Independent Suggested Itinerary – Famous Sites & Cultural Delights

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Japan is a country of contrasts, just waiting to be discovered. Beautiful, ultra modern, historical, relaxing, busy, fashionable, traditional all describe Japan today. The ancient capital of Kyoto is rich in cultural sites while nearby Himeji Castle is a famous World Heritage Listed treasure. Hiroshima is a city of historical importance and next door lies Miyajima Island with its unique breath-taking scenery. The modern metropolis of Tokyo is alive with energy and excitement. Japan’s small land area means travelling times are short and all areas are easily accessible by a clean and efficient rail system. For the first time this flexible itinerary makes it possible for the independent traveler to experience all of these cities. By adding some of our optional tours you will experience real famous sites and real cultural delights of Japan.

DAY 1 Narita / Haneda Airport – Tokyo City

Upon arrival at Narita Airport, clear customs and immigration then board the Airport Limousine coach transfer service to your accommodation in Tokyo. Coach transfer service can also be provided from Haneda Airport. Staying in Tokyo for 3 nights. 

DAY 2 Tokyo

Included in your package is a morning tour of Tokyo. Visit the Imperial Palace Plaza, Tsukiji Outer Fish Market, Tokyo Skytree Town, Sensoji Temple and Nakamise shopping street. Free time in the afternoon. This afternoon is also a good opportunity to go to a Japan Railway ticket office to exchange your voucher for your actual Japan Rail Pass.

DAY 3 Tokyo

Entire day free to explore Tokyo or some suggested optional tours you can pre book –

Mt Fuji & Hakone 1 Day Tour visiting, Fuji Visitor Center, Mt. Fuji 5th Station, Lake Ashi Cruise and Mt. Komagatake Ropeway
Nikko World Heritage Day Tour visiting, Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Falls
Hidden Kamakura & Enoshima Bay Tour 

DAY 4 Tokyo – Himeji – Hiroshima

This morning make your way to Shinagawa Station. Board the famous Shinkansen bullet train to Himeji. In Himeji you can visit the World Heritage listed Himeji Castle and Koko-en Gardens. Return to the station and continue onto Hiroshima by Shinkansen bullet train. Accommodation in Hiroshima for 2 nights.

DAY 5 Hiroshima

Free day to explore Hiroshima. Points of interest here include Miyajima Island and the Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome (both World Heritage listed) and the Peace Memorial Museum.

DAY 6 Hiroshima – Kyoto

This morning make your way to Hiroshima Station. Board the Shinkansen bullet train to Kyoto. Upon arrival in Kyoto and after hotel check in, free afternoon to explore the city. Accommodation in Kyoto for 2 nights.

Some suggested optional tours you can pre book – 

Kyoto Night Tour
Kyoto Maiko Dinner

DAY 7 Kyoto

Enjoy a jam packed day tour that will take you to 4 major UNESCO listed sites!
Start in Kyoto and visit Nijo Castle, the Imperial Palace and Kinkaku-ji. Then travel to Nara and see the incredible Todaiji and Kasuga Shrine. Your final stop is at Nara Deer Park and the Nara Nagomikan.

DAY 8 Kyoto – Tokyo – Airport

Free until departure. Depart from Kyoto by Shinkansen bullet train to Tokyo Station. Change to the Narita Express train for Narita Airport. You can also finish this package in Kyoto and return to Kansai Airport.

Dates: Daily: Subject to accommodation availability.
Package Inclusions: *7 nights accommodation
*7 day Japan Rail Pass Ordinary class
*Half day Tokyo morning tour with English speaking guide
* Kyoto & Nara 1 day tour
*One way transfer from Narita/Haneda Airport to Tokyo by limousine bus
Standard Hotels: From $1,867 Single
From $1,271 per person Twin
From $1,164 per person Triple
*Please note prices are from prices based on low season
Tokyo: Shiba Park Hotel
Hiroshima: Hotel New Hiroden
Kyoto: New Miyako Hachijo o
Superior Hotels: From $2,616 Single
From $1,729 per person Twin
From $1,447 per person Triple
Tokyo: Keio Plaza Hotel
Hiroshima: Hotel Granvia Hotel
Kyoto: ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kyoto
Remarks: *This is an independent suggested itinerary package. This independent package is flexible and JTB can add on or change the itinerary around to suite your specific requirements. For more accommodation options, please contact us directly. *All prices are subject to change until paid in full and accommodation is subject to availability at time of booking. *Seasonal surcharges and conditions may apply. *This package is a land only package. JTB can also provide prices for special airfares with any airline. Please contact us directly for more details.