What were your impressions of a visit to Japan
Japan tour through the land of smiles
Day 1: Scheduled flight to Tokyo. Non-stop flight with Lufthansa from Frankfurt / Main (early evening) to Tokyo.
Day 2: Tokyo. Arrival in Tokyo (Haneda) at noon. Bus transfer to the hotel. Use the rest of the day to get some impressions in the megacity. Tip: teamLab Borderless digital museum in Tokyo. In the summer of 2018, teamLab, a Japanese collective made up of around 400 artists, engineers, designers, mathematicians and other creative people, opened the world's first digital museum on Odaiba, Aomi Station, in Tokyo: teamLab Borderless. The museum offers sensational lighting effects and is enjoying growing popularity.
Day 3: Tokyo (F). The giant metropolis and Olympic city presents itself to you with very different faces. The prelude is the Meiji Shrine. The memorial, which is embedded in a spacious park, symbolizes the strong connection between the imperial family and Shinto, the ancient natural religion of Japan. The ultra-modern multiplex Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, whose observation deck offers a great panoramic view of the seemingly endless sea of houses in the Japanese capital, sets an imposing accent on the vertical. In front of the Imperial Palace, you will have a photo stop at the Nijubashi Bridge. Enjoy the fashionable flair of elegant boutiques and shops on a stroll in the upscale Ginza district. And in the traditional Asakusa district, mingle with the worshipers at the Buddhist Kannon Temple. The way there leads over the lively shopping street Nakamise-dori and through the Thunder Gate with its 750 kg lantern. On the banks of the Sumida River, take a look at Tokyo's Sky Tree television tower, currently the second tallest structure in the world at 634 m. In the evening there is the opportunity to participate in a group welcome dinner (not included). Your tour guide will select a typical restaurant for you.
Day 4: Tokyo (F). Explore Tokyo on your own. An optional bus excursion (see "Excursions that can be booked") leads into the mountains of the Nikko National Park. The temple area (UNESCO World Heritage) is framed by the natural beauty of the national park. You will visit a.o. the Taiyuin Temple. Tip: Tonight, when the cherries are in bloom, you should not miss the Japanese "popular sport" Hanami, the contemplation of the cherry blossom. Join the exuberantly celebrating Japanese z. B. in Sumida Park or in Ueno Park. Around 1,000 cherry trees here and there form a magnificent pale pink blossom sky and invite you to linger and celebrate.
Day 5: Tokyo - Kamakura - Fuji-Hakone National Park (F). Morning bus ride to the Pacific coast to Kamakura, the seat of the first shogunate in the 12th century. Visit the Hasedera Temple with its thousands of Jizo patron saints and the famous Great Buddha. Continue to the Fuji-Hakone National Park. An excursion by bus and boat or cable car (depending on the weather) leads to the mountains of Hakone and Lake Ashisee. When the view is clear, there are fantastic impressions of the sacred Mount Fujisan (UNESCO World Heritage). In the evening at the hotel, take the opportunity to swim in a typical Japanese onsen (thermal bath).
Day 6: Fuji-Hakone National Park - Himeji - Hiroshima (F). Early bus ride to Mishima, the starting point for your ride on the Shinkansen super express train to Himeji. Punctuality, state-of-the-art technology and the comfort of the Japanese railway will inspire you. The Shinkansen covers the almost 525 km long route in less than 3 hours. Your coach will be waiting for you at Himeji Station. Before continuing to Hiroshima, visit the gleaming "Castle of the White Heron" (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Japan's largest and most beautiful castle was expanded to its present form in the 17th century and after extensive restoration it shines again in all its glory. For the evening in Hiroshima, we recommend a culinary journey of discovery - the popular "Japanese pizza" is particularly tasty in the numerous Okonomiyaki restaurants.
Day 7: Hiroshima and Miyajima Island (F). Today in Hiroshima you will encounter Japan's wartime past. You visit the memorials with the Peace Museum and walk through the impressive Peace Park. In about 1 hour you can reach the holy island of Miyajima in the inland sea by bus and ferry. The most beautiful shrine, perhaps the most beautiful place of worship in Japan, is on this island. Return to the hotel in Hiroshima in the early evening.
Day 8: Hiroshima - Nara - Kyoto (F). Morning bus or train ride to Nara, the capital of Japan in the 8th century. During this time the arts, literature and theater flourished, which is why Nara is known as the "cradle of Japanese culture". Walking tour of Nara and the park where you can spot tame deer. The "Daibutsu" (largest bronze Buddha statue in the world), which is venerated in Todaiji Temple (world's largest wooden building), is impressive. Let yourself be captivated by the atmosphere of thousands of stone and bronze lanterns along the way to the Kasuga Shrine. In the late afternoon, train or bus ride to Kyoto.
Day 9: Kyoto (F). Discover the most beautiful temples and Zen gardens in the former imperial city of Kyoto, including the Ryoanji Temple with its Zen garden, the complex of the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) and the Nijo Castle of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Afternoon stroll along the Shijo and Kawaramachi shopping streets. In spring and autumn there is the opportunity to take part in a visit to an artfully illuminated temple garden in the evening. Travel dates: 21.3., 28.3., 29.3., 4.4., 10.4., 30.10. and 6.11 ..
Day 10: Kyoto (F). Optional excursion (see "Excursions that can be booked"): Stroll along the Philosopher's Path (only during the cherry blossom season) to the Heian Shrine. Continue by bus to Fushimi Inari Shrine. The highlight is the imposing temple hall of Sanjusangendo with its 1001 wooden statues. In the evening, with a bit of luck and patience, you will see a geisha in the listed old town quarter of Gion. In the evening there is the opportunity to participate in a group farewell dinner (not included). Let the impressions of your trip pass in review in a group.
Day 11: return journey. Early bus transfer to Kansai Airport near Osaka or Nagoya. Flight back to Munich in the morning (arrival in the afternoon).
We reserve the right to change the program.
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