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Imperial Capitals of Japan & Hiroshima
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Imperial Capitals of Japan & Hiroshima

jpJapan
3 cities
9 days, 8 nights
Day by day
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Day 1 Tokyo

Arrival
Welcome to Tokyo - the ultramodern and the traditional at the same time capital of Japan! Your driver meets you at the arrivals hall and transfer you to your hotel.

Upon arrival at the hotel, you check in and have the rest of the day at leisure to relax after your trip or start exploring the vibrant city on your own.

Breakfast included
Park Hotel Tokyo
Park Hotel Tokyo
1-7-1 Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Shiodome Media Tower, Tokyo, Tokyo, JP, 105-7227
Queen, Non Smoking, above 27F
1 room
Up to 2 guests
1 Queen Bed
22 m²
Breakfast included
More amenities
Arrival: Private Airport Transfer Sedan
Day 2 Tokyo

Highlights of Tokyo
In the morning, after breakfast, you meet your private guide and start your first full-day tour of Tokyo. During the tour, you use the convenient Tokyo public train transportation to travel around the city.

First, you see the incredible Imperial Palace to get a taste of Japanese culture and glance at the precious building. Notably, The Imperial Palace has served as the residential place of the successive Emperors since 1868. It contains the Imperial Residence and the Imperial Palace Complex, where His Majesty the Emperor undertakes official duties. Moreover, various ceremonies and public activities are held there too.
After relishing this marvelous Palace, you will walk through the Nihonbashi district which is a business district that grew up around the bridge of the same name, which has linked two sides of the Nihonbashi River at this site since the 17th century. After enjoying the atmosphere of the Nihonbashi district, you will have lunch.

Then you have a visit to the Tokyo Sky Tree by metro, a television broadcasting tower, and the tallest structure in Japan. Its observation decks offering spectacular views over Tokyo are the highlights of the tower. You visit the deck located at the height of 350 meters (1148 feet), so make sure to have your camera and phone charged!

After that, you will visit Asakusa Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo, and learn the legend of how this temple was built. The temple is known to bring good luck in almost anything, so make sure to make a wish! Here you can feel the traditional Japanese culture the moment you step onto the temple grounds. A shopping street called Nakamise leads from the outer gate to the temple's second gate; here, you can find a great selection of souvenirs as well as local confectionaries that the locals admire so much.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the evening at leisure.

8h
Highlights of Tokyo
Highlights of Tokyo
Day 3 Tokyo

Day trip to Mt. Fuji & Ashi Lake Cruise
Today in the morning a private guide and driver meet you at the hotel lobby and take you on a full-day tour to Ashi Lake and Mt. Fuji. 

Throughout this tour, you will have the opportunity to experience the beauty of Japanese nature and landscapes. Located in Japan's Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in the country. Since Mount Fuji is a sacred mountain, it is surrounded by temples and shrines, even at the crater's edge. The atmosphere of this place is reminiscent of Japanese culture. Finish your splendid tour by admiring Ashi Lake, which was formed by volcanic activity 3,000 years ago.

10h
Mt. Fuji & Ashi Lake Cruise
Mt. Fuji & Ashi Lake Cruise
Day 4 Tokyo

From Tokyo to Kyoto
​​​​​​​Today in the morning you continue your trip and you travel to Kyoto by a world famous Shinkansen train which is a real Japanese experience.

Park Hotel Tokyo
Address
1-7-1 Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Shiodome Media Tower, Tokyo, Tokyo, JP, 105-7227
Departure: Private City Transfer Minivan
Train from Tokyo to Kyoto
Departure
2 h 18 min
Arrival

Description for connection

The Shinkansen train is the fastest train in Japan and one of the fastest ones in the world. It is an experience in itself and is the best way to get around Japan, especially from Tokyo to Kyoto. 2nd class seats offer a solid level of comfort.
Day 4 Kyoto

Arrival in Kyoto
​​​​​​​Upon arrival in Kyoto, a private driver meets you at the train station and takes you to the hotel.

The evening is free for some optional activities or exploring the city on your own.

Breakfast included
Hotel Kanra Kyoto
Hotel Kanra Kyoto
190 Kitamachi, Karasuma-dori, Rokujyo sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, JP, 600-8176
Superior Twin Room Main Building
1 room
Up to 5 guests
2 Double Beds and 1 Twin Futon
42 m²
Breakfast included
More amenities
Arrival: Private City Transfer Minivan
Day 5 Kyoto

Kyoto City Tour & Tea Ceremony
In the morning after breakfast you meet your private guide and start your full day exploration of Kyoto.

You start with the Kyoto Imperial Palace, the Imperial Family's residence from 794 until 1868, during the times when Kyoto was the capital of Japan. Here you have a chance to explore the palace buildings (from the outside) and the gardens, which was just recently opened to the public.

Head to Arashiyama, the second-most important sightseeing district in Kyoto that is filled with temples and shrines. The highlight of the district is the famed Bamboo Forest, one of the most photographed sights in Kyoto. Standing in the midst of this sprawling bamboo grove is like being in another world, it has a sense of otherness that is very much unlike that of any other forest. This is an experience that is not to be missed!

Your tour continues with visiting Kinkakuji, one of the top UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the most remarkable Buddhist temples, and a gorgeous golden must-see attraction! So welcome to one of the most luxurious temples in Japan, also known worldwide, reflecting its fame in traditional arts and modern media. Here you will find peace, tranquility, and spiritual renewal.

Conclude your day with a Japanese tea ceremony experience, that provides an engaging induction to the traditional tea ceremony. This activity dates back hundreds of years and is the most idealistic pastime of ancient Japan. In this ceremony you will have an opportunity to wear traditional kimono robes, taste the green matcha tea and eat unique Japanese sweets specifically made to match the tea's flavour.

After the ceremony you return to your hotel and have the evening at leisure.  

6h
Kyoto Sightseeing Tour
Kyoto Sightseeing Tour
2h
Tea Ceremony and Kimono Experience
Tea Ceremony and Kimono Experience
Day 6 Kyoto

Fushimi Inari Shrine & Sanjusangendo Temple
Today you have a half-day tour to explore Fushimi Inari Shrine and Sanjusangendo. You will reach these sights by the convenient system of public trains. 

Fushimi Inari Shrine is an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of red torii gates, which stand astride a network of trails. The trails lead into the forest of the sacred Mount Inari. Fushimi Inari is the most important of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. You can take a hike on these trails and learn how the thousands of torrid gates appeared here. 

Then you proceed to the Sanjusangendo Temple, famous for its 1001 human-sized statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. Once inside, you see a large wooden statue composition of the Kannon, equipped with numerous heads and arms, the goddess of mercy can better witness the suffering of humans and better help them fight the suffering.

After the tour, you return to your hotel in Kyoto and have the evening at leisure.

4h
Fushimi Inari Shrine & Sanjusangendo Temple
Fushimi Inari Shrine & Sanjusangendo Temple
Day 7 Kyoto

Departure
Today in the morning, you check out from the hotel, and our private driver takes you to the train station.

Hotel Kanra Kyoto
Address
190 Kitamachi, Karasuma-dori, Rokujyo sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, JP, 600-8176
Departure: Private City Transfer Minivan
Train from Kyoto to Hiroshima
Departure
1 h 45 min
Arrival
Day 7 Hiroshima

Arrival
​​​​​​​Upon arrival in Hiroshima, your private driver takes you to your centrally located hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free.

Breakfast included
THE KNOT Hiroshima
THE KNOT Hiroshima
3-1-1 Otemachi, Hiroshima, Hiroshima, JP, 730-0051
Superior Room, 1 King Bed, City View, Non Smoking
1 room
Up to 4 guests
1 King Bed
25 m²
Breakfast included
More amenities
Arrival: Private City Transfer Minivan
Day 8 Hiroshima

Hiroshima City Tour with Miyajima Island
​​​​​​​After breakfast at your hotel you are met by your private guide and go for an exciting tour of Hiroshima city and Miyajima Island (6 hrs).

In Hiroshima you visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park located in the area that used to be the political and commercial heart of the city, before the bomb. The main site at the park is the Peace Memorial Museum that focuses on the events of August 6: the dropping of the bomb and its outcome in human suffering. The exposition serves as a reminder that peace should not be taken for granted.he A-Bomb Dome, also known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, is what remains of the former Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, it was one of the few buildings to remain standing when the bomb exploded. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the A-Bomb Dome today is a tangible link to Hiroshima's unique past.

After that you continue your trip to and take a ferry to Miyajima Island. The island is officially named Itsukushima and features one of the most recognisable attractions - old Itsukushima Shrine. The shrine and its torii gate are unique for being built over water, as if floating in the sea during high tide.

After the tour the guide takes you back to the hotel.

6h
Hiroshima City Tour and Miyajima Island
Hiroshima City Tour and Miyajima Island
Day 9 Hiroshima

Departure from Hiroshima
After breakfast and check-out, your private driver takes you to the airport for your flight back home.

THE KNOT Hiroshima
Address
3-1-1 Otemachi, Hiroshima, Hiroshima, JP, 730-0051
Departure: Private Airport Transfer Sedan

What's included

Exceptional downtown hotel accommodations
Guided sightseeing tours with expert English-speaking guides
Delicious breakfasts at your hotels
Entrances to Tokyo Imperial Palace, Tokyo Sky Tree and more
Tickets and intercity transportation as per itinerary
Professional meeting services at the airport
Dedicated support team before and during your trip

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