World Heritage Japan

Price
From USD$2600 Per Person
  • 11  nights  12  days
  • Tokyo, Takayama, Shirakawago, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Nara, Mt. Koya, Osaka
Highlights
  • Tokyo: Visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple
  • UNESCO Shirakawago: Stay in the iconic “Gasshozukuri” style home
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    Highlights
    • Tokyo: Visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple
    • UNESCO Shirakawago: Stay in the iconic “Gasshozukuri” style home
    • Kanazawa: Kenrokuen Garden (not included in tour)
    • Nara: Todaiji Temple home of the Great Buddha
    • Kyoto: Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine for its thousands of Torii Gates
    • Mt. Koya: Explore the Home of the Kyosan Shingon sect of Buddhism
    • Extend your stay to visit the second largest city in Japan with the Osaka Express Package

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  • Itinerary
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World Heritage Japan

Feel the ancient and urban life in one place.

From panoramic views of skylines to historic shrines, a visit to the Land of the Rising Sun is a must on your bucket list. Experience and witness the unique balance of Japan’s ancient traditions in Kyoto, urban lifestyle in metropolis Tokyo and cultural assets of the UNESCO Heritage – Shirakawago.

Itinerary

Arrive at Narita or Haneda Airport and meet your local representative, who will assist with your airport bus transfer to your hotel. Arrive at your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Accommodation: Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa or similar
Your morning tour starts with a visit to the Meiji Shrine. Drive by the National Diet Building and stop for a brief visit to the Imperial Palace East Garden. Continue to visit Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo’s oldest and most famous Buddhist Temple. Here you can also browse through the many colorful stores that line the Nakamise walkway leading up the temple. Your tour will end at Tokyo Station where you will have the rest of the day at leisure. Your tour guide will give you details on how to make your own way back to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa or similar
Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the city or join an optional day tour.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa or similar
Make your way to Tokyo or Shinagawa station, where you will board your Shinkansen (Bullet Train) and travel to Nagoya. Upon arrival in Nagoya you will connect to a regional train to Takayama. Arrive Takayama and make your way to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Note: Your luggage will be transferred directly from Tokyo to Kyoto. Please be sure to have your bag at the Bell Desk of your hotel by 7:30 AM. You will also need to take an overnight bag with you for the next three nights.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hida Associa Takayama Resort or similar
Spend the morning at leisure, exploring the city on your own. The city’s old quarter is especially beautiful, with many traditional Japanese-style buildings. In the early afternoon you will travel by bus from Takayama to Shirakawago, a village known for its distinctive ‘Gassho-zukuri’ style homes. Arrive in Shirakawago and make your way to your ‘Ryokan’, or Japanese-style inn Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the village. Return to your Ryokan at the end of the day for dinner.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Gasshozukuri or similar
After breakfast you will travel by bus from Shirakawago to Kanazawa. Arrive in Kanazawa and make your way to your hotel. You will then have the rest of the day free at leisure to explore Kanazawa on your own. The highlight of any visit to this city is Kenroku-en garden. Ranked as one of the top three in Japan, its breathtaking beauty shines through in any season. A visit to the imposing Kanazawa Castle next door is also a must do. Return to your hotel at the end of the day.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: ANA Crown Hotel Kanazawa or similar
Spend the morning at leisure in Kanazawa. Then in the afternoon you will travel by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto. Upon arrival in Kyoto meet your local representative and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon travel from Kyoto by train to Nara. Once there you will take a walking tour to visit sights include Todaiji Temple, home of the Great Buddha, Nara Deer Park and Kofukuji Temple. Travel back to Kyoto and spend the rest of the evening at leisure..

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hanchijo or similar
After breakfast, join a full day coach tour of Kyoto including Kiyomizu Temple, Sanjusan Gendo, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Arashiyama (Bamboo Forest), Tenryu Temple and Kinkakuji Temple. Your tour will end at Kyoto Station where you will have the rest of the day at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Accommodation: Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hanchijo or similar
Spend the full day at leisure exploring Kyoto on your own or join an optional tour

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hanchijo or similar
This morning a local representative will meet you at your hotel and assist with your transfer from Kyoto to Shin-Imamiya. Here you will change trains and then travel by cable car to Mt. Koya. Upon arrival you will check in to your Ryokan. The rest of the day will be free for you to explore the area, the home of the Koyasan Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to many temples and monasteries as well as spectacular scenery. Return to your Ryokan at the end of the day for dinner.

Note: Your luggage will be transferred directly from Kyoto to Osaka. Please be sure to have your bag at the Bell Desk of your hotel by 7:30 AM. You will also need to take an overnight bag with you for your trip to Mt. Koya.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Henjokorin Ryokan or similar
After breakfast, enjoy some more free time before you travel back to the bottom of the mountain by cable car. You will then travel by train to Osaka. Arrive at Osaka station and make your way to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Granvia Osaka or similar
Enjoy free time before you transfer to the airport to board your onward flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Price Includes

  • Return Join in transfer between airport and hotel.
  • 4-Star hotel accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Bullet Train tickets Tokyo – Nagoya (Ordinary Class) and regional train to Takayama
  • Join in sightseeing tours with admission*
  • Professional English Speaking local guide service
  • Daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 2 dinners.

*Guaranteed departure with 2 passengers

Price Excludes

  • International Airfare to Japan.
  • Travel/Medical/Cancellation insurance
  • Travel Visa
  • Personal expenses.
  • Tipping and gratuities to local guides, drivers, and hotel staff.
  • Any items not specified as included.

Travel Tips

Travel documents: Passports must have 6 months validity by the time of return.
Canadian / US passport holders do not require a visa if staying in Japan less than 90 days.

For Visa requirements please refer to CITB Visas.

Currency: The unit of Japanese currency is yen. Coins are available in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 Yen and bank notes in denominations of 1,000, 2,000 (very rare), 5,000 and 10,000 Yen. Travelers Checks are accepted by leading banks, hotels, ryokan (Japanese inns) and stores in major cities. International credit cards such as American Express, VISA, Diners Club and MasterCard are also acceptable at these major establishments. However, credit card transactions are not always convenient outside big cities so obtaining cash beforehand is recommended when you travel to the countryside

Language: There is only one official language spoken in Japan, which is of course is Japanese. However, many Japanese are able to understand English to a certain extent since English is the foreign language that everyone must learn as part of compulsory education. Even if you don't understand Japanese, you can still certainly enjoy Japan. But if you know a few everyday Japanese phrases then it will make your trip even more memorable. A few words make a big difference.

Weather: Japan has four distinctive seasons. In spring, The plum blossom is a good sign that the cold winter will soon end and spring is just around the corner, followed by the cherry blossoms in March and early April. Summer begins in June with a three to four week rainy season and then it becomes seriously hot and humid from July onward. Autumn always brings freshness with a light breeze and cool temperature after the hot and humid summer. Winter weather ranges according to the geographic location. The temperature rarely drops below 0°C in the plains along the Pacific coast during wintertime. It is very dry and very sunny. Central Japan and Northern Japan are highly reputed regions for winter sports. Southern Japan is comparatively mild and pleasant in winter.

What to Pack: Tourists can prepare clothes according to the following:
Spring: Mar – May Light jackets, light sweaters and other similar kinds of tops.
Summer: Jun – Aug Light clothes (cardigans are handy, since indoors are mostly air-conditioned.)
Autumn: Sep – Nov Light jackets, light sweaters and other similar kinds of tops.
Winter: Dec – Feb Overcoat and sweaters, etc.

Power Supply: Voltage – 100V. Frequency – 50Hz (Eastern Japan) / 60Hz (Western Japan including Nagoya, Kyoto & Osaka). A convertible type of electrical appliance such as a hair dryer, travel iron and shaver will therefore be handy; otherwise a step-down transformer is required to convert the voltage. There are no columnar-shaped plugs or 3-pin plugs used in Japan but 2-flat-pin plugs are used instead. It is therefore advised to purchase a plug adapter beforehand.

Tips & Gratuities: Tipping is generally not customary in Japan.

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