Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka

Duration

5 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Tokyo

Available

April 2020 / March 2021

Cities to visit: Tokyo; Kyoto; Nara, Kinki; Osaka

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 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. Then we will take a walk around an hour to the restaurant. Shinjuku is one of the most important nightlife districts.  Dinner included  and return to hotel by metro with our guide.     

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. 

After breakfast transfer to the station to take the bullet train to kyoto. arrival to kyoto after almost 500 km in just over two hours, more or less. we spend the whole day in the city, which was the capital of japan between 794 and 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.      

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. free time before visiting gion, a busy traditional quarter famous for its geisha. free time. 

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.

After breakfast, end of our services.


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