West Japan Experience

From AUD $ 4,510

Duration
11 Days
Departure Day
Daily
Group Size
Private Tour
Tour Type
Destination Trip
Trip Grading
Easy
Breakfast
Daily Breakfast
Other Meals
1 Dinner
Hotel Category
3-4 Star Hotels
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Learn about a monk’s lifestyle with a stay in a Shukubo temple lodge, one of the original temples atop Mt Koya. Wander the pathway through the Fushimi Inari, a shrine dedicated to the gods of rice and sake by the Hata family. Enjoy dining on famous oysters and a glass of chilled white wine on the tranquil island of Miyajima.

Travel Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrival in Osaka

On arrival in Osaka, meet your local representative who will assist you with your hotel transfer.

DAY 2

Explore Osaka CIty

Meet with your concierge to gain valuable insider knowledge so you can explore Osaka independently. Uncover the culinary delights of Osaka with a tour of its Dotombori area. Wander a neon-lit street and sample intriguing local dishes and snacks.

DAY 3

Osaka to Mt Koya

Check-out of your hotel and travel by train, cable car and local bus to Mt Koya to your Shukubo (temple stay). Check-in to your basic yet clean lodgings. Relax and experience the temple, its lifestyle and Buddhism. Enjoy a tasty vegetarian dinner.

DAY 4

Mt Koya to Kyoto

Rise early to listen to the monks chanting, an enlightening experience. Following breakfast, travel to Kyoto. The rest of the day is free to explore Kyoto’s shops and nightlife. Enjoy a night walking tour to explore the world of the Geisha and Kyoto’s famed Gion entertainment district.

DAY 5-6

Kyoto and Nara

Meet with your concierge to gain valuable insider knowledge so you can explore Kyoto independently. Travel to Nara. Visit the World Heritage listed 8th century Kasuga-taisha shrine, the most famous and beautiful Shinto shrine in Nara which features 3,000 antique stone and bronze lanterns. Continue on foot to the stunning Todaiji Temple, one of Japan’s most famous and historically significant temples. Travel by train back to Kyoto and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. On your last day in Kyoto, spend time exploring independently.

DAY 7

Kyoto

Visit the breathtaking mountain complex of Fushimi Inari. Sample sake and choose to experience a calligraphy, ikebana, origami class or a tea ceremony.

DAY 8-9

Kyoto to Hiroshima

Travel to Hiroshima and visit the Peace Memorial Museum. See the Peace Memorial Park, a cenotaph honouring Hiroshima bomb victims, and the eerie A-Bomb Dome. Take the fast ferry to the tranquil island of Miyajima which is home to the Itsukushima Shrine and its famous red ‘torii’ gate. Dine on local oysters and white wine before returning to Hiroshima.

DAY 10

Hiroshima to Osaka

Travel back to Osaka by train and enjoy the rest of your time free at leisure.

DAY 11

Osaka Departure

Enjoy free time until your departure transfer. 

Hotel Description

Day 1, 2 and 10
Day 3

Osaka

Mt Koya

Cross Hotel Osaka

Hojo-In

3/5
3/5
Day 4,5,6 and 7
Day 8 and 9

Kyoto

Hiroshima

Royal Park Hotel Kyoto

Mitsui Garden Hiroshima

3.5/5
3.5/5

What´s included

Excluded

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West Japan Experience
West Japan Experience

From AUD $ 4,510

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