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Tour Overview

Discover the heart of Japan's cultural legacy in this 11-day adventure. Begin in Osaka, where ancient castles and ninja escapades await. Traverse to Hiroshima's serenity and Kyoto's temple-dotted landscapes, donning kimonos and meeting gentle deer in Nara. Dive into Tokyo's bustling markets and immerse in sumo wrestling traditions. From tranquil shrines and bamboo groves to vibrant cityscapes and culinary delights, this journey captures Japan's essence, weaving a tapestry of rich traditions and modern wonders, leaving you with unforgettable memories of a culture deeply rooted in history and innovation.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Immerse in Ancient Beauty: Explore Kyoto's temples, like Kinkaku-ji, where golden pavilions reflect in tranquil waters, evoking timeless serenity.
  • Ninja Adventures Await: Don a ninja's attire in Osaka, embarking on stealthy escapades and mastering ancient skills, adding an element of excitement to your journey.
  • Savor Culinary Delights: Indulge in Tokyo's Tsukiji Market, savoring fresh sushi, then delve into Kyoto's Nishiki Market, a food lover's paradise, awakening your taste buds.
  • Witness Spiritual Grandeur: Stand before Hiroshima's Itsukushima Shrine, where a "floating" torii gate mirrors the divine, inviting you into a world of sacred tranquility.
  • Encounter Gentle Guardians: In Nara, meet friendly deer roaming freely in Nara Park, forging a unique connection with nature, leaving your heart touched and uplifted.
  • Step into Geisha Heritage: Explore Kyoto's geisha district, adorned in a kimono, immersing in timeless traditions and connecting with Japan's rich cultural legacy.
  • Marvel at Nature's Majesty: Wander through Arashiyama's Bamboo Grove, a surreal sanctuary where towering bamboo creates an ethereal atmosphere, captivating your senses.
  • Ascend Sky-high Wonders: Reach Tokyo Skytree's summit, gazing over the city's twinkling expanse, capturing Tokyo's vibrant essence from a breathtaking perspective, etching lasting memories.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon your arrival in Osaka, you will be greeted by your friendly guide and driver, who will assist you in transferring to your hotel. As you settle in, take a moment to relax and recover from your journey. You might want to venture out and get a taste of Osaka's renowned culinary scene or simply unwind at your accommodation, preparing for the exciting days ahead.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Osaka

  2. Begin your day with a visit to Osaka Castle Park. Marvel at the grandeur of the castle and immerse yourself in the history of the samurai era. The serene surroundings offer a perfect introduction to Osaka's cultural heritage.

    Japan Osaka Castle Park
    Osaka Castle Park

    Your next stop is the Osaka Museum of History, where interactive exhibits and informative displays provide insights into the city's evolution over the centuries. Learn about Osaka's role in shaping Japan's history and culture.

    In the afternoon, delve into the world of traditional Japanese woodblock printing at the Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum. Admire intricate artworks and gain a deeper understanding of this unique art form, rooted in Osaka's artistic heritage.

    Head to Dotonbori, Osaka's bustling entertainment district. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere, characterized by neon lights, street performers, and a plethora of dining options. It's an excellent opportunity for shopping and indulging in local street food delicacies.

    Embark on a unique adventure by donning a ninja costume and participating in a hands-on ninja skills workshop. Learn the art of stealth, shuriken throwing, and other fascinating techniques, adding a touch of excitement to your day.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Osaka

    Japan Ninja Experience
    Experience dressing a ninja

  3. Board a high-speed train to Hiroshima, a city with a profound history. Start your day with a visit to Shukkeien Garden, a masterpiece of Japanese garden design. Stroll among the meticulously landscaped ponds, bridges, and tea houses, finding serenity in nature's beauty.

    Explore Itsukushima Shrine, located on the picturesque Miyajima Island. Marvel at the iconic "floating" torii gate, one of Japan's most photographed landmarks. The island's tranquility and spiritual ambiance create a truly memorable experience.

    Japan Hiroshima Itsukushima Shrine
    Itsukushima Shrine

    After lunch, visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, a poignant reminder of the devastating events of World War II. Pay your respects at the Atomic Bomb Dome and the Peace Memorial Museum, gaining a deeper understanding of Hiroshima's post-war recovery and its commitment to peace.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Hiroshima

  4. After breakfast, travel to Kyoto via the efficient Shinkansen (bullet train) system. Your knowledgeable guide will provide detailed instructions to ensure a smooth transition. Enjoy the scenic journey through Japan's picturesque landscapes.

    Arrive in Kyoto, a city synonymous with traditional culture and architectural marvels. Take this opportunity to explore Kyoto independently. Wander through charming streets, discover hidden temples, or indulge in Kyoto's renowned matcha (green tea) delicacies.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Kyoto

  5. Awaken your senses with a visit to Kinkaku-ji Temple, the Golden Pavilion. Marvel at its shimmering golden exterior set amidst lush greenery and reflecting on a tranquil pond. Discover the temple's history and the cultural significance behind its design.

    Japan Kinkakuji Temple
    Kinkakuji Temple

    Step back in time as you explore Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its exquisite architecture and beautiful gardens. Walk along the "nightingale floors" designed to chirp when walked upon, providing an added layer of security.

    Dive into Kyoto's culinary scene at Nishiki Market, often referred to as "Kyoto's Kitchen." Wander through the narrow alleys filled with stalls offering a delightful array of local delicacies, fresh produce, and traditional crafts. Engage your taste buds and learn about Kyoto's unique culinary traditions.

    Japan Kyoto Nishiki Market
    Nishiki Market

    Embrace the elegance of Japanese heritage by dressing in a meticulously crafted kimono. Afterwards, venture into Kyoto's geisha district, where you might catch glimpses of these graceful artists. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is the last stop.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Kyoto

  6. Embark on a scenic journey to Nara, Japan's first permanent capital. Begin your exploration with a hands-on matcha making experience in Uji, a town renowned for its high-quality green tea. Learn the intricate process of preparing matcha and savor the flavors of this revered beverage.

    Japan Uji Matcha Tea
    Matcha Tea in Uji

    Visit Todaiji Temple, a colossal wooden structure housing a giant Buddha statue. Be awe-struck by the temple's grandeur and historical significance as you explore its halls and gardens.

    Encounter friendly deer in Nara Park, a unique experience that allows you to interact with these gentle creatures considered messengers of the gods. Enjoy the tranquility of the park and capture memorable moments with the deer.

    Japan Nara Park
    Deer in Nara Park

    En route back to Kyoto, make a stop at the iconic Fushimi Inari Shrine. Walk through thousands of vermillion torii gates, creating a mystical tunnel of vibrant colors. Explore the shrine's pathways, immersing yourself in its spiritual ambiance and natural beauty.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Kyoto

  7. Begin your day at Togetsukyo Bridge, where you can capture a breathtaking panoramic view of the scenic Arashiyama area. Gaze upon the serene Hozugawa River and the lush mountains surrounding you.

    Next, visit Tenryu-ji, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Kyoto's most important Zen temples. Explore its meticulously maintained gardens, which change with the seasons, offering a different visual spectacle each time.

    Japan Kyoto Tenryu-ji
    Tenryu-ji, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Then, enter the enchanting Bamboo Grove, a surreal forest where towering bamboo shoots create a captivating atmosphere. Experience the rustle of leaves and the play of light filtering through the dense canopy, making it a truly magical place.

    Visit Nonomiya Shrine, a Shinto shrine nestled amidst bamboo groves. Experience the serenity of this sacred site, appreciating the tranquility and spirituality it offers.

    Participate in traditional tea ceremonies led by tea masters. Delight in the subtle flavors of Japanese tea while learning about the intricate customs and rituals associated with this ancient practice. Later, explore the back streets of Kyoto's geisha district with a renowned expert, gaining insights into the secretive world of geisha culture and history.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Kyoto

    Japan Arashiyama Bamboo Groves
    Shooting beautiful bamboo groves

  8. Travel back to Tokyo via the Shinkansen, reminiscing about your enriching experiences in Osaka and Kyoto. As you return to Tokyo, you might choose to revisit favorite spots or explore new corners of this vibrant metropolis.

    Upon arrival, seize the opportunity for last-minute shopping, indulge in Tokyo's diverse culinary scene, or simply relax at your accommodation. Reflect on the cultural treasures you've encountered during your journey through Japan.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Tokyo

  9. Begin your day with a tranquil stroll in Kokyo Gaien National Garden, an oasis of greenery in the heart of Tokyo. Admire the manicured lawns, ancient trees, and the majestic Imperial Palace in the background.

    Japan Kokyo Gaien National Garden
    Kokyo Gaien National Garden

    Explore The National Museum of Modern Art, a hub for contemporary and avant-garde art. Engage with thought-provoking exhibits and marvel at the innovative artworks that reflect Japan's modern artistic landscape.

    Wander down the fashionable Omotesando, often dubbed Tokyo's Champs-Élysées. Immerse yourself in high-end boutiques, trendy cafes, and architectural marvels, appreciating the intersection of fashion and design.

    Visit Meiji Shrine, a serene Shinto shrine nestled within a dense forest, providing a stark contrast to the bustling city surrounding it. Witness traditional Shinto rituals and perhaps offer a prayer for good fortune.

    Japan Meiji Shrine
    Meiji Shrine

    Indulge in the unique cultural experience of sumo wrestling, accompanied by a sumo-themed lunch. Witness the strength and skill of these athletes up close, savoring authentic sumo cuisine and immersing yourself in the ambiance of Japan's ancient sport.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Tokyo

  10. Explore the bustling Tsukiji Outer Market under the guidance of your expert guide. Engage your senses as you sample fresh seafood, delectable snacks, and regional specialties. Learn about the market's history and the significance of its culinary offerings.

    Roll up your sleeves for a sushi-making experience. Under the guidance of a skilled sushi chef, learn the art of crafting perfect sushi rolls. Enjoy the fruits of your labor, savoring the delicious flavors of your handmade creations.

    Japan Sushi-making
    Participate in a sushi-making session

    Visit Senso-ji, Tokyo's oldest temple and a symbol of the city's rich heritage. Marvel at the iconic Thunder Gate and explore the bustling Nakamise-dori, a vibrant shopping street offering traditional crafts and souvenirs.

    Immerse yourself in the electronic wonderland of Akihabara Electric Town, a district renowned for its anime, manga, and electronic gadgets. Explore themed cafes, collectibles shops, and gaming centers, experiencing the heartbeat of Tokyo's pop culture.

    Conclude your day with a visit to Tokyo Skytree, one of the tallest structures in the world. Ascend to the observation deck and witness the city illuminated beneath you, offering a mesmerizing panoramic view of Tokyo's sprawling skyline.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Tokyo

    Japan Tokyo Skytree
    Tokyo Skytree

  11. Enjoy your final moments in Tokyo at your leisure. Whether it's souvenir shopping, leisurely walks, or savoring local delicacies, use this time to immerse yourself in the city's energy one last time.

    Your designated driver will escort you to the airport, ensuring a smooth and stress-free journey for your onward flight. Depart with cherished memories of your Japanese adventure, the cultural richness, and the warm hospitality that made your trip unforgettable. Safe travels and until we meet again!

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $3119 P.P, which is based on a private tour for 4 people. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.

Price Includes

  • 10 nights' accommodation;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of water per person per day;
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing as listed in the itinerary.

Price Excludes

  • International air tickets (Could be assisted).
  • Visa handling fee, visa stamp fee.
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Tipping for guide, driver, bell boy, etc.
  • Services not stated in the itinerary.

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