A Week in Japan

Tokyo to Osaka

8 days from 4,590 per person

Overview

Take a week to discover the key highlights of Japan. Stand amongst the neon lights and skyscrapers of Tokyo, explore the regal grandeur of Kyoto, and admire the perfect symmetry of Mount Fuji. This whirlwind tour delves into Japan’s most important cities and the naturally scenic area of Hakone.

8 days Tokyo to Osaka

From 4,590 per person

Day 1-2: Fly to Tokyo

Fly overnight to the vibrant, neon-bright metropolis of Tokyo, Japan’s capital city.

Day 3: Explore Tokyo

Tokyo is the ultimate 24-hour city, but look behind its frantic, high-tech frontage and you’ll find plenty of tranquil backstreets and old temples to explore. Head to the top of the Tokyo Skytree for panoramic views over the city before taking a wander through the old district of Asakusa. Stop to soak up the atmosphere at Sensoji, Tokyo’s most famous and beloved temple and browse the stalls of Nakamise shopping street. You’ll also visit the Imperial Palace Plaza, and take a stroll through Hamarikyu Gardens. Enjoy your evening meal whilst cruising on Tokyo Bay.

Day 4: Mt Fuji

Travel by road from Tokyo to Fuji, where you’ll visit the 5th Station. At 2,400 metres, the views of the summit from here are fantastic. If the road to the 5th Station is closed, you will instead visit the Fuji Visitor Centre. Transfer to the spa region of Hakone by coach. Take a cruise on Lake Ashi, taking in the beautiful scenery and, weather depending, catching your first glimpse of the mighty Mount Fuji peeking over the surrounding hills. Fly up from the lakeside over the Alpinesque hills to the summit of Mount Komagatake on the Komagatake Ropeway, from where you’ll have breathtaking views of Mount Fuji, if it isn’t hiding behind a cloud!

Day 5: Bullet Train to Kyoto

Transfer to Odawara Station to jump onboard the Hikari bullet train, and whiz your way to Kyoto, Japan’s history-filled ancient capital. This afternoon, visit the magnificent Fusihimi Inari Shrine. Follow the pathway through thousands of vermillion torii gates that leads through a complex of shrines spread over a peaceful, forested hillside.

Day 6: Explore Kyoto

This morning visit one of Japan’s most famous temples, Kinkakuji, also known as the Golden Pavilion. Set amongst classical Japanese Zen gardens and on the edge of a reflecting pool, the temple’s main hall is covered in gold leaf – a breathtaking sight no matter what season you visit in. Continue to Ryoanji, a Zen temple that is home to Japan’s most famous Zen garden. You’ll have some time to contemplate its mysteries for yourself. This afternoon, enjoy a taste of authentic Japanese culture, experiencing a tea ceremony and learning the traditional art of origami.

Day 7: Explore Nara & Osaka

Transfer to Nara by road, and spend the morning exploring Todaiji Temple which houses a Giant Buddha, or Daibutsu, which at 15 metres tall is Japan’s largest bronze statue. Here you’ll also be able to meet Nara’s famous Sika Deer, believed to be messengers from the Gods. Also visit Issuien, a prime example of a Meiji-era (1868-1912) garden. Continue to Osaka, where you’ll have lunch and stroll through the Dontonbori district, Osaka’s vibrant foodie and entertainment district – it is best known for its plethora of neon signs. Later, you can discover the turbulent history of Osaka Castle.

Day 8: Fly Osaka to Ireland

Fly to Ireland, arriving home the same or following day.

  • Feel the rush of Tokyo City.
  • Discover Tokyo’s pockets of tranquility including the Imperial Palace Gardens and Sensoji Temple.
  • Ascend the slopes of Mt Fuji and take a relaxing cruise on Lake Ashi.
  • Visit Kyoto’s outstanding temples, each one unique.
  • Experience a Japanese tea ceremony and origami class.
  • Visit Nara’s Todaiji Temple and say hello to its friendly resident deer.
  • Wander through vibrant Dotonburi in Osaka.
Visa

A visa is not required to travel to Japan for Irish Citizen passport holders. Should you hold any other passport then please contact us for more information.

Communication

Phone Calls: 
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call Ireland the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 353, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call us at TravelAgent.ie it is 00 353 21 432 0710.

Mobile Phones: 
You will find high quality coverage.There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.

Internet & Email:
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies.

Tipping

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Japan is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.

We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.

We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off.

Food

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.

Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.

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