Japan’s Capitals – 7 Days / 6 Nights

Single (Superior)from AUD $4255.00

Single (Deluxe) from AUD $5579.00

Twin (Superior)from AUD $2570.00

Twin (Deluxe) from AUD $3309.00

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Tour Description

Delve into the captivating history of Japan on this 7-day tour that traverses the country’s present and former capitals.

Day 1 – Arrive into Tokyo -On arrival in Tokyo you will be welcomed by our airport representative who will assist you with your transfer by either train or shuttle bus to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2 – Tokyo – This morning your guide will meet you at your hotel and the day begin’s with a stroll through Hama-Rikyu Teien, a former private garden of an Edo Period lord. You will then have a chance to view Tokyo from a different angle as you take a boat cruise along the Sumida River. Next stop will be Asakusa, which is home to Sensoji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple, and is also the city’s oldest Geisha district. In the afternoon, head across Tokyo to Omotesando, commonly refered to as Tokyo’s Champs-Elysee. This broad, tree lined avenue features many fashion flagship stores designed by internationally renowned architects within a short distance of each other. At the end of the day you will have time to explore Meiji Shrine, Tokyo’s most famous, dedicated to the spirit of the late Emperor Meiji. (B)

Day 3 – Tokyo to Kamakura Day Trip – Today you will make a day trip to Kamakura, the former de facto capital of Japan as the seat of the Shogunate during the Kamakura Period (1185-1333). At that time Kamakura was the largest city in the world however, Kamakura of today is a small, sleepy seaside town with numerous temples, shrines and other attractions. On arrival at Kamakura station you will be met by your guide who will take you on a Zen temple morning tour. Visit Hokokuji Temple, known as ‘Bamboo Temple’ due to its stunning garden featuring over 2000 bamboo trees. Final stop of the morning is Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrinbe, Kamkaura’s most important shrine dedicated to Hachiman, the patron god of Samurai. After the tour is finished, you have the afternoon free to further explore Kamakura’s attractions at your own pace before returning to Tokyo. (B)

Day 4 – Tokyo to Kyoto – A two hour bullet train journey to Kyoto awaits this morning on the top of the line Nozomi super express Shinkansen, which is capable of speeds up to 330km/h, upon arrival we have a special cooking experience in store for you. Together with a local guide you will walk the mile-long Nishiki covered food markets, where there are many interesting food stores to explore as you help your guide buy the ingredients for your Japanese cooking class. After visiting the markets, you’ll travel through the back streets and lanes of Kyoto, visit to former sake brewery for the tour of the house with sake tasting, and then finally to a traditional wooden townhouse for your Japanese cooking class. After the meal the evening is free for you to explore Kyoto, or your guide can assist you in returning to your hotel. (B & D)

Day 5 – Kyoto -Today you explore the former imperial capital utilizing Kyoto’s comprehensive bus system to visit some of Kyoto’s World Heritage Sites. Start your day with a visit to Nijo Castle. Continue onto Kinkakuji, the Goldon Pavilion. Originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun, after his death it became a Buddhist Temple at his request, and is now one of Kyoto’s most famous temples. The final stop of the morning is Daitoku-ji Zen temple complex, which consists of a main temple and 22 sub-temples. After lunch, visit Kiyomizu ( Pure Water ) Temple. From the 13m high veranda jutting out from the Main Hall, you can enjoy amazing views of Kyoto. Finish off the day with a stroll through the Higashiyama district, whose busy lanes lead up to Kiyomizu and are filled with quaint shops selling souvenirs. (B)

Day 6 – Nara DaytripToday is a self-guided day.

This morning, make the 45min train ride to Nara which was the capital of Japan from 710 -784. Nara is a small town and most of its main sights are gathered around Nara Park.

Today we recommend visiting Todaiji Temple, the world’s largest wooden buiding and home to Japan’s largest Buddha, and Kasuga Taisha, Nara’s most celebrated shrine. Nara’s National Musuem has a large collection of Japanese Buddhist Art. In the afternoon, head back to Kyoto for additional sightseeing in the ancient capital. (B)

Day 7 – Depart Kyoto – Free time until your included departure by airport bus to Kansai Airport. We can also arrange a return train to Tokyo Narita Airport as well as an additional night in Tokyo if required. (B)   

Tour Inclusions:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers.
  • Accommodation on a shared twin / double basis.
  • Local English speaking guide on day 2, 3 and 5.
  • PASMO Tokyo transport pass at a value of 2500 JPY.
  • Shinkansen ticket from Tokyo station to Kyoto station in ordinary class.
  • Kyoto one day bus and subway pass.
  • All entrance fees and transport on Days 2, 3 (AM only) and 5.
  • Kyoto Cooking class.
  • Information pack.
  • Meals as described in the itinerary – 6 Breakfast’s / 1 Dinner.