Asia

Japan at A Glance

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Japan comprises of four recognizable islands. While it seems like the entire culture and way of life in Japan is all the same from the outside, they vary greatly from island to island. The primary language spoken is Japanese with varying dialects. The geography of the country apart from the islands seems to be mountainous in nature. 

 

Early Japan, before 1868 was heavily influenced by Chinese culture. It was closed off to the rest of the world and therefore a unique style developed in the country. After the fall of the then rulers of Japan, they opened their doors to the world and adopted a lot of global practices and ideas. 

 

The Japanese are revered for their expertise in martial arts and culinary pursuits. A lot of today’s combat sports are heavily influenced by ancient Japanese martial art forms. In the cuisine department, fish comes in more forms than sushi and is quite an amazing experience for any traveler’s palate.  

 

After a brief glimpse into what Japan has to offer, we hope you decide to visit this beautiful place and enjoy all that it has to offer. Satguru Travel offers memorable tours to Japan and to book a tour with us, check the links below or contact us to get more information.

 

(Learn more about Japan in Wikipedia)

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN TOKYO

On arrival in Tokyo, our representative will meet you and help you transfer to the hotel by a shared shuttle. (Learn more about Tokyo in Wikipedia)

 

(Optional: transfer by train or private vehicle depending on your choice and your expenses) Time to relax or walk around Japanese-style restaurants in the area of your hotel, if you’re still full of energy! Try local sake, Japanese beers, sashimi, dried fish, and fried foods in a traditional atmosphere that has persisted for three hundred years.

 

Optional excursion:

Evening foodie tour: our professional and friendly guide will take you to non-touristy Izakaya in Ginza where you can feel like a local. This is a perfect opportunity to learn the local traditions, culture, and food, and will definitely be an unforgettable experience.

Includes:

– Airport transfer on a shared shuttle, customer assistant.

 

DAY 2: TOKYO – FULL DAY CITY TOUR (B)

After breakfast, your private guide takes you on a tour using the inner-city public transit system to visit the magnificent Meiji Shrine, a Shinto shrine dedicated to the Meiji Emperor, and the most popular place in the city for weddings and end-of-year “Hatsu-mode.” And then stroll at the peaceful Hamariyku garden, the former private garden of an Edo Period lord. Here you will stop for a Japanese green tea. What a way to start the day and relaxing ride on the Sumida river bus to have a different view of Tokyo and its futuristic buildings, including an 18-meter tall Gundam robot statue. Followed by a journey to Harajuku and Omote-Sando, also known as Tokyo’s Champs-Elysees. This broad, tree-lined avenue features a multitude of fashion flagship stores designed by internationally renowned architects within a short distance End of the day by visiting Asakusa – home of the grand temple of Senso-ji. This bright red temple is central to an area famous for kimono, geisha, performing arts and old-fashioned souvenirs for more than 300 years

 

Note: The order of this itinerary may change depending on the location of your hotel and city traffic.

Includes:

– English speaking guide for 8 hours

– Entrance fee

– Public transportation on tour

 

DAY 3: TOKYO – FREE DAY

Self-guided day. Explore the city on your own.

 

Suggested program:

– Visit the Tsukiji Fish Market and surrounding restaurants in Tsukushima. (Wikipedia)

– Visit the Kabuki-za Theatre in Ginza, and see a performance while they’re – a must-see

for any visitor to Japan

– Visit the electronics district of Akihabara

– Discover Tokyo’s world-class museums and art galleries.

 

Optional day tour:

1-day Nikko world heritage tour: This tour takes you to the highlights of Nikko, including World Heritage Site Nikko Toshogu Shrine, beautiful Kegon Falls and Lake Chuzenji. Enjoy experiencing the nature and long history of Nikko.

1-day hidden Kamakura & Enoshima Bay Drive Tour: Visit famous sights of hidden Kamakura such as the Great Buddha statue at Kotoku-in Temple, and take in the beautiful ocean scenery of Enoshima on this bus tour.

DAY 4: TOKYO – KYOTO (B)

After breakfast, take a bullet-train ride to Kyoto, the ancient capital city of Japan. This city stands as it did for hundreds of years, and the older part of town is actually protected to prevent it from turning into another shrine to modernity. Make your own way from the train station to the hotel. Our company representative meets you at your hotel to provide you with information about your tour in Kyoto and how to make the most out of your stay during self-guided days. In the afternoon, join a tea ceremony at “machiya,” a restored traditional wooden house that is typical to Kyoto and many parts of Japan. If you wish, try on Japanese traditional dress, kimono (on your expense). There are many styles and colors, and see how the outfit works on you.

Free evening to enjoy at your leisure to walk through Gion, where you may get a glimpse of Geisha, walking through the narrow alley. With 17 Unesco World Heritage sights to be seen, the town is still quaint and walkable enough to be explored at leisure.

 

Includes:

– Bullet train Tokyo – Kyoto

– English speaking assistant.

– joined tea ceremony

 

DAY 5: KYOTO – FULL DAY CITY TOUR (B)

After breakfast, the guide will pick you up at the hotel for a full day city tour using public transportation. You start with the grand Nijo Castle, a sprawling, breath-taking example of comfortable luxury in Japanese nature. History has changed the face of this complex many times – see the footprints of each of its iconic owners, and walk the “chirping” nightingale floors that were so popular in construction during this building’s heyday.

We then visit Ryoanji, famous for its UNESCO-protected World Heritage zen gardens. You may find it nostalgic, as it has been featured in many movies and cited often for inspiration by creators and entrepreneurs alike. The Zen rock gardens are quintessential for posters and calendars of Japan – you may even feel a sense of nostalgia as you view it while sipping green tea. We then take you to Kinkakuji. The location of many films and novels, this pavilion which is completely coated in gold was originally built as a summer house for a shogun. It has become a symbol of luxury, beauty, and excess in literature and films throughout the ages.

Transfer on the bus to Sagano, and start walking through the lush bamboo grove, admiring the amazing views of the mountains and imposing valleys. It is around 3 km of a gentle walk. Head to Tenryu- Ji temple, which dates to 1339 and it still stands in the original design. Next, continue to the Jajakko- Ju temple, nestled in the wooded hill. Finish your walk by crossing over the famous Togetsukyo Bridge, overlooking at the stunning views of the Hozu river (Wikipedia).

 

Includes:

– 8 hours English speaking guide

– Entrance fees

– Public transportation on tour

 

DAY 6: KYOTO – FREE DAY. OPTIONAL TOUR TO NARA (B)

Self-guided day. Optional half-day trip to Nara: Afternoon, you can visit the very nearby Nara, which is the capital of Japan even older than Kyoto. This 8th-century town is filled with wabi-sabi and quiet streets that lead from shrine to shrine. Visit the outstanding Todaiji – a

“power spot” claiming responsibility for inciting many of historical figures to action. It’s the largest wooden building in the world and is quite an impressive sight. Also visit Kasuga Taisha, Nara’s most celebrated Shinto shrine, which is populated by pretty, friendly deer whose presence only improves the tranquility of the area.

 

DAY 7: KYOTO – DEPARTURE (B)

Free time to go shopping for souvenirs until transfer to Kansai Airport for your departure flight.

Each of our tour packages is designed to give you a seamless and pleasant journey. Our dedicated tour experts understand your requirements keenly and committed to provide you the unforgettable travel experience that you dreamt of. Let’s start your dream journey!

6 Nights/7 Days

23 January – 30 September 2020

 

Prices per person sharing a Double room :

$ 3140

 

Hotels used or similar:

Location * Hotel Name
Tokyo 3 Villa Fontaine
4 Park hotel
Kyoto 3 Hotel Vista Premio
4 Kyoto Royal Spa

The prices per person in USD and include:

  • Round trip economy class flights as per the lowest booking fare
  • Private Round trip transfers from and to the airport
  • 3 nights stay in Tokyo at the hotel of your choice
  • 3 nights stay in Kyoto at the hotel of your choice
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Boat trip as stated in above sights
  • English speaking guide
  • Sightseeing fees on tour day
  • All taxes included

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