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Enchanting Japan

12-Day Explorer Tour

Highlights: Tokyo – Izu Peninsula – Kyoto – Okayama – Hiroshima


Day 1: Tokyo

Upon your arrival at Narita Airport, you will be met by our representative for your transfer to your hotel in Tokyo. You will have the rest of the day to spend at your leisure after check-in.

Day 2: Tokyo (B)

After breakfast, you will take a day tour with a local guide. First up is Asakusa, Tokyo’s old town where you can soak in the atmosphere of the Tokyo of old. Visit Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest temple and wander down Nakamise, a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries. Next, travel down the Sumidagawa River on Tokyo’s Water Bus to Hamarikyu garden, an Edo Period Japanese garden, where you will stop for a cup of steaming matcha and Japanese sweets in a tea house on a small island in the park’s lake. Snacks are included. In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to Meiji Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the deified spirit of Emperor Meiji and a popular place for traditional Japanese weddings. Finally, as the sunlight dims, take a walk down the sparkly Omotesando shopping street, a broad tree lined avenue home to the flagship stores of the world’s top fashion brands and some fantastic modern architecture.

Day 3: Tokyo (B)

Today free at your leisure. Optional tours are available. For example:  half-day Tokyo Garden and Fire Ceremony Tour or full-day Tokyo Bonsai Museum Tour. Your Prométour Tour consultant will help you customized the itinerary as per your requirements.

Day 4:  Tokyo to Izu Peninsula (B/D)

After breakfast, enjoy the morning at leisure. Transfer to the Tokyo station to catch a limited express train to the picturesque Izu region. You can enjoy some dramatic coastal scenery along the way. The Izu Peninsula covers an expansive area just south of Mount Fuji. Upon arrival at Izu-Kogen Station, you will be transferred to tonight’s accommodation. A delicious Japanese style meal is included tonight for some of the Izu Peninsula’s fresh seafood.  As an uptional upgrade, inquire about the Deluxe ABBA Resorts Izu, featuring massive rooms with open air baths and ensuite facilities.

Day 5: Izu Peninsula – Kyoto   (B)

After breakfast, transfer to the train station on your way to Kyoto. Keep an eye out of the right side of the train for views of Mt. Fuji! Kyoto is the nation’s former capital and was the residence of the emperor from 794 until 1868, and represents the “Japan of old”. It is one of the best-preserved cities in Japan and counts no less than 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Upon arrival in Kyoto a taxi transfer can be arranged. This afternoon, an assistant will meet you at your hotel for your scheduled experience today: a tea ceremony with a professional instructor. You will learn all about the various types of tea and the instruments used to prepare it.

Day 6: Kyoto (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, explore the former imperial capital with a guide, utilizing Kyoto’s comprehensive bus system to visit some of Kyoto’s World Heritage Sites: the Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), which was originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun and is now one of Kyoto’s most famous temples and  Nijo Castle, an ornamental castle built by the founder of the Edo Shogunate as his Kyoto residence and is surrounded by stunning surrounding gardens. Take a walk down Nishiki Market known as “Kyoto’s Kitchen”. To end the day,  you can decide to visit the Kiyomizu (Pure Water) Temple  or to visit Sanjusangendo.

Day 7:  Excursion to Nara (B)

After breakfast, you will be visiting Nara by train (45min) with a local guide. During the 8th century, Nara was Japan’s capital and many of the temples and shrines built at that time still remain. Visit Todaiji temple, the world’s largest wooden building and home to Japan’s largest Buddha. Next stop is Nara’s most celebrated shrine, Kasuga Taisha, established in 768 AD and famous for its hundreds of bronze and stone lanterns which have been donated by worshipers.  End the day with a wander through Nara Park, called Deer park by locals due to the large population of more than 1,000 tame deer living there. Overnight in Kyoto.

Day 8: Kyoto – Okayama (B)

This morning, you will make your way to Kyoto Station and catch the Shinkansen to Okayama. After dropping off your luggage at the hotel, catch the train to nearby Kurashiki, reachable in under 15 minutes by train from Okayama station. Your visit to the Kurashiki Bikan Area will be self-guided. This area is known for its retro-modern cityscape possessing a mixture of Japanese and western flavors. Also, consider paying a visit Ohara Museum, the oldest private collection of Western Art.

Day 9: Okayama – Hiroshima (B)

After having breakfast at your hotel, you will depart from Okayama station on the Shinkansen bullet train heading to Hiroshima. The journey is just around 1 hour. Arrive at Hiroshima station, transfer and check-in at the hotel. You will have the rest of the afternoon to spend at your leisure exploring the scenic city of Hiroshima.

Day 10: Hiroshima (B)

After breakfast, a guide will meet you at your hotel for a visit of the Peace Memorial Park. The area where the park now lies was ground zero for the Atomic Bomb on 6th August 1945. After the bombing, the Memorial Park was created and dedicated to those who lost their lives in the attack. Stroll through the park and discover the many memorials, monuments and statues in the park before heading into the Museum itself. From Hiroshima, a short ferry ride will take you to Miyajima Island.  A small sacred island located in the Island Sea, it has been a holy place of Shintoism since the earliest times. Here you will find perhaps the most photographed site in Japan – The Floating Torii Gate.  You will have time to explore the island and its many shrines and temples, sample local goodies like maple leaf shaped cakes before heading back to your hotel.

Day 11: Hiroshima – Tokyo (B)

Today you will make your own way to Hiroshima station for your ride aboard the Shinkansen to Tokyo. Upon arrival in the capital, make your way to your hotel. You are free to spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 12: Tokyo (B)

After breakfast, your transfer is included to the airport.