Hosted Seat-in-Coach Itinerary arriving on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2017
9 Nights/10 Days — From US$3099 per person, twin sharing basis for minimum 2 people
Arrive Tokyo – Day 1 and 2
Upon your arrival at Narita Airport you will be met and assisted to your bus transport for your journey to the city and your accommodations at SHIBA PARK HOTEL or similar. Get ready for the exciting days ahead discovering the “Land of the Rising Sun.” On your second day set out with your expert guide to explore the bustling capital of Tokyo. Explore the traditional gardens of the Imperial Palace Plaza, former site of the Medieval Edo Castle, and visit Sensoji Temple. See the Nakamise arcade and the famed Ginza district. Participate in a traditional Tea Ceremony, and snap the best view of Tokyo from atop Tokyo Tower.
Kamakura – Day 3
Take a full-day excursion to the coastal city of Kamakura. Formerly a political center, it is now sometimes referred to as the Kyoto of Eastern Japan because of its numerous temples, shrines and historic monuments. A Japanese-style lunch is included. Return to Tokyo and your hotel.
Mt. Fuji & Hakone – Day 4
Travel to iconic 12,388’ high Mt. Fuji and Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park on the shores of Lake Ashi. Enjoy a scenic cruise of the lake and take the cable ride up neighboring Mt. Komagatake for more spectacular views of “Fuji-san” and the surrounding volcanic landscapes. Stop along the way for a Japanese-style lunch. Spend the night in Hakone at YUMOTO FUJIYA HOTEL or similar.
Takayama – Day 5
Transfer to the Odawara train station this morning for your rail journey to tranquil Takayama via Nagoya. Lose yourself in Old Japan in this beautifully preserved town in the Hida Mountains. Visit the Kusakabe Heritage House, the unforgettable Edo-style merchants’ house. Arrive at your overnight accommodations at HIDA HOTEL PLAZA or similar.
Kanazawa – Day 6 and 7
Peruse the colorful marketplace before winding up your Takayama exploration in Shirakawa-go. With its 25 authentic village houses, the restored “learning village” and UNESCO World Heritage Site provides a window into the rural lives of farmers. On to Kanazawa where you’ll settle into your overnight accommodations at HOTEL KANAZAWA or similar. The next morning, begin your sightseeing of Kanazawa. Get a glimpse into the lifestyle of the Maeda Clan in the Nagamachi Samurai District. And be amazed by the “garden perfection” achieved at Kenrokuen Gardens before departing by train for Kyoto and your accommodations at KARASUMA KYOTO or similar.
Kyoto/Nara – Day 8 and 9
Explore the former imperial capital city of Kyoto, the center of Japanese culture for over 1,000 years. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it rivals Kanazawa as one of the best preserved cities in Japan with more than 200 Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. Visit the striking golden Kinkaku-Ji Temple, Nijo Castle, and Kyoto Imperial Palace. Enjoy a Japanese or Western Buffet lunch and then meet the local artisans and shop at the Kyoto Handcraft Center. Spend the next morning relaxing or exploring on your own. Then join the tour to ancient Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan over 1300 years ago. Visit the enormous bronze Buddha at Todai-Ji Temple, and the Kasuga Taisha Shrine with its red-painted crridors and Torii gates. You’ll be smitten with the free-roaming deer that make Nara Park their home.
Depart for Home – Day 10
Bid farewell to Kyoto as you are assisted in your transport to Kansai International Airport for your return flight home.