Day 1: Tokyo
Arrive at the airport in Tokyo, & transfer to the hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening at a local restaurant.
Day 2: Tokyo
This morning, discover the capital city’s modern sites & culture. Enjoy spectacular views from the lookouts of Tokyo Tower. Stand on its transparent floor, & watch as Tokyo circulates below you. You’ll also see the Tokyo Skytree, one of the world’s tallest towers. Other highlights of the morning tour include a trip to a local fish market to watch a tuna auction (availability pending). After lunch, visit the Imperial Palace, the Meiji Shrine, & the ancient temple, Senso-ji. Enjoy dinner & an overnight stay in Tokyo.
Day 3: Tokyo – Kyoto
Spend the morning at leisure. Visit one of the city’s enchanting parks & fascinating museums, or enjoy time for shopping. After lunch, head to the train station, & travel to Kyoto. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel. Enjoy dinner & an overnight stay in Kyoto.
Day 4: Kyoto
Visit some of Kyoto’s many temples & shrines today on a full-day guided tour. Admire the scenic views from the lookout at Kiyomizu-dera temple, take a walk through the lush, moss garden of the Saiho-ji temple, & visit the golden Kinkaku-ji temple. This evening, enjoy a traditional Japanese theatre performance (availability permitting).
Day 5: Kyoto – Osaka
Travel to Osaka this morning. Upon arrival, enjoy a half-day guided tour of the city. Learn about Osaka in the late 16th century, as you visit the Castle. Other highlights include a visit to the National Museum of Art. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant, & spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
Day 6: Osaka – Hiroshima
After breakfast, travel to Hiroshima. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel, & spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
Day 7: Hiroshima – Miyajima
Visit historic sites across Hiroshima today on a guided tour. See the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. Officially a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic building still stands in modern Hiroshima, after withstanding the atomic bomb that fell upon the city during World War II. Take a stroll through the serene Shukkei-en garden, & visit the Castle. After lunch, take a ferry to Miyajima. Enjoy the remainder of the day on the island. Sightseeing highlights include the revered Itsukushima Shrine.
Day 8: Miyajima – Hiroshima – Tokyo
Return to Hiroshima this morning, & board train to Tokyo. Enjoy time of leisure for shopping, exploring, or relaxing before tonight’s farewell dinner.
Day 9: Tokyo – USA
Transfer to the airport, & board return flight home.