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Day 1 – Arrival in Tokyo – Upon arrival at Tokyo Haneda or Narita International Airport, you will be greeted by our airport representative who will assist you with arranging the transfer to your hotel by Airport Limousine Bus. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. We recommend a first exploration of Tokyo on foot in the vibrant neighbourhood of Shinjuku. It is a major commercial and administrative centre and also encompasses the buzzing clubs and karaoke rooms of neon-lit East Shinjuku and upscale bars and restaurants in the Skyscraper District.
Day 2 – Tokyo – Enjoy a full day of exploring Tokyo together with your local guide by using Tokyo’s public transportation system. Start in the exquisitely beautiful Edo period Hamarikyu Garden where seawater ponds change with the tides. A traditional teahouse on an island offers visitors a resting place to enjoy the scenery, this traditional green oasis stands in stark contrast to the surrounding skyscrapers of the adjacent Shiodome district. Then it’s all aboard a boat for a cruise along the Tokyo River passing more of the city sights. The boat will dock in Asukasa where we’ll find the Sensoji Temple, a very popular and colourful Buddhist temple. Legend says that in the year 628, two brothers fished a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, out of the Sumida River, and even though they put the statue back into the river, it always returned to them, consequently, Sensoji was built nearby for the goddess of Kannon. No visit to Tokyo would be complete without a visit to the shopping precincts. Enjoy a walk along Nakamise Street lined with boutiques, souvenir shops and street food outlets. Our final stop is at the spacious Meiji Shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. (B)
Day 3 – Tokyo to Kyoto -This morning after enjoying breakfast, our assistant will meet you in the hotel foyer and together you will travel by public transportation to Tokyo Station. From there you will enjoy the Bullet Train to Kyoto, a journey of approximately two hours and 20 minutes.
On arrival enjoy Kyoto at leisure. Kyoto is famous for its numerous classical Buddhist temples, as well as gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. It’s also known for formal traditions such as kaiseki dining, consisting of multiple courses of precise dishes, and geisha, female entertainers often found in the Gion district. (B)
Day 4 – Kyoto – Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Kyoto together with your local accredited guide by using Kyoto’s public transportation. Start the day than with a nice cup of tea! The Japanese tea ceremony, known as chanoyu or sado, is a custom that dates back thousands of years. The ceremony is a carefully choreographed ritual that offers the ultimate in Japanese hospitality. As well as trying out a cup of this delicate green tea, we’ll get a unique insight into the customs and etiquette of traditional tea serving.
Fully refreshed, we’ll visit the Kinkakuji Temple, a Zen temple known for its delicately manicured gardens and floors covered in gold leaf. Formally known as Rokuonji, the temple was the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimatsu.
A walk through the Bamboo Grove in Arashiyama is next on the itinerary. The walking paths cut through bamboo groves that have been used for centuries to make traditional crafts. We’ll continue across the Togetsukyo Bridge, an iconic landmark. Wonderful photos can be shot of the forested mountains in the background and the nearby riverside park full of cherry trees. (B)
Day 5 – Kyoto – Enjoy the day exploring Kyoto together with your local accredited guide! The east side of Kyoto beckons today, this is where we will find the Fushimi Inari Shrine, an important Shinto shrine famous for thousands of bright red torii gates that line the way to the top of the sacred Mount Inari. We continue to Kiyomizu Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which offers incredible views from the 13-metre-high building whose massive veranda was built without using any nails. In the spacious Kyoto Imperial Park, we’ll find the Kyoto Imperial Palace where Japan’s Imperial Family resided until 1868 when the capital was moved to Tokyo. Back in central Kyoto, we visit the beautiful Nijo Castle, once the residence of the Tokugawa shoguns. Our final stop is at Nishiki Market, known as ‘Kyoto’s Kitchen’, this lively retail market specializes in all thing’s food-related and is a great place to find Kyoto specialties such as Japanese sweets, pickles, dried seafood and sushi. (B)
Day 6 – Kyoto to Osaka and departure – Sadly, it’s the end of the tour and time to say goodbye to Japan. After breakfast meet our local airport representative who will assistant and transfer you to Kansai International Airport by public transportation for your departure flight. (B)
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