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    Japan 9 Days (code: JP9E)

Duration:   9 Days 8 Nights
Cities:   Tokyo, Mt.Fuji, Shizuoka, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Takamatsu, Hiroshima,Kobe
Tour Type:   Group tour of fixed departure dates
Tansport:   Land tour only
Hotels(local):   4 stars+
Deal:   From AU$3300 per person
Full Itinerary   Availability & Prices   Special Remarks
Day 1: Arrival Tokyo Hotel:Narita Hilton Hotel or similar ( 5 stars )  

Upon arrival of Tokyo Narita International Airport, take the free shuttle from the airport to the hotel ( If your flight arrives at Narita Airport between 12:00 ~ 21:00, you could meet our local staff who will help you find the shuttle bus )
If you miss the last shuttle (depart at 22:30), please proceed to hotel on your own expenses. Taxi charge is approximately USD20.00. Tour guide will assist you to check in at hotel lobby. For guests arriving at Haneda Airport, please make own arrangements to Hilton Narita Hotel.
Remark: For customers arriving at Haneda Airport, we can arrange a hotel in Tokyo city. Every pax pay additional USD90 for the accommodation in Tokyo city and the transfer from airport to the hotel(min 2 pax).

Day 2: Tokyo ( B + L ) Hotel:Urawa Royal Pines Hotel or similar ( 4 stars+ )  

After breakfast, we first head to the Imperial Palace of Tokyo - the residence of the royal family - and visit the “double bridge” over the moat. The bridge is a symbol of the palace. Afterwards we go to the Tokyo Sky Tree Tower (no admission). With a height of 634 meters, it is a broadcasting, restaurant, and observation tower in Sumida. And then we proceed to Senso-ji, an ancient Buddhist temple. It is Tokyo’s oldest temple, and one of its most significant. The Nakamise-dori is a street on the approach to the temple, which housing many traditional shops for souvenirs. Meiji Shrine was built in dedication to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. The original shrine was destroyed during World War II; the current one was re-built in 1958. This area is covered by an evergreen forest that consists of 120,000 trees of 365 different species, which were donated by people from all parts of Japan when the shrine was established.

Day 3: Tokyo -> Shizuoka ( B + L + D ) Hotel:Hamanako Royal Hotel or similar ( 4 stars+ )  

After breakfast we head to Fuji Mountain. And then visit Oshino Hakkai, a touristy set of 8 ponds in Oshino on the site of a former sixth lake that dried out several hundred years ago. The eight ponds are fed by snow melt from the slopes of nearby Fuji Mountain that filters down the mountain through porous layers of lava for over 80 years, resulting in very clear spring water that is revered by the locals. Visit Lake Kawaguchi Prefecture before going to Nagasaki Peace Park - established in 1955, commemorating the atomic bombing of the city on August 9, 1945 during World War II. At the park’s north end is the 10-meter-tall Peace Statue created by sculptor Seibo Kitamura of Nagasaki Prefecture. The statue’s right hand points to the threat of nuclear weapons while the extended left hand symbolizes eternal peace. The mild face symbolizes divine grace and the gently closed eyes offer a prayer for the repose of the bomb victims’ souls. Tonight we either enjoy the famous Kaiseki, a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner, or King crab buffet. Enjoy all facilities in the hotel and all kinds of hot spring spa.

Day 4: Shizuoka ->– Magome-juku > Kyoto ( B + L + D ) Hotel:Otsu Prince Hotel or similar ( 4 stars+ )  

After breakfast we head to Atsuta Shrine. The shrine’s Bunkaden, or treasure hall, houses over 4000 relics, which include 174 Important Cultural Properties and a dagger that is a designated National Treasure of Japan. Proceed to Magome-juku after visiting a Jewelry workshop. Magome-juku was the 43rd of the 69 stations of the Nakasendo, an ancient road that connected Kyoto and Edo during the Edo period. It was also the last of the eleven stations along the Kisoji, which was the precursor to a part of the Nakasendo, running through the Kiso Valley.

Day 5: Kyoto > Nara > Osaka ( B + L ) Hotel:Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka or similar ( 5 stars )  

After breakfast we shall go to the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Kiyomizu-dera. The temple was founded in 778, and its present buildings were constructed in 1633, ordered by Tokugawa lemitsu. There is no a single nail used in the entire structure. Enjoy the traditional Japanese beef cuisine for lunch before going to Todai-ji in Nara. Todai-ji is currently the world’s largest wood structure. Afterward we shall spend some times for shopping at the duty free and Shinsaibashi, and enjoy all kind of delicious cuisines in the nearby Dotonbori at your own expense.

Day 6: Osaka > Awaji >Tokushima>Takamatsu ( B + L + D ) Hotel:Okura Hotel Marugame or similar ( 4 stars+ )  

After breakfast, depart and visit the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. With a length of almost 4 kilometers, it is the world's longest suspension bridge. Continue to visit the Naruto Strait. The Naruto whirlpools occur along the Shikoku coast and are created by the large volumes of water moving. After lunch, arrive Tokushima and visit Awa Odori Kaikan. The museum explains the history and attractiveness of Awa Odori, exhibitions of costumes and musical instruments used, but the main attraction is the actual Awa Odori performance. Lastly, visit the Kotohira-gu Shrine. With the date of its establishment is not known, the shrine is known to have been the object of veneration from early times. This shrine is famous for its long stone steps. It is also visited by many fishermen and sailors here as it is also known as the guardian of the sea.

Day 7: Takamatsu > Miyajima > Hiroshima ( B + L + D ) Hotel:Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima or similar ( 4 stars+ )  

This morning, depart and visit the Ritsurin Garden. It is a landscape garden in Takamatsu City, built by the local feudal lords. Considered one of the best gardens in Japan, it is often suggested that it deserves a spot on the list of the "three most beautiful gardens of Japan". Continue to the Great Seto Bridge. As an island nation, bridges play an integral part in Japan's infrastructure. Of these bridges, the Great Seto Bridge is surely among the most impressive. It is actually a series of multiple bridges, but they connect together to make one amzaing architectural creation. Afterward, proceed to Miyajima and visit the Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The shrine and its toril gate are unique for being built over water, seemingly floating in the sea during high tide. The shrine complex consists of multiple buildings, which are connected by boardwalks and supported by pillars above the sea.

Day 8: Hiroshima > Kobe ( B + L + D ) Hotel:Portopia Hotel Kobe or similar ( 4 stars+ )  

Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and The Atomic Bomb Dome.  Before the bomb, the area of what is now the Peace Park was the political and commercial heart of the city. Four years to the day after the bomb was dropped, it was decided that the area would not be redeveloped but instead devoted to peace memorial facilities. In contrast to other cultural heritage buildings, the Atomic Bomb Dome must be maintained in the exact state of destruction caused by the bomb.
Then take a trip to Hyogo and visit Himeji Castle. After arriving at Kobe, go sightseeing to the Port of Kobe .After dinner go to the hotel.

Day 9: Kobe > Home City ( B ) Hotel:Home Sweet Home ( )  

After breakfast, tour guide will assist you to take airport shuttle bus (On Own Expense) to airport for your flight back home as your trip comes to an end.

Please be noted that Kobe has no internatinal airport. Usually tourists would choose to take bus or Shinkansen to the nearby Kansai International Airport. The tour guide could give necessary guidelines about how to get to Kansai Intl Airport.

Please be noted that the above itinerary is for your reference only. We reserve the right to adjust the schedule according to actual situation.