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10 Day Cultural Japan
10 Day Cultural Japan
Blaze a trail across Japan's beautiful landscape to uncover some of the most ancient cultures, traditions and flavours the region has to offer. See the ancient structures of Osaka, visit the revered temples of Mt. Koya and create some souvenirs for yourself using ancient techniques at Kanazawa.
Tour highlights
  • Take a walk around the ancient Osaka Castle.
  • See the city from the Floating Garden Observatory.
  • Visit the Buddhists of Mt. Koyaa.
  • Sample the food served at the Nishiki Market.
  • Try your hand at some arts and crafts in Kanazawa.
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Day 1: Arrive in Osaka
On arrival in Osaka, you'll be met and taken to your accommodation via private transfer. You then have the rest of the day to explore the city or settle in at your leisure.
  • Standard: Hilton Osaka
Day 2: Osaka
The second day sees you heading out on a tour of Osaka by public transportation. Begin with a visit to the historically significant Osaka Castle before continuing on to the Floating Garden Observatory where you can get incredible views of the city and bay. Finish off the tour with a visit to the shops and eateries of the Dotonbori district.
  • Standard: Hilton Osaka (B)
Day 3: Osaka - Mt. Koya
Kick off the morning by leaving your luggage at the front desk and taking a small bag with you for your overnight stay at Mt. Koya; home to an important sect of Buddhists. Ride aboard several trains and enjoy the views as you ascend the mountains before disembarking and riding a cable car to the peak of Mt. Koya. Visit Kongobunji Temple, the head monastery of Shingon Buddhism, and home to Japan’s largest rock garden, as well as the Garan temple complex. Walk to the Okonuin cemetery to find the mausoleum of Shingon Buddhism and settle in to your shukubo temple lodge where you can enjoy a shojin ryori Buddhist cuisine.
  • Standard: Buddhist Temple Lodge (B,D)
Day 4: Mt. Koya - Osaka
Spend the morning watching the local monks conduct their prayers before grabbing some breakfast. The rest of the day gives you the opportunity to explore the region before heading back to Osaka via the Nankai and Namba stations (at own expense).
  • Standard: Hilton Osaka (B)
Day 5: Osaka - Kyoto
Say goodbye to Osaka today as you head to the imperial capital, Kyoto to take a guided tour of some of the region's most iconic sites. Your first stop will be Kinkakuji Temple followed by Nijo Castle; two significant structures during the Edo Shogunate. Browse the wares and eateries of the lengthy Nishiki Market and finish off with an exploration of Sanjusangendo, a wooden temple that houses numerous effigies of the goddess Kannon.
  • Standard: Kyoto Tokyu Hotel (B)
Day 6: Kyoto
The day is yours to explore Kyoto at your own pace or join an optional tour to see specific nuances of the imperial capital. Attend a half day cycling tour (at own expense) around Kyoto's Golden Route, starting with the Golden Pavilion, continuing on to Ryoan Temple and finishing up at Saga-Arashiyama. Alternatively, you can head out on a half day tour of Arashiyama (at own expense), a charming region found in Kyoto's western outskirts. Sample some matcha tea at the Okochi Mountain Villa, walk amongst the bamboo groves and visit the Nonomiya Shrine before heading to Tenryuji, Arashiyama's largest temple.
  • Standard: Kyoto Tokyu Hotel (B)
Day 7: Kyoto - Kanazawa
Leave Kyoto behind and make your way to the station for a scheduled train departure to Kanazawa. Once you arrive, you'll make your own way to your designated accommodation and then have the rest of the day to explore or settle in.
  • Standard: Kanazawa Sainoniwa Hotel (B)
Day 8: Kanazawa
Enjoy a guided tour of the city of Kanazawa today as you discover the traditional arts and crafts renowned throughout the region. Experience decorating a small lacquer plate or a pair of chopsticks before decorating a handkerchief using a traditional kimono cloth dyeing technique.
  • Standard: Kanazawa Sainoniwa Hotel (B)
Day 9: Kanazawa - Kyoto
Head back to Kyoto on the express train from Kanazawa station on your own before spending one final night at your leisure in the former capital.
  • Standard: Kyoto Tokyu Hotel (B)
Day 10: Depart Kyoto
See everything you want to see in the city one last time before taking a private transfer to Kansai Airport for your return flight home.
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  • Accommodation as per itinerary.
  • Transfers as specified.
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner).
  • Train tickets as specified in the itinerary in ordinary class with reserved seating.
  • International and domestic airfares.
  • Meals other than specified as included.
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature.
  • Drinks or personal expenses or entrance fees for any extra sightseeing or optional activities.

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