Legends of China and Japan

Duration

15 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Beijing

Available

April 2020 / March 2021

Cities to visit: Beijing; Nankin; Suzhou; Tongli; Shanghai; Tokyo; Monte Fuji; Fujikawaguchiko; Iyasi No Sato Nenba; Toyota; Kyoto; Nara, Kinki; Osaka ; Engyo-Ji; Himeji; Okayama; Kurashiki; Itsukushima Island; Hiroshima

Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is a flexible, guaranteed escorted coach tour, guided in English only.

Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

The tour is flexible so you can tailor it to suit your needs. By clicking ‘Quote or Book’, you will have an option to choose your start and end date and destinations within the tour parameters. As these tours allow for such flexibility, the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Day

Welcome to China.  After the border and customs formalities, an assistant will be waiting for you, to give you basic initial information and accompany on the transfer t o take you  from the airport to the hotel.  Free time.

18.30hrs. - We meet our guide and our fellow passengers  in the hotel reception area. Then we go on to familiarise ourselves with the city. We provide a transfer to  Wangfujing street,  a pedestrian and commercial street full of life with many shops and restaurants.   Dinner included  and return to hotel.

Total distance travelled:  190 km 
Note: Sometimes there is a large number of tourists in the Great Wall and it may be advisable to go walking avoiding the delays that may exist in the climb by funicular
Landscapes: Great metropolis of Beijing leaving the city, green mountains area around the wall.
08.00hrs.- Beijing, departure. Today’s programme includes an excursion to the Great Wall. 
09.30 hrs.- GREAT WALL OF CHINA (section Mutianyu).  Arrival to this spectacular architectural work. Its history covers more than 2000 years. The day will include a cable car ride up and down to one of the most scenic areas. Free time to have lunch and enjoy the comercial area and the Exhibition Center on the Wall. 
Returning to Beijing, we will stop in the  798 th district,  with its contemporary art located in an old military factory. We will also visit the  TEMPLE OF HEAVEN , one of the country’s largest sacred complexes and a World Heritage  Site.  Before returning to the hotel, and as a way to rest from this intense day, we will take a  Tai Chi class and enjoy a  foot massage.   We will bid farewell to Beijing with a  lacquered duck dinner included. Return to the hotel at 21.00hrs. 

08.30hrs-   An exciting day awaits us. We will discover the main points of interest in the Chinese capital. We will have a  full day visit with a local guide  in which we will visit some of the main points in the city. We will start walking through the immense  Tiananmen Square  one of the largest squares in the world, and from them, we will appreciate the Great National Theater, Beijing Opera House. Then, the Great Chinese Imperial Palace,  better known as "The Forbidden City",  the most majestic architectural complex in China from where 24 emperors ruled for almost 500 years. We will also have the opportunity to visit Jingshan Park where the  Coal Hill is located, one of the best preserved imperial gardens in Beijing. We ascend to the top of the hill to have the best views (if the day is clear) on the Forbidden City.   Lunch is included.  In the afternoon we include a  tricycle ride  through the traditional neigbourhood of Beijing,  known as Hutong. In this area we can see the typical life style in these popular neighborhood, visit typical shops and even a traditional house, a Siheyuan, with all its lounges around a courtyard. We will finish our visit knowing the  SUMMER PALACE,  the Imperial House of the Qing Dynasty with its beautiful gardens and lakes. 

We finish the visit around 17:00 hrs..- You can return to the hotel with the bus or stay in the center (in this case, return to the hotel will be by your means. We always recommend you to bring the hotel card written in Chinese to explain to the taxi driver where do you want to go).

Total distance travelled:  1.030 km on the high-speed train. 
Scenery:  Some mountainous areas, beautiful landscapes from the train. 
Note:  The indicated train schedule can be modified. In the train journey each passenger must carry their luggage.   

07.00hrs.- Hotel departure. Transfer to the train station. We leave from Beijing in a very modern high speed train and in less than three hours we will arrive in Nanjing (expected train departure at 09:00 hrs from Beijing).  From here, we continue our route in our coach.      

12.25 hrs. - We arrive in  NANJING , a city of eight million people and considered by many to be the most pleasant in China. We will be amazed by the activity and commercial life of this modern metropolis. We will visit the Purple Mountain, where we will look round the  SUN YATSEN mausoleum  and the picturesque  Lingu Temple.     

About 18.00 hrs accommodation at the hotel. We suggest you to stroll in the city, modern, pleasant and full of commercial life and restaurants. Free time later on. Overnight.  

Total distance travelled: 350 km.
 
Scenery:  Plain and lakes 
Note:  We can first visit Suzhou and then Tongli.    

07.30hrs.- Nanjing- Departure. We continue our route to the south of China.   10.45hrs.- SUZHOU , arrival to the city which has wonderful gardens that are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Lunch is included. This city was the main silk producer in the world, and was always associated with beauty and elegance. We include  entrance tickets to the garden of the humble administrator. We will have free time to stroll along the very picturesque  Pingjian road.

15.15hrs.- Suzhou- Departure. We soon enter the immense megalopolis of almost 25 million inhabitants.      
16.00hrs.- TONGLI,  arrival to this charming lake town with its small houses next to the canals and their gondolas. We included a  nice boat ride.    

18.00hrs.- Tongli- Departure.   
20.00hrs.-  SHANGHAI.  Arrival.

09.00hrs.- In the morning, our trip i ncludes a visit round  this impressive city.  We will know the area of  Pudong, located across the Huangpu River, is now the financial district, with its skyscrapers as the Pearl Tower. We will walk around the elevated walkways with a spectacular view of the modern towers and take a local ferry to cross the river to get a view of the scenery from the water and see the city life. We come to the Bund, with its 19th-century European style buildings. Then we will go to the Old City and the Yuyuan Garden,  a private garden that was built during the Ming Dynasty. We will enjoy a  demonstration of the Tea ceremony,  traditional drink that plays an important cultural role in China. We will pass by one of the most fashionable neighborhoods of the capital,  Xintiandi. Lunch included.  Then, visit  Tianzifang , a former residential area known for its narrow, labyrinthine traditional streets with its small craft shops and art galleries. We finish the visit along the  Bund  with its old buildings that remind us of the influence of European trade.    

We finish the visit around 17:00 hrs..- You can return to the hotel with the bus or stay in the center (in this case, return to the hotel will be by your means. We always recommend you to bring the hotel card written in Chinese to explain to the taxi driver where do you want to go).  

After breakfast a transfer takes you to the airport to take your flight to tokyo.welcome to japan! transfer by coach (shuttle bus) to hotel.   


18h30.- meeting with guide. late in the afternoon, we will pay a visit to this fascinating country by taking a trip on the metro (tickets included) to the shinjuku district and see the crowds of people who use this modern and efficient collective transport system.  shinjuku is one of the most important nightlife districts. dinner included and return to hotel by metro with our guide.     

note: this visit may take place on the day of arrival or after the panoramic city tour next day, depending on the passenger flight arrival times.

08.00 hrs.- In the morning, we take part in  a 5-hour trip  with our guide to see this amazing city, with its hustle and bustle and extremely modern districts that coexist with quiet, peaceful areas. Brief stop at the  Zojoji Temple  to make a beautiful photograph of the Tokyo Tower.  Pay attention to the hundred of Jizos, stone traditional protecting deities who guide us on our travels, give power to those who are weak (such children) and those in dangerous places, and who are dressed including hats, robes and windmills. Then we head to the  junction of Shibuya , a junction that is said to be the most crowded in the world. The  Meiji Temple  is dedicated to the Emperor Meiji, his wife, and their spirits.  We continue on our bus along the elegant street of  Omotesando . We will edge the most beautiful part of the Imperial Palace and the gardens. Stop to visit the famous  Nijubashi Bridge . We will pass through the district of  Akihabara,  the “electric town” with icons from the popular Japanese Manga and Anime culture and then see  Kokugikan , the Sumo stadium, home of this Japanese sport. We will also visit the Buddhist  temple of Sensoji , the oldest and most important temple in Tokyo, with its 55-metre high pagoda. Then we will have some free time to visit the traditional commercial street of Nakamise in the district of  Asakusa. Lunch included   in a local restaurant. Return to hotel.

Free time in the afternoon. 

Total distance:  191 km 
Note: Bring some warm clothes since on Mount Fuji can be cold.    

08.00 hrs.- We set out for the beautiful region of Mount Fuji, passing through pretty countryside on our way. 
10.00 hrs- We go on to  KAWAGUCHIKO  with its tiny houses, flowers and mountains, and its beautiful lake. First of all we see the  ARAKURAYAMA SENGEN PARK , with its beautiful pagodas, and from here enjoy the best and most well-known views of Mount Fuji. After this, we will visit the  FUJI SENGEN SHRINE  set in a magical site surrounded by tall trees, and the starting point of the traditional pilgrimage to the mountain. At the shrine, we will express our thanks for being able to visit this wonderful place.         

12.30 hrs- We will enjoy a delightful boat trip on Kawaguchiko Lake which lasts approximately 30 minutes.   
14.15 hrs- After lunch, we start to ascend Mount Fuji on the road that takes us to the “fifth station”, surrounded by spectacular forests and views, to a height of 2,305 metres.   

Note: In winter, the route up to Mount Fuji is closed due to snow or other adverse weather conditions; during this season, we will ascend as far as the authorised point.     

16.15 hrs- Return to Kawaguchiko arriving at 17.15hrs, with time to stroll near the lake. We will stay at a Ryokan (a traditional Japanese hotel), where we recommend you to enjoy its ONSEN. The experience in this typical Japanese public bath will be unforgettable. Dinner included.   


( NB: In the planned Ryokan, some rooms are in Japanese style, with accommodation on tatamis, and others are in western-style). 

Total distance: 390 km 
Note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. At the falls we will walk about 1.5km    

08.30 hrs- Kawaguchiko- Departure. We continue along the pretty road bordered by lakes Kawaguchi and Saiko. 
09.00 hrs- IYASHI NO SATO NENBA , a tiny village destroyed by a typhoon in 1966 and later restored as a traditional open-air mountain village and museum. Its traditional houses have been transformed into arts and crafts shops, restaurants and traditional museums.   

10.00hrs- Iyashi departure.  
10.45 hrs- We then have the opportunity to admire the SHIRAITO FALLS , considered done of the most attractive sites in Japan, with a waterfall height of 20 metres.   

11.45 hrs- Shiraito Falls departure. 
15.30 hrs- We will visit the TOYOTA MUSEUM (admission included), a must-see for motor lovers.   

19.00 hrs- KYOTO , arrival and accomodation.

We spend whole day in the city that was the capital of Japan from the year 794 to 1868 and home to the Imperial Court. During World War II the city was the only major Japanese to escape the bombardments, and so it still preserves its wealth of artistic heritage; the famous protocol restricting greenhouse gas emissions was signed in Kyoto in 1997.    

08.30hrs.-  We head for the outskirts of Kyoto. Arashiyama , where we cross the Togetsukyo Bridge (“bridge over the moon”), which has fantastic views. We will visit the Tenryuji temple , one of the "five major Zen temples of Kyoto" and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, followed by a walk through its mystic bamboo forest. The visit includes a trip to one of the most important parts of the city.  We will see the marvellous Shinto Shrine of Fushimi Inari , the Imperial Palace and Kinkakuji temple, “the golden pavilion” and its wonderful gardens.   

19.00hrs- At night, a transfer to GION will be included, a busy traditional quarter famous for its Geisha. Free time. The return to the hotel will be free, we suggest you take a taxi. The guide will explain how.  

Total distance: 125km   

08.00hrs- Kyoto. Departure.    
09.00hrs-  NARA , we visit Todaiji, a magnificent Buddhist temple built in 752, which has a giant Buddha and where passengers can take photos and touch and feed the deer that wander through the park.   

10.30hrs.- Todaiji Temple departure.    
11.15hrs- HORYUJI Buddhist temple, a World Heritage Site. Time to discover its seminary, monasteries and temples. Its main pagoda temple is one of the oldest wooden buildings in the world and is the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan and an important place of worship.     

12.45hrs- Horyuji Departure. Lunch included in a local restaurant. We continue to OSAKA.   14.30hrs.- OSAKA, Arrival. Accommodation in this modern city (Japan’s second city) and free time. In the evening we will visit Dotonbori , a colourful district filled with nightlife.

Distance travelled: 190 km   

8.00 hrs.- Osaka –Departure-. We continue to Osaka Bay. 
10.00 hrs.- MOUNT SHOSHA arrival. We include a cable car trip up Mount Shosa, where there is the ENGYO-JI temple complex with over a thousand years of history, where the film “the last Samurai” was shot.   

12.00hrs.- Mount Shosha departure 
12.20hrs.-HIMEJI –Arrival-. Admission to the huge castle is included, which is built in the traditional style of a Japanese castle. Lunch included.    

Note: The queues to enter the castle are often very long. In certain cases, we recommend a visit to see only the gardens.   

15.00hrs.- Himeji- Departure.   
16.30 hrs- OKAYAMA. We will visit Korakuen , one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan, with its lakes, waterfalls and traditional teahouses.   

Distance travelled: 220 Km 
Scenery: Pleasant scenery. Boat trip to Miyajima.   

8.00 hrs.- Okayama –Departure-. 
8.30 hrs.- KURASHIKI, a city with a very well-preserved historic centre. Time to explore this city with its old-world charm.   

10.00 hrs.- Kursahiki –Departure-. 
12.30 hrs.-  HIROSHIMA , arrival to the city that is sadly famous as the site where the atomic bomb fell in 1945, destroying the whole city. We will visit the peace memorial, the dome and the impressive Peace Memorial Museum.   Time for lunch after the visits. Then, we continue to the outskirts of the city and take a small ferry on a 15-minute crossing to Miyajima , the island where “man lives alongside the Gods”. Visit to ITSUKUSHIMA shrine, dedicated to the guardian of the seas and partially built on the sea. Time to explore the temple and stroll through the pretty centre.   

Note: The order of the visits in Hiroshima can change, being able to go first to Miyajima and later to Hiroshima.   

19.00 hrs—Miyajima –Departure-. We take the boat and then continue to Hiroshima.    Dinner included.

After breakfast, end of our services.


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