Japan Delights

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Dec 31, 2019



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Price Includes
  • Roundtrip airfare from North America to Japan

  • 7 nights accommodation in moderate, first class or first class upgraded hotels

  • 7 day Japan Rail ordinary pass

  • Breakfast Daily

Price Excludes
  • Airport transfers

  • Excursions

  • Travel insurance

  • Visas if required

  • Gratuities

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Meals not specifically noted in the itinerary

  • Beverages

About this Trip

This 9-day Japanese vacation takes you by rail to five of the nation’s major cities. It can feature moderate or deluxe accommodations, depending on preference, and lets you explore the cities on your own, which is perfect if you want to explore at your own pace but enjoy the peace of mind of pre-booked accommodations and arrangements.

Your trip to Japan begins in Tokyo, the nation’s capital and largest city. There are futurist cities and then there is Tokyo, a mind-blowing showcase of state-of-the-art technology, world-class transit, and looming skyscrapers all next to ancient temples and remnants of the imperial past. Spend a day seeing grand temples like Senso-ji or the Meiji Shrine, or experience a taste of futuristic Japan at Shibuya Crossing, Shinjuku, or Akihabara “Electric Town,” where manga, video games, and pop culture reign supreme. We suggest you add on a few days at the beginning of your journey to best experience all that Tokyo has to offer.

After getting a taste for Tokyo, activate your rail pass and ride the shinkansen to Nagoya, the nation’s fourth-largest city and one of its transportation hubs. Although the old city was largely destroyed during World War II, it retains some reconstructed remnants of the Tokugawa Shogunate. It’s also the headquarters for the global car manufacturer, Toyota. Spend a day learning about the city’s manufacturing history at the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology or see reconstructed Nagoya Castle and the Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

Continue to Kobe, the gorgeous port city, to wander around Sorakuen Garden, admire views of Mount Rokko, and dine on some fabulously-marbled Kobe beef. Connect southwest to Hiroshima, stopping off at Himeji Castle, the white-walled wonder that’s widely considered the nation’s greatest castle. After you wander the complex grounds and marvel at the stunning architecture of this medieval castle, continue to Hiroshima, the city forever in the shadow of the atom bomb. Spend a day visiting Itshukushima, the small island to the city’s south more popularly known as Miyajima, where you will see the nation’s most famous red torii gate, which is partially submerged by the tide each day. The next morning visit the Atom Bomb Dome and the Peace Park to pay tribute to the victims of the atom bomb that detonated over the city in 1945 to close World War II.

Ride the rails back to the east and reach Kyoto, the former imperial capital and Japan’s loveliest city. Spend a day seeing a few of its many temples and imperial sights, from Nijo Castle and the Kyoto Imperial Palace to the golden pavilion of Kinkaku-ji and the thousand orange-red torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine, which climbs a mountain in the city’s east. On your final full day in Japan, head to nearby Nara, the nation’s first permanent capital and a historical gem with several UNESCO World Heritage Sites within its very walkable city core. See the statue of the Giant Buddha at Todai-ji Temple before strolling through Nara Park to befriend the partially-domesticated deer that have lived there for over a milennium. After another night in Kyoto, head to the airport to continue your onward journey.

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If the city visited does not offer the class of hotel (moderate, first class or first class upgraded / deluxe) for the program, the best possible option was chosen. Please chat with you Asia Experts on the options available.

Please chat with our Asia Experts about upgrading your rail pass to the green pass which allows for some extra benefits. Green cars offer larger seats, more foot space and enhanced board service, and they tend to be less crowded than ordinary cars. They are available on most shinkansen and limited express trains and on a small number of local trains. Many travelers find the size and foot room of ordinary seats sufficient, but those who wish to have additional luxury, should go for the green car.  

The pass is valid on almost all trains operated on the nationwide network of JR (Japan Railways), including shinkansen, limited express, express, rapid and local trains. Below is a map showing the major train lines that can be used with the pass.   

Book by 5pm November 30, 2019. Airfares used in the above pricing is subject to availability, and they have to be purchased by a certain date.  As they are the cheapest airfares, they do include restrictions that include but not limited to; no pre-seating, luggage costs at time of check in and will not present the best flying time or routing.  Please inquire for full details on above and chat with our experts on all available airfare options. 

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