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Japan Gay Tour - Tokyo, Kyoto, Mount Koya, Osaka, and more!

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June 1 - 10, 2019

Tokyo, Kyoto, Mount Koya, Osaka, and more!
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One of the first thing that travelers notice about Japan is its appreciation of beauty, quality, and attention to detail. This is particularly evident at hotels and restaurants, and it is interesting to note that Tokyo has more Michelin star restaurants than any other city in the world. They believe that food tastes better when it is attractive, and we think they are right. Also, when you buy items at a store, you will be amazed at how beautifully your purchases are wrapped. Great care is given to even the simplest of things.

Zoom Vacations' gay tour of Japan starts out in vibrant, ultra-modern Tokyo, Famous for its cutting edge, neon-lit landscape and towering skyscrapers. Yet, we will also show you that this is a city of contrasts, and ancient temples and beautiful parkland do a certain dance with its towering buildings and modern infrastructure.

In, Kyoto, there is still this old world feel, and at times it is easy to imagine oneself in the movie, "Memoirs of a Geisha". It is a very traditional city, and it is common to see many women dressed in kimonos. It is a must-do for any traveler to Japan, and it is a place that many come back to time and again.

Mount Koya is a small, secluded Buddhist temple town, first settled in 816. Koyasan is one of the best places in the world to experience an overnight stay at a temple where you can experience a monk's lifestyle, eating vegetarian monk's cuisine and attending the morning prayers. If you like experiential travel that immerses you in local custom and history, this may be one of the most interesting and rewarding places you have ever visited.

The people of Japan tend to be a little more formal, until you have a couple glasses of sake with them. In general, they are incredibly kind, friendly, and full of surprises. The same shy person you meet earlier in the day may be later seen entertaining friends with funny stories or dancing the night away at a local club.

Plus, ask about our pre add-on excursion to Hakone, and post excursions to Yudanaka, Obuse, Kanazawa, and Takayama!

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Japan Gay Tour Highlights

• Fully escorted with the services of a Zoom Vacations Concierge throughout the trip

• Accommodations at several of the best hotels in Japan

• A unique welcome event in a special location

• Breakfast daily

• Guided visit to Meiji Shrine in Tokyo

• Tour Tokyo's Omotesando shopping street

• Visit Tokyo's Old Town, including Sensoji, Tokyo's oldest temple

• Take a boat cruise on the Sumida River passing under 12 bridges

• Enjoy steaming matcha and Japanese sweetsat a tea house in Hamarikyu garden

• Take Japan's world famous Shinkansen bullet train to Kyoto

• Try your hand at Origami

• Visit the stunning and picturesque Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

• Tour the ancient cemetery at Mt. Koya

Overnight in a Buddhist Temple and see first hand he monks' daily life

• Witness the monks chanting their morning prayers

• Receive your own special blessing from a Buddhist monk

• Enjoy a delicious shojin ryori, traditional Buddhist cuisine

• Visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates

• Explore the Bamboo forest, seen in Memoirs of a Geisha

• Guided tour of Nijo Castle, a flatland castle in Kyoto, Japan

• Enjoy a night out in the Geisha District

• Enjoy a gourmet farewell dinner at one of Osaka's best venues

• All airport transfers

 

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Gay Japan Tour Itinerary

Tokyo, Kyoto, Mount Koya, Osaka, and more!

Plus, ask about our pre add-on excursion to Hakone, and post excursions to Yudanaka, Obuse, Kanazawa, and Takayama!

Day 1 - Saturday, June 1, 2019
Arrival / Tokyo, Japan

Japan gay tour - TokyoOn arrival at Narita Airport, you will be met in the arrival hall by your driver who will assist you with the included shared transfer to your hotel (60 90 minutes) in the heart of Tokyo.

One of the World's most cutting-edge capitals, Tokyo is a city of contrasts. Famous for its cutting edge modernity, neon-lit landscape and towering skyscrapers, it is also home to sprawling parkland, peaceful shrines and temples and lovingly tended gardens. Despite its love affair with manga pop culture, fashion, high-tech trends and conspicuous consumption, below the surface is a city that has its roots in an ancient heritage. Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples stand close to skyscrapers as a reminder of a more contemplative time and at the heart of the hyperactive centre lies the serene Imperial Palace, the home of the ruling emperor that provides a tangible link to the city's historical past.

Behind the shopping, entertainment and commercial emporia can be found quaint wooden houses, private gardens with meticulously clipped bonsai trees and the Zen-like calm of the Hamarikyu Gardens. The city's reputation as a mega-expensive metropolis is ill conceived and visitors can take advantage of inexpensive izakaya bars and neighborhood cafes that serve delicious noodles and rice dishes.

Afternoon:
Upon arrival at your hotel, afternoon is at leisure. Take a stroll in one of the many local parks, unwind with the wonderful amenities of our five star hotel, or head to one of Tokyo's many vibrant neighborhoods.

Evening:
Welcome dinner and cocktails in Tokyo

Accommodations: The Conrad Hotel, Tokyo, Five Stars

Meals Included: Dinner and cocktails

 

Day 2 - Sunday, June 2, 2019
Tokyo

Enjoy a wonderful Western and Japanese breakfast at our hotel.

Morning / Afternoon:
Japan gay tour - Imperial PalaceTake a tour of this fascinating city with a local guide, making use of Tokyo's comprehensive and user friendly public transport system.

The day begins with a visit to the outside Imperial Palace, home of Japan's Imperial Family. Next is Asakusa, Tokyo's old town where you can soak in the atmosphere of the Tokyo of old. Visit Sensoji, Tokyo's oldest temple and wander down Nakamise, a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries.

Take the subway across town to Meiji Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the deified spirit of Emperor Meiji and a popular place for traditional Japanese weddings. If time permits, you can take a walk down Omotesando shopping street, a broad tree lined avenue home to the flagship stores of the world's top fashion brands.

Evening:
Tonight, enjoy Tokyo's gay nightlife!

Accommodations: The Conrad Hotel, Tokyo, Five Stars

Meals Included: Breakfast

 

Day 3 - Monday, June 3, 2019
Old Tokyo

Enjoy a wonderful Western and Japanese breakfast at our hotel.

Japan gay tour - Old TokyoMorning:
Our image of Tokyo is usually that of a super-modern metropolis but suburbs like Yanaka, which was miraculously spared the carnage of the Allied bombings in World War II, still preserve a nostalgic atmosphere. Part of its charm today lies in this sense of being hidden.

This morning, visit old temples and shrines, one of Tokyo's oldest Buddhist cemeteries as well as traditional shops selling Japanese paper and sweets, and soak in the atmosphere of pre-war Tokyo.

Afternoon:
This Afternoon, take a look at what life in this area used to be like in the Shitamachi Museum, located in Ueno Park. One of the most popular parks for hanami (cherry blossom parties) in Tokyo, Ueno Park was originally part of Kaneiji Temple, which used to be one of the city's largest and wealthiest temples and a family temple of the ruling Tokugawa clan during the Edo Period. Your guide will take you on a stroll to show you the many attractions that enrich this large park. Last stop for the day is Ueno's Ameyoko-cho, a busy market street underneath the train lines. Originally the site of a black market after World War Two, this bustling market is the last of its kind in Tokyo, and is filled with shops and stalls selling various products such as fresh fish, dried food and spices.

We will stop for lunch and eat as the locals do, at one of the many open air restaurants under the train tracks and enjoy such things as their famous yakitori (grilled chicken skewer).

Accommodations: The Conrad Hotel, Tokyo, Five Stars

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

 

Day 4 - Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Tokyo - Kyoto

Enjoy a wonderful Western and Japanese breakfast at our hotel.

Japan gay tour - KyotoMorning:
Today you will ride Japan's world famous Shinkansen bullet train to Kyoto. Capable of speeds of up to 185mph (360km/h), the journey will take only a few hours. Your guide will then escort you to your hotel.

Kyoto is a must see destination in Japan. Kyoto is the nation's former capital and was the residence of the emperor from 794 until 1868. It is Japan's seventh largest metropolis with a population of around 1.4 million and a city of culture that offers a plethora of temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures that still survive today. With 2,000 religious buildings, including 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines, as well as palaces, gardens and associated architecture, it is one of the best preserved cities in Japan and has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. Kyoto represents the "Japan of old" and beyond the high rise skyscrapers built as a monument to progress, the real monument to Japan's historical and cultural past can be found in the city's narrow alleyways where tea houses abound and kimono-clad geisha hurry from elegant function to function. This is a place to go back in time to Japan's mysterious past where echoes of the court nobility resonate at the Imperial Palace and the search for contemplation can be found in Ryoanji's Zen rock gardens.

Afternoon:
This afternoon you will have the opportunity to try your hand at one of Japan's Traditional Arts, such as Calligraphy or Origami, Flower Arrangement, and more.

Evening:
Late evening, we suggest a visit to our favorite bar and club, located right in the heart of Kyoto's famous Geisha District.

Accommodations: The Hyatt Regency Kyoto Hotel, Kyoto, Five Stars

Meals Included: Breakfast

 

Day 5 - Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Kyoto

Enjoy a wonderful Western and Japanese breakfast at our hotel.

Japan gay tour - Kinkakuji Temple KyotoMorning / Afternoon:
Today, visit 2 of Kyoto's 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites and a local market on this half day tour.

Start the day with a visit to Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), which was originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun. After his death it became a Buddhist Temple at his request, and is now one of Kyoto's most famous temples.

Next is Nijo Castle, an ornamental castle that was built by the founder of the Edo Shogunate as his Kyoto residence and is surrounded by stunning surrounding gardens. The main building was completed in 1603, and is famous for its architecture, decorated sliding doors and 'chirping' nightingale floors. Finish the day with a visit to Nishiki Market. Known as "Kyoto's Kitchen", Nishiki is a narrow shopping street lined more than 100 shops, selling fresh seafood and vegetables, pickles, Japanese sweets and sushi.

Accommodations: The Hyatt Regency Kyoto Hotel, Kyoto, Five Stars

Meals Included: Breakfast

 

Day 6 - Thursday, June 6, 2019
Kyoto

Enjoy a wonderful Western and Japanese breakfast at our hotel.

Japan gay tour - Arashiyama district KyotoMorning:
Head to the Arashiyama district, a pleasant district in the western outskirts of Kyoto. The area has been a popular destination since the Heian Period (794-1185), when nobles would enjoy its natural setting. Okochi Mountain Villa is the former villa of the popular samurai film star Okochi Denjiro (1896-1962), and consists of several beautiful gardens and buildings, including living quarters, tea houses and a zen meditation hall. Here you will enjoy some matcha green tea with a snack. Next, take a walk through Arashiyama's famous bamboo groves, which are particularly attractive when there is a light wind and the tall bamboo stalks sway gently back and forth. The bamboo has been used to manufacture various products, such as baskets, cups, boxes and mats at local workshops for centuries. Nonomiya shrine is a Shinto shrine where in ancient times, unmarried imperial princesses stayed for a year or more to purify themselves. Ranked among Kyoto's five great Zen temples, Tenryuji is the largest and most impressive temple in Arashiyama. Founded in 1339 at the beginning of the Muromachi Period (1338-1573), the temple is one of Kyoto's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In addition to its temple buildings, there are attractive gardens with walking paths.

In a traditional building inside the temple grounds overlooking the beautifully landscaped garden, enjoy a beautiful vegetarian shojin-ryori (traditional Buddhist cuisine) lunch built around yuba, tofu and seasonal vegetables.

Japan gay tour - Fushimi Inari Shrine KyotoAfternoon:
This afternoon, we will visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It was featured in Memoirs of a Geisha and is famous for its thousands of orange torii gates, which arch over magnificent trails behind its main buildings. The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari, which stands at 233 meters and belongs to the shrine grounds.

Fushimi Inari is the most important of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. Foxes are thought to be Inari's messengers, resulting in many fox statues across the shrine grounds. Fushimi Inari Shrine has ancient origins, predating the capital's move to Kyoto in 794.

Accommodations: The Hyatt Regency Kyoto Hotel, Kyoto, Five Stars

Meals Included: Breakfast

 

Day 7 - Friday, June 7, 2019
Kyoto

Enjoy a wonderful Western and Japanese breakfast at our hotel.

There is so much to see and do in Kyoto, and today is at your leisure to explore the things of particular interest to you.

Accommodations: The Hyatt Regency Kyoto Hotel, Kyoto, Five Stars

Meals Included: Breakfast

 

Day 8 - Saturday, June 8, 2019
Koya-san (Mt Koya)

Enjoy a wonderful Western and Japanese breakfast at our hotel.

Japan gay tour - Mount KoyaMorning:
This morning you will make the scenic journey to holy Mt Koya (Koya-san). With a 2 hour coach ride, you will wind your way up into the mountains of Wakayama Prefecture until you arrive into Koyasan.

Mount Koya is the center of Shingon Buddhism, an important Buddhist sect which was introduced to Japan in 805 by Kobo Daishi. Since then over one hundred temples have sprung up along the streets of Koyasan. The most important among them are Kongobuji, the head temple of Shingon Buddhism, and Okunoin, the site of Kobo Daishi's mausoleum. Koya-san and its surrounds is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Evening:
Tonight you will be staying at a shukubo, Japanese temple lodging. Dinner will be shojin ryori, traditional Buddhist cuisine. This vegetarian meal is not only healthy but delicious as well!

Accommodations: Shukubo Koya-san Eko-in Temple, A Buddhist Monastery

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

 

Day 9 - Sunday, June 9, 2019
Osaka

Enjoy a wonderful breakfast at our hotel.

Morning:
Japan gay tour - Osaka An early start today as you will be able to witness the monks chanting their morning prayers. This spiritual experience is followed by a shojin ryori breakfast. The rest of the morning is free to further explore Koya-san, before making the 2 hour coach trip to Osaka.

Historically the commercial capital of Japan, with a population of 2.6 million, Osaka is Japan's third largest metropolis and second most important business city and it has been the economic powerhouse of the Kansai region for centuries. Osaka first gained prominence when a powerful warlord built the country's most magnificent castle in the 16th century. To develop resources for his castle town, the ruler persuaded merchants from other parts of the nation to resettle in Osaka and it became an important distribution centre. As the merchant class prospered, the town grew and traditional arts, such as kabuki and bunraku flourished. With the legacy of the city's commercial beginnings still intact, Osaka is renowned as an international business center. It is also famous for its local cuisine, the castle, bustling port, aquarium, underground shopping arcades, the oldest state temple in Japan and its popular Universal Studios attraction.

Japan's third biggest city, what Osaka lacks in sightseeing draw cards it makes up for with its flamboyance, fun loving people, and amazing food. Known as 'Japan's kitchen', you will be free to take a wander down Dotonbori, a former pleasure district turned restaurant mecca where amongst other things you can sample fugu (poisonous puffer fish) and takoyaki (octopus balls).

Afternoon:
This afternoon is free for you to catch up on any last minute shopping, and have one more delicious Japanese meal before heading home.

Evening:
Evening Farewell dinner.

Accommodations: The Ritz Carlton Hotel, Osaka, 5 Stars

Meals Included: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

 

Day 10 - Monday, June 10, 2019
Depart Osaka

Enjoy a wonderful Western and Japanese breakfast at our hotel.

Morning:
Morning at Leisure

Departure:
Enjoy transport to Kansai International Airport (60 minutes).

Meals Included: Breakfast

 

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The Conrad Hotel, Tokyo

3 nights

The Conrad Hotel, TokyoLocated among the skyscrapers of Shiodome, The Conrad Hotel boasts 2 Michelin-starred restaurants and a 29th-floor spa with beautiful city views. The spacious rooms include a bathroom with rain shower. Shiodome Subway Station is right next to the hotel, while Hamarikyu Garden and JR Shinbashi Train Station are both a 5-minute walk away.

This hotel was selected as one of Top 25 Hotels in Japan by TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Award.

Rooms at the Conrad are among the largest in Tokyo, and feature panoramic views of Hamarikyu Gardens or Tokyo Bay through floor-to-ceiling windows. Offering stylish decors, rooms come with a minibar, a flat-screen TV with a VOD system and a DVD player.

Guests can swim laps in the picturesque free-use indoor pool or work out to views of Tokyo in the spacious fitness centre. Mizuki Spa offers private treatment rooms and a variety of relaxing massages.

Conrad Tokyo houses 5 dining options with city skyline views, including China Blue.

 

The Hyatt Regency Kyoto Hotel, Kyoto

4 Nights

Hyatt Regency Kyoto HotelGet the celebrity treatment with world-class service at Hyatt Regency Kyoto

The stylish Hyatt Regency offers spacious rooms, free Wi-Fi at the lobby and 3 restaurants on just a 5-minute drive from Kyoto Station. It features a fitness centre, spa services and rental bicycles.

The elegant rooms are decorated in light natural tones, and furnished with a 32-inch plasma TV, a DVD player and a safe. A minibar, nightwear and slippers are provided.

Guests can treat themselves to shiatsu, acupuncture, aromatherapy and other treatments at Riraku Spa. The Kyoto Regency Hyatt offers a 24-hour concierge, a souvenir shop.

Restaurant The Grill features French grill dishes, while Touzan serves Japanese cuisine and Trattoria Sette offers Italian food. The Hyatt has a bar, a pastry shop and 24-hour room service.

 

Shukubo Koya-san Eko-in Temple, Koya San

1 Night Shukubo Koya-san Eko-in Temple, Koya San

A 1000 year-old Buddhist temple, Shukubo Koya-san Eko-in offers Japanese-style accommodation, a beautiful garden and free WiFi. Guests are free to attend Buddhist morning services, the Goma fire ritual and meditation.

Rooms feature tatami-mat flooring, comfortable futon bedding and paper sliding screens. They are fitted with an LCD TV and a safe.

Guests can experience group meditation, and they can write Buddhist texts with a brush and ink on scrolls at their room. They can also go hiking in the scenic surroundings of Koya-san Eko-in. The temple has a lounge with a PC corner.

Meals are served at the guest room at scheduled times and feature Buddhist vegetarian cuisine. Groups of 4 or more persons dine at the Japanese-style dining room, where chairs can be provided upon advance request.

 

The Ritz Carlton Hotel, Osaka

1 night

The Ritz Carlton Hotel, Osaka Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at The Ritz-Carlton Osaka.

Conveniently located just a 7-minute walk from JR Osaka Station and Hankyu Umeda Station, this 5-star hotel offers 6 dining options, free-use fitness centre and indoor pool, and a luxurious spa. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.

Spacious rooms at The Ritz-Carlton Osaka offer private bathrooms with marble double sinks and bathrobes, 37-inch flat-screen TV and CD/DVD player. A minibar and coffee maker are also provided.

Guests can enjoy a rejuvenating massage at the spa for a fee, or take a dip in the hot tub.

The hotel features a Michelin-starred French restaurant La Baie and a Japanese restaurant Hanagatami. Guests can also enjoy Italian dishes at Splendido restaurant or sip cocktails at The Bar.

 

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