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Japan’s power spots

Japan’s power spots
$ 7,750 per person at 5-star hotel DBL
9170$
$ 6,900 per person at 5-star hotel TRP
8400$
$ 8,500 per person at 5-star hotel SGL
12000$
Length:
13 days / 12 nights
Number of persons:
at least 2
Trip type:
luxury trip
Services
included
5-star hotel accommodation/breakfasts
English-speaking guide
9 guided tours
Luxury car transportation
Domestic air tickets
Bullet train 1st class tickets
Other transportation expenses, incl. airport transfers
not included
International air tickets
Dining/catering
Personal expenses
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This tour is not just an upscale trip in terms of comfort and quality of our services. It is even more luxurious in an intangible, spiritual way as you’re going to see Japan’s most sacred places such as Ise Shinto shrines or Koyasan Buddhist temples. Such ‘power spots’ literally radiate positive energy as uncounted thousands of people have been faithfully coming to visit them for worship and meditation – century after century, since times immemorial…
We kindly ask you to experience the true beauty of Japan on your own to really feel it and maybe share your impressions when you come back home.
Места силы Японии
Места силы Японии
Места силы Японии
Места силы Японии
1
day
ARRIVAL TO TOKYO
2
day
TOKYO ‘POWER SPOTS’ tour
7 am – 9 am
breakfast at hotel
9:50 am
meet the guide and start your day
10 am – 6 pm
Tokyo tour
Full description
Your first full day in Japan would blast off with a trip to see city’s power spots. ‘TO-KYO’ in Japanese stands for ‘Eastern capital’. So your ‘Power Spots’ tour in the Eastern capital would start with a visit to Yoyogi park to see the beautiful Shinto shrine, Meiji-jingu, one of Japan’s most important spiritual places. Meiji-jingu was built as Emperor Meiji’s own shrine and is famous for its wedding ceremonies in the traditional way.

We will then move further on to see the 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. Today the place is Emperor’s main residence.  

Just a bit later you will be enjoying classic Japanese tea ceremony, full of philosophy and ancient customs. You will feel on your own that it is not just about appreciating great green tea – matcha – or enjoying some pleasant tradition of the distant past. The tea ceremony in Japan is so much more and you’re on your way to experience it.

Later on you’ll visit Senso-ji temple located in Asakusa. It is one of Tokyo's districts, where an atmosphere of the past still lives on. The temple is approached via the Nakamise, a lively shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries.

Senso-ji, with ‘Senso’ is an alternative reading for Asakusa and ‘ji’ meaning ‘temple’ is Tokyo's most famous and popular temple. Built in the 7th century, it is also one of its oldest, although the current buildings are postwar reconstructions.

With your first full day in Japan coming to an end, you will be escorted to your Tokyo hotel.
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3
day
HAKONE / MOUNT FUJI trip: ‘JAPAN’S MAIN SYMBOL’
7 am – 9 am
breakfast at hotel and check-out
9:50 am
meet the guide and start your day
10 am – 6 pm
Hakone / Mt. Fuji tour
Full description
Hakone is a picturesque mountainous national park just about an hour and a half of drive from Tokyo. Hakone national park is a part of the bigger Fuji-Hakone-Izu national park. It is a popular place of choice for a brief vacation for Tokyoites themselves with its ryokans, onsen, or hot springs, and its pacifying scenery during all four seasons.

We’ll start off with visiting slopes of Mt. Fuji, or Fuji-san, Japan’s highest peak (3 776 m). it is the most known and the most sacred symbol of the country since times immemorial. Its image or its references can be found in countless works by the Japanese artists and poets, including world-famous Hokusai and Basho. Not so long ago, in 2013, it was added to the World Heritage List as a Cultural Site. According to UNESCO, Mount Fuji has ‘inspired artists and poets and been the object of pilgrimage for centuries’.

You’ll be riding the Subaru line, one of the highways to reach its slopes. We will get to its 5th station, up to around 2,300 meters above the sea level and this spot is also one of the starting points for Fuji summit ascent expeditions. It offers unobstructed views along with shrines and souvenir shops. We will also head to the Fuji Visitor Center to explore a small museum and view exhibits covering the Fuji Five Lakes and Mt. Fuji's cultural importance, grab a bite to eat or catch views onto the mountain at the observation deck.
Then you will visit the Sengen shrine, a very ancient Shinto temple where, according to a local legend, the mountains’ female spirit, Konohanasakuya-hime, resides.

Second part of the day will be relocating to Ashi lake with its stunning view of Mount Fuji, reflected in its still waters, of course, if weather is good enough. We’ll sail out on board the historical ship to feel the scent of the old time Japan, once again enjoying Hakone’s beautiful views. You will also see the local temple where spirit of the Ashi lake believed to reside.

Optionally, we may choose to going up on the ropeway to reach Owakudani. Its name stands in Japanese for ‘Great Boiling valley’ and it is a volcanic valley with active sulphur vents and hot springs. It was created around 3000 years ago as a result of the explosion of the Hakone volcano. Owakudani is a popular tourist site for its scenic views, volcanic activity, and kuro-tamago or ‘black egg’, which is a local specialty of eggs hard-boiled in the hot springs. The eggs turn black and smell slightly sulphuric. According to a local legend, eating one is said to add seven years to your life. Sure, it is a worth-trying deal!

After the sundown you will stop for a night at a local hotel or ryokan.
4
day
KYOTO tour: ‘A THOUSAND YEAR CAPITAL’
6 am – 7 am
breakfast at hotel and check-out
7:50 am
meet the guide and transfer to Tokyo station
9 am
ride the bullet train (1st class) to Kyoto
11:20 am
arrival to Kyoto and meeting your guide
11:30 am
your Kyoto tour
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.

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 also 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 first– and intense – Kyoto day is over you will transfer to a ryokan, traditional Japanese hotel.
5
day
NARA trip: ‘WHEN GODS CAME DOWN TO EARTH…’
7 am – 9 am
breakfast at ryokan
9:50 am
meet the guide and start your day
10 am – 6 pm
Nara tour
Full description
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!
Nara is also famous for its round-the-year festivals or matsuri, both Buddhist and Shinto worth visiting if timing is right.

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.

Soon after the tour is done you will get back to your Kyoto ryokan.
6
day
YOSHINO tour: ‘WALKING DOWN THE SACRED PATHS’
7 am – 9 am
breakfast at ryokan
9:50 am
meet the guide and start your day
10 am – 6 pm
Yoshino tour
Full description
Yoshino offers a rich history which makes it an interesting destination at any time of the year, especially during the hanami season. As the base of the pilgrimage trail to sacred Mt. Omine, Yoshinoyama has been a center of Shugendo, local mountain worship for uncounted millennia. This remote town also served various historical personalities as a refuge, including even Emperor Go-Daigo who established a competing second imperial court there in the 14th century.

It is really worth-mentioning that In 2004, Yoshino, together with Mt. Koya and Kumano, was designated a cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site named the ‘Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range’.

You will have a guided transfer to your hotel after the tour is finished.
7
day
KOYASAN tour: ‘FOLLOWING KUKAI’S FOOTSTEPS’
6 am – 7 am
breakfast at hotel and check-out
7:30 am
meet the guide and start your day
7:40 am – 6 pm
Koyasan tour.
Full description
Mt. Koya or Koyasan is the center of Shingon Buddhism, an important Buddhist school which was introduced to Japan in 805 by monk Kobo Daishi (also known as Kukai), one of Japan's most significant religious and historical figures. A small, secluded temple town has developed around the sect's headquarters that Kobo Daishi built on Koyasan's wooded mountaintop at the time. It is also the site of Kobo Daishi's mausoleum and the start and end point of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage.

Kobo Daishi began construction on the original Garan temple complex in 826 after wandering the country for years in search of a suitable place to host his religion. Since then over one hundred temples have sprung up along the streets of Koyasan. The most important among them are Kongobu-ji, the head temple of Shingon Buddhism, and Okuno-in, the site of Kobo Daishi's mausoleum.

Koyasan is also one of the best places to experience an overnight stay at a temple lodging – shukubo – where you can get a taste of a Buddhist monk's lifestyle, eating vegetarian cuisine, or shojin ryori, and attending the morning prayers.

You will have a guided transfer to your temple lodge after the tour is finished.

8
day
OSAKA guided tour / spare day in Osaka
6 am – 7 am
morning prayer attendance
7:10 am
breakfast at temple lodge, check-out
7:10 am
transfer to Osaka
10:30 am
arrival to Osaka, then transfer to hotel and guided tour at special request OR spare day in Osaka
Full description
Optional Osaka guided tour

Osaka, being the center of the Kansai region, has a really different personality compared to Japan's capital, Tokyo. It is Japan's second largest metropolitan area after Tokyo, a megapolis with exciting nightlife, delicious food and straight-talking, friendly local residents. Along with plenty of shopping, food and modern attractions, Osaka also has a rich 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. Osaka and the whole Kansai region is also famous for its cuisine. Some even consider it the gastronomic capital of Japan.

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.
When your city tour for today is finished you will be escorted to your Osaka hotel.
9
day
KUMANO tour: ‘THE THREE SHRINES STORY’
6 am – 6:30 am
breakfast at hotel and check-out
6:50 am
meet the guide and start your day
7 am – 6 pm
transfer to Kumano and ‘The three shrines story’ tour
Full description
Kumano City is located along the former Ise-ji pilgrimage route, spiritually very important, which used to connect the Kumano shrines with Ise. Only fragmented sections of the route have been preserved to this date. Among them is the Matsumoto Pass trail in the city of Kumano. The preserved section of the trail is less than a mile long and reaches an elevation of about 100 m when traversing the Matsumoto Pass.

Kumano is centered around three shrines, Hongu Taisha, Nachi Taisha and Hayatama Taisha, collectively known as the Kumano Sanzan. Pilgrims have traveled to the Kumano Sanzan via walking trails, called Kumano Kodo, for over a thousand years. The shrines are even older, with references in Japan's founding mythology.

The region is infused with religious and historical value that emanates from these three shrines. According to the legend, the Shinto sun goddess' great grandson, Jimmu, came to Kumano to unify the country as Japan's first Emperor. To further add to the area's sanctity, Kumano is often called ‘The Land of the Dead’, in reference to the belief that Shinto spirits and family ancestors dwell here after they die.

When your tour is finished you will be escorted to your Kumano hotel.
10
day
ISE tour: ‘JAPAN’S HOLIEST SHRINES…’
6 am – 7 am
breakfast at hotel and check-out
7:30 am
meet the guide and start your day
7:50 am – 6 pm
transfer to the Shima peninsula for the ‘Japan’s holiest shrines’ tour
Full description
Ise City is the home to the Ise Shrines or Ise Jingu, Japan's most sacred Shinto shrines. They consist of two major shrines that stand several miles apart from each other. They’re called, respectively, the Inner Shrine or Naiku – and the Outer Shrine – Geku. There’re also over a hundred smaller shrines spread across the area. Today you will see both of the Japanese most sacred Shinto shrines known as the Ise Shrines.

The Outer Shrine is one of the two main shrines making up the Ise Shrines. It enshrines Toyouke Omikami, the Shinto deity and guardian of food, housing and clothing. Toyouke provides the food for the sun goddess, Amaterasu Omikami, who is enshrined at the Inner Shrine, two and a half miles to the south. The Outer Shrine is traditionally visited before the Inner Shrine. It is believed to have been established over 1500 years ago.

Then we’ll take a walk to the # 1 Shinto shrine, the Inner Shrine, formally known as Kotai Jingu, enshrines Shinto's most venerated deity, the sun goddess or Amaterasu Omikami.

It is believed to have been established over 2000 years ago. Its main buildings resemble ancient rice granaries and are built in an architectural style that shows almost no influence from the Asian mainland (just like the Outer Shrine) because they predate the introduction of Buddhism. Interestingly enough, both shrines are rebuilt from scratch every 20 years according to an ancient Shinto tradition. The 62nd rebuilding was completed in 2013. The 63rd rebuilding will take place in 2033.

The Inner Shrine’s main sanctuary is found at the top of a flight of stone stairs. The main hall enshrines the Sun Goddess and is surrounded by multiple sets of fences. Visitors are only allowed to go beyond the outermost of them where photography is not allowed. Only partially visible, the main hall features forked roof finishings – chigi – that are cut horizontally at their tips and have ten decorative wooden beams, known in Japanese as katsuogi.

After seeing Japan’s most sacred shrines you will have an opportunity to visit legendary Mikimoto Pearl island. It houses an excellent museum about pearls, pearl cultivation and Mikimoto Kokichi, the pioneer who was the first in the world to succeed in cultivating pearls. In the adjacent Pearl Plaza you can purchase a wide variety of pearl jewelry. Finally, you will enjoy hourly performances by female pearl divers, known as ama or ‘sea women’, who have traditionally been planting and harvesting the oysters.

When the tour is finished you will have a guided transfer to your hotel in Nagoya.
11
day
NAGOYA
6 am – 7 am
breakfast at hotel and check-out
9:50 am
meet the guide and start your day
10 am – 4 pm
Nagoya spiritual tour
4:30 pm – 6:20
transfer to Tokyo and then to your hotel
Full description
Located between Tokyo and Osaka, Nagoya has nurtured unique culture including food. We will start our day with a visit to the famous Nagoya Castle, the city’s symbol for more than 400 years. Built as a home of a son to shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu who established the base of Edo period, it shows the prosperity his descendent commanded. The castle is famous for two magnificent golden tiger-headed carp on the roof, often used as the symbol of Nagoya. We’ll take a look at the interesting exhibition inside and then stroll down its garden paths.

Another must-see Nagoya’s landmark is Atsuta-jingu shrine. This Shinto shrine with over 1900-year history is the oldest landmark in Nagoya. It is hidden in thick forest at the south of Nagoya station. Some camphor trees there are estimated over 1000 years old. This shrine is ranked second only to the Ise Grand shrine in Shinto hierarchy. The shrine’s architectural style that symbolizes its high-status is very impressive. It is said to hold the legendary Kusanagi sword, one of the three imperial regalia of Japan, though it is not on public display. The shrine also hosts lots of national treasures that span its almost two thousand-year history.

After your Nagoya spiritual tour is over you’ll take a bullet train bound for Tokyo.

13
day
departure from TOKYO

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