9 Day Japan – Osaka to Tokyo Express

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Osaka, Japan
Tokyo, Japan
Min Age : 21
Max People : 16

From the Buddhist monks of Koyasan to the high rollers of Tokyo, capture the many faces of Japan on this condensed tour beginning in Osaka. Savour the region’s culinary delicacies and the beautiful views at Mt Fuji. You’ll stay in a traditional ryokan and really soak up local culture in onsen hot springs. A great combination of the traditional and the contemporary, this adventure provides a taste of the rich culture of Japan.

From the Buddhist monks of Koyasan to the high rollers of Tokyo, capture the many faces of Japan on this condensed tour beginning in Osaka. Savour the region’s culinary delicacies and the beautiful views at Mt Fuji. You’ll stay in a traditional ryokan and really soak up local culture in onsen hot springs. A great combination of the traditional and the contemporary, this adventure provides a taste of the rich culture of Japan.

DURATION: 9 days

START CITY: Osaka, Japan
FINISH CITY:
 Tokyo, Japan

TRAVEL STYLE: Standard – All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price. Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

PHYSICAL RATING: 3 – Average – tour may include extensive walking and may be unsuitable for all travelers.

TRIP TYPE: Small Group – Max 15, Average 12

DEPOSIT: $30% of tour cost, non refundable
FINAL PAYMENT: Balance Due 75 days prior to departure

ITINERARY

Day 1  – Osaka

Arrive at any time.

We highly recommend arriving early by 1-2 days to fully experience this lively city. We will have optional tours and activities planned for this day. We are able to assist with pre-tour accomodations if you arrive earlier.

Day 2 – Osaka/Koyasan

Depart early and travel to the centre of Buddhism in Japan and sleep in a temple atop the 800m Mt Koya. Savour a traditional dinner of shojin ryori (Buddhist vegetarian cuisine). Watch the monks pray in the morning.

Journey to Mt Koya, a religious centre founded in 816 by the Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi. The train ride up the mountain is possibly one of the finest rail journeys in Japan. For the final steep ascent, switch to funicular and then hop on a bus to reach the monastery.

In the evening, dine on shojin-ryori, typical vegetarian cuisine, and relax in a yukata, or kimono.

Day 3 – Kōyasan/Hiroshima-shi

Watch the monks pray in the morning and enjoy a traditional breakfast before travelling to Hiroshima.

Early morning offers the chance to observe the monks praying. Breathe in some fresh mountain air before a vegetarian breakfast, then start the journey back down the mountain via bus, train and funicular.

Later, board a train to Hiroshima, a historically significant city, marked by the explosion of the first atomic bomb in 1945.

Day 4 – Hiroshima-shi

Visit the Peace Park and Memorial Museum and take a ferry ride over to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating torii gate.

Day 5 – Hiroshima-shi/Kyoto

Travel to Kyoto and start exploring. Enjoy a visit to the beautiful Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine.

In the evening, stroll along the river or around Gion, get a fantastic meal, and see locals dressed in traditional kimono.

Day 6 – Kyoto

Visit the impressive Nijo Castle and gardens along with the famous Kinaku-ji Golden Pavilion, and practice meditation in Daisen-in’s Zen rock garden.

Day 7 – Kyoto/Hakone

Take a boat ride on Lake Ashino-ko and a walk along the Old Tokaido Highway, and hopefully catch a glimpse of majestic Mt Fuji. Enjoy a stay in traditional ryokan accommodation, feast on a Japanese multi-course kaiseki meal, soak in the natural hot springs, and sleep on a futon.

Travel to Hakone, a town in the hills famous for its onsens, or natural hot springs. Stay in a traditional ryokan, with its own private onsen.

In the evening, enjoy the ryokan, savouring a complex meal of traditional Japanese foods, followed by a recommended soak in the onsen.

Day 8 – Hakone/Tokyo

Head to Tokyo with time to do some last-minute shopping.

Arrive before noon to Tokyo, with time to explore this energetic metropolis.

Opt to visit Ueno park and the museums, Akihabara for cutting edge electronics, Harajuku for funky fashions, Ginza for the highest of the high end, walk the grounds of the Imperial Palace East Garden, or just stroll the streets, looking for the traditional life that still lies just under the modern surface.

Day 9 – Tokyo

Your tour ends, depart at any time.