Travel 2 Touring 18/19

RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

ASIA

1

LAND NIGHTS STAYED

1

LAND AIR NIGHTS STAYED

1

JAPAN

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Kyoto

3

2

Osaka

1

Shima

2

Mt. Koya

Kumano

Shirahama 1

LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

1

ESCORTED COACH TOUR

INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1

PRICES FROM £3299pp

• City Tour of Osaka and Kyoto • View the Nachi waterfall in Kumano • Visit Osaka Castle and the Abeno Harukas Observatory in Osaka, the Kongobuji Temple and the Danjo Garan Temple in Mt. Koya, the Ise Jingu Shrine and Mikimoto Pearl Island in Shima, the Ninja Museum and Ueno Castle in Iga and the Bamboo Forest, the Kinkakuji Temple and Sanjusangendo Hall in Kyoto LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1

9 day Spiritual Japan Osaka • Mt Koya • Shirahama • Kumano • Shima • Ise • Shima • Iga • Nabari • Kyoto

Day 1: Arrive Osaka Welcome to Japan. Upon arrival at Osaka Itami or Kansai International Airport, transfer by pre-booked airport shuttle service to your hotel. That evening, you’ll join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception drink with appetisers. Rihga Royal Osaka Hotel (2 nights) Day 2: Osaka After breakfast, start your city tour with a visit to Osaka Castle, one of Japan’s most famous landmarks. Next, take a trip to the Abeno Harukas Observatory, the tallest skyscraper in Japan. With large floor-to- ceiling glass panels all around, the 60th floor offers 360 degree panoramic views of Osaka. Later enjoy some free time for shopping in the Umeda district before returning to the hotel. The afternoon is yours at leisure or choose to join an Optional Experience. (B) Day 3: Osaka - Mt Koya – Shirahama Travel to Mt. Koya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and where the Shingon Buddism sect was introduced in 805 by the priest Kukai. Explore the Kongobuji Temple with its elegantly painted sliding doors and the Danjo Garan Temple, one of the first complexes built by Kobo Daishi in Mt. Koya. Later enjoy a Japanese style vegetarian lunch at a delightful monastery inn (shukubo) served by local monks. Continue to Okunoin, Japan’s largest cemetery and the site of Kobo Daishi’s mausoleum. Travel to Shirahama and later enjoy dinner in a local authentic Japanese ‘Izakaya’. (BLD) Nanki Shirahama Marriott Hotel Day 4: Shirahama - Kumano - Shima Visit the Kumano area, the spiritual heartland of Japan and discover the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Choose to ascend Daimonzaka Hill either on foot or by coach to admire the Nachi Taisha Shrine, Seiganotoji Temple and the impressive Nachi waterfall, the tallest waterfall in Japan. Continue your journey by visiting Hayatama Taisha one of Kumano’s most important shrines that holds an important place in Japanese mythology. (BD) Shima Kanko The Classic Hotel (2 nights) Day 5: Shima – Ise - Shima Enjoy a later start before travelling to Ise to visit the Ise Jingu Shrine – the most revered Shinto sanctuary of great spiritual and historical significance. Later meet some traditional free divers known as ‘Ama’, as seen in the James Bond movie ‘You Only Live Twice’. They are working women of the region who dressed all in white, dive into the sea without any diving

equipment to catch shellfish and seaweed. Later visit Mikimoto Pearl Island which is the place where, for the first time in the world, pearls were successfully cultured. Then enjoy some free time at a local mall for shopping and dinner. (B) Day 6: Shima - Iga – Nabari - Kyoto Travel to Iga and start the day with a visit to the Ninja Museum, dedicated to the history of ninja and ninjutsu, an original form of warfare developed mainly in the region. Continue by exploring Ueno Castle constructed in the late 16th Century served as the seat of the local lords during the Edo Period. Then enjoy a special Be My Guest lunch with a monk at Shorenji Temple in Nabari while learning about the history and traditions of the region. After lunch continue to Kyoto for your overnight stay. (BD) New Miyako Hotel (3 nights) Day 7: Kyoto Visit the Kinkakuji Temple; a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its Golden Pavilion reflecting beautifully in the water of the adjoining pond. Lunch will be okonomiyaki; similar to a savoury pancake and made with egg, cabbage, soba noodles and meat, seafood or cheese and grilled in layers on a hot plate in front of you. That afternoon you’ll discover Arashiyama, a district on the outskirts of Kyoto, before exploring the breathtaking Bamboo Forest, walking along the paths that cut through the bamboo groves. Continue on to Tenryuji Temple which has one of the finest gardens in Kyoto and wonderful mountain views. (BL) Day 8: Kyoto Visit the Kiyomizu-dera Temple; a buzzing hive of activity perched on a hill overlooking the city. It is one of Kyoto’s most popular and most enjoyable temples and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then head to Sanjusangendo Hall, a temple famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. Return to the hotel for a leisurely afternoon or choose to take part in an Optional Experience. That evening, you’ll enjoy a delightful farewell dinner with your fellow companions and Travel Director at a local restaurant. (BD) Day 9: Kyoto Transfer by airport shuttle to Kansai International Airport or Osaka Itami Airport for your onward flight. (B)

TOUR DETAILS

£3299 per person

PRICES FROM:

PRICES INCLUDE • 8 nights’ accommodation in named hotels or similar • Meals as specified: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners • Touring by air-conditioning vehicle • Services of an expert Travel Director • Transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary • VIP door-to-door airport transfer

DEPARTURES 2019: Select dates April - October

TOUR STYLE: Escorted Coach

GROUP SIZE: 52 max

PHYSICAL DEMAND:

ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 4 stars

Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

Optional Pre/Post Stay Add-on nights are available in Tokyo. Please call for details.

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