Tokyo to Osaka
13 days from €6,390 per person
Japan is a country of captivating contrasts, where ancient gods rub shoulders with modern technology, skyscrapers give way to lush paddy fields and bustling crowds disperse into the tranquillity of a classical garden. This tour is the perfect introduction to this fascinating archipelago.
Day 1-2: Fly to Tokyo
Fly overnight to the neon-lit metropolis of Tokyo, Japan’s capital city.
Day 3: Tokyo City Tour
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. Today’s city tour starts on the observation deck of the 634-metre Skytree, the world’s tallest tower, before seeking out the tranquillity of the ancient Buddhist Sensoji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest. Discover Tokyo’s historical heritage at the Imperial Palace Plaza. Later, stroll through the classical landscapes of Hamarikyu Garden. This evening, take a relaxed dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay for some excellent city vistas.
Day 4: Mt Fuji
Take the speedy bullet train to Odawara and cruise on Lake Ashi before taking the Komagatake cable car for spectacular views of the lake below. Head up to Mount Fuji’s 5th Station (weather permitting) to enjoy the amazing views. Continue to Yatsugatake for an overnight stay.
Day 5: Matsumoto Castle
This morning, drive 2 hours to Nagano to explore the formidable 16th century Matsumoto Castle. After lunch, visit a sake brewery to learn about the process of making Japan’s most revered liquor, before travelling a further 2 and half hours to Takayama, nestled high in the mountainous Hida region.
Day 6: Explore Takayama
Head to the Miyagawa Morning Market and sample some of the delicious local fruits and vegetables. Later take a wander round the traditional houses of the area and visit the local museums – Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Kusakabe Folk Museum and Takayama Jinya.
Day 7: Travel to Kanazawa
Journey to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Shirakawago, famous for its gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are over 250 years old. Continue to Gokayama to experience washi paper making, then travel to Kanazawa and visit the Nomura Samurai House.
Day 8: Kenrok-en Garden
This morning wander through the beautiful Kenrokuen, one of the ‘Three Great Gardens of Japan’. Visit the 21st century Museum of Contemporary Art. After lunch, drive to Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital.
Day 9: Explore Kyoto
Start the day with a visit to Ryoanji, a Zen temple with an excellent example of a dry landscape garden. Visit the Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion, due to its gold-like exterior .Head to a restored Japanese wooden townhouse for a traditional handicraft experience (such as origami) and to enjoy the rituals of a tea ceremony.
Day 10: Discover Nara
Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, remarkable for its 10,000 torii (shrine gates). Later travel to Nara, a relaxed and charming town virtually untouched by the ravages of modernity. Home to many archetypal pieces of early art and architecture, you will stroll through Nara Park to Todaiji Temple, meeting the resident Sika deer en route, before exploring Isui-en Garden.
Day 11: Kayo-san
This morning, drive 2.5 hours to Koya-San, the centre of Shingon Buddhism. See Okunoin, Japan’s largest cemetery and home to the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi, founder of Shingon Buddhism. Next, visit the Kongobuji Temple and Garan temple complex. This evening, transfer to Osaka.
Day 12: Esplore Osaka
This morning explore Osaka, Japan’s third largest city. See the spectacular Osaka Castle and explore the Dotonbori district, a restaurant mecca, where you can sample Osaka’s plethora of mouth-watering bites. Take a cruise on the Yodogawa River before a farewell dinner tonight.
Day 13: Fly fro Osaka to Ireland
Fly to Ireland, arriving home the same or following day.
- Witness the fusion of modernity and tradition in Tokyo.
- Ascend the iconic and inspirational Mount Fuji.
- Wander through the thatched-roof village of Shirakawago.
- Stop in amazement at the dramatic flair of the Matsumoto Castle.
- Explore the authentic Japanese town of Kyoto.
- Meander through the 10,000 red torri arches of the Fushimi Inari Shrine.
Why Book This Tour?
This adventure is ideal for travellers with a reasonable amount of time to spend and who want to see the very best bits of Japan. We have designed the tour to make the most of the time available to showcase the key highlights of Japan and have incorporated travel by road to give the opportunity to see the beautiful Japanese countryside.
A visa is not required to travel to Japan for British Citizen passport holders. Should you hold any other passport then please contact us for more information.
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 21 432 0710.
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 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.
The tipping amounts should be indicated in your final documents for guidance.
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.
Included are 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.
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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