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Classic Japan Escorted Coach Tour from Tokyo to Osaka

Discover Japan's rich culture on our escorted tour from Tokyo to Osaka. Immerse yourself in delicious cuisine, historic landmarks, and friendly locals. Highlights include Sensoji Temple, Mt. Fuji 5th Station, Gion District, Kinkakuji Temple, bamboo groves in Arashiyama, Nara Park, Todaiji Temple, scenic river cruises, and much more!

Classic Japan Escorted Coach Tour from Tokyo to Osaka

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DEPARTURE DATE: March 28, 2025
Countries Visited: Japan

OVERVIEW

A tale of four iconic cities and two former capitals – your epic journey through Japan blends old and new, with soul-stirring visits to ancient centers and modern cities.

The Activity Level of this tour is Dynamic, meaning this journey features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills.

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
March 28, 2025from $8,475 CADPer Person

What's Included

  • 10 night escorted coach tour from Tokyo to Osaka
  • 10 night accommodation (3 night Tokyo, 3 night Kyoto, 2 night Hiroshima, 2 night Osaka )
  • 10 Breakfasts, 1 Be My Guest, 4 Lunches, 1 Dinner, 1 Farewell Dinner
  • High-speed bullet train between cities
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (where available)
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Taxes

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Fri Mar 28Konnichiwa Tokyo
2Sat Mar 29Explore Vibrant Tokyo
3Sun Mar 30Majestic Mt. Fuji and Owakudani
4Mon Mar 31Continue to Kyoto
5Tue Apr 1Discover Enchanting Kyoto
6Wed Apr 2Admire Ancient Nara
7Thu Apr 3Bullet Train to Hiroshima
8Fri Apr 4Experience Hiroshima
9Sat Apr 5Onwards to Osaka
10Sun Apr 6See the Sights of Osaka
11Mon Apr 7Sayonara Osaka

Day 1 – Konnichiwa Tokyo

Tokyo’s futuristic cityscape launches your journey through Japan’s modern centers and ancient capitals. On arrival at Tokyo Narita or Haneda Airport, you’ll be transferred by airport shuttle to your hotel. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome drink with appetizers.

Accommodation New Otani Garden Tower Tokyo

Day 2 – Explore Vibrant Tokyo

Rub shoulders with the locals this morning as you Dive Into Culture and wander through Ameyoko Street Market, once a black market selling American goods after World War II. Continue to the old-time entertainment center of Asakusa to visit the Sensoji Buddhist Temple, which has been rebuilt countless times since its founding in 628, making it Tokyo’s oldest temple site. Take a stroll down Nakamise shopping street with some free time for lunch, then join a Local Specialist and learn the mesmerizing rhythmic art of Taiko drumming, one of Japan’s most popular cultural icons.

Board a cruise along the Sumida River to admire Tokyo’s modern skyline, the traditional neighborhoods of old Edo and beautiful Hamarikyu Garden. Later, return to your hotel for time at leisure and dinner at a Sumo-themed izakaya restaurant.

Accommodation New Otani Garden Tower Tokyo

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 – Majestic Mt. Fuji and Owakudani

The towering slopes of snow-capped Mt. Fuji loom in the distance as we journey from Tokyo to this celebrated UNESCO-listed site. Admire spectacular views of the surrounding countryside from its 5th station, a magnificent vantage point at 2,300 meters (weather permitting). After lunch at a local restaurant, we’ll continue to Owakudani to see the volcanic activity. Consider sampling the local black eggs boiled in geysers, then head back to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

Accommodation New Otani Garden Tower Tokyo

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 – Continue to Kyoto

We leave Tokyo, traveling by high-speed bullet train to Kyoto, another former capital of Japan and the center of Japanese culture for centuries. On arrival, we’ll embark on a walking tour of the Gion District, embracing the energy of Kawaramachi street. Visit Kinkakuji Temple, whose glittering golden pavilion is widely regarded as the symbol of Kyoto, before returning to the hotel for an evening of leisure.

Accommodation The Hotel Higashiyama

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 – Discover Enchanting Kyoto

Visit one of Kyoto’s highlights – the historic and scenic district of Arashiyama, renowned for its cherry blossom trees which bloom in the springtime and its beautiful landscapes that change dramatically from season to season. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the towering Bamboo groves and see its iconic Togetsukyo Bridge. Connect with nature in the Zen gardens of Tenryuji Temple, then return to Kyoto for some free time at Nishiki market, a traditional food market known by locals as “Kyoto’s Pantry”. Return to your hotel or consider joining an optional Japanese tea ceremony experience.

Accommodation The Hotel Higashiyama

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 – Admire Ancient Nara

Start the day off with a visit to Sumiyama Village and discover the stunning Kiyomizu Pottery which originated about 500 years ago in central Kyoto. Learn about the work of the craftsmen and about how they had to move out of the city and into a more rural area due to concerns from the local citizens about air pollution. Next ‘Connect With Locals’ over a ‘Be My Guest’ lunch with a local farmer at his home. Gain insights into the life of his family while sampling fresh tea and indulging in a delicious home-made meal, then visit his tea plantation.

This afternoon delve into the ancient history of Nara, the first permanent capital city of Japan. Here you’ll visit the landmark Todaiji Temple, one of the powerful Seven Great Temples and home to one of Japan’s largest bronze statues of Buddha. Take a stroll around Nara Park, home to hundreds of freely roaming tame deer before returning to Kyoto for an evening at leisure.

Accommodation The Hotel Higashiyama

Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest

Day 7 – Bullet Train to Hiroshima

This morning, we board a high-speed bullet train to Hiroshima, a lively city that celebrates peace in the shadow of the previous century’s devastation. Our first stop is to a local restaurant where we’ll join our Local Specialist for an Okonomiyaki making experience. Mix your ingredients to make your own savory pancake and cook it on a hot plate before enjoying your creation for lunch. This afternoon, take the ferry to Miyajima Island to visit the famous UNESCO-listed Itsukushima Shrine and elaborate torii gate rising majestically out of the sea. Learn how to make Momiji Manjyu, one of the local specialties, shaping your steamed bun in the shape of a maple leaf and filling it with sweet red bean paste. You’ll have an opportunity to sample your work before returning to Hiroshima by ferry.

Accommodation Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 – Experience Hiroshima

This morning, we head to the Peace Memorial Park and Museum and see the UNESCO-listed Peace Memorial, the only structure left standing when the first atomic bomb exploded in 1945. Take a moment to contemplate its symbolic expression of hope for world peace. Spend the afternoon at leisure or consider joining an Optional Experience.

Accommodation Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 – Onwards to Osaka

Today take the high-speed bullet train to Osaka. On arrival embark on an orientation drive of the central city and your first glimpse of sights including the incredible Umeda Sky Building before checking in to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure.

Accommodation Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 – See the Sights of Osaka

Gain a different perspective of Osaka’s landmark city sights, starting your day with a cruise on the ‘aqua-bus’ along Okawa River. Sail past the Japan Mint, City Hall, Nakanoshima and Osaka Castle, one of Japan’s most famous landmarks.

Visit the downtown district of Shinsekai to see the Tsutenkaku Tower, then continue to the Dotonbori Street area for some time at leisure. Delve into the star-crossed love story of Ohatsu and Tokubei during your visit to the Tsuyunoten Shrine in Umeda, associated with the Edo-period play ‘The Love Suicides of Sonezaki, which tells of the tragic double suicide that took place at the shrine in 1703. To this day, visitors write their prayers for success in love on special wooden plaques called ema, many of which bear the image of Ohatsu and Tokubei. Admire the panoramic views of Osaka from the Floating Garden Observatory – an open-air viewing platform that straddles the two towers of the Umeda Sky Building. Later join your fellow guests and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.

Accommodation Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka

Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 11 – Sayonara Osaka

Your journey revealing Japan’s past and present is at its end, take a transfer by airport shuttle service to Kansai International Airport or Osaka Itami Airport for your onward flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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