Secrets of Japan

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14 Days
Departure Day
Group Size
12 (maximum)
Tour Type
Group Journey
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Meals as indicated
Hotel Category
3 - 4 Star Hotels
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Discover Kappabashi Dori with its endless supply of stores selling everything from pots and pans to cooking utensils and chairs to restaurant operators. Some stores even sell plastic and wax food samples for window displays! Lose yourself in the abundance of fabric stores in Tokyo’s Nippori Fabric Town where you’ll fi nd everything from traditional silks to modern print cotton fabric. Wander through Yanaka Old Town and take in the ‘shitamachi‘ or ‘downtown’ character of the area, a stark difference to the modernity of Tokyo.

Travel Itinerary

DAY 1 Tokyo Arrive in Tokyo, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your tour briefi ng. Stay the next three nights at Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu (or similar).
DAY 2 Tokyo Spend the morning discovering Tokyo on a walking tour. Visit the city’s most famous Shinto shrine – Meiji Jingu. Walk to nearby Harajuku which showcases the Cosplay (costume play) subculture. Take the train to Shibuya and see the iconic pedestrian crossing in front of Shibuya train station. Sample some delicious food as you wander through the Tokyu Food Hall. Enjoy free time to explore. (B)
DAY 3 Tokyo Discover the oldest and most revered temple in Tokyo, Asakusa Temple. Stroll along Kappabashi Dori to see the endless array of specialised stores. Visit Yanaka Cemetery, one of Tokyo’s most famous graveyards which feels more like a park than a cemetery. Wander through Yanaka Old Town where the older buildings are re-purposed. (B)
DAY 4 Tokyo to Hakone Take the train to Hakone. Enjoy a short boat cruise on peaceful Lake Ashi and ride the ropeway for majestic views of Mt Fuji. This evening, enjoy a delicious meal and some free time to soak in the onsen at your traditional Japanese hotel. Overnight at Hakone Pax Yoshino (or similar) (BD)
DAY 5 Hakone to Takayama Travel by train to Takayama. Visit a historic,former government building, Takayama Jinya. Discover the beautifully preserved wooden houses as you wander along Kami Sannomachi Street. Stay the next two nights at Best Western Hotel Takayama (or similar) (BL)
DAY 6 Takayama Start your day with a walking tour to see the fresh produce at Miyagawa morning market. Takayama Yatai Kaikan houses magnifi cent wooden fl oats which are paraded through the streets each year during the two Takayama Festivals. This afternoon you have the option to visit Hida no Sato, where 30 traditional houses are displayed in a scenice village setting. (B)
DAY 7 Takayama to Osaka From Takayama, travel by train to vibrant Osaka. Drop your bags at the hotel, take a walking tour of the Dotonbori area known for it’s bright neon, street food and shopping. Stay two nights at Osaka Daiichi Hotel (or similar) (BD)
DAY 8 Osaka Head to Umeda Sky Garden with it views of Osaka before a walk through Kuromon Ichiba Market, also known as “Osaka’s Kitchen.” In the afternoon to explore the city at your own pace. Head to Umeda Sky Garden with it views of Osaka before a walk through Kuromon Ichiba Market, also known as “Osaka’s Kitchen.” In the afternoon to explore the city at your own pace. (B)
DAY 9 Osaka to Hiroshima Travel by train to Hiroshima and visit the Peace Memorial Museum, dedicated to the events of 1945 before seeing the sobering cenotaph of the Hiroshima bomb at Peace Memorial Park. Stay two nights at Mitsui Garden Hotel Hiroshima (or similar) (B)
DAY 10 Hiroshima Venture by ferry to peaceful Miyajima Island, home to Itsukushima Shrine. Hike or travel by ropeway to the summit of Mt Misen for spectacular views. Enjoy a traditional okonomiyaki pancake before returning by ferry to the mainland. Spend the evening at leisure. (BL)
DAY 11 Hiroshima to Kyoto Travel by train to Himeji famous for it’s imposing hilltop castle before continuing to Kyoto. Take an evening walking tour along Ponto-cho and Hanami-koji Lane in the Gion district where you may see a Geisha walking between appointments. Stay three nights at Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo (or similar) (B)
DAY 12 Kyoto Discover Kyoto’s highlights on a walking tour. Begin at Kiyomizudera Temple, in the hills of east Kyoto. Wander along the shophouses of Ninenzaka Street before visiting Kyoto’s oldest Zen temple, Kenninji Temple. Learn the philosophy and art of serving tea at a traditional tea ceremony and fi nish the day with the golden pavillion at Kinkakuji, Kyoto’s most famous building. (B)
DAY 13 Kyoto Start the day with a visit to the one of Kyoto’s most iconic sights, Fushimi Inari, with it’s tunnels of vermillion torii gates. You have free time to further explore Kyoto or take an optional afternoon excursion to the bamboo forest at Arahiyama. End your tour with a farewell dinner where you will be entertained by a genuine Maiko or apprentice Geisha.
DAY 14 Kyoto Transfer to Kyoto Station for your onward journey. (B)

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Secrets of Japan
Secrets of Japan

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