Discover Japan Seat-in-Coach Tour

8 Nights from R40,732 pps

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Departure Date: 05/02/2020

A holiday in Japan combines the best of both ancient and modern attractions, and makes this enigmatic country a delight to explore. Japan’s major cities (Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka) appear on the surface to be westernised, but visitors quickly realise that the sleek modern culture of Japan is expertly blended with millennia of tradition, evident in the Buddhist and Shinto temples sprinkled throughout the urban centres, intricate social rituals for eating and greeting, and other small reminders of Japan’s long and proud history.

Itinerary
Day 1: Tokyo, arrival
Day 2: Tokyo
Day 3: Tokyo
Day 4: Tokyo - Kyoto
Day 5: Kyoto Day 6: Kyoto
Day 7: Kyoto - Osaka
Day 8: Osaka
Day 9: Osaka, departure

DAY 1 (Thursday) Tokyo - Arrival
Arrival at Tokyo Haneda or Narita Airport

Upon arrival at the airport, a representative will be waiting to assist with transportation into the city (either boarding the right train or finding the appropriate shuttle bus). After reaching the hotel and checking in, the remainder of the day is free at leisure.

Lunch and Dinner under own arrangement.

Overnight in Tokyo

DAY 2 (Friday) Tokyo (B)
Breakfast at the hotel

09:00 Today, spend a half day taking in some of the many highlights Tokyo has to offer in company of a local guide, using the city’s efficient public transportation system.

This morning, accompany the guide to Meiji Jingu, Meiji Jingu is Tokyo’s most famous Shinto shrine dedicated to the spirit of the late Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken, and is one of the most popular sites in Japan for a traditional Japanese wedding. The park that surrounds the shrine is tranquil, and contains around 170,000 trees, making one forget that just outside the shrine grounds are two of the city’s most popular, bustling shopping districts — Harajuku and Omotesando.

After that, take the subway to Asakusa, a part of Tokyo’s shitamachi, or old town, which still exudes an Edo Period atmosphere. Tourists flock to this charming area, which is also the city’s oldest geisha district, and which is also home to Senso-ji, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple. The streets around Senso-ji feature many traditional shops and are a delight to wander through.

The tour ends with a visit to Akihabara, an area in Tokyo made famous by its hundreds of electronics shops, and more recently as the centre for Tokyo’s anime, manga, video game, maid cafés, and figurine culture. 'Electric Town' in particular is the go-to place for anime and manga fans, electronics and gadget aficionados, and those seeking out the vibrant Japanese pop culture scene.

Lunch & Dinner under own arrangement

Overnight in Tokyo

DAY 3 (Saturday) Tokyo (B)
Breakfast at the hotel

Today is free at leisure. Feel free to use Self Guide and spend the day exploring the city.

Overnight in Tokyo

DAY 4 (Sunday) Tokyo - Kyoto (B)
Breakfast at the hotel

At 11:00 am, using the Self Guide application, head to Tokyo Station to board the shinkansen bullet train for Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital and home to around 2,000 shrines and temples, including 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Take the Nozomi super express train – reserved seat tickets can be found in the infopack.

Upon arrival at Kyoto Station, with the assistance of the Self Guide application, head to the hotel for check-in.

Lunch and Dinner under own arrangement.

Overnight in Kyoto
*** Service included***
Breakfast at the hotel
Self Guide application
Transfer to Kyoto by bullet train (reserved seat)
Accommodation in Kyoto

DAY 5 (Monday) Kyoto (B)
Breakfast at the hotel

Meet the English-speaking guide at the hotel reception and start a half day tour of the city by public transportation.

The first stop of the day is Kinkaku-ji Temple, which is also known as the “Golden Pavilion.” The temple grounds are relatively smaller than those of most temples and shrines in Kyoto, but what is undoubtedly impressive is the main temple building, whose top two floors are completely covered in handmade gold leaf. Visitors circle the temple, passing the temple garden with its Anmintaku Pond that is said to never dry up, statues that people throw coins at for good luck, and Sekkatei Teahouse. Outside the temple are souvenir shops and a small tea garden where green tea and traditional Japanese sweets can be enjoyed.

Just a short distance from Kinkaku-ji is the serene Ryoan-ji Temple, which is famous for its well-maintained rock garden. Originally serving as an aristocrat's villa during the Heian Period, the site was later converted into a Zen Buddhist temple in the year 1450. Now, it belongs to the Myoshinji School of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism and serves as a perfect spot for a bit of zazen meditation.

Today’s tour will end in the center of the city, after which there will be free time to do some souvenir shopping around the Nishiki, Kawaramachi, and Shijo-dori areas.

Lunch & Dinner under own arrangement

Overnight in Kyoto
*** Service included***
Breakfast at the hotel
English speaking guide – Half day (4 hours)
Self Guide application
Public transportation
Entrance to the attractions mentioned above (Kinkakuji and Ryoan-ji)
Accommodation in Kyoto

DAY 6 (Tuesday) Kyoto (B)
Breakfast at the hotel

Today is free at leisure. Feel free to use Self Guide and spend the day exploring the city.

Overnight in Kyoto

DAY 7 (Wednesday) Kyoto - Osaka (B)
Breakfast at the hotel

At 11:00 am, using the Self Guide application, head to Kyoto Station to board the shinkansen bullet train for Osaka, Japan’s culinary capital. Indeed, the motto that the city’s flamboyant inhabitants live by is kuiadore – “to eat oneself bankrupt.” Take the Nozomi super express train – reserved seat tickets can be found in the infopack.

Upon arrival at Shin-Osaka Station, with the assistance of the Self Guide application, head to the hotel for check-in.

Lunch and Dinner under your own arrangement.

Overnight in Osaka
*** Service included***
Breakfast at the hotel
Self Guide application
Transfer to Osaka by bullet train (reserved seat)
Accommodation in Osaka

DAY 8 (Thursday) Osaka (B)
Breakfast at the hotel

Today is free at leisure. Feel free to use Self Guide and spend the day exploring the city.

Overnight in Osaka
*** Service included***
Breakfast at the hotel
Self Guide application
Accommodation in Osaka

DAY 9 (Friday) Osaka - DEPARTURE (B)

Breakfast at the hotel

Departure from Kansai International Airport
At the desired time, transfer to Kansai International Airport by public transportation.

*** Service included***
Breakfast at the hotel
Self Guide Application
Public transportation (transfer hotel – KIX airport)
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What's Included

Includes: Return flights ex Johannesburg via Dubai to Japan, approx. airport taxes, 8 nights accommodation, meals and tours as indicated in the itinerary.


8 Nights from R40,732 pps


The Small Print

These offers are brought to you by Travel Counsellors (Pty) Ltd. Valid: 5 - 15 Feb 2020. Weekly departures every Thursday from Feb 2020. Offers are per person sharing. Rates for other periods are available on request. Packages and airfares are subject to availability, airfare increases, seasonal surcharge; high season supplements and currency fluctuations. Supplier's terms and conditions are available on request. Offers include airport taxes where applicable. Packages exclude items of personal nature, meals not specified, additional tours, and travel insurance. Additional information available on request. Valid for SA residents only. Terms and conditions apply. Prices and information correct at time of publishing. E&OE.


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