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Essence of the Orient
Transport & Accommodation Transport - Taxi, train (including the Bullet Train), subway, local bus, on foot, cable car, boat, tram
Accommodation - Hotel (7nts), roykan - traditional Japanese living quarters (2nts), temple (1nt)
Meals - 10 breakfasts & 3 dinners
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Make your way to your first nights accommodation and check in. You will meet your group leader and the rest of your family group at the welcome meeting. This evening, if you feel like it, you could head down to Ginza by subway to see the extraordinary display of neon (particularly the Sony building, which houses all the latest products – many of which won’t reach the UK) at Tokyo’s equivalent of Piccadilly Circus. You could also go to Roppongi Hills to see the world class Mori Art Museum, or the Tokyo City View observation deck – the city can be seen in all its glory from the 52nd floor of the tower.
Shiba Park Hotel - 2 nights (B)
On your first day you set out to explore the fascinating city of Tokyo setting off by subway and local bus for a flying tour of Tokyo’s main sights. The fish market at Tsukiji is a fascinating, if a little smelly, place to start your tour. Then you will visit the Imperial Palace. Here you’ll see the classic view of the Nijubashi (double bridge), the moat and part of the Palace buildings in the background. Then take a tour of the Honda showroom including a demonstration of a Asimo robot. Finally see the Asekusa Kannon Temple.
This evening is free. If you wish you can take the subway to sample some night-life in Shinjuku district, with its constant crowds, extraordinary modern architecture and bright lights - the epitome of modern city living. (B)
Today you take a sightseeing tour of Tokyo by local train visiting Meiji Shrine and Harajuku area. This afternoon there is free time.
Later you depart for Hakone (taking with you overnight bags for just 2 nights - your main luggage will be transferred to Hiroshima and be waiting there for you). Using your rail pass and travelling first by local train, you’ll then transfer to a JR (Japanese Railways) shinkansen - the so-called bullet train – taking you to Odawara. The total time of the journey will be 90 minutes. It’s astonishingly easy to travel by train in Japan. Trains operate with metronomic precision, and the sight of a white-gloved guard, bowing to a carriage full of travellers, is something you’ll never forget!
Your day’s travel will end with an opportunity to bathe Japanese-style at your hotel’s delightful Onsen (hot springs).
Hakone Palace Hotel - 1 night (B)
Today you will do the so-called Hakone Circuit; you’ll get a pass which allows you to travel by funicular railway, cable car, lake steamer and train to cover the area. There’s something for everyone here: Hakone has an excellent open-air museum of modern sculpture, but one of the main attractions is the volcanic area of Owakudani, with its sulphur pools which emit foul-smelling, but supposedly beneficial, gases. Try one of the hard boiled eggs, which are turned black by the water, they are alleged to prolong your life. If the weather is fine, you’ll get sublime views from Lake Ashino-ko of the icy cone of Fuji-san; Japan’s definitive mountain broods serenely on the skyline.
From Odarawa station you catch a train to Nagoya, from where you board the express train to Nakatsugawa then the local train to Nagiso. The whole journey will take about three hours, before taking a taxi to Tsumago fo overnight nights at a traditional Japanese ryokan.
A ryokan is a traditional Japanese hotel, where the owners take pride in preserving the atmosphere and history of the building, which is usually wood. A garden is also a common feature. You will stay in a Japanese-style room on a futon, which will be comfortable enough (but don’t expect modern conveniences!) and tonight you will enjoy a traditional style home-cooked meal.
Tsutamuraya Ryokan - 1 night (BD)
This morning you’ll catch a local bus to the small town of Magome in the Kiso Valley. This valley is renowned as the route of the ancient Nakasendo post road, an imperial highway from the Edo period that once ran from Kyoto to Tokyo. It makes a welcome change as you stretch your legs with an easy 9km walk up and over Magome-koge Pass back to the town of Tsumago (roughly three hours away). There’s time to enjoy the traditional atmosphere of these villages, stopping in places where original travellers would once have stopped to rest and take fresh horses. The villages are steeped in history, and are as authentic as anything you're likely to see on the main island of Honshu. Later transfer to the station by taxi to board your JR express train to Nagoya. At Nagoya you change train and take the bullet train to Shin Osaka. Then take another bullet train to Hiroshima. Arriving in the evening it's then just a short walk to your hotel, where you main luggage will await you.
New Hiroden Hotel - 2 nights (B)
Today you take a tram to Miyajima-guchi (approx. 30 minutes) and board the ferry for the short 10 minute crossing to Itsuku-shima (also known as Miya-jima) island - officially designated (the Japanese just love lists…) as one of the ‘Three Most Scenic Places in Japan’. The renowned bright scarlet torii gate rises directly out of the ocean. Dating from 1168, this 16m high, 24m wide structure stands at the mouth of a small bay so that any boat entering the bay would have to pass through it. The island is dominated by Mt. Misen; depending on the time you could walk up (it takes a couple of hours). After your visit you return to Hiroshima. (B)
Hiroshima / Mt Koya
On 06 August 1945 Hiroshima emerged from comparative anonymity to become a major icon of the 20th century, and a universal symbol for destruction when the first atom bomb devastated a huge area of this busy industrial city. The Atomic Dome (A-dome), at the epicentre of the blast is the vestige of one of the only buildings not to have been entirely flattened. The charred structure of twisted steel and crumbling concrete, once an exhibition centre, has been carefully preserved as a memorial to those who perished as a result of man’s inhumanity to man. Almost opposite lies the Peace Park, with the memorial to the victims of the bomb. It contains the names of all those who died in the explosion or subsequently from the long term effects of radiation. This place of pilgrimage attracts many thousands of visitors - Japanese and foreign alike. The flame will continue to burn here until the last nuclear weapon on earth has been destroyed. You’ll take a walking tour of these two sites (a 15 minute tram ride from your hotel).
Just after noon you make your next stage of the journey, travelling with just an overnight bag, your main luggage will be sent to Kyoto to await your arrival. Board the Bullet train for Shin Osaka. Then take the subway to Namba, then take a Nankai Express train to Mt Koya arriving around 4pm. Take a local bus to Shukubo where you stay in a traditional Buddhist temple this evening, there is time to enjoy the traditional style garden before dinner. All meals are served as vegetarian in accordance with religious views so tonight you will enjoy a vegetarian supper.
Rengejo Inn - Temple - 1 night (BD)
Today you can rise early and participate in a traditional early morning prayer ceremony at dawn, then enjoy a vegetarian breakfast. Then you make a walking tour around Mt Koya(2800ft) visiting Kongobuji Temple and Okuno Inn Shrine. Later transfer to Mt Koya station by local bus and catch the Nankai express train (approx 30 mins) to Namba where you transfer to Shin Osaka station and take the bullet train to Koyoto (approx 15 mins). On arrival it's a short distance to walk to your hotel.
The charms of the former imperial capital of Kyoto are discreetly hidden, and your stay will reveal some of the finest temples, shrines, palaces and gardens in the country. You have the whole plenty of time to explore - though you could easily spend a week in Kyoto without getting bored!
Explore the city by local bus visiting Heian Shrine and the Kiyomizu Temple – this temple being one of the most famous landmarks of the city thanks to its role within the realms of Buddhism, and reached by a narrow trail dotted with traditional Japanese shops. Its location is scenic - atop a hill, with a waterfall below and the area is dotted with numerous other temples and shrines! You’ll also visit Kinkaku-ji (the Golden Temple), which is almost entirely covered with gold foil, and is one of the most famous landmarks of Kyoto. Plus the Ryoanji Temple with its rock garden. This evening you have great fun at a Japanese cooking lesson at Old Kyoto House. The following morning you jump onto bicycles to explore the old town. The afternoon is free for your own activities - or maybe some more cycling.
New Miyako Hotel - 3 nights (Bx3, D on Day 10)
Your tour ends today. (B)
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