Honshu (Central Section) 15 Days

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Atlas Japan Tours - Feel, learn, and experience the Japanese cultures and the traditions by Atlas Japan Tour, specializing in Custom Japan Tours for families, small groups or big groups.

Honshu,Main Island

Osaka→Nara→Kyoto→Shiga→Fukui→Kanazawa→Gokayama→Obuse→Tokyo→Yokohama→Kamakura→Tokyo

Model Courses

Day 1 / Osaka - Kuidaore Course

It’s said that the people of Osaka are happy and openhearted because they eat good food. Indeed, since ancient times, the best of the land and the sea has found its way to the great city, spawning Osaka’s “Kuidaore” (eat until you drop) culture and creating countless excellent places to eat. Dotombori is a symbol of the Minami Area and the mecca for the Kuidaore food culture of Osaka. You can enjoy your dinner here, with feeling Kuidaore culture.

[Stay in Osaka]

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Day 2 / Osaka → Nara

Nara is an older capital of Japan, and was also a major cradle of Japan's arts, crafts, literature, and culture not to mention industry. Nara Park is popularly known as Deer National Park for its resident tame deer. The Nara National Museum contains a collection of Buddhist art with pieces from every period. But perhaps the most famous ancient attraction is Todaiji Temple, where the Great Buddha sits. The Daibutsuden, where the Great Buddha is housed, is claimed to be the world's largest wooden structure.

[Stay in Nara]

image003.jpgNara Daibutsuden

Day 3/ Nara → Kyoto - Classic Walk

Kyoto was Japan's capital for over 1,000 years, and during the time became the repository of the best of Japanese art, culture, religion, and thought. The Classic Walk through Kyoto's quiet neighborhood is led by an expert English speaking guide with much talking about Buddhism, Shinto, geisha, history, and everything about Kyoto. As part of the walk, you will visit Kiyomizu Temple , Sanjusangendo Hall, and the Kyoto National Museum. We will also take you through some Kyoto's charming neighborhoods, with plenty of shopping opportunities en route.

[Stay in Kyoto]

Day 4 / Kyoto - Western Kyoto Walking Course

Arashiyama →Tenryuji Temple →Nonomiya jinja Shrine →Okochi Sanso →Jakkoji Temple →Rakushisha →Nisonnin →Gioji Temple →Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple

We will take you to the western Kyoto. Sagano is located in the northwest of Kyoto and covers an area of 16 acres. Sagano Bamboo Grove behind Tenryuji Temple has an excellent atmosphere and you can enjoy your walk along the trail to the Okochi Sanso. This bamboo forest is one of the most beautiful spots in Japan.

[Stay in Kyoto]

image005.jpgKyoto,Sagano Bamboo Grove

Day 5 / Kyoto → Shiga - Miho Museum → Kyoto

Full day excursion from Kyoto will take you to Miho Museum in Shiga prefecture next to Kyoto. The Miho Museum is located amid a nature preserve and is virtually invisible from the approach. After passing through a huge winding tunnel, IMPei’s geometric glass roofs come dramatically into view. Pei who also designed the pyramid at the Louvre in Paris has said that he consciously designed the building to blend with nature. The standout pieces include from Pakistan as well as an Egyptian figure of the god Horus that is more than 3000 years old.

[Stay in Kyoto]

image009.jpgShiga Miho Museum

Day 6 / Kyoto → Eiheiji Temple, Fukui

Eiheiji is the head temple of the Soto Sect of Zen Buddhism. It was founded in 1244 by Dogen Zenji, the Buddhist scholar who introduced Soto Zen to Japan in 1228. Eiheiji is still an active monastery with around 150 practicing Zen monks. You can stay at the temple for one night and follow the monks' daily routine of evening meditation (Zazen), and an early start morning service.

[Stay at Shuku-bo in Fukui]

image011.jpgFukui Eiheiji Temple

Day 7 / Fukui → Kanazawa

Kanazawa is one of Japan's foremost castle towns. The city boasts many places of historic and aesthetic interest. First, you will visit Kenrokuen, known as one of the three gardens in Japan. During the morning tour, you can have a lecture on Nōgaku, which is a major form of classical Japanese musical drama. Here in Kanazawa, special arrangements according to your requests can be made.
In the evening, you will meet your host family and spend an  unforgettable time with them.

[Home Stay in Kanazawa]

image013.jpgKanazawa Higashi Geisha town

Day 8 / Kanazawa

You will spend with a host family all day. Homestay Experience offers a wonderful opportunity for you to experience the culture and lifestyle of the people in Kanazawa. For many people who have participated in this tour, the home-stay experience has become the most precious memories.

[Stay in Osaka]

image015.jpg[Home Stay in Kanazawa]

Day 9 / Kanazawa → Gokayama

Gokayama, in Toyama prefecture, is a beautiful cluster of villages in a valley surrounded by the Sho River and its tributaries. There is a village of homes constructed in the A-frame, thatched Gassho style, designated as a World cultural heritage. Gokayama is known for its handmade paper products and its dense Tofu.

[Stay at Gassho style house in Gokayama village]

image017.jpgGassho style house

Day 10 / Gokayama → Obuse →Tokyo

Obuse is a small town where 11,800 people live in a 2 kilometer radius area. The classic atmosphere is maintained in the row of old warehouses. The walking path is made from chestnut tree bricks, and the Japanese style of architecture in a row of shops selling chestnuts sweets, creates a feeling of serenity.

[Stay in Tokyo]

image007.jpgObuse town

Day 11 / Tokyo Retro Course

Tokyo Tower → Imperial Palace → Sumida river cruise →Asakusa  → Meiji jingu shrine → Ryogoku(Sumo)

The Imperial Palace is located on the former site of Edo.  It is the residence of Japan’s Imperial family. A historical houseboat rides up the Sumida River is just fabulous and you can enjoy the view of Tokyo bay from the boat. At Asakusa town you can experience the atmosphere of Edo-the old Tokyo. In the evening you can enjoy Sumo bouts in the National Sumo Stadium in Ryogoku.

[Stay in Tokyo]

image019.jpgSumo bouts

Day 12 / Tokyo Trendy Course

MarunouchiBuilding→Marunouchi-Naka-Dori-Hibiya Park →Kasumigaseki Government Office District→National Diet →Harajuku → Shibuya → Odaiba →Akihabara

Akihabara (short: Akiba) is a district in central Tokyo, famous for its many electronics shops. In recent years, it has also gained fame as a center of the gaming, manga and animation culture. In addition to conventional stores, various other animation related establishments have appeared in the area, such as cosplay ("costume play") cafes, where waitresses are dressed up like anime characters, and manga kissaten ("comics cafes"), where customers can read comics, watch DVDs and surf the internet.

[Stay in Tokyo]

image021.jpgTokyo, Akihabara Electronics Shops

Day 13 / Tokyo → Yokohama

Kamakura Hase Temple→ Kenchoji Temple → Kotokuin Temple →Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine → Tokyo
Juichimen Kannon statue which is an eleven-headed gilt statue of the kannon, or Goddess of Mercy is a must. Kotokuin Temple  has the famous gigantic Daibutsu, Great Buddha with 11.3m height and 121-ton weight. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine is very popular spot for wedding, and its vermilion lacquer paint makes a beautiful contrast with the green mountains in the background.

[Stay in Tokyo]

image025.jpgTsurugaoka Hachimangu

Day 15 / Tokyo → Tokyo Disney Resort

The Tokyo Disney Resort in Chiba, Japan is a vacation and recreation resort opened in 1983. Comprised of Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disneysea theme parks, seven hotels and the Ikspiari shopping complex, it is the most annually-visited theme park complex in the world.

[Stay at Tokyo Disney Resort]

image027.jpgTokyo Disney Resort