* 20 meals are included - 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners.
* 2 days in the capital of Japan in the popular Odaiba district in Tokyo Bay.
* Historical cities of Nara and Kyoto.
* 1 of 3 most beautiful - Isle of Miyajima and Itsukushima Shrine.
* 1 of 3 best, Korakuen Gardens and Inland Sea cruise to Shodo Island.
MAR 29 - TUE - DEPART LOS ANGELES. Flight to Tokyo.
MAR 30 - TOKYO. Evening arrival. Accommodations in the Odaiba district, close to shopping & outlet malls. Refreshing bento served on arrival. HOTEL GRAND PACIFIC LE DAIBA [Bento]
MAR 31 - TOKYO. Breakfast included every day. 2 nights & an easy day. Orientation tour of Tokyo - Sengakuji of “47 Ronin” fame, Imperial Palace Plaza & bustling Asakusa district. Welcome dinner at hotel. [BD]
APR 01 - NARA/KOBE. Flight to Osaka and to nearby Nara, ancient capital of Japan. Feed the tame deer in Nara Park and visit the giant, solid bronze statue of the Daibutsu in Todaiji Temple. To neighboring Kobe for dinner and accommodations, with vistas of the Inland Sea and the new Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. MAIKO VILLA [BLD]
APR 02 - OKAYAMA/TAKAHASHI. To Okayama - visit Korakuen Park, 1 of 3 most beautiful - to Bitchu-Takahashi - explore a charming castle town of samurai homes, temples and gardens, designed by master landscape designer Kobori Enshu. KOKUSAI HOTEL [BLD]
APR 03 - HIROSHIMA. Morning drive to Hiroshima - visit the Isle of Miyajima, often pictured with its red torii gate rising from the sea, 1 of 3 most scenic sights in Japan. To historic Peace Park & its Museum. City center hotel accommodations. WASHINGTON HOTEL [BLD]
APR 04 - INLAND SEA & SHODO ISLAND. Drive the pastoral Sanyo countryside of Hiroshima & Okayama to the Inland Sea and the port of Okayama. Cruise the picturesque Inland Sea to Shodo Island, surrounded by a potpourri of tiny pine-clad islands. Spend a relaxing day castawayed on Shodo, enjoying a traditional evening of crisp yukatas and oceanfront tatami rooms. KOKUSAI HOTEL [BLD]
APR 05 - KYOTO. Return Inland Sea cruise to Honshu - morning drive to Kyoto via Okayama, Hyogo & Osaka prefectures for a welcomed 2-day visit. Kyoto sightseeing on arrival. It's cherry blossom time in Kyoto - Maruyama Park festooned in cherry blossoms, Nijo Castle, with its nightingale floors & the gardens of vermillion-colored Heian Shrine. Tonight - Farewells at Dinner. KARASUMA HOTEL [BLD]
APR 06 - KYOTO. Leisure Day - time for last minute shopping. Perhaps the Kyoto Handicraft Center - from Pearls, T-Shirts, kimonos, wood block prints & more. Visit nearby Kyoto’s downtown - Nishiki Fish Market, Teramachi Arcade or Kawaramachi, all nearby. [B]
APR 07 - THU - KYOTO. Classic tour disbands after breakfast. [B]
Although not included, convenient transportation to Osaka Airport is available. Osaka/Los Angeles flight included.