PLAN

8 DAYS

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1,000,000 JPY per person (for a group of 2 people)
Pricing is for double occupancy and standard grade hotels or ryokan

OVERVIEW

Welcome to Nara! Nara is the birthplace of Japan, where the first permanent capital was established. Many Japanese visit Nara for their school excursion trip. Lately, many visitors from all over the world also visit here, and all are welcomed by friendly divine deer. In autumn, experience the collaboration of beautifully colored autumn leaves and authentic Japanese architectures of the temples and shrines. Also, enjoy rare experiences such as visiting Sumo Shrine, which is said to be the origin of Japanese sumo.

ITINERARY

  1. Day 1: Kansai International Airport - Sakurai city
  2. Day 2: Kashihara city - Uda city
  3. Day 3: Kashihara city - Yoshino town
  4. Day 4: Kashihara city - Katsuragi city
  5. Day 5: Kashihara – Yoshino town
  6. Day 6: Nara - Kyoto/Nara/Osaka
  7. Day 7: Kyoto/Osaka/Nara - Osaka
  8. Day 8: Osaka - Kansai International Airport
  • DAY1

    Kansai International Airport - Sakurai city

    Welcome to Japan! We will pick you up from the airport, and drive to Imai town area in Nara Prefecture, the town that used to be the merchants’ town and was so prosperous that it spurred a common saying of ‘70% of the gold(money) in Yamato (ancient Nara) can be found here.’ About 500 traditional houses still remain as they were since the Edo Period. Stroll through this historic town and enjoy lunch here.
    After lunch, visit Tanzan Jinja Shrine, where one of the most important historic meetings was held for Taika Reforms of 645 A.D., which enacted Ritsuryo (literally means rule by law) system aiming to govern all of Japan under a unified standard. Enjoy the astonishingly beautiful thirteen-Story Pagoda. This Pagoda in the fall, surrounded by red maple leaves, is the most popular spot among the photographers. Then finally visit to Nishiuchi Sake Brewery, to enjoy tasting different kinds of sake and an exclusive tour of where they start making sake, usually not allowed in. Bottoms up!

  • DAY2

    Kashihara city - Uda city

    Start off your day by exploring the area with a history of longer than 1,000 years and experience the ancient city where you feel like as if you are traveling back in time. The first stop is at Hase-dera Temple, which is famous for seasonal flowers and a picturesque Five-Story Pagoda with a height of 200 meter. In autumn, the green, yellow and red maple leaves, and October Cherry Blossom are at its peak and visitors are rewarded with stunning views from the temple. The main hall is usually not open to the public, however, you will have an exclusive private tour, guided specially by a monk of the temple. Touch the foot of Kannon (Bodhisattva) statue, which is said to grant you a wish. Then visit Murouji Temple, which has a stunning Five-Story Pagoda, main hall, and many Buddhist statues, all designated as national treasures.

  • DAY3

    Kashihara city - Yoshino town

    Visit to Kinpusen-ji Temple, the main training Dojo for Shugendo practitioners. These Japanese mountain ascetics, incorporating Shinto and Buddhist concepts, stress physical endurance as a path to enlightenment, and journey through mountains. Visit each hall at the temple grounds with a Yamabushi monk as a guide which literally means the one who prostrates himself on the mountain. Observe what they do for training, experience mysterious Gomagyo, enjoy Shojin Ryouri, vegetarian dishes eaten by monks and Shugendo for centuries, and chat with Yamabushi over Japanese sweets and brown tea. Gomagyo is a Mikyo practice of prayer aiming to make wishes come true in this world. Through those rare experiences, you will see the part of Japanese history not often seen in modern cities.

  • DAY4

    Kashihara city - Katsuragi city

    Explore Asuka Village, the first permanent capital of Japan from 592-710 AD. Enjoy the well-kept nature in the village with your choice of transportation - hiking, cycling, car or a MICHIMO - a unique ecofriendly electric car that seats two people by Nissan (requires an international driver’s license to drive). We recommend a visit to: Kitora Mural Experiential Museum, Kitora Tumulus, Inabuchi Tanada (rice field terraces), Nara Prefecture Complex of Man’yo culture and Oka-dera Temple.
    After lunch, visit Katsuragi City, which is said to be the birthplace of Japanese Sumo wrestling. Make a stop at Kehayaza, a modern Sumo museum, where you can enjoy special demonstrations of Sumo related historical items, and even try out Sumo wrestling yourself on a ring. This is a very popular experience - you will have more fun than you can think of!
    In the evening, be fascinated with the beautiful night view from Mt Wakakusa where is listed as one of the top three New Japan’s Best Night View. Stay at a hotel in Nara city.

  • DAY5

    Kashihara – Yoshino town

    Start off your day meeting and feeding Nara’s famous local deer at Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Enjoy a spectacular experience of Deer Gathering which a French horn player summons the local deer to be fed, with a performance of Beethoven's 6th Symphony Pastoral. Then you will visit the Daibutsu, the great Buddha at Todaiji Temple, followed by Kohfukuji Temple where a picturesque Five-Story Pagoda is located. Lunch at a local restaurant, then afternoon is your choice of the following options:
    ・Explore Naramachi, and old merchants’ town and have our exclusive Japanese sweet making led by a master confectioner
    ・Visit the most authentic Japanese knife shop, Kikuichi Cutlery
    ・Visit Omiwa Jinja Shrine, known as the origin of Japanese Sake, and visit Imanishi Sake brewery for Sake tasting

  • DAY6

    Nara - Kyoto/Nara/Osaka

    Head off to Kyoto where old Japan is still well preserved with 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, more than 1000 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto Shrines. Where to visit in Kyoto is totally up to you and we will arrange the day according to your choices. Here are some of our recommendations:
    ・Fushimi Inari Shrine, most popular for its arcades of vermilion Torii Gates
    ・Gion, once famous for Geisha and teahouses, and now for shopping for souvenirs and antiques
    ・Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Temple)
    ・Nijo-jo Castle
    ・Kiyomizu-dera Temple, which has an amazing view overlooking Kyoto
    ・Nishiki Market, a lively five block shopping street with more than one hundred shops known as ‘Kyoto’s Kitchen.’ You can buy anything including fresh seafood, local produces, knives and cookware.
    ・Visit craftsmen of Nishijin-Ori (Nishijin weaving) Obi(thick waistband for kimono)

  • DAY7

    Kyoto/Osaka/Nara - Osaka

    Travel to the lively merchant’s city of Osaka. Your first stop is Osaka Castle, which was built by General Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1583 to display his power, after unifying Japan during the civil war period. Enjoy an excellent collection of art and armor used by Samurai inside the castle, and the 360-degree view from its 8th-floor observation deck. This city was once called, “kitchen of the country” back in the Edo period, and has lots of gourmet options including Takoyaki(octopus dumplings), Okonomi-yaki(savory pancake with shredded cabbage), Kushikatsu(deep-fried skewered meat and vegetables). You will visit Shin Sekai area and Minami(south) area including Shinsaibashi area, known for long and covered market streets where anything you wish to buy and any kind of food from street food to luxury cuisines are can be found.

  • DAY8

    Osaka - Kansai International Airport

    With all the great memories and souveniors, we will drive you back to Kansai International Airport.

PLAN

8 DAYS

PRICE FROM

1,000,000 JPY per person (for a group of 2 people)
Pricing is for double occupancy and standard grade hotels or ryokan

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