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Visions of Japan Escorted Coach Tour from Osaka to Tokyo

Get ready to discover Tokyo's distinct neighborhoods, indulge in mouthwatering street food, and experience the thrill of watching a game at the Tokyo Dome. Witness the exquisite old town of Takayama and the historic temples of Kyoto. While in Osaka, take a leisurely stroll through Minami or head to the Open-Air Museum of Japanese Farm Houses. Do not miss this once-in-a-lifetime journey through Japan that you will cherish forever.

Visions of Japan Escorted Coach Tour from Osaka to Tokyo

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DEPARTURE DATE: September 30, 2024
Countries Visited: Japan

OVERVIEW

Forget everything your mother taught you about table manners. In Japan, it’s perfectly acceptable to slurp! Get ready to joyously drink in traditional hot sake, green tea, big brothy noodle bowls and the delicious views from neon-lit Tokyo to historic Kyoto. Peaks, palaces, pavilions, and pagodas provide picture-perfect backdrops for your photos, but don’t expect to stand still for very long on this enthralling tour of Japan. A hands-on calligraphy class, a special kimono fitting, an interactive cooking demonstration, and a gold-leaf design class—where you’ll make your own keepsake bento box—are all part of the fun. Browse the produce at a Takayama farmer’s market, stroll through Kanazawa’s famous Kenroku-en gardens and experience the thrill of a ride on the famous bullet train. Prepare to be floored in more ways than one!

End your exploration of Japan in Osaka. Hop on the bullet train from Kyoto to Osaka where you will visit the Osaka Castle and Minami, the city's most famous entertainment district where the locals go for fun.

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
September 30, 2024from $9,259 CADPer Person
September 30, 2024from $11,250 CADSingle Traveler

What's Included

  • 12 night escorted coach tour from Osaka to Tokyo
  • 12 breakfast, 6 lunch, 3 dinner
  • Included local favorites and tour highlights
  • Aboard our private, first-class coaches, you'll enjoy large windows, plush seats, ample legroom, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and an emergency restroom.
  • All baggage handling
  • Taxes

Local Favourite

TEA TRADITIONS Participate in a tea ceremony, the ancient tradition and wonderfully choreographed ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea.

FOR SAKE’S SAKE Go sake tasting in the San-Machi Suji historic district—famous for lacquerware shops and sake breweries, and identified by the “sugidama,” balls made of cedar branches that adorn the entrances.

TURNING JAPANESE, I REALLY THINK SO Japan is known for its cuisine, which is deeply engrained into the culture. What better way to gain insights into the local way of life than through your stomach? Participate in a special cooking class under the instruction of a local chef to learn how to make miso soup, teriyaki chicken, and makizushi, more commonly known as a sushi roll.

TOUR HIGHLIGHT:

SKY HIGH At Tokyo Skytree, ascend to Sorakara Point, on floor 450 at some 450 meters or 1500 feet, it is the highest point visitors can explore. Here you’ll have stunning panoramic views over the city and, on a clear day, Mount Fuji.

WHY WASABI Take a private tour of a wasabi farm to learn more about how it’s grown and the importance of wasabi in Japanese culture and cuisine. Eat lunch at the farm and sample wasabi ice cream.

PERFECTION OF TRANQUILITY Kenroku-en is one of Japan’s three great gardens and dates from the 1670s. Translated to English the name means “Garden of Six Qualities,” referring to the six essential attributes that make up a perfect garden: spaciousness, tranquility, artifice, antiquity, water, and magnificent views. One of the garden’s most stunning attractions is Kasumigaike pond with its island called Horai, which is meant to symbolize long life and eternal prosperity.

SENSATIONAL SHRINES While in Kyoto one must take a step back in time to explore this historic former capital and its important wooden shrines and temples. Explore Fushimi Inari Shrine, renowned for the thousands of brightly hued Torii Gate. Afterward, continue to the Higashiyama District to visit Kiyomizu Temple, the “Pure Water Temple,” with stunning views over Kyoto. Along the way, walk through the busy streets, where shops and restaurants have been catering to pilgrims for centuries.

NARA GIANTS Travel to Nara Park, one of the largest in Japan, and famous for its free-roaming deer amid its shrines and temples. Kasuga Shrine, the most celebrated in Nara, is a Shinto shrine with some 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns. On the opposite end of the park is Todaiji Temple, one of Japan’s most significant temples. Originally built in 752 AD and again after a fire in 1692, the temple is only two-thirds its original size yet remains one of the world’s largest wooden buildings. The Daibutsu (Giant Buddha) inside the main hall is made of copper and bronze, weighs 250 tons and is 49 feet tall.

ENHANCED FREE TIME -EXPLORE MORE

Tokyo - Tokyo has something for everyone so visit one of the city’s unique neighborhoods likeGinza or Shibuya districts, dine at the street food markets, or catch a game at the Tokyo Dome.

Takayama - After included sightseeing, the balance of the day is at leisure, providing you with time to explore the narrow streets where merchants buy and sell as they have for 300 years.

Kyoto - Join your Tour Director for a walking tour through Gion or visit more of Kyoto’s historic temples.

Osaka - Return to Minami for further exploration or perhaps visit the Open-Air Museum of Japanese Farm Houses. Whatever you choose to do, we’ve included a subway and bus pass to make exploring easy.

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Mon Sep 30Tokyo, Japan
2Tue Oct 1Tokyo, Japan
3Wed Oct 2Tokyo - Mount Fuji Excursion
4Thu Oct 3Tokyo
5Fri Oct 4Tokyo-Matsumoto - Takayama
6Sat Oct 5Takayama
7Sun Oct 6Takayama - Shirakawa - Kanazawa
8Mon Oct 7Kanazawa - Kyoto
9Tue Oct 8Kyoto
10Wed Oct 9Kyoto - Nara Excursion
11Thu Oct 10Kyoto - Osaka
12Fri Oct 11Osaka
13Sat Oct 12Osaka

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