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9-Night Timeless Japan Guided Tour, Tokyo to Osaka
2018 DEPARTURES: August 13
From $3,049(1)(2) per person, based on double occupancy (airfare not included)
Includes hotel accommodations; 10 meals; on-tour bullet train and motorcoach transportation
Single accommodations are available for this tour; call us for rates. Extra nights in Tokyo and Osaka are available for an additional charge.
This Cosmos Japan tour is for value-minded travelers who enjoy history, beautiful settings and fascinating architecture. Highlights are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites you’ll visit in Kyoto, such as Nijo Castle, built in 1603 as the shogun’s official residence; the Temple of the Gold Pavilion, a Buddhist temple overlooking a large pond and covered in beautiful gold leaf; and the Pure Water Temple, founded in 780 A.D. on the site of a waterfall. In Hiroshima visit Peace Memorial Park and see the only remaining structure—the Atomic Bomb Dome—that predates the 1945 atomic blast. An excursion from Hiroshima takes you to the Itsukushima Shrine, built over water and known for its iconic floating Torii gate. Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has long been worshipped as a sacred mountain. You’ll enjoy views of the majestic mountain during your cruise on crystal-blue Lake Ashi and during a cable-car ride (weather permitting). This tour also includes visits to two of Japan’s beautiful gardens: Koraku-En, dating to 1686 and considered one of Japan’s three most beautiful gardens, and Shinjuku Gyeon, started in 1603 when it was a feudal lord’s home. Ride one of Japan’s famous bullet trains, shop at Tokyo’s Nakamise Shopping Arcade and stay overnight in a traditional ryokan (Japanese inn), if you choose.
- Hotel accommodations in Tokyo, Mount Fuji area, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka
- 10 meals (breakfast daily and one lunch)
- Tour Director and Local Guides
- Audio headsets
- Cruise on Lake Ashi
- Cable car ride at Mount Fuji (weather permitting)
- Bullet train transportation to Kyoto
- Motorcoach transportation
- Baggage handling
- Taxes and service fees
Day 1 — Tokyo
Welcome to Japan’s capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2 — Tokyo
Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions prior to morning sightseeing in Tokyo. Your tour starts with a visit to the Meiji Shrine, a magnificent 20th-century Shinto monument set in a manmade forest. Next visit Shinjuku Gyoen Garden. Originally dating from the early 1600s, the garden was destroyed in World War II and reopened in 1949 as a public park. Today it remains a very popular stop for locals and visitors alike. Last stop is the Asakusa Kannon Temple and the bustling Nakamise Shopping Arcade. The balance of the afternoon is at leisure.
Day 3 — Tokyo – Kamakura – Mount Fuji area
This morning leave Tokyo and head south along the coast to Kamakura to see the 750-year-old Great Buddha. Continue to the Mount Fuji area for a cruise on Lake Ashi, followed by a cable-car ride (weather permitting) for panoramic views of spectacular Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain.
Day 4 — Mount Fuji area – Kyoto
This morning board one of Japan’s famous bullet trains bound for Kyoto. Upon arrival visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, renowned for the thousands of brightly colored Torii Gates. This evening you have the option to immerse yourself in the Japanese culture and hospitality in a traditional ryokan (Japanese inn) for an additional charge. Gion Hatanaka features traditional touches—tatami mat floors, a thin sleeping mattress on the floor and the chance to experience a Japanese-style bath—as well as the modern convenience of a private bathroom. This optional overnight excursion includes transfers to/from the ryokan and from/to hotel in Kyoto, plus a traditional Japanese dinner and breakfast. Space is limited.
Day 5 — Kyoto
Your day begins with a visit to Nijo Castle, built in 1603 as the official residence of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Then visit stunning Kinkakuji, the Temple Of The Gold Pavilion, covered in shimmering gold leaf, and Kiyomizu Temple, the “Pure Water Temple,” with stunning views over Kyoto. Walk through the busy streets where shops and restaurants have been catering to pilgrims for centuries.
Day 6 — Kyoto – Hiroshima
The morning is at your leisure to explore more of Kyoto’s historic temples and shrines. This afternoon head south to Hiroshima.
Day 7 — Hiroshima
Today’s sightseeing starts at Peace Memorial Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see the Peace Memorial, commonly referred to as the Atomic Bomb Dome, that has been preserved just as it was on August 6, 1945, immediately after the bombing. You will also visit the Memorial Museum and Memorial Hall, which memorialize the lives lost that day. Next join the afternoon excursion to Miyajima Island to visit Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its floating Torii Gate.
Day 8 — Hiroshima – Okayama – Osaka
Drive north to Okayama and visit Koraku-En, one of the “Three Great Gardens of Japan.” Covering some 30 acres, the garden features ponds, plum groves and tea fields. A unique feature not typically found in Japanese gardens are the wide lawns which are said to help uplift the spirit and promote open mindedness. Continue on to Osaka and enjoy the evening at leisure.
Day 9 — Osaka
Your sightseeing tour starts at the open-air Museum Of Old Japanese Farm Houses, where traditional thatched-roof farm houses dating from the Edo period have been restored. Next visit Osaka Castle and take a walking tour in Dotonbori, the city’s most famous entertainment district. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Perhaps return to Dotonbori this evening to sample some local cuisine and see the sparkling neon lights.
Day 10 — Osaka
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.
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