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14 Day Journey Through Japan with Narita Extension

Cosmos Guided Tour starting in Tokyo and finishing in Narita

Countries Visited: Japan 
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Style: Low Cost    Email a Friend
Duration: 14 Days    Compare Tour
From: Tokyo to Narita    Save to Shortlist
Tour Code: 2542
  

Tour Description

Begin your Cosmos tour in Tokyo with sightseeing including th Meiji Shrine, the Akihabara district and the famous Ginza shopping district. Journey north to Nikko and see the famous Yomeimon Gate.Travel to Shirakawa, home to the unique thatched houses. Journey through the Japanese Alps to the secluded town of Takayama and visit Nagoya, Osaka and Matsue Castle. See the Itsukushima Shrine and its famous floating Torii Gate and the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima. Travel on one of Japan's bullet trains and enjoy a tour of Kyoto, including many of the city's temples, shrines, palaces and pagodas. Finish your tour spending two days exploring the panormaic beauty surrounding Narita.

Included Experiences

  • TOKYO: City sightseeing, Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Kannon Temple
  • SHIRAKAWA: Visit to Gassho - Zukuri houses (UNESCO World Heritage site)
  • TAKAYAMA: Kusakabe Heritage House
  • TOBA: Mikimoto Pearl Island
  • MATSUE: Buke Yashiki Samurai House
  • HIROSHIMA: Itsukushima Shrine, Peace Memorial Park, Atomic Bomb Museum, Shukkeien Landscape Garden
  • BULLET TRAIN: Hiroshima to Kyoto
  • KYOTO: Nijo Castle, Temple of the Gold Pavilion, Heian Shrine and Garden, Traditional Tea Ceremony
  • HAKONE NATIONAL PARK: Owakudani Valley, Lake Ashi Cruise
  • ACCOMMODATION: On tour in twin room with private facilities
  • TRANSPORT: All airport transfers, travel on tour by air-conditioned coach
  • MEALS: 11 breakfasts (B)
  • TOUR DIRECTOR: English speaking guide on tour

Included Meals

  • 13 Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners

Hotels

  • Tokyo: Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu (F)
  • Toyama: Toyama Excel Hotel Tokyu (F)
  • Nagoya: Nagoya Sakae Tokyu Inn (F)
  • Osaka: Shin-Osaka Esaka Tokyu Inn (MF)
  • Matsue: Matsue Tokyu Inn (MF)
  • Hiroshima: Hotel Tokyu Bizfort (F)
  • Kyoto: New Miyako Hotel (F)
  • Tokyo Narita Airport: Narita Excel Hotel Tokyu (F)
  • Narita Ryokan Extension: Wakamatsu Honten (F)

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Day
1
Tokyo, Japan.
On arrival in Tokyo you will be transferred to your hotel where you will be met by our local representative. The rest of the day is yours to relax or begin your exploration of one of the most exciting cities in the world, home to more than 8 million people.
Day
2
Tokyo.
Today's sightseeing tour takes you to the MEIJI SHRINE - a magnificent 20th century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest. Afterwards, pass by the Imperial Palace Plaza, the State Guest House, the Akihabara district and the famous Ginza shopping street. Your tour concludes with a visit to the ASAKUSA KANNON TEMPLE and the NAKAMISE SHOPPING ARCADE. Enjoy a free afternoon and evening in this cosmopolitan city. (B)
Day
3
Tokyo-Nikko-Tokyo.
Journey north to Nikko for a visit to TOSHOGU SHRINE and its famous YOMEIMON GATE, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Next, continue on to the scenic I-Ro-Ha Zaka driveway, which reaches elevations of 3,940 feet, to visit LAKE CHUZENJI and the KEGON WATERFALL. Later, return to Tokyo. (B)
Day
4
Tokyo-Matsumoto-Nagano-Toyama.
This morning drive to Matsumoto where you will see MATSUMOTO CASTLE and the MATSUMOTO CITY MUSEUM. Later, travel to Nagano to visit ZENKOJI TEMPLE. Founded 1400 years ago, the temple houses what is said to be the first Buddhist statue brought to Japan. In the evening, arrive in Toyama. (B)
Day
5
Toyama-Shirakawa-Takayama-Nagoya.
Continue through Japan's beautiful mountain scenery to one of the country's most remote regions - SHIRAKAWA. Protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the unique Gassho-Zukuri (meaning joined hands) style thatched houses can only be found in this area. This afternoon, journey through the Japanese Alps via one of Japan's longest road tunnels, to the secluded town of Takayama, where old traditions are untouched by the passage of time. Visit the KUSAKABE HERITAGE HOUSE for a glimpse of traditional Japanese architecture of the late 19th century before heading to Nagoya. (B)
Day
6
Nagoya-Toba-Osaka.
Begin with a trip to Toba and visit MIKIMOTO PEARL ISLAND to learn about the pearl cultivation process. Later, enjoy a visit to the most important shrine of the Shinto 'church' - ISE GRANDE SHRINE. This afternoon, continue to Osaka, Japan's second largest city, where the rest of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day
7
Osaka-Matsue.
Head to the city of Yonago on the coast of the Sea of Japan. After a brief visit, continue to Izumo to admire the exterior architecture of the IZUMO SHRINE. Later, visit Matsue to see BUKE YASHIKI - a former samurai residence - and MATSUE CASTLE. (B)
Day
8
Matsue-Hiroshima.
En route to Hiroshima, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of ITSUKUSHIMA SHRINE and its famous FLOATING TORII GATE. From here, continue to Hiroshima where your sightseeing tour of this important historical city features the PEACE MEMORIAL PARK and ATOMIC BOMB MUSEUM, which commemorates the victims of the atomic bomb. Also visit the SHUKKEIEN LANDSCAPE GARDEN, which dates back to 1620. (B)
Day
9
Hiroshima-Kyoto By Bullet Train.
A highlight of your tour is a journey on one of Japan's famous BULLET TRAINS, bound for Kyoto. Reaching Kyoto, one of the most fascinating cities in Japan, the remainder of the day is free for you to relax or explore. (B)
Day
10
Kyoto.
Enjoy a tour of Kyoto, visiting many of the city's temples, shrines, palaces and pagodas. A highlight of the day is a visit to the extraordinary NIJO CASTLE, built in 1603 as the official residence of the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. You will also visit KINKAKUJI, the Temple of the Gold Pavilion and the HEIAN SHRINE AND GARDEN. During the day there will also be a chance to participate in a traditional JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY. (B)
Day
11
Kyoto-Hakone National Park-Narita.
Drive to Hakone National Park for a leisurely CRUISE ON LAKE ASHI and an aerial CABLE CAR ride over the beautiful Owakudani Valley. From here, weather permitting, enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Fuji, before continuing on to Narita for your traditional Ryokan stay. (B)
Day
12
Narita.
Spend the next two days exploring the panoramic beauty surrounding Narita. Visit the Naritasan Shinshoji Temple situated just in front of your Ryokan or you may want to stroll through the main street of Narita, filled with souvenir shops and restaurants. To simply relax try a traditional bath or a visit one of the nearby parks. (B/D)
Day
13
Narita.
Continue on from Day 12.
Day
14
Narita.
Your tour ends today with a transfer to the airport (B)
Cosmos holidays combine the freedom of independent travel with the benefits of group travel, all at an unbelievable value. If you have never taken a package holiday, consider this: travelling with Cosmos is less expensive, more comfortable and far easier than going it alone.
Region: Asia Guided: Tour Host & Driver Average Age: 50+
Style: Low Cost Coach: 4+ Star Flights: Not Included
Accommodation: 4+ Star Max Group Size: 26 (Avg. 20) Airport Transfers: Not Included
Hotels: Central - Generally Free Coach WiFi: No Tips: Option to Pre Purchase
* Source: Cosmos for tours in Asia . Some variances may occur on this tour and information is provided as a guide only.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should we choose a Cosmos Tour in Asia?

Cosmos has been turning travel dreams into reality for more than 50 years, so when it comes to travelling in Asia you couldn't be in better hands. Having pioneered the concept of low-cost travel packages in 1962, Cosmos has grown to become one of the world's most respected tour companies. We work hard to get more for your dollar and we go to great lengths to ensure your holiday is perfectly planned. Each of our itineraries combines the iconic landmarks with those unexpected gems that make travelling so rewarding. We've allowed free time for you to relax or explore on your own, and we've created longer stays in key destinations so you get an even better insight. So if you've ever dreamt of standing on the Great Wall of China, speeding across Japan in a bullet train or gazing in awe upon the Taj Mahal, then Cosmos is for you.

I'm leaving for Asia in 4 weeks, when will I get my travel documents?

Travel Documents, including e-ticket itineraries, are sent by post approximately four weeks prior to departure, provided full payment and Emergency Contact Details have been received.

Who else will be travelling with me, and how many will be on tour with me?

Cosmos attracts a wide range of clientele of many ages from all over the English speaking world. Cosmos offers an affordable way to travel and as such the size of the Cosmos group can vary from departure to departure. A Cosmos coach can carry up to 51 passengers however on many tours the number of passengers is below 50 people.

What type of transport will we be travelling on?

Your transport on each tour is described on the 'Overview' tab of each itinerary, however internal flights & private car, minibus or coach when travelling on tour are standard depending on numbers booked. Cosmos uses the custom of daily seat rotation which gives every tour member a variety of vantage points to see the passing countryside and city scenery.

What hotel standards can I expect on an Asian Cosmos tour?

After a day of travelling you want to relax at a comfortable, clean, and attractive hotel. Although different countries have different standards of accommodation, Cosmos have selected hotels throughout Asia suitable for your travelling needs. Cosmos hotels are always located in good neighbourhoods, some more centrally located than others in residential areas. Especially in large cities, we sometimes prefer good hotels in residential areas on the outskirts to less desirable or overpriced downtown hotels. Generally all of our hotel accommodations will feature twin rooms with private facilities, TV's, tea/coffee facilities and some also with internet access.

Hotels are listed on each tour page. They are mainly first-class (F) and moderate first-class (MF) establishments, but we also feature some superior first-class (SF) and tourist-class (T) hotels.

Are breakfasts & dinners included in the tour price?

Breakfast is included on most days for Cosmos tours travelling through Asia. The number of dinners (and lunches) provided varies from tour to tour - details of the exact meals included in the price of each tour can be found on the 'Overview' tab above. For clients wanting to sample some of the 'local' fare, there are optional excursions which feature dining out at local restaurants.

What is the difference between a tour director & a local guide? What are they like?

Your tour director will accompany you from the start to the end of your tour, educating you on the places and the history of the destination. Local guides are included in many cities to give you in-depth information on the culture, history and attractions of the city. Both Tour Director and Local Guides have a passion for travel, people and the destination and look forward to sharing their passion with you.

What does the tour cost include?

It's those rare and unexpected encounters that make travel in Asia so rewarding, which is why Cosmos has searched further to uncover the things you'll remember forever. Among the iconic landmarks and quintessential experiences, we've discovered unique ways to create a deeper connection with each destination. Please refer to the itineraries for a complete description of what is included in the holiday of your choice.

Do coach tour prices include tips to Tour Directors, Drivers & Local Guides?

It is customary worldwide to pay tips to Tour Directors and Drivers on all international vacations and these are not included in your quote. The option to prepay these tips prior to departure is possible however. Please ask your consultant to include this in your quote. You will receive Gratuity vouchers with your travel documents and all you need to do is give this to the Tour Director, Driver, Cruise Director and ship's crew at the end of the vacation.

Are there optional excursions & is there much free time?

In addition to included sightseeing, we offer a rich program of optional excursions, all full of interest and very reasonably priced. Optional activities can be booked through your Tour Director. Many optional excursions are mentioned in the package descriptions. Your pre-vacation literature will specify cost and content of the optional highlights that may be offered during your trip. This enables you to budget accordingly before you leave home.

Do I need a Visa to travel to Asia?

Yes you do. We have proided detailed information on visa requirements for Asia here (NB: This link will take you away from this tour itinerary page).

Where can I find out more information on Cosmos?

We have a dedicated section on our website providing more detailed information on Cosmos including FAQ's on what you need to know before, during and after your travel; as well as information on their 'Touring Styles', and a comprehensive search facility to enable you to easily find more of their tours. Read more> (NB: This link will take you away from this tour itinerary page).

Airport Transfer Information

To make life easier for you we have included your arrival and departure airport transfers with your tour. Cosmos transfers operate 24 hours daily throughout Asia and are only available when arriving or departing on the first and last day of your tour. If you have booked pre or post accommodation in conjunction with your tour your transfers will also be included. Transfers will not be arranged with any other services not in conjunction with our tour.

Terms & Conditions:

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07 Apr 2015 20 Apr 2015 AU $5,132 AU $6,479 AU $430 AU $4,702  
21 Apr 2015 04 May 2015 AU $5,132 AU $6,479 AU $430 AU $4,702  
12 May 2015 25 May 2015 AU $5,132 AU $6,479 AU $430 AU $4,702  
01 Sep 2015 14 Sep 2015 AU $5,132 AU $6,479 AU $430 AU $4,702  
29 Sep 2015 12 Oct 2015 AU $5,132 AU $6,479 AU $430 AU $4,702  
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