This TOKYO-KYOTO-HIROSHIMA-OSAKA package offers the essence of Japan. The cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka offer the entire gamut of activities, sights, and luxuries any tourist dreams of. While Tokyo offers a host of tourist destinations, including a visit to the world famous Mt. Fuji, catering to a variety of tourist perspectives. It also offers great shopping options, as Japan is known as the Mecca of electronic goods. Kyoto, Hiroshima & Osaka also provide a number of temples, all revered by Buddhists. The bullet train ride is memorable and so are visits to the Miyajima Island and the Japanese Tea Ceremony. This tour touches all the right spots to give you a memorable, satisfying and edge-of-the-seat experience.
Bullet Train Rides
2 Nights in Tokoyo
2 Nights in Kyota
2 Nights in Osaka
Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding woods. The Imperial Palace sits amid large public gardens. The city's many museums offer exhibits ranging from classical art (in the Tokyo National Museum) to a reconstructed kabuki theatre (in the Edo-Tokyo Museum).
The old, narrow streets of the Asakusa district contain shops, women in kimono and the 7th-century Sensō-Ji Buddhist temple. By contrast, Roppongi has lively nightclubs and karaoke bars, and Akihabara has high-tech electronics stores. Cosy Japanese-style pubs called izakaya are scattered throughout the city. The expansive Toyosu fish market is known for its morning tuna auction. The Tokyo SkyTree tower offers expansive views of the city from its public observation deck. Tokyo is famed for its vibrant food scene, and its Shibuya and Harajuku districts are the heart of its trendy teen fashion culture.
WHEN TO VISIT:
Tokyo is busy year-round. The climate is humid subtropical, with hot summers and mild winters. Popular events are New Year's Day, when shrines are quite crowded; cherry blossom festivals (Apr) throughout the city; the Sanja Matsuri (May), with parades of portable shrines; the Sumida River Fireworks Festival (Jul); the festivals of Obon (Aug), a Buddhist holiday that celebrates ancestors; and Awa Odori (Aug), with parades around Koenji Station.
Kyoto, once the capital of Japan, is a city on the island of Honshu. It's famous for its numerous classical Buddhist temples, as well as gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. It’s also known for formal traditions such as kaiseki dining, consisting of multiple courses of precise dishes, and geisha, female entertainers often found in the Gion district.
Philosopher’s Walk, a canalside path lined with cherry and maple trees, is home to temples like Ginkaku-Ji, with its pine-framed pond, and Nanzen-Ji, with a renowned Zen garden. Hillside Kyomizu-Dera Temple is famed for its huge, log-supported veranda. Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine features a tunnel-like procession of hundreds of bright-orange “torii” gates in the forest. The shogun-era Nijō Castle has elaborate wood-carved interiors, while Kinkaku-Ji, the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, is coated in gold leaf. To the west, Arashiyama's bamboo grove offers tranquil walks among the towering stalks.
WHEN TO VISIT
Kyoto's most popular travel periods are Mar-May & Sep–Nov. The climate is temperate year-round, and summers may be hot, humid and somewhat rainy Jun–Jul. Fall foliage peaks mid- to late–Nov. Other popular events are cherry-blossom season (Apr); the series of public holidays known as Golden Week (late Apr-May); Aoi Matsuri (May), with a procession from the palace to the Shimogamo-Jinja Shrine; the Gion festival (Jul), which honors geisha history with a parade; and the massive Daimonji Gozan Okuribi bonfire festival (Aug).
Osaka is a large port city and commercial centre on the Japanese island of Honshu. It's known for its modern architecture, nightlife and hearty street food. The 16th-century shogunate Osaka Castle, which has undergone several restorations, is its main historical landmark. It's surrounded by a moat and park with plum, peach and cherry blossom trees. Sumiyoshi-Taisha is among Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines.
Neon-lit Dōtonbori is Osaka’s popular dining and entertainment district, where huge signs in the shape of sea creatures hang above eateries serving local specialities like takoyaki (octopus dumplings) and okonomiyaki (savoury pancakes). Nearby Shinsaibashi is a covered shopping arcade with trendy fashion boutiques. Other big draws include Universal Studios Japan, the movie-themed amusement park, as well as the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, which re-creates Pacific Ocean habitats. The top of the Umeda Sky Building, which has glass elevators and an open-air observatory, has views over the whole city.
WHEN TO VISIT:
Osaka's peak travel periods are Mar, May (especially Golden Week, which begins in late Apr), Aug, and Nov–Dec. The subtropical climate causes mild winters, humid summers and a May–Jul rainy season. Widely attended events include various cherry-blossom festivals (Apr) and the popular, longstanding Tenjin Festival (Jul), known for its music and puppetry performances, portable shrine parade, evening procession of boats and closing hand-clapping ceremony.
Day 1: Arrival in Tokyo
On arrival at the Narita international airport, be transferred to your hotel (Check-in time is 3. 00 pm). The rest of the evening is free to enjoy the mega-metropolis of Tokyo on your own. Overnight in Tokyo.
Day 2: Tokyo
After breakfast, proceed on a guided city tour of Tokyo. Get opportunities to enjoy the Kimono experience by actually wearing a Kimono “Traditional Japanese Dress”, Later visit the popular Sensoji Temple, a very popular Buddhist Temple. Take the scenic Sumida River Cruise witnessing the Sakura trees on the sides. Later proceed for a visit to the Tokyo Sky Tree, the Tokyo Sky Tree is a 634 meters high television broadcasting tower and landmark of Tokyo. Drive past the Rainbow Bridge, see the Statue of Liberty. Reach Palette Town and later, visit the Toyota Mega Web, Museum & showroom in Odaiba, featuring Toyota vehicles. Overnight in Tokyo.
Day 3: Tokyo – Kyoto
After breakfast, proceed to the Hakone National Park and take the Owakudani Ropeway. The Hakone Ropeway journey offers visitors a spectacular view of the crystal-clear blue waters of Lake Ashi, the rising volcanic fumes of Owakudani and the grandeur of Mount Fuji. Then proceed for a cruise on Lake Ashi. Enjoy the enchanting cruise along with the picturesque surroundings of Lake Ashi. See Mt. Fuji, the tallest mountain of Japan. You will be taken on an exciting excursion to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji (subject to weather conditions).
The day culminates at Odawara station, from where a bullet train takes you to Kyoto Station. Overnight in Kyoto.
Day 4: Kyoto and Nara
After breakfast, proceed to Kyoto & Nara. See the scintillating sites of Kyoto and then venture on to the beautiful Nara Park to see the mesmeric Deer’s. In Kyoto, see the Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-JI which is a Zen Buddhist Temple and the Kyoto Imperial Palace. Stop for lunch and then continue your tour. See the Todai-Ji temple in Nara and then head to the Nara Park to see beautiful deer roaming in the wild. Also, visit the Kasuga-Taisha which is a Shinto shrine. Overnight in Kyoto.
Day 5: Kyoto - Osaka
After breakfast, get transferred to the Kansai Airport and board your plane to Osaka. Upon arrival visit Umeda Skywalk. The building consists of two towers that are connected by the "Floating Garden Observatory" on the 39th floor featuring a doughnut shape roof that provides an unobstructed 36-degree view of the Osaka city. Drive past Osaka Castle and experience Cherry Blossoms in the garden here. Later leisure time in Osaka. Overnight in Osaka.
Day 6: Osaka- Hiroshima - Osaka
After breakfast, proceed to Hiroshima by bullet train. Visit Hiroshima History Museum and the Peace Park. See Cenotaph, Sadako Monument and the Bomb Dome. Take a local train from Hiroshima station to reach Miyajimaguchi and take a ferry to Miyajima Island. And visit the Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening return to Osaka by evening bullet train. Overnight in Osaka.
Day 7: Departure from Osaka.
After breakfast, get transferred to the airport for your return flight.