S: All prices and additional info will be included in the handout
BC: This concludes Jamal's Tour of Japan Hope you had fun Miss M.
FC: Jamal's Tour of Japan (All prices and additional travel information will be included in the handout)
1: Flight from Toronto Pearson to Tokyo will take approximately 13-14 hours | You will be flying from Toronto to Tokyo on All Nippon Airways. Leaving on the 20th of May, returning on the 12th
2: In Tokyo you will be staying at the luxurious Dai Ichi Hotel. This hotel is in the Ginza shopping district and walking distance from Imperial Palace Grounds
4: The first site you will be seeing is the Tokyo Imperial palace, shown in the picture above. The Palace is only a short way from the hotel you will be staying at. The palace is located on the site of the former Edo Castle. The Edo castle was the seat of the Tokugawa Shogunate from 1603-1867 when it was overthrown. After this the Imperial Residence was moved from Kyoto to Tokyo.The inner buildings are not open to the public, however guided tours of the grounds are held in Japanese with English pamphlets and audio guides provided. The tours must be booked in advance. This site is significant because it shows the not only the architecture of early Japan, but also gives some insight into the government of early Japan.
5: The second site you will be viewing is the Meiji Shrine. It is located next to the Harajuku station. This site is dedicated to the defied spirits of Emperor Meiji who is credited as bringing Japan out of it feudal isolationism during the "Meiji Restoration" making Japan emerge as one the most powerful countries by the time of his death. The shrine was dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken in 1920, 8 years after Meiji's death and 6 years after Shoken's. This site is significant because it helps give some insight into the history of Japan and one of its greatest leaders. It shows makings of a Shinto shrine and how the Japanese treat defied spirits.
6: Next you will be traveling to Osaka by train, it will take approximately 2 and a half hours | You will be staying at Rihga Royal Hotel in Osaka. Since Osaka and Kyoto are relatively close you can visit all the Kyoto sites without switching hotels.
7: The first site in Osaka that you will be viewing is the Osaka Castle. The Osaka Castle is constructed on the former site of Hongaji Temple. Totoyomi Hideyoshi intended the castle to represent a new and unified Japan, however a few years after Hideyoshi's death Tokugawa troops stormed the castle killing off the Totoyomi lineage.
8: The next site is the the Shinnoji Temple. The Temple is one of Japan's oldest sites still around today. It was built in 593 by the command Prince Shotoku. Who supported the introduction of Buddhism in Japan. Although the temple buildings have fallen/been burned down numerous time throughout the centuries it had always been carefully reconstructed to match the original temple built in the 6th century. Next to the temple is the Gokraku-jodo garden. The temple is significant because it was built by Prince Shotoku who was trying to bring Buddhism into a mostly Shinto Japan. The temple is a short walk from the Tennoji station of the Japanese Railway.
9: R | The fist site in Kyoto is the Ryoanji Temple. The Ryoanji Temple is the site of Japan's most famous rock garden. Built in 1450. It is one of Kyoto's oldest buildings and shows the architectural skill of the Japanese architects in the 15th century. It also is a very famous tourist attraction in Kyoto. This site is signigant because it shows some insight into the Zen Buddhist religion and some of their practices. It also the biggest rock garden in all of Japan.
10: The sixth and final site is the Nijo castle. The Nijo Castle was the residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu the first Shogun of the Edo Period. After the Tokugawa Shogunate fell in 1867 the castle was used as an imperial grounds for a short while until the government opened it up to the public as an historic site. The site is significant because it shows some insight to the architecture and government of the 19th century Japan.
11: Hope you enjoyed the tour. | That brings you to the end of your 3 week tour. After this you will take the train from Osaka back to Tokyo and hop on your return flight to Toronto. Hope you enjoyed the tour.