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8 Day Nagoya, Takayama, Hiroshima & Kyoto Tour

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Single package: $1,830.00
Twin package: $1,550.00
Triple package: $1,360.00

Package includes:

- 7 Day Japan Rail Pass Ordinary

- Kyoto 'Sunrise' Morning Tour

- 1 night at the Castle Plaza Hotel - Nagoya

- 2 nights at the Hida Hotel Plaza - Takayama

- 2 nights at the Hotel Granvia Hiroshima - Hiroshima

- 2 nights at the New Miyako Hotel - Kyoto

Day 1

Day 1: Arrive in Japan - Central Japan International Airport Centrair Nagoya

Nagoya City View
Arrive at Central Japan International Airport Centrair.

To travel to Nagoya Station, board the Meitetsu Railway Tokoname Line train service from the airport (JPY850 yen - 28 min). Your accommodation at the Hotel Castle Plaza Hotel is 5 minute walk from JR Nagoya Station - Main Central Exit.

Historically, Nagoya was a typical castle town of feudal Japan built in the 16th century. Today Nagoya is the nation's forth largest city and one of Japan's key industrial zones.
After check in, make a visit to Nagoya Castle (JPY500) where you can view five floors of antique exhibits that focus on the birth of Nagoya. Nagoya Castle is conveniently reached from Nagoya Station by complimentary shuttle bus. The castle was built in 1612 by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the then-shogun of the Edo government.

Surrounding the castle is Meijo Park; this scenic park contains a variety of flowers that bloom in different seasons.

Stay: Hotel Castle Plaza - 1/1

Day 2

Day 2: Nagoya - Hida Takayama

Hida Takayama
Check out of the Hotel Castle Plaza and make your way to Nagoya Station. Activate your 7 Day Japan Rail Pass at the Japan Rail Pass Exchange Corner (open 10:00am-18:00pm) located at JR Nagoya Station.

From JR Nagoya Station board the Limited Express (Wide View Express) Hida train to JR Takayama Station (2.5 hrs). This magnificent train journey through the Japan Alps (often compared to the Alps of Europe) will be one of the highlights of your trip to Japan.

Hida Takayama is a traditional medieval town located in the mountains of Gifu Prefecture. It is possible to walk across the centre of Hida Takayama in about 20 minutes with most of the attractions concentrated in the old part of town.
Your accommodation at the Hida Hotel Plaza is a 5 minute walk from the station's main exit.

Enjoy the afternoon strolling around this museum-like town visiting attractions including a variety of small museums devoted to traditional crafts embodying the town's long-standing tradition of the fine craftsmanship. Visit the old private houses that lie in the area between Miyagawa River and the famously lush and picturesque Shiroyama Park. This quiet residential area has shops selling traditional wares, antique shops, Japanese-style inns, sake breweries and restaurants serving local specialities.

Stay: Hida Hotel Plaza - 1/2

Day 3

Day 3: Hida Takayama

Morning Market, Takayama
An excellent start to the day can be had at the Takayama Jinya Market and the Miyagawa Market. Located on the banks of the Miyagawa River these morning markets are open daily from 7am to noon. Here you will find people from local farms selling fresh produce and flowers.

Return to Takayama Station where you can purchase a Hida-no-Sato (Hida Folk Village) discount ticket - 900 yen - (Hida-no-Sato Setto-Ken) which includes a return bus ride (10 minutes each way) and admission to the Hida Folk Village. Here you will find restorations of more than 30 typical old thatched-roofed (gassho-zukuri) houses, relocated here from the various places around the Hida area. The site recreates the atmosphere and scenery of mountain villages of old in a beautiful mountain setting. Here you can try your hand at making candles and senbei (rice crackers).

Stay: Hida Hotel Plaza - 2/2

Day 4

Day 4: Hida Takayama - Hiroshima

Hiroshima Castle, Hiroshima
Check out of the Hida Hotel Plaza and board a Limited Express (WideView) Hida train from JR Takayama Station to JR Nagoya Station (2.5 hrs). Change trains within the station and board a bullet train to JR Hiroshima Station. On the way to Hiroshima you may need to change trains at JR Shin Osaka Station. (3.5 hrs).

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.

Stay: Hotel Granvia Hiroshima - 1/2

Day 5

Day 5: Hiroshima / Miyajima Island / Hiroshima

Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima Island
Enjoy a day of exploration upon the sacred earth of Miyajima Island (Shrine Island).

From Hiroshima Station board the JR Sanyo Line to Miyajimaguchi Station (25 min). Miyajima is reached by JR ferryboat (10 min) from Miyajimaguchi Pier, a few minutes walk from JR Miyajimaguchi Station.

The entire 30 sq. km. island is designated by the Japanese government as a Special Historic Site and Special Place of Scenic Beauty. The must see Itsukushima Shrine, built in the sixth century, is dedicated to the maritime guardian goddesses. The shrine buildings are connected by corridors which stretch out over the water giving it the appearance of floating on the sea at high tide. The giant red wooden O-Torii (Grand Gate) is the most noted symbol of Miyajima.

Be sure to take the 1.7km ropeway (JPY1,800 round trip) to Mount Misen's summit to absorb one of the three most spectacular panoramic views in Japan. Keep your eye on the summit's mischievous monkeys before descending on a peaceful walk through the ancient forest.

Return to Hiroshima early evening to feast upon the city's popular delicacy Okonomiyaki a savoury noodle layered noodle pancake cooked on an iron hotplate at your table. The locals are very proud of their contribution to Japanese cuisine!

Stay: Hotel Granvia Hiroshima - 2/2

Day 6

Day 6: Hiroshima - Kyoto

Golden Pavillion, Kyoto
Check out of the Hotel Granvia Hiroshima and board a bullet train to Kyoto (2.5hrs).

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

After check in, return to Kyoto Station and take a bus from the bus terminal in front of the station to Shijo-kawara-machi (10 min), then walk five minutes to Gion. Gion is Kyoto's most famous geisha district and 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 tempting cuisine.

Stay: New Miyako Hotel - 1/2

Day 7

Day 7: Kyoto - Nara - Kyoto

Todaiji Temple, Nara
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 walk through the town towards the pricturesque Nara Park famous for the 1200+ tame deer that roam the area. Here you'll be surrounded by impressive World Heritage listed cultural assets. Todaiji Temple, 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.
Upon return to Kyoto, visit the 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 including a wide range of specialty shops and restaurants.

Stay: New Miyako) Hotel - 2/2

Day 8

Day 8: Depart Japan

Depart Japan
Check out of the New Miyako Hotel and leave your luggage at the porter's desk.

At 08:45am, you will be collected from your hotel's lobby to join the Kyoto Morning Tour. Your English-speaking local guide will take you by bus to Nijo Castle, the Golden Pavilion, and the Kyoto Imperial Palace (on Sat., Sun. & national holidays, visit Higashi Honganji Temple instead). The tour will disband at the Kyoto Handicraft Centre. This is an excellent place to purchase authentic Japanese arts and crafts at affordable prices. (The centre offers courtesy vehicle services to major hotels in Kyoto and a likely return time being around 1:30pm).

Collect your luggage and then either board the Haruka train to Osaka's Kansai International Airport.
Board a bullet train to JR Nagoya Station (40-60 min). Change trains here and board the Meitetsu Railway Tokoname Line train service from Nagoya Station to Nagoya's Central Japan International Airport Centrair (28 min).

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

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