TOUR CODE: TYKOKN
Take in the awe-inspiring treasures Japan has to offer on this exciting 11-day trip. Starting in Tokyo, its compact districts teemed with a sharply dressed populace, exotic cuisine, and of course, garish lights everywhere. While Tokyo always seems to have one foot in the future, Kyoto does its best to hold onto the past. Here you’ll find the Shinto shrines, swooping-gabled temples, and rock gardens of archetypal Japan, not to mention the geishas and Kabuki actors carrying its cultural legacy. From the main island, hop on a flight to Okinawa for a tropical retreat and discover their distinct culture and world-renowned beaches.
Board your flight to Tokyo.
Touch down at the Tokyo Airport and catch a airport bus transfer to the Hyatt Regency Hotel, your home for the next three nights. The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you please.
TOKYO CITY TOUR (B)
Daily breakfast will be hosted by the hotel.
This morning, see the best of Tokyo with a half-day tour of the city’s most glamorous neighborhoods and iconic landmarks. Tour disbands at Yurakucho Station, you will have free time to explore the lively restaurant district near the station at your leisure. Ginza, the famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district is on the east side of the station with approximately 20-minute walk. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
Free day in Tokyo.
Take the hotel’s complimentary shuttle bus to Shinjuku Train Station for JR Chuo-train Rapid service” to Tokyo Train Station for your bullet train ride to Kyoto about 160 mins. 10:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Board the Hikari Shinkansen for Kyoto as indicated on your ticket. Arrive at Kyoto station 1:20 – 2:50 p.m., take a 5-minute walk to the New Miyako Hotel or if staying at the Rihga Royal Hotel, take shuttle service that leaves every 15 minutes. Tonight, use your free time to explore Kyoto’s world-renowned geisha districts as the geiko or maiko make their way to and from their lessons.
(Remarks: One day before, your train tickets to Kyoto will be delivered at the hotel in Tokyo.)
*Your main suitcase (1 piece per person) will be transferred directly from Tokyo to Kyoto. Please leave your main suitcase at the bell desk by 7:30 am.
KYOTO CITY TOUR (B)
Our morning tour begins at the legendary Nijō Castle—once home of the powerful Tokugawa shogunate—where the interiors are decorated with Kanō school screen paintings. You’ll move onto the Kinkaku-ji Temple, called the Golden Pavilion because its top two stories are completely covered in gold leaf, with eaves stretching out like the wings of a phoenix and sparkling on the surface of its reflecting pond. Then, you’re off to the Kyoto Imperial Palace, where you’ll gain exclusive access to the residence of Japanese emperors until the capital was moved to Tokyo in 1869. The palace closes on weekends and national holidays, in which case you’ll visit the Kitano Tenman-gū Shrine instead. The remainder of the day is yours to spend scouting around Kyoto.
Hotel check out and take the shared transfer service to the Osaka Airport for your 2 hour flight to Okinawa. Upon your arrival, you will be assisted in boarding a local taxi to your hotel. Here, the locals have a distinct language and food culture that differs from Japanese cuisine as it has influences of China, South East Asia and the United States, and due to the different climate with its effects on agriculture and the appetite. Okinawa’s most famous export worldwide is the martial art of karate.
Our full day sightseeing today will start from the Southern part of the main Okinawa Island. First, visit Shuri Castle, built in the late 1300s with architectural influences from both China and Japan, the Castle shows its exceptional cultural and historical values in its unique stonework and architectural design. Explore Gyokusendo, a limestone cave that was created by elevating coral reefs about 3 million years ago. Our next stop is Ryukyu Glass Village and Okinawa Outlet Mall Ashibinaa where you will have free time to browse around and pick up some souvenirs. Tour disbands at Okinawa Bus Station, return to your hotel on your own arrangement.
*Tour pick-up and drop off service may not available from your hotel. Tour conducts by a Japanese speaking guide with a multilingual audio system provided. Itinerary is subject to change.
Continue our sightseeing in Okinawa with a full day tour to the northern part of the island. Start from Nago Pineapple Park, a theme-park dedicated to pineapples and other tropical fruits in Nago on the main island of Okinawa. We drive across the 1.2 miles long Kouri bridge to Kouri Island (Kourijima), famed for its world-renowned beaches. Visit Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, the second largest aquarium in the world with tanks containing deep sea creatures, sharks, coral and tropical fish. Take a break at Okiashigoten, known for its looks similar to the Shuri Castle and one of the most famous souvenir shops in Okinawa. Our final stop is Cape Manza, a scenic rock formation on Okinawa Island facing the East China Sea and a popular spot for sunset viewing.
* Tour pick-up and drop off service may not available from your hotel. Tour conducts by a Japanese speaking guide with a multilingual audio system provided. Itinerary is subject to change.
Transfer to the airport by local taxi for your flight to Tokyo. Upon arrival, take the airport limousine bus to your hotel.
TOKYO DEPARTURE (B)
Your time in Japan comes to an end as you take an airport bus back to Narita Airport for your flight home.
Meals: B= Breakfast L= Lunch
Per person, based on double occupancy
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