Travel 2 Touring 18/19

NIGHTS STAYED

1

ASIA

LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

1

Kanazawa

2

RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

JAPAN

1

Kyoto

3

Osaka LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 3

Koya

1

LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Explore the bustling city of Osaka • Visit Mt. Koya, the home of Buddhism Shingon • Explore Kyoto, Japan’s cultural centre • Admire Kanzawa’s beautiful art and architecture • Stay in a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) 1

INDEPENDENT TOUR PRICES FROM £2679pp

10 day Cultural Japan Osaka • Mt. Koya • Kyoto • Kanazawa

Day 1: Arrive Osaka Upon your arrival at Kansai Airport, you will be picked up by your driver and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the lively city of Osaka. Hilton Osaka (2 nights) Day 2: Osaka Your guide will meet you at your hotel to take you on a tour of Osaka by public transportation. Visiting the magnificent Osaka Castle, one of Japan’s most famous landmarks. Next stop is the Floating Garden Observatory, located on top of the highest building in Osaka. Finish the day with a visit to the bustling district of Dotonbori, a former theatre district turned restaurant mecca. (B) Day 3: Osaka – Mt. Koya In the morning, a 2.5hr journey by rail and cable car will take you to Mt. Koya. Home to over 100 temples, Mt. Koya has been the center of Buddhism Shingon, for over 1,200 years and the area is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guide will meet you at Mt. Koya station to show you around and give you an insight into Japanese Buddhism. Visit Kongobunji Temple, and the Garan temple complex. Okunoin, Japan’s largest cemetery holds the mausoleum of the founder of Shingon Buddhism, Kobo Daishi. That night, you will stay at a shukubo, Buddhist temple lodging, the best way to immerse yourself in the authentic, spiritual atmosphere of Mt. Koya. Dinner will be shojin ryori, traditional vegetarian Buddhist cuisine. Temple lodging accommodation is basic with shared facilities (BD) Buddhist temple lodging Day 4: Mt. Koya – Osaka You’ll have an early start as you will be able to watch the monks chant their morning prayers, followed by a shojin ryori breakfast. The rest of the day is free to further explore Mt. Koya before departing to Osaka by cable car and rail. The rest of your day is at leisure in In the morning, your guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will head to the former imperial capital to visit some of Kyoto’s World Heritage Sites. Start your day with a visit to Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun. Nijo Castle is an ornamental castle built by the founder of the Edo Shogunate as his Kyoto residence and is surrounded by stunning surrounding gardens. Take a walk down Nishiki Market, a narrow, 5-block-long shopping street lined by more than Osaka (B) Hilton Osaka Day 5: Osaka – Kyoto

100 shops and restaurants. Your final stop today is Sanjusangendo temple, famous for its 1,001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. You will be dropped off at your hotel in Kyoto after your tour ends. (B) Kyoto Tokyu Hotel (2 nights) Day 6: Kyoto You are free to spend the day at your leisure exploring Kyoto, we would suggest 1 of the following, optional half-day tours Option 1: Half-day Kyoto Golden Route Cycling Tour This cycling tour starts from the Golden pavilion, one of the most famous tourist spots, then to Ryoan temple, and then to Arashiyama, where you can enjoy the tranquil country side of Kyoto and the bamboo forest. Optional 2: Half-day Arashiyama Tour Visit Okochi Mountain Villa, the former villa of the popular samurai film star OkochiDenjiro. Here you will enjoy some matcha green tea with a snack. Next, take a walk through Arashiyama’s famous bamboo groves. Nonomiya shrine is a Shinto shrine where in ancient times, unmarried imperial princesses stayed for a year or more to purify themselves. Ranked among Kyoto’s five great Zen temples, Tenryuji is one of Kyoto’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. (B) Day 7: Kyoto – Kanazawa Make your way to Kyoto station for your train to Kanazawa. On arrival, make your own way to your hotel, the rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city. (B) Kanazawa Sainoniwa (2 nights) Day 8: Kanazawa Charming Kanazawa is home to beautiful art, architecture and to one of Japan’s most exquisite cuisines; it is also the birthplace of refined traditional crafts. Try your hand at some of the local crafts during the day’s guided tour. Decorate a small lacquer plate or a pair of chopstick with gold leaf. Then experience kagayuzen, a form of kimono cloth dyeing. (B) Day 9: Kanazawa - Kyoto Make your own way to Kyoto on the limited express train from Kanazawa station, which takes just over 2 hours to reach your destination. You will have the rest of the day to spend at your leisure in Kyoto. (B) Kyoto Tokyu Hotel Day 10: Depart Kyoto You will have time at leisure until your private transfer to the airport. (B)

TOUR DETAILS

£2679 per person

PRICES FROM:

PRICES INCLUDE • 9 nights’ accommodation in named hotels or similar • Meals as specified: 9 breakfasts, 1 dinner

• Transfers as per itinerary • Rail travel as per itinerary

DEPARTURES Daily

TOUR STYLE: Independent

GROUP SIZE: 2+

PHYSICAL DEMAND:

Optional Pre/Post Stay This tour can be easily combined with our Western Japan itinerary. 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.

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