Travel from Tokyo to Hiroshima via Nagoya, Kyoto & Osaka
Japan is located in East Asia and bordered by the Sea of Japan to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east, and spans more than 3,000 kilometers (1,900 mi) along the coast of the continent from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Philippine Sea in the south. Part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, Japan encompasses a stratovolcanic archipelago of about 6,852 islands, with five main islands (Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku, and Okinawa) comprising 97% of the country's total area of 377,975 square kilometers (145,937 sq mi). Japan is officially divided into 47 prefectures and traditionally into eight regions.
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2. NAGOYA (2 HOURS BY TRAIN FROM TOKYO)
With over two million inhabitants, Nagoya is Japan's fourth most populated city. It is the capital of Aichi Prefecture and the principal city of the Nobi plain, one of Honshu's three large plains and metropolitan and industrial centers. Nagoya developed as the castle town of the Owari, one of the three branches of the ruling Tokugawa family during the Edo Period. Much of the city, including most of its historic buildings, were destroyed in the air raids of 1945. Top sites to explore include: Toyota Exhibition Hall & Museum, Atsuta-jingu shrine, Noritake Garden, Nagoya TV Tower, Tokugawa Art Museum, Nagoya Castle and Nagoya City Science Museum.
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Unforgettable private tours with locals who love Nagoya. Nagoya private & personalized tours and experiences. Discover the heart of Nagoya just like you would if you were visiting a friend who lives there on a tour 100% tailored to you.
PLAY AT NAGOYA FOODIE
Nagoya Foodie helps you experience Nagoya through its food. No matter if you want to try all the dishes Nagoya is famous for, take a stroll through a busy morning market or enjoy different kinds of Japanese sweets, Nagoya is the right place for all of these experiences. By participating in one of their food tours you can make Nagoya an unforgettable part of your trip to Japan!
3. KYOTO (1 1/2 HOURS BY TRAIN FROM NAGOYA)
Kyoto, once the capital of Japan, is a city on the island of Honshu and considered the cultural capital of Japan. It's famous for its numerous classical Buddhist temples, as well as gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. It’s also known for formal traditions such as kaiseki dining, consisting of multiple courses of precise dishes, and geisha, female entertainers often found in the Gion district. Spend at least 2 days in Kyoto to experience all the amazing sites.
SLEEP AT THE JUNEI HOTEL
The Kyoto Imperial Palace, where successive generations of emperors took up residence from the Heian to the Meiji Period- THE JUNEI HOTEL Kyoto Imperial Palace West is a small luxury hotel that stands just to the west of those historical grounds. With just 8 guest rooms, the rooms guarantee a space of approximately 50? on average, with plenty of facilities that allow guests to relax and unwind.
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Unforgettable private and personalised tours with locals. Discover the heart of Kyoto just like you would if you were visiting a friend who lives there on a tour 100% tailored to you.
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Choose your adventure from various available options or contact them for a custom tour.
PLAY AT KEN'S TOURS KYOTO
Ken and his guides are your future Kyoto guides. They are there to help you discover new things, places and experiences. Kyoto has a lot of stories to tell, especially in Gion where the Geisha world, shrines and temples hold unique stories that will astonish you, that you'll fall in love with, and that will connect you to the history.
PLAY AT KYOTO BIKE TOUR
Kyoto Bike Tour specializes in small group bicycle tours of picturesque Kyoto and Arashiyama! Come cycle to some of the well known destinations like the beloved Bamboo Forest, world famous temples and shrines such as Fushimi Inari, Kinkakuji, Kiyomizu, and Tenryuji then enjoy the scenic beauty away from the crowds on the hidden backstreets.
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Kyoto Daily Tours is a small group of people who specializes in private and personalized tours in Kyoto and Kyoto area. Their aim is to help their customers to utilize best their precious time in Kyoto by offering specially crafted tours covering Kyoto's top attractions.
PLAY AT NORU KYOTO BIKE TOURS
Kyoto is a city that is best explored by bicycle. As a licensed tour operator, NORU Kyoto Bike Tours have carefully curated a selection of bike tours that focus on showing you the beautiful contours of this ancient capital. More than just visiting the busy tourist sites, their Kyoto bike tours are crafted on leisure, scenery, and culture.
4. OSAKA (1 HOUR BY TRAIN FROM KYOTO)
Osaka is a large port city and commercial center on the Japanese island of Honshu. It's known for its modern architecture, nightlife and hearty street food. The 16th-century shogunate Osaka Castle, which has undergone several restorations, is its main historical landmark. It's surrounded by a moat and park with plum, peach and cherry-blossom trees. Sumiyoshi-taisha is among Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines.
SLEEP AT OAKWOOD HOTEL & APARTMENTS SHIN-OSAKA
At Oakwood Hotel & Apartments Shin-Osaka, you have the flexibility to plan your stay the way you like - be it business or leisure, regardless of whether it is for a night or for months. Enjoy the convenience of staying within access to Shin-Osaka Station which makes it easy to get to Osaka’s city center, adjacent cities (such as Kyoto, Kobe and Nara) as well as the other prefectures.
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Deep Backstreet Osaka. These are the incredible Backstreet Osaka Tours of the ghetto, retro zone, yakuza, abandoned buildings area, red light district, illegal gambling dens and the neighbourhood alleyways. During this tour you’ll do some taste testing at two different street stalls. Then after you finish exploring, you’ll be treated to a traditional meal at a local restaurant.
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Explore Osaka with people who love it! Private & personalized tours and experiences in Osaka. Discover the heart of Osaka just like you would if you were visiting a friend who lives there on a tour 100% tailored to you.
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Choose a full day/ half day/ family or food tour.
PLAY AT PINPOINT TRAVELER
Pinpoint Traveler use strong (mostly native) English speakers, keep historical information to manageable levels and most importantly, focus on keeping things truly entertaining. Come along with them and see a more local, more tangible Japan. Go deeper with Pinpoint Traveler.
PLAY AT TASTE OSAKA DRINK OSAKA
At Taste Osaka, their guides take small groups on walking tours through the heart of Namba, introducing our favorite boutique bars, small pubs and izakaya. Take advantage of local hospitality and local knowledge while enjoying fantastic food, delicious drinks, warm company and the best hidden venues!
5. HIROSHIMA VIA HIMEJI, KOBE, OKAYAMA & FUKUYAMA (2 ½ HOURS BY TRAIN)
Himeji is a city in the Kansai region of Japan. It’s known for the sprawling, centuries-old, white Himeji Castle, one of the few original castles from Japan’s feudal period. The top floor of the 6-story main keep offers views over the extensive castle grounds. The Nishi-no-Maru section of the complex contains royal residential quarters. Next to the castle, Koko-en is a traditional Edo-style garden.
Perched on a hillside sloping down to the sea, Kobe is one of Japan's most attractive and cosmopolitan cities. It was a maritime gateway from the earliest days of trade with China and home to one of the first foreign settlements after Japan reopened to the world in the mid-19th century. Kobe is compact, designed for walking, and easily visited as a day trip from Osaka or Kyoto, or as a stopover en route to points west. Stay overnight to immerse yourself in the city's distinct atmosphere and dining options.
Okayama is the capital city of its namesake prefecture, in western Japan. It’s known for the 16th-century Okayama Castle, dubbed “Crow Castle” for its black exterior, and for Korakuen, an iconic formal garden. The Hayashibara Museum of Art shows East Asian art and artifacts. The Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art displays regional works. To the west, 15th-century Kibitsu-jinja Shrine features a long, covered walkway.
Fukuyama is a city on Japan’s Ashida River. Myoo-in Temple has an ornate 5-story pagoda built in the 1300s. The grounds of Fukuyama Castle feature cherry blossoms in spring and colorful foliage in fall. The Hiroshima Prefectural Historical Museum displays the ruins of Kusado Sengen, the area's medieval port. South, Tomonoura (photo above) is a port town known for its Edo-era buildings and the stone Joyat0 Lighthouse.
Hiroshima, a modern city on Japan’s Honshu Island, was largely destroyed by an atomic bomb during World War II. Today, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park commemorates the 1945 event. In the park are the ruins of Genbaku Dome, one of the few buildings that was left standing near ground zero. Other prominent sites include Shukkei-en, a formal Japanese garden, and Hiroshima Castle, a fortress surrounded by a moat and a park.
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Cycle Hiroshima organises small group bike tours to introduce travellers to a side of the city they may otherwise miss. Combining the unique atmosphere of the Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Dome with beautiful Japanese gardens, shinto shrines, riverside paths and all manner of unexpected photo opportunities, these bike rides keep you safe, informed and entertained as you pedal the streets.
PLAY AT HIROSHIMA LOCAL TOURS
Hiroshima Local Tours is a family run company. They have over 35 years of international business experience and have noticed that most visitors to Japan overlook the key features around them. They offer international travellers a variety of one-day city tours in Hiroshima, explaining Japanese cultures and showing it's seasonal beauty.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: If you aren't traveling to hit the ski slopes, the months from March to May and from September to November are generally considered the best times to visit the country.
HOW TO GET AROUND: The most efficient way to travel around most of Japan is by train. Trains in Japan are punctual, comfortable, safe, and clean.
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