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Cosmos Classic Japan: The Golden Route with Osaka (2595)

10 days from Tokyo to Osaka 
Japan is a country with a rich history and distinct culture, and on this Japan tour, you’ll get a taste of both. You’ll overnight in Tokyo, the Mount Fiji area, Kyoto, and Osaka. Along the way, you’ll see stunning scenery and visit many of Japan’s celebrated sites.

You’ll visit some of Japan’s most famous shrines and temples on this Japan tour. In Tokyo, visit Meiji Shrine, built in the 1920s to enshrine the emperor, and Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo’s oldest temple completed in 645 AD. In Kyoto, visit the Temple of the Gold Pavilion, a Buddhist temple covered in gold leaf constructed in the 14th century; the Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its thousands of brightly colored shrine gates; Kiyomizu Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in 778 AD with amazing views over Kyoto; and Nijo Castle, the official residence of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. In Osaka, visit Osaka Castle, which dates back to the 16th century.

In addition to visiting Japan’s famous sites, on this tour you’ll also learn about the culture. Learn to write like a local in your calligraphy class, try on a traditional kimono, partake in a traditional tea ceremony, and visit traditional Japanese thatched-roof farm houses dating to the Edo period. But that’s not all…you’ll also ride one of Japan’s famous bullet trains; visit the Mount Fuji area, where you’ll cruise on Lake Ashi, a crater lake, and take a cable-car ride for panoramic views of Mount Fuji; and take a walking tour in Osaka’s famous Dotonbori district.

All of this—and more—await you on this value-minded tour through Japan!

Cosmos Highlights & Sightseeing

Sightseeing:
In Tokyo, Mount Fuji area, and Kyoto. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Cosmos Hotels

TOKYO Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu (F)
MOUNT FUJI AREA Palace Hotel Hakone (F)
KYOTO Kyoto Tokyu Hotel (F)
OSAKA Shin-Osaka Esaka Tokyu REI Hotel (MF)

Itinerary (2017)

Day 1Tokyo, Japan.
 Welcome to Japan’s capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2Tokyo.
 Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions prior to morning sightseeing in Tokyo. Your tour starts with a visit to MEIJI SHRINE, a magnificent 20th-century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest. Next, visit an artist’s studio and learn to write like a local during a CALLIGRAPHY CLASS with a master calligrapher. Here, you’ll also have the opportunity to try on a traditional KIMONO and partake in a TRADITIONAL TEA CEREMONY, a wonderfully choreographed ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea. Last stop is the ASAKUSA KANNON TEMPLE and the NAKAMISE SHOPPING ARCADE. The balance of the afternoon is at leisure. (B)
Day 3Tokyo.
 Today, enjoy the day at your leisure for independent exploration. Your Tour Director will provide you with a pre-paid PASMO CARD to get you started using Tokyo’s famous subway system! (B)
Day 4Tokyo–Kamakura–Mount Fuji Area.
 This morning, leave Tokyo and head south along the coast to Kamakura to see the 750-year-old Great Buddha. Continue on to the Mount Fuji area for a CRUISE on Lake Ashi, followed by a CABLE-CAR RIDE (weather permitting) for panoramic views of spectacular Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain. (B,L,D)
Day 5Mount Fuji Area–Kyoto.
 This morning, board one of Japan’s famous BULLET TRAINS bound for Kyoto. Upon arrival, visit the FUSHIMI INARI SHRINE, renowned for the thousands of brightly colored Torii Gates. This evening, you may choose to stay (additional expense) in a traditional Japanese ryokan. (B)

Traditional Ryokan Stay
Immerse yourself in the Japanese culture and hospitality at a ryokan (Japanese inn). Your ryokan, Gion Hatanaka, features traditional touches—tatami mat floors, a thin sleeping mattress on the floor, and the chance to experience a Japanese-style bath—as well as the modern convenience of a private bathroom. Included: transfers to/from ryokan from/to hotel in Kyoto; traditional Japanese dinner and breakfast.

NOTE:
Space is limited. See price box for supplement.
Day 6Kyoto.
 Your day begins with a visit to NIJO CASTLE, built in 1603 as the official residence of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Then, visit stunning Kinkakuji, the TEMPLE OF THE GOLD PAVILION, covered in shimmering gold leaf. Lastly, visit KIYOMIZU TEMPLE, the “Pure Water Temple,” with stunning views over Kyoto. Along the way, walk through the busy streets where shops and restaurants have been catering to pilgrims for centuries. (B)
Day 7Kyoto.
 A full day at leisure to explore more of Kyoto’s historic temples and shrines. Join your Tour Director and traveling companions for a farewell dinner this evening. (B,D)
Day 8Kyoto–Osaka.
 Today, transfer to Osaka and check in to your hotel. (B)
Day 9Osaka.
 Your sightseeing tour starts at the OPEN-AIR MUSEUM OF OLD JAPANESE FARM HOUSES, where traditional thatched-roof farm houses dating from the Edo period have been restored. See the old architecture and be transported back in time. Next, visit OSAKA CASTLE and take a WALKING TOUR in Dotonbori, the city’s most famous entertainment district. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Perhaps return to Dotonbori this evening to sample some local cuisine and see the sparkling neon lights. (B)
Day 10Osaka.
 Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Included Cosmos Meals

10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

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Cosmos Pricing Details

Gratuities for Tour Director, driver, and Local guides are available for pre-purchase on the base vacation. For vacations that include an extension to the base, pre-paid gratuities only include the base portion. Any additional gratuities would need to be paid on trip.

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single Room Supplement:
$1,060

Triple rooms are not available.

Extra Nights per person in Tokyo:
in single room $302; in twin room $197

Extra Nights per person in Osaka:
in single room $266; in twin room $139

Ryokan Stay:
$440 twin, $330 single supplement

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