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It’s Momiji season!

It’s Momiji season!
$ 2,670 per person at 3-star hotel DBL
2970$
$ 2,200 per person at 3-star hotel SGL
3330$
1 чел. в 3-х мест. номере в отеле 4*
3700$
$ 2,920 per person at 4-star hotel DBL
3880$
4,950 per person at 4-star hotel SGL
4400$
Transfer from card to card discount
5%
For earlier booking discount
5%
Length:
12 days / 11 nights
Tour dates:
c 11.11.2018 по 22.11.2018
Hotels:
Lumier Kasai 3*
JAL City Nagano  3*
APA Kanazawa-Nomachi  3*
Hotel WBF Kitasemba EAST  3*
Chisun Hiroshima 3*
East21 Tokyo 4*
Hotel Metropolitan Nagano 4*
Kanazawa Kokusai Hotel 4*
Quintessa Hotel Osaka Bay 4*
Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima 4*



Number of persons:
at least 1
if group is less than 6 persons public transportation is available without overall tour cost increase
Trip type:
seasonal trip
Services
included
Hotel accommodation
Breakfasts
English-speaking guide
9 excursions/tours
9 lunches
Bullet train ticket
Transfers
not included
International air tickets
Personal expenses
Extra catering
Extra excursions/tours
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Тур в Японию
Тур в Японию
Тур в Японию
2
day
TOKYO CITY TOUR
7 am – 9 am
breakfast at hotel
9:50 am
meet the guide and start your day
10 am – 6 pm
Tokyo city tour (dinner included)
Full description
Your first full day in Japan would start off with a trip to the Tokyo Imperial palace. At the palace park you will enjoy watching gorgeous Japanese pine trees ‘Matsu’. Just a step away, over the moat filled with sacred Japanese carps, there is a local landmark, Nijubashi bridge, one of Tokyo’s symbols.

The next step would be moving to elegant Ginza, Tokyo’s fanciest district. It has been Tokyo’s heart ever since Japan opened up itself to the world in the 19th century. The luxurious Wako department store, Ginza’s most famous landmark, is a fascinating Art Nuovo masterpiece. It is located at Ginza’s Fourth Intersection, which is Tokyo’s Times Square. The name Ginza comes after the establishment of a silver-coin mint that started there back in 1612, during the Edo period. Today’s Ginza is a popular upscale shopping area with numerous internationally renowned department stores, boutiques and restaurants located in its vicinity. It is considered one of the most expensive, elegant and luxurious districts in the world. One can enjoy watching fascinating Cartier, Christian Dior, Chanel, Louis Vuitton or Mikimoto flagship stores concentrated in this area. By the way, those who prefer not fashion but high-tech gadgets or most modern cars might want to visit Nissan Expo or Sony Building, also located in Ginza.

Our next destination would be Odaiba island. This artificial island is a unique place itself with various attractions, from amusement parks, including Deisan park, to the futuristic TV Fuji building designed by world’s famous architect Kenzo Tange. You can even spot here local Stature of Liberty, a gift from France. We may also choose to visit Toyota Expo Center (with the F1 simulator available) and Monogatari hot springs facility where you can try on a kimono or take a bath the old Japanese way.

When this long and intense day is over, you will get back to your hotel.

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3
day
NIKKO TRIP
7 am – 8 am
breakfast at hotel
8:50 am
meet the guide and start your day
9 am – 6 pm
Nikko tour (dinner included)
Full description
In Japan they say ‘Never say 'kekko' until you've seen Nikko’, with kekko meaning beautiful, magnificent or ‘I am satisfied’, which is a reflection of the beauty and sites of Nikko. It is a small historical town and hot spring and spa resort around hour and a half of drive away from Tokyo. Nikko is especially beautiful during the momiji season which is enjoying fall Japanese maple leaves colored in all kinds of red and yellow.
As the local legend says, Shodo Shonin, famous Japanese Buddhist monk, established the temple of Rinno-ji in 766, followed by the temple of Chuzen-ji by the lake. The village of Nikko has developed around these temples though, according to some historical accounts, a small Shinto shrine has existed here since the 4th century.

We will start exploring Nikko with visiting Tosho-gu shrine, the most famous Shinto temple here. It was completed in 1617 and became a major draw of visitors to the area during the Edo period. The shrine is known as the burial place of the famous Japanese shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, probably Japan’s paramount warrior. Even today thousands of Japanese regularly make ritual trips to Nikko to see the Tokugawa’s tomb and enjoy local scenery.

Other local must-see attractions are the Futarasan shrine and Rinno-ji temple. These landmarks along with the Tosho-gu shrine form the UNESCO World Heritage Site Shrines and Temples of Nikko. Stepping into the Rinno-ji temple, you would see the sacred sculpture ‘The Three wise monkeys’ expressing the Buddhist philosophy of ‘See no evil, hear no evil, say no evil’.
We will then walk over the Sacred Bridge crossing the Daiya River and belonging to the Futarasan shrine. This beautiful vermilion lacquered structure is known as one of the three most beautiful bridges in Japan and is a perfect gateway for Nikko. No doubt, the bridge was also registered as a World Heritage.

Finally, we’ll stroll down to enjoy a magnificent view of the Kegon Falls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Japan. You will have a dinner at a nice restaurant before going back to Tokyo.
4
day
NAGANO TRIP
6 am – 7 am
breakfast at hotel
7:50 am
meet the guide and start your day
8 am
transfer to Tokyo station
8:30 am – 10 am
ride the bullet train for Nagano
10:30 am – 5 pm
Nagano tour (dinner included)
5:30 pm
transfer to hotel
Full description
Historically, the city of Nagano evolved as a temple town around Zenkoji, one of Japan's most popular temples. If we look at the modern times, Nagano was the home to the 1998 Winter Olympic games and some former Olympic facilities can still be viewed around town.
We will unveil Nagano by visiting Zenkoji temple. It was founded in the 7th century and stores the first Buddhist statue ever to be brought into Japan when Buddhism was first introduced to the country. The original statue is hidden while a copy of it is shown to the public every six years for a number of weeks.

Most recently rebuilt in 1707, Zenkoji's main hall is nicely ornamented and contains various Buddhist artifacts. At the hall's inner chamber we can then take a closer look at the temple's main altar. In the basement of the inner chamber is an underground passage, which we can walk through in complete darkness in search of the ‘key to paradise’. The key is attached to a wall along the corridor and is believed to grant salvation to anybody who touches it – so it would be a nice thing to taste this ancient tradition.

We we’ll then stroll down the picturesque Joyama park, located not too far away, on the east side of Zenkoji temple, and famous for its cherry trees.

Finally, when the city tour is done, you will take a rest at a local hotel.

5
day
JIGOKUDANI PARK EXCURSION
6 am – 8 am
breakfast at hotel ad check-out
8:30 am
meet the guide and start your day
9 am – 4 pm
Jigokudani Monkey park excursion
5 pm
getting on board the bullet train bound for Kanazawa
6 pm
arrival to Kanazawa
Full description
The Jigokudani Monkey park is a world’s famous facility that draws many visitors because of its unique, wild monkeys, Japanese Macaques, which are also known as Snow monkeys. These interesting creatures may bathe in the park's natural hot springs all day long.

You will have really fun time observing wild monkeys bathing there. Jigokudani, in which the park is located, means ‘hell valley’, and is a common name for Japanese valleys with volcanic activity.  It is situated in the monkey's natural habitat, in the forests of the Jigokudani valley in Yamanouchi, which makes humans feel like guests there.

The Snow park has one man-made pool around which the monkeys gather, located a few minutes' walk from the entrance. The monkeys live in large social groups, and you bet you will enjoy watching their interactions. Accustomed to people, the monkeys can be observed from very close and almost completely ignore their human guests. Naturally, it is prohibited to touch or feed the animals.

After this exciting excursion you will get on the bullet train for Kanazawa.
6
day
KANAZAWA TRIP
6 am – 9 am
breakfast at hotel and check-out
9:50 am
meet the guide and start your day
10 am – 5 pm
Kanazawa tour (dinner included)
5:30 pm
ride the bullet train to Osaka
7:30 pm
arrival to Osaka and transfer to hotel
Full description
During the Edo period, the city of Kanazawa served as the seat of the Maeda Clan, the second most powerful feudal clan after the legendary Tokugawa clan. Accordingly, Kanazawa grew to become a town of great cultural achievements, rivaling Kyoto and Edo. The city boasts lots of historical attractions as well as modern museums. Still, Kanazawa's unchallenged main attraction is Kenrokuen, one of Japan's ‘three best landscape gardens’ alongside Mito's Kairakuen and Okayama's Korakuen and by many considered the most beautiful of them all.

This garden will be our #1 destination in Kanazawa. Kenrokuen features a variety of flowering trees which provide the garden with a distinctive look for each season. Its name, Kenrokuen, literally means ‘Garden of the Six Sublimities’, referring to spaciousness, seclusion, artificiality, antiquity, abundant water and broad views. According to Chinese landscape theory there are six essential attributes that make up a perfect garden. Our stroll around Kenrokuen will help us with understanding this landscape theory as the grounds are teeming with water features, bridges, teahouses, trees, flowers, stones, viewpoints and hidden looks to discover.

It is a perfect time of the year to enjoy fall colors, which are mainly provided by the maple trees.

Then we’ll visit the neighboring Seisonkaku villa: it was built in the last years of the Edo epoch by a Maeda lord. It is considered to be one of the most elegant of the remaining samurai villas in the country. Seisonkaku is a large structure with a number of expansive tatami rooms on two floors.

We will also take a look at another local landmark, the Kanazawa castle being under the ongoing reconstruction up to this day.
At the end of the day you will move to Osaka for a night at a local hotel.
7
day
KYOTO TRIP
6 am – 8 am
breakfast at hotel in Osaka
8:20 am
guided transfer to Osaka station and ride on the bullet train to Kyoto
9 am – 6 pm
Kyoto tour (dinner included)
Full description
‘Kyo-To’ literally means ‘capital city’, it is also known as a ‘thousand-year capital’. Indeed, for over 1,000 years, an unbelievable time span by itself, it has been Japan’s capital city with the Emperor’s residence located here.

Basically, the whole area of historical Kyoto is declared as UNESCO World Heritage site. In fact, Kyoto is now a giant open-air museum that is never closed, bringing its glorious, more than a thousand-year old legacy to its visitors from all over the world. It is worth-mentioning that at the end of the Second World War Kyoto was removed from the atomic bomb target list by the personal intervention of U.S. Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, as he wanted to save this cultural center, which he knew from his honeymoon and later diplomatic visits.
You might also be impressed the stark contrast made by the Kyoto tower, situated not far from the ultramodern Kyoto station, compared to the ancient architecture of the historical part of the city. Though built not too long time ago, the Kyoto tower has also become one of the city’s major symbols.

With its 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines, as well as palaces, gardens and architecture intact, Kyoto is one of the best preserved cities in Japan. Because of its countless temples and shrines of any size and age it is also known as the ‘city of thousand temples’…

The first of the must-see temples in Kyoto on our way would be Kiyomizu-dera, a magnificent wooden temple supported by pillars off the slope of a mountain. It is also Kinkaku-ji, the Temple of the Golden Pavilion and Ginkaku-ji, the Temple of the Silver Pavilion, both well-known symbols of the city. No doubt, we will also visit Ryoan-ji, famous for its rock garden, truly a place for meditation. Another landmark to see would be the Heian Jingu. It is a Shinto shrine, built in 1895, celebrating the Imperial family and commemorating the first and last emperors to reside in Kyoto.
We will then relocate to the Gion quarter where you can meet by chance a guest from the past – a geisha walking down the road! You will also have an opportunity to walk the Philosopher's Walk, just like shoguns have been doing centuries ago…

Kyoto is renowned for its abundance of delicious Japanese foods and cuisine. The special circumstances of Kyoto as a city away from the sea and home to many Buddhist temples resulted in the development of a variety of vegetables peculiar to the Kyoto area.

After your Kyoto excursion is over you will transfer to Osaka and stay at a local hotel.
8
day
NARA and OSAKA TRIP
7 am – 9 am
breakfast and check-out
9:50 am
meet the guide and start your day
10 am – 6 pm
Nara and Osaka tour
Full description
This long and intense day will start with taking off to Nara. During 710 – 784 CE Nara was the capital of Japan, and the Emperor lived there before moving the capital to Kyoto. Its  temples and shrines, specifically Todai-ji, Saidai-ji, Kofuku-ji, Kasuga Shrine, Gango-ji, Yakushi-ji, Toshodai-ji, and the Heijo Palace, together with Kasugayama Primeval Forest, make up a UNESCO World Heritage Site called ‘Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara’. The historical part of the city is pretty compact thus making it easy to walk and enjoy its attractions. The Todai-ji temple of the Kagon Buddhist school, built in 725 CE, is the world’s biggest wooden structure. Inside it there is a Buddha bronze stature, the biggest in Japan.

During this excursion you will experience Nara not just like Japan’s first capital, but also as a place of culture, religion and technology transfer from China of Tan dynasty and Korea that started in the 5th century and dramatically changed Japan. Just like cities on the continent, this city was built according to the Feng Shui principles.

Near-by there is another gorgeous Buddhist temple, Kofuku-ji, built in the 7th century. Its pagoda, 55-meter high Goju-no-to, is one of the biggest in the country. This ‘skyscraper of the past’ is the most famous symbol of this ancient city.

You will no doubt enjoy visiting the Shinto Kasuga Shrine looking at the beautiful 800-year old long-cluster Japanese wisteria proudly growing at its entrance. If you step into the temple area, you will find there another local landmark, a more than thousand-year old Japanese cedar!
Sure, visiting Nara it is basically impossible to miss its charming residents, Tame sika deer, also known as spotted deer or Japanese deer. According to the legendary history of Kasuga Shrine, the god Takemikazuchi arrived in Nara on a white deer to guard this newly built capital known at the time as Heijo-kyo. Since then, the deer have been regarded as heavenly animals, protecting the city and the country. They roam freely through the town, especially in Nara Park. You my feed them with sika senbei or special deer crackers made of rice.
We well then relocate to Osaka.

Along with plenty of shopping and modern attractions, Osaka also has a historical side, the highlight of which is famous Osaka castle. The castle is a great place to discover more about Japanese history and to wander the beautiful grounds, especially during our tour timing – cherry blossom season when the sakura blooms and the weather is at its best: not so hot and humid as during summer. We will start exploring Osaka by visiting the castle first.

Osaka castle and the pleasant park grounds surrounding it make for a truly relaxing escape from the city's concrete sprawl. Ascend to the top of castle keep tower to look over the expansive castle grounds and neighboring skyscrapers.

We will then move to see another Osaka’s landmark, Umeda Sky Building, making a fascinating journey from Japan’s past right into its future. This stunning skyscraper holds lots of attractions, including observation deck to check out the city down below and observatory – to reach for the stars up in the sky!

It has been said that folks in Osaka spend more on food than on anything else, and the term kuidaore (‘eat until you drop’) is used to describe the unique local food culture. Not surprisingly, Osaka is famous for various local dishes, some of which have attained nationwide and even international fame such as okonomiyaki, takoyaki, kitsune udon and teppanyaki.

No doubt, the best place to experience Osaka's fantastic food culture is the neon-laden Dotonbori district, packed with all types of eateries along its main thoroughfare and many side streets. Bon appetite and enjoy your meal!
Soon after the long tour is done you will get back to you Osaka hotel.
9
day
HIROSHIMA tour
6 am – 8 am
breakfast at hotel and check-out
8:20 am
meet the guide and start your day
9:30 pm
transfer to bullet train bound for Hiroshima
10:40 am – 6 pm
Hiroshima and Miyajima tour
8:30 pm
transfer to Hiroshima hotel
Full description
…when the first atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the Japanese city became known worldwide for this terrible destruction. The killing power of the bomb was tremendous: it levelled to the ground nearly everything within a 2-kilimeter radius…
After the war was over, great efforts were taken to rebuild the city completely. Gloomy predictions that the city would be uninhabitable proved false, thanks to the great spirits of the local residents. Destroyed monuments of Hiroshima's historical heritage, such as Hiroshima castle and Shukkei-en garden, were reconstructed. Right in the center of the city a large park was built and given a name that would reflect the aspirations of the re-born city: Peace Memorial park.

Today’s Hiroshima keeps the memories of the past but it is a lively city famous for its cuisine and the sacred Itsukushima island also known as Miyajima or ‘Shrine Island’, officially one of Japan’s three most beautiful places (‘Three Views of Japan’) and a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. It is a must-see attraction that we just can’t miss to visit with a short ferry ride. It’s iconic view of the ‘floating’ torii – Shinto shrine gates – standing above the still waters and welcoming visitors to the island – is known all over the world. This island has a number of shrines with the Itsukushima shrine the most known. We will also take a cable car ride on top of the mountain to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the island and the sea.

Upon returning to Hiroshima we may choose an option to stroll down the paths of the beautiful Shukkei-en Japanese garden which is situated in the center of the city. It was built in the Edo epoch and was re-constructed after the war. During the Meiji period it also served as Emperor Meiji’s villa while visiting Hiroshima.

After the Hiroshima tour is done you’ll get to your hotel.
10
day
HIMEJI tour
7 am – 8:30 am
breakfast at hotel and check-out
9 am
meet the guide and start your day
10 am – 11 am
ride the bullet train to Himeji
11:20 am – 4:30 pm
Himeji tour
5 pm
ride on bullet train bound for Tokyo
9 pm
arrival to Tokyo and transfer to hotel
Full description
This is going to be the day of exploring Japan’s one of the most famous castles, the Himeji castle. It is regarded as the finest surviving example of classic Japanese castle architecture, comprising a network of 83 rooms with advanced defensive from the medieval times. The castle is frequently known as Hakuro-jo or Shirasagi-jo (‘White Egret Castle’ or ‘White Heron Castle’) because of its brilliant white exterior and poetic resemblance to a bird taking flight.

Himeji castle is the largest and most visited castle in Japan, it was registered as one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan. Along with Matsumoto castle and Kumamoto castle, Himeji castle is considered one of Japan's three premier castles. It is especially beautiful during the cherry blossom season: one can imagine that the castle is drowning in the white sea of blooming sakura...
After visiting the castle you might enjoy trying the best of traditional cuisine such as udon, ramen and soba cooked according to local recipes – and do not forget to try Himeji’s celebrated sake!

With the Himeji castle excursion finished you will get on the bullet train heading to Tokyo.
12
day
Departure from TOKYO
6 am – 11 am
breakfast at hotel and check-out, then group transfer to airport.

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