On this private Tokyo to Osaka tour package, go off the beaten path in Japan as you travel between some of its busiest cities. Start in the capital city of Tokyo where you can soak in the old world charm of the Asakusa district and the forested Meiji shrine on a guided tour. Take time to visit the ancient Shitaya Jinja temple dedicated to the goddess of fortune, where you can learn more about the Shinto faith from a priest. A short Shinkansen train ride later, settle into a traditional ryokan in Yudanaka, a spectacular mountain retreat where you can enjoy onsen-hopping and visiting the snow monkeys! Next, take some time out to explore some of 17 UNESCO-listed sites in Kyoto on a personalized tour, and then visit a dojo to learn the art of Taiko drumming from a master.
Over the next few days, hike up the UNESCO-listed pilgrimage route of Kumano Kodo to explore the spectacular Wakayama Mountains of South Kyoto, passing by forests, waterfalls, and divine shrines. Back from your adventure, make your way to Osaka, where you can learn how to create wax replicas of food from a master craftsman – a popular custom in Japan!
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Tokyo is a city like no other! Defined by cutting-edge design, quirky creativity and its own unique ancient culture, the city defines the best of both worlds.
Traditional Tokyo by Day For a day well spent, visit some of Tokyo’s best known landmarks with your local expert! Begin with a trip to the Asakusa locality, well-known for its “shitamachi” or old-world vibe. You can visit the Sensoji temple, a Buddhist temple believed to be Tokyo’s oldest. Adjacent to the temple you will find the Nakamise “dori” or street, where you can taste some traditional snacks if you like. Travel across town to Omotesando and after exploring the ritzy flagship stores and spectacular architecture on the main boulevard. Next, make your last stop at the famous Meiji shrine, dedicated to the spirit of Emperor Meiji. Surrounded by a forested area with 365 species of trees, the shrine is also a popular wedding venue, so don’t be surprised if you come across a bride and groom all dressed up for their big day! (Half Day; 0900 or 1400 hrs; Private Activity; Transfers by public transport; Fitness Level: Moderate)
Shitaya Jinja: Spiritual Shrine Excursion Accompanied by your local guide, head to Shitaya Jinja, a shrine nestled between Tokyo’s popular sightseeing districts of Ueno and Asakusa. Hidden from the hustle and bustle around, soak in the spiritual atmosphere at this ancient temple complex dedicated to Inari, the goddess of fertility and fortune. Passing under a Torii gate, purify your hands with water from a small reservoir at the entrance. Once inside, perform a ritual that includes ringing a bell followed by alternating bows and claps, to attract the deity’s attention. Say your prayers at the main building as you lay down your offerings. Sit and enjoy some quiet and peaceful time admiring the traditional wood architecture and religious stone figurines. Later, interacting with the priest during this exclusive experience, feel free to ask for any questions you might have about the Shinto faith. After a brief traditional gesture, receive blessings for your safe travels across Japan and your journey back home! (Half Day; Duration: 1 – 2 hrs; Private Activity; Fitness level: Easy)
Yudanaka, with its spectacular mountain scenery and lush vegetation epitomizes an idyllic getaway. This hot spring resort town located near Nagano city has a history that can be traced back over hundreds of years
Nagaden Free Ticket (without travel guide, without entrance fees) The pass provides unlimited access to Nagano Dentetsu Line (train), the Nagaden Express Bus, the local Nagaden bus and one-time free admission to the Snow Monkey Park, allowing you the freedom to thoroughly explore Nagano. Enjoy your trip to Nagano with the convenient and economical Freepass. The pass is excluding tour guide and entrance fees.
Kyoto is to be seen to be believed. With no less than 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, the city encapsulates traditional Japanese culture and tradition.
Shared Taiko Drums Class Pick up the nuances of playing the magnificent Taiko drums synonymous with Japan! Set off for the taiko dojo or practice hall on your own and listen to a briefing about the drums. Learn all about how the drums are made and gain insights into the significance of these splendid instruments in Japanese music. Watch closely as your instructor demonstrates simple, yet impressive rhythm patterns for you to follow. Weave them together to put up a performance complete with the characteristic poses and energetic shouts that accompany the drumming! Do not forget to bring along your camera to capture memorable pictures of this unique experience. (Half Day; Fitness Level: Easy. Shared lessons are available with various choices in timing.)
Kyoto Highlights: Half Day Tour Discover a slice of traditional Japan on this tour of a selection of Kyoto’s UNESCO World Heritage sites. Visit the famous Golden Pavilion or the Buddhist Kinkakuji Temple, which was originally built as the retirement home of the 14th Century Shogun, Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. The lovely villa was turned into a temple after his death. Stop by the grand, 16th Century Nijo Castle with its imposing ramparts and spectacular gardens. Reflective of the power and grandeur of the Edo Shogunate, marvel at the castle’s architecture and building features like its intricate sliding doors, ‘chirping’ nightingale floors and secret chambers. Wind up your day tour by fortifying yourself at Nishiki Market, also known as “Kyoto’s Kitchen”. This street food district is lined with innumerable little noodle shops and food stalls selling deliciously fresh seafood, delectable sushi, traditional pickles and sweets. [Half Day, Time of the Day: 0930 or 1430 hrs; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please bring comfortable walking shoes].
Kumano Kodo is a network of spectacular hiking routes that traverse the Wakayama mountains in the Kii peninsula in South Kyoto.
Kumana Kodō Trail for Beginners (4D/3N) Travel along the UNESCO World Heritage pilgrimage route of Kumano Kodo in this fascinating tour which is a mix of guided and self-guided activities. Day 1: Head to the Kyoto/Osaka train station to embark on your train journey to Kumano Kodo, a world heritage pilgrimage route. Once you reach at Kii-Tanabe station, you will be greeted by your local guide. Savor lunch at one of the local restaurants and listen to an orientation talk about the shrine and your journey. Arm yourself with maps and all relevant information necessary to traverse the route successfully. Take part in two sacred ceremonies before you start your pilgrimage. Shiogori, the purification ritual is followed with a blessing by a Shinto priest at Tokei Shrine to ensure you have a safe trip. Soak in the spirituality of these age-old rituals as you get an idea about the life of pilgrims, who came centuries before you. Make your way by bus to Yunomine Onsen where you will stay at a typical Japanese accommodation. Day 2: Take the buses to the starting point for your trek: Hosshinmon-oji. Please note this is a self-guided activity. Enjoy the 2-3 hr Nakahechi pilgrimage trail walk to Kumano Hongu-taisha, the main shrine of the area. Stop by along the several resting points to take in the astonishing views of our surrounds. After lunch in the Hongu area, you could visit the Kumano Hongu Heritage Center. Learn how to make traditional Japanese paper at a local workshop (about 30 minutes) and get it stamped at the Kumano Hongu-Taisha shrine. Once you are finished with your explorations, you can take a public bus back to Yunomine Onsen. You could enjoy a soak in the hot springs before dinner. Day 3: Take a bus to the Kunamo river station from where your boat tour departs. Please note this is a self-guided activity. Hop aboard a traditional wooden flat boat to cross the Kumano River. After a 90 minute journey, you will reach the Hatayama Taisha shrine. After lunch in Shingu, take a train and bus and reach the shrine of Kumano Nachi-Taisha. Enjoy walking up a picturesque trail of cobblestone stairs, lined with ancient Japanese cedars. At the top, take in stunning views of Nachi Falls, the highest waterfall in Japan. You can also visit Seigantoji, which is the oldest temple in the Kumano area. Take a bus to Kii-Katsuura, a coastal town, well known for its fishing industry before you head to your overnight accommodation. Day 4: You could choose to experience the local tuna auction in the morning at the Katsuura fish market (if available) before you make your way back to your onward destination. (4D/3N; Private Activity & Transfer; Breakfast, lunch and dinner on select days are included; Fitness level: Moderate; Please carry a well-fitting backpack, rain gear, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, collapsible walking poles, water bottle, first-aid kit and a flashlight. Please maintain proper pilgrimage etiquette – please espect the area’s heritage and do not damage or deface anything. Please respect the faith of past and present worshippers. Please do not pick flowers or behave in a way that can upset local wildlife. Please stay on the path – they are clearly signposted. Please keep the route clean—take all litter home with you.)
Osaka is third largest city of Japan and has been the home of traders and merchants. It is also well-known for Japan’s oldest temple, the Shinto Sumiyoshi-taisha, and the majestic 16th century Osaka Castle.
Create Wax Food Replicas in Osaka Experience the unique art of making wax food replicas, a popular cultural trait seen at the entrance of Japanese restaurants. Make your way to a food sample laboratory in central Osaka and watch master craftsmen as they make these realistic-looking samples using a special wax. Hear about how the color, texture, and size of the pieces are meant to educate customers on what they are going to order. Try your hand at making two samples as per the staff’s instructions. Take one of them back home with you as a souvenir, and the other mounted on a keychain. (Duration: About 1 – 2 hours; Times: 1100/1800 hrs; Please note that transport is not included, and you need to make your way to and from the laboratory in central Osaka.)
Shared Transfer from Osaka Hotel to Kansai Airport
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 5,190 /person
Option 2 From $ 6,090 /person
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 13 days / 12 nights.
Meals as indicated
The following train journeys in the highest class available :
Tokyo – Nagano (Shinkansen Train – Standard Class)
Nagano – Yudanaka (Limited Express Train)
Yudanaka – Nagano (Limited Express Train)
Nagano – Nagoya (Train – Standard Class)
Nagoya – Kyoto (Shinkansen Train – Standard Class)