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Japan Discovery (14 days)

Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshim and Osaka.


Day 1: Arrival Tokyo
Arrive Tokyo in late afternoon for a stay of five nights.

Day 2: Tokyo
Today visit the Western part of Tokyo by visiting Harajuku’s famous Takeshita-dori for the local teen fashions, toy shops, sweet shops, Japanese coffee shops and trendy boutiques etc. This is an introduction to the modern Japan. Afterwards walk to the famous Omotesando upmarket shopping district, then Shibuya (Shibuya crossing) with shops, department stores and restaurants in time for your lunch. After lunch heads back to Harajuku for the 2 pm visit to Meiji-jingu. There is a daily ceremonial activity. Next visit the Nezu Jinja for its beautiful shrine, courtyard and red 'torii' gates. If there is time visit Shinobazu pond in Uneo park for a late afternoon stroll.

Day 3: Tokyo
This morning visit central Tokyo's Tsukigi fish market between 07:00 – 09:00 if you wish. Afterwards walk around Ginza visiting Tsukiji Hongwanji Temple. Afterwards stroll to the Imperial Palace gardens (closed on Mondays). After lunch visit different areas of Uneo park such as five storey pagoda, Kaneiji Temple and the Yanesen old town. Evening shopping and eating in Shimbashi.

Day 4: Tokyo - Nikko - Tokyo
Day trip to Nikko to visit Toshogu Shrine & Rimnoji Temple. Evening visit the Shinjuku night life district for shopping, drinking, restaurants or robot show.

Day 5: Tokyo
This morning visit Akihabara, known as electric city, for everything related to electronics, gadgets, and anime/manga. In the afternoon visit Sensoji Temple and the arcades of shops and restaurants nearby.

Day 6: Tokyo - Kyoto
By Bullet train to Kyoto for a three night stay. In the afternoon visit two beautiful temples: Chion-in and Shoren-in. Take an after-dinner stroll along the atmospheric streets of Gion along the Shirakawa canal and 17th century old houses, traditional restaurants and tea houses lit up with lanterns.

Day 7: Kyoto
This morning visit Kinkaku-Ji (Golden pavilion) & Ryoan-Ji (Zen gardens), then Nijo-Jo castle onward to Nishiki market for shopping and lunch. After lunch, visit Fushimi Inari Taisha. The most stunning feature in this shrine is the endless arcade of vermilion torii spread across the path uphill through the woodland.

Day 8: Kyoto
Today visit Kennin-ji, Ninen-zaka & Samen-zaka areas and Kiyomizu-dera.

Day 9: Kyoto - Hiroshima
By bullet train to Hiroshima to stay for 2 nights. In the afternoon visit the Peace Memorial Museum & Park area commemorating the Atomic bomb event in 1945. Afterwards, if time allows, visit beautiful Shukkei-en gardens.

Day 10: Hiroshima - Miyajima - Hiroshima
Today take a day trip to visit Miyajima Island, the famous Tori gate standing in the water and the Misen mountain.

Day 11: Hiroshima - Osaka
By bullet train to Osaka to stay for 3 nights. Take an afternoon visit to Osaka castle and in the evening visit Shinsaibashi & Dotonbori shopping district for dining & shopping.

Day 12: Osaka - Himenji - Osaka
By train to Himeji to visit UNESCO heritage Himeji Castle for a day trip.

Day 13: Osaka - Nara - Osaka
By train day trip to Nara visiting Todai-ji, Nigatsu-do & Sangatsu-do, Kasuga Taisha and the five storey pagoda etc.

Day 14: Osaka - Departure
Last day for shopping and eating in Dotombori, Doguya-suji arcade etc. until return flight to UK in the evening.

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Five Storey Pagoda, Ueno Park
Five Storey Pagoda, Ueno Park
Shinkansen ('Bullet') Trains
Shinkansen ('Bullet') Trains
Kyoto
Kyoto
Golden Pavilion, Kyoto
Golden Pavilion, Kyoto
Miyajima Island
Miyajima Island
Dotonbori District, Osaka
Dotonbori District, Osaka
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Return international flights from UK to Japan 14 day Japan Rail Pass Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast Travel information in Japanese cities listed on itinerary. Service charges, rooms tax and handling fee.
Departure taxes

Your tour price will not include:
Pick up and transfer in Japan Tour guide Lunches or Dinners Other public transportation in Japan except JR pass. Entrance fees
Visa fees
Tips, personal expenses and other services which are not mentioned in the program.

Tour Guides:
Tour guide may be engaged for each day in any city at additional cost.