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Perfect Introduction to Japan Tour

Complete, detailed itineraries are provided to everyone who registers for the tour. If you have questions about the itinerary contact Steve.

Note regarding meals: Scheduled Group Tours normally include breakfast each morning, plus a few other meals. If you wish to enjoy a thorough and excellent exposure to Japanese cuisine we suggest you budget $200 to $400 US per week for non-included meals. Anyone operating on a tight budget should be able to find adequate nutrition for about half that amount. Please ask if you have questions.


Day 0 - Departure from your originating point - travel day

You depart for Japan.  (Many flights to Japan, e.g. those from the Americas, “lose” a day due to crossing the International Date Line).

A) Beyond Tokyo Tour

Day 1 Arrive Kansai Airport (KIX), usually late in the afternoon; met by Steve or one of our associates as you exit Customs. Train ride into Osaka; check in to Hotel. Brief gathering to get acquainted.

 

Japan tour day 12Osaka Day 3 It is a short ride by Shinkansen to Kyoto. Our day of sightseeing will start with Kyoto's unusual Train Station, and then include the famous rock garden at Ryoan-ji; lovely Kinkaku-ji (the Golden Pavilion), and Nishiki Market. Overnight in Osaka.

 

Japan tour day 18Hiroshima We begin the day at the Peace Park and the Peace Museum. After a stop for lunch we will catch a ferry to Miyajima, passing the famous Floating Torii Gate on the way. There is much to see on the Island; the literal high point of our visit will be atop Mt. Misen. On the way back to the city we enjoy Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki for dinner.

 

Japan Tour Day 15Shikoku Day 1 Traveling by trains we will cross the channel to Japan's remote fourth island, Shikoku, with its grand mountain peaks and plunging river gorges. Our two-night stay in at an Onsen (Japanese Hot Spring Hotel) will include delicious dinners and a chance to catch our breath.

 

Japan tour day16Shikoku Day 2 We will spend the day exploring remote and peaceful Iya Valley. Weather permitting we plan to ascend Mt. Tsurugi. Or you may opt to visit the geological museum Lapis Oboke with its collection of minerals and gems, or just relax in the hotel spa. Dinner is again included.

 

B) Tokyo Tour

Japn tour day 5Tokyo Day 5 In the morning we will visit Meiji Shrine in its wooded, peaceful setting (perhaps we will see a Shinto wedding in progress), and Harajuku, one of Tokyo's most upscale neighborhoods. After a break for lunch (you are welcome to join me for excellent Tonkatsu) we will continue exploring Omotesando-dori (likened to New York's Fifth Avenue), including the Oriental Bazaar, a great place for buying traditional Japanese craft and gift items. A short subway ride will bring us to Shibuya, starting our walking tour at the famous statue of Hachiko, the loyal dog.

 

Japan tour day 6Tokyo Day 6 A train ride takes us to the ancient seaside town of Kamakura where we see Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. We will take a pleasant street with craft shops, etc. on our way to Hase-dera, with its unique nooks and crannies. The iconic Great Buddha will complete our visit to Kamakura. Then we head back to Tokyo, stopping to see the world famous Shinjuku neighborhood, including: the observation floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building, the food floor of a famous department store, and the craziness of Kabuki-cho entertainment district.

 

 

 

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*Please note: this is a Land-only tour; you are responsible for getting to and from Japan.  Also, please note the 21-day and 13-day tours begin in Osaka and end in Tokyo; the 8-day tour begins and ends in Tokyo.  Please call Steve if you have questions about this.  Steve (or one of his associates) will meet you as you emerge from Customs at the Airport on the Tour Commencement Date.  Flights from North America always depart a day earlier, since you "lose a day" crossing the International Date Line.

If you are considering arriving at or departing from Haneda Airport (HND), or have other plans for arriving in Japan, please discuss this with Steve as early as possible.  Some flights into Haneda arrive at very inconvenient times (which is probably one reason they are sometimes cheaper)