JAPAN TOUR TWO DAYS

 

About the Day-1 DAY 1ONEO

07:30 – 09:00 Pick-up Service  

Pick-up service is available from most major hotels in Tokyo.

09:00 – Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal  

Head towards Tokyo Station by bus. An English-speaking attendant will guide you to your designated Shinkansen.
[Remarks] Due to traffic conditions or other reasons, public transportation may be used to reach Tokyo Station, or participants may board the Shinkansen at Shinagawa Station instead.

09:45 – 10:15 Tokyo Station
Nozomi Shinkansen  (140 min) 

Head to Kyoto via Nozomi Shinkansen
[Remarks] The guide does not ride on the Shinkansen with tour participants.

12:00 – 12:30 Kyoto Station
New Miyako Hotel

Enjoy lunch at the hotel

13:40 – New Miyako Hotel  

This tour follows the same itinerary as the Nara Afternoon Tour

Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple (Great Buddha)  (60 min)

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is the symbol of the Nara Period and one of the world’s largest wooden structure. Its huge main hall and bronze Great Buddha are impressive to behold.

Kasuga Taisha Shrine  (40 min)

This Nara Period shrine is designated as a World Heritage Site. The deer of Nara Park are thought to be the shrine messengers.
[Remarks] The tour will not enter areas requiring admission.

Nara Nagomikan  (20 min)

The largest souvenir shop in Nara. Enjoy yourself in this spacious shop and look for the perfect souvenir.
[Remarks] This location may be omitted from the itinerary due to business hours or traffic congestion.

18:30 – 19:30 Hotels in Kyoto City  

[Remarks] During the Gion Festival (July 14 – 16), drop-off service to Karasuma Kyoto Hotel and Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto will be unavailable due to traffic restrictions.

DA About the Day-2Y 2

07:45 – 08:35 Pick-up Service  

Participants are picked up by bus and taken to New Miyako Hotel

New Miyako Hotel  

This tour follows the same itinerary as the 1-Day Kyoto Tour.

Nijo Castle  (50 min)

A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the historical castle completed in 1626, which was built to provide lodging for Tokugawa Shogun and as a palladium for Kyoto Imperial Palace.
[Remarks] Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays (or Wednesday if Tuesday is a national holiday) in January, July, August, and December and over the New Year’s holidays. On these days, the tour will visit Ryoan-ji Temple.

Kinkaku-ji Temple  (45 min)

Visit this World Heritage Site, also known as the Golden Pavilion. The wooden architecture is covered in thin layers of pure gold and is surrounded by a beautiful pond.

Kyoto Imperial Palace (from Mondays to Fridays)  (40 min)

Entry of international visitors generally require application in advance, but participants of this tour can enter only by going through a brief procedure.
[Remarks] On Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays, Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed. On these days, the tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead. The same is true of the period before and after the public viewing of Kyoto Imperial Palace in spring and autumn, May 14 – 17 due to the Aoi Festival, year-end New Year’s holidays, and whenever there is an Imperial Household event.

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays)  (40 min)

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is the substitute for Kyoto Imperial Palace on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. This shrine’s main hall is a designated national treasure and is famous for housing the God of scholarship. The shrine is especially great to see during the plum blossom and autumn leaf seasons.
[Remarks] On Jan. 25, Apr. 25, Jul. 25 and Oct. 25, 2015, and on June 25, Sept. 25 and Dec. 25, 2016, Nishi Hongan-ji Temple will serve as the alternative for Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

Lunch  (50 min)

A vegetarian menu is also available. Please make a request when making your booking if you would like the vegetarian menu.

Heian Jingu Shrine  (25 min)

Don’t miss the characteristic red architecture of this beautiful shrine built to celebrate the 1101 year anniversary of the founding of the city of Kyoto.
[Remarks] This tour will not enter Heian Jingu Shrine’s Shin-en garden.
During the Jidai Festival on October 22, Heian Jingu Shrine is closed to the public and will be replaced in the itinerary by Chishaku-in Temple. If the Jidai Festival is postponed, the itinerary change will still be implemented on the postponed festival date.

Sanjusangen-do Temple  (30 min)

Visit the world’s longest wooden structure, housing 1,001 life-size statues of Buddhist Kannon deities dating back to the 13th century.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple  (70 min)

The view of Kyoto from the World Heritage Site of Kiyomizu-dera is superb. The historic shopping lane that leads to the temple adds to a wonderful experience.

18:00 – 19:00 Kyoto Station
Nozomi Shinkansen  (140 min) 

Head to Tokyo via the Nozomi Shinkansen
[Remarks] The guide does not ride on the Shinkansen with tour participants. Drop-off service is not available for participants who disembark at stations other than Tokyo on the return trip (Shinagawa/Shin-Yokohama stations). Please inform us when booking if you would like to disembark at a station other than Tokyo Station. Also, note that changes to the Shinkansen trip length cannot be made after departure.

21:00 – 22:00 Tokyo Station

Participants will be taken by taxi from Tokyo Station to their hotels in Tokyo.
[Remarks] An English-speaking staff member will guide participants from arrival at Tokyo Station to the taxi, but will not ride along in the taxi.

Remarks

  1. This is a special tour for international visitors. Please understand that residents of Japan cannot make bookings for this tour.
  2. Due to traffic conditions or other reasons, public transportation may be used on Day 1 to reach Tokyo Station, or participants may board the Shinkansen at Shinagawa Station instead.
  3. The hotel drop-off that departs from Tokyo Station will service hotels located within the Tokyo 23 special wards area. At the time of booking., please inform us of the name of the hotel at which you would like to be dropped-off.
  4. Drop-off service is not available for participants who disembark at stations other than Tokyo on the return trip (Shinagawa/Shin-Yokohama stations). Please inform us when booking if you would like to disembark at a station other than Tokyo Station. Also, note that changes to the Shinkansen trip length cannot be made after departure.
  5. Train times may change due to time table alterations or other reasons.
  6. If the minimum number of participants (1) is not met by 20 days before the scheduled date, the tour on that date may be cancelled.

About the Day-1 itinerary (half-day Nara tour):
1. At Kasuga Taisha Shrine, the tour will not enter areas requiring admission.
2. During the Gion Festival (Saki Matsuri, July 14 – 16), drop-off service to Karasuma Kyoto Hotel and Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto will be unavailable due to traffic restrictions.
3. The tour may not visit Nara Nagomikan if it is closed or due to traffic conditions.
4. Connection to the Kyoto Night Tour or Kyoto Maiko Tour is not possible.

About the Day-2 itinerary (Kyoto 1-day tour):
1. On Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays, Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed. On these days, the tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. The same is true of the period before and after the public viewing of Kyoto Imperial Palace in spring and autumn, May 14 – 17 due to the Aoi Festival, New Year’s holidays, and whenever there is an Imperial Household event.
2. Please note that before entering the Kyoto Imperial Palace you will be required to fill out a form with your personal information such as your full name, sex, age, and nationality. (The form will be provided on the tour day.)
3. On Jan. 25, Apr. 25, Jul. 25 and Oct. 25, 2015, and on June 25, Sept. 25 and Dec. 25, 2016, Nishi Hongan-ji Temple will serve as the alternative for Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.
4. On Tuesdays (or Wednesday if Tuesday is a national holiday) in January, July, August, and December and over the year-end New Year’s holidays, Nijo Castle is closed. The tour will visit Ryoan-ji Temple instead.
5. During the Jidai Festival on October 22, Heian Jingu Shrine is closed to the public and will be replaced in the itinerary by Chishaku-in Temple. If the Jidai Festival is postponed, we will follow suit with the itinerary change.
6. This tour will not enter Heian Jingu Shrine’s Shin-en garden.

Information required at booking:
1. Accommodation on the day previous to/after the tour
2. Whether you would like to be dropped-off at stations other than Tokyo, and if so, the desired station (Shinagawa, Shin-Yokohama)
3. Request for vegetarian menus