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Japan Express: Osaka to Tokyo
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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

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 regions 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.

  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: AJJR.B/201407
  • Starts: Osaka, Japan
  • Finishes: Tokyo, Japan
You will Visit
  • Osaka
  • Kōyasan
  • Hiroshima-shi
  • Kyoto
  • Hakone
  • Tokyo

Itinerary

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Day 1: Osaka

Arrive at any time.
We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully experience this lively city.

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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.
Journey to Mt Koya, a religious centre founded in 816 by the Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi. The train ride up the mountain is possibly one of the finest rail journeys in Japan. For the final steep ascent, switch to funicular and then hop on a bus to reach the monastery.

In the evening, dine on shojin-ryori, typical vegetarian cuisine, and relax in a yukata, or kimono.

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Day 3: Kōyasan/Hiroshima

Watch the monks pray in the morning and enjoy a traditional breakfast before travelling to Hiroshima.
Early morning offers the chance to observe the monks praying. Breathe in some fresh mountain air before a vegetarian breakfast, then start the journey back down the mountain via bus, train and funicular.

Later, board a train to Hiroshima, a historically significant city, marked by the explosion of the first atomic bomb in 1945.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
Travel to Hakone, a town in the hills famous for its onsens, or natural hot springs. Stay in a traditional ryokan, with its own private onsen.

In the evening, enjoy the ryokan, savouring a complex meal of traditional Japanese foods, followed by a recommended soak in the onsen.

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Day 8: Hakone/Tokyo

Head to Tokyo with time to do some last-minute shopping.
Arrive before noon to Tokyo, with time to explore this energetic metropolis.

Opt to visit Ueno park and the museums, Akihabara for cutting edge electronics, Harajuku for funky fashions, Ginza for the highest of the high end, walk the grounds of the Imperial Palace East Garden, or just stroll the streets, looking for the traditional life that still lies just under the modern surface.

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Day 9: Tokyo

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • 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
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (6 nts), mountain monastery (1 nt, shared facilities), traditional inn (1 nt, shared facilities)
    • 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Bullet train, tram, ferry, public bus, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Take in views of Mt Fuji
  • Stay in temple lodging and a traditional ryokan
  • Gaze at the famous floating torii gate in Miyajima
  • Explore Kyoto's Nijo Castle


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Jacqueline B Posted on: 

It was a lovely trip and exceeded my expectations. I enjoyed my fellow travelers and felt like we were all the in same frame of mind in our willingness to explore the beauty of Japan.

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Katherine S Posted on: 

Very well put together, knowledgeable tour leader, and the itinerary is busy enough to keep you motivated but not wear you out.

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Katie H Posted on: 

The tour was fantastic, I got to see all the places I wanted to see & so much more with a great group of people. I would definitely go G Adventures again!

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Dimitra G Posted on: 

The sights of the tour as well as the hotels selected were really nice. Mill did a great job at leading the group.

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James M Posted on: 

The tour gave us a broad taste for life in Japan. Its a pretty exhausting trip because its so short and covers so much, but its up to the individual how much they want to see-that's good.

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Aganetha K Posted on: 

Very well thought out tour. Good balance in terms of activities. Got to see and do a lot in a short period of time.

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Adam R Posted on: 

Well organized, took us on and off the beaten path. In and out and around on all means of transport. Informative and very fun. The people in our group were great.

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Jessica L Posted on: 

We both really enjoyed the tour. There was a good balance of guidance and independence.

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Daphne D Posted on: 

Although the tour was not that long I feel I saw a lot of different aspects of japan.

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Rodion L Posted on: 

We saw many places with just enough time to get the most outstanding characteristics of a city, though not enough for anything in depth. Accommodations were great and they got even better as it went along. Tour staff was friendly and flexible. The only thing I didn't like is that nothing was planned for Osaka - the departure city since that is a big city with many interesting parts to it.

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