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Overview

Featuring lots of outdoor activities and soft adventure experiences of Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Koyasan and Hiroshima with stays at only the most deluxe accommodations, get to trek, bike and kayak the lovely natural landscapes of Japan while relaxing with comfortable and luxurious stays.

Trip Highlights

Active Luxury Japan

Blessing from Shinto Priest

Visit Tokyo’s most famous Meiji Shrine and take part in a traditional Shinto purification dance and receive a blessing from a Shinto Priest.

Pedal ancient Kyoto

Embark on an active day tour of Japan’s cultural capital, joining a local guide for this Kyoto by bike experience and see the ancient iconic temples of the city.

Kayak acorss the Seto Inland Sea

Enjoy the views of Hiroshima and Miyajima Island, while paddling out to the UNESCO Itsukushima Shrine an impressive torii gate.

Itinerary

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Arrival in Tokyo

Narita International Airport (NRT) to Central Tokyo: 1.5 hHaneda International Airport (HND) to Central Tokyo: 50 min

Upon arrival to Tokyo’s airport, be greeted by a representative and assisted with transport to Peninsula Tokyo via private vehicle.

After the check-in, spend the rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight in Tokyo at The Peninsula Tokyo                                           5 Stars (Super Deluxe)

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Tokyo

Start (guided tour): 09:00 or 09:30Duration: 8 h

Enjoy a full day city tour of Tokyo alongside an expert local guide. It is possible to arrange a private car to tour the city with (must be booked in advance; supplementary charges apply).

Among the stops of the day will be Asakusa, part of Tokyo’s shitamachi (old town), which is both the city’s oldest Geisha district and is also home to Sensoji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple.

Afterwards, pay a visit to Meiji Shrine, Tokyo’s most famous shrine, taking part in a traditional Shinto purification dance and receiving a blessing from a Shinto Priest.

While cruising around these iconic quarters of Japan, take note of the passing Ginza area, Imperial Palace and Shibuya ‘scramble’ crossing.

The itinerary is entirely flexible and can be altered to accommodate any other sites within the city.

Overnight in Tokyo at The Peninsula Tokyo                                           5 Stars (Super Deluxe)

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Tokyo

Today is a self-guided day.

Optional experience (1): Samurai Sword Lesson

Take a closer look at one of Japan’s cultural legacies: the art of samurai sword fighting. Meet with some of Japan’s leading experts for an interactive workshop.

Learn about the samurai fighters and their role in Japan’s military history. Then the instructors will share their personal stories, how they became involved in samurai sword performance and how the art has evolved over the years.  Some of the instructors have helped to choreograph the fight scenes of big-budget Hollywood movies or have acted in famous films.

Watch a short demonstration, marvelling at the fluidity of the process. Inspired by this incredible spectacle, grab a sword and learn some of the basic movements. The instructor will show the proper way to draw the sword from its sheath and how to pose in a traditional manner. Then learn how to swing the sword, using a combination of movements to gracefully manoeuvre the blade. Armed with this basic set of skills, choose a partner for a short session of swordplay practice.

After this unforgettable experience as a traditional samurai, bid farewell to the instructors and step back into the modern city of Tokyo.

Time:

Duration: 1.5 h

Note: Needs to be booked in advance (subject to availability and supplementary charges).

Optional experience (2): Cool Tokyo Cycling

This afternoon, cycle through the vibrant backstreets of Tokyo. Meet the guide, who is sometimes accompanied by his adorable dog “Jack-san,” at Sasazuka Station, and head together to the cycling studio for   a bicycle and helmet fitting. On the way, listen to some fascinating insights and entertaining anecdotes about the local neighbourhood, and get some useful explanations from the guide about Tokyo’s cycling etiquette and today’s itinerary.

When everything is ready, depart for today’s cycling tour. Leave Sasazuka with the guide, and cycle to the first location, enjoying the best of Tokyo’s urban design and natural environment on the way. Depending on the season, enjoy the surrounding foliage, which is especially beautiful in the spring when the plum and cherry blossoms bloom, and in the autumn, when the trees are a blaze of colour. There will be several cultural and architectural design stops along the way, where the guide will share interesting information and allow some time for photos.

Bike through Tokyo’s backstreets, local shotengai (small commercial streets) in hip neighbourhoods such as Shimo-Kitazawa, and some little-known parks, seeing the guide’s favourite areas and shops, and stopping for a break at a charming café.

Next, head back to Sasazuka where bicycles will be returned to the guide, and either freely keep exploring Tokyo independently, head back to the accommodation to freshen up, or join the guide and the rest of the group for a local meal such as gyoza (pan-fried dumplings).

Time:

Start: 10:00, 15:00, or 18:00.

Duration: 3-4 h

Journey: 10 km (mostly cycling, a bit of walking and light sightseeing also involved).

Optional experience (3): Mt. Fuji Food and Culture Ecotour

Today, see a different side of the iconic Mt. Fuji and support local businesses in the small town of Fujinomiya. The adventure will begin with a pick-up at Shin-Fuji Station at 10:00. After dropping off any extra luggage for storage, take a stroll through the local shotengai, a type of traditional shopping street lined with a variety of shops that is typical in Japan. They can be open-air, or covered arcades that are pedestrian-only zones. Spend some time browsing the shopfronts and a small, local shrine. Seeing how different the shops are from back home is an endless source of entertainment!

Having worked up an appetite for lunch, stop for a yakisoba making session. After learning how to make this delicious Japanese stir-fried noodle dish, tuck in to a hearty meal.

After enjoying this delicious meal head to the next activity – a kimono fitting followed by a visit to a UNESCO World Heritage designated shrine. Learn about the history of this iconic garment before donning a set of robes and exploring more of the town. A local shrine will provide a stunning cultural and historical backdrop for some beautiful photos.

Next, take part in a Japanese sweet-making workshop with a local artisan. Wagashi are traditional Japanese confections that are often delicately shaped to reflect the beauty of the changing seasons, and frequently harmoniously paired with bitter matcha green tea.

End the lovely day out with a cup of tea before heading to the nearby ryokan for a traditional Japanese lodging experience, or back to bustling Tokyo for the evening.

Note:

  • Mt. Fuji is a very shy mountain and it is visible when the weather is clear.

Time (approximation):

Start: 10:00

Duration: 5.5 h

Optional Evening Tour (1) : Shimbashi Nightlife Tour

With its nostalgic atmosphere and old town vibe, Shimbashi is one of the most frequented business and entertainment districts of Tokyo. This area is famous for after-work social gatherings, and is usually filled with ‘salarymen’ and ‘office ladies’ who are known to be the typical Japanese office workers in black suits, who can usually be seen clutching black briefcases or shoulder bags.

Head down to one of the atmospheric local eateries and small Japanese-style pubs, which can be found below the train tracks along the Yamanote Line between Shimbashi and Yurakucho stations, for some drinks and appetisers. Start-off by raising a toast in the charming company of epicurean guides in a kushiage bar. Kushiage is a popular accompaniment to drinks, and consist of deep-fried skewered vegetables, seafood, and meat.

The next stop on the itinerary is a distinctive, cozy restaurant run by a charismatic owner who is well-loved by regular customers for her excellent cuisine and delightful conversation. A variety of seasonal dishes are on offer here. The third stop of the evening will be chosen based on the clients’ tipple of choice: Japanese craft beer, sake, or whisky.

Finally, visit Shimbashi Yokocho, a typical Japanese alley chock-full of those beloved Japanese eateries known as izakaya.

Be sure to bring an empty stomach and an adventurous spirit to make the most of this exclusive experience, which will offer insights into the customs and conventions of Tokyo’s nightlife.

Time:

Start: 17:00

Duration: approx. 3 h

Optional Evening Tour (2): Japan Whisky Adventure

Scotland may well be the traditional home of the wee dram, but Japan has successfully made its mark on the world of whisky distillation. The Japanese culture of taking great pride in the art of patience as well as skill and craftsmanship has ensured success, and Japanese whisky has shot to fame and become prized across the world for its quality and innovation.

Join a whisky expert and experience a range of whiskies from hidden gems produced by microdistilleries to more recognised brands. Starting in a high-rise bar in downtown Tokyo, and then moving on to the next distinguished establishment, experiencing microdistillery whisky tasting, and followed by a final tipple in a classy basement bar – aficionados and novices alike are sure to enjoy a wonderful evening and a true journey of discovery of the senses.

Time:

Start: 16:45

Duration: approx. 4 h

Overnight in Tokyo at The Peninsula Tokyo 5 Stars (Super Deluxe)

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Tokyo – Kiso-Fukushima

Tokyo Station to Kiso-Fukushima Station: 3 h

Start the journey in the afternoon through Nakasendo in Kiso Valley, one of the five routes that branched off the former capital of Japan.

The short bullet train ride from Tokyo to Nagoya is then followed by the scenic journey on the limited express train Wide View. Upon arrival at Kiso-Fukushima Station, a shuttle will take guests for the check-in into the ryokan.

Tonight, experience a stay in a ryokan, the traditional Japanese-style inn furnished with low tables and chairs, sliding shoji doors, and tatami flooring.

Note:

  • A luggage transfer is available from Tokyo to Kyoto (must be booked in advance; supplementary charges apply). In this case, guests must prepare an overnight bag for the nights in Kiso-Fukushima.

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Kiso-Fukushima

Kiso-Fukushima station to Nakatsugawa station: 0.5 h

Today is a self-guided day.

Today start the journey to Tsumago, one of the post towns that flourished in the Edo Period. Tsumago is now a Nationally Designated Architectural Preservation Site, thanks to the collective effort of its locals to preserve most of the remaining historical buildings.

The trail that runs between Magome and Tsumago is perhaps the most popular section of Nakasendo.

Leave the accommodation in the morning after a Japanese-style breakfast, embark on a private car to Magome, the start of the Nakasendo Trail. Today’s walk will alternate between well preserved old towns, fields of local farmers and peaceful woodlands.

This trail can be completed in about 3 hours, including some quick breaks (i.e. restroom, tea/coffee).

After concluding the trail, a private transfer will head back to the ryokan in Kiso-Fukushima. Upon arrival, enjoy a nice soak in the onsen before a plentiful dinner.

Overnight in Kiso-Fukushima at Kazari 5 Stars (Deluxe)

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Kiso-Fukushima – Kyoto

Take an optional stroll around Kiso-Fukushima after an early breakfast.

Optional Self-Guided Itinerary: Yabuhara – Narai-juku trail

Take an optional stroll around Kiso-Fukushima after an early breakfast. Afterwards, catch the local train to Yabuhara, the starting point of the nature and ancient trail between Yabuhara-juku and Narai-juku, which used to be the most dangerous path in Nakasendo.

After about 3 hours, emerge in the old post town of Narai, also referred to as the “Narai of a Thousand Houses” for the many well-restored old buildings that now serve either as souvenir shops or as local restaurants.

Guests can also find many restaurants in Narai that serve local delicacies such as gohei-mochi (sticky-rice cakes) and soba (buckwheat noodles). Traditional inns such as ryokan and minshuku are available to travelers, making it a convenient stopover for trekkers and hikers.

From Narai Station, catch the local train to the next destination.

Distance and journey time (approximation):

Kiso-Fukushima Station to Yabuhara Station: 15 min

Afterwards, get ready for the journey to Kyoto, home to around 2,000 shrines and temples, 17 of which are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Upon arrival at Kyoto Station, our private chauffeur and guide will be waiting to lead an afternoon of sightseeing around the cultural capital.

Optional Evening Tour : A Taste of Gion Food Tour

Kyoto’s Gion district is often cited as many a visitor’s favourite part of the city. The historic cobblestone streets are lined with traditional, narrow wooden buildings known as machiya, teahouses known as ochaya, and traditional shops selling local specialities.  

The first stop is a lively standing bar, where guests can enjoy a drink and delicious local bar food as a prelude to the rest of the tour. After this, take a leisurely stroll around Gion. As most geisha start to entertain at 18:00, the chance of seeing elegantly attired geisha darting along the winding streets to their engagements is quite high.

Then, head to a cozy restaurant owned by a charming and amiable woman from Kyoto who prepares each meal herself. Enjoy an entertaining conversation with her, while sampling each dish, which is prepared with the utmost care and attention, using the finest seasonal ingredients.

The final stop of the tour is a sake bar with a location so clandestine even locals struggle to find it. Partake in different varieties of sake, chosen to complement the selection of nibbles.

After this delightful evening well spent, either return to the accommodation or continue to explore the city independently.

Time:

Start: 17:00

Duration: approx. 3 h

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Kyoto

Start: 09:15Duration: 8 hJourney: approx. 20 km

Embark on an active day tour of Japan’s cultural capital, joining a local guide for this Kyoto by bike experience. Hop on the bikes and pedal a short distance to Nishi Hongan-ji Temple, one of the largest temple complexes in the city.

Then cycle to Nijo Castle, one of Kyoto’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Take a tour through this massive compound, stopping to admire its intricately painted sliding doors and unusual ‘chirping’ floors. Learn about the history of the castle and the symbolic meaning of its architecture.

Take a break for a quick lunch before returning to the bikes for a ride to Kinkaku-ji Temple. This beautiful structure was built as a retirement village of a shogun but, after his death, was converted into a Zen Buddhist temple. The top two floors are covered in gold leaf, creating a resplendent image that is reflected in the temple’s tranquil pond.

Adjacent to Kinkaku-ji is another Zen Buddhist temple called Ryoan-ji. Ryoan-ji is home to one of Japan’s most famous rock gardens. Gaze upon this tranquil site while the guide explains the various legends associated with its origin.

Return to the bikes for one last visit. Pedal to scenic Arashiyama, an area famous for its bamboo forest, massive temples and vibrant alleyways. Spend time exploring this colourful neighbourhood before returning to central Kyoto where the tour concludes.

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Kyoto and Nara

Kyoto Station to Tenri Station: 1 hNara Station to Tenri Station: 15 min Time:Start (guided tour): 10:00Duration: 6 h

Enjoy a full day of sightseeing alongside an expert local guide. It is possible to arrange a private car to tour the city with (must be booked in advance; supplementary charges apply).

First, head south and visit one of the most remarkable Shinto shrines in Japan, the Fushimi-Inari. This shrine has thousands of vermilion torii gates that follow the trails leading into the forests of Mt. Inari. The impressive contrast between and the mystical atmosphere created by the colors of the gates and the surrounding nature are what make it attractive.

Follow up with a drive to Nara. For 74 years during the 8th century, Nara was Japan’s capital and many of the temples and shrines built at that time still remain.

Begin by visiting Todaiji Temple, the world’s largest wooden building and home to Japan’s largest Buddha. Next will be Kasuga Taisha, Nara’s most celebrated shrine.

There will also be some free time to wander through Nara Park, also called “deer park” due to the large population of tame deer living there.

After the tour, an escort will be provided back to the hotel in Kyoto.

Alternative itinerary: Yamanobe-no-michi Trekking

Today’s tour will start at 10:00. Get the blood pumping with a scenic and spiritual hike near Nara. Meet with a local guide around 10:00 for a short walk to the hills. Cross through Nara’s Tenri Hondori arcade, a massive shopping area housing more than 200 shopfronts and cafés. Continue to walk away from town, passing by the impressive Tenri-kyo Shinto-sect church along the way to the trail.

The rest of the day’s trek is along Yamanobe-no-michi, a section of the road that once linked Nara to Tokyo. Referred to as Japan’s oldest road, the trail features dozens of historic shrines and ruins.

Two of the highlights of the trail are Chogaku-ji Temple and Omiwa Shrine. At Chogaku-ji, stop to admire the Buddhist temple’s beautiful surroundings. Depending on the season this may be cherry blossoms, hydrangeas, maple leaves or other colourful flowers and foliage. Omiwa Shrine, one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan, is a fabulous place to learn about Shinto culture. Discover why it is referred to by locals as Japan’s first shrine and how it served as a sacred ground for various philosophical religious groups.

After this insightful walk in the woods, return to Nara, say farewell to the guide and enjoy a well-deserved rest at the hotel. (L)

Note:

  • The hike is not recommended during the months of January, February, March, July and August.

Overnight in Kyoto at Four Seasons Kyoto 5 stars (Super Deluxe)

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Kyoto

Time:Start: 10:00Duration: 4.5 hMeeting-point: JR Shiga Station (JR Kosei Line)

Experience untouched Japan on this authentic half-day guided cycling tour along the shores of Lake Biwa. Hop on electric bikes and begin the journey through the peaceful, small streets along Lake Biwa, cruising through ancient villages.

Follow the guide through the countryside to terraced rice fields. Meet some farmers and help them with their seasonal farming activities, such as planting, or harvesting rice, fruits or vegetables. Talk to the farmers and learn about life in the local farming communities of rural Japan.

Get back in the saddle and follow the guide to a local family home to assist the hostess in cooking some authentic chicken sukiyaki. The dish is prepared using the local rice and home-grown vegetables. Try some of the region’s specialties, such as pickled sour plums, that were prepared by the hostess herself. Interact with the hosts and experience life and the warm hospitality of a rural Japanese household.

After this truly unique lunch, cycle back to JR Shiga station. Enjoy the gentle breeze blowing from the lake and the varied landscape with the Hira mountain range in the background.

Once back at the station, return the bicycles and bid farewell to the guide. At the end of the day, reflect on the unique experience during a scenic train journey back to Kyoto.

Afterwards, head back to Kyoto and enjoy one last night in the ancient capital.

Optional Evening Tour : Dinner with a Maiko

One of the many unique aspects of Japanese culture is its Geisha. With more than 200 years of history, exploring the world of Geisha can be fascinating.

This afternoon with a local guide, explore on foot the streets of Gion, also known as Kyoto’s Geisha district. Start in front of Minamiza Theater and continue past local shops and restaurants, before reaching Yasaka Shrine. A quick detour leads through the streets of Hanami-koji, the most popular street in Gion where lavish teahouses are lined up. Here, a theater lies tucked away where the Geisha and Maiko perform “Miyako Odori,” a famous traditional dance.

After the tour, enjoy a traditional kaiseki dinner in the company of a Maiko. Have the rare opportunity to interact with the hostess and ask questions about her craft and daily life. During the dinner, the Maiko performs traditional dances and invite guests in playing Japanese drinking games. (D)

Time (approximation):

Duration: 4.5 h

Note:

- Our Lake Biwa Cycling and Family Visit is only available from April to November.

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Kyoto – Hiroshima

Kyoto Station to Hiroshima Station: 1 h 45 min

Today is a self-guided day.

This morning is at leisure until the departure for Hiroshima. After the long train journey, it’s time to check into the hotel and rest or start exploring this amazing city.

Alternative tour: Hiroshima by Bike

Today’s tour will begin at 10:00. Join the local guide at the designated meeting point where all the necessary equipment will be provided to start this cycling tour of Hiroshima focusing on the city’s rich historical heritage.

Start with the main monument and main attraction in Hiroshima, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial - also known as the A-bomb Dome. Formerly the Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, designed by Czech architect Jan Letzel, this building was the only one to remain standing in the wake of the bomb blast. It serves as a stark reminder of the devastation of war.

Then, proceed to the Peace Memorial Park. Constructed near the hypocentre of the nuclear bomb detonation site, this 120,000 square metre park commemorates the victims and stands in hope of a peaceful world. See the neighbouring Peace Memorial Museum, which showcases the history of Hiroshima before WWII, and the efforts of Japan to promote peace in the subsequent years after the end of the war.

Then, head to Higashisenda Park to see the remains of a stone building that endured the blast of the explosion.

Lunch can either be enjoyed in the park on a fine day, or in a restaurant nearby.

Once done with the meal, cycle to Miyuki Bridge, located in the suburbs of Hiroshima. It displays a picture taken on the bridge just 3 hours after the explosion, where survivors of the bomb gathered to get assistance from a nearby police station.

After this, go to the former Hiroshima Army Clothing Depot, a building that withstood the explosion largely unscathed, and which served as a relief station for the survivors to get medical treatment. An iron door that was distorted by the A-bomb blast can be found on the premises.

At the end of the tour, head back to the initial meeting point with the guide, by cycling along the Peace Boulevard and Kyobashi Bridge. After dropping off the bicycle, either go back to the accommodation or keep exploring Hiroshima for the rest of the day.

Distance and journey time (approximation):

Within 15 km, round trip, 3 h

Availability and time:

Only available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

From 10:00 to 13:00, or 10:00 to 14:00 in the event that guests choose the lunch option.

Overnight in Hiroshima at Sheraton Grand Hiroshima 5 stars (Deluxe)

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Hiroshima & Miyajima

Start: 09:30 or 13:00Duration: 3 h Hiroshima Station to Maezora Station: 30 min

This morning, start the journey to Miyajima, a small sacred island located in the Seto Inland Sea.

First head to Maezora Station and walk to the kayak center. Meet the instructor on the shores of mainland Hiroshima for a 30-minute introductory lesson. Learn how to navigate the kayak and get valuable tips about paddling techniques.

Then set off for a paddle across the Seto Inland Sea. Enjoy the views of Hiroshima and Miyajima Island, appreciating the peacefulness of the waters between the shores. Paddle out to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Itsukushima Shrine, watching as the details of its impressive torii gate begin to appear as the kayak approaches. Admire the vermilion gate up close, enjoying a different point of view from what most tourists get to see.

Continue around the shoreline of Miyajima, seeing its charming old town with towering Mt. Misen in the background. Find a quiet stretch of beach and go ashore for a short break before paddling back to the meeting point. Say farewell to the instructor and journey back to Hiroshima for a well-deserved rest.

The rest of the day is at leisure.

Note:

  • The base of the iconic torii gate will undergo large-scale repairs from June 2019, expected to last for 14 months. The gate will be surrounded by scaffolding and the view will therefore be obstructed during this time.

Overnight in Hiroshima at Sheraton Grand Hiroshima 5 stars (Deluxe)

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Hiroshima – Koyasan

Hiroshima Station to Koyasan Station: 4.5 h Start (guided tour): upon arrival at Koyasan Station (around 13:30)Duration: 4 h*including pick-up/drop-off and transit times

This morning, get up early and head to the next destination. Home to over 100 temples, Koyasan has been the center of Shingon Buddhism, an important Buddhist sect, for over 1,200 years. Koyasan, and its vicinity, is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site.

The journey to Koyasan is one of the highlights of the visit, with the final ascent being on a cable car, which offers one of the most scenic journeys in Japan, as it winds its way up to the mountains.

Meet the guide at Koyasan Station and spend the afternoon exploring a couple of popular sites that give an insight to Japanese Buddhism.

Visit Kongobu-ji, the head temple of Shingon Buddhism and home to Japan’s largest rock garden. On rare occasions, guests might witness a small group of worshippers led by a monk chanting some scripts in front of the temple.

Continue on to Okuno-in, Japan’s largest cemetery that holds the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi. The classic approach starts from Ichinohashi Bridge and stretches up to 2km, filled with more than 200,000 tombstones that belong to feudal lords, prominent monks, and even well-known Japanese companies. Gokusho Offering Hall, Torodo Hall of Lanterns, and Kobo Daishi’s Mausoleum are located at the end of the trail.

Afterwards, guests are escorted to their shukubo (temple lodge), where the famous Buddhist cuisine is served.

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Koyasan – Osaka

Koyasan Station to Namba Station: 1.5 h

Suggestion:

To have a complete experience of Koyasan, joining the Morning Prayer, which usually starts at 6:00 a.m., is highly recommended. Be immersed in the calming chants of the monks inside the prayer hall (prayers are only in Japanese but some priests provide a simple explanation in English at the end of the ceremony).

Afterwards, proceed to the dining room for a shojin ryori breakfast.

Travel by train to Osaka for a last night, Japan’s culinary capital. Osaka’s flamboyance, fun-loving people, and amazing food make up for what it lacks in tourist attractions.

Optional Tour: Flavours of Osaka

 Today’s tour begins at 16:45. Osaka is an epicurean’s delight. Indeed, the motto that the city’s exuberant inhabitants live by is kuiadore – “to eat oneself bankrupt.” 

The first stop will be at a street food stall to get a taste of some traditional Japanese snack food, menchi katsu. Menchi katsu is a breaded and deep-fried patty made of ground meat. Golden and crisp, this is a local favourite.

Next, head to a standing bar to enjoy the ambience and taste a selection of sake and Japanese wine, along with delicious house specialities. Then, head to a restaurant specialising in wagyu beef dishes. Often referred to as the most expensive beef in the world, wagyu beef is of a superb quality, and is on many a gourmet’s wish list. Enjoy the melt-in-the-mouth textures with a refreshing cocktail.

The final stop will be to try a new style of tempura in an eatery tucked away in a small alleyway. Old favourites such as shimp tempura, and more experimental combinations such as asparagus tempura and cheese can be found on the menu.

Bid farewell to the affable guide, and either return to the hotel or go for a stroll around the neighbourhood to take in the sights. 

Time:

Start: 16:45

Duration: approx. 3.5 h

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Departure from Osaka

Central to Kansai Airport (KIX): 2 h

The rest of the day is at leisure until the included private transfer to Kansai International Airport.

Important Information

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Meet and greet at the airport and return private transfers to the airport.
  • Luggage transfer from Tokyo to Kyoto on Day 4 (one luggage per person).
  • Green car shinkansen and train tickets from Tokyo Station to Kiso-Fukushima Station on Day 4, Kiso-Fukushima Station to Kyoto Station on Day 7; Kyoto Station to Hiroshima Station on Day 10.
  • Transportation to/from Koyasan Station on Days 12 and 13.
  • English-speaking guides for Days 2, 8 and 12.
  • Entrance fees and transportation fees as mentioned in the itinerary for days 2 and 8.
  • Private transfers from Kiso-Fukushima to Magome and from Tsumago to Kiso-Fukushima on Day 5.
  • Kyoto’s Backstreets by Bike on Day 7.
  • Lake Biwa Cycling and Family Visit on Day 9.
  • Miyajima Kayaking Adventure on Day 11.
  • Self-guide app and customized travel documentation

OUR SERVICES DO NOT INCLUDE:

  • International and domestic flights (quoted separately).
  • Some local transport (e.g. some local city buses, taxi transfers, etc.).
  • Meals other than mentioned above.
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone, and other expenditures of a personal nature).
  • Travel insurance (please see below).
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.

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