Splendors of Japan with Hiroshima

Tour Type: Country Explorer
Brochure Type: Asia 2023

Embrace the timeless tradition and modern spirit of Japan's iconic sites, from the neon skyline of Tokyo to the foodie hotspot of Osaka. Relax in the soothing hot springs of Kotohira, spend the night in a traditional ryokan and contemplate world peace in Hiroshima.

Sightseeing Highlights
  • Explore Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima
  • Visit the Sensoji Temple, the Skytree Observation Tower, the Edo Tokyo Museum in Tokyo, Mt. Fuji 5th Station, the Kinkakuji Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine and Sanjusangen-do Hall in Kyoto, the Water Temple on Awaji Island, Zentsuji Temple, the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island, the Peace Memorial Park and Museum in Hiroshima and Osaka Castle
  • View Mt. Fuji
  • See the traditional Gassho-zukuri houses in Gokayama, the beautiful gardens of Kenrokuen in Kanazawa
  • Connect with Locals Enjoy a kaiseki lunch at a traditional Japanese ryokan home near Kyoto where you will learn about local customs.
  • Stays with Stories Enjoy genuine Japanese hospitality at a traditional ryokan in the mountain hot springs village of Kotohira.
  • Dive into Culture Sample Japanese sake during a walking tour in the Edo-style streets of Takayama Old Town.
  • Dive into Culture Learn how local artisans make Japanese washi paper in the UNESCO village of Gokayama.
  • Dive into Culture Sample the famous Hiroshima style okonomiyaki.
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Help support a local business with a visit to a washi paper workshop. You'll watch the family at work, and test your paper-making skills for yourself.
Dining Highlights
  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
  • 1 Regional Dinner
  • 12 Breakfasts
  • 3 Lunches
  • 4 Dinners
First class travel Highlights
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time

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Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
Offer
Offer valid through 9/30/2022
Duration
13 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1Konnichiwa TokyoKonnichiwa Tokyo: Your in-depth exploration of Japan begins in Tokyo. On arrival at Narita or Haneda Airport, take a shuttle bus transfer to your centrally located hotel, where you'll join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers.
New Otani Garden Tower
Day 2TokyoExplore Vibrant Tokyo: We launch our City Tour in the old-time entertainment centre of Asakusa, where we'll encounter the Sensoji Buddhist Temple. One of Tokyo's most colourful and popular temples, Sensoji has been rebuilt countless times since it was founded in 628, making it Tokyo's oldest temple site. Strolling down Nakamise next, we immerse ourselves in the sights and sounds of shitamachi (downtown Tokyo), admiring the wooden dolls, colourful chiyogami (origami paper) and traditional Japanese sweets. We'll ascend Tokyo Skytree, the world's highest free-standing broadcasting tower for panoramic views of the city, then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or on an Optional Experience where a professional stylist will dress you in a traditional Japanese kimono.
Day 3the Five Lakes DistrictOff to the Five Lakes District: Our first stop today is the Imperial Palace Plaza from where the two bridges that form the entrance to the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace can be viewed. We'll have the opportunity to explore the leafy Imperial Palace East Gardens before continuing our City Tour. At the Edo-Tokyo Museum, we delve into the history and culture of Tokyo's Edo era, then continue to the Ginza district where we'll learn how to make sushi with a Local Specialist. We venture to the Five Lakes District next, keeping a keen eye out for the UNESCO listed Mt. Fuji which dominates the landscape.
Fuji Marriott Yamanakako
Day 4Majestic Mt. Fuji and Timeless TakayamaMajestic Mt. Fuji and Timeless Takayama: Visit Oshino Hakkai, a small rural village in the Fuji Five Lakes district, renowned for eight natural spring water ponds that are fed by melted snow from Mt. Fuji. Admire the reflections of the sky and landscapes in its clear waters, then ascend Mt. Fuji by road to 2,300 metres at the 5th station. Ride up Mt. Tenjo on the Kachikachiyama Ropeway next, for jaw-dropping views (weather permitting) of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchiko. Then, journey through the Japanese Alps to the beautiful hillside town of Takayama, before enjoying dinner at the hotel.
Associa Takayama Resort
Day 5Experience Gokayama and On To KanazawaExperience Gokayama and on to Kanazawa: Immerse yourself in tradition as you walk through the Edo-style streets of Takayama's Old Town. Indulge a lunch of Japanese Hida-gyu - beef from a black-haired Japanese cattle breed, renowned as one of the finest quality varieties of beef. Journey back in time this afternoon during a visit to the peaceful UNESCO-listed Gokayama, a mountain village set amidst five valleys. Admire the unique construction of the local Gassho-zukuri wooden houses that have been built without the use of nails with steeply sloped thatched roofs to prevent snow from building up on them. Next, meet a local family in one of these houses, then Dive Into Culture observing local artisans making washi paper and trying your hand at making your own. Make a difference to the sustainability of this small business during this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience. Stay overnight in Kanazawa.
Kanazawa Tokyu
Day 6Traditional KanazawaTraditional Kanazawa: Join a Local Specialist this morning to learn the secrets of painting gold leaf, a delicate craft the Japanese have been perfecting since the 16th century. Continue to the tranquil gardens of Kenrokuen, which took shape over a hundred years to emerge as one of Japan's most beautiful gardens. Connecting with your exquisite natural surrounds, you'll stroll through ornate landscapes and past ponds and temples. Take a short walk through the Omicho market next to see the local fish catch and enjoy an insider's view of everyday life in a busy coastal town. Then, visit the Nagamachi District with its beautifully preserved samurai houses that line the traditional stone streets. Here you will gain first-hand insights into samurai life during a visit to the Nomura house, an elegant samurai mansion.
Day 7KyotoOnwards to Kyoto: We board an Express train this morning to Kyoto, where we'll Connect With Locals at a traditional ryokan, built in 1932 to serve as the second residence of Emperor Akihito's uncle. We'll enjoy a Be My Guest lunch and learn about local Japanese customs as our hosts welcome us into their beautiful home. After lunch, we visit the UNESCO-listed Kinkakuji Temple with its famous Kinkaku (Golden Pavilion), the proud symbol of Kyoto and a Zen temple, which has its origins as a 14th century villa.
Nikko Princess
Day 8KyotoDiscover Enchanting Kyoto: The blazing orange torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine guide our path through the forest, up into the mountains and to a sacred site that has heard prayers for prosperity and happiness since the 8th century. We continue to Sanjusangen-do Hall and admire the minute detail of each of its 1,001 'thousand-handed' goddesses of mercy statues, then enjoy a walking tour of the Gion area. This evening, we indulge in a dinner with your Travel Director and fellow guests.
Day 9Cross the Seto Inland Sea to Awaji IslandCross the Seto Inland Sea to Awaji Island: This morning we leave Japan's main island Honshu behind, crossing the world's largest suspension bridge over the Seto Inland Sea to Awaji Island. Enjoy free time for lunch, then take a walk around Yumebutai, a complex of buildings built on the side of the mountain. One of the most striking features is the '100 Stepped Garden' - a group of 100 flowerbeds in small square gardens on an incline and arranged in grids spread over several levels. Visit the Water Temple and admire the reflection of the surrounding mountains, rice paddies and bamboo groves as you descend the steps to the Buddhist temple beneath its still waters. Journey to the small mountain hot springs village of Kotohira where our accommodation tonight is one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories - a traditional Japanese ryokan. We'll have some time this evening to climb the steps adjacent to the hotel to visit Kotohira-gu Shrine and be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Later perhaps take a relaxing soak in the onsen (hot spring) bath at our hotel.
Kotohira Grand Sakuranosho Ryokan
Day 10Spiritual Kotohira and Onwards to HiroshimaSpiritual Kotohira and Onwards to Hiroshima: This morning visit the Zentsuji Temple, birthplace of one of the most revered figures of Japanese Buddhism, the high priest Kobo Daishi. It is the 75th temple on the 88 temple Shikoku Pilgrimage, which covers approximately 1,200 kilometres and was traditionally done on foot taking up to 60 days to complete. It is still done by many people today although modern pilgrims use cars, taxis, buses, bicycles or motorcycles. Continue to Omishima Island and make a stop at a local restaurant for lunch. Drive to Hiroshima via the Setouchi Shimanami Kaido Expressway, a 60-kilometre highway that links the islands of the Seto Inland Sea with nine individual bridges. Check into your hotel for a relaxing evening.
Rihga Royal
Day 11Set Sail for Miyajima IslandSet Sail for Miyajima Island: We travel by ferry to the sacred Miyajima Island, where we'll see the famous UNESCO-listed Itsukushima Shrine and elaborate torii gate that stands majestically in the sea. After some free time for lunch and to explore the island's spiritual sanctuaries, we return to Hiroshima for a visit to the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Imagine the devastation and horror that followed the world's first atomic explosion in 1945 as you see the UNESCO-listed Peace Memorial, the only structure left standing in the area and an expression of hope for world peace. This evening, we'll indulge in Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, a savoury pancake made with egg, cabbage, soba noodles, and meat, seafood or cheese, grilled in layers on a hot plate.
Day 12High Speed Bullet Train to OsakaHigh Speed Bullet Train to Osaka: Board the high-speed bullet train to Osaka this morning and enjoy some free time for lunch and shopping in the Dotonbori Street area. Visit Osaka Castle, which played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.
Sheraton Miyako
Day 13Sayonara OsakaSayonara Osaka: Our encounter with Japan's centuries-old traditions and modern cityscapes at its end, take a transfer by airport shuttle service to Kansai International Airport, or Osaka Itami Airport for your onward flight.
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05/07/2023$7,225.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
05/28/2023$7,225.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
06/04/2023$6,775.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
06/11/2023$6,775.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
06/25/2023$6,775.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
07/02/2023$6,775.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
07/16/2023$7,250.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
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09/03/2023$7,225.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
09/17/2023$7,220.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
10/01/2023$7,250.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
10/15/2023$7,250.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
10/29/2023$7,250.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
11/05/2023$7,250.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
11/19/2023$7,250.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
12/03/2023$6,775.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
12/20/2023$7,225.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
01/07/2024$6,975.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
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04/14/2024$7,425.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
Disclaimer
Cherry Blossom season varies between different regions of Japan and is dependent on weather conditions so can also vary slightly each year. Late March to early April are the most likely times to experience it on this trip but this is not guaranteed.

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