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9 Day Tour Tokyo, Hiroshima & Kyoto

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Single package: $2,080.00 per person
Twin package: $1,740.00 per person
Triple package: $1,570.00 per person

Package includes:

- Airport to Hotel Limousine Bus Transfer (oneway)

- 7 Day Japan Rail Pass Ordinary

- JPY 1,500 Pasmo Card

- Tokyo Morning Tour

- Kyoto Morning Tour

- 3 nights at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel - Tokyo

- 2 nights at the Hotel Granvia Hiroshima

- 3 nights at the New Miyako Hotel - Kyoto

Day 1

Day 1: Arrive Tokyo

Arrive in Tokyo
Welcome to Tokyo!

Using your Limousine Bus Coupon take the Limousine bus from Narita Airport directly to the Shinagawa Prince Hotel. (90 min)

Your accommodation at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel is a two minute walk west of JR Shinagawa Station - the ideal location to stay due to its convenient access to the bullet train and a wide range of restaunts and shops.

Using your Pasmo Card start boarding Tokyo's metro trains and commence exploring the sights of Japan's capital.

Stay: Shinagawa Prince Hotel - 1/3

Day 2

Day 2: Tokyo

Imperial Palace, Tokyo
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, using your Pasmo Card 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 3

Day 3: Tokyo

Activate your 7 Day Japan Rail Pass at the Travel Service Centre within JR Shinagawa Station

This morning 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 Shinagawa Station board a Yamanote Line local train three stations north to Shimbashi Station. At Shimbashi Station purchase a Yurikamome Pass and take the unmanned monorail across the 918 metre span Rainbow Bridge to Daiba Station (14 min).

Odaiba was built on reclaimed land in 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 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 (JPY 2,700 for adults)
Later in the day, return to JR Shimbashi Station and board the JR 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 enjoy 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 4

Day 4: Tokyo - Hiroshima

Hiroshima Peace Park
Check out of the Shinagawa Prince Hotel and from Tokyo Station board a 'Hikari' bullet train to Shin-Osaka Station. Change trains and board the Sakura bullet train for Hiroshima.

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.

From Hiroshima Station board the JR Sanyo Line to Miyajimaguchi Station (26 min). Using your Japan Rail Pass board the JR ferryboat from Miyajimaguchi Pier to the Island.

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 enjoy 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 noodle layered pancake cooked on an iron hotplate at your table.

Stay: Hotel Granvia Hiroshima - 2/2

Day 6

Day 6: Hiroshima - Kyoto

Golden Pavillion
Check out of the Hotel Granvia Hiroshima and from JR Hiroshima Station board a 'Sakura' bullet train for Shin-Osaka. Change trains at Shin-Osaka Station and board a 'Hikari' bullet train for Kyoto Station. Your accommodation at the New Miyako Hotel in Kyoto is a 2 minute walk from Kyoto Station.

After check in, commence exploring the sights of Japan's old capital and board a Subway Karasuma Line train 2 stops to Shijo Station, the busiest shopping district in Kyoto. There are a number of cafes, restaurants, shops to explore. From Shijo Station, walk down to Nishiki Food Market (10 min) Here you can try various Japanese foods from traditional sweets to fresh seafood.

In the late afternoon walk towards Gion, Kyoto's famous entertainment district which is open until late at night. Gion is the 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 as you wander down tiny alleys housing a variety of restaurants offering tempting cuisine.

Stay: New Miyako Hotel - 1/3

Day 7

Day 7: Kyoto

Spend the day exploring the many highlights of Japan's old capital.

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. 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.

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 with many specialty shops, a department store and restaurants.

Stay: New Miyako Hotel - 2/3

Day 8

Day 8: Kyoto - Nara - Kyoto

Todaiji Temple
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 the town to Nara Park.

If the weather is kind you may like to have your lunch in the park amongst the many tame deer that roam the area. At the end of the park is the World Heritage listed cultural asset Todaiji Temple - the world's largest wooden building housing 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, making a good contrast to the great temples and old burial mounds.

Stay: New Miyako Hotel - 3/3

Day 9

Day 9: Depart Japan/ Kyoto - Airport

Depart Japan
Today is your last day in Japan and the final day of your 7 Day Japan Rail Pass. Check out of the New Miyako Hotel and leave your luggage in storage at the porter's desk for your later return.

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

For those departing from Tokyo, board a bullet train from Kyoto to Tokyo Station. (3 hrs) Within Tokyo Station board the Narita Express Train to Narita Airport. (70 min)

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

*Please note all airport trains must be reserved in advance.

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

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