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    Affordable Japan Essence 6 Days (code: TO6E)

Duration:   6 Days 5 Nights
Cities:   Tokyo-Shizuoka-Kyoto-Osaka
Tour Type:   Group tour of fixed departure dates
Tansport:   Land tour only
Hotels(local):   3 stars
Deal:   From AU$ per person
Full Itinerary   Availability & Prices   Special Remarks
Day 1: Arrival at Narita Hotel:Marroad International Hotel Narita or International Garden Hotel Narita or similar ( 3 stars )  

Upon arrival at Tokyo Narita International Airport, take free shuttle bus from the airport to hotel. A local staff will wait at Tokyo Narita International Airport (Terminal 1) from 10:30am to 21:30pm. He/she will assist you to find the shuttle bus.
Important Information:

1. Please let us know your flight details at least one week ahead of the arrival day.

2. Hotel check-in is available after 3PM.
3. Passengers arriving at other time can take shuttle bus or taxi (approx. AUD32 per way) to the hotel on their own.

Day 2: Tokyo ( B + L + D ) Hotel:Mystays Tachikawa Hotel or Marroad Inn Hachioji or similar ( 3 stars )  

After breakfast, head to Imperial Palace Outer Garden. Meander around  this scenic area  highlighted by the visit to Nijubashi Bridge, which is widely regarded as the emblem of the Imperial Palace.  View from afar the world’s tallest free-standing tower - Tokyo Skytree.
Proceed to Sensoji Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo and definitely the must-visit for tourists. In front of the temple is Nakamise Dori - a narrow street flanked by stands selling a variety of souvenir. The last stop today is Ginza Tokyu Plaza, a new landmark in the bustling Ginza area.

Day 3: Tokyo-Shizuoka ( B + L ) Hotel:Omaezaki Grand Hotel or similar ( 3 stars )  


Take a morning trip to Lake Kawaguchi, one of the five lakes around Mt.Fuji. It is the best site to view Mt.Fuji in a distance. On a calm sunny day,  visitors have the chance to see reflection of Mt.Fuji on the lake.

Then get closer to Mt Fuji at the 5th Station.
Proceed to Oshino Hakkai for distinctive Japanese countryside view. Spend some leisure time at Fuji Bussharito Heiwa Park (Park of Peace).  Japanese people built parks across the country in the name of peace to express their determination to uphold peace after devastating World War II. Fuji Bussharito Heiwa Park stands out with a white stupa which is a gift from Indian government.
Check in a hot spring resort hotel. Why not take a hot spring bath to refresh after the day trip!
Important Information:
If it’s not accessible on bad-weather day, Mt.Fuji 5th Station  will be replaced by Mt.Fuji World Heritage Centre.


Day 4: Shizuoka-Kyoto ( B + L ) Hotel:Urban Hotel Minami Kusatsu or similar ( 3 stars )  

This morning you will visit Atsuta Shrine, one of the three most significant Shinto shrines in Japan.  Said to be built about 1900 years go, it is also one of Japan’s most ancient shrines.  You will visit a jewelry store before moving on to Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine. In Japan, a third of shrines worship Inari, a god in charge of farming and business.  Fushimi Inari Taisha is the head of all these roughly 9000 Inari shrines. The imposing Senbo Torri clearly tells the shrine’s popularity among worshippers praying for good harvest and prosperous business.
At the end of the day, you will visit Kinkaku-ji, literally meaning Golden Pavilion, a significant Zen temple of Kyoto. Different from typical Japanese architecture, which is in favor of modesty and moderation, the exterior of Kinkaku-ji is covered with gold foil.

Day 5: Kyoto-Osaka ( B + L ) Hotel:Shinsaibashi Grand Hotel Osaka or Mystays Hotel or Kansai Airport First Hotel or similar ( 3 stars )  

After breakfast, head for Arashiyama, the most scenic area of Kyoto. Dubbed as the Best Scenery of Kyoto, much of its fame owns to the blooming cherry blossoms in spring time and vibrant maple leaves in autumn. Some shopping time at a Duty Free Store before going to downtown Osaka. Visit Osaka Castle Park where the locals find themselves some laid-back time from daily drudgery. Admission ticket to Tenshukaku (Osaka Castle) is not included.
Proceed to famous Shinsaibashi, the largest shopping district in Osaka, and also Dotonbori Food Street , the paradise for Japanese food lovers.

Optional Program AUD130 /person:  Osaka Museum of Housing and Living  + Japanese Beef Buffet

Walk in a reproduced street of Edo period, and check out exhibits for more knowledge of Osaka's past.

Enjoy all you can eat at a Japanese beef buffet (upgrade on own expense for world-famous Kobe beef if you like)

Day 6: Leave Osaka ( B ) Hotel:None ( )  

Check out of hotel after breakfast.  Make your own way to airport.