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14 Day Complete Experience Tour - Start from Nagoya

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Nagoya Castle
Single package: $3,410.00pp~
Twin package: $2,710.00~
Triple package: $2,380.00pp~

Package includes:

- 14 Day Japan Rail Pass Ordinary

- JPY 1,500 Pasmo Card - Kyoto 'Sunrise' Morning Tour

- Tokyo Morning Tour

- 1 night at the Castle Plaza Hotel - Nagoya

- 2 nights at the Hida Hotel Plaza - Takayama

- 3 nights at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel - Tokyo

- 2 nights at the Palace Hotel - Hakone

- 2 nights at the Hotel Granvia Hiroshima - Hiroshima

- 3 nights at the New Miyako Hotel - Kyoto

Day 1

Day 1: Central Japan International Airport Centrair / Nagoya

Japanese Maple in Autumn
Welcome to Nagoya!

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 in Nagoya is a 5 minute walk from the Central Exit of Nagoya Station.

Historically, Nagoya was a typical castle town of feudal Japan built in the 16th century, whereas today Nagoya is the nation's forth largest city and one of Japan's key industrial zones. Traditionally, industry within the city centred on pottery-making. Today, however, the heavy and chemical industries predominate as well as the traditional light industries, producing cars, ships, rolling stock, machinery, plastics, cloisonné, ceramics, timepieces, toys, woodworks, musical instruments, and paper products.

Stay: Hotel Castle Plaza - 1/1

Day 2

Day 2: Nagoya - Takayama

Check out and store your luggage at the Hotel Castel Plaza.

Activate your 14 Day Japan Rail Pass at the Japan Rail Pass Exchange Corner (open 10:00am-18:00pm) located in the Concourse by the Central Ticket Gate.

Spend the morning at Nagoya Castle (JPY500 / open 9:30am-4:30pm) where you can view five floors of antique exhibits that tell the fascinating story 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, and burnt down in 1945 during the World War II air raids and later rebuilt in 1959 as a reinforced concrete building with seven stories above ground and a basement. Since then, it has continued to be a beautiful symbol of Nagoya.

Surrounding the castle is Meijo Park; this scenic park contains a variety of flowers that bloom in different seasons, and is a popular walking place for local residents. To the east of Nagoya Castle is a part of the town that retains the atmosphere of the seventeenth century mansions and warehouses that still stand there.

Return to your accommodation, collect your stored luggage, and make your way back to JR Nagoya Station. From here, board the Limited Express (Wide View Express) Hida train to JR Takayama Station (2 hrs 20 min). 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, and most of the attractions are concentrated in the old part of town, within minutes of each other. Your accommodation at the Hida Hotel Plaza is a 5 minute walk from the station.

Enjoy an afternoon stroll around this museum-like town, dotted with attraction after attraction, including a variety of small museums devoted to traditional crafts embodying the town's long-standing tradition of the finest craftsmanship. Visit the old private houses that lie in the area between Miyagawa River and the famously lush and picturesque Shiroyama Park. This quite residential area is replete with 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

Hida Folk Village
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 nearby 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). Open 8:30am to 5:00pm.

Stay: Hida Hotel Plaza - 2/2

Day 4

Day 4: Hida / Takayama - Tokyo

Shinkansen Bullet Train
Check out of the Hida Hotel Plaza and board a Limited Express Wide View Hida train from Takayama Station to JR Nagoya Station (2.5 hrs). Change trains within the station and speed to JR Shinagawa Station onboard the Hikari bullet train. (2 hrs).

Your accommodation at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel is a two minute walk west of JR Shinagawa Station. The Shinagawa area is the ideal place to stay in Tokyo due to its convenient access to a range of restaurants and shops.

After check in, return to JR Shinagawa Station and board a local Yamanote Line train to Ueno Station. Use the Central Exit and walk to the Ameyoko Ueno Market which run from Ueno Station to Okachimachi Station. There are over 500 shops that sell everything from basic foods to high-class imported goods at reasonable prices, and thus it is always crowded with shoppers.

Stay: Shinagawa Prince Hotel - 1/3

Day 5

Day 5: Tokyo

Pedestrian Crossing, Tokyo
This morning you will be collected from the Shinagawa Prince Hotel at 7:50am for your Tokyo Morning Highlights of the Capital Tour. 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 Tokyo from the main observation platform.

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

Akasaka Guest House - Brief photo opportunity outside the Guest House Gate; entrance is prohibited. A magnificent Western-style palace built in the baroque architectural style.

National Diet Building (Drive by) See the imposing Japanese Capitol (House of Parliament) dominated by a massive central tower.

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).

Ginza Shopping District (Drive through) - Stroll at Ginza area.

After the tour, make your way to the closest JR Yamanote Line train station and board a local train to JR Akihabara Station. To most foreign visitors Akihabara is known as Electric Town due to popularity in selling a huge range of electronics.

Stay: Shinagawa Prince Hotel - 2/3

Day 6

Day 6: Tokyo

Shinjuku Area, Tokyo
Today take a trip to Odaiba - a huge amusement zone where you can enjoy shopping, delicious food, entertainment, and a view of Tokyo Bay all at once.

From JR Shinagawa Station board a 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 (suspension) Bridge to Daiba Station (14 min).

Odaiba was born on the reclaimed land in the Tokyo Bay in the southeast of Tokyo. 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 1400 meters below (JPY2,700 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 7

Day 7: Tokyo - Hakone / Mt. Fuji

Japanese Onsen (Hot Spring)
Check out of your accommodation and board a bullet train from Shinagawa Station to Odawara Station. (32 min)

At Odawara Station, purchase a 3 Day Hakone Free Pass which entitles the holder to 2 or 3 days of unlimited travel on a variety of local transport including the unique mountain railway, bus, cable car, ropeway and cruise boat. Use your Pass to gain entry to and discounts at the region's many hot springs, museums, galleries, gardens, temples and shrines.

From Odawara Station to your accommodation at the Palace Hotel Hakone take the Hakone Tozan Bus for Togendai (via Hakone-Yumoto) and get off at Palace Hotel Hakone Mae (50 min). Your hotel has a volcanic outdoor onsen (hot spring) one of the region's thirteen volcanic spas - a perfect way to relax after a busy travel schedule.

Wedged between Mount Fuji and lzu Peninsula, encircled by forested mountains and deep ravines, extraordinary views (weather permitting) from Hakone of Mount Fuji and the Japan Alps are a magnificent scene to remember.

Spend the remainder of the day exploring the many sights of this amazing resort town.

Stay: Palace Hotel Hakone - 1/2

Day 8

Day 8: Hakone / Mt. Fuji

Mt Fuji
Using your Hakone Free Pass and the provided tourist maps & brochures and explore some of the many sites of the Hakone region, including:

Lake Ashi: The 400,000 year-old volcanic crater lake that never freezes! Ashiko is a popular place for fishing, boating and water sports. Use your Hakone Pass to cruise the lake by pirate ship. On a clear day you will be able to take pleasure in Mt. Fuji's inverted reflection.

Owakudani (Greater Boiling Valley): Accessible by ropeway this entire gorge reeks of sulphurous fumes, spewing clouds of steam from crevasses among bubbling hot springs.

Ancient Cedar Avenue: Enjoy a leisurely stroll along this superb 2km flora-lined winding passage; once the pathway to Toky.

Stay: Palace Hotel Hakone - 2/2

Day 9

Day 9: Hakone / Mt. Fuji - Hiroshima

A Bomb Dome, Hiroshima
Check out of the Palace Hotel and board the Hakone Tozan Bus for Odawara Station (50 min). At Odawara Station board a bullet train to Hiroshima Station. Depending on the timetable, your may need to sway trains at Shin Osaka Station. (5.5 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 10

Day 10: Hiroshima

Deer on 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 (26 min). Miyajima is reached by JR ferryboat (10 min / using your JR Pass) 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 (JPY 1,800 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, 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 11

Day 11: Hiroshima - Kyoto

Osaka Business Park
Check out of the Hotel Granvia Hiroshima and board a bullet train to JR Kyoto Station. Depending on the timetable you may need to swap trains at Shin Osaka Station on the way.

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

Return to Kyoto in the late afternoon. Be sure to 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 including a department store, specialty shops, restaurants and coffee shops.

Stay: New Miyako Hotel - 1/3

Day 12

Day 12: Kyoto

Geisha View Kyoto
Commence your exploration of the ancient city of Kyoto. 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 transfer back to Kyoto Station with a likely return time being around 1:30pm)

In the afternoon, board a local bus to the base of Kiyomizu Temple. Walk up this attractive winding road lined with colourful souvenir and craft shops. At the peak is Kiyomizu Temple which is famous for its giant wooden stage boasting panoramic views 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 two stops to Shijo Station. Stroll towards Gion; Kyoto's famous entertainment which is one place in Japan where you may see Maiko or Geisha scampering between appointments. As darkness falls watch the traditional lanterns gradually come to life and you wander down tiny alleys housing a variety of restaurants offering tempting cuisine.

Stay: New Miyako Hotel - 2/3

Day 13

Day 13: Kyoto - Nara - Kyoto

Nara Park
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 Nara Park.

Should the weather be kind, you may like to have your lunch in the picturesque Nara Park, famous for the many tame deer that roam the area. Here you will be surrounded by impressive World Heritage listed cultural assets. Todaiji Temple, the world's largest wooden architecture that 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.

Stay: New Miyako Hotel - 3/3

Day 14

Day 14: Depart Japan

Doraimon Anime
Spend your last day in Kyoto completing any final sightseeing or shopping.

For those departing from Nagoya board a bullet train from Kyoto Station to Nagoya Station. (50 min). Change trains and board the Meitetsu Line train service to the Central Japan International Airport Centrair. (JPY850 yen / approx. 28min).

For those departing from Osaka, board the Haruka train from Kyoto Station to Kansai Airport. (70 min)

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

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