Ise-Shima, Iga-Ueno, Mt. Yoshino, Uji, Lake Biwa, Amano-Hashidate and Osaka

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Ise   ●  Toba   ●  Iga-Ueno   ●  Yoshino   ●  Kashihara   ●  Uji   ●  Hieizan   ●  Otsu   ●  Amano-Hashidate   ●  Ine   ●  Osaka
Highlights:-
  • Cherry Blossoms viewing – Mt. Yoshino
  • 3 nights Onsen Experience
  • Ise Grand Shrine / Mikimoto Pearl Island – Women Divers Show Ninja Museum - Igaryu
  • Tea Ceremony Experience in Uji
  • Uji Byodoin
  • Enryakuji Temple
  • Amano Hashidate - Japan's three most scenic views
  • Ine-no-Funaya Bay Cruise
  • Osaka Castle / Shinsekai / Dotonbori

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Trip Itinerary

Assemble at Changi Airport for check in.

Upon arrival, travel to Ise Grand Shrine. On the way to the Grand Shrine, lunch at local restaurant.

The Shima Peninsula (志摩半島)
The Shima Peninsula is home to Japan's most sacred Shinto shrines, the Ise Shrines, and is a popular leisure resort area among the urban population of Nagoya and Osaka. Attractions besides the Ise Shrines include several theme parks and pearl cultivation along the peninsula's rugged coast.

Ise Grand Shrine (伊勢神宮)
Ise Grand Shrine is Japan’s most sacred Shinto shrine and dates back to the 3rd Century. It is considered to be the spiritual home of the Japanese and its national religion Shinto, and as such receives over six million pilgrims and tourists every year.

Okage Yokocho Street (おかげ横丁)
In the wide premises of Okage Yokocho, 28 structures, which stood on the Ise pilgrimage road to Ise Jingu in the Edo period and Meiji period (1868 to 1912), are relocated or rebuilt. They include food stores, souvenir shops and a museum enabling visitors to enjoy tasting traditional food products in Mie and shopping local specialties.

Mikimoto Pearl Island (ミキモト真珠島)
Mikimoto is a small island located in Toba, Mie Prefecture. It was originally a birthplace for cultured pearls and is now a tourist destination. At the island you can see women shell divers diving into the ocean to get shellfish and other items and you can also learn about the history of Mikimoto.

Futamigaura (二見ヶ浦)
A short distance south of Ise is a small town by the sea called Futamigaura. There, tourists are drawn to a pair of rocks in the sea but close to shore, called the Meoto-iwa, or Wedded Rocks. The two rocks, considered to be male and female.

After breakfast, leave for Iga-Ueno for Ninja Museum before visitng Mt. Yoshino - one of the best Cherry blossoms viewing sites in Japan.

Ninja Museum of Igaryu (伊賀流忍者博物館)
Female ninjas guide visitors through each part of the house. In Ninja Experience Hall, you can try Ninja tools and techniques! The Ninja Show held in the Ninjutsu Experience space demonstrates tools that were actually used by ninjas.

Mt. Yoshino (吉野山)
Mount Yoshino in Yoshino Town, Nara Prefecture, is Japan's most famous  cherry blossom  spot. It features over 30,000 cherry trees planted around the slopes which visitors can admire as they walk along the roads that lead up the mountain.

Uji (宇治)
To the south of Kyoto lies Uji, a small city famed for its green tea, its World Heritage sites, and its association with the Tale of Genji – the world’s first novel.

Tea Ceremony (茶道)
The Japanese tea ceremony is called Chanoyu, Sado or simply Ocha in Japanese. It is a choreographic ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea, called Matcha, together with traditional Japanese sweets to balance with the bitter taste of the tea.

Uji Byodoin Temple (宇治平等院)
Byodoin Temple is a striking example of Buddhist Pure Land architecture. Together with its garden, the temple represents the Pure Land Paradise and was influential on later  temple construction. Byodoin was initially built in 998 as a countryside retreat villa for the powerful politician Fujiwara no Michinaga, not as a temple.

Hieizan Enryakuji Temple (比叡山延暦寺)
Located in  Kyoto's eastern mountain range on Mount Hieizan, Enryakuji is one of the most important monasteries in Japanese history and the headquarters of the  Tendai sect  of Japanese  Buddhism.

Sakamoto Cable Car (坂本ケーブルカー)
This cable car connects the “Cable Sakamoto Station” to the “Cable Enryaku-ji Station”. The total distance the cable car travels is 2025m which makes it the longest cable car ride in all of Japan.

Lake Biwa (琵琶湖)
Shiga is so closely associated with the famous Lake Biwa that the lake is synonymous with the prefecture. It takes up 1/6 of the area of the prefecture, with a lakeshore 235 kilometers long. Lake Biwa’s history stretches back four million years, and plays an important role as the source of water for 14 million people not only in Shiga but also in other prefectures in the Kansai area, such as Osaka, Hyogo and Kyoto.

Amanohashidate (天の橋立)
Amano-hashidate is a pine covered sandbar that spans the mouth of Miyazu Bay in the scenic, coastal region of northern  Kyoto Prefecture. Viewed from the mountains at either end of the bay, the Amano-hashidate Sandbar (which roughly translates to "bridge in heaven") looks like a pathway between heaven and earth. The scene has been admired for centuries and is ranked among Japan's three most scenic views.

Kasamatsu Park (笠松公園)
On the mountain slope on the opposite side of the bay lies  Kasamatsu Park  which is accessible by chairlift or cablecar. From here the sandbar is said to look like the kanji for "one" (一). The traditional way to view the sandbar is to turn your back towards the bay, bend over and look at it from between your legs. Called "matanozoki", this practice originated at this park.

Ine-no-Funaya Houses (伊根の舟屋)
Ine-no-Funaya (Boat dock houses) are private houses in Ine district in Kyoto where the first floor is a boat dock or boat storage area.  Funaya houses are built at sea level  within Ine Bay and boats docked on the first floor can go directly out to sea.  The second floor of the funaya is the fishermen’s residences or sometimes used as inns.

Osaka-jo Castle (大阪城)
The construction of Osaka-jo Castle started in  1583 on the former site of the Ishiyama Honganji Temple which had been destroyed by  Oda Nobunaga  thirteen years earlier.  Toyotomi Hideyoshi  intended the  castle  to become the center of a new, unified Japan under Toyotomi rule. It was the largest castle at the time.

Shinsekai (新世界)
The Shinsekai is a casual, popular downtown located in the west of the Ten’noji-koen Park. Pleasure haunts, cheap taverns and cheap eating places throng around 130 m-tall Tsutenkaku Tower, a symbol of Osaka built to resemble the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Dotonbori (道頓堀)
One of Osaka's most popular tourist destinations, this street runs parallel to the Dotonbori canal. It is a popular shopping and entertainment district and is also known as a food destination. At night it is lit by hundreds of neon lights and mechanized signs including the famous Glico Running Man sign and Kani Doraku crab sign.

Whole day Free at Leisure.

After breakfast, check out and transfer to International Airport for flight back.


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