Jewels of Japan

Jewels of Japan 15 day Tour from Millenium Travel

15 Day Jewels of Japan Tour

May 9-23, 2018


Japan is a steward of tradition and a master of modernity! This tour will delight you with bright neon-lit streets, stunning natural beauty, history, art and ancient temples. Mingle with the locals, see iconic sights and enjoy exotic flavours. The beautiful landscapes you experience on your journey will make you wonder at Mother Nature. Discover the Jewels of Japan on this 15 day tour & get inspired! Download the full itinerary here.

If interested, please email nilufer@premieregroup.com or call today at 416-962-2200 – ext. 4216.


ITINERARY

Day 1/May 9: TORONTO – TOKYO

Depart from Toronto on Air Canada’s non-stop flight to Tokyo’s Haneda airport.

Day 2/May 10: TOKYO (D)

Welcome to Tokyo! Meet and greet upon arrival and transfer by private coach to your hotel. A Welcome dinner awaits you at your hotel and overnight at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa.

Day 3/May 11: TOKYO (B/L)

After breakfast, your tour will start with a panoramic view of the city from the iconic Tokyo Tower. Then, we proceed to Happoen Japanese Gardens for a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and lunch. After lunch, you proceed to the Imperial Palace Plaza and the Hinode Pier, for a cruise up the Sumida River to visit Asakusa Kannon Temple. Then, we’re off to the Ginza area, Tokyo’s world-renowned shopping and entertainment district on your way to the hotel.

Day 4/May 12: TOKYO (B/L) 

Today, we visit the Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest marketplace in Japan. After strolling around the outer market, try your hand at sushi-making using seasonal seafood ingredients. In the afternoon, we head to the Rainbow Bridge and visit the Odaiba area for more sight-seeing. Return to the hotel after the day tour and enjoy the evening at leisure and overnight at your hotel.

Day 5/May 13: TOKYO (B)

After breakfast, we visit Meiji Jingu Shrine, the Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the holy spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife. Then we move onward to the Samurai Museum, where you can try on the armor or try your hands at Samurai cosplay. Continue to Shinjuku, one of the most vibrant districts in Tokyo. You can enjoy your time here as the rest of the day is at your leisure. Return to your hotel and relax.

Day 6/May 14: TOKYO – MT. FUJI – HAKONE (B/D)

Depart the hotel in Tokyo and travel by private coach to Mt. Fuji, arriving at the Fuji Visitor Center for a beautiful view. Enjoy a scenic ride to the 5th Station that is halfway up this 3776m high mountain.
After a traditional Japanese lunch, you will travel by cable car up to the top of Mt. Komagatake. Thereafter, we’ll take a cruise on Lake Ashi. At the end of the day, transfer to your ryokan (Japanese inn) Hakone Yunohana, where you can enjoy dinner and traditional hot springs. Overnight at your ryokan.

Day 7/May 15: HAKONE – HIROSHIMA (B/D)

After breakfast, you’ll be taken to the train station for travel by shinkansen (bullet train) to Hiroshima. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Hiroshima that includes the Peace Memorial and Atomic Bomb Memorial Dome. Enjoy dinner and overnight at the Grand Prince Hotel.

Day 8/May 16: HIROSHIMA – MIYAJIMA – HIROSHIMA (B/L)

After breakfast, travel by ferry to explore Miyajima Island and visit Itsukushima Shrine. After the tour, you will return to your hotel in Hiroshima.

Day 9/ May 17: HIROSHIMA – OSAKA (B)

After breakfast, you will travel by bullet train to Osaka. Upon arrival, enjoy sightseeing in Osaka’s Dotonbori area and Shinbashi dori. Overnight at the Hotel Granvia Osaka.

Day 10/May 18: OSAKA (B/L)

From the hotel, we’re off to the Floating Garden Observatory in Umeda district, for a panoramic view of the city of Osaka, Awaji Island and Mt. Ikoma from 170 meters above the city. Then, visit Osaka Castle, found in 16th century by Hideyoshi Toyotomi, a remarkable Shogun (chief military commander) in the Sengoku period. Enjoy the scenery with a cruise along the Ogawa River aboard the Aqua-Liner. Take in the scenic views, famous places and historic spots of Osaka from the river. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 11/May 19: OSAKA – NARA – KYOTO (B/L)

After breakfast from the hotel, we travel to Nara. Enjoy a leisurely visit to the World Heritage Sites in Nara, including Todaiji Temple, Nara Park and Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Experience sake tasting in Nara, the birthplace of Japanese sake. After the day tour, transfer to the New Miyako Hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 12/May 20: KYOTO (B/L)

We set off from the hotel for a full day tour of Kyoto. The tour starts with a visit to Nijo Castle, followed by visit to Kinkakuji Temple, home of the Golden Pavilion. Then, we travel to the Kyoto Imperial Palace. After lunch, we visit the Heian Jingu Shrine, Sanjusangendo, the world’s longest wooden structure, housing 1,001 life-size statues of Buddhist Kannon deities dating back to the 13th century. Return to your hotel at the end of the day. Enjoy the evening at leisure and overnight at the hotel.

Day 13/ May 21: KYOTO (B/L/D)

Today, we tour to the scenic Arashiyama and Sagano Bamboo Grove followed by a visit to the Jojakkoji Temple. The tour will then continue with a visit to the Tenryuji Temple, located in the centre of Arashiyama and has been ranked first among Kyoto’s five great Zen temples, known for its landscaped gardens. Your final visit will be to the Togetsukyo Bridge. The bridge, with Mt. Arashiyama as backdrop, is the symbol of Arashiyama. Board the Yakatabune boat for lunch. Return to Kyoto in the afternoon and explore the famous Gion district for some leisure time. In the evening, enjoy watching the traditional Japanese Maiko dancing. Your farewell dinner will be delicious Kyoto cuisine. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 14/ May 22: KYOTO (B)

After breakfast, enjoy a free day to catch up with your shopping and sight-seeing or participate in any optional tours.

Day 15/ May 23: KYOTO – DEPARTURE (B)

Today, we bid ‘sayonara’ from Japan! Transfer to Kansai International Airport to board your homebound flight.


B=Breakfast – L=Lunch – D=Dinner
EARLY BOOKING BONUS: CAD $100 off/Person if booked by January 19, 2018
Additional $50 Bonus for previous Millenium Tour guests

Contact Nilufer Mama today to reserve your spot!
Email: nilufer@premieregroup.com or call 416-962-2200 – ext. 4216