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9 Day Tour - Kyoto, Takayama & Tokyo



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Golden Pavilion, Kyoto
Single package: $2,160.00pp~
Twin package: $1,780.00pp~
Triple package: $1,550.00pp~



Package includes:

- 7 Day Japan Rail Pass

- JPY 1,500 Pasmo Card

- Kyoto 'Sunrise' Morning Tour

- Tokyo Morning Tour

- 3 nights at the New Miyako Hotel- Kyoto

- 2 nights at the Hida Hotel Plaza in Takayama

- 3 nights at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel - Tokyo




Day 1

Day 1: Arrive in Japan / Kansai International Airport - Kyoto

Kyoto
Welcome to Osaka - Kansai International Airport!

To travel to Kyoto from Kansai International Airport, board the Haruka Express train from Kansai Airport to Kyoto Station (75 min / JPY 3,500 yen) - Pay on the spot.


Your accommodation at the New Miyako Hotel in Kyoto is a 2 minute walk from Kyoto Station.

Stay: New Miyako Hotel - 1/3


Day 2

Day 2: Kyoto

Kyomizu Temple
At 08:55am you will be picked up for your Kyoto Morning Tour operated by Sunrise Tours. Your tour and English speaking local guide will take you 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. Its main hall is entirely constructed of wood and supported by huge columns and beams without the use of a single nail, screw or bolt.

In the evening board a subway to Shijo Station and walk to Gion, Kyoto's old famous entertaiment district. Gion is the one place in Japan where you may see Maiko or Geisha walking between appointments. As darkness falls watch the traditional lanterns gradually come to life and you wander down tiny alleys housing a variety of restuarants offering tempting cuisine.

Stay: New Miyako Hotel - 2/3


Day 3

Day 3: Kyoto - Nara - Kyoto

Deer in Nara Park
Commence using your 7 Day Japan Rail Pass at the Japan Rail Station Ticket Office within Kyoto Station. (open 8:30am-11:00pm).

A full day of sightseeing awaits you in Nara. Here, you can find peace of mind and natural beauty as you uncover the many treasures of Japan's former capital (710-784AD).

From JR Kyoto Station board a JR Nara Line limited express train for Nara (45 min). All sightseeing is within comfortable walking distance of Nara Station. From the station make your way through town towards Nara Park.

Visit the picturesque Nara Park which is famous for the 1200+ tame deer that roam the area. Here you will be surrounded by impressive World Heritage listed cultural asset - Todaiji Temple. This is the world's largest wooden architecture, houses the Giant Buddha that soars 16 metres in height. Return to Nara Station via Nara-machi, an old precinct full of traditional houses, shops and tearooms in calm and pleasant surroundings, giving a good contrast to the great temples and old burial mounds.

Return to Kyoto in the late afternoon and visit the Sky Plaza Observation Deck on top of Kyoto Station for a free panoramic view of the surrounding area of Kyoto. This modern station also contains a large shopping mall with a wide range of specialty shops and restaurants.

Stay: New Miyako Hotel - 3/3


Day 4

Day 4: Kyoto - Hida Takayama

Takayama
From JR Kyoto Station board the Shinkansen Hikari bullet train to JR Nagoya Station (40 min). Change trains at Nagoya Station and board the Limited Express Hida train to JR Takayama Station. (2 hrs 20 min) This magnificent train journey through the Japan Alps may be one of the highlights of your trip to Japan.

Takayama is a traditional medieval town located in the mountains of Gifu Prefecture. Your accommodation in Takayama is at the Hida Hotel Plaza which is a 5 minute walk from the station. Make sure you try their rooftop, open air - Japanese style onsen bath. Relax and bathe with a breathtaking view of the magnificent surrounding mountains in the distance.

In the afternoon, take time to stroll around this historic town which contains a number of small museums to explore. Many are devoted to traditional crafts embodying the town's long standing tradition of the fine craftsmanship. It is possible to walk across the centre of Hida Takayama in about 20 minutes.

For dinner tonight you may like to find a restaurant which serves the locally produced Hida beef which is delicious in sukiyaki or grilled on a hot plate.

Stay: Hida Hotel Plaza - 1/2


Day 5

Day 5: Hida Takayama - Shirakawago - Hida Takayama

Jinya, Takayama
Make sure you visit the Jinya Mae and Miyagawa "morning markets". Located on the banks of the Miyagawa River, these markets are open daily from 7am to 12 noon. Here you will find local farmers selling fresh produce and flowers. Local souvenirs, crafts and snacks are also available for purchase.

Return to JR Takayama Station and take a day trip to Shirakawago Village. Purchase a ticket from the Takayama Bus terminal in front of Takayama train station. (JPY 4,300 return) Board the Nohi Bus to Shirakawago Village. (50 min one way) Shirakawago is a small historic village in Northern Gifu. This areas is famous for its old farm houses which have been built with traditional thatched roofing "gassho zukkuri". Ogimachi within Shirakawago Village has been registered as a Unesco World Heritage site with over 100 gassho zukkuri structures spread across a lovely mountain valley. Enjoy the atmosphere and scenery of this unique mountain village contained within in a beautiful mountain setting. Return to Takayama in the late afternoon.

Stay: Hida Hotel Plaza - 2/2


Day 6

Day 6: Takayama - Tokyo

Ameyoko Market
Check out of the Hida Hotel Plaza and from JR Takayama Station board the Limited Express Hida train to JR Nagoya Station (2.5 hrs). Change trains within the station and speed to JR Shinagawa Station (in Tokyo) onboard the Shinkansen Hikari bullet train. (360km in 2 hrs!) Your accommodation at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel is a one minute walk west of JR Shinagawa Station. The Shinagawa area is an ideal place to stay due to its access to a large range of restaurants and shops.

After check in, return to JR Shinagawa Station and board a local JR Yamanote Line train nine stops north to JR Ueno Station to visit the Ameyoko Ueno Market. There are over 500 shops that sell everything from basic foods to high-class imported goods at reasonable prices, and it is always crowded with shoppers.

Stay: Shinagawa Prince Hotel - 1/3

Day 7

Day 7: Tokyo

Meiji Shrine
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 - 2/3


Day 8

Day 8: Tokyo

Fuji TV Buiding, Odaiba
This morning take a trip to Odaiba - Tokyo ultra modern development built on reclaimed land in the middle of Tokyo Bay. Here you can enjoy shopping, delicious food, entertainment and a view of Tokyo Bay all at once.

From JR Shinagawa Station board a JR Yamanote Line local train three stations north to JR Shimbashi Station. At Shimbashi Station, take Yurikamome Line unmanned monorail across the 918 metre span Rainbow Bridge to Daiba Station (14 min).

This ultra-modern island is home to the Fuji TV Studio, Toyota Motor Company show room, Palette Town giant Ferris wheel, Venus Fort shopping theme park for ladies modelled on an 18th Century European city, the Museum of Maritime Science, Odaiba Marine Park, and MegaWeb Sega Game Centre. A visit to the Oedo Onsen Monogatari volcanic hot spring is an excellent way to soak away the stresses of a week of exhilarating travel. Luxuriate in open air, foot, sand and steam baths, tatami rooms and aesthetic/massage salons. The hot water spouts up naturally from 1,400 meters below. (JPY 2,700 adult / tattoos must be covered)

Later in the day, return to Shimbashi Station and board the Yamanote Line local train to Shinjuku Station - the largest and busiest train station in Japan. From the West Exit walk 10 minutes through the high-rise business district to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Building to ponder the commanding views of the city from its 45th story observation deck. The night view is breathtaking! (9:30am-10:30pm / free entry).

Stay: Shinagawa Prince Hotel - 3/3


Day 9

Day 9: Depart Japan / Tokyo

Osaka Castle
Spend your last day in Japan completing any final sightseeing and shopping.

For those departing from Tokyo, board the Narita Express train from Shinagwa Station to Narita Airport. (80 min)

For those departing from Osaka, board a bullet train from Shinagawa to Shin Osaka Station. (3hrs) Within the Station, take the haruka train for Kansai Airport. (70 min)

Be sure to check in to your scheduled flight at least 2 hours prior to its departure.



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