Known as the Golden Route, this classic tour showcases the best of Japan. From its modern and technologically advanced metropolis to the cultural hotpots of its ancient cities. A wide-range of activities are available for your enjoyment.
Tokyo, Toyama, Nagoya, Osaka, Matsue, Hiroshima
Arrive at Tokyo. Check-in to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax.
One of the most exciting cities in the world, Tokyo is home to more than 8 million people. Today’s sightseeing tour takes you to the Meiji Shrine—a magnificent 20th-century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest. Afterward, pass by the Imperial Palace Plaza, the National Guest House, the Akihabara district, and the famous Ginza shopping street. Yourtour concludes with a visit to the AsakusaKannon Temple and the Nakamise Shopping Arcade. Enjoy a free afternoon and evening in this cosmopolitan city.
Journey north to Nikko for a visit to Toshogu Shrine and its famous Yomeimon Gate, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, continue on to the I-Ro-Ha Zaka driveway, which reaches elevations of 3,940 feet, to visit Lake Chuzenji and the Kegon Waterfall. Later, return to Tokyo.
This morning, drive to Matsumoto, where you will see Matsumoto Castle and the Japan Folklore Museum. Later, travel to Nagano to visit Zenkoji Temple. Founded 1400 years ago, the temple houses what is said to be the first Buddhist statue brought to Japan. In the evening, arrive in Toyama
Continue through Japan’s beautiful mountain scenery to one of the country’s most remote regions—Shirakawa. Protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the unique Gassho-Zukuri (meaning joined hands)-style thatched houses can only be found in this area. This afternoon, journey through the Japanese Alps, via one of Japan’s longest road tunnels, to the secluded town of Takayama, where old traditions are untouched by the passage of time. Visit the Kusakabe HeritageHouse for a glimpse of traditional Japanese architecture of the late 19th century before heading to Nagoya.
Begin with a trip to Toba and visit Mikimoto Pearl Island to learn about the pearl cultivation process. Later, enjoy a visit to the most important shrine of the Shinto ―church‖—Ise Grande Shrine. This afternoon, continue to Osaka, Japan’s second-largest city, where the rest of the day is at leisure.
Head to the city of Yonago on the coast of the Sea of Japan. After a brief visit, continue to Izumo to admire the exterior architecture of the Izumo Shrine. Later, visit Matsue to see BukeYashiki, a former samurai residence, and Matsue Castle.
En route to Hiroshima, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Itsukushima Shrine and its famous floating Torii Gate. From here, continue to Hiroshima, where your sightseeing tour of this important historical city features the PeaceMemorial Park and Atomic Bomb Museum, which commemorates the victims of the atomic bomb. Also visit the Shukkeien Landscape Garden, which dates back to 1620.
A highlight of your tour is a journey to Kyoto on one of Japan’s famous bullet trains. Reaching Kyoto, one of the most fascinating cities in Japan, the remainder of the day is free for you to relax or explore.
Enjoy a tour of Kyoto, visiting many of the city’s temples, shrines, palaces, and pagodas. A highlight of the day is a visit to the extraordinary Nijo Castle, built in 1603 as the official residence of the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. You will also visit Kinkakuji, the Temple of the Gold Pavilion, and the Heian Shrine and garden. During the day there will also be thechance to participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
Drive on the Meishin and Tomei expressways to Hakone National Park for a leisurely cruise on Lake Ashi and an aerial cable-car ride over the beautiful Owakudani Valley. From here, weather permitting, enjoy breath taking views of MountFuji before continuing on to your hotel at Tokyo’s Narita Airport for one night.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.
Explore the thrill of riding one of Japan’s ultra-fast bullet trains, lively streets and notable landmarks of Osaka, world-renowned temple
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