“Japan 2024: In the Land of Cherry Blossoms and Rising Sun” invites you to embark on a captivating journey through the heart of Japan, a land where ancient traditions harmonize with cutting-edge modernity. This program is a celebration of Japan’s rich cultural heritage, natural beauty, and technological innovation.
From the bustling streets of Tokyo to the serene temples of Kyoto, from the tranquil gardens to the vibrant cherry blossoms, and from the mouthwatering cuisine to the captivating history, Japan offers a tapestry of experiences like no other. Join us as we explore the Land of the Rising Sun, where every moment is a fusion of old and new, tradition and innovation, and where the beauty of cherry blossoms heralds the arrival of spring in this enchanting land.
Culture and history
Flight to Tokyo
Our Japanese adventure starts with passport and baggage check-in, followed by a flight to Tokyo. This modern metropolis dazzles with neon lights and towering billboards, offering a unique blend of tradition and innovation.
After landing in Tokyo, we’ll check in at the hotel and immediately begin our exploration of this splendid city. Our adventure kicks off with a stroll through one of Tokyo’s dynamic districts, offering a taste of Japan’s unique charm and vibrancy.
After breakfast, our Tokyo exploration begins at the Imperial Palace, where we’ll visit the iconic “Double Bridge” or Nijubashi. Next, we’ll ascend Tokyo Skytree, providing a panoramic 360-degree view of the city. Our journey continues to Asakusa, home to the historic Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest and most vibrant Buddhist temple.
We’ll then explore Ueno Park, a cultural and recreational hub with a zoo and museums.
The day concludes with dinner and an overnight stay in Tokyo, immersing ourselves in the city’s rich culture.
After breakfast, we will travel to Nikko. This beautifully situated city serves as the gateway to Nikko National Park, best known for Toshogu – the most lavishly decorated Shinto shrine in Japan.
Next, we will visit Lake Chuzenji, formed by volcanic activity. After lunch at a local restaurant, we will also see the Kegon Waterfall.
Return to the hotel and overnight stay in Tokyo.
Japan is, of course, famous for Mount Fuji, and today we will focus on this treasure.
We have an intense and exciting day of exploration ahead. Our first destination will be the town of Fujikawaguchico.
We will not only see the famous Mount Fuji from various perspectives but also ascend to the 5th station—the highest point accessible to every tourist. We will also visit Arakurayama Sengen Park, an incredibly iconic place and one of the top spots to admire Mt. Fuji.
During our exploration, we will have the opportunity to admire Lake Kawaguchi, with Mt. Fuji towering over it, reflecting in the calm water surface. Next, we will indulge in a tasting of the famous melon-shaped bread… in the shape of Mt. Fuji!
After the tour, we will transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay, dinner, and for those interested, a visit to the onsen, or hot springs.
NOTE: Large luggage will be transported directly to the hotel in Kyoto (1 piece of luggage per person).
After breakfast, we will board the super-fast shinkansen (bullet train) to Himeji.
The city is renowned for its spectacular castle, considered the most beautiful in Japan. Known as the White Heron Castle, it has been preserved in its original state since feudal Japan and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. We will explore the castle and the adjacent Kokoen Gardens.
In the evening, we will travel to the city of Hiroshima, where we will have dinner.
After breakfast, we will visit Miyajima Island, where we will see the famous Itsukushima Shrine. This Shinto shrine with a beautiful torii gate standing in the water is one of the most photographed places in Japan.
In the afternoon, we will travel to Hiroshima. It was here, on August 6, 1945, that the first atomic bomb was dropped, destroying everything within a two-kilometer radius and killing hundreds of thousands of residents.
We will visit Peace Memorial Park and the museum dedicated to the victims of the atomic attack. We will also stop at the A-Bomb Dome, a building also known as the Atomic Bomb Dome. It is the only ruin that bears witness to what happened here during World War II.
We will then take the shinkansen back to Kyoto.
Dinner and overnight stay in Kyoto.
After breakfast, we have a full day of exploring Kyoto ahead.
First, we will visit Kinkakuji Temple – the Golden Pavilion. Next, we will take a stroll through the bamboo groves of Arashiyama. At the entrance to the forest is the Tenryuji Temple, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
After the walk and immersion in Japanese nature and tradition, we will return to the hotel for some rest.
Overnight stay in Kyoto.
Today, we explore the towns of Nara and Osaka.
We will start the day by visiting Nara, the first capital of Japan. We will see the Todaiji Temple with the Great Buddha, the largest wooden building in the world. We will also stroll through Nara Deer Park, where freely roaming sika deer can be encountered. A walk along the famous Sanjo Dori street, with souvenir shops and Japanese treats, is also on the agenda.
Next, we will head to Osaka – the second-largest metropolis in Japan, and we will ascend the Umeda Sky Building.
In the evening, we will spend time in the entertainment district of Dotonbori, known for its numerous theaters, cabarets, restaurants, shops, casinos, and game centers. It is home to one of the world’s largest underground shopping and service centers.
Return to Kyoto for an overnight stay.
After breakfast, another day is dedicated to exploring Kyoto. We will begin with the Kiyomizu Temple – known as the Temple of Pure Water. A stroll through the Gion district, famous for its wooden architecture, numerous shops, restaurants, and tea houses, will follow. Occasionally, Geishas and Maikos can be spotted here. We will also participate in a Japanese tea ceremony where every detail is perfected.
For those interested, there is an opportunity to rent a traditional Kimono on this day (additional cost of approximately $40) and attend a traditional theatrical performance (approximately $55).
Overnight stay in Kyoto.
After breakfast, we will embark on our last excursion in the former capital of Japan. First, we will visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine – one of the most popular shrines in Japan dedicated to the gods of rice and sake.
After exploring the shrine, there will be free time for any last-minute souvenirs, a stroll through the city, or a visit to the local market – Nishiki Market.
In the afternoon, we will take a fast train to Tokyo, check in at the hotel, and have a farewell dinner. For those interested, there is an option for a night stroll through the streets of Tokyo.
Departure from Tokyo
After breakfast, depending on the departure time, there will be time for some last-minute shopping and a stroll through Tokyo, combined with exploring one of the famous districts of this extraordinary city (Shibuya, Shinjuku, or Ginza).
We hope that Japan has captured your hearts. We invite you to take advantage of other trips across Asia with Rek Travel Adventure, such as to Vietnam and Cambodia.
Japan 2024: In the Land of Cherry Blossoms and Rising Sun
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