Japan 2018

  • Duration: 12 days

Flight Plan:

Algiers To Osaka:
Departure July 19 Algiers Dubai at 16h05 arrival at 01h25
Continuation 20 July Dubai Osaka at 03h40 arrival at 18h05

Return to Tokya Algiers:
Departure 31 July Tokyo Dubai at 21h20 arrival on 01 August at 03h00
Continuation 01 August Dubai Algiers at 08h45 arrival at 12h55

Day 1

Le Japon

 

Osaka

 

To make a trip to Osaka is to step into modern Japan. The third city of the empire of the rising sun is also one of the most productive cities in the world.

Osaka has always been a port of commerce and industry on the inland sea of ​​the island of Honshu in the Bay of Osaka.

Formerly known as Japan’s breadbasket for its activities in the rice trade, it is now the center of the automotive industry and high-tech production.

Installation at the APA Osaka Higobashi Ekimae Hotel.

 

APA Hôtel Osaka Higobashi Ekimae

 

Located 7 minutes from Osaka Station and conveniently located in the city’s business district (Nishi-Ku).

The APA Hotel Osaka Higobashi Ekimae is connected to Higobashi Station by an underground path.

This district (Nishi-ku) is an ideal choice for travelers who are interested in certain themes: the locals are very friendly, the walks in the city very picturesque and the local cuisine succulent.

Nearby there are the traditional Groceries (7 – 11, etc) and a Starbuck right in front. There are plenty of bars and restaurants in the adjacent streets

A 10-minute walk, we have plenty of tourist attractions like Osaka Castle, Yamauchi Building, Monument of Kajimaya Head House, Daido Life Osaka Head Office Building and Dotonbori Shopping Street.

Built in 2007, the APA Hotel Osaka-Higobashi-Ekimae is not only an excellent choice for travelers, but also a unique property in Osaka. From here, guests can easily get around and enjoy all the benefits offered by this vibrant city.

At the APA Hotel Osaka-Higobashi-Ekimae, the excellent service provided by a very helpful and hospitable professional staff, as well as the quality facilities will contribute to make your stay unforgettable.

This property is home to many amenities that will satisfy even the most discerning guest.

Thus, in this beautiful hotel all the rooms, which breathe the peace and the total harmony, are equipped with a privative bathroom with hairdryer and toiletries.

 They feature a 40-inch LCD TV, free Wi-Fi, an air purifier (air conditioner) and a fridge.

Guests can enjoy local and Western specialties at La Veranda Restaurant, or French and Vietnamese cuisine at Chao Sai Gon. Both restaurants serve a Japanese and Western buffet breakfast.

APA Hotel Osaka-Higobashi-Ekimae features an automated currency exchange service. A drinks vending machine is also present.

The hotel also has a washing machine and a washer / dryer.

As you can also relax in the on-site public bath.

Thanks to the wide range of leisure activities offered by the hotel, guests will be sure to enjoy activities during their stay. The APA Hotel Osaka-Higobashi-Ekimae, where stays are always pleasant and carefree, is a great choice in Osaka.

Day 2

City Tour of Osaka.

Osaka was the birthplace of bunraku, a world famous puppet theater.

It was also in Osaka that Japan’s first Buddhist temple, Shi Tenno-ji, was built.

Osaka is also: Osaka Castle, Kaiyukan Aquarium (the largest in the world), Universal Studios Japan movie studios, bunraku theaters and Kabuki scenes, the many typical neighborhoods including Umeda , Kita, Tennoji and Minami and Dotonbori Street. The Umeda Sky Building, a 173-meter skyscraper, consists of two towers linked in the center by an atrium bridge. A visit to a coffee manga is obligatory … etc.

Day 3

Nara (EXTRA)‎

 

Nara, 42 km south of Kyoto, was the first capital of Japan from 710 to 784 and was at that time its golden age. Influenced by China, the arts of silk, goldsmith, lacquer, architecture and literature developed around the Buddhist religion.

Nara was one of the most beautiful cities in Asia at that time. It was home to Japanese civilization, but also the cradle of religion, arts and crafts.

In 784, the prudent Emperor Kammu moved the capital to Kyoto to move away from the religious hold on public life.

Today, Nara lives mainly from tourism. It has 36 temples, 16 shrines, 20 museums, parks, and the ruins of the ancient imperial Heijö palace.

Wakakusayama Hill (342 m) blazes with fire every year, on the second Sunday of January, during the Yamayaki Fireworks Festival, as it also overlooks a huge wooded park with some 1,200 fallow deer.

The main attractions for tourists are clustered around Nara station. The Nara Park is better known as the “Deer Park”, deer and tame deer frolic in freedom.

To the west is the Kofukuji Temple, built in 710. A large number of high-value Buddhist statues are on display in the National Treasury House, and the temple compound contains a five-storey pagoda that is reflected in the waters. Sarusawa pond.

The National Museum of Nara has an important collection of Buddhist art with characteristic pieces from each period of its history.

But it may be the Todaiji Temple, home to the Great Buddha of Nara, which is the most famous of the ancient monuments of the city.

The Daibutsu-den, where the bronze statue stands, is the largest wooden building in the world.

Another point of affluence is the Kasuga Grand Shrine, built in 768 is one of the most famous Shinto shrine in Japan. The vermilion-red lacquered buildings form a striking contrast to the surrounding vegetation. 1,800 stone lanterns surround the sanctuary and a thousand metal lanterns hang from the eaves of its corridors.

Horyuji Temple, a 45-minute train ride from Nara Station, is not only stunningly beautiful, but one of the most important places of worship in Japan. The temple, of which all buildings, remained intact, is the oldest of the country, was founded in 607. It consists of about forty buildings and it is said that it is the oldest wooden structure of the world.

Nishinokyo, west of Nara, is home to several 8th century temples of great artistic, architectural and historical significance.
A few kilometers away, Asuka offers you a trip back in time to the origins of Japan’s history. The surroundings of Nara offer beautiful walks and surprising discoveries.

The temples and shrines of Nara are classified for the most part as World Heritage by UNESCO (eight in total).

The sacred fallow deer emerge from among the trees, the monks sneak through the vermilion porticoes. Grimacing gods, giant Buddhas and innumerable lanterns surround the beautiful National Museum.

As always in Japan, everything is perfectly organized to go to JR Nara Station through the innumerable shopping malls, where we can find some specialties: cheaper wooden masks than in Kyoto, to look for in the dark bric-à-brac bazaars, and tasting fresh vegetables around a pot-au-feu.

Save on fatigue by taking one of the many bus lines heading for Nara Park, and start with a visit to the National Museum, which will put you in shape, before that of some must-see sites.

  • The West Gallery of the National Museum of Nara houses beautiful permanent collections. The Yamato Buddhas (8th-13th century) and the four guards of Kofukuji centralize the galleries of Gigaku theater masks, bronzes and porcelains. The East Gallery houses temporary exhibitions.
  • To the north, the remains of the Heijo Palace will be of interest to historians.
  • Northeast of the museum, the Todaiji temple of the Kegon sect, is the largest wooden building in the world. Unmeasured is the word that comes to mind entering the Nandaimon door (12th), 29 m high, between the Deva kings, symbols of strength and power. Todai-ji. The temple to the old, tall and majestic bronze Buddha and which is the third largest in Japan (18 m and 250 tons) and especially the oldest. Its construction dates back to the middle of the 8th century, while Nara was still the capital of Japan), located on the main island of Honshu, it is the center of Kegon and Ritsu schools, but also of all branches of Buddhism.
  • At the entrance to the Daibutsu-den Pavilion, bowing to Binzuru grimacing under his red cap. The offering of a red garment or the touching on the wooden statue and on the sick part guarantee healing.
  • In the darkness of the wooden pillars of the huge interior room, bypass the 450 tons of gilded bronze of the Vairocana Buddha, 16 meters high, impressive!
  • Further east is the Shinto shrine Kasuga Taisha, whose shimmering vermilion stands out against the dark green of the forest. On the edge, another forest, that of the stone lanterns, darkly accompanies the ascent. One must not hesitate to stroll through the pavilions and silent alleys, crossing a few pressed moinillons, whose shaven skulls and brightly colored dresses flee the enthusiastic tourist. Do not forget to sink into the forest on the right, to the intimacy of the sacred pavilions where the monks preserve, there too, the silence of prayer.

Five minutes away, the National Treasures Museum houses the Ashura statue, of Indian origin, recognizable by its six arms and three faces (8C).

Day 4

Kyoto

 

Transfer Osaka-Kyoto by Bus

Kyoto has been the capital of Japan for more than a thousand years and has become, over these centuries, the cradle of much of what the country has produced more elaborate in the arts, culture, religion or ideas. The Shinkansen connects Tokyo to Kyoto in 2h40, and the city is 1h15 from Kansai International Airport, next to Osaka.

In the center of Kyoto, you will discover the imperial palace, whose architecture is renowned for having reached the quintessence of simplicity. (Note: you must make a reservation, presenting your passport, 20 minutes before the guided tours of 10h or 14h).

Near the palace is Nijo Castle, with its more sumptuous architecture, which was the home of shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu during his rare visits to the city.

Installation at the APA Kyoto Ekimae hotel.

 

APA Hôtel Kyoto Ekimae 

 

APA Hotel Kyoto Ekimae is located in Shimogyo-ku, just a 4-minute walk from Kyoto Railway Station with ample private parking. Hotel close to public transport, several lines are 5 min walk.

This area (Shimogyo-ku) is an ideal choice for travelers who are interested in sightseeing temples, tours and history.

The Kyoto Station area is the preferred area for travelers to Kyoto. The lively city center is less than 500 meters from the hotel.

Perfect for pleasure and relaxation, we can say that the APA Hotel Kyoto Ekimae, pleasant and clean, is centralized compared to the historical monuments of Kyoto: Higashi Hongan-ji and Nishi Hongan-ji temples are 8 minutes to foot. Sanjūsangen-dō Temple is a 25-minute walk away. The Shijō Kawaramachi area is a 15-minute drive away and the hotel is just 3 km from Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle.

The main points of interest in the city center are all around the hotel: Kyoto Cycling Tour Project, Yumekoubou Kyoto Eki-Mae Head Studio, Kyoto Isetan.
There are plenty of restaurants, a starbuck and a grocery store nearby.

A bicycle rental agency is right behind the hotel.

Open 24 hours a day, the reception is accessible to people with disabilities and has a very welcoming staff, multilingual, providing a high level of customer service, with the possibility of luggage storage.

She also supervises a laptop rental service and absolutely perfect massage services to relax after a long day, very much appreciated by the clientele (a sort of SPA).

The multilingual service staff is very qualified and very welcoming.

Wi-Fi is served in public areas.

The simple, contemporary air-conditioned rooms come with LCD TVs, wooden furnishings, and refrigerators, as well as electric kettles with green tea.

The en suite bathrooms have a bathtub and toiletries.

Pay-per-view movies are available at an extra cost.

The very rich and varied breakfast buffet is served in the large restaurant.

Guests can enjoy a variety of dishes at the hotel’s Kyoto Ginyuba buffet restaurant.

The Kyoto Ekimae APA Hotel features a drinks vending machine, and dry cleaning clothes.

Through its quality services and a wide range of facilities, the APA Hotel Kyoto-Ekimae strives to make your stay as pleasant as possible, and to ensure your comfort.

With an exceptional location and unparalleled facilities, the APA Kyoto-Ekimae Hotel is just right on every point.

Day 5

The city, Heiankyō (the capital of Peace) became the seat of the Imperial Court in 794. Later, the city was renamed Kyoto (“capital city”).Is a Japanese city in the Kansai region, in the center of Honshū. From 794 to 1868 it was the imperial capital of Japan, under the name of Heian-kyō (“Capital of peace and tranquility”).

Its population is estimated at 1,460,000 inhabitants (2010 estimates).

 

The advent of the Tokugawa shogunate in 1600 caused Kyoto to lose its role as a political and administrative center for the benefit of Edo (Tokyo), the shogun’s place of residence.

However, Kyoto remained the imperial capital of Japan until the transfer of the emperor’s residence to Edo in 1868, during the restoration of Meiji. After Edo was renamed Tokyo (meaning “the capital of the East”), Kyoto was known for some time as Saikyō (“the capital of the West”).

Day 6

Spared from the bombardments of the Second World War, Kyoto was little more than a nuclear explosion, as the city was at the top of the targets set by the US Goals Committee.

The city was ultimately rejected following the intervention of US Secretary of War Henry Lewis Stimson and councilors, including Frenchman Serge Elisseeff, who knew the city’s cultural richness and believed that its destruction would be a A serious obstacle to further reconciliation with Japan.

Day 7

Kyoto

With its 2,000 temples, shrines, palaces, bridges, gardens and architecture, Kyoto is considered the cultural center of Japan. The historic monuments of ancient Kyoto were inscribed on Unesco World Heritage in 1994.

In 1997, Kyoto hosted the International Conference on Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions, which gave rise to the “Kyoto Protocol”.

It is possible to travel to Kyoto the path of philosophy, the path that the philosopher Kitarō Nishida took every day to reflect.

Kyoto is also known for the abundance of its delicious foods. The climate of Kyoto allows the cultivation of a wide variety of vegetables.

 

Day 8

Tokyo

 

Transfer Kyoto-Tokyo by Bus.

Tokyo (formerly Edo) is the capital of Japan. It is the largest city in Japan, with more than 13,500,000 inhabitants in 2015, and an agglomeration (according to its definition and limits) ranging from 31 to 44 million, making Tokyo the most urban city in the world.

Installation at the IBIS Tokyo Shinjuku Hotel.

IBIS Tokyo Shinjuku Hôtel

 

A 5-minute walk from Shinjuku Station, The IBIS Tokyo Shinjuku Hotel is practically in the heart of Tokyo.

Shinjuku is the busiest station in Japan, if not the whole world! on the west side of the hotel about 15 minutes walk we have the big business district built around the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Headquarters, with a free observation deck, just like the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, which is in fact a large park very pretty, very green and very flowery that was once the imperial garden and where we can admire the famous Japanese cherry blossoms in March and April.

To the east, we have the huge neighborhood that is home to very old department stores in the city of Tokyo, as we also have a large number of cinemas and theaters.
The multitude of restaurants in Shinjuku will serve us all the night all the kitchens worldwide but especially Japanese.

The alleys of the neighborhoods like Omoide Yokocho (the path of the
souvenir) or Shinjuku Golden Machi are full of small restaurants and bars arranged according to the tastes and unique style of each owner.

The hotel is a 5-minute walk from the lively Kabukicho area and a 15-minute walk from Isetan Department Store.

Offering quality accommodation in Tokyo’s nightlife, shopping and dining district, Hotel IBIS Tokyo Shinjuku is popular with both business and leisure travelers alike. From here, guests can easily get around and enjoy all the benefits offered by this vibrant city. A haven of rest and relaxation, the hotel will offer total renewal just steps away from the city’s numerous attractions such as Toto Tokyo Showroom, Sompo Japan Art Museum, Finlando Sauna.

Humbly furnished, the rooms of the IBIS Tokyo Shinjuku Hotel are very comfortable where the silence and the cleanliness are kings. They all have an LCD TV with French channels (TV5 Monde) which is rare in Japan, as well as a private bathroom. Rooms are air-conditioned and include a wooden desk, a fridge and an electric kettle, free coffee and instant tea. Slippers and toiletries are provided.

Guests staying at this beautiful property can enjoy free high-speed Wi-Fi in all rooms, coin launderette. Dry cleaning service. Laundry service

Very good Western-style breakfast buffet, served in the hotel’s large restaurant.

24-hour reception, luggage storage, laptop rental with Wi-Fi in public areas.

The multilingual staff is welcoming, very smiling and professional.
The hotel also has great leisure facilities: massage and more.

The property strives for the comfort of its guests by providing the best services and facilities possible.
This hotel is a very good compromise. Everything is tailor-made and designed to serve customers

Day 9

City Tour of Tokyo.

The metropolitan area of ​​Tokyo is home to almost a quarter of the Japanese population, more than 12 million people live within the city limits.

Originally, Tokyo was a small fishing village named Edo (“the estuary”). Edo developed very quickly and became one of the most populated cities in the world at the end of the 18th century, with a population of nearly one million inhabitants.

During the Second World War, it was half destroyed by the American air bombardments, but it was rebuilt very quickly.

In the second half of the 20th century, Tokyo became a world-class metropolis and the main economic and financial center of Japan, Tokyo is one of the main financial centers in Asia and the world.

Shibuya is considered to be one of the busiest districts in the city, thanks to the presence of large shopping centers such as the 109. Despite its modern architecture, as witnessed by the Tokyo Skytree Tower, many shinto shrines and Buddhist temples have been preserved or rebuilt after the bombing, such as the Sensō-ji, the Yasukuni shrine, the Zōjō-ji or the Hōzōmon gates.

Day 10

Hakon

 

Transfer Tokyo-Hakon by Bus

Hakon is a region of volcanoes and lakes near Tokyo. Its onsen, hot springs, and its ryokan, traditional inns, make the reputation.

 

In Hakone, you can go by train, bus, boat, cable car, funicular or on foot. The panoramas to Mount Fuji are exceptional, with a typical mountainous Japanese nature.

Day 11

Free day in Tokyo.

To visit in Tokyo :

The Imperial Palace, which was once the Castle of Edo, is still removed behind the deep moat that was originally dug.

The East Garden (Higashi Gyoen) was once occupied by the original dungeon. Flowers and blossoms beautify every season the garden, making for each one an ideal place of relaxation.

The Marunouchi Building, a historic landmark more commonly known as “Maru-Biru”, dominates the exit of the Tokyo station overlooking the Marunouchi district. Built in 1923, the building reopened to the public in September 2002, offering a 36-storey complex of restaurants, shops and offices.

A walk of about ten minutes will take you to Ginza, Renowned throughout the world for the elegance of its boutiques and for the multicolored brightness of its neon signs. The Kabuki-za Theater is only a few steps away.

As you move away from the hustle and bustle of Ginza and Yurakucho, turn into the spacious area of ​​Ueno, where the Ueno Park, the largest in the capital, awaits. The park, punctuated by numerous and varied museums, forms a vast center of art and culture.

If you fancy a breakaway in Tokyo’s past, nothing beats the Asakusa district. The many narrow streets are lined with old houses and stalls selling traditional items, from kimonos to hand-made combs.

The Kannon Temple of Asakusa, whose enclosure swarms with commercial passages, is an ideal place to store souvenirs.

Shinjuku, in the western and trendy part of the city, combines popular and noisy bars and nightclubs with department stores and boutiques that offer sophisticated shopping.

In this busy neighborhood, Shinjuku Gyoen National Park will be a haven for you.

In the nearby Hatsudai district, the Tokyo Opera City complex houses a large-scale opera house.

The fashionable districts of Shibuya, close to the peaceful Meiji Shrine and Harajuku and Aoyama, are ideal places for those who want to both shop and have fun. Very popular, especially by the trendy youth of the capital, Shibuya is the center where all the Tokyo innovations pass and from which is constantly diffused the “young culture”. It is here also that the avant-garde of fashion and international art has established itself, making it its showcase.

Day 12

After lunch transfer to the airport direction Algiers and return to the country.

 

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