2018 DEPARTURE DATES
MAY: 10, 24
JUN: 11, 25
AUG: 6, 27
SEP: 10, 24
OCT: 15, 22
2019 DEPARTURE DATES
MAR: 4, 11, 18, 25
APR: 8, 15, 22
MAY: 13, 20, 27
DAY 1 NARITA/HANEDA ARRIVAL
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by our tour manager and transferred to the hotel. Relax in the hotel that evening, explore Tokyo city or enjoy dinner at your leisure.
DAY 2 TOKYO – IMPERIAL PALACE, ASAKUSA KANNON, NAKAMISEN
After breakfast, enjoy a free day in Tokyo. You can visit the city main tourist attractions such as Tokyo Tower or Tokyo Disneyland which has seven themed lands, fun attractions and fantastic entertainment. Alternatively, meet our English-speaking tour guide for a guided tour of Tokyo. Head up the 333 meter-high Tokyo Tower, first opened in 1958 for an incredible view of the city. Visit the Imperial Palace, otherwise known as Edo Castle for a taste of history. After lunch, catch a glimpse of the beautiful Rainbow Bridge at Tokyo Bay before delving into the spiritual side of Tokyo at Asakusa Kannon Temple, also known as Sensoji Temple. The Buddhist temple, built in the 7th century, is the oldest temple in Japan. Next hit the famous Nakamisen shopping street where traditional Japanese food, souvenirs and novelty items can be purchased. Afterwards, you will be escorted to the famous shopping district of Ginza.
DAY 3 ASAHI BREWERIES, OWAKUDANI, HAKONE HEIWA PARK
Following breakfast, you will travel to Asahi Breweries where you can view the entire brewing process and enjoy freshly brewed beer in an open-area tasting room.The tour will then depart for the Owakudani volcano, where you will have the best view of the Mount Fuji. Enjoy a scenic ride on the Hakone Ropeway and gaze at the view from Hakone Heiwa Park. Your trip to Owakudani will be dependent on weather and if weather does not permit, alternative arrangements will be made). Enjoy a seafood buffet served with barbecue fresh abalone while watching the night show. Then relax and refresh in the local hot spring before ending the night at a the Japanese-style hotel to experience the traditional tatami rooms.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
DAY 4 FIJI VISITOR CENTER, OSHINO-HAKAI, KAKEGAWA CITY, TOYOHASHI
This morning will begin with a trip to the Fuji Visitor Center, in the town of “Kemmarubi” where the lava flow from Mt Fuji ends. This is the entrance to Japan's famous Mt Fuji. Delve into the history of Mt Fuji's eruptions, nature and culture as you view the volcano from a special viewing platform. The tour will then proceed on to Oshino Hakkai, a small scenic village with eight ponds. The deep ponds contain interesting freshwater plant life and large fish. After lunch, continue on to the Kakegawa city, where you will taste authentic Japanese green tea. Afterwards, you will take a bullet train to Toyohashi city where you can experience one of Japan’s most punctual, fastest and safest transportation. Check in to your hotel in Toyohashi in the evening.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
DAY 5 TOYOHASHI, KYOTO, KIYOMIZU TEMPLE
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before the tour continues to Kyoto, a romantic city renowned for its traditional and new architecture and cultural life. Kyoto was Japan's capital for almost 300 years. Once you arrive, you will visit the famous Kiyomizu Temple, first constructed in the 7th century and rebuilt in 1633. On the journey to the temple you will walk through a beautiful shopping district where souvenirs, Kyoto ceramics, Japanese mochi and snacks can be purchased. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure or to visit nearby Hanakomachi.
DAY 6 KYOTO
Following breakfast, you're free to explore the city at your own pace or join the optional city tour. The tour will visit Nijo Castle, the Golden Pavillion, Arashiyama Bamboo Forrest and enjoy a traditional kimono show at the Nishijin Textile Gallery. In the evening, the optional tour concludes with a visit to the Nishiki Market, famous for its unique Japanese cuisine. Lunch will be provided during the optional tour
DAY 7 KYOTO, NARA, OSAKA
After breakfast, you will proceed to the city of Nara, the first capital of Japan. Your first stop will be to the Todaiji Temple which is home to the great bronze Buddha. The gardens surrounding the Budha are home to more than 1000 holy deer. You will also visit the beautiful Kasuga Taisha shrine. After lunch, continue on to Osaka Castle and the Dotonbori area of Osaka. Dinner will be enjoyed at a local restaurant before you return to your Osaka hotel for the evening
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
DAY 8 DEPART OSAKA
Transfer to Kansai International Airport for your flight home. We hope you enjoyed your journey to Japan with us.