Japan's History & Traditions10 days & 9 nights, Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Hiroshima
Upon arrival in Hiroshima, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative and escorted to your hotel. After checking in, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel - 3 Nights
After breakfast this morning, wander through the beautiful Shukkei-en Garden, built in 17th century as a miniature version of the West Lake in China. A short ferry ride takes you to the picturesque island of Miya-jima. As you approach the shore, marvel at the massive red Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel (B)
Embark on a full-day tour of Hiroshima. Pay tribute to the victims at the Peace Memorial Park and witness the aftermath of the blast through the photographs at the Peace Memorial Museum. Later this afternoon, take in the sprawling Chuo Park, which is part of the Hiroshima Castle complex.
The remainder of the evening is yours at leisure.Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel (B)
Day 4Iya Valley
Bid farewell to Hiroshima this morning and embark on a drive that takes you through the scenic countryside and over a bridge spanning the Mizushima-nada Sea on your way to the Iya Valley. Stop to visit one of the featured temples in the famed Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage, which is made up of places where Kobo Daishi, one of the greatest figures in Japanese Buddhism, studied and trained.Hotel Hikyonoyu - 2 Nights (B)
Day 5Iya Valley
After breakfast at your ryokan, set out to see more of the 88 temples. The sacred journey is said to impart travelers with blessings and spiritual merit and is also a great way to enjoy the sights of Shikoku. The journey around the island to all 88 temples is nearly 900 miles long. Walking the entire pilgrimage route took 40-50 days. Today, you'll see just a few of the temples by transport with your private car and guide. After your pilgrimage, return to your ryokan to relax in the hot springs.Hotel Hikyonoyu (B)
Day 6To Mimasaka
Depart the Iya Valley this morning after breakfast. Stop at Zentsuji, the birthplace of Kobo Daishi to explore its beautiful temple. Then visit the country's largest garden, Ritsurin-koen, which lies at the foot of impressive Mount Shuin.See the 12th-century battleground of Yashima before arriving at your luxury ryokan in Mimasaka.Kifu no Sato Ryokan - 2 Nights (B)
Admire the distinctive white walls and black tiles of the 17th-century architecture in the modern city of Kurashiki. The city is also home to the Ohara Museum of Art, which boasts the first collection of Western art to be permanently displayed in Japan. Continue to Tsuyama City, which flourished once as the capital of Mimasaka Province.Kifu no Sato Ryokan (B)
Day 8To Osaka
Depart Mimasaka this morning and travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Himeji Castle. At more than 400 years old, Himeji is the only castle in the country to have preserved its original wood-and-plaster construction. Continue your journey to the thriving city of Osaka.The St. Regis Osaka - 2 Nights (B)
Begin your day at Osaka Castle. Destroyed by fires many times, the present structure was restored in 1931. From the top of the eight story castle, marvel at the majestic views of Osaka. Don't miss the tearoom whose walls are covered in gold leaf, a lasting testament to Hideyoshi's fabulous wealth. Afterward, explore the largest and most popular food market.The St. Regis Osaka (B)
Day 10Depart Osaka
Today, you will be escorted to the airport for your onward flight.(B)
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Almost all the internal flights in this brochure use jet airliners, with some internal airlines in Southeast Asia using turboprop aircraft.
Because of increased air traffic, government restrictions and changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with your travel arrangements, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. If this should occur, everything possible will be done to minimize the inconvenience. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances, and we strongly advise that you purchase insurance against such eventualities.
Airport Departure Taxes: The cost of our tours does not always include airport departure taxes or overland departure taxes; it is necessary for you to pay these locally and in local currency. Please ensure that you retain enough local currency to cover these taxes. Departure taxes vary in each country and you will be advised when possible of the rates before your departure from the U.S.A. These taxes are always subject to change, and if they do so when you are traveling, your guide or our ground handler will advise you.
The majority of the roads to and from major tourist destinations are paved and in reasonable condition. Although many of the city roads are now 4 to 6-lane highways and have had a large amount of investment in recent years, many of the narrower ones and smaller highways are bumpy and pot-holed. In Vietnam and Cambodia, many of the roads are in poor condition, but most of the main highways are paved. For longer journeys, we will nearly always advise you to fly. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour. Generally, the following can be used as a guideline for the size of transportation provided: 1-3 passengers, sedan car; 4-6 passengers, minivan; 6-19 passengers, small bus; 20-28 passengers, medium bus.
A number of flights within Asia & the Pacific arrive/depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives/departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in/check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Asia & the Pacific; however, in most of the major cities the hotels are of a good standard. Standards will vary much more in some of the smaller cities and rural areas.
For our tours in Asia & the Pacific, we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavor to supply any extra information that you may require about these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of the alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Asia & the Pacific, and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. In Mongolia we use traditional tents or “gers”.
Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard, unless noted otherwise; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g., to a lake view or suite, etc.), please speak to your tour consultant who will be able to advise you about options and applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in time is normally 14:00 and check-out time is normally 12:00, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked without extra payment.
In some cases, prices for individual arrangements and tour extensions are quoted excluding a guide. In this case, the supplement for a guide is available on request. For logistical reasons, some extensions are on a shared basis based upon a minimum of two passengers and not on a private basis.
Visiting many of the sites in Asia require a reasonable amount of walking, either to the site or around it. While the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous. In addition, at ancient monuments there are many steep sections and uneven surfaces. A reasonable amount of fitness is required.
Cruise boats may vary their itineraries with little or no notice if water levels become unusually low, or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are generally very rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark. Cruise itineraries include full board, but all drinks will be charged as extras.
Japan's History & Traditions
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