Japan Highlights

Japan Highlights
A visit to the sacred Sensoji Temple and grounds of the Imperial Palace balances the buzz of high-tech Tokyo. Soak up views of Mount Fuji, an ancient castle and colorful markets while en route to the giant Todai-ji Buddha and countless Kyoto temples. End in Osaka or choose a solemn but inspirational stop in Hiroshima.
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Day 1 Start tour
Day 2 Konichiwa Tokyo
Meet your tour director and check into hotel
Day 3 Tokyo landmarks
Tokyo guided sightseeing tour
Senso-ji temple visitImperial Palace East GardenMeiji ShrineHarajuku District visit
Shibuya Crossing
Details: Tokyo guided sightseeing tour
Jangling neon and tranquil temples, radical fashion choices and quietly practiced traditions. Japan's sprawling, chaotic capital combines cutting-edge technology with an age-old culture, generating a directed energy and graceful drive unique to Tokyo. See what all of the buzz is about with a local licensed guide. Start with a whiff of the miraculous at the Senso Temple, where sacred incense smoke is said to have curative powers, before moving onto the Imperial Palace. The complex houses the emperor and his family and is therefore closed to the public, but much of the surrounding gardens and museums provide a glimpse into the imperial history of Japan (as well as some of its pop history -- in the martial arts hall in the palace's park, a 1966 concert brought in The Beatles). Built to commemorate Emperor Meiji and his empress, the Meiji Shrine is one of the most important Shinto shrines in the country. Yearly festivals bring various groups to its iris garden and Treasure House, including the "Seven-Five-Three Festival," in which young children arrive dressed in mini kimonos.
Details: Tempura dinner
Batter up. Tempura tempts with lightly battered and deep-fried fish, meat, and vegetables. Originally brought to Japan by Portuguese missionaries, this method of cooking is now thoroughly Japanese.
Day 4 Tokyo--Hakone
Travel to Hakone by bus
Hakone excursion
Lake Ashi cruiseMount Komagatake
Overnight in a Ryokan
Details: Hakone excursion
Step into the misty beauty of a traditional Japanese watercolor. Peaceful lakes, stunning gardens, and magnificent views of Mount Fuji make Hakone one of the prettiest destinations for city-weary Tokyoites. Watch how far you travel, though -- Hakone was once the feudal checkpoint for visitors to the capital, with all guns required to stay outside the borders and all women required to stay in.
Day 5 Hakone--Takayama
Travel to Matsumoto by bus
Matsumoto Castle visit
Day 6 Takayama--Kyoto
Takayama guided sightseeing tour
Morning Market visitOld City visit
Shirakawa Village visit
Travel to Kyoto by bus
Day 7 Kyoto
Nara excursion
Nara ParkTodai-ji templeKasuga Grand Shrine
Kyoto guided sightseeing tour
Kinkaku-ji temple (Golden Pavilion) visitFushimi Inari Taisha visitSanjusangen-do temple visit
Kimono show
Details: Nara excursion
Nara can be an eye-opening experience. The enormous 50-foot bronze Buddha statue in Todai-ji was dedicated in AD 752 by having a priest symbolically "open his eyes" by scrambling up and painting them in (the original paintbrush remains at the temple); strings dangling off the brush allowed the dignitaries on the ground to hang on and participate in the action. The sense of "more is better" continues at Kasuga Shrine, where a thousand intricate bronze lanterns hang prettily off the building. Don't bother the wild deer roaming the adjacent Nara Park -- once considered messengers of the gods, they are still a nationally protected treasure.
Details: Kyoto guided sightseeing tour
With over 2,000 Buddhist temples and shrines still intact, Kyoto shines as one of the best preserved Imperial cities in Japan. Visit the famous Zen Buddhist Temple Kinkakuji, or Golden Temple, that gets its name from the pure leaf gold that covers the top two floors. Next, head to Inari, the main shrine of the god of business, and see the thousands of red torii, or Japanese gates, that snake their way up the hill to the inner shrine. The Sanjusangendo Temple offers visitors an unusual and unbelievable sight. Its main hall is filled with 1,000 life-size statues of soldiers of the Thousand Armed Kannon which stand to protect the main deity of the temple.
Day 8 End tour
Travel by bus to Osaka

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  • Day 8 Start extension to Hiroshima and Miyajima
    Travel to Hiroshima via Bullet train
    Hiroshima guided sightseeing tour
    Atomic Dome visitMemorial Peace Park visitMemorial Peace Museum visitHiroshima Castle visit
    Yakisoba dinner
    Details: Hiroshima guided sightseeing tour
    Tour the extraordinary city that suffered an unimaginable destruction and incredible rebirth to become the thriving city it is today. At Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, see the Peace Memorial Museum and the Atomic Bomb Dome, the skeletal remains of a pre-blast building, for an idea of the catastrophic effects the Atomic bomb had on the city. The park, museum, and Atomic Bomb Dome act as a symbol of peace and as a memorial for those who died.
    Day 9 Miyajima
    Miyajima excursion
    Itsukushima Shrine visitSenjokaku Pagoda visitshopping on Omotesando Street
    Details: Miyajima excursion
    Glide through the tranquil waters, past the iconic red Torii gate and into the realm of the sacred at the Itsukushima Shrine. As you step off the ferry you will be greeted by the “messengers of the deities”, or the tame Miyajima deer, that are always found wandering around the shrine. After visiting this impressive structure browse through the many craft stores, bakeries and street-food carts on Omotesando Street - see if you’re brave enough to sample a traditional dish of conger eel.
    Day 10 End tour
    Travel to Osaka by train
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    Tour Includes:
    • Round-trip airfare
    • 6 overnight stays (8 with extension) in hotels with private bathrooms
    • Breakfast daily
    • Dinner daily
    • Full-time services of a professional Tour Director
    • Guided sightseeing tours and city walks as per itinerary
    • Visits to select attractions as per itinerary
    • Kimono Show
    • Tour Diary™
    • Note: On arrival day only dinner is provided; on departure day, only breakfast is provided
    • Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa. Please visit our Fees FAQ page for a full list of items that may not be included in the cost of your tour.
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