GLUTEN FREE "IMPRESSIONS OF JAPAN" TOUR
Choose any date of travel (this is an individual itinerary, not a group trip)
Thanks to a collaboration between Gluten Free Travel-Us and Wendy Wu Tours, we are able to present a wonderful Gluten Free experience in Japan. Once again, this is a suggested itinerary that can be altered based on your own timing, budget, and desired length of stay. This amazing Japan travel experience specifically includes keeping you "food safe" with gluten free meals at hotels that have been carefully vetted. Ellen and Wendy Wu Tours had to make certain that the hotels they chose had the knowledge and experience to keep their very special gluten free travelers healthy. Please keep in mind, you will not be eating from street vendors or stopping in restaurants along the way. The Japanese cuisine is not inherently gluten free AND the greater population has little knowledge of gluten intolerance or celiac disease.
Below you will find a brief description of the places you'll visit -- along with a suggested itinerary. Your trip can be planned for any time of year and can accommodate an extended stay in any of these cities, should you desire more time. You can also shorten your visit by eleiminating anything that does not appeal to you or fit into your schedule. Pricing is always based upon number of travelers, time of year, and exact itinerary.
Tokyo: Located on the main island of Honshu, Tokyo, meaning "Eastern Capital," was originally a small fishing village called Edo. Although it has had a turbulent past, including the wrath of war and devastation of earthquakes, the city has risen and is today one of the world's major metropolises.
Kyoto: Once the imperial capital of Japan, Kyoto is another city with a ravaged past. The city is home to over 2,000 places of worship, comprising of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines.
Osaka: The modern day city of Osaka, meaning "large hill" or "large slope," is Japan's third largest city. Established as a major industrial and cultural centre in 1889, it is also home to one of Japan's most famous castles, Osaka Castle, which was originally built in 1593.
Day 1: Arrive Tokyo
Upon arrival to Tokyo, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy the rest of the day free at your leisure.
Day 2: Tokyo
Enjoy a full-day tour with a local guide utilizing Tokyo's public transport system. Visit Meiji Shrine, Tokyo's most famous shrine; Harajuku, Tokyo's youth mecca; Omotesando, referred to as Tokyo's "Champs-Elysees;" and Ginza, Tokyo's famous upmarket district. You will also visit the Imperial Palace East Gardens (the palace itself is not open to the public). Finally visit Asakusa, home to Nakamise shopping street and Sensoji Temple, Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple.
Day 3: Tokyo
Early this morning you will begin a half-day tour travelling by subway to the Tsukiji Fish Market. Explore the vegetable and fruit areas and the impressive seafood section. After buying ingredients, you will learn to make various forms of sushi. The afternoon is free at your leisure.
Day 4: Tokyo to Kyoto
Make your own way to the station and travel by Shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto. Upon arrival, make your own way to your hotel. This afternoon, you'll visit a traditional tea house in the Gion geisha district. Enjoy green tea and Japanese cake in the company of a geisha or maiko (apprentice geisha). Watch a traditional dance performance by the geisha, before returning to your hotel.
Day 5: Kyoto
Enjoy a full-day tour exploring Kyoto with a local guide utilizing the public transport system. Visit Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) and continue to Ryoanji temple with its famous rock garden, and finally Nijo Castle.
Day 6: Kyoto to Osaka
Make your own way to Kyoto station and travel by JR local train to Osaka for an overnight stay. Upon arrival, make your own way to your hotel. This afternoon explore Osaka with a local guide utilizing the public transport system. Visit Osaka Castle and take a cruise along the Yodogawa River.
Day 7: Depart Osaka
You will be met by your local guide in the lobby of your hotel and transferred to the airport to board your flight.
PLEASE NOTE: IN THIS SPECIAL SITUATION, IF WE CAN GET A NUMBER OF TRAVELERS WISHING TO GO AT THE SAME TIME, WE COULD CREATE A GROUP TRIP IF YOU DESIRE.