• Osaka
  • Iga
  • Yoshino
  • Ise-Shima
  • Nara
  • Kyoto

DURATION

8 days / 7 nights

TOUR TYPE

Group
Max 16 People

TRANSPORTATION

Limited Express + Local Train + Private Coach + Ferry

PRICE (Per Person)

Coming Soon!

TOUR CODE: YAA

Overview

Discover the beauty of Kansai region with Kintetsu railway

This is a premium opportunity to experience some of Japan’s best sight-seeing limited express trains; Blue Symphony, Shimakaze, & Kintetsu Ise-Shima Liner, all of them operated by Kintetsu Railway. Your journey begins in the vibrant city of Osaka, and you will continue on to explore all of the must-see sights in Kansai. From the World Heritage sites of ancient Kyoto and Nara, to the natural beauty of Ise-Shima and the fantastic local food scene including a Michelin Star dinner while enjoying the premium railway experience.
Embark on an unforgettable journey with our fully-escorted tour.

  • Fully-escorted by our local English-speaking tour escort
  • Attention provided to guests individually with groups being no larger than 16
  • Rail journey with unique limited express trains, perfect for train lovers
  • Carefully selected 4 Star & 5 Star accommodations
  • Hassle free – no need to carry heavy luggage!
  • Exquisite dinner experience in a Michelin star restaurant that served the world leaders at the 2016 G7 Summit.

Highlights


Itinerary

© President Chibo

DAY 1Osaka

A welcome in true Osaka style

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Stay: Sheraton Miyako Osaka (Premium Twin / Premium King)

Welcome to Osaka, the second-largest city in Japan!

Your tour escort will greet you at the Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka*.
The welcome dinner in the evening features ‘Okonomiyaki’ – Osaka’s favourite dish, as well as seafood and steak in Teppanyaki style.
Watch the chefs prepare your order on the grill right in front of you!

*Please arrive at the hotel by 6 pm.
*Alternatively, you can also meet up with the tour escort to assist you with getting to the hotel if you are arriving at Osaka-Itami airport between 9 am to 11 am.


© Iga-ryu Ninja Museum

DAY 2Osaka > Iga > Osaka

A day trip to Iga’s Ninja town

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Stay: Sheraton Miyako Osaka (Premium Twin / Premium King)

Let’s begin this rail journey with the Ninja city, Iga.
Visit Iga Ueno castle constructed in the 17th century, feel the power of samurai lords who employed ninjas for convert missions. At Iga-Ryu Ninja Museum, be guided to a Ninja house and discover all about their traps: fake hallways, hidden doors and escape routes. You will be amazed by the authentic Ninja performance featuring actual weapons. You can even test your shuriken-weapon throwing skill!
As we return to Osaka, we will take you to Dotonbori, one of Osaka’s most iconic areas. Dotonbori is an energetic, chaotic blur of neon lights, people, outrageous oversized restaurant signs with food, food and more food! Please enjoy Osaka street food like takoyaki (octopus balls), kushi katsu (deep-fried skewers) as you like.

DAY 3Osaka > Yoshino > Osaka

Natural wonders of Yoshino

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Stay: Sheraton Miyako Osaka (Premium Twin / Premium King)

Today you will board the luxurious limited express train, Blue Symphony and enjoy a supreme railway experience all the way to Yoshino. Take the cable car up to visit Kinpusenji Temple, which is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. and the second largest wooden structure in Japan.
After enjoying Yoshino’s local dishes for lunch, discover the spectacular views in the area with plenty of photogenic spots.
Returning to Osaka, immerse yourself into the panorama of the city from the observatory deck of Abeno Harukas, the tallest building in Japan.

© Mie Photo Library

DAY 4Osaka > Ise-Shima

Express train journey to Ise

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Stay: Shima Kanko Hotel (Comfort Twin)

Pack an overnight bag for an Ise-Shima trip! Sit back and enjoy the comfort of Kintetsu Ise-Shima Liner while viewing the stunning landscapes along the way. Stepping off the train in Ise-Shima, you will explore the Okage Yokocho district, with its traditional Japanese townscapes offering lots to see and eat! After a visit to the sacred Ise Grand Shrine, indulge yourself at a Michelin star French restaurant for dinner at the hotel, the host of 2016 G7 summit with impeccable hospitality.

© 志摩マリンレジャー

DAY 5Ise-Shima > Osaka

Discover Ise-Shima

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Stay: Sheraton Miyako Osaka (Premium Twin / Premium King)

Wake up to a spectacular view of Ago Bay. Enjoy a 50-minute, fully immersive sight-seeing cruise with a short stop-over at a pearl factory, before heading to a scenic drive to visit the Ama hut, where professional skin-divers live and dive for a living. On arrival, the Ama women will serve you a fresh seafood barbecue. During your visit, you have the unique opportunity of speaking to the Ama women and getting to know their stories. At the Mikimoto Pearl Island, you will get to witness the Ama’s diving performance and lean all about pearl products.
Travel back to Osaka in comfort by Shimakaze, a sightseeing limited express with deluxe seatings, extra-large windows, and a café car.

DAY 6Osaka > Nara > Kyoto

Ancient Nara

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Stay: Westin Miyako Kyoto (Deluxe Twin / Deluxe King)

Hassle-free luggage transfer from Osaka to Kyoto!

After checking out of the hotel, take the Kintetsu train to Nara. The city is home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Todai-Ji Temple that houses a 15-meter tall bronze Buddha and has the world’s largest wooden building, and Kasuga Taisha Shrine with a calm forest path lined with stone lanterns. Take a lovely stroll among many deer in Nara Park.
On arrival at Kyoto by train, check in to the hotel and enjoy the rest of your day exploring the streets or relaxing at the hotel. Complimentary shuttle-bus service from the hotel to downtown Kyoto is also available.

 

DAY 7Kyoto

Kyoto’s highlights

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Stay: Westin Miyako Kyoto (Deluxe Twin / Deluxe King)

A private coach will take you on a sightseeing tour through Kyoto’s most iconic sights.
We will visit UNESCO World Heritage sites: Kinkakuji Temple and Kiyomizu-dera Temple, as well as Fushimi Inari Taisha with its iconic thousands of vermilliion torii gates across the narrow pathway to the mountain top.
Also, in Arashiyama, hop on a rickshaw and glide through stunning bamboo forests and the picture perfect “Moon crossing” bridge with your friendly driver-guide.
At the last dinner, spend the evening at an elegant restaurant surrounded by beautifully landscaped Japanese gardens and enjoy a Kaiseki meal. And as a truly rare experience, be entertained over dinner by a maiko – a geisha apprentice – with a performance featuring games and music.

DAY 8Kyoto

Last day of the tour – See you again!

  • Meals: Breakfast

The tour concludes after the final breakfast.
Enjoy reminiscing and making plans on what to explore next time!


Accommodation

© Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka
Osaka

Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka

Premium Twin / Premium King

Directly connected to Uehonmachi train station, Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka operated by Kintetsu Miyako Hotels provides a hassle-free travel experience. Quality contemporary room has all the essentials for a comfortable stay.

© Shima Kanko Hotel The Classic
Ise-Shima

Shima Kanko Hotel The Classic

Comfort Twin

Shima Kanko Hotel The Classic, also operated by Kintetsu Miyako Hotels, was the venue for G7 Summit in 2016. Its stunning view overlooking beautiful Ago Bay and impeccable hospitality is beyond description. Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service.

© The Westin Miyako Kyoto
Kyoto

The Westin Miyako Kyoto

Deluxe Twin / Deluxe King

Founded in 1890, Westin Miyako Kyoto is renowned for its tradition and high-quality hospitality. They offer complimentary shuttle-bus service to downtown Kyoto. The nearby subway station is just a 3-minute walk away. It is also operated by Kintetsu Miyako Hotels.

Inclusions

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Meals: Daily breakfast, 4 x lunches, 3 x dinners
  • English-speaking tour escort throughout the tour
  • Transportation: Kintetsu limited express trains, local train, chartered coach, ferry tickets, and private taxi between the dinner restaurant and hotel on Day 7
  • All admission tickets as per the itinerary
  • Luggage transfer from Osaka to Kyoto on Day 6

Exclusions

  • Flights
  • Transfers outside the tour itinerary
  • Hotel incidental charges
  • Drinks during meals
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry, shopping
  • Entrance fees to museums, temples and other attractions or places of personal interests not detailed in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa not included if required (note: Visa to enter Japan is not required for Australian citizens for trips less than 90 days)

Dates & Prices

For 2021 departure

Start Date – End Date
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Availability
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Important Information

  • Please kindly note that, due to COVID-19, the schedule is subject to change.
  • There will be a moderate amount of walking during the tour.
  • Travel restrictions are constantly changing. Please check the latest travel advice before you book and before you travel.

Terms & Conditions


About Kintetsu

In Australia

Kintetsu International Express (Oceania) is an ATAS accredited travel agent in Australia, a member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents. In Australia, we specialise in arranging Corporate and Group Travel for businesses, schools, religious groups and cultural organisations. We have Travel Centres in Sydney and Melbourne serving our Australian customers and offices in Cairns, Gold Coast and Auckland handling Japanese inbound tours. We are also an authorised travel agent to sell Japan Rail Pass and Kintetsu Rail Pass in Australia

In Japan and Worldwide

Kintetsu International belongs to the travel arm of the Kintetsu Group, a multi-billion-dollar conglomerate which operates a major Japanese rail system, bus & freight forwarding companies, department stores, restaurants & hotel chains. We have more than 150 offices in Japan and more than 40 overseas offices worldwide. Utilising our global network, we guide our customers to every location around the globe with quality and dependable services.