Iconic sights of Japan. Wonderful season of red leaves "momiji"

Price
$1590
+ flight to Okayama and from Tokyo back home
Duration
9 days

What you get

Japan
Megacities, islands and Fuji
Transportation
During the entire trip
Guiding
Professional tour leader - traveler
Memories
For lifetime
Accommodation
8 nights
Physical grade
Level 1 (easy) out of 5

Iconic sights of Japan. Wonderful season of red leaves "momiji"

We will see all the main treasures of the Land of the Rising Sun - super modern megacities, ancient villages and the most beautiful resorts. You will definitely want to come back for more! 

  • Walk along the world's busiest crossroads in the Shibuya area of Tokyo
  • Go boating to enjoy views of the symbol of Japan - Mount Fuji
  • See the most modern buildings of the country, exploring the Port of the Future in Yokohama 
  • Immerse yourself in Japanese antiquity in the village of Iyashi-no-sato and the historic town of Kurashiki
  • Explore the history of Hiroshima and appreciate how the city revived in just 70 years 
  • Meet the sunset on the beautiful island of Miyajima

Trip code
SFBG
Japan, Tokyo

The price of the trip includes:

  1. All transportation, including trains, metro, buses, ferries, boats and cable cars;
  2. Accommodation throughout the trip;
  3. Professional guiding services.

What is NOT included:

  1. Flight to Okayama (or Tokyo/Osaka) and from Tokyo back home. (Let us know if you need help finding the best deals);
  2. Insurance (mandatory);
  3. Entrance tickets to parks, museums and other attractions during the trip (approximately $150);
  4. Visa to Japan;
  5. Food (approximately $20-50 per person per day).

Departures

Day 1 - 2

Okayama Korakuen garden

We arrive in Okayama (or Osaka/Tokyo and reach Okayama by train) This city boasts one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan - Korakuen, which we will visit the next day. The local ruler eastablished this elegant garden back in 1700 and used it to welcome and entertain his important guests. After almost two centuries, it was opened to general public. 

Inspired by the beautiful nature and mesmerizing autumn colors, we go to the Castle of Crow. Unusually for a Japanese temple, it is painted in a dark color! Next, we head to the the nearby town of Kurashiki. Here we will feel like the people of old Japan, riding boats on many canals and observing cozy streets and elegant houses of the 17-19 centuries. Very laid-back town!

Day 3

Miyajima Island Hiroshima

In the morning we go to Hiroshima (40 minutes by train) and take a ferry to Miyajima Island, which is familiar to many from the photos from the torii (gates) in the water. We take a cable car to the top of the mountain to appreciate the views of the sea. These places are considered one of the most beautiful in the country. And for good reason! It really takes your breath away!

We examine the temple on the top of the mountain, and in the evening return to Hiroshima. We will visit the Memorial Peace Park, located on the territory of the former Nakajima district. It was completely destroyed by atomic bombing on August 6, 1945. Just one one building survived in the center - the former Exhibition Center. Night in Okayama.

Day 4

Naosima island Chichu Art Museum

We take a train and a ferry to the cozy island of Naosima (1.5-2 hours on the way), turned into an art object. We will visit Chichu Art Museum, the famous building of the genius Japanese architect Tadao Ando. It boasts not only objects of contemporary art, but also classical masterpieces of world masters. One of our favorite exhibits is the “Water Lilies” series by Claude Monet. This is not just a painting, it is a meditation!

We walk around the island and find unusual sculptures and houses. Of course, the main "star" of the island is a huge spotted pumpkin on the seafront, which was created by the famous Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. In the evening we return to Okayama (1 hour on the way).

Day 5

The capital Tokyo World's busiest pedestrian crossing Viewing deck on top of the City Hall

In the morning we take the original Japanese shinkansen train to Tokyo. We will travel 800 kilometers in just 4.5 hours. After checking into a hotel we take off to explore the most vibrant areas of the capital of Japan. In the Shibuya area, we will walk the world's busiest pedestrian crossing. You might have seen it in many movies, for example in “Lost in Translation”. The green light is lit here for pedestrians from five sides at once! 

We go to Harajuku, the street fashion and cosplay district. World designers love to draw inspiration for new collections here. And local shops sell all kinds of costumes for every taste. In the evening we climb to the roof of Tokyo City Hall to see this huge anthill with a bird's-eye view.

Day 6

Kamakura Giant Buddha Yokohama Port of the future

We leave for Kamakura, one of the oldest cities in Japan (1.5 hours on the way). Here we continue our small group trip to Japan. We will see one of the symbols of the country - a bronze statue of the Buddha of the 13th century. We will also disciver the famous Shinto shrine Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, built in the 11th century. We will also visit the Hase-dera temple, known for housing one of the largest wooden statues in Japan. This statue of Guanyin bodhisattva is more than 9 meters tall!

If we have time, on the way back to Tokyo, we will stop in the city of Yokohama to see the famous Port of the Future - the country's largest shopping and entertainment area on the shores of Tokyo Bay. It boasts the second tallest building in Japan - Yokohama Landmark Tower, a huge Ferris wheel, the country's largest spa and many other establishments. At night we return to the hotel in Tokyo (about 30 minutes on the way).

Day 7

Fujikawaguchiko Views of the Fuji mount

In the morning we go to the resort town of Fujikawaguchiko (2 hours on the way). The Japanese love to come here to relax and enjoy the views of the symbol of the country - Mount Fuji. We will ride a bus or bicycles, observing the almost perfect conical outlines of the volcano. Yes, Fuji is a volcano! True, it is considered a dormant volcano, since itlast erupted in 1708. The Japanese believe that Taoist saints of antiquity left for Fuji in search of immortality. Many believe that they still live on these slopes ... 

Next, on our guided tour to Japan, we head to the open-air museum Iyashi-no-sato. This used to be an ancient village completely restored after being washed away in 1966 by a landslide. Watch the traditional houses under the straw. That's how the Japanese lived centuries ago! In the evening we return to Tokyo.

Day 8 - 9

Tokyo

Free day. You can go shopping, take a walk around Tokyo. In the morning, you should definitely go to the Tsukiji fish market to enjoy the freshest sushi. Choosing souvenirs, do not forget about Maneki-neko - Japanese cat figurine, which brings good luck! And how about traditional Japanese wooden dolls - daruma? Also, do not forget about the Japanese sweets mochi and traditional alcohol of fermented rice - sake! 

The next day we go to the airport and fly home. Our guided tour to Japan has come to an end. Thank you for traveling with us!

Tour leader

Yevgeniy Ikhelzon
co-founder, tour leader

Is this trip for you?

This trip is of easy level of physical grade. It includes walks in cities and parks and short (up to 4.5 hours) trips by trains, buses and ferries. We will also travel by cable car and take short boat trips. Accommodation in twin/double rooms of tourist class hotels. All will have wi fi internet.

Visa

Citizens of most countries do not need a visa to enter Japan.

We provide free visa consulting to our clients.

Additional options

SIM card with 3G internet in Japan
Price: + $30
SIM card with LTE internet, 1Mb per day

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