Japan World Heritage Tour 11 Nights

Shorter version of the Great Trail of Japan, this tour is ideal for those who do not have as much time but want to cover most of tourist sites. This tour package includes temple stay, and a night in a traditional housing dating back to 16th century.

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Cities visited
Tokyo, Takayama, Shirakawago, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Koyasan, Osaka

 

Highlights

  • Temple Stay in Koyasan
  • Stay in traditional thatched roof housing in the World Heritage site Shirakawago
  • Ancient Kyoto and Nara
  • Little Kyoto, Takayama

 

Package inclusions

  • 3 nights accommodation at your choice of accommodation in Tokyo
  • 1 night accommodation at Hida Hotel Plaza in Takayama
  • 1 night accommodation at Koemon in Shirakawago (Traditional thatched roof housing)
  • 1 night accommodation at your choice of accommodation in Kanazawa
  • 3 nights accommodation at your choice of accommodation in Kyoto
  • 1 night accommodation at Fukuchiin in Koyasan (Temple stay)
  • 1 night accommodation of your choice in Osaka
  • Tokyo morning tour
  • Nara and Kyoto walking tour
  • 13 meals: (daily breakfast, 2 x dinner)

Transport:

  • Transfer from Narita Airport to your hotel by airport shuttle bus
  • Bullet train from Tokyo to Nagoya in ordinary class
  • Express train from Nagoya to Takayama in ordinary class
  • Bus trip from Takayama to Shirakawago
  • Local bus from Shirakawago to Kanazawa
  • Express train from Kanazawa to Kyoto
  • Cable car ride and train from Koyasan to Osaka
  • Airport transfer to Kansai International Airport from your hotel in airport shuttle bus

 

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Itinerary

Day 1: Tokyo
Arrive at Narita (Tokyo International) Airport. You will be met by a tour representative and helped to board a shuttle bus to your hotel

Accommodation: Tokyo

Day 2: Tokyo
Tokyo Morning Tour
Return to your accommodation on your own.
Accommodation: Tokyo (B)

Day 3: Tokyo
Whole day free at leisure.

Today you are free to do some shopping or any other sites you wanted to see.
Alternatively, we can recommend a tour or cultural experience for you. For more information, please enquire.
Accommodation: Tokyo (B)

Day 4: Tokyo – Takayama
Your main suitcase will be transferred directly from Tokyo to Kyoto for easy travel on train. Please leave your main suitcase with the bell desk by 7:30am. For the next three nights, you will be traveling on a smaller overnight bag. Make your own way to Tokyo Station. Catch a bullet train to Nagoya then change to an express train to Takayama.

Upon arrival, make your own way to your accommodation.
Takayama is a walking town and is very easy to get to your accommodation. There is also an English speaking tourist centre at the bus terminal in Takayama.
Takayama is a beautiful historical castle town, called the little Kyoto. Step back in time by strolling through the shops and tea houses. Great place for traditional Japanese souvenir shopping.
Accommodation in Takayama (B)

Day 5: Takayama – Shirakawago
Free time until departure. Visiting the morning markets is recommended, where the wives of local farmers sell fresh mountain vegetables that were harvested that day as well as homemade miso and folk-art goods.

Catch a bus to Shirakawago.
After arrival at Shirakawago, proceed to your accommodation by yourself.
Shirakawago is extremely unique, the whole living village being the UNESCO World Heritage site. There are approximately 110 traditional thatched roofed houses dating back to the 16th century, some of them available to view as a museum, some used as a traditional tourist accommodation but most of them are still used as housing for the locals.
Tonight, you will get a rare chance to stay in traditional thatched roof housing
Accommodation: Shirakawago (B, D)

Day 6: Shirakawago – Kanazawa
In the morning, take a local bus to Kanazawa. After arrival at Kanazawa, proceed to your accommodation by yourself. There is an English speaking tourist information centre at the train station.

Kanazawa has been the prosperous castle town and the centre of economy and commerce and culture for the Hokuriku region for over 300 years. It is a great place to visit for people interested in landscape and gardens as well as history.
The most famous place to visit is Kenroku-en Garden, one of top three gardens in Japan. Construction of this 105,000 square metre garden started in 1676 and took approximately 170 years to complete.
For a smaller garden, why not visit the Nomura residence? Traditionally a private residence, the house has a coffered ceiling totally made of Japanese cypress and fusuma-e (paintings on sliding-door panels) created by the family’s personal painter. The garden inside the residence has a Japanese bayberry over 400 years old and a meandering stream surrounded by ancient and strangely shaped rocks.
Another place recommended to visit is Higashi Chaya-gai, a traditional place of feasts and entertainment, where geisha have been entertaining people since the 16th century. The district includes facilities where you can see the interior of a chaya house that was built 180 years ago. A lot of old buildings have also been renewed into restaurants, teahouses, and souvenir shops. Kanazawa City Tourism Association holds a geisha performance show every Saturday.
Accommodation: Kanazawa (B)

Day 7: Kanazawa – Kyoto

Free at leisure until late afternoon. Catch the express train to Tokyo.
Upon arrival, make your own way to your accommodation.
Kyoto is the former capital of Japan and the centre of politics and culture for 1,100 years, also famous worldwide for its temples and shrines.
Accommodation: Kyoto (B)

Day 8: Kyoto – Nara – Kyoto
Nara & Kyoto Full Day Tour On Foot
Accommodation: Kyoto (B)

Day 9: Kyoto
Whole day free at leisure

There are many more sites in Kyoto than the ones you’ve seen the day before. For more sightseeing, or cultural experience information, please ask our friendly consultants for more details.
Accommodation: Kyoto (B)

Day10: Kyoto – Koyasan
Today, you are off to the spiritual Koyasan

Koyasan is home to an active monastic center founded twelve centuries ago by the priest Kobo Daishi for the study and practice of Esoteric Buddhism. It is the headquarters of the Koyasan sect of Shingon Buddhism, a faith with a wide following throughout Japan.
Luggage will be transferred to Osaka for your travel convenience. Please leave your luggage at bell desk by 7:30 am. You will be met by English speaking assistant at hotel, and transferred to Shin-Imamiya. Leave Shin-Imamiya for Koyasan by train and cable car via Gokurakubashi by yourself. English speaking assistant will go through how to do this before parting.
Afternoon is free at leisure. Walk around the monasteries, meditate, and relax in the only natural hot spring bath. Tonight’s dinner is traditional vegetarian monk’s cuisine.
Accommodation in Koyasan (B, D)

Day 11: Koyasan – Osaka
Leave Koyasan for the city of Osaka by cable car and train.

Upon arrival, make your own way to your accommodation.
Afternoon is free at leisure.
Osaka is the smallest prefecture land area in Japan but has the highest population density second only after the capital, Tokyo. Famous for its gastronomy, this place truly is a foodie’s dream. Try the famous okonomiyaki and takoyaki. You can also give your credit card a workout in one of the longest shopping street in the world in Namba.
Accommodation: Osaka (B)

Day 12: Osaka
Transfer to Kansai international Airport by airport shuttle bus. (B)

 

Terms and Conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit is required within 7 days of booking
  • Full payment is required 45 days prior to travel
  • Minimum of 1 person is required to operate
  • B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner
  • Booking code: JV-7
  • Credit card fees apply
  • Cancellation fees apply