Highlights of Japan 9 Days
From $1999 incl Taxes W/Air
Osaka - Nara - Kyoto - Nagoya - Hakone - Mount Fuji - Tokyo
Nexus Holidays has partnered with the Japan Tourism Board to provide travellers an immersive experience in Japanese culture and lifestyle to go with the sights on your unforgettable trip to Japan. We would love for our customers to experience Japanese culture and history. We will spend few nights of the tour in a traditional Japanese hotel sleeping on rice straw mattresses called “Tatami Mats”. You will also visit restaurants on this tour where it is customary to remove shoes and be seated at low tables called “Kotatsu”. It’s all part of the Japanese experience!
From the end of March through early April, when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, people gather in parks in a Japanese tradition known as “Hanami”.
From the end of October through early November is the best season of the year for viewing the vibrant crimson maple leaves in Japan. You can feel the fragile beauty of the changing seasons from observing nature. The fiery red is a true spectacle.
Cherry blossoms and crimson autumn leaves are highly seasonal and subject to climate conditions. These are historically the best times to view the blooms, but we can’t guarantee they will flower on these dates.
Day 1: USA - Osaka
Board an overnight flight from Canada to Osaka.
Day 2: Osaka
Upon arrival at Osaka Airport, you will meet our representative with nexus logo banner at the airport exit. We will assist you to the airport shuttle and then transferred to your hotel on your own. After checking in, the rest of the day is at leisure on your own.
Day 3: Osaka - Nara - Osaka (B)
This morning, you will move to Nara, now known as Nara remains where the iconic sites stand. Then see Todai-ji Temple, one of Japan’s most famous and historically signifi cant temples, constructed in the 8th century. In its huge precincts are various national treasures of Japan. Step foot in the Daibutsuden (Great Buddha Hall), housing the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana. After, wander through Nara Park, where over 1,200 wild sika deer roam free, before travelling to Osaka. Then enjoy visiting Osaka Castle , which played a major role in the unifi cation of Japan during the Azuchi-Momoyama period in the sixteenth century, before being dropped off at Dōtonbori , which exemplifi es Osaka’s vibrant food culture.
Day 4: Osaka (B)
Spend today free at your own leisure. You may join the optional Kansai Culture Tour (US$169). First visit Kiyomizu Temple, also known as the Pure Water Temple. This is one of more famous temples in Japan. One of the things that stands out is the wooden stage in the main hall that is 13 meters above the hill. During the spring period, it will give you an amazing view of the cherry blossom. Kiyomizu Temple is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Then visit one of the most sacred and impressive destinations –Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine and walk through the famous vermilion Torii Gates, where you take the most beautiful photo of the tour. Lunch will be included at a local Japanese restaurant. Next, visit the Gion District and see the beauty of Maikos in kimono. With only a few Geishas remaining, Gion is one of the few places you might catch a glimpse of these elusive fi gures. You may also choose the optional Kimono Rental (US$50) and explore great photo opportunities along the ancient street in Japan’s beautiful national dress.Then return to your comfortable vehicle for the relaxing journey back to your hotel. The rest of day is free at leisure on your own.
Day 5: Osaka - Kyoto- Nagoya (B)
In the morning, Experience a true modern marvel by riding the Shinkansen (bullet Train) to Kyoto Station. Kyoto was Japan’s capital and the emperor’s residence from 794 until 1868. Countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures survive in the city today. Enjoy a moment of quiet refl ection at the vibrant Heian Shrine then head to absorb the sacred ambience of Kinkaku-ji Temple, World Cultural Heritage featuring a shining golden pavilion and a pond-centered garden. Visit the shining Kinkaku (Golden Pavilion) with two floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold and detailed architecture incorporating three distinct styles of Shinden, Samurai, and Zen. Enjoy a sweeping view of the entire city of Kyoto from its lofty terrace and grand walkways that meander through the Higashiwama mountain’s foothills. Then, experience the Japanese special Tea ceremony, It is a choreographic ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea, called Matcha. Travel to Nagoya to visit Toyota Commemorative Museumof Industry and Technology. Here you will learn about the history of Toyota as a textile machinery manufacturer and how it became a successful mass exporter and manufacturer of automotive technology, including robots.
Day 6: Nagoya - Hakone - Mt. Fuji (B, D)
Today, visit Oshino Hakkai. Known as the springs of Mount Fuji, the eight ponds are fed by melting snow filtering down from the slopes of nearby Mount Fuji, through porous layers of lava, resulting in very clear spring water that is revered by locals. Enjoy the picturesque view of Mount Fuji in close distance while on board a Cruise on Lake Ashi, a crater lake famous for its views of the famous peak. Afterwards, visit Gotemba Peace Park to capture a breathtaking view of Mount Fuji, and Hakone Shrine. Lunch will be on your own along one of the many rest stops or service areas on the highways where you can enjoy an abundance of unique eats and snacks that will surprise you. Finish the day with a true cultural experience in our hot spring hotel. Dress in Yukata robes and enjoy a traditional Dinner.
Day 7: Mt. Fuji - Tokyo (B)
Visit Meiji Shrine in the morning, dedicated to the deifi ed spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. Later, stroll through the Asakusa Kannon Temple, one of Tokyo’s most colorful and popular temples. Then walk along the famous 820-ft long Nakamise shopping street where you can explore the lines of stalls selling different Japanese styled goods and souvenirs. Your last stop today is Tokyo Metro to enjoy a panoramic view of enormous Tokyo city. In the evening, experience Japanese tradition & cuisine by enjoying the optional Japanese Kaiseki Dinner (min 4pax, US$90). Kaiseki is a traditional multicourse Japanese dinner which balances the taste, texture, appearance, and colors of food. Only fresh seasonal ingredients are used and are prepared in ways that aim to enhance their fl avor. Dishes are also beautifully arranged and garnished.
Day 8: Tokyo (B)
Spend today free at your leisure. Enjoy a free day to explore and enjoy bustling Tokyo at your leisure. Perhaps discover Japanese history and art at a museum, or indulge in some retail therapy at Tokyo’s cutting edge stores - the choice is yours. Alternatively, you may join our optional day trip to Kamakura and Yokohama. (min 10 pax US$159). Explore two of Japan’s most captivating cities on a full-day Kamakura and Yokohama trip from Tokyo. After pickup from your Tokyo hotel, travel southwest by coach to Kamakura, a picturesque seaside city nestled in forested hills on Sagami Bay renowned for its Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and rich history. Next, continue to Yokohama, Japan’s second largest city. See the Red Brick Warehouse, where early-20th century custom buildings now house stylish shops, and stroll in waterside Yamashita Park.
Day 9: Tokyo to USA (B)
Today, take the hotel shuttle to the airport to board your fl ight to your sweet home.
|Departure Dates||Package Price (double occupancy)USD P,P
International flight included
|Return Date||Land Only||Package Price|
Day 5 Kansai Cultrure Tour (US $169 Pre-book, min 10 pax)
Day 5 Kimono Dress Rental (US $50)
Day 8 Kaiseki Dinner (US $90, min 4 pax)
Day 9 Kamakura and Yokohama Tour (US $159 Pre-book, min 10 pax)
The electrical current is 220V in Korea, 100V in Japan. Plugs and Outlets come in a variety of shapes. You are advised to bring along adapters and converters for your U.S. purchased appliances. Clients can borrow adapters and converters from Housekeeping at most hotels. Hair dryer and iron are readily available. Simply contact hotel housekeeping when you need them.
Japan weather throughout the four main islands that make up Japan is generally temperate, with four distinct seasons. The weather can get very hot during the summer months. June, July and August are hot and humid and after June the country experiences its wettest months. In the south winters are cool but sunny, but as one move further north temperatures drop and snow falls. The island of Hokkaido in the far north of Japan is bitterly cold in the winter, with snow guaranteed.
Tokyo has four distinct seasons, similar to New York. The summer months (June, July and August) are hot and sticky while winter can be freezing. Tokyo is best visited in spring or autumn.
Korea The climate in Korea is temperate with four very distinct seasons. Summers are very hot and humid, while in winter temperatures plummet to below freezing. Autumn and spring are the most comfortable seasons to visit South Korea. Most of the rain falls in summer during a monsoon season known as 'jangma'.
Seoul is classed as having a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but temperature differences between the hottest part of summer and the depths of winter are extreme. In summer the influence of the North Pacific high-pressure system brings hot, humid weather with temperatures soaring as high as 95°F (35°C) on occasion. In winter the city is topographically influenced by expanding Siberian high-pressure zones and prevailing west winds, temperatures dropping as low as 7°F (-13.7°C). The bitterly cold days tend to come in three-day cycles regulated by rising and falling pressure systems, however, bringing some relief. The most pleasant seasons in the city are spring and autumn, when azure blue skies and comfortable temperatures are a sure bet. The city experiences heavy rainfall, but most of it falls in the summer monsoon period between June and September.
Unless noted, Gratuities are usually not included in your tour cost. They are customary, and their purpose is to encourage and reward quality service. Our tour guides, drivers, hotel porters do their utmost to make the trip smooth and pleasant. Gratuities are a way of showing your appreciation and also constitute a large part of their monthly income.
If you take prescription medication, be sure to bring enough to last the entire trip. Always carry medications in the original prescription container when traveling. Keep the medications with you and do not pack them in checked baggage.
Long-term travel overseas might cause tourists to develop stomach upset; a change in water, food, sleep habits and/or climate may all cause discomfort. Bring anti-diarrhea medications such as Imodium and Lomotil just in case.
Vaccinations are not mandatory for travel to with the exception of anyone traveling from or via an infected area.
For the latest overseas travel health information, please contact Foreign Affairs Canada by visiting their website for more information.
Tap water is considered safe to drink in Japan and Korea. Bottled purified water and soft drinks are easily obtained at reasonable prices either in hotel or in grocery markets. Nexus Holidays provides one bottle of pure water for free to each group travelers every day. You will also find that your hotels offer boiled water to your room daily; with this boiled water you can safely make your own tea or drink directly. This is the similar case while you travel to other Southeast Asia countries.
Most of meals are included per itinerary. Breakfasts included on your tour are familiar American Breakfasts to give you a good start to the day. Lunches and Dinners are usually served in set menu family style and feature a variety of regional specialties. One beverage of your choice (beer, pure or mineral water and soda) is included per person per meal at no additional charge; Tea is usually complimentary.
Shopping is always a part of the travel experience. Asia is known as bargain shoppers' paradise, offering a marvelous selection of arts and crafts such as jade, silk, rugs, cloisonné, ceramics, antique, painting, furniture and more. Purchasing an item in the area where it is "noted for" has proven to be the best value. Your National Tour Guide and Local Tour Guides will be glad to assist you with detailed shopping orientation. However, your tour guides might not be an expert on gemstones, porcelain, jade, paintings, etc., so if you intend to purchase items of this nature, please do some research before departing and have an idea of what you are looking for as well as the price you are prepared to pay. In addition, please carefully check the quality of the products, and always ask for a receipt with product descriptions.
When shopping it is wise to use credit card for large purchases. Retain all receipts. Purchase insurance for items that you have shipped. A supply of one dollar bills is very handy when shopping with street vendors. Always keep in mind that a purchase is between the buyer and the seller. Nexus Holidays and its staff are not involved in and are not responsible for any purchases you make during the trip, whether that merchant is part of the scheduled itinerary or not. It is also suggest learning what are Restricted and Prohibited by Canadian Border Services Agency.
|Major Airline Contacts|
|Air China||N. America||800-882-8122||China Eastern||N. America||888-358-1582|
|China Southern||N. America||888-338-8988||United Airline||N. America||800-864-8331|
|Cathay Pacific||N. America||800-268-8888||Korean Airline||N. America||800-438-5000|
|Hong Kong||852 2747 3333||Seoul||1588-2001|
|Air Canada||N. America||800-268-8888||Japan Airline||N. America||800-525-3663|
|Osaka||0570 014 787||Osaka||0570-025-121|
|Tokyo||0570 014 787||Tokyo||0570-025-121|
|All Nippon Air||N. America||800-235-9262||Asiana Airline||N. America||800-438-5000|
|Seoul||82-2-3783-6000||21, Jeongdong-gil (Jeong-dong), Jung-gu Seoul, 100 - 120|
7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku
Tokyo 107-8503, Japan
1-8-19 Hirabayashi Minami, Suminoe-ku
Osaka, 559-8550, Japan