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Golden Route of Japan
Visiting: Osaka, Hiroshima, Matsuyama, Takamatsu, Naruto, Kobe, Nara, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Matsumoto, Hakone, Kamakura & Tokyo
Dates: 27th August-10th September
SATURDAY, 27TH AUGUST/SUNDAY, 28TH AUGUST
We meet at the Malta International Airport at 12.30 pm for our Emirates flight that leaves Malta at 3.35 pm and arrives in Dubai at 1.05 am on 28th August. We then board our flight to Japan departing at 3.00 am and arriving in Osaka at 5.15 pm. On arrival, we are transferred to our hotel Mystays Shin-Osaka (or similar). Check-in, we have dinner and overnight. *Coach will continue with luggage to Hiroshima.
MONDAY, 29TH AUGUST
After breakfast, we make our way to the train station and take the bullet train for a 90-minute ride to Hiroshima. We make our way to Hatsukaichi, then go by ferry to the island of Miyajima (included) and visit the sanctuary of Itsukushima Shrine (included) whose colourful buildings float on the water of the Inner Sea. We then have a brief city tour of Hiroshima by a private coach. Visiting the Genbaku Dome (the striking Cupola of a building that remained famously intact after the nuclear attack); and the Peace Memorial park. Later on, transfer to our hotel Candeo Fukuyama in Fukuyama (approx 100km east of Hiroshima) (or similar) in Hiroshima, check-in and dinner.
TUESDAY, 30TH AUGUST
After breakfast we meet our English-speaking guide and take Shimanami Road to Matsuyama, which is a 60-kilometre long toll road that connects Japan’s main island of Honshu to the island of Shikoku, passing over six small islands in the Seto Inland Sea. We will visit the Ishiteji-temple (included), one of Shikoku’s pilgrimage temples. Pilgrims dressed in white are a frequent sight at this large temple. We later proceed to Takamatsu where we have some free time at the centre and have dinner. Later check-in at our hotel – Apa Hotel Takamatsu Airport (or similar) and overnight.
WEDNESDAY, 31ST AUGUST
Today, after breakfast we meet our English-speaking guide and have a brief city tour. Later we go to the beautiful Ritsurin landscape garden (included). We then proceed and have a short stop at Naruto. This is followed by a transfer to Himeji via the 1,629m Naruto Ohashi suspension bridge, famous for viewing whirlpools. In Himeji we discover the city on foot and have some free time for lunch. We later stop at Himeji castle (included), the famous many-tiered white castle, acclaimed as Japan’s most beautiful and complete historic citadel, known as the White Egret. Transfer to Kobe, a large port city and walk through the China town district and Kitano-cho, a former residential area for foreign merchants. Transfer to our hotel in Candeo Osaka Namba (or similar) in Osaka and enjoy dinner.
THURSDAY, 1ST SEPTEMBER
After breakfast, we have a guided tour with our English-speaking guide of Osaka – sightseeing by a private coach. We stop at The Umeda sky building (included), famous as the Floating Garden Observatory; Osaka castle (included) and the sparkling district of Osaka Dotonbori. Transfer to hotel in Osaka, have some free time. Dinner (extra).
FRIDAY, 2ND SEPTEMBER
Breakfast at our hotel and we proceed with a full day excursion of Nara accompanied by an English-speaking guide. We visit TodaijiTemple (included), famous for the biggest bronze statue of Buddha in Japan; the Kasuga Shrine with 3,000 lanterns; Nara Park where about 1,000 tame deer circulate freely. Transfer back to our hotel and dinner.
SATURDAY, 3RD SEPTEMBER
After breakfast, we have a full day excursion to Kyoto. Together with our guide, we visit Kinkakuji Temple (included), the “Golden Pavillion”, covered entirely with gold leaf and Heianjingu shrine, which was built on the 1,100th anniversary of the foundation of Kyoto as the capital of Japan. Lunch – included. Later in the afternoon, we visit Fushimi Inari, a famous Shinto shrine, famous for its thousands of red Torii. Return to our hotel.
SUNDAY, 4TH SEPTEMBER
We start the day with breakfast, meet our Englishspeaking guide and transfer to Kanazawa. Here we have a half-day city tour – we will be visiting Kenrokuen garden (included), justifiably classified as one of Japan’s three most beautiful landscape gardens; and Higashichaya-town, a traditional tea shop district. We later proceed to our hotel and check-in at Resol Trinity Kanazawa (or similar). Dinner included.
MONDAY, 5TH SEPTEMBER
After breakfast this morning we meet our guide and we are transferred to Shirakawago. We will have free time to explore the Shirakawa region, declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995. The region is famous for its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses. The roofs, made without nails, provided a large attic space used for cultivating silkworms. We later proceed to Takayama and walk around the old town. Due to its previously inaccessible location nestled high in the mountainous Hida alpine region, this beautifully preserved old town was cut off from the rest of Japan, allowing it to develop its own unique culture. Visit a wasabi farm and sake brewery in Azumino. Enjoy sampling sake – Japanese rice wine! Afterwards, we have the transfer to Alpico Plaza in Matsumoto (or similar), check-in and dinner.
TUESDAY, 6TH SEPTEMBER
We start our day with breakfast and meet our Englishspeaking guide and transfer to Hakone. On the way, we will have a short stop at Fujikawaguchiko – Shibazakura festival (included). Later we proceed and enjoy cruising on Lake Ashi where the famous and revered Mount Fuji is reflected in all its glory. Transfer to our hotel in Hakone where we will spend the night at Hotel Kagetsuen (or similar). Dinner at our hotel included.
WEDNESDAY, 7TH SEPTEMBER
We meet our English-speaking guide after breakfast at our hotel and then proceed to Kamakura. Here we will visit Kotokuin Temple (included) to see a giant bronze Buddha statue. Afterwards, we make our way to Yokohama – the second largest city in Japan. Later on, we proceed to our hotel – Sunshine City Prince in Chiba (approx 40km from Tokyo) (or similar). Today’s lunch is included & dinner (extra).
THURSDAY, 8TH SEPTEMBER
Today we will have a full day excursion to discover the city of Tokyo. After breakfast, we meet our English-speaking guide and together we visit the observatory of the Metropolitan Government of Tokyo Shinjuku (included), which offers a beautiful view of the whole city and also visit Meiji Jingu Shrine located within a stunning inner-city park. Lunch at a restaurant included. Later we will have a photo stop at the Imperial Palace square and afterwards, we will visit Asakusa Sensoji Temple, the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo dedicated to Asakusa Kannon. Transfer back to our hotel and dinner.
FRIDAY, 9TH SEPTEMBER/SATURDAY, 10TH SEPTEMBER
Breakfast. On our last day in this splendid country, we have a day at leisure for personal sightseeing and shopping. Later in the afternoon, we are transferred by a private coach to Airport. We depart Tokyo at 10.30 pm and arrive in Dubai at 4.10 am (10th September). We then proceed to our flight to Malta which departs at 8.00 am and arrives at 2.05 pm (Saturday afternoon)
PRICE PER PERSON
Adult in Triple €4373
Adult in Twin €4599
Adult in Single €5349
The minimum group size is based on 20 passengers
Note: A Maltese passport with a validity date of 6 months beyond departure date Vaccines:
Kindly check with the National Immunisation Service at Floriana Health centre.
Flights with Emirates to Osaka /return from Tokyo via Dubai
Accommodation in very good 3*** similar category hotels
12 breakfasts (a mixture of Japanese & Western including hot dishes)
4 Lunches & 9 dinners as per programme
Return ferry to Miyajima
All excursions are guided with an experienced English-speaking guide as per the itinerary
All the entrance fees, as mentioned in the programme
All transfers Service of a tour leader