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Toronto - Osaka
Take an international flight from Canada to Osaka via overnight flight.
Arrive in Osaka. Your friendly tour guide will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to the airport hotel.
Osaka - Nara - Osaka
Visit Todaiji Temple, with its Great Buddha Hall housing the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana. Wander through Nara Park, where over 1,200 wild sika deer roam free, before travelling to Osaka. Visit Osaka Castle, which played a major role in the unification of Japan during the the Azuchi-Momoyama period in the sixteenth century, before being dropped off at Dōtonbori, which exemplifies Osaka’s vibrant food culture. (B)
Spend today free at your own leisure. You may spend the day visiting one of the most spectacular Japanese aquariums, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan; or taking a day trip to Hyogo to visit Himeji Castle, a unique enormous Japanese castle decorated in white. An optional day tour is available for some departure dates. Please check the attached optional program information. (B)
Osaka - Kyoto - Nagoya
This morning, travel to Kyoto by bullet train to visit Heian Jingu Shinto Shrine. Next, visit Kinkakuji: Golden Pavilion, a Zen temple and World Heritage site with two floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold and detailed architecture incorporating three distinct styles of Shinden, Samurai, and Zen. Travel to Nagoya to visit Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. Here you will learn about the history of Toyota as a textile machinery manufacturer and how it became a successful mass exporter and manufacturer of automotive technology, including robots. (B)
Nagoya - Hakone - Mt. Fuji
Today, visit Oshino Hakkai. Known as the springs of Mount Fuji, the eight ponds are fed by melting snow filtering down from the slopes of nearby Mount Fuji, through porous layers of lava, resulting in very clear spring water that is revered by locals. Afterwards, visit Gotemba Peace Park to capture a breathtaking view of Mount Fuji, and Hakone Shrine. Standing at the foot of Mount Hakone along the shores of Lake Ashi, the shrine buildings are hidden in dense forest. (B,D)
Mount Fuji - Tokyo
Visit Meiji Shrine in the morning, dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. Later, stroll through the Asakusa Kannon Temple, one of Tokyo’s most colourful and popular temples, and browse for souvenirs at Nakamise Shopping Street. Your last stop today is Tokyo Tower, to enjoy a panoramic view of enormous Tokyo city. (B)
Spend today free at your leisure. You may spend a day in Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea (admission $120) or you can join the Nikko Day Tour ($250). Alternatively, you can join our wide range of optional programs (tea ceremony, pottery-making experience, ‘golden joinery’, kimono photo shoot, cooking class). All activities are not guided and transportation is self- arranged. (B)
Tokyo - Toronto
Today, transfer to the airport to board your flight back to Canada. (B)
Kansai Airport Washington Hotel 4 star or similar
Osaka Dai-ichi Hotel 4 star or similar
Tokyu Rei Hotel 4 star or similar
Yamanokako Sun Plaza Hotel 4 star or similar
Tokyo Dome Hotel 4 star or similar
· Prices are per person based on twin share accommodation
· Departing Vancouver or Toronto
· Single Supplement: $850/person
· Pacakage Price is based on airfare availability. Tour prices are subject to change without prior notice.
· Economy class international airfares departing Toronto
· Airport taxes and fuel surcharges $680/p
· 7 nights hotel accommodation (twin/double occupancy)
· Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
· Coach transportation
· Bullet Train from Kyoto to Mt. Fuji
· Round trip airport and hotel transfers
· Entrance fees to scenic attractions
· English speaking tour guide(s) service
· Tipping and gratuities prepaid in Canada: $120.00
· Optional tour extensions
· Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
· Personal expenditure and anything not stated
Nikko Day Tour with Japanese-style Lunch
Nikko Toshugu $250
Nikko is the centre for Buddhism and Shinto religion. It is located in the valley and surrounded by beautiful deciduous forests and majestic waterfalls. This optional tour will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Nikko Toshogu. This area is well known for its distinctive architecture made up of a large number of wood carvings and gold leaf decorated onto the building. This design is unique and not seen elsewhere in Japan. You will also visit Kegon Waterfall (around 100m tall) which is the main natural attraction in Nikko. This is the best spot to view maple leaves during autumn.
Tokyo Disneyland Day Ticket
Tokyo Disneyland $120
Tokyo Disneyland is a 115-acre (47 ha) theme park at the Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, near Tokyo. Its main gate is directly adjacent to both Maihama Station and Tokyo Disneyland Station. It was the first Disney park to be built outside the United States, and it opened on 15 April 1983. The park has seven themed areas: the World Bazaar; the four classic Disneylands: Adventureland, Westernland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland; and two mini-lands: Critter Country and Mickey’s Toontown. Many of the games and rides in these areas mirror those in the original Disneyland as they are based on American Disney films and fantasies. Fantasyland includes Peter Pan’s Flight, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and more based on classic Disney films and characters.
Tokyo DisneySea Day Ticket
Tokyo DisneySea $120
Tokyo DisneySea is a 176-acre (71.22 ha) theme park at the Tokyo Disney Resort located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, just outside Tokyo. It opened on September 4, 2001. Tokyo DisneySea attracted an estimated 14 million visitors in 2013, making it the fourth-most-visited theme park in the world. In 2002 Tokyo DisneySea won a Thea Award from the Themed Entertainment Association for the concept, design, and construction of the theme park. The award was presented at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA. The winners of the 2012-2015 Theme Park Insider Awards “Best theme park” is Tokyo DisneySea. There are seven uniquely themed areas or “ports of call”. The entrance to the park is Mediterranean Harbour, which opens up to six more nautically themed ports: American Waterfront, Lost River Delta, Port Discovery, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, and Mysterious Island.
Tea Ceremony (30 minutes)
Tea Ceremony $55
The Japanese tea ceremony is a traditional ritual influenced by the principles of Zen Buddhism in which powdered green tea, or matcha, is prepared and served to a small group in a quiet setting. Often traditional Japanese confectionary is served to balance out the bitter taste of the green tea.Highlights:Learn the process of the Japanese tea ceremony from a qualified tea instructor. Learn which utensils to use to prepare green tea in a traditional Japanese room (tatami). Discover the customs, culture and hospitability of the Japanese people.
Physical considerations: Tea ceremony is performed in a kneeling position (seiza) on the floor. This puts pressure on your knees and ankles. Please be cautious of joining this optional program if you have a condition that prevents you from kneeling on the floor for a short period of time.
Optional: $130 – Wear traditional Japanese garment (kimono) and experience tea ceremony
Pottery Making Experience (60 minutes)
Pottery Making $99
Pottery is the oldest art form and earthenware traditions in Japan believed to have started around 12,000 years ago. Today, there are thousands of potters who make a living out of producing pottery-wares across the country. The pottery produced in each region varies in design because of the type of clay found there.
Try your hand at making your own cup or bowl by using the spinning wheel and clay.
Receive a pre-made sake cup made by the instructors as a souvenir.
Golden Joinery (60 minutes)
Golden Joinery $109
Learn the art of golden joinery (kintsugi or kintsukuroi), a technique of repairing broken cups, bowls, or plate using lacquer resin laced with gold powder. As a philosophy the mended ‑aws become part of the object’s design. The result is that the object looks more beautiful than the original after being broken and repaired.
Mend broken cups, bowls or plates using powdered gold.
Take home the object you repaired as a unique souvenir.
Kimono Photo Shoot (60 minutes)
Kimono Photo Shoot Male $100, Female $120
The kimono is the traditional dress of Japan and is representative of its culture and heritage. The dress consists of a long robe with wide sleeves that is usually made of various materials and patterns. Today the kimono is only worn sparingly on formal occasions, such as weddings, funerals, tea ceremonies or other special events.Take part in a memorable photo shoot at a studio where you can dress up in a kimono of your choice. You can take photos with your own camera or you may choose to purchase a photo package plan from the photographers.
Dress up in a kimono of your choice for the photo shoot.
Have your photos taken for free with your own camera or purchase the photos from the professional photographers.
Cooking Class (120-180 minutes)
Cooking Class $129 Popular!
Japanese cuisine (washoku) is well known for its refined taste and elegant presentation. Take part in a Japanese cooking experience and learn from one of Tokyo’s most popular cooking instructors whose book has been published in English. Bring home with you a set of new cooking skills and culinary techniques that will leave your friends and family impressed.
Learn to cook different types of Japanese foods, such as sushi, soup and various side dishes.
Learn the ingredients, culinary techniques and methods used in creating home made Japanese dishes.
Enjoy your own cooked dish for lunch.
Transportation is not included. However, optional program venues are located in the easily accessible Tokyo CBD.