Jewels of Japan

Tokyo to Osaka

11 days from 5,890 pp

Overview

Immerse yourself in the unique and fascinating culture of Japan. Encompassing the essentials with futuristic cities, imperial heritage and magnificent nature, this tour incorporates a number of experiences that give your holiday a truly authentic edge.

11 days Tokyo to Osaka

From 5,890 per person

Day 1-2: Fly to Tokyo

Fly overnight to the dazzling metropolis of Tokyo, Japan’s capital city. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

Day 3: Discover Tokyo

Today’s city tour starts on the observation deck of the 634-metre Skytree, the world’s tallest tower, before seeking out the tranquility of the ancient Buddhist Sensoji Temple. Glimpse Tokyo’s historical heritage at the Edo-Tokyo Museum or Tokyo National Museum.

Day 4: Meiji Shrine

The city tour continues with a relaxed morning wandering around the classical landscapes of the Hamarikyu Garden. Explore the huge evergreen forest that encompasses the Shinto Meiji Shrine. This evening, take a dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay for excellent city vistas.

Day 5: Fuji Five Lakes

Journey through the foothills of the iconic Mt Fuji to its base where we find the Fuji Five Lakes. The region is spectacular with the calm waters of the five lakes, formed by past eruptions, reflecting Fuji’s picture-perfect cone. Try your hand at making traditional Japanese soba noodles before tucking in to your creations. Continue to Oshino Hakkai, a scenic area of ponds full of crystal clear spring water created by Fuji’s melting snow, where there is also a small museum.

Day 6: Mt Fuji

Ascend Mt Fuji to the 5th Station (weather permitting). Return to the beautiful Five Lakes region and explore Iyashi no Sato. Destroyed by a landslide in 1966, the remaining thatched-roofed houses of this old Japanese village have been transformed into an open-air museum and craft village, exhibiting plenty of local, and traditional handicrafts.

Day 7: Bullet Train to Kyoto

Sit back and relax in the cool comfort of a bullet train as you speed across the country to Kyoto. An enchanting city, Kyoto was capital for a thousand years; today it is the legacy of ancient Japan, full of tranquil temples, silk-clad geisha and sublime gardens. This afternoon visit a traditional tea house and meet with either a maiko (apprentice geisha) or geisha and learn about their way of life and culture). Explore the Kinkakuji Temple, known as the Golden Pavilion and Ryoanji, a Zen temple with an excellent example of a dry landscape garden.

Day 8: Explore Kyoto

Visit the Kiyomizu Temple, a 16th century Buddhist temple before learning the traditional Japanese art of origami and enjoying a tea ceremony.

  • Witness the fusion of modernity and tradition on a Tokyo city tour.
  • Ascend the iconic and inspirational Mount Fuji.
  • Experience the moving and surprisingly forward thinking city of Hiroshima.
  • Watch as water laps over the iconic Itsukushima Shrine.
  • Discover the stunning white facade of the feudal Hemeji Castle.
  • Explore the quintessential Japanese town of Kyoto.
Visa

A visa is not required to travel to Japan for British Citizen passport holders. Should you hold any other passport then please 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 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.

Tips

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 will be indicated 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.

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.

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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