Japan Express: Osaka to Tokyo

Japan Express: Osaka to Tokyo information and booking

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  • Duration
    9
    Days
  • Service
    Standard
  • Difficulty
    Easy
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Highlights

Take in the views of Mt Fuji, stay in temple lodging and a traditional ryokan, gaze at the famous floating torii gate in Miyajima, explore Kyoto's Nijo Castle

Tour description provided by G Adventures

From Buddhist monks of Koyasan to the high rollers of Tokyo, capture the many faces of Japan on this condensed tour beginning in Osaka. Savour the region’s culinary delicacies and the beautiful views at Mt Fuji. You'll stay in a traditional ryokan and really soak up local culture in onsen hot springs. A great combination of included activities and free time, this adventure provides a taste of the rich culture of Japan.

Itinerary

Day 1 Osaka
Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Kōyasan (1D)
Journey to Mt Koya, a religious centre founded in 816 by the Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi. The train ride up the mountain is possibly one of the finest rail journeys in Japan. For the final steep ascent, switch to funicular and then hop on a bus to reach the monastery. In the evening, dine on shojin-ryori, typical vegetarian cuisine, and relax in a yukata, or kimono. Included Activities: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple Oku-no-in Cemetery Visit Transport: Train (3.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Hiroshima (1B)
Early morning offers the chance to observe the monks praying. Breathe in some fresh mountain air before a vegetarian breakfast, then start the journey back down the mountain via bus, train and funicular. Later, board a train to Hiroshima, a historically significant city, marked by the explosion of the first atomic bomb in 1945. Transport: Bullet train (5.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Hiroshima-shi
Visit the Peace Park and Memorial Museum and take a ferry ride over to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating torii gate. Included Activities: Peace Park and Museum Visit Miyajima Island Visit Transport: Hop a ferry to reach the island and journey back in the evening. Ferry
Day 5 Kyoto
Visit zen gardens and pavillions, and the Gion area in the evening. WIth plenty of time to explore, opt to visit museums, palaces, temples, zen gardens, and restaurants. Take long walks along the river, through the Inari Gates, or along the Philosopher's path to Nanzen-ji. Stroll around Gion, catch a traditional tea ceremony, get a fantastic meal, and see locals dressed in traditional kimono. Included Activities: Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Visit Transport: Bullet train (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 6 Kyoto
Visit the impressive Nijo Castle and gardens along with the famous Kinaku-ji Golden Pavilion, and practice meditation in Daisen-in's Zen rock garden. Included Activities: Nijo Castle and Gardens Visit Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion Visit Daisen-in Zen Rock Garden Visit
Day 7 Hakone/Mt Fuji (1D)
Travel to Hakone, a town in the hills famous for its onsens, or natural hot springs. Stay in a traditional ryokan, with its own private onsen. In the evening, enjoy the ryokan, savouring a complex meal of traditional Japanese foods, followed by a recommended soak in the onsen. Included Activities: Lake Ashino-ko Boat Ride Traditional Ryokan Stay with Kaiseki Meal Transport: Bullet train (3.00 hour(s)) Local bus (0.50 hour(s))
Day 8 Tokyo (1B)
Arrive before noon to Tokyo, with time to explore this energetic metropolis. Opt to visit Ueno park and the museums, Akihabara for cutting edge electronics, Harajuku for funky fashions, Ginza for the highest of the high end, walk the grounds of the Imperial Palace East Garden, or just stroll the streets, looking for the traditional life that still lies just under the modern surface. Transport: Bullet train (2.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Tokyo
Depart at any time. Additional Notes: We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.