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7 Day East to West Tour - Tokyo, Hiroshima & Kyoto



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Single package: $1,660.00pp
Twin package: $1,390.00pp
Triple package: $1,250.00pp





Package includes:

- 7 Day Japan Rail Pass Ordinary

- 2 nights at the Shingawa Prince Hotel - Tokyo

- 2 nights at the Hotel Granvia Hiroshima - Hiroshima

- 2 nights at the New Miyako Hotel - Kyoto

- Tokyo Morning Tour

- Kyoto Morning Tour


Day 1

Arrive in Tokyo

Japanese Tempura
Welcome to Tokyo!

Upon arrival at Narita International Airport, activate your 7 day Japan Rail Pass at the train station within the airport. Reserve your seat and take the Narita Express train to Shinagawa Station.

Your accommodation at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel is a two minute walk from the west exit of the station.

After check in,take a Yamanote Line train to Harajuku. Walk through the densely wooded park to the Meiji Shrine. There is no better example of classic Shinto architecture in Tokyo. Many young couples like to have their wedding photos taken in the grounds of this beautiful Shrine.

Return to Harajuku Station and walk down Takeshita Street for one of the busiest shopping areas in Tokyo.

Next, board the train from Harajuku Station one stop to Shibuya. Use the Hachiko-Guchi exit for one of the busiest shopping and entertainment districts in Tokyo and an amazing scene each time the pedestian lights turn green.

In the evening, take a JR Yamanote Line train to Shinjuku Station, the largest and busiest train station in Japan. Use the West Exit and walk past the high rise buidlings to the N.S Building. Make your way to the Observation Deck which is free to visit. Here you can marvel at the spectacular panoramic view of Tokyo which is best seen at night.

Stay: Shinagawa Prince Hotel - 1/2


Day 2

Tokyo sightseeing

Ginza at Night
This morning you will be collected from the Shinagawa Prince Hotel at 07:50am for your Tokyo Morning Tour operated by Japan Holiday Tours. Your tour will disband in the Ginza shopping district at approximately 1:00pm. You will be guided by an English-speaking Japanese local and transported by coach to the following sites:

Tokyo Tower - Enjoy a panoramic view of the famous Tokyo skyline from the main observation platform;

Meiji Shrine - The finest example of Japanese shrine architecture nestled in a peaceful, picturesque park containing over 120,000 trees;

Imperial Palace East Garden - Enjoy a pleasant walk in the East Garden of the Imperial Palace, of historical interest and scenic beauty. (Mon. & Fri. Visit Imperial Palace Plaza, Double Bridge, instead of East Garden) Visit the inner moat, 15-feet thick walls and gnarled pine trees surrounding the 250-acre fortress, home of the Emperor and Empress);

The tour disbands in the Ginza shopping district. Take time to explore the Ginza's famous upmarket shopping, numerous department stores and wide range of boutiques, galleries and dining. The basement of any Japanese department store is home to an incredible food court where foods are expertly prepared and presented for sale.

Post tour, board a subway to Tokyo Station and then board a local train to Akihabara Station. To most foreign visitors Akihabara is known as "Electric City" due to hundreds of electronic stores found in this district. In recent years Akihabara has become home to a number of shops specialising in Japanese animation "Anime and Manga" which is growing increasingly popular around the world.

Next travel two stops north of Akihabara to Ueno Station and visit the Ameyoko Ueno Markets. There are over 500 shops that sell everything from basic foods to high-class imported goods at reasonable prices and is always crowded with local shoppers.

In the evening return to Shinagawa Station using the Yamanote Line.

Stay: Shinagawa Prince Hotel - 1/2


Day 3

Tokyo - Hiroshima

Hiroshima Castle
Check out of the Shinagawa Prince Hotel and board a Hikari bullet train from Shingawa Station to Hiroshima Station. This trip will take about 5.5 hours. Depending on the timetable you may need to swap trains at Shin Osaka on the way

Your accommodation at the Hotel Granvia Hiroshima is a two minute walk from JR Hiroshima Station.

Hiroshima was a city left in ashes after the Atomic bomb was dropped. Hiroshima has made a remarkable recovery and has been rebuilt as a modern thriving city. The area which felt the full force of the bomb has been transformed into a Peace Memorial Park with gardens of great beauty and nearly forty memorials to the victims of the atomic explosion. Hiroshima is now known as the International City of Peace dedicated to a total ban on the use of Atomic weapons. A visit to the Peace Memorial Park should be included in every Hiroshima itinerary. To visit the Park, board a tram in front of Hiroshima Station and get off at Genbaku Domu-Mae (Atomic Bomb Dome) stop (cost 150 yen - 15 min.).

Using your tour map, visit a number of exhibits including the Atomic Bomb Dome: Positioned below the epicentre, this skeleton of melted steel and concrete has been left as it was after the bomb was dropped. It stands as a stark reminder of the city's August 6, 1945 bombing

The highlight of the Park is the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. This state of the art museum focuses on Hiroshima both before and after the explosion. It also tells the story of Hiroshima's rapid rebuild into the beautiful city it is today.

On the way back to station, make sure you visit Hiroshima Castle. This castle was first built in 1589 until its destruction in 1945. Having been rebuilt in all its glory, it is now used to exhibit historic artefacts from Japan's feudal past.

In the evening, we recommend your visit one of the many okonomiyaki restaurants surrounding Hiroshima Station. Okonomiyaki is a famous dish in Hiroshima - a noodle layered pancake which is cooked on the hotplate in front of you. The contents may include pork, chicken or seafood. Okonomiyaki is always an enjoyable and economical dinner.

Stay: Hotel Granvia Hiroshima- 1/2


Day 4

Hiroshima - Miyajima - Hiroshima

Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima Island
Take a day trip to Miyajima Island - a very popular Island with foreign tourists who want to see the 'Old Style Japan'.

Board a local train from Hiroshima Station to Miyajima Guchi Station. (25 min) Using your Japan Rail Pass, board the JR ferry to Miyajima Island. (15 min)

Miyajima is famous for the Itsukushima Shrine whose long wooden corridors reach out into the sea. Miyajima is also famous for Mount Misen which boasts one of the three best panoramic views in Japan. Make sure you take the cable car to the peak and if you have the energy, take the long walk to the base. Spend the day exploring the many walks, temples and gardens of Miyajima.

Make your way back to Hiroshima in the late afternoon.

Stay: Hotel Granvia Hiroshima - 2/2


Day 5

Hiroshima - Kyoto

Golden Pavillion
Check out of the Hotel Granvia Hiroshima and board a bullet train from Hiroshima to Kyoto Station. (2 hours) You may need to change at Shin Osaka on the way.

Walk across the road to your accommodation at the New Miyako Hotel.

After check in we recommend your take a Limited Express train to Nara. (50 min) All the sightseeing is within comfortable walking distance from the station. Walk through the town toward the park and feed the many deer which roam the area. At the end of the park is Todai Ji which is the star attraction in Nara as it is the largest wooden building in the world.

Return to Kyoto late in the afternoon and visit the Observation Deck on top of Kyoto Station. Take the many escalators to the peak from where you can see a impressive view of the surrounding area of Kyoto. The entrance is free.

Stay: New Miyako Hotel - 1/2


Day 6

Kyoto sightseeing

Gion District, Kyoto
Spend the day exploring the historical city of Kyoto.

At 08:55am you will be picked up for your Kyoto Morning Tour operated by Sunrise Tours. Your English speaking local guide will take you by bus to Nijo Castle, the Golden Pavilion, Kyoto Imperial Palace and will terminate at the Kyoto Station.

In the afternoon, board a local bus number 100 or 206 (15 min - 230 yen) to Kiyomizu Temple. Get off the bus at the stop called Gojo-zaka or Kiyomizu-michi. Take the entertaining 10 minute walk to the temple past the many souvenir and craft stops. From Kiyomizu's famous giant wooden verandah, you can see a spectacular panoramic view of Kyoto.

In the evening, take a subway from Kyoto Station to Shijo Station and walk towards Gion which is Kyoto's famous entertainment district open until late at night. Gion is the one place in Japan where you may see Geisha or Maiko walking between appointments. As darkness falls watch the traditional lanterns gradually come to life as you wander down tiny alleys housing a variety of restaurants offering tempting cuisine.

Stay: New Miyako Hotel - 2/2


Day 7

Depart Japan

Tokyo Train Station
Spend your last morning in Kyoto completing any final sightseeing or shopping.

For those departing from Osaka, take the Haruka train to Kansai International Airport. (80 min)

For those departing from Tokyo, board a bullet train from Kyoto to Tokyo (3hrs). Within Tokyo Station, change trains and take the Narita Express train to Narita International Airport. (80 min)

Please note all airport trains need to be reserved in advance. Make sure you check in for your flight at least two hours prior to its departure.




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