Japan in Focus

14 Days
Tokyo to Osaka
From (CAD)
$ 15,395
Dates & Pricing

2021/2022 Tokyo > Osaka

Something old, something new

Delight in the fascinating mystical wonders of Japan’s ancient customs and traditions.
Fall in love with the varied hues of Japan – from quirky Tokyo and Osaka to scenic Asuka. Experience a vivid contrast of neon city lights and bustling streets, including the ‘busiest intersection in the world’ in Tokyo. This compact tour enables the first time traveller to experience the must see and well known aspects of Japanese culture, history and natural wonders first hand. Immerse yourself in the life of a sumo wrestler as you learn the history of the sport and the life and training of a wrestler during a private visit to a Sumo Museum.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
JPTO
Duration:
14 days
Departure City:
Tokyo
Return City:
Osaka

14 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Tokyo

    Welcome to Tokyo, Japan's capital and the world's most populous metropolis. Check-into your hotel, your home for the next three nights. Rooms overlook the most picturesque sites in Tokyo, such as the Imperial Palace, the 500-year old Hie Jinja Shrine and beautiful landscaped Japanese gardens. This evening meet for your welcome reception and dinner.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Tokyo

    Begin the day in the beautiful Imperial Palace’s East Gardens, part of the inner palace area and the former site of Edo Castle’s innermost circles of defence when the Tokugawa shogun ruled Japan from 1603 to 1867. Then in Ginza, dress up in your chefs clothes to make your own sushi lunch with the help of a local chef. Afterwards visit the epicentre of Tokyo’s teenage youth as you wander along Takeshita Street Harajuku, known for its colourful street art, youth fashion, quirky vintage clothing and cosplay stores and dessert shops and carts that specialise in sweet crêpes, donuts, and bubble tea.

    Freechoice Dining

    Choose from dining at a ninja themed restaurant or culturally immerse yourself in the traditional Japanese evening Izakaya bar scene serving Yaki-tori and Kushiyaki with your Tour Director as they show you their favourite places to go.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Tokyo

    Visit the Asakusa district, known as the centre of Tokyo’s shitamachi or ‘low city’ capsulizing the atmosphere of Tokyo’s past, paying your respects at Sensoji temple, the city’s oldest Buddhist temple.

    Freechoice

    Visit the Imperial Shinto Meiji Shrine, before walking across the often-referred to as ‘the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing’ and seeing the famous Hachiko dog statue in Shibuya. Alternatively, wander through picturesque Shinjuku-Gyoen Gardens before witnessing the Shinjuku entertainment district come alive at dusk where you can choose to stay into the night.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  4. Day 4 - Tokyo > Five Lakes > Hakone

    Venture deep into the stunning scenery of Kawaguchiko Area. Discover the craftsmanship involved in creating kimonos during the Muromachi Period (1333-1573) at the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. Near Hakone, cruise on Lake Ashinoko on the First class deck of your pirate ship with Mt Fuji as a backdrop, then admire the stunning scenery during your cable car ride up the hot springs of the Owakudani geothermal area. Enjoy a Special Stay at your hotel overlooking Lake Ashinoko.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Hakone > Kyoto

    Relax in your Green (Business) Class seats on the Shinkansen train to the culturally rich city of Kyoto, home to many World Heritage-listed sites. Walk through the impressive Nijo Castle, built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo Period (1603-1867). Settle into your hotel for the next four nights. Tonight enjoy Teppanyaki at the hotel’s Himorogi Restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Kyoto

    Begin the day at the famous Kinkaku-ji or Golden Pavilion.  Afterwards, glide through the surreal Arashiyama Bamboo Grove by traditional rickshaw before exploring and enjoying a vegetarian meal at the World Heritage listed Tenryu-ji Temple. This evening stroll through the Gion area before dinner.

    Freechoice Dining

    Enjoy the option of dining at Fortune Garden or traditional Kaiseki at Gion Sekiya located in the famous Gion District.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Kyoto

    Freechoice

    Revel in the atmosphere of the ancient preservation districts or visit the Silver Pavilion before strolling along part of the famous Philosopher’s Walk, an approximately two kilometre long, beautiful stone path walk along a canal through the northern part of Kyoto's Higashiyama district.

    Enrich

    Partake in a Japanese tea ceremony while dressed in a traditional Japanese kimono, a great photo opportunity.

    This afternoon enjoy some free time in Nishiki Market for shopping or relaxation.

    Enrich

    Tonight’s dinner will allow you to interact with a Geiko and Maiko who’ll host your meal presentation in a nearby traditional Japanese Restaurant. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn about what is involved in becoming a Geisha and the art of Japanese hospitality.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Kyoto > Nara

    Begin your day with an early visit to Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates and its appearance in the film ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’. Then continue to Nara, where you’ll visit Todaiji Temple, one of the most historically influential temples in Japan and see deer in Nara Park. Later, stop for a sake tasting at a sake museum.

     Ryokan Upgrade - For a unique insight into Japanese culture, choose to stay tonight in a Ryokan (at additional cost, must be pre-booked before departure). This traditional Japanese Inn has tatami mat flooring with futon beds, sliding shoji paper doors, onsen hot spring baths and private facilities, and includes dinner and breakfast.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  9. Day 9 - Kyoto > Hiroshima

    Relax on the Shinkansen to Hiroshima and check into your hotel for two nights enjoying the views from your Deluxe Corner View rooms.

    Enrich

    Experience an emotional visit to the Peace Park and Museum, dedicated to the legacy of Hiroshima as the first city in the world to suffer a nuclear attack. Move to Orizuru Tower to learn how to create your own special origami crane offering for the Orizuru Wall.

    Tonight, sample Okonomiyaki, a delicious Japanese-style pancake, a specialty of the region.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Hiroshima > Miyajima Island

    Sail by ferry to Miyajima Island to visit Daisho-in Temple and its famous floating Torii Gate at the Itsukushima Shrine, also built over the water.

    On return to the mainland, on your guided visit at the Mazda car factory, see the industrial robots at work on the cars on the production line.

    Note: Renovation works on Miyajima's famous floating torii gate started in June 2019. During the renovation works, the torii gate is covered up by scaffolding. It is not known yet exactly how long the renovations will take, but they are expected to take at least one year.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  11. Day 11 - Hiroshima > Osaka

    Travel by Shinkansen to marvel at Himeji Castle, an original and Japan’s most spectacular castle and one of the few remaining original feudal castles, before continuing to Osaka. This evening, admire the 360 degree view of Osaka at night from the Floating Garden Observatory, 170m off the ground. Then settle in for a two night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Osaka > Asuka

    Drive to the birthplace of the Japanese state and cradle of Japanese culture in Asuka, in Nara Prefecture. Wander through the Inabuchi terraced rice paddy fields, the ancient Tobiishi stone bridge, famous in Japanese folklore and visit Ishibutai tumulus, the largest known megalithic structure in Japan.

    Enrich

    Learn about the history, life and training routine of a sumo wrestler during a private visit to a Sumo Museum in Kehayaza, where Sumo originated. After the welcome ceremony, see a demonstration of Jinku and the wrestlers in action in the dohyo.

    Later stop at the timeless village of Tondabayashi. Visit a traditional Edo period house and wander around this splendid historical time capsule. This evening catch the Osaka Metro to wander around the lively entertainment area of Dotonbori and Hozenji Yokocho food alley, where you can have the opportunity to choose your own meal this evening from one of the many traditional food stalls.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  13. Day 13 - Osaka

    Freechoice

    Wander through Shinsaibashi-suji shopping avenue, followed by Kuromon Ichiba Market, known as Osaka’s kitchen or visit the Museum of History and the rebuilt Osaka Castle.

    This afternoon is free for some final shopping before tonight’s farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Osaka

    Depart today with treasured memories of your wonderful time in Japan.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

The Scenic Difference
  • Personal origami crane offering in Peace Park Hiroshima
  • Private sumo wrestler demonstration
  • Private group dinner hosted by a Geisha/Maiko
  • Partake in a Japanese tea ceremony whilst dressed in a kimono
  • Dining options include a Ninja themed restaurant and Izakaya bar scene
  • Dress up in your chefs clothes to make your own sushi lunch
  • Visit the Mazda Car Factory in Hiroshima
  • Visit the Edo era merchant home in Tondabayashi

5-star luxury inclusions
  • The intimacy of small group touring with a maximum of 24 guests
  • 4 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 10 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 2 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • 32 meals – 13 breakfasts (B), 10 lunches (L) and 9 dinners (D)
  • Expert Tour Director
  • All internal transport
  • Return airport transfers

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