17 Days Classic Japan and China tour

Tokyo-Hakone-Kyoto-Nara-Osaka-Beijing-Xi'an-Guilin-Shanghai

Tour Code: TCT-Japan-03

Tour Type: Private

Best Travel Time: All year around

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Tour Feature

 Handpicked private tour covering Japan and China
 Exciting experience of Shinkansen and high speed train trips in Japan and China
 Explore the world heritages like Mt. Fuji and The Great Wall
 Go through the culture differences between Japan and China
 

What to Expect

Day Destination Highlights
01 Arrival Tokyo

Transfer service to hotel by sharing shuttle bus, normal check-in time is from 15:00.

02 Tokyo

Ueno Park, Ueno Toshogu Shrine, Hanazono Inari Shrine, Ameyoko old market, Meiji Jingu, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings(Observatory in 45th Floor)

03 TokyoHakoneKyoto

Owakudani Valley, Sounzan to Togendai by Hakone ropeway, Mt. Fuji, Lake Ashi cruise, Head to kyoto by Shinkansen Bullet Train

04 Kyoto Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Nijo-Castle, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
05 Kyoto

Sanjusangen-do Temple,  Kinkaku-ji Temple, Arashiyama,Sagano Bamboo Grove, Tenryu-ji Temple, Togetsukyo Bridge

06 KyotoNaraKyoto Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Todai-ji Temple(Great Buddha), Deer Park, return to Kyoto by train
07 KyotoOsakaBeijing Transfer service to KIX airport by sharing shuttle bus/airport limousine, fly to Beijing
08 Beijing

Temple of Heaven, Hutong, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City

09 Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall, Bird Nest and Water Cube
10 BeijingXi'an Summer Palace, High speed train to Xi'an
11 Xi'an Ancient City Wall, Taichiquan Course, Terracotta Worriors
12 Xi'anGuilin Small Wild Goose Pagoda, fly to Guilin
13 Guilin Longji Rice Terraces, Ping'an Zhuang Village
14 Guilin Li River Cruise, West Street
15 GuilinShanghai Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Fly to Shanghai
16 Shanghai Shikumen, Yuyuan Garden, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Old Street, the Bund
17 Departure Shanghai

Transfer service to airport


Tour Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Tokyo

Meals: No Meal
Accommodation: In Tokyo

Welcome to Japan! Our local representative will wait for you at the NRT/HRD airport and help you to get on the sharing shuttle bus and our driver will transfer you to hotel. Check in hotel and enjoy your leisure time.

Tokyo City View
Tokyo City View
 

Day 2Tokyo

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Tokyo

Today is your time to explore the Tokyo city. Our local guide will meet you at the lobby of the hotel. First we will go to the Ueno Park, famous for being the best palace to enjoy the cherry blossom among the local residents. We will walk around in Ueno Park and visit Ueno Toshogu Shrine and Hanazono Inari Shrine. Then we walk to the Ameyoko old market, an open-air market with approximately 164,227 square feet. Once a black market, it has become one of Tokyo’s most vibrant places with a huge array of food, clothing, jewelry, toys and cosmetics. You will be recommended to the local restaurant for lunch.

After lunch time, we head to the Meiji Jingu, a large Shinto shrine in Tokyo, built in 1920 to venerate the Emperor Meiji (1852-1912) under whose reign Japan became a modern state. Surrounded by the huge Yoyogi Park, Meiji Jingu is in a green setting - almost with a rural calm feel, making it the most visited religious site in Japan.

After it, we get to the Observatory in 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings (TMGB) to enjoy the 360-degree Tokyo city view including the Tokyo Tower and Mt. Fuji if the weather permits.

Tour ends by getting back to hotel with your guide.

Meiji Shrine
Meiji Shrine
 

Day 3TokyoHakoneKyoto

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Kyoto

Today we will head to Hakone by taking the Express train (Romance Car View wide, 1.5hrs). We arrive at Hakone Yumoto station, we take Hakone Ropeway to Owakudani Station, we could visit the Owakudani Valley there for around 10 minutes and taste the special black onsen egg there. Then we continue to take the Hakone Ropeway to Togendai Station(16mins). The peaceful Lake Ashi will come into our sight and we take Lake Ashi cruise to see the splendid scenery from an observatory deck, Mt.Fuji, Gulf of Sagami and Lake Ashi when the weather is clear.

We get back to Odawara station for the Shinkansen(2hrs) to Kyoto without guide. Our Kyoto guide will meet you at Kyoto Station and help you to check in hotel.

Owakudani Valley
Owakudani Valley
 

Day 4 Kyoto

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Kyoto

Today we are going to explore the historical and cultural Kyoto by visiting world heritages Kiyomizu Temple, Nijio-Castle and Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine.

Kiyomizu Temple
is the oldest temple in Kyoto, known for "stage of the Kiyomizu". It was listed as one of the world cultural heritage sites in 1994. Stage of the Kiyomizu (clear water stage) is Japan national treasure level cultural relic with the main hall constructed over a cliff and featuring a large wooden veranda supported by 139 pillars, each 49 feet high. The cherry blossom is in full bloom in spring and red maple is valiant in autumn here. The Yinyu waterfall under the stage of Kiyomizu, whose three sources respectively represent health, study and marriage, is where many people line up to receive water for drinking and praying.

Nijo Castle is in north of downtown, once Kyoto imperial castle with stunning Tamami rooms with beautiful paintings of the Edo period. It's forbidden to take pictures indoor, but you'll come across banquet halls and even the Shogun's private apartments where his wives lived. Walking in the gardens of Nijo castle is very nice: the lawn, trees and plants are well maintained. As a bonus, an alley strewn with Sakura is of course to visit during spring when they blossom.

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine is the head shrine of about 30,000 Inari shrines across Japan, with a compound of 870,000 square meters. This shrine is dedicated to the rice lotus god to bless the commercial prosperity, financial success and grain prosperity. It is renowned especially for hundreds of the dense vermilion Torii gates is one of the representative landscapes in Kyoto and also appears in the film “Memoirs of a Geisha”, lining up along the pathway to Mt. Inari, each of which bear the name of its donor.

Tour ends by getting back to hotel with your guide.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
 

Day 5Kyoto

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Kyoto

Today we will continue to be impressed by the world famous sights in Tokyo. They are Sanjusangen-do Temple , Kinkaku-ji Temple, Arashiyama.

Kinkaku-ji Temple
means the “Temple of the Golden Pavilion”. Built in 1379, it was originally the mountain villa of shogun, and later changed into the Buddhist temple "Bodhi house". This high profile and gorgeous temple, and the mirror lake pool in front of each other, become one of the most classic scenes in Kyoto.

KinKaku-ji Temple is a three-story pavilion, the first floor for the water court; The second layer for chao Yin hole, dedicated to the goddess of mercy; On the third floor is a square hall dedicated to the three Maitreya Buddha statues.

Sanjusangen-do Temple(33rd hall) is the main hall of the lotus king courtyard, which refers to "the hall with 33 sections of space between the beams and pillars". It is the longest wooden building in the world, as long as 120 meters, with the amazing Guanyin group inside. Its subjective image is a thousand-hand guanyin sitting statue, which is also regarded as a national treasure of Japan. There are 1001 of upright Guanyin statues in the hall, carved out of cypress wood and wrapped in gold foil. Each statue has more than 20 pairs of arms. It is also the Japan national treasure will amaze anyone fist eyes on.

We will continue to Arashiyama by train for less than 15mins. There are not only rich cultural attractions, but also natural scenery changing with the seasons and small trains restoring ancient ways in this area.

There are many ancient temples, shrines, and breathtaking Sagano Bamboo Grove. Among them, Tenryu-ji Temple is a world heritage site, the headline attraction in Arashiyama, a sprawling Zen temple with one of the finest gardens in Kyoto and wonderful mountain views. There is a famous bamboo forest path is about 500 meters long leading to Tenryu-ji Temple. Walking through the bamboo forest, you can hear the natural sound of the wind blowing through the bamboo leaves. This sound is also rated as one of the 100 best sounds to keep in Japan.

It is also the place where Ang lee shot “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”. Togetsukyo Bridge spans the Hozu River, which usually has at least a bit of water in it but being a great picture shooting area.

Tour ends by getting back to hotel with your guide.

kinkaku-ji-temple
Kinkaku-ji Temple
 

Day 6KyotoNaraKyoto

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Kyoto

Today we will take a local train(about 45mins) to Nara for the Todai-ji Temple(Great Buddha),Nara Deer Park, Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Once we arrive Nara station, we can take a public bus directly to Nara Deer Park.

Nara Deer Park is in the front of Todai-ji Temple. There is a walking street to the temple where we could see some deer leisurely sitting on the ground, freely walking and wishing passers-by feeding them by bowing heads.

Todai-ji Temple is the head temple of Japanese temples. It was built in 752 by emperor Seibu in order to worship the Giant Buddha and was listed as a world cultural heritage site. Two fires in history destroyed the building. The present building was rebuilt in 1692. It is only two-thirds the size of the original building. The great Buddha hall in the temple is the largest wooden ancient building in the world. Inside, there is a 16-meter-high Buddha statue of lushana, which is the largest bronze Buddha statue in the world. It’s really a place where highly worthy a visit.

We will take a scenic bus(less than 5mins) to the Kasuga Taisha Shrine nearby. It was established at the same time as the capital and is dedicated to the deity responsible for the protection of the city.

Kasuga Taisha is famous for its lanterns, which have been donated by worshipers. Hundreds of bronze lanterns can be found hanging from the buildings, while as many stone lanterns line its approaches. The lanterns are only lit twice a year during two Lantern Festivals, one in early February and one in mid August.

There are many smaller auxiliary shrines in the woods around Kasuga Taisha, twelve of which are located along a path past the main shrine complex and are dedicated to the twelve lucky gods. Among them are Wakamiya Shrine, an important cultural property known for its dance festival, and Meoto Daikokusha, which enshrines married deities and is said to be fortuitous to matchmaking and marriage.

Tour ends by getting back to hotel by a local train with your guide.

 Nara Deer Park
Nara Deer
 

Day 7 KyotoOsaka Beijing

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Beijing

Our local representative will meet you at the lobby of the hotel and bring you to a sharing shuttle bus /airport limousine to KIX airport for your flight to Beijing, the capital city of China, you will be greeted by our local guide at the airport with TCT signboard. Then our guide will transfer you to check in hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day for you to get over the jet lag.


Beijing City View
 

Day 8Beijing

Meals: Breakfast, A la carte Chinese lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing

TCT local guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at the appointed time. It will be an exciting day as we will explore the world well-known wonders today. The 1st stop is Temple of Heaven, the existing largest structure for sacrifice to heaven and a place where the emperors prayed for a year of abundance. In the visit of Temple of Heaven, you will be astonished by the exquisite ancient Chinese architectures. Besides, you will see local seniors doing morning exercises in the square and full of vigor. You will have chance to watch Chinese Kongfu, Taichi, square dancing, playing cards, playing chess etc.

Then our group will move to a less commercial Hutong nearby. A short walking along the authentic Beijing Hutong will give you a deep impression of the local residents’ live. A la carte lunch is served at a local restaurant to have a taste of the authentic Chinese food at noon time and have a break at the restaurant.

Then continue this Beijing city treasure city by a visit to Tian'anmen Square, the world's largest city center square, the locality of numerous major political and historical events. It is the witness of Chinese development. It is only a walking distance from Tian'anmen Square to Forbidden City, the world's existing largest and most complete ancient wooden structure buildings. You will explore the glorious palace halls and gardens for more than 2 hours in Forbidden City, learning the legendary story of the emperors and how the royal family lived there. You will be stunned by the numerous old art treasures exhibited in halls. Drive back to hotel, we will have a stop at pearl store en route. Please feel free to consult with your local guide about the evening activities in Beijing, such as the night shows of Beijing.

Forbidden City
Forbidden City
 

Day 9Beijing

Meals: Breakfast, A la Carte Lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing

It will be an exciting day today. In the early morning, guide will pick you up from your hotel lobby. Today we will visit the must-visit spot in Beijing--- Mutianyu Great Wall, one of the famous sections of China Great Wall. It takes about 2 hours driving from the downtown of Beijing to Mutianyu Great Wall. Mutianyu Great Wall was first built in the mid-6th century during the Northern Qi, making it older than the Badaling section. (***Cable car and slideway are available at Mutianyu Great Wall. It is optional and excluded from our price***)

A la carte lunch is arranged at a good restaurant at the foot of Mutianyu. Drive back to downtown of Beijing. We will have a stop at a tea store en route. When we reach Beijing, we will have a photo stop outside the Bird Nest and Water Cube, which were the famous sites constructed for 2008 Beijing Olympic. The tour finishes by dropping off at your hotel. If you would like to try local specialty tonight, you could ask for some suggestion about Peking Roast Duck Restaurant.


Mutianyu Great Wall
 

Day 10BeijingXi'an

Meals: Breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: In Xian

In the morning, check out from hotel and start to visit the last spots in Beijing --- Summer Palace, the existing largest, best-preserved imperial garden in China. The Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake are regarded as the representative of Summer Palace. In the park, you could choose to take a boating trip on the lake, enjoying the beautiful royal garden view. Walk along the Long Corridor--- the longest corridor in the world, admiring the extremely rich and prestigious paintings on the beams of the corridor.

A la carte lunch will be arranged at a local restaurant on the way to Beijing West Railway Station to take high speed train (2nd class seat, duration: about 5-5.5 hours) from Beijing to Xi'an. TCT guide will wait at the exit of Xi'an train station with our signboard and transfer you to check in hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the time.

Summer Palace
Summer Palace
 

Day 11Xi'an

Meals: Breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: In Xian

Today we will have a full day to explore this historical and cultural city in China. Pick up from hotel in the morning, and then have a visit to the landmark of Xi'an---Xian City Wall. You could choose to have a bicycle riding on the city wall (***Bicycle riding is optional and excluded from our price***). An impressive Tai Chi Chuan course is arranged at the City Wall for you. Originating from the roots of classical Chinese culture, Tai Chi Chuan absorbed a variety of sources including the Book of Changes, Taoism and Buddhism. With a professional Tai Chi Master's teaching, you will understand Chinese culture better.

After that, we will drive to the highlights in Xi’an ---the Terracotta Warriors. On the way to Terracotta Warriors, we will have a stop at a pottery workshop, where you will have chance to learn how to make a pottery figure.  A la carte lunch is arranged at a local restaurant nearby Terracotta Warriors. In the afternoon, we will have enough time to visit this world wonder --- Terracotta Warriors, one of the world’s most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation.

The tour finishes by dropping-off at the hotel lobby. You could ask your local guide for some information about evening entertainment or night show, such as Tang Dynasty Show.


Terracotta Warriors
 

Day 12Xi'anGuilin

Meals: Breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: In Guilin

You will have a leisure morning for your to walk around. We will check out at noon time and drive to have lunch directly. In the afternoon, Visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda ,  one of the most well-preserved Tang Dynasty buddha temples. It is  reputed as the Tang Dynasty elaborate and valuable Buddhist architectural heritage. While visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, you will have chance to watch the traditional shadow play, visit Jianfu Temple as well as Xi'an Museum.

Take a flight to Guilin, the local guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to check in the hotel.

Guilin City View
Guilin City View
 

Day 13Guilin

Meals: Breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: In Guilin

We will have an exciting day to visit the ethnic group villages and the stunning rice terraces today. The local tour guide picks you up from hotel lobby in the morning. It takes about 2 hours driving from downtown of Guilin to Longji Rice Terraces Scenic Area (Dragon's Back). The magnificent terraces are built into the hillsides and look like great steps cut into the slopes as they wind around the mountainsides.

Lunch will be arranged at a local restaurant in Ping'an Zhuang Village, which is just located in the rice terraces. You will have chance to try the local food cooked in bamboo, such as bamboo rice, chicken, ect. It tastes with the light fragrance of bamboo, quite different from which we eat in downtown.

After lunch, you will have enough free time to explore the ethnic villages, where the Yao and Zhuang people have been dwelling for generations in wooden houses. You will understand how the locals' life is, and you will see the locals working in the paddy fields, the women in their national costumes doing needlework by the village path or beneath her roof, ect. We will drive back to downtown of Guilin from Longji at around 15:00 and you may arrive at hotel about 17:00. A Four Lakes Night Cruise is recommended as an optional activity in Guilin.
 


Longji Rice Terraces
 

Day 14GuilinYangshuoGuilin

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch-box
Accommodation: In Guilin 

In the morning you will be driven to the Zhujiang Pier for the Li River Cruise (about 4 hours from Guilin to Yangshuo). Savour the fairy-tale scenery while cruising down the meandering river to Yangshuo. After disembarkation, you can have a walk along the famous West Street and enjoy the free leisure time there before driving back to overnight in Guilin. If you would like to stay in Yangshuo longer and know more about the night show or evening entertainment, do not hesitate to ask your local guide, who'd be very willing to help you. The Show of Impression Liusanjie is highly recommended as an optional activity in Yangshuo if you are interested in.


Li River
 

Day 15GuilinShanghai

Meals: Breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: In Shanghai

After breakfast, start to visit the Elephant Trunk Hill (1 hour) – the symbol of Guilin. After that, have a trip to Reed Flute Cave (1 hour) - the showcase of distinctly-colored stalactites and stalagmites. After a la carte lunch at local restaurant, transfer to airport to catch the flight for Shanghai.

The Shanghai local guide will meet you at Shanghai airport and transfer you to check in the hotel.


Shanghai city view

Day 16Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: In Shanghai

The last day but still an inspiring day to explore the city of Shanghai,the largest and most modern city in mainland China. We will start the tour by walking into Nong Tang, the alleys in Shikumen, where you could witness the locals' relaxing and plain life. You will also find the unique architectural feature of Shanghai.

Then continue the day trip to Yuyuan Garden which is a Chinese classic garden in city downtown. Then continue to explore the Yuyuan Bazaar (Chenghuangmiao Old Street) nearby.

After a la carte lunch is served at a local restaurant, we continue our trip to Shanghai Silk Museum before moving to the foot of The Oriental Pearl TV Tower to visit Shanghai City History Museum(The Former Shanghai Wax Museum), where you will know more about the history and development of Shanghai. Then take the elevator up to the 2nd ball of the TV tower, from which you will have a bird-eye view of Shanghai. Go on driving through Lujiazui, the finance & trade zone in Pudong of Shanghai, where you will find many skyscrapers. We will have a view of the modern skyline of Shanghai.

Then back to the Bund, admire the illuminated buildings lining the Huangpu River. From the Bund, you could see the landmark of Shanghai--- The Oriental Pearl TV Tower as well as other high-rised buildings, just on the opposite of Huangpu River. 

the bund
The Bund
 

Day 17Departure Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast

After a leiusre breakfast this morning and check out, we will transfer you directly to airport for the flight to your next destination or home. Thanks for traveling with us, hope to see you again soon.

Note: Public transfer is more used in Japan for its mature and well developed public transportation system. By this way, we could cut the cost of Japan tour to the lowest level for our customers while keeping up with the same high quality of our service.

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Day 1Arrival Tokyo

Meals: No Meal
Accommodation: In Tokyo

Welcome to Japan! Our local representative will wait for you at the NRT/HRD airport and help you to get on the sharing shuttle bus and our driver will transfer you to hotel. Check in hotel and enjoy your leisure time.

Tokyo City View
Tokyo City View
 

Day 2Tokyo

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Tokyo

Today is your time to explore the Tokyo city. Our local guide will meet you at the lobby of the hotel. First we will go to the Ueno Park, famous for being the best palace to enjoy the cherry blossom among the local residents. We will walk around in Ueno Park and visit Ueno Toshogu Shrine and Hanazono Inari Shrine. Then we walk to the Ameyoko old market, an open-air market with approximately 164,227 square feet. Once a black market, it has become one of Tokyo’s most vibrant places with a huge array of food, clothing, jewelry, toys and cosmetics. You will be recommended to the local restaurant for lunch.

After lunch time, we head to the Meiji Jingu, a large Shinto shrine in Tokyo, built in 1920 to venerate the Emperor Meiji (1852-1912) under whose reign Japan became a modern state. Surrounded by the huge Yoyogi Park, Meiji Jingu is in a green setting - almost with a rural calm feel, making it the most visited religious site in Japan.

After it, we get to the Observatory in 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings (TMGB) to enjoy the 360-degree Tokyo city view including the Tokyo Tower and Mt. Fuji if the weather permits.

Tour ends by getting back to hotel with your guide.

Meiji Shrine
Meiji Shrine
 

Day 3TokyoHakoneKyoto

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Kyoto

Today we will head to Hakone by taking the Express train (Romance Car View wide, 1.5hrs). We arrive at Hakone Yumoto station, we take Hakone Ropeway to Owakudani Station, we could visit the Owakudani Valley there for around 10 minutes and taste the special black onsen egg there. Then we continue to take the Hakone Ropeway to Togendai Station(16mins). The peaceful Lake Ashi will come into our sight and we take Lake Ashi cruise to see the splendid scenery from an observatory deck, Mt.Fuji, Gulf of Sagami and Lake Ashi when the weather is clear.

We get back to Odawara station for the Shinkansen(2hrs) to Kyoto without guide. Our Kyoto guide will meet you at Kyoto Station and help you to check in hotel.

Owakudani Valley
Owakudani Valley
 

Day 4 Kyoto

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Kyoto

Today we are going to explore the historical and cultural Kyoto by visiting world heritages Kiyomizu Temple, Nijio-Castle and Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine.

Kiyomizu Temple
is the oldest temple in Kyoto, known for "stage of the Kiyomizu". It was listed as one of the world cultural heritage sites in 1994. Stage of the Kiyomizu (clear water stage) is Japan national treasure level cultural relic with the main hall constructed over a cliff and featuring a large wooden veranda supported by 139 pillars, each 49 feet high. The cherry blossom is in full bloom in spring and red maple is valiant in autumn here. The Yinyu waterfall under the stage of Kiyomizu, whose three sources respectively represent health, study and marriage, is where many people line up to receive water for drinking and praying.

Nijo Castle is in north of downtown, once Kyoto imperial castle with stunning Tamami rooms with beautiful paintings of the Edo period. It's forbidden to take pictures indoor, but you'll come across banquet halls and even the Shogun's private apartments where his wives lived. Walking in the gardens of Nijo castle is very nice: the lawn, trees and plants are well maintained. As a bonus, an alley strewn with Sakura is of course to visit during spring when they blossom.

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine is the head shrine of about 30,000 Inari shrines across Japan, with a compound of 870,000 square meters. This shrine is dedicated to the rice lotus god to bless the commercial prosperity, financial success and grain prosperity. It is renowned especially for hundreds of the dense vermilion Torii gates is one of the representative landscapes in Kyoto and also appears in the film “Memoirs of a Geisha”, lining up along the pathway to Mt. Inari, each of which bear the name of its donor.

Tour ends by getting back to hotel with your guide.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
 

Day 5Kyoto

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Kyoto

Today we will continue to be impressed by the world famous sights in Tokyo. They are Sanjusangen-do Temple , Kinkaku-ji Temple, Arashiyama.

Kinkaku-ji Temple
means the “Temple of the Golden Pavilion”. Built in 1379, it was originally the mountain villa of shogun, and later changed into the Buddhist temple "Bodhi house". This high profile and gorgeous temple, and the mirror lake pool in front of each other, become one of the most classic scenes in Kyoto.

KinKaku-ji Temple is a three-story pavilion, the first floor for the water court; The second layer for chao Yin hole, dedicated to the goddess of mercy; On the third floor is a square hall dedicated to the three Maitreya Buddha statues.

Sanjusangen-do Temple(33rd hall) is the main hall of the lotus king courtyard, which refers to "the hall with 33 sections of space between the beams and pillars". It is the longest wooden building in the world, as long as 120 meters, with the amazing Guanyin group inside. Its subjective image is a thousand-hand guanyin sitting statue, which is also regarded as a national treasure of Japan. There are 1001 of upright Guanyin statues in the hall, carved out of cypress wood and wrapped in gold foil. Each statue has more than 20 pairs of arms. It is also the Japan national treasure will amaze anyone fist eyes on.

We will continue to Arashiyama by train for less than 15mins. There are not only rich cultural attractions, but also natural scenery changing with the seasons and small trains restoring ancient ways in this area.

There are many ancient temples, shrines, and breathtaking Sagano Bamboo Grove. Among them, Tenryu-ji Temple is a world heritage site, the headline attraction in Arashiyama, a sprawling Zen temple with one of the finest gardens in Kyoto and wonderful mountain views. There is a famous bamboo forest path is about 500 meters long leading to Tenryu-ji Temple. Walking through the bamboo forest, you can hear the natural sound of the wind blowing through the bamboo leaves. This sound is also rated as one of the 100 best sounds to keep in Japan.

It is also the place where Ang lee shot “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”. Togetsukyo Bridge spans the Hozu River, which usually has at least a bit of water in it but being a great picture shooting area.

Tour ends by getting back to hotel with your guide.

kinkaku-ji-temple
Kinkaku-ji Temple
 

Day 6KyotoNaraKyoto

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Kyoto

Today we will take a local train(about 45mins) to Nara for the Todai-ji Temple(Great Buddha),Nara Deer Park, Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Once we arrive Nara station, we can take a public bus directly to Nara Deer Park.

Nara Deer Park is in the front of Todai-ji Temple. There is a walking street to the temple where we could see some deer leisurely sitting on the ground, freely walking and wishing passers-by feeding them by bowing heads.

Todai-ji Temple is the head temple of Japanese temples. It was built in 752 by emperor Seibu in order to worship the Giant Buddha and was listed as a world cultural heritage site. Two fires in history destroyed the building. The present building was rebuilt in 1692. It is only two-thirds the size of the original building. The great Buddha hall in the temple is the largest wooden ancient building in the world. Inside, there is a 16-meter-high Buddha statue of lushana, which is the largest bronze Buddha statue in the world. It’s really a place where highly worthy a visit.

We will take a scenic bus(less than 5mins) to the Kasuga Taisha Shrine nearby. It was established at the same time as the capital and is dedicated to the deity responsible for the protection of the city.

Kasuga Taisha is famous for its lanterns, which have been donated by worshipers. Hundreds of bronze lanterns can be found hanging from the buildings, while as many stone lanterns line its approaches. The lanterns are only lit twice a year during two Lantern Festivals, one in early February and one in mid August.

There are many smaller auxiliary shrines in the woods around Kasuga Taisha, twelve of which are located along a path past the main shrine complex and are dedicated to the twelve lucky gods. Among them are Wakamiya Shrine, an important cultural property known for its dance festival, and Meoto Daikokusha, which enshrines married deities and is said to be fortuitous to matchmaking and marriage.

Tour ends by getting back to hotel by a local train with your guide.

 Nara Deer Park
Nara Deer
 

Day 7 KyotoOsaka Beijing

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Beijing

Our local representative will meet you at the lobby of the hotel and bring you to a sharing shuttle bus /airport limousine to KIX airport for your flight to Beijing, the capital city of China, you will be greeted by our local guide at the airport with TCT signboard. Then our guide will transfer you to check in hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day for you to get over the jet lag.


Beijing City View
 

Day 8Beijing

Meals: Breakfast, A la carte Chinese lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing

TCT local guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at the appointed time. It will be an exciting day as we will explore the world well-known wonders today. The 1st stop is Temple of Heaven, the existing largest structure for sacrifice to heaven and a place where the emperors prayed for a year of abundance. In the visit of Temple of Heaven, you will be astonished by the exquisite ancient Chinese architectures. Besides, you will see local seniors doing morning exercises in the square and full of vigor. You will have chance to watch Chinese Kongfu, Taichi, square dancing, playing cards, playing chess etc.

Then our group will move to a less commercial Hutong nearby. A short walking along the authentic Beijing Hutong will give you a deep impression of the local residents’ live. A la carte lunch is served at a local restaurant to have a taste of the authentic Chinese food at noon time and have a break at the restaurant.

Then continue this Beijing city treasure city by a visit to Tian'anmen Square, the world's largest city center square, the locality of numerous major political and historical events. It is the witness of Chinese development. It is only a walking distance from Tian'anmen Square to Forbidden City, the world's existing largest and most complete ancient wooden structure buildings. You will explore the glorious palace halls and gardens for more than 2 hours in Forbidden City, learning the legendary story of the emperors and how the royal family lived there. You will be stunned by the numerous old art treasures exhibited in halls. Drive back to hotel, we will have a stop at pearl store en route. Please feel free to consult with your local guide about the evening activities in Beijing, such as the night shows of Beijing.

Forbidden City
Forbidden City
 

Day 9Beijing

Meals: Breakfast, A la Carte Lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing

It will be an exciting day today. In the early morning, guide will pick you up from your hotel lobby. Today we will visit the must-visit spot in Beijing--- Mutianyu Great Wall, one of the famous sections of China Great Wall. It takes about 2 hours driving from the downtown of Beijing to Mutianyu Great Wall. Mutianyu Great Wall was first built in the mid-6th century during the Northern Qi, making it older than the Badaling section. (***Cable car and slideway are available at Mutianyu Great Wall. It is optional and excluded from our price***)

A la carte lunch is arranged at a good restaurant at the foot of Mutianyu. Drive back to downtown of Beijing. We will have a stop at a tea store en route. When we reach Beijing, we will have a photo stop outside the Bird Nest and Water Cube, which were the famous sites constructed for 2008 Beijing Olympic. The tour finishes by dropping off at your hotel. If you would like to try local specialty tonight, you could ask for some suggestion about Peking Roast Duck Restaurant.


Mutianyu Great Wall
 

Day 10BeijingXi'an

Meals: Breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: In Xian

In the morning, check out from hotel and start to visit the last spots in Beijing --- Summer Palace, the existing largest, best-preserved imperial garden in China. The Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake are regarded as the representative of Summer Palace. In the park, you could choose to take a boating trip on the lake, enjoying the beautiful royal garden view. Walk along the Long Corridor--- the longest corridor in the world, admiring the extremely rich and prestigious paintings on the beams of the corridor.

A la carte lunch will be arranged at a local restaurant on the way to Beijing West Railway Station to take high speed train (2nd class seat, duration: about 5-5.5 hours) from Beijing to Xi'an. TCT guide will wait at the exit of Xi'an train station with our signboard and transfer you to check in hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the time.

Summer Palace
Summer Palace
 

Day 11Xi'an

Meals: Breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: In Xian

Today we will have a full day to explore this historical and cultural city in China. Pick up from hotel in the morning, and then have a visit to the landmark of Xi'an---Xian City Wall. You could choose to have a bicycle riding on the city wall (***Bicycle riding is optional and excluded from our price***). An impressive Tai Chi Chuan course is arranged at the City Wall for you. Originating from the roots of classical Chinese culture, Tai Chi Chuan absorbed a variety of sources including the Book of Changes, Taoism and Buddhism. With a professional Tai Chi Master's teaching, you will understand Chinese culture better.

After that, we will drive to the highlights in Xi’an ---the Terracotta Warriors. On the way to Terracotta Warriors, we will have a stop at a pottery workshop, where you will have chance to learn how to make a pottery figure.  A la carte lunch is arranged at a local restaurant nearby Terracotta Warriors. In the afternoon, we will have enough time to visit this world wonder --- Terracotta Warriors, one of the world’s most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation.

The tour finishes by dropping-off at the hotel lobby. You could ask your local guide for some information about evening entertainment or night show, such as Tang Dynasty Show.


Terracotta Warriors
 

Day 12Xi'anGuilin

Meals: Breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: In Guilin

You will have a leisure morning for your to walk around. We will check out at noon time and drive to have lunch directly. In the afternoon, Visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda ,  one of the most well-preserved Tang Dynasty buddha temples. It is  reputed as the Tang Dynasty elaborate and valuable Buddhist architectural heritage. While visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, you will have chance to watch the traditional shadow play, visit Jianfu Temple as well as Xi'an Museum.

Take a flight to Guilin, the local guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to check in the hotel.

Guilin City View
Guilin City View
 

Day 13Guilin

Meals: Breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: In Guilin

We will have an exciting day to visit the ethnic group villages and the stunning rice terraces today. The local tour guide picks you up from hotel lobby in the morning. It takes about 2 hours driving from downtown of Guilin to Longji Rice Terraces Scenic Area (Dragon's Back). The magnificent terraces are built into the hillsides and look like great steps cut into the slopes as they wind around the mountainsides.

Lunch will be arranged at a local restaurant in Ping'an Zhuang Village, which is just located in the rice terraces. You will have chance to try the local food cooked in bamboo, such as bamboo rice, chicken, ect. It tastes with the light fragrance of bamboo, quite different from which we eat in downtown.

After lunch, you will have enough free time to explore the ethnic villages, where the Yao and Zhuang people have been dwelling for generations in wooden houses. You will understand how the locals' life is, and you will see the locals working in the paddy fields, the women in their national costumes doing needlework by the village path or beneath her roof, ect. We will drive back to downtown of Guilin from Longji at around 15:00 and you may arrive at hotel about 17:00. A Four Lakes Night Cruise is recommended as an optional activity in Guilin.
 


Longji Rice Terraces
 

Day 14GuilinYangshuoGuilin

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch-box
Accommodation: In Guilin 

In the morning you will be driven to the Zhujiang Pier for the Li River Cruise (about 4 hours from Guilin to Yangshuo). Savour the fairy-tale scenery while cruising down the meandering river to Yangshuo. After disembarkation, you can have a walk along the famous West Street and enjoy the free leisure time there before driving back to overnight in Guilin. If you would like to stay in Yangshuo longer and know more about the night show or evening entertainment, do not hesitate to ask your local guide, who'd be very willing to help you. The Show of Impression Liusanjie is highly recommended as an optional activity in Yangshuo if you are interested in.


Li River
 

Day 15GuilinShanghai

Meals: Breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: In Shanghai

After breakfast, start to visit the Elephant Trunk Hill (1 hour) – the symbol of Guilin. After that, have a trip to Reed Flute Cave (1 hour) - the showcase of distinctly-colored stalactites and stalagmites. After a la carte lunch at local restaurant, transfer to airport to catch the flight for Shanghai.

The Shanghai local guide will meet you at Shanghai airport and transfer you to check in the hotel.


Shanghai city view

Day 16Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: In Shanghai

The last day but still an inspiring day to explore the city of Shanghai,the largest and most modern city in mainland China. We will start the tour by walking into Nong Tang, the alleys in Shikumen, where you could witness the locals' relaxing and plain life. You will also find the unique architectural feature of Shanghai.

Then continue the day trip to Yuyuan Garden which is a Chinese classic garden in city downtown. Then continue to explore the Yuyuan Bazaar (Chenghuangmiao Old Street) nearby.

After a la carte lunch is served at a local restaurant, we continue our trip to Shanghai Silk Museum before moving to the foot of The Oriental Pearl TV Tower to visit Shanghai City History Museum(The Former Shanghai Wax Museum), where you will know more about the history and development of Shanghai. Then take the elevator up to the 2nd ball of the TV tower, from which you will have a bird-eye view of Shanghai. Go on driving through Lujiazui, the finance & trade zone in Pudong of Shanghai, where you will find many skyscrapers. We will have a view of the modern skyline of Shanghai.

Then back to the Bund, admire the illuminated buildings lining the Huangpu River. From the Bund, you could see the landmark of Shanghai--- The Oriental Pearl TV Tower as well as other high-rised buildings, just on the opposite of Huangpu River. 

the bund
The Bund
 

Day 17Departure Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast

After a leiusre breakfast this morning and check out, we will transfer you directly to airport for the flight to your next destination or home. Thanks for traveling with us, hope to see you again soon.

Note: Public transfer is more used in Japan for its mature and well developed public transportation system. By this way, we could cut the cost of Japan tour to the lowest level for our customers while keeping up with the same high quality of our service.

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Prices (per person in US$)

Remark:
1. Prices are valid from Mar 1, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019, except Japan public holidays, local fairs or events, Spring Sakura season, Autumn Maple season.
2. In 2019, Spring Sakura season is from Mar 20 to Apr 13; Autumn Maple season is from Nov 9 to Dec 7.
3. Prices subject to change without any further notice;
4. Gratuities are not included, Current rate for guide&driver is US$ 10.00 per person per day.
5. Accommodation and tour itineraries are subject to change at any time due to circumstances beyond our control;
6. Child rate :
1) With bed 100% tour fare of adult
2) Without bed 50% tour fare of adult (Available for child between 2 - 5 years old)
3) Infant is No count. FOC (Available for infant under 2 years old) - No meal & No bed service

Price includes:
Private transportation between airports, rail stations, hotels and attractions in China as specified in the itinerary
Public transfer fee in Japan as specified in the itinerary
Private local English-speaking guides 
Hotel accommodation with breakfasts(Twin bedroom sharing basis)
Meals as specified in the itinerary
Entrance fee as specified in the itinerary

Price excludes:
International Airfare to enter Japan or leave China
Japan and China Entry Visa Fees
Personal Expenses such as visa costs, insurance, Beverages, Portrage
Single Room supplement
Tip for guides and drivers
Personal comprehensive insurance


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