Tokyo, Kyoto & Hiroshima

Experience a fascinating mix of ancient temples, sacred shrines, historic monuments and shiny neon lights as you travel to Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka. Discover the all-round sensorial experience that is one of WorldStrides’ most popular destinations for history, language and art students.

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Tokyo, Kyoto & Hiroshima

Experience a fascinating mix of ancient temples, sacred shrines, historic monuments and shiny neon lights as you travel to Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka. Discover the all-round sensorial experience that is one of WorldStrides’ most popular destinations for history, language and art students.

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Your Adventure

1 Depart Australia
  • Welcome to Tokyo Arrive in Tokyo, the gleaming, energetic capital of modern Japan. Meet your tour director and check-into your hotel.
    Begin to explore this exciting, thriving city.
2 Tokyo
  • Sightseeing and activities - Meji Shrine, Imperial Palace Plaza, Meji Shrine and Harajuku District Today is free for sightseeing and activities. Wonder at the beauty of the Meiji Shrine, marvel at the Imperial Palace Plaza or perhaps learn about Japan’s history and culture at the National Museum.
  • Optional activity: Japanese Cooking Class Under the instruction of a professional chef, prepare, eat, and enjoy a traditional Japanese meal.
3 Tokyo
  • Free day for sightseeing and activities Enjoy another day of leisure in the exciting city of Tokyo. Take part in a sushi-making course, visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple, or hop on the train to Tokyo Disneyland!
  • Optional activity: Tokyo Disney Resort excursion
4 Tokyo - Kyoto
  • Travel to Kyoto Board the Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto, Japan’s former capital city. The Shinkansen "bullet" train, inaugurated in 1964 and continually improved ever since, can travel up to 200 miles per hour and is the fasted train in the world! The newest versions use aviation technology to decrease wind resistance and noise, ensuring a safe, comfortable - and fast! - ride.
  • Welcome to Kyoto - Nara excursion Check into a Ryokan, your traditional Japanese inn before enjoying an afternoon of leisurely exploration to Nara Park, Todai-ji temple and Kasuga Grand Shrine.
5 Kyoto
  • Kyoto guided sightseeing tour - Kinkaku-ji temple (Golden Pavilion) & Fushimi Inari Taisha visits With over 2,000 Buddhist temples and shrines still intact, Kyoto shines as one of the best-preserved Imperial cities in Japan. Visit the famous Zen Buddhist Temple Kinkakuji, or Golden Temple, that gets its name from the pure leaf gold that covers the top two floors. Next, head to Inari, the main shrine of the god of business, and see the thousands of red torii, or Japanese gates, that snake their way up the hill to the inner shrine. The Sanjusangendo Temple offers visitors an unusual and unbelievable sight. Its main hall is filled with 1,000 life-size statues of soldiers of the Thousand Armed Kannon which stand to protect the main deity of the temple.
  • Okonomiyaki dinner Learn to make your own traditional Okonomiyaki dinner with a professional chef.
6 Kyoto - Hiroshima
  • Travel to Hiroshima Journey via Bullet train to Hiroshima, the historic location of where the very first atomic bomb was dropped.
  • Hiroshima guided sightseeing tour - Atomic Dome, Memorial Peace Park, Memorial Peace Museum, Hiroshima Castle Explore the extraordinary city that suffered an unimaginable destruction and incredible rebirth to become the thriving city it is today. At Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, see the Peace Memorial Museum and the Atomic Bomb Dome, the skeletal remains of a pre-blast building, for an idea of the catastrophic effects the Atomic bomb had on the city. The park, museum, and Atomic Bomb Dome act as a symbol of peace and as a memorial for those who died.Visit the Hiroshima Peace Park which contains historical monuments and visit the Peace Memorial Museum.
  • Yakisoba dinner
7 Hiroshima
  • Miyajima excursion - Itsukushima Shrine visit, Senjokaku Pagoda visit, shopping on Omotesando Street Glide through the tranquil waters, past the iconic red Torii gate and into the realm of the sacred at the Itsukushima Shrine. As you step off the ferry you will be greeted by the “messengers of the deities”, or the tame Miyajima deer, that are always found wandering around the shrine. After visiting this impressive structure browse through the many craft stores, bakeries and street-food carts on Omotesando Street - see if you’re brave enough to sample a traditional dish of conger eel.
8 Hiroshima - Osaka
  • Travel to Osaka Travel via bullet train to Osaka.
  • Osaka guided sightseeing tour - Osaka Castle, Umeda Sky Building observatory Osaka's 16th-century castle dominates the city, both economically (it's the single most visited sight in Japan) and architecturally. Extensively renovated in 1997, the castle maintains the city's historic past even as space-age buildings move Osaka into the future. Come up for air at the Umeda Sky Building, where you'll climb 550 feet to the Floating Garden Observatory for a bird's eye view of Osaka.
9 Depart Japan
  • Travel to Australia Say Sayonara to Japan as your board your flight home to Australia.
  • Arrive home in Australia

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