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14 Day Japanese Gardens Tour - start from Tokyo

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Japanese Garden
Single package: $,2970.00
Twin package: $2,500.00
Triple package: $2,250.00

On our 14 Day Japanese Gardens Tour you will visit some of the world's oldest and most breathtakingly beautiful gardens.

Package includes:

- 14 Day Japan Rail Pass Ordinary

- JPY 1,500 Pasmo Card

- 4 nights at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel - Tokyo

- 2 nights at the Kanazawa Miyako Hotel - Kanazawa

- 3 nights at the New Miyako Hotel - Kyoto

- 2 nights at ANA Hotel Okayama - Okayama

- 2 nights at the Hotel Granvia Hiroshima - Hiroshima

Day 1

Arrive Tokyo

Shinjuku Gyoen Garden, Tokyo
Upon arrival at Narita International Airport (Tokyo), clear custom and then take the escalor downstairs to the train station. Activate your 14 day Japan Rail Pass (which you can use on all JR trains) and board the Narita Express Bullet train to Shinagawa Station.

Your accommodation at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel is a one minute walk from the station.

Stay: Shinagawa Prince Hotel- 1/4

Day 2


Electronic Town, Akihabara
Commence your sightseeing of Tokyo and board a JR Yamanote Line train to Komagome Station. Take the short walk to the Rikugien Garden*. Stroll through Rikugien's spacious grounds and make your way back to Komagome Station and then board a JR Yamanote line train to Ueno.

From the Central exit visit the long lanes of Ueno Markets which run alongside the railway line. Here a wide range of goods are sold from teas, spices, seafood, fruit and vegetables to fashion wear.

In front of the markets is the entrance to Ueno Park. Take a walk through the park where you can see many Japanese relaxing. Next board a subway train for Asakusa, one of the most historical parts of Tokyo. The area is famous for the Asakusa Kannon Temple and the surrounding Nakamise shopping arcade. Explore the long arcades full of souvenir shops selling authentic Japanese arts and crafts.

Return to Ueno by subway and then take a JR train to Akihabara or "Electric Town" as it is known to foreign tourists. Akihabara sells the latest in computers, TV's, videos, DVDs and everything electrical. It is worth just the window shop to see the latest models of electronics.

In the late afternoon, board a train to the bright lights of Ginza. Exploring the great shopping and nightlife of Ginza is an unforgettable experience. Make sure you visit the basement of any of the department stores for the most lavish food courts.

*Rikugien Garden
The Someimon Gate of Rikugien Garden is just a few steps from the South Exit of Komagome Station.
Rikugien is one of Tokyo's most beautiful gardens. It was constructed in the 18th century and includes a large pond, a dense grove of trees and several teahouses. Admission is 300 yen. Open daily from 9:00am to 16:30.

Stay: Shinagawa Prince Hotel - 2/4

Day 3


Nijubashi (Double Bridge) Imperial Palace
Using the maps provided commencing at Tokyo Station, visit the exterior of the Tokyo Imperial Palace - home of the Japanese Royal Family. In the area you can also visit Maruyama Park and the Tokyo Science Museum.

After lunch, board a train to Harajuku. Walk through the densely wooded park till you get to the Meiji Shrine. There is no better example of classic Shinto architecture in Tokyo. Many young couples like to have their wedding photos 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 a JR train at Harajuku Station one stop to Shibuya. Exit via Hachiko-Guchi exit for one of the busiest shopping and entertainment districts in Tokyo.

In the evening, take a JR train to Shinjuku Station - the largest and busiest train station in Japan. Visit the Observation Deck of the N.S Building where the entry is free. Here you can marvel at the spectacular panoramic view of Tokyo's skyline.

Stay: Shinagawa Prince Hotel - 3/4

Day 4

Tokyo - Kamakura - Tokyo

Great Buddah, Kamakura
Take a day trip to the seaside town called Kamakura. Located just 45 minutes from Shinagawa Station on the Yokosuka Line, Kamakura is one of Japan's most popular sightseeing destinations, famous for a number of temples, shrines and beautiful Japanese gardens.

Surrounded by wooded mountains on three sides and Sagami Bay on the south, Kamakura was once the capital of Japan from 1192 to 1333.

Many of the wonderful sites in Kamakura are within walking distance of Kamakura Station, so one can easily spend the day exploring the many temples, shrines, parks and gardens. Some of the sites you might like to visit include:

The Great Buddha, this giant bronze statue of Buddha stands at 13.35m tall and is the second largest in Japan. The Buddha once was housed inside a temple, but late in the 15th century, a large tsunami washed away the wooden structure and the Buddha has remained outside ever since.

Komachi-dori St, leading out from Kamakura Station, this strip of shops has many great places to buy souvenirs and a number of good places to buy some snacks from nuts and crackers, to cute little cakes and sweets.

Hasedera Temple, situated high on a hill, the main temple has a fine view of the coastal city. The temple is home to a wooden statue of Kannon, the 11-headed goddess of mercy that stands at 9m high.

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, This iconic Shinto shrine is Kamakura?s geographical and cultural centre and attracts many visitors with its beautiful peony gardens and two museums, the Museum of Modern Art and the Kamakura Museum of National Treasures.

Hokoku-ji Temple, this Zen temple is a must-see attraction in Kamakura. Behind the temple is a magnificent bamboo garden which is tranquil escape. Towards the back of the bamboo garden is a small tea house where you can enjoy a special cup of green tea while taking in the beauty of the serene surroundings.

Return to Tokyo in the late afternoon.

Stay: Shinagawa Prince Hotel - 4/4

Day 5

Tokyo - Kanazawa

Kenrokuen, Kanazawa
Board a JR bullet train from Shinagawa Station to Maibara. Within Maibara Station, transfer to a limited express train to Kanazawa. The entire journey takes about four hours.

Your accommodation at the Kanazawa Miyako Hotel is a two minute walk from the station. Spend the afternoon exploring the city of Kanazawa. Your sightseeing may include a trip to Omicho Market, which is just a 10 minute walk or 3 minute bus ride from Kanazawa Station.

For a rare look inside Japan's traditional entertainment culture, take an evening trip to Kanazawa's famous Higashi Geisha District where you may be able to see a geisha hurrying to an appointment in full traditional costume. Shima, a former geisha house in the district, is open for public viewing.

Stay: Kanazawa Miyako Hotel - 1/2

Day 6


Take a day trip to Kenrokuen, which is an exquisite strolling garden constructed in the 19th century. It is one of the three most beautiful landscape gardens in Japan along with Kairakuen in Mito and Korakuen in Okayama. The literal meaning of Kenrokuen is 'The Garden of Six Sublimities'. This refers to its spaciousness, seclusion, artificiality, antiquity, abundant water and broad views. It took 150 years to complete the ponds, streams, waterfalls, flowers and teahouses, which are truly breathtaking.

Kenrokuen is a 15 minute bus ride from Kanazawa Station.

Stay: Kanazawa Miyako Hotel- 2/2

Day 7

Kanazawa - Kyoto

Kinkakuji Temple in Summer, Kyoto
In the morning, take the JR Limited Express train to Kyoto Station. (2hrs)

Upon arrival in Kyoto, walk across the road to your accommodation at the New Miyako Hotel.

Using the maps provided commence a walking tour of Kyoto. Board a bus to Kiyomizu Temple and see the magnificent panoramic view from its giant wooden verandah. Using the walking maps visit Sannenzaka, Maruyama Park, Chion-in temple and the Heian Shrine.

In the afternoon, return to Kyoto Station and take a bus to Kyoto's most famous temple, Kinkakuji (The Golden Pavilion).

In the evening board a subway train two stops to Shijo Station and walk towards Gion - Kyoto's famous shopping and entertainment district which is open until late at night. Gion is the one place in Japan where you may see Geisha in full traditional costume scampering between appointments.

Stay: New Miyako Hotel - 1/3

Day 8

Kyoto - Nara - Kyoto

Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Nara
Take a day trip to Nara. Board a JR Limited Express train to Nara. (45 min)

All the sightseeing is within comfortable walking distance from the station. Walk through the park and feed the many tame deer which roam the area. At the end of the park is Todai-Ji, which is the star attraction in Nara and the largest wooden building in the world.

Return to Kyoto late in the afternoon.

You may like to visit the Observation Deck on top Kyoto Station. Here you can see a magnificent view of the surrounding area of Kyoto. Entry is free.

Stay: New Miyako Hotel - 2/3

Day 9


OBP Osaka Business Park
Take a day trip to Osaka which is only 40 minutes from Kyoto by limited express train.

Osaka is a modern city known for its bargain shopping and delicious restaurants. Make sure you also visit Osaka Castle for its comanding views of the city and its fascinating musuem within which focuses on Japan's samurai history.

Stay: New Miyako Hotel - 3/3

Day 10

Kyoto - Okayama

Okayama Castle
Check out of the New Miyako Hotel and board a bullet train to Okayama. (60 min)

Okayama is home to the magnificent landscape garden of Korakuen - considered one of Japan's three most beautiful gardens.

Your accommodation at ANA Hotel Okayama is just a one minute walk from JR Okayama Station. After check in board a local train on the Sanyo Main Line to Kurashiki. (15 min) Walk to the Historic Canal area, where you will find several dozen storehouses which have been converted into cafes, boutique shops and museums. These are located along a quaint, tree-lined canal in the historic city district.

Stay: ANA Hotel Okayama- 1/2

Day 11


Korakuen Garden, Okayama
Take a day trip to the beautiful gardens of Korakuen.

Board a Higashiyama bound streetcar from Okayama Station and get off at the third stop (Shiroshita Station). Korakuen is just a 5 minute walk away. Korakuen was built in the 17th century and incorporates the surrounding hills and Okayama Castle into its design. This ingeniously crafted garden is a must see for visitors to Okayama.

In the evening, make your way back to Okayama.

Stay: ANA Hotel Okayama - 2/2

Day 12

Okayama - Hiroshima

Hiroshima Peace Park
Take the JR bullet train to Hiroshima Station and walk next door to your accommodation. The Hotel Granvia Hiroshima is a 2 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.

For dinner tonight we recommend you visit one of the many okonomiyaki restaurants located within Hiroshima Station. Okonomiyaki is a specialty of Hiroshima - a Japanese noodle layered pancake which is cooked on the hotplate in front of you. Its ingredients may include pork, chicken or seafood. Okonomiyaki is always a fun and economical dinner.

Stay: Hotel Granvia Hiroshima - 1/2

Day 13

Hiroshima - Miyajima - Hiroshima

Itsukushima Shrine, Hiroshima
Take a day trip to Miyajima Island - a very popular island with foreign tourists who want to see the "old style Japan".

From Hiroshima Station board a local JR train to Miyajima Guchi Station. (25 min) Then using your Japan Rail Pass, board the JR Ferry to Miyajima Island.

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. Be sure to take the cable car to the peak. 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 14

Depart Japan: Hiroshima - Osaka / Tokyo

Shinkansen Bullet Train
Spend your last morning in Hiroshima completing any final sightseeing or shopping.

In the afternoon, take a bullet train to Shin Osaka Station. Within Shin Osaka Station, change trains and board the Haruka Express train to Kansai International Airport and return to Australia.

If you are departing from Narita Airport, take an early morning bullet train all the way to Tokyo Station. (5.5 hrs) Within Tokyo Station, change trains and take the Narita Express train to Narita International Airport: Terminal 2. (70 min)

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