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JAPAN EXPRESS - OSAKA TO TOKYO

9 Days, Osaka to Tokyo
JAPAN EXPRESS - OSAKA TO TOKYO

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From Buddhist monks of Koyasan to the high rollers of Tokyo, capture the many faces of Japan on this condensed tour beginning in Osaka. Savour the region's culinary delic read more...

IS THIS Classic TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Think local transport—buses, taxis, trains the most colourful way to travel
    • Enjoy travelling with a like minded mix of couples, friends and solo travellers, from the world over
    • Like the idea of staying in character-rich accommodations that reflect the culture of the places you visit
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 08 nights accommodation; Hotels (6 nts), mountain monastery (1 nt), Japanese-style ryokan accommodation with hot springs (1 nt).
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Bullet train, tram, ferry, public bus, walking).
  • Japan Rail (JR) pass (7-day)
  • Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum visit.
  • Miyajima excursion with floating Torii Gate visit.

  • Nijo Castle and gardens visit (Kyoto).
  • Kinaku-ji Golden Pavilion visit.
  • Daisen-in Temple and Zen garden visit.
  • Mt Owakudani cable car ride (Hakone).
  • Lake Ashino-ko boat ridet.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 350-400 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Osaka
Day 2 Osaka/ Koyasan
Day 3 Koyasan/Hiroshima-shi
Day 4 Hiroshima-shi
Day 5 Hiroshima-shi/Kyoto
Day 6 Kyoto
Day 7 Kyoto/Hakone
Day 8 Hakone/Tokyo
Day 9 Depart Tokyo
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TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Osaka
  • Koyasan
  • Hiroshima
  • Kyoto
  • Hakone
  • Tokyo
  • DAY 1 Arrive Osaka

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


    18:00


    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Osaka/ Koyasan

    Visit 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.
    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.
    In the evening, dine on shojin-ryori, typical vegetarian cuisine, and relax in a yukata, or kimono.
    Bullet train (Osaka - Knyasan - 2h Morning)
    Get to your next destination faster than the speed of flight aboard a high-speed train.
    Overnight in Mount Koya Temple
    Koyasan
    During the overnight stay in the mountain temple, witness the routines of the monks and dine on typical fare. Explore the temples and moss covered Oku-no-in cemetery in the afternoon. In the evening, savour the shojin-ryori vegetarian cuisine, and relax in a yukata or kimono. Early morning at the temple offers the chance to observe the monks praying, before a vegetarian breakfast.
    Breathe the fresh mountain air and soak in the beautiful surroundings.
    Oku-no-in Cemetery Visit
    Koyasan Afternoon
    Oku-no-in is the most sacred site in Koyasan and the location of the mausoleum for Kobo Daishi (also known as Kukai), the founder of Shingon Buddhism. The area is surrounded by a massive cemetery, the largest in Japan. With over 200,000 tombstones lining the almost 2km path to Kobo Daishi's mausoleum, there is plenty of area to explore. Be sure to see Torodo Hall (Hall of Lamps), the main place of worship, where more than 10,000 lanterns are kept burning day and night. (Dinner)

  • DAY 3 Koyasan/Hiroshima-shi

    Watch the monks pray in the morning before travelling to Hiroshima.
    Early morning offers the chance to observe the monks praying. Before a vegetarian breakfast, breathe in some fresh mountain air and journey back down the mountain.
    Travel by train to Hiroshima, a historically significant city, marked with the explosion of the first atomic bomb in 1945.
    We will also take a trip together to Miyajima Island, famous for being one of Japan's most scenic spots.
    Bullet train (Koyasan - Hiroshima-shi - 5h)
    Get to your next destination faster than the speed of flight aboard a high-speed train. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Hiroshima-shi

    Visit the Peace Park and Museum and take a ferry ride over to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating Torii gate.
    Peace Park and Museum Visit
    Hiroshima-shi
    Walk through the Peace Park in the centre of Hiroshima, a living memorial dedicated to the tens of thousands who died from the atomic bomb blast in 1945. Visit the statue of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who died of leukemia as a result of the bomb blast, despite folding 1,000 origami paper cranes to appeal to the gods to make her well. See the frame of the Gembaku Dome, the sole building to withstand the explosion. Reflect, remember, and be reminded of the power we all hold to create peace.
    Ferry (Hiroshima-shi - Miyajima)
    Hop a ferry to reach the island and journey back in the evening.
    Miyajima Island Visit
    Miyajima
    Take a trip to Miyajima Island, famed as one of Japan's most scenic spots, with a free afternoon to explore. See the famous floating Torii Gate, set out in the bay, which glows extraordinarily at sunset. The island is dotted with shrines and temples, populated by deer and monkeys, and traversed with hiking trails for those who want to get some exercise. There are also lanes full of souvenirs and tasty treats. Visit Miyajima at your own pace, and have the option to hike up to the peak of the island, Mt Misen, to see spectacular views of the surrounding islands.

    Free Time
    Miyajima Afternoon
    Free time on Miyajima Island to make the most of this beautiful location.

    Optional Activities
    Mt. Misen Visit

    Miyajima
    Free-1800JPY per person
    Set out for the summit of Mt. Misen, Miyajima's highest peak at 500m (1,640 ft) above sea level. Opt to hike one of three trails through the forest and keep an eye out for wild deer or catch a ride on the ropeway and walk the remaining distance to the top. Take in great views of the Seto Inland Sea and on a clear day see as far as the city of Hiroshima. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 5 Hiroshima-shi/Kyoto

    Travel to Kyoto and start exploring.

    Visit zen gardens and pavillions, and the Gion area in the evening. WIth plenty of time to explore, opt to visit museums, palaces,temples, zen gardens, and restaurants.

    Take long walks along the river, through the Inari Gates, or along the Philosopher's path to Nanzen-ji. Stroll around Gion, catch a traditional tea ceremony, get a fantastic meal, and see locals dressed in traditional kimono, traditional tea ceremony, get a fantastic meal, and see locals dressed in traditional kimono.

    Bullet train (Hiroshima-shi - Kyoto 1h30m - 2h)
    Get to your next destination faster than the speed of flight aboard a high-speed train.

    Free Time
    Kyoto Afternoon
    Explore as much as you can in Kyoto.

    Optional Activities
    Philosopher's Walk
    Kyoto
    Free
    This stone path through the northern part of Kyoto's Higashiyama district follows a canal lined by hundreds of cherry trees. These trees come to life during a period known as "Hanami", generally from the end of March to early May. Their iconic pink blossoms are one of the most famous symbols of Japan. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 6 Kyoto

    Visit the impressive Nijo Castle and gardens along with the famous Kinaku-ji Golden Pavilion, and practice meditation in Daisen-in's Zen rock garden.

    Nijo Castle and Gardens Visit
    Kyoto
    Visit the Nijo Castle, the residence of the first shogun of the Edo Period built in 1603. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the property is divided into three areas: the Honmaru (main circular fortification), Ninomaru (secondary circle of defense), and the gorgeous gardens that surround both

    Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion Visit
    Kyoto
    Explore Kinkaku-ji or the Golden Pavilion, named for the temple's top two floors that are covered in gold leaf. The temple is surrounded by trees and sits on a reflective pond, making this must-see in Kyoto a perfect place for photos. While the temple can be busy, there are gardens around the area to explore once you've had enough of the view.

    Daisen-in Zen Rock Garden Visit
    Kyoto Take a walk through the gardens around Daisen-in Temple. This zen garden uses gravel, sand and stones to recreate a river and ocean, symbolizing the Buddhist journey through life.

    Zen Gardens of Rynan-ji
    Kyoto
    The Rynan-ji garden is one of the best examples of kare-sansui, or dry landscape, a type of Zen garden. Fifteen large rocks are placed within a sea of white pebbles raked into linear patterns to facilitate meditation. Stand on the platform to get the best view from above. Stroll the grounds around the Ryoan-ji Temple and along the Kyoyo-chi pond.

    Optional Activities
    Philosopher's Walk

    Kyoto
    Free
    This stone path through the northern part of Kyoto's Higashiyama district follows a canal lined by hundreds of cherry trees. These trees come to life during a period known as "Hanami", generally from the end of March to early May. Their iconic pink blossoms are one of the most famous symbols of Japan. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 7 Kyoto/Hakone

    Take a cable car up Mt Owakudani for views of Mt Fuji, a boat ride on Lake Ashino-ko, and a walk along the Old Tokaido Highway. 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.


    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.


    Bullet train (Kyoto - Odawara - 3h)
    Get to your next destination faster than the speed of flight aboard a high-speed train.


    Local bus (Odawara - Hakone)
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
    Cable Car to Mount Owakudani
    Hakone
    Take a cable car to see spectacular views of Lake Ashinoko, the smoking crater of Mt Owakudani and the splendour of a snow-capped Mount Fuji.
    Lake Ashino-ko Boat Ride
    Hakone
    Hope aboard a passenger boat to cruise the waters of Lake Ashinoko. If you are lucky, on a clear day you can capture a view of Mt Fuji. The lake was formed from the caldera of Mt Hakone following its eruption 3000 years ago. Sit back, relax and enjoy.
    Traditional Ryokan Stay with Kaiseki Meal
    Hakone
    Enjoy the ryokan, savour a complex meal of traditional Japanese foods, then finish the day with a soak in the onsen.
     (Dinner)

  • DAY 8 Hakone/Tokyo

    Head to Tokyo with time to do some last-minute shopping.
    Arrive before noon to Tokyo, with time to explore this energetic metropolis.

    Bullet train (Hakone - Tokyo - 2h)
    Get to your next destination faster than the speed of flight aboard a high-speed train.

    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

    Free Time
    Tokyo Afternoon
    With so much to do, start exploring now

    Optional Activities
    Ueno Park Visit

    Tokyo
    Free-500JPY per person
    As Japan's most popular city park, Ueno is known for its museums and cherry blossoms. Stroll the pathways, admire the thousands of trees, including 1,200 cherry trees, look for lotus on the pond and visit the temples and museums

    Akihabara Visit
    Tokyo
    Free
    Tokyo's Akihabara district is a cultural centre and shopping district for video games, anime, manga, and electronics.

    Harajuku Visit
    Tokyo
    Free
    The Harajuku district is known as the centre of Japanese youth culture and fashion. Here, find dozens of shopping and dining options including independent boutiques and larger international luxury stores.

    Ginza Shopping
    Tokyo
    Free
    The Ginza district is Tokyo's equivalent of Fifth Avenue in New York. Window shop at Chanel, Dior, Gucci and Louis Vuitton, then check out the latest electronics at the Sony showroom or Apple store. Visit the Wako department store with its historic clock tower, housed in a building that dates back to 1894. If you are there on a weekend, head to Ginza's main street where pedestrians rule without Tokyo's traffic.

    Imperial Palace East Gardens Walk
    Tokyo
    Free
    The Imperial Palace in Tokyo's city centre is home to Japan's Emperor and Empress. It is surrounded by a moat and three gardens, all open to the public. Stroll throughout the grounds, admire the azaleas and hydrangeas (when in season), discover the original stone wall that surrounded the palace back in 17th to 19th centuries during the days when samurai warriors defended the ruler. Visit nearby Sannomaru-Shozo-kan museum and see exquisite kimonos and Japanese paintings. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Depart Tokyo

    Depart at any time. (None (Meals on your own))

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 350-400 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 15 passengers, at an average there are 12 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.


  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour.

  10. Please note that only foreigners traveling as a tourist are able to use a Japan Rail Pass and that you will not receive the pass until the trip begins. If you are a Japanese citizen/resident or traveling on a student/business visa please advise us at time of booking as you will not be able to take advantage of the Rail pass.


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