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Scenic Kansai with Kintetsu Railway

Discover the beauty of Kansai region with Kintetsu Railway

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

DURATION
8 days
7 nights

TOUR TYPE
Group
minimum: 6 / maximum: 16

MEAL
Breakfast x 7
Lunch x 4
Dinner x 3

TRANSPORTATION
Limited Express
Local Train
Private Coach
Ferry

PRICE
from C$6,690/person
tax included

Overview          Highlights          Itinerary          Accommodations           What's included          Dates & Prices          Terms and Conditions

Overview          Highlights          Itinerary          Accommodations           What's included          Dates & Prices          Terms and Conditions

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Overview

This is a premium opportunity to experience some of Japan’s best sightseeing 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.

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Highlights

Shimakaze – an express journey through incredible sights
Take the premium limited express train Shimakaze on the way back from Ise. This will be a scenic journey full of luxury and comfort after a bliss trip in Ise-Shima. The train offers high quality comfort with deluxe seating complete with extra-large windows, plus access to a café car.
Learn about Shimakaze

Dine like a world leader at Michelin star restaurant in Ise-shima
Indulge in the ocean’s rich blessings; beautiful dishes of abalone, Ise lobster and more when dining at Shima Kanko Hotel’s French restaurant. This restaurant served the world leaders at the G7 Summit in 2016 and is experienced in luxury dining.

Stand-off with a Ninja!
It’s time to head to Iga and learn all the secrets of the Ninja – discover this unique side of Japanese history. Iga is the birthplace of the legendary Ninja. Tour around the Ninja trick house and be entertained by their hilarious performance.

To Yoshino on elegant Blue Symphony
Travel in luxury aboard the Blue Symphony limited express to Mt. Yoshino, a World Heritage site with stunning seasonal changes. With its deep and vibrant blue body, wide deluxe seats and special onboard facilities, this elegant train provides a superior level of comfort for your journey.
Learn about Blue Symphony

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Visit the Ama women of Ise
The Ama are professional skin-divers in Japan who have been trading for 2,000 years. There are about 500 Ama live and dive for a living in the region. You can visit their hut to have some locally-caught fresh seafood, grilled in the traditional Irori fireplace for you. The perfect opportunity to learn from them about their way of life – a one of a kind experience.

Dinner with a maiko
A rare opportunity to spend an evening enjoying performances by maiko (apprentice geisha) and savour Kyoto’s famed ‘kaiseki‘ multi-course dinner with drinks. Take part in traditional geisha games for a true Japanese experience.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Osaka
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.

Day 2: Osaka > 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 3: Osaka > 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.

Day 4: Osaka > 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.

Day 5: Ise-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 sightseeing 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 6: Osaka > 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, we will head 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 one of the world’s largest wooden buildings, 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 7: Kyoto
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 8: Kyoto
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!

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Accommodations

© Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka

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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

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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

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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.

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What is included

  • 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

Not included

  • Flights to Japan
  • Transfer not listed in the tour itinerary
  • Incidental charges at hotel
  • Drinks during meals (Exception: Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are included on the Day 1 dinner and Day 7 dinner.)
  • 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
    *check out Manulife Travel Insurance
  • Japan entry visa if required (Entry visa is not required for Canadian passport holders)

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Dates and prices

For 2022 departures:

Start Date - End Date
2022/04/16 - 2022/04/23
(TOUR CODE: YAA16042S)

Accommodation
Double Occupancy

Price per person
C$6,690

Status
N/A

Start Date - End Date
2022/05/14 - 2022/05/21
(TOUR CODE: YAA14052S)

Accommodation
Double Occupancy

Price per person
C$6,690

Status
N/A

Start Date - End Date
2022/05/28 - 2022/06/04
(TOUR CODE: YAA28052N)

Accommodation
Double Occupancy

Price per person
C$6,690

Status
N/A

Start Date - End Date
2022/06/11 - 2022/06/18
(TOUR CODE: YAA11062S)

Accommodation
Double Occupancy

Price per person
C$6,690

Status
N/A

Start Date - End Date
2022/06/25 - 2022/07/02
(TOUR CODE: YAA25062N)

Accommodation
Double Occupancy

Price per person
C$6,690

Status
N/A

Group size: Minimum 6 guests / Maximum 16 guests
* Ask us for supplement for single participant and/or triple occupancy rate
* This tour is for travelers aged 15 years old and up. No child discount applies.

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Terms and Conditions

Payment:

  • A non-refundable deposit of 15% of the tour fee is due within 7 days of confirmation.
  • The balance payment will be required by 70 days prior to departure.
  • All payments must be made by credit card or debit card that are issued by Canadian financial institutions.
  • Failure to make a payment by the deadline will result in the forfeiture of your participation and deposit paid.
  • Tours may be cancelled if the number of participants fails to reach the minimum number and the amount paid will be fully refunded.

Cancellation policy:

  • More than 70 days of prior to departure: Loss of deposit
  • Between 69 days and 25 days prior to departure: 30% of the tour fee
  • Between 24 days and 10 days prior to departure: 50% of the tour fee
  • 100% charge thereafter

Tour information:

  • This tour is organized and operated by Kintetsu International Express (Oceania) Pty. Ltd., our sister company located in Australia.
  • Tour participants will be in combination with Canadian tourists and Australian tourists.
  • Minimum number of participants of this tour is 6 guests, and maximum number of participants is 16 guests.
  • Travelers aged 14 years old or younger is not allowed to participate this tour.
  • It is responsibility of participants to let us know in advance any food allergy if you have. We will try our best to accommodate your request, however, menus might be different from originally prepared.
  • Meeting place of this tour on the day-1 is the Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka. Therefore, you will be required to arrive in Osaka at least one day earlier prior to the tour departure date.
  • There will be a moderate amount of walking during the tour.
  • Please be advised that the tour schedule is subject to change due to COVID-19 situation in Japan.  

Organizer / Operation

  • Kintetsu International Express (Canada) Inc.
  • Kintetsu International Express (Oceania) Pty. Ltd.
  • Kinki Nippon Tourist Co. Ltd

(Last update: 2021.9.29)

Kintetsu International Express (Canada) Inc.

Toronto Branch
1450 Meyerside Drive, Suite 305,

Mississauga, ON, Canada L5T 2N5
Tel: (905) 670-8710

- Canadian subsidiary of KNT, Kinki Nippon Tourist, Co., Ltd. -