Japan is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian continent and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and the Philippine Sea in the south. Japan is the world's 4th largest island country and encompasses about 6,852 islands. The country is divided into 47 prefectures and unofficially into eight regions, with Hokkaido being the northernmost prefecture and Okinawa being the southernmost prefecture. Japan is the 2nd most populous island country. The population of approximately 126 million is the world's eleventh largest, of which 98.5% are ethnic Japanese. 90.7% of people live in cities, while 9.3% live in the countryside. About 13.8 million people live in Tokyo, the capital of Japan. The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world with over 38 million people. The official currency in Japan is Japanese Yen.
About 73 percent of Japan is forested, mountainous and unsuitable for agricultural, industrial or residential use. As a result, the habitable zones, mainly located in coastal areas, have extremely high population densities. Japan is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. The climate of Japan is predominantly temperate, but varies greatly from north to south.
Tourism from abroad is one of the few promising businesses in Japan. Foreign visitors to Japan doubled in last decade and reached 30 million people for the first time in 2018, led by increase of Asian visitors. Japan has 20 World Heritage Sites, including Himeji Castle, Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto and Nara.
10 NIGHTS / 11 DAYS – Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara& Osaka
Day 1: Wednesday – Arrival in Tokyo
You arrive in one of Tokyo’s airports and transferred to your hotel for Check-in Procedures.
Optional: Private airport transfer service from Narita or Haneda Airports available
There will be an Evening Welcome Dinner.
Day 2: Thursday - Sightseeing in Tokyo from 8:00 to 16:00
There will be visit to the Tsukiji Fish Market which was famed for its competitive wholesale fish auctions, moved to Toyosu in October 2018. The outer market, however, is still around and is very much open for business. While its former neighbor mainly supplied professionals, the outer market caters to general public.
We will visit here in the morning to witness throngs of hungry shoppers looking for the freshest fish and foodstuffs. With dozens of shops and restaurants to explore, you’ll find everything you can imagine, from fish roe and shellfish to professional kitchenware and utensils, though sushi is the main draw for most visitors. You can try some dish from a street vendor or stop by one of many Sushi restaurants for Lunch (on own expense). After lunch, you will be transferred to Hinode Pier to take Sumida River Cruise. Enjoy cool breeze and a beautiful view of Tokyo Metropolitan Skyline. Soon you will arrive Asakusa Pier. A short walk from the pier is Tokyo’s most visited tourist destination, Asakusa. It is known for the great historical site complex and the old downtown atmosphere. The area attracts both Japanese and foreign tourists all year around. After that you will pay a visit to one of best attractions of Asakusa which is the Nakamise Street which connects the main gate of Sensoji Temple, Kaminarimon Gate, and the main hall. There are many souvenir shops and food stalls. It’s a great spot to try traditional Tokyo’s street food and sweets. Lunch & dinner is arranged on your own.
Day 3: Friday - Nikko 1-Day Excursion from 8:00 to 18:00
Your first visit will be to a UNESCO World Heritage Site called the‘’ Nikko Toshogu Shrine’’. This sacred place with over 400 years of history is where Ieyasu Tokugawa, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, is enshrined. Enjoy seeing the traditional beauty of the main hall, as well as the sleeping cat and 3 wise monkey carvings. After having lunch at a local restaurant, you will have a chance to view the enchanting Lake Chuzenji. This lake was created by an eruption of Mt. Nantai and is a symbol of Nikko. The nearby Kegon waterfall is known as one of Japan's 3 great waterfalls, Kegon Falls towers an impressive 97 meters and naturally gushes water from Lake Chuzenji.
Day 4: Saturday – Leisure in Tokyo
You can dedicate the entire day to sightseeing or shopping in Tokyo on your own.
Day 5: Sunday – Sightseeing in Hakone from 8:00 to 18:15
Today you will depart your hotel at 8 to visit the Owakudani Valley. Owakudani is an area around a crater created during Mt Hakone's last eruption some 3,000 years ago. Today Owakudani is still an active volcanic zone where sulfurous fumes, hot rivers and hot springs are heavily present. You will go on a ride on The Hakone Ropeway,which is the perfect way to enjoy Hakone's scenic panorama. On clear days, majestic Mount Fuji is visible, and the steam rising from the volcanic "Jigokudani" at Owakudani down below gives the trip an added thrill. After enjoying the view from Hakone Ropeway, it is time for you to have a cruise ride on Lake Ashi. Lake Ashinoko was formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone after the volcano's last eruption 3000 years ago. Today, the lake with Mount Fuji in the background is the symbol of Hakone. The lake's shores are mostly undeveloped except for small towns in the east and north and a couple of lakeside resort hotels. You will have lunch at a local restaurant in Hakone.
• 13:30 Transfer to JR Mishima Station (1h)
• 14:57 Take JR bullet train Kodama (1st class reserved seats)
• 17:38 Arrive at JR Kyoto Station and transfer to your hotel - Arrive and check in
Day 6: Monday - Kyoto City Tour from 9:00 to 17:00
The exuberance of the day starts with the Kiyomizu Temple which is one of the most famous temples in Kyoto and was built at the end of the 8th century. The main hall was constructed in the 17th century, and is famous for its location overhanging a cliff. Then we will find our way into the Pontocho Street, a magical street in central Kyoto just west of the Kamo River and south of Kiyamachi. Pontocho runs north to south from Shijo Dori to Sanjo Dori. Pontocho is best known as one of the licensed geisha areas in Kyoto, but for the average tourist it is well worth a visit. Lunch would be at your leisure at Pontocho Street. Our journey continues towards the Kinkaku-ji, a World Cultural Heritage featuring a shining golden pavilion and a pond-centered garden. Kinkaku-ji is one of Kyoto’s leading temples. After that, we will conclude our full day tour by a visit to the Fushimi Inari Shrine, which is one of Kyoto's most visually spectacular shrines, with thousands of vermillion-colored torii gates straddling trails that lead up to the sacred Mt. Inari.
Day 7: Tuesday – Excursion in Kyoto from 9:00 to 15:00
Today begins with a visit to the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. The bamboo grove leading into Sagano has long been the subject of travel posters and for many people around the world, represents one of the many faces of Kyoto. A forest of nothing but towering bamboo of uniform height, it truly is a breathtaking sight. Then we will move on towards the Tenryuji Temple which is the largest, most renowned, and greatest temple in the Sagano and Arashiyama area. It was erected in the 14th century by the then shogun, Ashikaga Takauji, in a gesture of mourning for the tragic Emperor Godaigo. Now, Tenryuji is a World Cultural Heritage Site and it is one of the Kyoto-gozan (Five Major Temples of Kyoto). Even its garden is designated as a special national scenic spot. The spirit of Zen permeates all of Tenryuji and serves as a perfect introduction to the whole of Arashiyama.Lunch will be at your leisure in Arashiyama. After the tour, you’re free to explore Kyoto on your own.
Day 8: Wednesday – Nara Excursion from 9:00 to 16:00
We start the day with a visit to Nara Park which is a large park in central Nara. Established in 1880, it is the location of many of Nara's main attractions. One of the big attractions is the deer that roam freely in the park. The deer that live in Nara Park have been considered sacred from ancient times. Though the deer are used to people, they are wild animals that have not been bred. The ‘Nara Deer’ have been designated as a national natural monument. After enjoying the wonder landscapes of Nara Park, it is time to visit the Todaiji Temple. Todaiji is one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara. Its main hall, the Daibutsuden is the world's largest wooden building, despite the fact that the present reconstruction of 1692 is only two thirds of the original temple hall's size. The massive building houses one of Japan's largest bronze statues of Buddha which is 15 meters tall. And last but not least, you will have the chance to visit the Kasuga Taisha Shrine.Kasuga Shrine was built in 768. Its garden is around 3 hectares and divided into 4 parts, Manyou Park, Gokokuno Sato, Tsubaki Park and Fuji Park, which provided an all season botanical landscape for the tourists. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to Osaka (1 hour).
Day 9: Thursday – Osaka City Tour from 9:00 to 17:00 / 19:30 to 22:30
We start our tour with the Osaka Castle, which was the largest in Japan when completed in the 16th century, though it was destroyed twice during fierce battles between shogun loyalists and dissenters. It was rebuilt and expanded in the 10th century. The faithful reproduction stands as the symbol of Osaka, with an eight-story tower that contains a modern museum describing the history of the castle and its occupants. The surrounding park is also famous for cherry blossoms in the spring. Then, you will explore the shopping districts of Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori. Flanking Dotonbori Canal in the heart of the city, this pedestrian promenade has been Osaka’s premier entertainment destination for 400 years, with throngs of people soaking in the neon-colored atmosphere as they visit restaurants, bars, food stalls, movie theaters and nearby bunraku puppet theater. Lunch would be at your leisure at Shinsaibashi or Dotonbori. Now it is time to visit the famous Umeda Sky Building, which is a pair of skyscrapers connected in midair. The names of the two are the "Tower East" and "Tower West" which both are 173 meters tall with 40 floors. The building, located in Shin-Umeda City, is a land mark of Osaka and at the very top of it there is a floating garden observatory that enables visitors to look at Osaka from any angle. It is not only popular among tourists but also among couples despite the fact that they are charged an entrance fee.
• 20:00-22:00 Dinner at a local restaurant
Day 10: Friday – At Leisure in Osaka
Today you’re free to explore Osaka on your own, followed by an evening farewell dinner.
Day 11: Saturday – Leaving Japan
Today you will be depart Japan with pleasant memories to take with you.
Optional: Private airport transfer service to Kansai or Osaka (Itami) International airport available
• Accommodationservice charge and tax
• Breakfast: 10 + Lunch: 3 + Dinner: 2 (Drinks NOT included)
• First Class ticket for Bullet Train
• Admission Fees
• Large size coach (tax, toll, parking fee, etc. included)
• Baggage transfer (chartered 2t truck, same-day arrival)
• Local English speaking guide / assistant
• International Flights
• Tourist Visa
• Personal expenses such as dry-cleaning, phone bills, drinks…etc.