Japan Impressions

Japan’s three best-known cities will certainly leave you with lasting impressions as you travel between skyscrapers and shrines by Shinkansen (bullet train). The bustling life in Tokyo provides a sharp, yet complementary contrast with the traditions and temples of Kyoto. See Osaka’s architecture beautifully framed by cherry blossoms if you time your trip right.

Places Visited

Tokyo (3N) - Kyoto (2N) - Osaka (1N)

Day 1: Arrive Tokyo
Make your own way to your Tokyo hotel for a three night stay. Tokyo, meaning ‘Eastern Capital’, was originally a small fi shing village called Edo. Today it is one of the world’s most bustling and exciting metropolises.
Day 1: Arrive Tokyo
Day 2: Tokyo
Enjoy a full-day tour with a Local Guide utilising Tokyo’s public transport system. Visit Meiji Shrine, Tokyo’s most famous shrine, Harajuku, Tokyo’s youth mecca, Omotesando, referred to as Tokyo’s ‘Champs-Elysées’ and Ginza, Tokyo’s famous upmarket district. You will also visit the Imperial Palace East Gardens (the palace itself is not open to the public). Finally visit Asakusa, home to Nakamise shopping street and Sensoji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple. (B)
Day 2: Tokyo
Day 3: Tokyo
Early this morning you will begin a half-day tour travelling by subway to the Tsukiji Fish Market. Explore the vegetable and fruit areas and the impressive seafood section. After buying ingredients, you will learn to make various forms of sushi. The afternoon is at your leisure. (B,L)
Day 3: Tokyo
Day 4: Tokyo to Kyoto
Make your own way to Tokyo station and travel by Shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto. Upon arrival, make your own way to your hotel. Once the imperial capital of Japan, Kyoto is another city with a diverse past. The city is home to over 2,000 places of worship, including Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. This afternoon visit a traditional tea house in the Gion geisha district. Enjoy green tea and Japanese cake in the company of a geisha or maiko (apprentice geisha). Watch a traditional dance performance by the geisha, before returning to your hotel. (B)
Day 4: Tokyo to Kyoto
Day 5: Kyoto
Enjoy a full-day tour exploring Kyoto with a Local Guide utilising the public transport system. Visit Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) and continue to Ryoanji temple with its famous rock garden, and finally Nijo Castle. (B)
Day 5: Kyoto
Day 6: Kyoto to Osaka
Make your own way to Kyoto station and travel by local train to Osaka for an overnight stay. Upon arrival, make your own way to your hotel. Osaka is Japan’s third largest city and was established as a major industrial and cultural centre in 1889. This afternoon explore Osaka with a Local Guide utilising the public transport system. Visit Osaka Castle, originally built in 1593, and take a cruise along the Yodogawa River. (B)
Day 6: Kyoto to Osaka
Day 7: Depart Osaka
Your arrangements end after check-out this morning. (B)

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Tour prices are per person, twin share departing Auckland. Regional departures available on request. Additional charges: Tipping is payable on arrival in destination (see Additional Price Information below).

New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa for travel to Japan.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. It’s a good idea to check call costs with hotel staff or your local guide before making calls, as this can be expensive. A service charge may also be involved. To call New Zealand – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 64, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular and you will find high quality coverage, with active roaming agreements with most of the service providers. Please make sure you are aware of associated costs and have activated your international roaming prior to departure.
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is not part of the culture in Japan and is therefore not expected.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure.  In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
Drinks will be at each own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.