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Tour Details

9 Day Tour from Tokyo to Hiroshima

Visiting: TOKYO – HAKONE – KYOTO – NARA – ARASHIYAMA – HYOGO – OKAYAMA – HIROSHIMA – MIYAJIMA

Start a journey from Tokyo to Hiroshima on our unforgettable Highlights of Japan | Hiroshima vacation! Embark on a magical journey through Japan’s unique culture, where modern marvels and traditional temples await. The City of Peace is especially beautiful, a picture-perfect stop during your travel. This package is filled with meaningful experience that runs deep in Japan’s history, culture, and modern lifestyle.

Package Includes

  • 7 nights Western and 1-night Japanese-style hotel with hot-springs
  • Daily Breakfast-Buffets, 5 Lunches, and 2 Dinners included
  • All ground transportation in Japan during the tour
  • Private Airport Transfers
  • Admission Fees, Tax & Gratuities at all included Destinations
  • Full time service of licensed English-speaking tour guides & separate drivers
  • Bullet train ride with Mt. Fuji & Green Tea Ceremony
  • Free Wi-Fi in hotels
Travel Highlights
  • Sightseeing through Tokyo's Multi-Cultural attractions
  • An entertaining Kaiten Sushi Lunch experience
  • Navigate through the crowds of Shibuya Crossing
  • Walk along the endless gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • World Famous Kyoto destinations like the Golden Pavilion
  • Join a factory tour of a Japanese Sake Brewery
  • Admire the Big Buddha along Nara's Todaiji Temple
  • View the mythical Floating Gates of Itsukushima Shrine
  • A day exploring the Hiroshima Peace Park and A-Bomb Dome
Optional Services, Meals and Excursions
(Customization, Not Included)
  • Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea (Services)
  • Kamakura or Nikko (Services)
  • Harajuku Crepes (Meal)
  • Yatsuhashi (Meal)
  • Ramen (Meal)
  • Inari Sushi (Meal)
  • Momiji Manju (Meal)
  • Oysters (Meal)

Package does not include

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned below
  • Airfare, Travel Insurance
  • Optional excursions and / or services not mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses (internet, telephone, mini bar etc.)
  • Tips and porterage services
Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Japan & Check-in Hotel

Welcome to Japan! Our driver will greet you upon exiting the airport to take you to your hotel.
Rest at the hotel and be ready to start your exciting tour tomorrow.

Day 2Tokyo | Enjoy a Day at Leisure to Acclimate

You’ve planned this day for you to explore and enjoy Japan as you wish. During this time, Exclusive Adventures recommends a short train ride to Odaiba for shopping and to see the life-size Gundam protecting the island at the Gundam Base. Even if you aren’t into anime, snapping a selfie with the massive Gundam Robot is a must during any Tokyo vacation. The towering 72-foot Unicorn Gundam Robot is the embodiment of Japan Anime & Robot culture!

Day 3Tokyo | Shop the Fashion Streets of Shibuya & Harajuku

Today, your vacation will be devoted to exploring the multi-cultural spots of Tokyo. Your day will first start in Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market, the former home of the world-famous tuna auction. Browse through the freshest flavors, mouth-watering dishes, and incredible sushi meals at this market that serves over thousands of businesses and local families daily before you explore the sights in Tokyo! From there, you’ll be off to the Fukagawa Edo Museum to get acquainted with the history of Tokyo. This charming museum is designed to replicate what life looked like during Japan’s traditional days of Edo. Travel back in time and walk through the old city of Tokyo made to recreate life during Japan’s Edo period.

From there, you will delve into the old town district of Asakusa for some traditional Japanese souvenir and gift shopping at the Nakamise area. You will also travel through the majestic Sensoji Temple, one of Tokyo’s most popular temples. This is the perfect place to appreciate Japanese culture and take some spectacular shots of the famous shopping district. Enjoy Japanese arts and traditional snacks through this can’t miss Tokyo temple. For lunch, you will enjoy a delicious, authentic Teppan-Yaki meal before you head to Harajuku to do some shopping and to admire the unique Japanese scenery. Enjoy shopping in the trendy district home to the world-renowned Harajuku Fashion and Japanese street fashion style. Be sure to visit one of Harajuku’s local restaurants and sample Harajuku Crepes or other extra kawaii Tokyo treats in the lively Takeshita Dori. The decadent Omotesando is also nearby, home to incredible Japanese cafes and luxury shopping!

Returning to your hotel, the tour bus will be passing by the famous Shibuya Crosswalk to be part of the thousands who cross daily. This crosswalk gathers as much foot traffic as New York City, and crossing is an experience unlike any other. While here, your Tokyo tour will also visit the popular Hachiko Statue close to the station. The statue is based on the internationally-known story of Hachiko, the dog who would come back to the station every day to see his owner. This Tokyo spot is a popular meet-up area for couples and friends when visiting Shibuya Station. Anime fans have probably seen this famous statue and crosswalk in some of their favorite anime & manga works like Persona5 or Tokyo Ghoul. After making your way through the crossing with your tour guide, you will then return to the hotel.

Day 4Mt. Fuji & Hakone | Ryokan Hot-Springs & Traditional Japanese Dining

Your morning begins with a visit to the Hakone Open-Air Museum. Enjoy over 120 sculptures and artwork in Japan’s first-ever open-air museum. There are multiple exhibition halls to fascinate children and adults alike, as you’ll as a foot-bath by natural hot-springs for a bit of relaxation before you continue on to Hakone!

Enjoy a ropeway to Owakudani, an active volcanic crater still steaming from its last eruption some 3,000 years ago. There you will get a taste of the local Japanese food, the black egg, cooked in one of the craters. It’s said eating one of these eggs will add years to your life! You will also visit the Hakone Shrine before you make your way to your hotel!

Your Japan tour would not be complete without a long relaxing soak in the onsen (Japanese hot springs), to rejuvenate you for tomorrow’s adventure. An informal, cotton Kimono or Yukata will be provided for you at the ryokan. Your vacation’s ryokan includes a hot-spring onsite to enjoy at your leisure during your night’s accommodation.

Day 5Nara & Kyoto | Frolic with Friendly Deer

Your day begins with a bullet train ride to Kyoto. The bullet train is the fastest way to travel on land and is considered an essential Japanese experience. Enjoy riding to Kyoto in comfort and speed and be sure to take some photos of the scenery during your ride. In Kyoto, enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a Maiko lunch. Maiko are apprentice to Geisha and the lunch is a great chance to take photos and learn about Kyoto’s traditional culture.

You will then head to Fushimi Inari Shrine, one of Kyoto’s many cannot miss destinations that features hundreds of red tori gates. The path is perfect for photos or just to calm your mind. After you take photos, you head out to the ancient streets of Ninenzaka. This street is filled with shops and souvenir stands and as a great place for photos and to see what Japan looked like many years ago. You then proceed to the hotel.

Day 6Kyoto | The Mesmerizing Gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine

Your day begins with a visit to Arashiyama to walk through the Bamboo Groove Forest. The morning’s sunlight passing through the bamboo makes for a perfect morning sight. You will also enjoy a spirited rickshaw ride through Arashiyama. Guests can enjoy seeing many of the traditional-style shops and temples during the ride. Following your time in Arashiyama, you will head to the Golden Pavilion, or Kinkakuji Temple, a Japan’s must-see attraction where the two upper floors are covered in gold leaf. The reflection of the golden temple on the lake adds to the stunning sight.

After your time at the Golden Pavilion, you will stop at a sake museum for some sampling and to learn the history of Japan’s national drink. You will also stop for a kaiten sushi lunch. Keeping with the traditional feel, you included a tea-ceremony to help you relax and enjoy Japanese culture. After your tea ceremony, it is off to Nara to Todaiji Temple. Todaiji Temple holds the World Guinness Record as the largest wooden building. Inside the temple, you will behold the largest Buddha statue in Japan. Just outside the temple is the Nara Deer Park, where you will be greeted by numerous deer that roam around freely.

Day 7Himeji & Kurashiki | The Charming Canal Streets from Another Era

Your Japan tour begins the day by heading to the Himeji prefecture to invade the remarkable Himeji-jo or Himeji Castle. Himeji-jo was registered as a UNESCO distinguished site in 1993, representing Japanese castle architecture at its peak. Nicknamed White Heron Castle due to the Japanese castle’s graceful white walls, Himeji Castle maintains almost all of its original structures from its initial construction in the early 1600s. Unlike some of the country’s other castles, this classic Japanese castle has overcome various disasters over the last four centuries. After overcoming war, natural disasters, and going through restorative work, the castle grounds are perfect to enjoy scenic views of Japanese flavors and nature!

After your time in Himeji, your Japan tour will move to the Okayama Prefecture to explore the well-preserved Kurashiki district. Kurashiki is a beautiful streetscape of storehouses and merchant homes and is included as an Important Traditional Structures Conservation Area by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. The name Kurashiki can be roughly translated as a town of storehouses and the area historically served as an important rice distribution center. The city canal area dates back to the days of the Edo Period and offers enjoyable gondola-style boat rides if time permits. Enjoy this scenic area before you make your way to your hotel.

Day 8Hiroshima | The City of Peace's Stunning Park & Museum

Your vacation begins with a Hiroshima tour through the city’s can’t miss destinations. One of the main highlights in Hiroshima is the A-Bomb Dome, the only surviving building from the aftermath of World War Two’s atomic bombing. Surrounding the magnificent A-Bomb Dome is the Peace Park Memorial where travelers can see and read about the history of the war. The A-Bomb Dome has been preserved as a reminder of the tragedy for future generations and to symbolize its wishes for everlasting peace. Walk along the park with your tour guide to see famous attractions like Sadako’s statue and the Freedom Bell.

In the afternoon, your Highlights Japan Tour will head to Miyajima, an island south of Hiroshima known for its Itsukushima Shrine, or floating torii gate. During high tide, the torii gate looks as though it is floating in water, creating a unique sight, considered one of Japan’s three most beautiful sights. Miyajima is also known for its mouthwatering momiji manju (maple leaf shaped cake with red beans) and delicious oysters which you can enjoy while you explore this scenic island.

The rest of the day will be spent touring the city with your Japan tour guide who will show you all the best places Hiroshima has to offer.

You then return to the hotel.

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