Offering the perfect first-time introduction to Japan, the Japan Express, a short but sweet adventure captures the many faces and flavours of this intriguing and unique country. From the neon lights of Osaka to the fascinating history of Hiroshima, and from the magnificent temples and gardens of Kyoto to the sheer craziness of Tokyo, the Japan Express packs quite a punch. Take time out at a serene mountain monastery to learn the lifestyle of Buddhist monks, visit the regenerated city of Hiroshima, relax in an open-air onsen at a traditional Japanese ryokan and tuck into something weird, wonderful and deliciously different for dinner every night!
Duration: 9 Days
Activities: Local Culture & Cuisine, History
Guide (Language): english
Start City: Osaka, Japan
Guaranteed Departure: No
Physical Demand: 3 - Average
Trip Rating: 0%
Trip ID: 126495
End City: Tokyo, Japan
|Duration: 9 Days||Guaranteed Departure: Yes|
|For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, History||Physical rating: 3 - Average|
|Accommodation standard: Budget%||Traveller Tour Rating: 0%|
|Your Guide: English speaking||Tour code: 126495|
|Starts: Osaka, Japan||Finishes: Tokyo, Japan|
Arrive at any time.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Journey to Mt Koya, a religious centre founded in 816 by the Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi. The train ride up the mountain is possibly one of the finest rail journeys in Japan. For the final steep ascent, switch to funicular and then hop on a bus to reach the monastery.
In the evening, dine on shojin-ryori, typical vegetarian cuisine, and relax in a yukata, or kimono.
Overnight in Mount Koya Temple
Oku-no-in Cemetery Visit
Train (3.00 hour(s))
Early morning offers the chance to observe the monks praying. Breathe in some fresh mountain air before a vegetarian breakfast, then start the journey back down the mountain via bus, train and funicular.
Later, board a train to Hiroshima, a historically significant city, marked by the explosion of the first atomic bomb in 1945.
Bullet train (5.00 hour(s))
Visit the Peace Park and Memorial Museum and take a ferry ride over to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating torii gate.
Peace Park and Museum Visit
Miyajima Island Visit
Hop a ferry to reach the island and journey back in the evening.
Visit zen gardens and pavillions, and the Gion area in the evening. WIth plenty of time to explore, opt to visit museums, palaces, temples, zen gardens, and restaurants.
Take long walks along the river, through the Inari Gates, or along the Philosopher's path to Nanzen-ji. Stroll around Gion, catch a traditional tea ceremony, get a fantastic meal, and see locals dressed in traditional kimono.
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Visit
Bullet train (1.50-2.00 hours)
Visit the impressive Nijo Castle and gardens along with the famous Kinaku-ji Golden Pavilion, and practice meditation in Daisen-in's Zen rock garden.
Nijo Castle and Gardens Visit
Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion Visit
Daisen-in Zen Rock Garden Visit
Travel to Hakone, a town in the hills famous for its onsens, or natural hot springs. Stay in a traditional ryokan, with its own private onsen.
In the evening, enjoy the ryokan, savouring a complex meal of traditional Japanese foods, followed by a recommended soak in the onsen.
Lake Ashino-ko Boat Ride
Traditional Ryokan Stay with Kaiseki Meal
Bullet train (3.00 hour(s))
Local bus (0.50 hour(s))
Arrive before noon to Tokyo, with time to explore this energetic metropolis.
Opt to visit Ueno park and the museums, Akihabara for cutting edge electronics, Harajuku for funky fashions, Ginza for the highest of the high end, walk the grounds of the Imperial Palace East Garden, or just stroll the streets, looking for the traditional life that still lies just under the modern surface.
Bullet train (2.00 hour(s))
Depart at any time.
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Trip Name: Japan Express: Osaka to Tokyo
Duration: 9 Days
From Price: 3149
Trip Code: 126495
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