Depart from Heathrow or your preferred airport for a scheduled flight
to Osaka. Meals on board.
Arrive at Kansai Airport in the metropolitan city of Osaka, you
are met by your tour assistant and transferred to your hotel. The
rest of the day is at your leisure to adjust to the 9 hours time
Today you are free to explore Osaka city, which is easily navigated
using the underground subways. A must-see sight in Osaka is the
magnificent Osaka Castle located in the city centre. Then explore
Dotonbori which is one of the most popular streets in Osaka and
runs adjacent to a canal of the same name. Nearby Domi domi shopping
and eating areas are one of most exciting districts in Japan. Shinsaibashi
is probably the best shopping area and certainly the most frenetic.
If you want to explore more historic culture then visit the beautiful
and peaceful Shitennoji Buddhist temple. Shitennoji is the oldest
officially administered temple in Japan built by Prince Shotoku
To ensure you have a smooth trip and due to luggage restrictions
on bullet trains we offer a free 1 item per person luggage transfer
from hotel to hotel between Osaka & Kyoto. Therefore leave your
main luggage with the porter/bell desk by 7.30am. You will need
to keep with you the light luggage you need for your 3 nights stay
in Takayama, Shirakawago and Kanazawa.
you own way to Osaka station and transfer to Takayama by Express
train (ex Nagoya by bullet train). Upon arrival make your own way
to accommodation (approx 5min walk)
Takayama - Shirakawago (Dinner)
Free time until departure at 12.50pm by local bus
to Kanazawa (13:40pm arrival). Upon arrival make your own way to
accommodation (approx 10min walk). Rest of day you are free to explore
at your leisure. Shirakawago has World Heritage designation
and is truly a spectacular experience, which many believe is the
'hidden treasure' in Japan. Visiting Shirakawago is like stepping
back in time, with uniquely crafted traditional wooden farmhouses
(Gassho-Zukuri) set in a beautiful mountainous landscape.
- Kanazawa (Breakfast)
Free time until departure at 11.10am by local bus
to Kanazawa (12.25pm arrival). Upon arrival make your own way to
Rest of day you are free to explore at your leisure.
time until departure in late afternoon where you board an express
train to Kyoto (approx 120min).
Upon arrival make your own way to accommodation.
Kyoto - Nara - Kyoto
Full day sight-seeing tour of Kyoto & Nara including
a visit to the Kinkakuji temple (Golden Pavilion) centred
around one of the best examples of a Japanese Zen garden in the
world.Then to Nijo Castle, residence of the Tokugawa
Shogun. Built in 1603, Nijo Castle is noted for its Ornate interior
and 'nightingale floor' designed to sing when stepped upon to warn
of Ninja assassins.(When closed visit Ryoanji temple). We
then travel to the Old Kyoto Imperial Palace (on Sat/Sun
& national holidays visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine or Hagashi
Honganji temple instead). Finally we explore the Kyoto Handicraft
Center where we enjoy demonstrations of Japanese traditional arts
and crafts. Buffet lunch is provided at the Kyoto handicraft centre.
lunch we travel to the ancient capital of Japan, Nara. Our
tour includes a visit to Todaiji Temple, one of the world's
largest wooden buildings housing the Great Buddha. We proceed
to the Kasuga Shinto Shrine the most famous and beautiful
Shinto shrine in Nara with 3,000 antique stone and bronze lanterns.
Finally we explore Nara Deer Park with more than 1,000 deer
roaming freely around the 1,250 acres park. Return to your hotel
Free day to explore Kyoto at your leisure. We recommend a visit
temple and Heian
- Mt Koya (Dinner)
Free luggage transfer to Osaka, therefore leave your main luggage
with the porter/bell desk by 7.30am. (1 item per person). Recommend
you take overnight bag for nights stay at Mt Koya.
will be met in the hotel reception by our English speaking assistant
and transfered to Shin Imamiya. Leave Shin Imamiya for Mt Koya by
train and cable car via Gokurakubashi by yourself. Afternoon free
at leisure to explore Mt Koya.
Koya is home to over 117 temples and is where we stay overnight
in 'Japanese style' accommodation at the magnificent Temple for
the Shingon Esoteric sect of Buddhism, which is still in use
by monks today. The peaceful temple is set in beautiful wooded mountainous
countryside, 1000m above sea level and is ideal to relax, meditate
and learn more of buddhist monk rituals (include:
Vegetarian 'monk style' Dinner at Temple).
11 Mt Koya -
Wake early to see the morning Buddhist Ceremony with the monks at
the temple and for your Vegetarian Breakfast. The monks are more
than happy for you to attend or watch the ceremony, however this
tour is designed for cultural interest and not for any particular
religious practice. Leave Mt Koya to Osaka by cable car and train
via Gokurakubashi by yourself. Upon arrival at Osaka make own way
to accommodation. Afternoon free at leisure.
full day tour includes visiting Itsukushima Shrine at Miyajima
with its breathtaking beauty and tranquil atmosphere. Then we explore
the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, near the epicenter
where the atomic bomb exploded. We also visit the Hiroshima Peace
Memorial Museum, featuring exhibitions of items related to the
transfer to Hiroshima station and leave Hiroshima by Bullet train
to Osaka. Self transfer to hotel, which is located close to the
station. Rest of the day free at leisure.
airport limousine bus from your hotel to the futuristic Kansai International
Airport in Osaka for departure to UK.
option - Okayama
- We stay in Okayama which is famous for its gardens. Take a tour
to see the beautiful Korakuen Garden, regarded as one of the best
gardens in Japan and is one of Japan's official Three Great Gardens.
We also visit the historic city of Kurashiki located in Okayama
Prefecture. The city has a preserved canal system that dates back
to the Edo Period (1603-1867), used when Kurashiki served as an
important rice distribution center for Japan.
nights in Osaka are available.....Ask for details
date can be arranged according to your requirements.
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assistance at Narita airport.
Local bus tickets Takayama - Shirakawago - Kanazawa.
As specified in itinerary, Ordinary class reserved seats.
tours by professional English-speaking tour guide.
of quality accommodation in well furnished hotel rooms with private
as specified in the itinerary.
luggage transfer from hotel to hotel between Osaka & Kyoto,
Kyoto & Osaka (1 item per person).
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choose to travel with Magical Japan?
the moment you talk to our travel consultants, who have all travelled
extensively in Japan, our experience ensures you will have a magical
holiday.Our service includes meet & greet at airport and free
luggage transfer from hotel to hotel etc. There are no additional
entrance fees or transportation costs on any sightseeing tours that
are already listed in our programme. Your tours are with officially
qualified professional English speaking tour guides. Transfers are
by air-conditioned deluxe coach and you will have time to enjoy
each sightseeing place on foot. The tour itineraries are regularly
checked and provide an ideal length of time to show you the sights,
with free time to explore according to your own interests. Most
inportantly we Guarantee
of many airline consolidators, we can obtain flights in various
classes with reputable airlines such as ANA, BA, Virgin, Air France,
KLM, Lufthansa, Finnair etc. We will book airline tickets according
to availability unless you specify at the booking stage. We can
also provide land-only tours if you prefer to organise your own
flights and save airmiles. For the cheapest deal we recommend you
book your international flights at time of booking, as this can
save you £££s off your final holiday price.
Accommodation for this tour Carefully
selected quality accommodation in ideal locations, with upgrade
to deluxe level available. Overnight accommodation on Mount Koya
is in 'Japanese style' rooms.
Meals Breakfast at hotels can be booked in advance. Alternatively,
there are many places around the hotels where you can buy meals.
details of our
tour arrangements Upon
arrival at Osaka Airport, you will be met by one of our assistants
and directed to the limousine bus terminal. For each day of your
itinerary (excluding free time), you will be met by English speaking
guides at your hotel for escorted tours.
You will be met and transfered from hotel in Kyoto to Osaka Airport
by private transportation.
ensure our travellers have a relaxing and enjoyable holiday, a hotel
to hotel luggage transfer service (1 piece of luggage per person)
is provided Osaka - Kyoto.
tour itineraries are regularly checked and provide an ideal length
of time to show some of the main sights in Japan, with free time
to explore and enjoy according to your own interests.
Japan operates with a top quality tour guide service. We also recommend
Ryokan experience (Japanese guest house) on the last day
in Kyoto. The supplement starts from £160 per person for 1
night with Japanese Dinner included.
Castle (Kyoto) is closed (Tue in Jul & Aug), therefore if
your tour falls on these dates, we will visit Ryoanji Temple
instead. Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed at weekends and
on national holidays, we will visit Kitano Tenmangu, or Ryoanji
for travellers of all ages. Add on tours and city extension available,
for details visit optional
itinerary is designed according to the most updated information
of flights schedules available, although occasionally the sequence
in which cities are visited and duration of time spent in each city
can change due to local conditions which are out of our control.
The above itinerary highlights the main attractions that are to
be visited each day. MT Fuji - Hakone - We reserve the right to
change or amend our tour itinerary due to heavy traffic conditions
or bad weather.We reserve the right to change, amend or alter the
itinerary, although we will act in your best interests to handle
any amendments. Please refer to the booking form for detailed terms