Tour Package 01

Tokyo Kyoto Nara Osaka

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Tour Package 01
Tokyo Kyoto Nara Osaka

 

Day 1

 

Depart Your Home for Tokyo, Japan

Arrive at Narita(NRT)

Welcome to Japan!   We, ERF will pick you up at the arrival gate and take you to the hotel via limousine bus.

We, ERF will meet you at the hotel for your dinner. (Welcome dinner)

 

Day 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tokyo Metropolitan Government

 

AM 9:00 Check out the hotel

Take a walk to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Building.(15min.) The 243 meter tall building has two towers, and each houses an observatory at a height of 202 meters. Good panoramic views of Tokyo are front of you. Famous landmarks such as Mount Fuji, the Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower, Meiji Shrine and the Tokyo Dome can be seen from the observatories. (40min. – 60min.)

Take a JR line to Harajuku station (30min.).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harajuku

 

Harajuku is the common name given to a geographic area spreading from Harajuku Station to Omotesando, corresponding on official maps of Shibuya ward as Jingūmae 1 chōme to 4 chōme.

Take a walk to Meiji Shrine (10min.).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meiji Shrine

 

Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingū), located in Shibuya, Tokyo, is the Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken.The shrine does not contain the emperor’s grave, which is located at Fushimi-momoyama, south of Kyoto.(40min. – 60min.)

Take a walk to Omotesando. (5min.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Omotesandō

 

Omotesandō (frontal approach) is a zelkova tree-lined avenue located in Shibuya and Minato, Tokyo, stretching from the entrance to the Meiji Shrine, to Aoyama-dori (Aoyama Street) where Omotesandō Station can be found.

(120min. including lunch)

Take a walk to Takeshita street. (5min.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Takeshita Street

 

Takeshita Street (Takeshita-dōri) is a pedestrian shopping street lined with fashion boutiques, cafes and restaurants in Harajuku in Tokyo. Stores on Takeshita Street include major chains such as The Body Shop, McDonald’s, and 7-Eleven, but most of the businesses are small independent shops that carry an array of styles. The shops on this street are often a bellwether for broader fads, and some are known as “antenna shops,” which manufacturers seed with prototypes for test-marketing. (20min.)

Take a JR line to Shinjuku (30min.)

ERF guide hosts a dinner at Japanese style casual restraunt in Shinjuku. Stay the 2nd night at a hotel in Shinjuku.

 

Day 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

morning training by sumo wrestlers

 

Early departure from hotel at 7:00 for Ryogoku. Take a railroad to Ryogoku station.

At the sumo stable, we can sit in the training room and enjoy seeing the exciting morning training near the sumo wrestlers. (60min.)

Take a taxi to Asakusa.(20min.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asakusa

 

Asakusa is a district in Taitō, Tokyo, Japan, famous for the Sensō-ji, a Buddhist temple dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon. There are several other temples in Asakusa, as well as various festivals, such as the Sanja Matsuri.( 120min. incluing a lunch)

Take a Tsukuba Express line to Akihabara.(20min.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Akihabara

 

Akihabara gained the nickname Akihabara Electric Town shortly after World War II for being a major shopping center for household electronic goods and the post-war black market. Nowadays, Akihabara is considered by many to be an otaku cultural center and a shopping district for video games, anime, manga, and computer goods. Icons from popular anime and manga are displayed prominently on the shops in the area, and numerous maid cafés are found throughout the district. (Stay around 30min.)

Take JR line to Shinjuku (30min.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shinjuku Kabukichō

 

Kabukichō is an entertainment district in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Kabukichō is the location of many host and hostess clubs, shops, restaurants, and nightclubs, and is often called the “Sleepless Town” . Other than those entertainments, it is actually a place that offers plenty of other attractions to the tourists that visit it. A perfect example of such attractions is the Samurai Museum. (60min.)

ERF guide hosts a dinner at Japanese style casual restraunt in Shinjuku. Stay the 3rd night at a hotel in Shinjuku.

 

Day 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tokyo Imperial Palace

 

Check out the hotel at 10:00. Take a JR line to Tokyo station.

The Tokyo Imperial Palace is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. It is a large park-like area located in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo and contains buildings including the main palace, the private residences of the Imperial Family, an archive, museums and administrative offices.It is built on the site of the old Edo Castle. The total area including the gardens is 1.15 square kilometres (0.44 sq mi). During the height of the 1980s Japanese property bubble, the palace grounds were valued by some to be more than the value of all of the real estate in the state of California.(80min.)

Take a lunch at a resaraunt in Tokyo station.(60min.)

The Shinkansen, colloquially known in English as the bullet train, is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan. Initially built to connect distant Japanese regions with Tokyo, the capital, in order to aid economic growth and development, beyond long-distance travel it is now also used as a commuter rail network. It is operated by five Japan Railways Group companies.

Take a Shinkansen to Kyoto (120min.)

Stay at a hotel in Kyoto as the 4th night.

 

Day 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kiyomizu-dera

 

Start your Kyoto tour at Kiyomizu temple.

Kiyomizu temple is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) UNESCO World Heritage site.(30min.)

Take a walk to Yasaka shrine.(10min.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yasaka Shrine

 

Yasaka Shrine (Yasaka-jinja), once called Gion Shrine (Gion-jinja), is a Shinto shrine in the Gion District of Kyoto, Japan. Situated at the east end of Shijō-dōri (Fourth Avenue), the shrine includes several buildings, including gates, a main hall and a stage. (20min.)

Take a taxi to Heian shrine.(20min.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heian Shrine

 

The Heian Shrine (Heian-jingū) is a Shinto shrine located in Sakyō-ku, Kyoto. The Shrine is ranked as a Beppyō Jinja (the top rank for shrines) by the Association of Shinto Shrines. It is listed as an important cultural property of Japan.(30min.)

Take a taxi to Ginkaku temple(10min.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ginkaku-ji

 

Ginkaku-ji (“Temple of the Silver Pavilion”), officially named Jishō-ji (“Temple of Shining Mercy”), is a Zen temple in the Sakyo ward of Kyoto, Japan. It is one of the constructions that represents the Higashiyama Culture of the Muromachi period.(60min.)

Take a taxi to Ginkaku temple(20min.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kinkaku-ji

 

Kinkaku-ji (“Temple of the Golden Pavilion”), officially named Rokuon-ji (“Deer Garden Temple”), is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan.It is one of the most popular buildings in Japan, attracting a large number of visitors annually.It is designated as a National Special Historic Site and a National Special Landscape, and it is one of 17 locations making up the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto which are World Heritage Sites.(60min.)

Back to the hotel.

Stay at a hotel in Kyoto as the 5th night.

 

Day 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fushimi Inari Taisha

 

Check out the hotel at AM10:00. Start Day 6 at Fushimi Inari.

Fushimi Inari Taisha is the head shrine of the god Inari, located in Fushimi Ward in Kyoto. The shrine sits at the base of a mountain also named Inari which is 233 metres (764 ft) above sea level, and includes trails up the mountain to many smaller shrines which span 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) and take approximately 2 hours to walk up.(80min.)

Take a JR line to Nara.(60min.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tōdai-ji

 

Tōdai-ji (Eastern Great Temple) is a Buddhist temple complex that was once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples, located in the city of Nara, Japan. Its Great Buddha Hall (Daibutsuden) houses the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana,known in Japanese as Daibutsu. The temple also serves as the Japanese headquarters of the Kegon school of Buddhism. The temple is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara”, together with seven other sites including temples, shrines and places in the city of Nara. Deer, regarded as messengers of the gods in the Shinto religion, roam the grounds freely.(30min.)

Take a walk to Kasuga-taisha.(5min.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kasuga-taisha

 

Kasuga Grand Shrine (Kasuga-taisha) is a Shinto shrine in the city of Nara, in Nara Prefecture, Japan. Established in 768 CE and rebuilt several times over the centuries, it is the shrine of the Fujiwara family. The interior is famous for its many bronze lanterns, as well as the many stone lanterns that lead up the shrine.(30min.)

Take a walk to Kasuga-taisha.(5min.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kofuku-ji

 

Kōfuku-ji is a Buddhist temple that was once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples, in the city of Nara, Japan. The temple is the national headquarters of the Hossō school and is one of the eight Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.(20min.)

Go to Osaka Nanba by Kintetsu Nara line.(60min.)

Stay at a hotel in Osaka as the 6th night.

 

Day 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Osaka Castle

 

Start Osaka tour at Osaka castle.

Osaka Castle (Ōsaka-jō) is a Japanese castle in Chūō-ku, Osaka, Japan. The castle is one of Japan’s most famous landmarks and it played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period.(60min.)

Take a taxi to Dotonbori. (10min.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dōtonbori

 

Dōtonbori or Dōtombori is one of the principal tourist destinations in Osaka, running along the Dōtonbori canal from Dōtonboribashi Bridge to Nipponbashi Bridge in the Namba district of the city’s Chuo ward. Historically a theater district, it is now a popular nightlife and entertainment area characterized by its eccentric atmosphere and large illuminated signboards.One of the area’s most prominent features, a billboard for confectionery company Glico displaying the image of a runner crossing a finishing line, is seen as an icon of Osaka within Japan.

Take a sabway ShinOsaka.(30min.)

Go back to Tokyo by Shinkansen (3hrs.)

Stay at a hotel located in Narita(NRT) or Haneda(HND) area. (the 7th night)

 

Day 8

 

Transfer by Hotel free shuttle bus to NRT airport for your onward flight.

Cost per person

 

ERF tour cost

 

[Course introduction]
Pine course : Luxurious tour ( US$ 4,974.86 per person )
Bamboo course : Standard tour ( US$ 2,907.63 per person )
Plum course : Low cost tour ( US$ 912.17 per person )

Air fares ( To Japan and back to your home ) are excluded.