JAPAN MANGA TOUR
Tokyo, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Osaka, Nara & Kyoto
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Add an extra week to your stay and discover another side to this fascinating and beautiful country. After the Manga tour, speed off on the magnificent Bullet Train to Japan's cultural heartland. Kyoto is where you will find the Japan of silent temples nestling in bamboo groves, gardens of finely raked sand, and bewitching geisha. This city is home to over 2,000 temples and shrines, exquisite crafts, and some of the best cuisines in the country. In short, Kyoto is the heartbeat of traditional Japan. From Kyoto, you have the opportunity to take excursions to the nearby Nara and lively Osaka. You will also visit Hiroshima, an attractive, cosmopolitan city that has risen from the ashes of the world's first atomic bomb attack, and stay the night in a traditional Japanese ryokan (Inn) on the nearby beautiful island of Miyajima. We will provide you with all the information you need to travel around Japan independently. We will provide you with all the information you need to travel around Japan independently.
Day 1: TOKYO-HIROSHIMA
Check out your Tokyo hotel with the rest of the Manga Group. We will provide you with a 7-Day Japan Rail Pass for travel over the next few days. This gives you unlimited access to the entire Japan Rail (JR) network, including the world-famous Bullet Train (Shinkansen) services. Head straight to Hiroshima on the Bullet train and continue by local train and ferry to the lovely island of Miyajima. Check into your ryokan for 1 night. A ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn where you'll sleep on a futon on a tatami mat floor. A delicious Japanese dinner (included) will be served to you. Enjoy the sights of this peaceful island. You can walk around the island in the evening wearing your cotton yukata (a robe provided in your room).
Day 2: MIYAJIMA & HIROSHIMA SIGHTSEEING, HEAD TO KYOTO
After breakfast at your ryokan, head back to the mainland and visit Hiroshima's moving Peace Memorial Park, Museum and Atomic Bomb Dome. There are also several anime- and game-related merchandise shops including the Pokemon Centre, Yellow Submarine and the Jump Shop that you might want to visit before heading via the Bullet Train to Kyoto, the cultural heart of Japan. Check into your superbly-located, spotless 3* hotel for 5 nights.
Day 3: KYOTO SIGHTSEENG
Join a seated coach tour for sightseeing in Kyoto. The tour is guided, lunch is included, and sights include Nijo Castle, the beautiful Golden Pavilion (featured in Blue Exorcist) and Kiyomizu-dera (which appears in Love Hina & Negima), a lovely mountainside temple boasting stunning views over the city.
Day 4: NAMA SIGHTSEEING
Self-guided excursion to the nearby city of Nara, Japan's first permanent capital and home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We recommend visiting Todaiji where you can see Japan's largest Buddha statue, Nara Park which is home to hundreds of sacred deer and is featured in Lucky Star, and Kasuga Taisha, Nara's most celebrated shrine.
Day 5: OSAKA SIGHTSEEING
Using your Japan Rail Pass why not venture to Osaka, Japan's lively second city. Head to Namba, commonly known as Osaka's "mini-Akiba", home to an abundance of anime merch shops. Next, you might like to head to Den-Den Town near Nipponbashi, where you can rummage for vintage Japanese electronics.
Day 6: AT LEISURE
Today is your day to do as you choose! Explore Kyoto further – we recommend visiting the Kyoto International Manga Museum, Fushimi Inari Shrine which is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates and is featured in Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha, Arashiyama with its beautiful bamboo forests, or Toei Kyoto Studio Park. Alternatively head to Nara/Osaka again.
Day 7: RETURN TO THE UK
Sadly it's time to say goodbye to Japan…until next time! Transfer to Kansai International Airport (Osaka).
A traditional Japanese ryokan perched on a hill giving it arguably the best views of any property over Itsukushima shrine and the famous tori gate. Rooms are large traditional tatami mat rooms with en suite bath and toilet. A small TV, safe and refrigerator are available in the room. Jukeiso has communal male and female Japanese style baths and also a private bath with fantastic views over the island that can be reserved making it perfect for families or couples. A delicious, elaborate dinner will be served to you in the dining room where you will also take breakfast (which is a choice of Japanese or Western). Free wifi is available in the lobby.
TOYOKO INN KYOTO SHIJO KARASUMA
This business class hotel features compact well-equipped rooms with flat screen TVs, refrigerators and bathroom amenities. All rooms have free wi-fi. Computer terminals are available in the lobby along with 24-hour coin laundry. Breakfast is a light Japanese breakfast consisting of rice balls, miso soup, some salad items and also a little bread.
Superbly located on Shijo Street which is the main street for shopping with a number of department stores and fantastic restaurants. Nearby is the fascinating Nishiki food market and the covered markets.
EXTENSION ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
5 nights' hotel accommodation at a centrally-located 3-star hotel in Kyoto and Japanese breakfast daily
1-night ryokan (Shared) accommodation on Miyajima*, dinner and breakfast included
7 Day Ordinary Class Japan Rail Pass
Seat in coach for guided sightseeing in Kyoto on day 3
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE
Lunches & Dinners not mentioned above
Admission fees other than those included in the sightseeing tour on 20 March
*Single travellers will share a room (with passengers of the same sex) for one night in the ryokan on the island Miyajima Island as is customary at a Japanese ryokan.
SINGLE TRAVELLERS SHARERS OPTION
If you are travelling on your own and you are willing to share a room, we can endeavour to accommodate you with another single traveller of the same sex (thereby allowing you to avoid the single room supplement). Please ask us about this. There is no guarantee we can find you a suitable sharer.