Japan Express: Osaka to Tokyo
9 days from Osaka to Tokyo
From $ 3299
Duration9 days

From the Buddhist monks of Koyasan to the high rollers of Tokyo, see the many faces of Japan on this condensed tour beginning in Osaka. Savour the region’s culinary delicacies and the beautiful views at Mt Fuji. You'll stay in a traditional ryokan and really soak up local culture in onsen hot springs. A great combination of the traditional and the contemporary, this adventure provides a taste of the rich culture of Japan.

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  • Duration: 9 days
    Service level: Standard
  • Starts in: Osaka
    Physical Grading: Average
  • Ends in: Tokyo
    Ages: 12+
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Itinerary

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Day 1: Osaka

Start place: Osaka

We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully experience this lively city.
Arrive at any time.

End place: Osaka

Day 2: Osaka/Kōyasan

Start place: Osaka

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.
Depart early and travel to the centre of Buddhism in Japan and sleep in a temple atop the 800m Mt Koya. Savour a traditional dinner of shojin ryori (Buddhist vegetarian cuisine). Watch the monks pray in the morning. Enjoy shojin-ryori, typical vegetarian cuisine.
Meals: B, D
Day 3: Kōyasan/Hiroshima-shi
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.
Watch the monks pray in the morning and enjoy a traditional breakfast before travelling to Hiroshima. This afternoon, visit the Peace Park and Memorial Museum commemorating the events of 1945.

End place: Hiroshima

Meals: B
Day 4: Hiroshima-shi

Start place: Hiroshima

Take a ferry ride over to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating Torii Gate. Opt to hike around Mt Misen. Please note the floating Torii Gate will be under construction from June 2019 to August 2020.

End place: Hiroshima

Day 5: Hiroshima-shi/Kyoto

Start place: Hiroshima

Travel to Kyoto and start exploring. Visit the impressive Nijo Castle and gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening, explore the geisha district of Gion on a CEO-led walking tour. Please note the Ninomaru Palace at Nijo Castle will be closed from Dec 26-Jan 3. Groups travelling during this time will visit the Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

End place: Kyoto

Day 6: Kyoto

Start place: Kyoto

Enjoy a visit to the beautiful Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine and walk under the bright torii gates. Opt to shop, stroll along the riverbank, or explore another of Kyoto's many temples with free time.

End place: Kyoto

Day 7: Kyoto/Hakone

Start place: Kyoto

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.
Take a boat ride on Lake Ashino-ko and a walk along the Old Tokaido Highway, and hopefully catch a glimpse of majestic Mt Fuji. Enjoy a stay in traditional ryokan accommodation, feast on a Japanese multi-course kaiseki meal, soak in the natural hot springs, and sleep on a futon. A traditional multi-course kaiseki meal.

End place: Hakone

Meals: D
Day 8: Hakone/Tokyo

Start place: Hakone

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.
Head to Tokyo with time to do some last-minute shopping.

End place: Tokyo

Meals: B
Day 9: Tokyo

Start place: Tokyo

Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.

End place: Tokyo

Inclusions

Included

  • Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Kōyasan
  • Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum visit
  • Miyajima excursion with floating torii gate visit
  • Nijo Castle and gardens visit (Kyoto)
  • Gion walk
  • Fushimi Inari shrine visit
  • Lake Ashino-ko boat ride (Hakone)
  • Traditional ryokan stay with kaiseki meal
  • Japan Rail (JR) pass (7 days)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Transport

    Bullet train, Tram, Ferry, Public bus, Walking
  • Accommodation

    Hotels (6 nts), Mountain monastery (1 nt, shared facilities), Traditional inn (1 nt, shared facilities)
  • Meals

    3 breakfasts,
    2 dinners

Dates & availability: Japan Express: Osaka to Tokyo

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