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Botanica

Japanese Culture, Art & Gardens in Autumn Splendour

Tokyo to Osaka

Trip Code: BTJPA12
12 Days
23 Meals

Trip Highlights

See Japanese Gardens in Autumn

Visit Japanese gardens in the autumn season Koraku-en Garden, Kenroku-en, the Imperial Palace and more.

World Famous Zen Gardens

Visit the famous Zen gardens, including world heritage listed Ryoanji.

Historical Japan

Visit the important historical sites including Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Kyoto and more.

  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • All sightseeing & touring as per the itinerary
  • Services of a Tour Manager & Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfers on first & last day, tipping & porterage
  • Stay in good quality, centrally located hotels
  • Travel by bullet train or private coach
  • 23 Meals

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Medium Fitness level - involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour. A good degree of mobility is required
  • Group size 15-25 guests
  • Shuttle transfers provided in Tokyo and Osaka
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included
Asia Map BTJPA12 2019
Tokyo to Osaka

Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner to meet your fellow travellers and Botanical Guide.

Stay: Three Nights: Tokyo, Shibuya Excel Tokyu Hotel

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  • Dinner

Visit Meiji Shrine, an oasis of serenity in the heart of the city surrounded by over 100,000 trees which will be displaying beautiful autumn leaves. Afterwards visit Rikugien, considered one of Tokyo’s most beautiful landscaped gardens. Visit Nezu Meseum with an excellent collection of Japanese and East Asian Art, hidden in a forest like garden.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Travel to the town of Nikko, the historical centre of Shinto and Buddhism, and renowned for its spectacular autumn colours. Visit the Toshugu Shrine complex and old Imperial Villa then Kirifuri Falls which translates to ‘falling mist’.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Visit Asakusa, Tokyo’s old town where you can enjoy some time to shop. Afterwards visit Sensoji Temple and Kiyosumi Garden, before boarding a bullet train to Kanazawa.

Stay: Two Nights: Kanazawa, Tokyu Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

This morning visit Omicho Market, home to more than 200 stalls. We then visit Kenroku-en garden, classified as one of Japan’s most beautiful, which will be delightful in the autumn. Afterwards see a demonstration of Yuzen silk painting followed by a visit to the Nomura Samurai House.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Travel via express train to Kyoto, with many incredible gardens and home to the famous Geisha. Upon arrival visit the World Heritage-listed Tenryuji temple, then travel through the bamboo groves to Nonomiya shrine.

Stay: Three Nights: Kyoto, Tokyu Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Visit ornamental Nijo Castle and its stunning gardens again in autumn colour. Wander along the Philosopher’s Walk, visit Kinkakuji the famous Golden Pavilion, with its top two floors covered in gold leaf. Also visit Ryoanji Temple, a World Heritage-listed site, known for its rock garden, considered one of the finest surviving in the world.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Travel to the former capital Nara and visit the Todaiji Temple, the world’s largest wooden structure. Visit Nara Park, home to a large population of tame deer. Later visit Kasuga Taisha shrine, the Shinen Manyo Botanical Garden and the Heinan Shrine and garden.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Travel by bullet train to Himeji to visit Himeji Castle, one of Japan’s biggest and most beautiful. After lunch visit Kokoen garden, which consists of nine separate walled gardens all in different styles. The garden is particularly attractive in the autumn as the maple trees turn a vibrant yellow and red. Travel to Tottori, located on the Sea of Japan.

Stay: Tottori, Kaike Tsuruya Hotel in a traditional Japanese style room

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Visit the Adachi Museum of Art, which has perhaps one of the most magnificent gardens in Japan. Visit the museum and garden. Afterwards travel up to Mt Daisen to see the autumn leaves and landscape before travelling to the city of Okayama.

Stay: Okayama, Granvia Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Travel to Koraku-en garden, one of Japan’s most significant gardens – the name meaning ‘garden of pleasure after’. Travel to Kurashiki and visit the canal area where you will find many old rice storehouses. Visit Ohashi House, once the home of a wealthy merchant family, then travel by bullet train to Osaka for a Farewell Dinner this evening.

Stay: Osaka, Granvia Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

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  • Breakfast

Everything was wonderful. There were great sightseeing trips and the guides were very knowledgeable.