American breakfast (B) daily; Local Host service in each city; city maps; sightseeing as outlined in day-by-day itinerary (inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE).
Day #1 Arrive in Tokyo, Japan. Welcome to Japan! Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in
Day #2 Tokyo. This morning’s sightseeing tour includes visits to the TOKYO TOWER, ASAKUSA KANNON TEMPLE, and NAKAMISE SHOPPING ARCADE. You will also drive through Akihabara and Ueno Park. The remainder of the day is at your leisure for independent activities. (B)
Day #3 Tokyo. Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore on your own. (B)
Day #4 Tokyo–Kyoto. Today, transfer to the train station and board your BULLET TRAIN to historic Kyoto, the former capital of Japan. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Day #5 Kyoto. Your morning tour includes a visit to NIJO CASTLE, built in 1603 as the official residence of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu; the TEMPLE OF THE GOLD PAVILION, covered with shimmering gold leaf; and the IMPERIAL PALACE, home to the Imperial family until 1868. You will also have the chance to pick up a souvenir of your trip at a local handicraft shop. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)NOTE:The Imperial Palace is closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays. In these instances, a visit to Nishi Honganji Temple will be substituted.
Day #6 Kyoto. A full day at leisure to explore this remarkable city. (B)
Day #7 Kyoto–Hiroshima. Today, board one of Japan’s famous BULLET TRAINS bound for Hiroshima. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Day #8 Hiroshima. Start your full-day sightseeing tour with a visit to MIYAJIMA ISLAND to see the Itsukushima Shrine, famous for its floating Torii Gate. Next, visit PEACE MEMORIAL PARK to see the MEMORIAL MUSEUM and MEMORIAL HALL, which memorialize the lives lost in the WWII atomic bombing. (B)
Day #9 Hiroshima–Osaka. Today, travel to Osaka by BULLET TRAIN. The rest of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Day #10 Osaka. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)