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Temples And Shrines Of Japan Vacation Packages


There are tens of thousands of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines across Japan, and they can be found in all 47 prefectures, even in the remotest towns and villages. If you have the privilege of visiting a few temples and shrines along the way, make you are respectful of the sacred space and of the pilgrims and other devotees visiting the temple or shrine. Perhaps one of the most accessible ways to learn about Japanese culture and customs is to fit a special trip or two into your Japanese vacation itinerary.

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Cities with Noteworthy Temples and Shrines


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Major Islands of Japan

  • Honshu

    Honshu is the largest of the four main Japanese islands, where over 100 million people live. Historic castles and temples, traditional districts with geishas, skyscrapers and neon lights, relaxing hot springs, and nature scenes are all experiences you can enjoy while on Honshu.

  • Hokkaido

    Hokkaido is one of Japan`s best-kept secrets. The northernmost of Japan`s four major islands, it is very sparsely-populated and geographically diverse. The most agricultural part of Japan, Hokkaido is considered `Japan`s breadbasket`.

  • Kyushu

    Kyushu is the westernmost of Japan`s four major islands, and is well-known for its outdoor vacation experiences and gorgeous landscapes. One of Japan`s geothermal hot spots, Kyushu is dotted by a number of hot springs and even more volcanoes.

  • Shikoku

    Shikoku is the smallest of the four main Japanese islands, separated from Honshu by the Inland Sea. It is perhaps best-known to tourists for its 88-temple Buddhist pilgrimage route, which runs for 895 miles adjacent to Shikoku`s coastline.

  • Okinawa and South West Islands

    The islands of the Ryukyu Archipelago, like Okinawa, Miyakojima, and the Yaeyama Islands, are known for their rich history and culture; beautiful beaches and cliffsides; outdoor activities like kayaking and ziplining; and an all-around laid-back atmosphere.

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More to Explore

  • Japanese Castles

    Japan is particularly well-known for its castles. Today there are over 100 open to the public. From Hokkaido to Okinawa, the castles of Japan educate visitors on what life was like during the late feudal and early Tokugawa shogunate eras.

  • Beaches and Islands of Japan

    Many people think of four major islands when they think of Japan, but as one of the largest island countries in the world, there are hundreds of inhabited islands that offer some of Asia`s most fabulous beaches, from Hokkaido down to the Ryukyu Islands.

  • Japanese Cultural Experiences

    There are so many experiences you can enjoy that are unique to Japan, such as attending a kabuki theatre performance, being a spectator at a sumo wrestling match, watching geishas administer the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, and the list goes on!

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

  • Tokyo - Kyoto - Osaka - Hiroshima - Nagasaki with Rail Pass
    10 nights from $843*
  • Charms of Japan!... Start your trip in Tokyo, the worlds most populous metropolis and recently awarded as the city with best `Helpfulness of locals', 'Nightlife', 'Shopping' and 'Best Local Transportation'. Then take the train to Kyotoknown as the City of the Ten Thousand Shrines for a reason! Since it holds about a quarter of Japan's National Treasures and popular festivals. Up next roll-on to Osaka, famous for its delicious traditional food along with its Castle and renowned Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Then comes Hiroshima followed by Nagasaki both historic places that I will venture to call the 'Phoenix Cities', which have emerged from the ashes to become beautiful modern cities. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    Included:
    • High-speed train Shinkansen (Japan Rail Pass - bullet train)
    • 7 Days Japan Rail Pass is included by default. Please ensure you select the correct duration of your Japan Rail Pass according to length of travel. (For more details please go to the product description during the booking process).
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Tokyo
    • Train from Tokyo to Kyoto: Go to Tokyo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Kyoto train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 140 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Kyoto
    • Train from Kyoto to Osaka: Go to Kyoto train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Osaka train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 30 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 night in Osaka
    • Train from Osaka to Hiroshima: Go to Osaka train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Hiroshima train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 90 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Hiroshima
    • Train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki: Go to Hiroshima train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Nagasaki train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 190 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Nagasaki


  • Tokyo - Osaka - Chugoku Region with Rail Pass (Okayama - Hiroshima - Miyajima)
    10 nights from $1,048*
  • A visit to cosmopolitan and famous cities and this region, in western Honshu, most famous for Hiroshima but, plenty of other beautiful sightseeing gems, await you during your trip along Japan. Begin, visiting; Tokyo (capital city famous for Anime, electronics, manga, and video games)and Osaka (known for its modern architecture, nightlife and hearty street food). After that, travel to Chugoku Region and enjoy unforgettable moments in: Okayama (the prefectural capital and largest city, is home to the imposing, black Okayama Castle and Korakuen Garden, one of Japan's three greatest landscape gardens); Hiroshima (a modern city on Japan’s Honshu Island, was largely destroyed by an atomic bomb during World War II); and finally, Miyajima (famous for the Itsukushima Shrine which is a Shinto shrine. It is known for its "floating" torii gate). Connect these destinations with the Rail Pass. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    Included:
    • High-speed bullet train Shinkansen (Japan Rail Pass - 7 Days)
    • 7 Days Japan Rail Pass is included by default. Please ensure you select the correct duration of your Japan Rail Pass according to length of travel (For more details please go to the product description during the booking process).
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Tokyo
    • Train from Tokyo to Osaka: Go to Tokyo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Osaka train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 160 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Osaka
    • Train from Osaka to Okayama Go to Osaka train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Okayama train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 65 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Okayama
    • Train from Okayama to Hiroshima: Go to Okayama train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Hiroshima train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 45 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Hiroshima
    • Hiroshima to Miyajimaguchi Station and from Miyajimaguchi Station to Miyajima via Ferry: Miyajimaguchi Station is a short walk to the ferry pier, from where ferries depart frequently to Miyajima. Ferry rides take 10 minutes and the Japan Rail Pass is valid on JR ferries.
    • Hotel for 1 night in Miyajima
    • Miyajima to Miyajimaguchi Station via Ferry and from Miyajimaguchi to Hiroshima Airport: Take the ferry from Miiyajima and arrive to Miyajimaguchi train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Hiroshima Airport. Journey takes approx. 20 Min.


  • Complete Kanto Region (Tokyo - Nikko - Mito - Chiba - Yokohama)
    9 nights from $860*
  • Amazing trip to Japan!. Combine Tokyo (Japan's capital and the world's most populous metropolis, also home to the Imperial Palace and the seat of Government and Parliament. One of the world's most modern cities in terms of its infrastructure and design. It is famous for their amazing history, Mt. Fuji, unrivaled technology and Samurais), Nikko, Mito, Chiba and Yokohama (the entrance to Japan, along the costline of the Pacific Ocean and one important international trading port. Is a city of dreams for every Japanese person as well as its local citizens who are very proud of living here because it is not only very famous as a tourist mecca, but also has every urban function including, but not limited to, business and culture) with the Rail Pass. This is a flexible package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    Included:
    • Bullet Train - Japan Rail Pass
    • High-speed bullet train Shinkansen (Japan Rail Pass - 14 Days)
    • 14 Days Japan Rail Pass is included by default. Please ensure you select the correct duration of your Japan Rail Pass according to length of travel (For more details please go to the product description during the booking process).
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Tokyo
    • Train from Tokyo to Nikko: Go to Tokyo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Nikko train station. Journey takes approx. 50 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 night in Nikko
    • Train from Nikko to Mito Go to Nikko train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Mito train station. Journey takes approx. 185 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Mito
    • Train from Mito to Chiba: Go to Mito train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Chiba train station. Journey takes approx. 130 Min.
    • Hotel for 1 night in Chiba
    • Train from Chiba to Yokohama: Go to Chiba train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Yokohama train station. Journey takes approx. 75 Min.
    • Hotel for 1 nights in Yokohama
    • Train from Yokohama to Tokyo Airport: Go to Yokohama train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Tokyo Airport train station. Journey takes approx. 30 Min.


  • Tokyo - Kawasaki - Hakone - Kamakura with Rail Pass
    9 nights from $1,309*
  • A fabulous combination of charming cities along Kanto Region in one unforgettable holiday in Japan. Start in Tokyo (Japan's capital city); after that, with a Rail Pass visit: Kawasaki (An industrial city in the Greater Tokyo area, you can also find the grand Kawasaki Daishi Temple complex has an octagonal pagoda); Hakone (most famous for hot springs, traditional ryokan, rich nature, museums, and historical sites) and Kamakura (a prominent resort town with dozens of Buddhist Zen temples and Shinto shrines). Finish this trip with a stay in Tokyo before heading back home. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    Included:
    • Bullet Train - Japan Rail Pass
    • High-speed bullet train Shinkansen (Japan Rail Pass - 7 Days)
    • 7 Days Japan Rail Pass is included by default. Please ensure you select the correct duration of your Japan Rail Pass according to length of travel (For more details please go to the product description during the booking process).
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Tokyo
    • Train from Tokyo to Kawasaki: Go to Tokyo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Kawasaki train station. Journey takes approx. 15 Min.
    • Hotel for 1 night in Kawasaki
    • Train from Kawasaki to Hakone: Go to Kawasaki train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Hakone train station. Journey takes approx. 45 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Hakone
    • Train from Hakone to Kamakura: Go to Hakone train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Kamakura train station. Journey takes approx. 45 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Kamakura
    • Train from Hakone to Tokyo: Go to Kamakura train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Tokyo train station. Journey takes approx. 55 Min.
    • Hotel for 1 night in Tokyo


  • Tokyo - Kamakura- Kyoto - Osaka - Hiroshima with Rail Pass
    11 nights from $1,080*
  • Tokyo (Japan's most lively capital, which mixes the ultramodern with the traditional, featuring neon-lit skyscrapers and anime shops to cherry trees and temples. This city is famed for its vibrant food scene, and its trendy and fashion districts of Shibuya and Harajuku), Kamakura (a seaside Japanese city just south of Tokyo. The political center of medieval Japan, modern-day Kamakura is a prominent resort town with dozens of Buddhist Zen temples and Shinto shrines), Kyoto (known as the City of the Ten Thousand Shrines for a reason! Since it holds about a quarter of Japan's National Treasures and popular festivals), Osaka (famous for its delicious traditional food along with its Castle and renowned Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan) and Hiroshima (shot springs. You can't leave this beautiful country without visiting Okinawa and learn the secrets of Okinawan women who have the longest life expectancy in the world also because of its location this is a great place for eco tourism). Combine these cities with bullet train. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

    Included:
    • 7 Days Japan Rail Pass is included by default. Please ensure you select the correct duration of your Japan Rail Pass according to length of travel. (For more details please go to the product description during the booking process).
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Tokyo
    • Train from Tokyo to Kamakura: Go to Tokyo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Kyoto train station.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Kamakura
    • Train from Kamakura to Kyoto: Go to Tokyo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Kyoto train station. Journey takes approx. 160 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Kyoto
    • Train from Kyoto to Osaka: Go to Tokyo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Kyoto train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 30 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Osaka
    • Train from Osaka to Hiroshima: Go to Tokyo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Kyoto train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 100 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Hiroshima


  • Osaka - Wakayama - Kyoto with Rail Pass
    9 nights from $794*
  • Have a fantastic stay in Japan connecting those cities with the Rail Pass. Combine Osaka (Japan's second largest metropolitan area after Tokyo, known as the “Nation's Kitchen,” and its well known for delicious foods such as takoyaki and okonomiyak. Osaka it’s also a historical site, with the Osaka Castle as an example as well as its beautiful grounds, especially during cherry blossom season, Wakayama (known for Mount Koya or Koyasan, a large mountain serving as the headquarters of Shingon Buddhism) and Kyoto (a city with amazing and historic Buddhist temples and shrines, many dating back more than a millennium. It's also a great place to sample all the main classics of Japanese cuisine, the tofu, the kaiseki cuisine and its Buddhist vegetarian fare). This is a flexible package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    Included:
    • High-speed train Shinkansen (Japan Rail Pass - bullet train)
    • 7 Days Japan Rail Pass is included by default. Please ensure you select the correct duration of your Japan Rail Pass according to length of travel. (For more details please go to the product description during the booking process).
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Osaka
    • Train from Osaka to Wakayama: Go to Osaka train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Wakayama train station. Journey takes approx. 150 Mins.
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Wakayama
    • Train from Wakayama to Kyoto: Go to Wakayama train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Kyoto train station. Journey takes approx. 100 Mins.
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Kyoto
    • Train from Kyoto to Osaka Airport: Go to Kyoto train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Osaka station.** YOU MUST TAKE A BUS FROM OSAKA STATION TO AIRPORT** Journey takes approx. 70 mins


  • Tokyo - Kyoto - Wakayama - Osaka - Okinawa
    10 nights from $882*
  • Combine Tokyo (Japan's capital and the world's most populous metropolis, also home to the Imperial Palace and the seat of Government and Parliament), Kyoto (a city with amazing and historic Buddhist temples and shrines, many dating back more than a millennium. It's also a great place to sample all the main classics of Japanese cuisine, the tofu, the kaiseki cuisine and its Buddhist vegetarian fare), Wakayama , Osaka (known as the “Nation's Kitchen,” and its well known for delicious foods such as takoyaki and okonomiyaki) and Okinawa with the Rail Pass and a flight. This is a flexible package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    Included:
    • High-speed bullet train Shinkansen (Japan Rail Pass - 7 Days)
    • 7 Days Japan Rail Pass is included by default. Please ensure you select the correct duration of your Japan Rail Pass according to length of travel (For more details please go to the product description during the booking process).
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Tokyo
    • Train from Tokyo to Kyoto: Go to Tokyo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Kyoto train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 138 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Kyoto
    • Train from Kyoto to Wakayama: Go to Kyoto train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Wakayama train station. Journey takes approx. 140 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Wakayama
    • Train from Wakayama to Osaka: Go to Wakayama train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Osaka train station. Journey takes approx. 100 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Osaka
    • Flight from Osaka to Okinawa
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Osaka


  • Tokyo - Sendai - Yamagata - Akita with Rail Pass
    9 nights from $875*
  • A vacation package in Japan sure to leave you breathless!, combining these destinations with the Rail Pass!. There will be plenty to do and to see when you travel to: Tokyo (Japan's capital and the world's most populous metropolis. One of the world's most modern cities in terms of its infrastructure and design. It is famous for their amazing history, Mt. Fuji, unrivaled technology and Samurais), Sendai, Yamagata and Akita (the capital city of Akita Prefecture, Japan, and has been designated a core city since 1 April 1997). This is a flexible package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    Included:
    • High-speed train Shinkansen (Japan Rail Pass - bullet train)
    • 14 Days Japan Rail Pass is included by default. Please ensure you select the correct duration of your Japan Rail Pass according to length of travel (For more details please go to the product description during the booking process).
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Tokyo
    • Train from Tokyo to Sendai: Go to Tokyo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Sendai train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 120 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Sendai
    • Train from Sendai to Yamagata: Go to Sendai train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Yamagata train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 85 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Yamagata
    • Train from Yamagata to Akita: Go to Yamagata train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Akita train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 220 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Akita


  • Tokyo - Osaka - Sapporo by Air
    8 nights from $457*
  • Combine several of the most popular cities in Japan! Combine Tokyo (Japan's capital and the world's most populous metropolis, also home to the Imperial Palace and the seat of Government and Parliament. One of the world's most modern cities in terms of its infrastructure and design. It is famous for their amazing history, Mt. Fuji, unrivaled technology and Samurais), Osaka and Sapporo (capital of the mountainous northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, is famous for its beer, skiing and annual Sapporo Snow Festival featuring enormous ice sculptures) with flights between cities. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    Included:
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Tokyo
    • Flight from Tokyo to Osaka
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Osaka
    • Flight from Osaka to Sapporo
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Sapporo


  • Tokyo and Sapporo by Air
    6 nights from $319*
  • Combine Tokyo (Japan's capital and the world's most populous metropolis, also home to the Imperial Palace and the seat of Government and Parliament. One of the world's most modern cities in terms of its infrastructure and design. It is famous for their amazing history, Mt. Fuji, unrivaled technology and Samurais) and Sapporo with flight between cities. This is a flexible package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    Included:
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Tokyo
    • Flight from Tokyo to Sapporo
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Sapporo


  • Tokyo - Kyoto - Hokkaido Island (Sapporo - Otaru - Niseko)
    10 nights from $1,307*
  • Visit Japan's main cities while as well as to get to experience the beauty Hokkaido Island with the Rail Pass. Begin in the capital city; Tokyo; and then, continue to Kyoto (a city with amazing and historic buddhist temples and shrines, many dating back more than a millennium). After that, catch a flight to Hokkaido Island, starting in Sapporo (known for its winter themes attractions such as a winter festival as well as some stunning ski resorts on the outskirts of Sapporo); and from then, with the Rail Pass connect; Otaru (known for its old buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries); with Niseko (is the largest ski resort in Hokkaido Japan, famous worldwide for its powder snow with an average snow fall of over 14 meters and has some of the driest and lightest snow in the world). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    Included:
    • Bullet Train - Japan Rail Pass
    • High-speed bullet train Shinkansen (Japan Rail Pass - 7 Days)
    • 7 Days Japan Rail Pass is included by default. Please ensure you select the correct duration of your Japan Rail Pass according to length of travel (For more details please go to the product description during the booking process).
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Tokyo
    • Train from Tokyo to Kyoto: Go to Tokyo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Kyoto train station. Journey takes approx. 140 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Kyoto
    • Flight from Kyoto (Osaka Airport) to Sapporo
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Sapporo
    • Train from Sapporo to Otaru: Go to Sapporo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Otaru train station. Journey takes approx. 35 Min.
    • Hotel for 1 night in Otaru
    • Train from Otaru to Niseko: Go to Otaru train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Niseko train station. Journey takes approx. 125 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Niseko
    • Train from Niseko to Sapporo Airport: Go to Niseko train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Sapporo station.** YOU MUST TAKE A BUS FROM SAPPORO STATION TO AIRPORT** Journey takes approx. 145 Min.


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