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Golden route of Japan (13Days)

CBD5403

Beautiful nature / Around the Seto inland sea

  • Ride the Shinkansen train from Shin-Osaka to Himeji.
  • Visiting the spectacular Himeji castle and a sake brewery.
  • Hiroshima 2 nights’ stay including sightseeing tour.
  • Visiting world heritage Miyajima Itsukushima shrine.
  • Drive through Shimanami Sea Way, which connects Japan’s main island of Honshu to the island of Shikoku, passing over six small islands in the Seto Inland Sea.
  • Takamatsu 1 night stay and visiting Ritsurin garden.
  • Cross the Naruto Ohashi bridge, a 1,629m long suspension bridge.
  • Including sightseeing tours at Kobe, Osaka, Nara and Kyoto.
  • Kanazawa 1night stay with visit to Kenrokuen, one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan.
  • Visits to UNESCO world heritage village, Shirakawa-go and the beautiful old town of Takayama are included.
  • Matsumoto 1 night stay with stop at Matsumoto castle and Wasabi farm.
  • Hakone 1 night stay including Ashi lake cruise
  • Tokyo 2 nights, including tours of Tokyo & Kamakura.
  • All Breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 Dinner are included.
Day 1 OSAKA (ARRIVAL)
KANSAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
OSAKA

Arrival in Osaka, meet with an English-speaking guide and transfer by private coach to your
hotel in Osaka.
Lunch and Dinner are not included.

Stay at MYSTAYS SHIN OSAKA CONFERENCE CENTER 3* or similar
Day 2 OSAKA – HIMEJI – KURASHIKI – HIROSHIMA
HIROSHIMA

Breakfast at your hotel.
Meet with your English-speaking guide and ride the Shinkansen train from Shin-Osaka to Himeji. Luggage is forwarded by coach. Stop at Himeji castle, the famous many-tiered white castle, acclaimed as Japan’s most beautiful and complete historic citadel, known as the White Egret. Visit a sake brewery and Lunch at local restaurant.
Transfer by private coach to Kurashiki, a beautiful old canal town. Transfer to your hotel in Hiroshima.
Dinner is not included.

Stay at NEW HIRODEN 3*or similar
Day 3 HIROSHIMA – MIYAJIMA – HIROSHIMA
HIROSHIMA

Breakfast at your hotel.
Start with a sightseeing tour of Hiroshima by private coach with your English-speaking guide. Visit: the Genbaku Dome (the dome of a building that miraculously remained standing after the nuclear attack); and the Peace Memorial park.
Lunch is not included.
Ferry to the island of Miyajima and visit the sanctuary of Itsukushima shrine, whose colourful pavillions seem to be floating on the water of the Inner Sea. Transfer to your hotel in Hiroshima. Dinner is not included.

Stay at NEW HIRODEN 3* or similar
Day 4 HIROSHIMA –SHIMANAMI SEA WAY – TAKAMATSU
TAKAMATSU

Breakfast at your hotel.
Meet with your English-speaking guide and travel by private
coach. Drive through Shimanami Sea Way, which connects Japan’s main island of Honshu
to the island of Shikoku, passing over six small islands in the Seto Inland Sea.
Lunch is not included.
Transfer to your hotel in Takamatsu.
Dinner is not included.

Stay at APA HOTEL TAKAMATSU AIRPORT 3* or similar
Day 5 TAKAMATSU - NARUTO – KOBE – OSAKA
OSAKA

Breakfast at your hotel.
Meet with your English-speaking guide and transfer by private coach to the beautiful Ritsurin landscape garden. Then transfer to Kobe via the 1,629m Naruto Ohashi suspension bridge, from which you can see the renowned natural whirlpools.
Lunch is not included.
Stop at Kobe, a large port city, and walk through the China town district and Kitano-cho, the former residential area for foreign merchants. Transfer to your hotel in Osaka.
Dinner is not included.

Stay at PLAZA OSAKA 3* or similar
Day 6 OSAKA – NARA – OSAKA
OSAKA

Breakfast at your hotel.
Start with an English-speaking guide for a tour of Nara by private coach. We visit: Todaiji temple, famous for the biggest bronze statue of Buddha in Japan; the Kasuga shrine with 3,000 lanterns; Nara park where about 1,000 tame deer roam freely.
Lunch is not included.
Return to Osaka and visit the Umeda Sky Building (famous for its Floating garden Observatory), and the sparkling district of Osaka Dotonbori. Transfer to hotel in Osaka.
Dinner is not included.

Stay at PLAZA OSAKA 3 * or similar
Day 7 OSAKA – KYOTO – OTSU
OTSU

Breakfast at your hotel.
Full day excursion to Kyoto by private coach with your English speaking guide. Visit: Kinkakuji temple, the “Golden Pavillion”, covered entirely with gold leaf; and Heian jingu shrine, which was built on the 1,100th anniversary of the foundation of Kyoto as the capital of Japan.
Lunch is not included.
In the afternoon, visit Fushimi Inari, a Shinto shrine famous for its thousands of red Torii. Transfer to your hotel in Otsu.
Dinner is not included.

Stay at BIWAKO GRAND 3 * or similar
Day 8 OTSU – KANAZAWA
KANAZAWA

Breakfast at your hotel.
Meet with your English speaking guide and transfer to Kanazawa by private coach.
Lunch is not included.
Visit Kenrokuen, rightly classified as one of Japan’s three most beautiful landscape gardens; and Higashichaya-town, a former geisha house district. Transfer to your hotel in Kanazawa.
Dinner is not included.

Stay at RESOL TRINITY 3* or similar
Day 9 KANAZAWA – SHIRAKAWAGO – TAKAYAMA – AZUMINO – MATSUMOTO
MATSUMOTO

Breakfast at your hotel.
Meet with your English-speaking guide and transfer to Shirakawago by private coach. You will have free time to explore the Shirakawa region, declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995. The region is famous for its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses. The roofs, built without nails, provided a large attic space used for cultivating silkworms. Move to Takayama and walk around the old town. Due to its previously inaccessible location nestled high in the mountainous Hida alpine region, this beautifully preserved old town was cut off from the rest of Japan, allowing it to develop its own unique culture.
Lunch is not included.
Visit a wasabi farm in Azumino. Transfer to your hotel in Matsumoto.
Dinner is not included.

Stay at ALPICO PLAZA 3* or similar
Day 10 MATSUMOTO – HAKONE
HAKONE

Breakfast at your hotel.
Meet with your English-speaking guide and transfer to Hakone by private coach.
Lunch is not included.
Enjoy cruising on lake Ashi where the famous and revered Mount Fuji is reflected in all its glory. Transfer to hotel in Hakone.
Dinner at your hotel.

Stay at SUSUKINOHARA ICHINOYU 3* or similar.
Day 11 HAKONE – KAMAKURA – TOKYO
TOKYO

Breakfast at your hotel.
Meet with your English-speaking guide and transfer to Kamakura by private coach. We will visit Kotokuin temple to see a giant bronze Buddha statue. Transfer to Yokohama.
Lunch is not included. Transfer to your hotel in Tokyo.
Dinner is not included.

Stay at CANDEO UENO-PARK 3* or similar
Day 12 TOKYO
TOKYO

Breakfast at your hotel.
Meet with your English-speaking guide for a full day Tokyo tour by private coach. We visit: the observatory of the Metropolitan Government of Tokyo Shinjuku, which offers a beautiful view of the whole city; Meiji Jingu shrine located within a stunning inner-city park; and we will continue on to the districts of Omotesando and Harajuku.
Lunch is not included.
In the afternoon: photo stop at the Imperial Palace. Visit Asakusa Sensoji temple, the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo, dedicated to Asakusa Kannon, a short walk through the Nakamise, full of typical stalls and little shops; and, finally, Ginza, the most stylish fashion district. Transfer to your hotel in Tokyo.
Dinner is not included.

Stay at CANDEO UENO-PARK 3* or similar
Day 13 TOKYO (DEPARTURE)
NARITA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Breakfast at your hotel.
Meet with your English-speaking guide and travel by private coach to airport. Depart by scheduled flight to your home country. Meals and overnight on board. (Air fee is not included.) Arrival at destination and end of our services.

For tour prices and more details, please contact MIKI travel staff.

INCLUDED

  • Accommodation in hotels of category 3* with breakfast included
  • 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner at your hotel or local restaurants (drinks not included)
  • Shinkansen train in 2nd class: Shin-Osaka to Himeji
  • Private/public transportation mentioned on the itinerary included
  • Locations highlighted in red indicate entrance fees are included
  • Experienced guide speaking requested language as scheduled
  • Local tax included as per program

RYOKAN OPTION AVAILABLE AT AN ADDITIONAL COST:

  • OTSU

NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare and any air related costs
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry and tips
  • Drinks at meals
  • Extras and anything not specifically mentioned in “service includes”.
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Golden route of Japan (13Days)

CBD5403

Beautiful nature / Around the Seto inland sea

  • Ride the Shinkansen train from Shin-Osaka to Himeji.
  • Visiting the spectacular Himeji castle and a sake brewery.
  • Hiroshima 2 nights’ stay including sightseeing tour.
  • Visiting world heritage Miyajima Itsukushima shrine.
  • Drive through Shimanami Sea Way, which connects Japan’s main island of Honshu to the island of Shikoku, passing over six small islands in the Seto Inland Sea.
  • Takamatsu 1 night stay and visiting Ritsurin garden.
  • Cross the Naruto Ohashi bridge, a 1,629m long suspension bridge.
  • Including sightseeing tours at Kobe, Osaka, Nara and Kyoto.
  • Kanazawa 1night stay with visit to Kenrokuen, one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan.
  • Visits to UNESCO world heritage village, Shirakawa-go and the beautiful old town of Takayama are included.
  • Matsumoto 1 night stay with stop at Matsumoto castle and Wasabi farm.
  • Hakone 1 night stay including Ashi lake cruise
  • Tokyo 2 nights, including tours of Tokyo & Kamakura.
  • All Breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 Dinner are included.
Day 1 OSAKA (ARRIVAL)
KANSAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
OSAKA

Arrival in Osaka, meet with an English-speaking guide and transfer by private coach to your
hotel in Osaka.
Lunch and Dinner are not included.

Stay at MYSTAYS SHIN OSAKA CONFERENCE CENTER 3* or similar
Day 2 OSAKA – HIMEJI – KURASHIKI – HIROSHIMA
HIROSHIMA

Breakfast at your hotel.
Meet with your English-speaking guide and ride the Shinkansen train from Shin-Osaka to Himeji. Luggage is forwarded by coach. Stop at Himeji castle, the famous many-tiered white castle, acclaimed as Japan’s most beautiful and complete historic citadel, known as the White Egret. Visit a sake brewery and Lunch at local restaurant.
Transfer by private coach to Kurashiki, a beautiful old canal town. Transfer to your hotel in Hiroshima.
Dinner is not included.

Stay at NEW HIRODEN 3*or similar
Day 3 HIROSHIMA – MIYAJIMA – HIROSHIMA
HIROSHIMA

Breakfast at your hotel.
Start with a sightseeing tour of Hiroshima by private coach with your English-speaking guide. Visit: the Genbaku Dome (the dome of a building that miraculously remained standing after the nuclear attack); and the Peace Memorial park.
Lunch is not included.
Ferry to the island of Miyajima and visit the sanctuary of Itsukushima shrine, whose colourful pavillions seem to be floating on the water of the Inner Sea. Transfer to your hotel in Hiroshima. Dinner is not included.

Stay at NEW HIRODEN 3* or similar
Day 4 HIROSHIMA –SHIMANAMI SEA WAY – TAKAMATSU
TAKAMATSU

Breakfast at your hotel.
Meet with your English-speaking guide and travel by private
coach. Drive through Shimanami Sea Way, which connects Japan’s main island of Honshu
to the island of Shikoku, passing over six small islands in the Seto Inland Sea.
Lunch is not included.
Transfer to your hotel in Takamatsu.
Dinner is not included.

Stay at APA HOTEL TAKAMATSU AIRPORT 3* or similar
Day 5 TAKAMATSU - NARUTO – KOBE – OSAKA
OSAKA

Breakfast at your hotel.
Meet with your English-speaking guide and transfer by private coach to the beautiful Ritsurin landscape garden. Then transfer to Kobe via the 1,629m Naruto Ohashi suspension bridge, from which you can see the renowned natural whirlpools.
Lunch is not included.
Stop at Kobe, a large port city, and walk through the China town district and Kitano-cho, the former residential area for foreign merchants. Transfer to your hotel in Osaka.
Dinner is not included.

Stay at PLAZA OSAKA 3* or similar
Day 6 OSAKA – NARA – OSAKA
OSAKA

Breakfast at your hotel.
Start with an English-speaking guide for a tour of Nara by private coach. We visit: Todaiji temple, famous for the biggest bronze statue of Buddha in Japan; the Kasuga shrine with 3,000 lanterns; Nara park where about 1,000 tame deer roam freely.
Lunch is not included.
Return to Osaka and visit the Umeda Sky Building (famous for its Floating garden Observatory), and the sparkling district of Osaka Dotonbori. Transfer to hotel in Osaka.
Dinner is not included.

Stay at PLAZA OSAKA 3 * or similar
Day 7 OSAKA – KYOTO – OTSU
OTSU

Breakfast at your hotel.
Full day excursion to Kyoto by private coach with your English speaking guide. Visit: Kinkakuji temple, the “Golden Pavillion”, covered entirely with gold leaf; and Heian jingu shrine, which was built on the 1,100th anniversary of the foundation of Kyoto as the capital of Japan.
Lunch is not included.
In the afternoon, visit Fushimi Inari, a Shinto shrine famous for its thousands of red Torii. Transfer to your hotel in Otsu.
Dinner is not included.

Stay at BIWAKO GRAND 3 * or similar
Day 8 OTSU – KANAZAWA
KANAZAWA

Breakfast at your hotel.
Meet with your English speaking guide and transfer to Kanazawa by private coach.
Lunch is not included.
Visit Kenrokuen, rightly classified as one of Japan’s three most beautiful landscape gardens; and Higashichaya-town, a former geisha house district. Transfer to your hotel in Kanazawa.
Dinner is not included.

Stay at RESOL TRINITY 3* or similar
Day 9 KANAZAWA – SHIRAKAWAGO – TAKAYAMA – AZUMINO – MATSUMOTO
MATSUMOTO

Breakfast at your hotel.
Meet with your English-speaking guide and transfer to Shirakawago by private coach. You will have free time to explore the Shirakawa region, declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995. The region is famous for its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses. The roofs, built without nails, provided a large attic space used for cultivating silkworms. Move to Takayama and walk around the old town. Due to its previously inaccessible location nestled high in the mountainous Hida alpine region, this beautifully preserved old town was cut off from the rest of Japan, allowing it to develop its own unique culture.
Lunch is not included.
Visit a wasabi farm in Azumino. Transfer to your hotel in Matsumoto.
Dinner is not included.

Stay at ALPICO PLAZA 3* or similar
Day 10 MATSUMOTO – HAKONE
HAKONE

Breakfast at your hotel.
Meet with your English-speaking guide and transfer to Hakone by private coach.
Lunch is not included.
Enjoy cruising on lake Ashi where the famous and revered Mount Fuji is reflected in all its glory. Transfer to hotel in Hakone.
Dinner at your hotel.

Stay at SUSUKINOHARA ICHINOYU 3* or similar.
Day 11 HAKONE – KAMAKURA – TOKYO
TOKYO

Breakfast at your hotel.
Meet with your English-speaking guide and transfer to Kamakura by private coach. We will visit Kotokuin temple to see a giant bronze Buddha statue. Transfer to Yokohama.
Lunch is not included. Transfer to your hotel in Tokyo.
Dinner is not included.

Stay at CANDEO UENO-PARK 3* or similar
Day 12 TOKYO
TOKYO

Breakfast at your hotel.
Meet with your English-speaking guide for a full day Tokyo tour by private coach. We visit: the observatory of the Metropolitan Government of Tokyo Shinjuku, which offers a beautiful view of the whole city; Meiji Jingu shrine located within a stunning inner-city park; and we will continue on to the districts of Omotesando and Harajuku.
Lunch is not included.
In the afternoon: photo stop at the Imperial Palace. Visit Asakusa Sensoji temple, the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo, dedicated to Asakusa Kannon, a short walk through the Nakamise, full of typical stalls and little shops; and, finally, Ginza, the most stylish fashion district. Transfer to your hotel in Tokyo.
Dinner is not included.

Stay at CANDEO UENO-PARK 3* or similar
Day 13 TOKYO (DEPARTURE)
NARITA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Breakfast at your hotel.
Meet with your English-speaking guide and travel by private coach to airport. Depart by scheduled flight to your home country. Meals and overnight on board. (Air fee is not included.) Arrival at destination and end of our services.

For tour prices and more details, please contact MIKI travel staff.

INCLUDED

  • Accommodation in hotels of category 3* with breakfast included
  • 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner at your hotel or local restaurants (drinks not included)
  • Shinkansen train in 2nd class: Shin-Osaka to Himeji
  • Private/public transportation mentioned on the itinerary included
  • Locations highlighted in red indicate entrance fees are included
  • Experienced guide speaking requested language as scheduled
  • Local tax included as per program

RYOKAN OPTION AVAILABLE AT AN ADDITIONAL COST:

  • OTSU

NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare and any air related costs
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry and tips
  • Drinks at meals
  • Extras and anything not specifically mentioned in “service includes”.