EXPRESS: OSAKA to TOKYO

  Partake in a lunch with locals

APRIL 14 - 22, 2019

 

$3599 per person, LAND ONLY

SIGN-UP DEADLINE:

December 1, 2018

THIS IS A COED TRIP

From the Buddhist monks of Koyasan to the high rollers of Tokyo, capture the many faces of Japan on this condensed tour beginning in Osaka. Savour the region’s culinary delicacies and the beautiful views at Mt Fuji. You'll stay in a traditional ryokan and really soak up local culture in onsen hot springs. A great combination of the traditional and the contemporary, this adventure provides a taste of the rich culture of Japan.


IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

TRAVEL STYLE:  classic

All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

SERVICE LEVEL: standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

PHYSICAL RATING: 3 - average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

TRIP TYPE: private GROUP

Small group experience; Male and female travelers; Minimum: 8 passengers, Maximum: 15 passengers


ITINERARY

 

Day 1 Osaka

Arrive at any time.

 

Day 2 Osaka/Kōyasan

Depart early and travel to the centre of Buddhism in Japan and sleep in a temple atop the 800m Mt Koya. Savour a traditional dinner of shojin ryori (Buddhist vegetarian cuisine). Watch the monks pray in the morning.

Exclusive Inclusions: Local Living Overnight in Mount Koya Temple

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

 

Day 3 Kōyasan/Hiroshima

Watch the monks pray in the morning and enjoy a traditional breakfast before travelling to Hiroshima.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 4 Hiroshima

Visit the Peace Park and Memorial Museum and take a ferry ride over to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating torii gate.

 

Day 5 Hiroshima/Kyoto

Travel to Kyoto and start exploring. Visit the impressive Nijo Castle and gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening, explore the geisha district of Gion on a CEO-led walking tour.

 

Day 6 Kyoto

Enjoy a visit to the beautiful Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine and walk under the bright torii gates. Opt to shop, stroll along the riverbank, or explore another of Kyoto's many temples with free time.

 

Day 7 Kyoto/Hakone

Take a boat ride on Lake Ashino-ko and a walk along the Old Tokaido Highway, and hopefully catch a glimpse of majestic Mt Fuji. Enjoy a stay in traditional ryokan accommodation, feast on a Japanese multi-course kaiseki meal, soak in the natural hot springs, and sleep on a futon.

Meals included: Dinner

 

Day 8 Hakone/Tokyo

Head to Tokyo with time to do some last-minute shopping.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 9 Tokyo

Depart at any time.


WHAT'S INCLUDED

Accommodations

Hotels (6 nts), mountain monastery (1 nt, shared facilities), traditional inn (1 nt, shared facilities).

Meals

3 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Allow USD390-510 for meals not included.

Transportation

Bullet train, tram, ferry, public bus, walking.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

 

  • Local Living: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Kōyasan
  • Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum visit
  • Miyajima excursion with floating torii gate visit
  • Nijo Castle and gardens visit (Kyoto)
  • Gion walk
  • Fushimi Inari shrine visit
  • Lake Ashino-ko boat ride (Hakone)
  • Traditional ryokan stay with kaiseki meal
  • Japan Rail (JR) pass (7 days)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities