Day 1 Arrive Osaka
Arrival in Osaka’s Kansai airport or Itami Airport, you are met and transferred by airport bus to the hotel.
- Hotel Hanshin Annex Osaka
- ANA Crowne Plaza Osaka
- Hotel Hankyu International
Day 2 Osaka (B)
Get a closer look at some of Osaka’s top attractions on foot during a 8 hour guided walking tour with public transportation that also includes a scenic river cruise. It’s a great way to get an introduction to the history, culture and scenery of one of Japan’s largest cities.
Begin your walking tour by meeting your guide in the morning at your Hotel. Visit Osaka Castle. This massive stone fortress, first constructed in 1583, contains a variety of historical artifacts from Osaka and the Toyotomi inside its imposing walls. Moving on from the Castle, head next to the river banks where you’ll board your vessel, the Aqua Liner, for a 1-hour cruise around the island of Nakanoshima, situated in the middle of one of several rivers running through Osaka. Admire fantastic views of several Osaka attractions from the water, including Osaka Castle, the Twin Towers and City Hall, which is situated on Nakanoshima Isle.
Continue by a subway ride from Osakajo-Koen station to Higashi-Umeda station and on foot to the city’s Umeda Sky Building for a 1-hour visit to its Floating Garden Observatory. This open-air viewing platform links the two towers of this sky-high landmark together, offering guests panoramic views of the surrounding cityscape of Osaka, nearby Awaji Island and Mount Ikoma. Take a break to for a tasty Japanese lunch before continuing to Abeno Harukas.
Explore on foot and see the Abeno Harukas – commercial building opened 2014. Stop at Shitennoji Temple which is founded by prince Shotoku in 593. It is sometimes regarded as the first Buddhist and oldest officially administered temple in Japan. Visit Namba Yasaka Shrine – the lion shrine, large lion shaped statue, and walk through Shinsekai. Walk though Kuromon Market with over 180 stores, authentic street food and end at Dotonbori, Osaka’s tourist neighborhood with bright neon lights.
Tonight, participate ROR Comedy show on your own and when the show finished, take subway back Namba Station to Osakajo-Koen and walk back to your hotel.
Day 3 Osaka – Kyoto (B)
This morning, you are picked up from the hotel in Osaka and transferred to Kyoto.
The balance of the day explore Kyoto on your own.
- Kyoto Tokyu Hotel
- Rihga Royal Hotel
- Okura Hotel
Day 4 Kyoto /Nara/Kyoto (B/L)
Morning sightseeing includes visiting the Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle noted for its gorgeous interiors and Kyoto Imperial Palace
Lunch at Kyoto Handicraft Centre. After lunch, continue to Nara and visit Todaiji Temple that houses a great image of Buddha and the colourful Kasuga Shrine with 3,000 lanterns.
Day 5 Kyoto (B)
Full day to explore Kyoto on own.
Day 6 Kyoto – Takayama (B)
Travel by bullet train to beguiling Takayama, a treasure chest of Japanese architecture and traditions. Discover this fascinating town’s myriad of narrow streets, shrines and sake stalls.
See the Yatai Kaikan Hall, Kusakabe Folk Craft Museum and historic wooden houses in Kami Sannomachi Street of Japan’s most atmospheric towns.
- Takayama Green Hotel
- Hida Hotel Plaza – Standard
- Hida Hotel Plaza – Deluxe
Day 7 Takayama/Kanazawa (B)
Wander the morning market and soak up the atmosphere of the old town followed by a drive through Lake Miboro.
This afternoon, travel by vehicle to Shirakawago and visit Gassho-Zukuri – large thatch roof dwellings, a unique architectural style which is another Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage. Afterward, we proceed to Kanazawa.
- Intergate Kanazawa Hotel
- Hotel Kanazawa
- Hotel Nikko Kanazawa
Day 8 Kanazawa/Tokyo (B)
A former castle town and samurai headquarters, Kanazawa is also home to one of Japan’s most famous gardens. Beautiful Kenrokuen garden is considered to be one of the Top Three Japanese gardens.
You will explore the garden and visit Kutaniyaki Pottery Kiln, Higashi geisha district and the interesting old Samurai Residence. Travel by train to Tokyo.
- Shiba Park Hotel
- Keio Plaza Hotel
- Cerulean Tower Hotel
Day 9 Tokyo (B)
A morning tour shows you the highlights of this fascinating metropolis. Starting from the Tokyo Tower, we ascend to the observatory level for a commanding view of the city. Then it’s on to the Imperial Palace Plaza and the picturesque Meiji Shrine setting amidst a forest of evergreen trees with a harmonious melding of design and spirituality.
The afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps you’d like to take a cruise on Tokyo Bay, or just browse the remarkable modern electronics at Akiharbara.
Day 10 Tokyo (B)
Full day at leisure to explore Tokyo on your own.
Perhaps choose an optional tour to explore the UNESCO heritage of Nikko and the shrine on its ground or to wind through the labyrinth of the Tsukiji Fish Market.
Day 11 Tokyo Departure (B)
Transfer from hotel to the airport in Tokyo for your onward flight.
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