Tokyo | Mt. Fuji | Takayama | Kyoto
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Day 1: Arrival in Tokyo
Arrive at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport. Transfer by airport limo-bus to your hotel.
Note: For arrival at Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport, please inquire.
Day 2: Tokyo
Your morning sightseeing includes the Imperial Palace Plaza, the large plaza where you can view the Imperial Palace located in the former site of Edo Castle surrounded by moats and massive stone walls; Tokyo Tower, the city’s 1,100 foot high landmark; and the Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo’s largest and most popular Buddhist temple. The afternoon is yours to continue to explore this vibrant city. (B)
Day 3: Tokyo | Mt. Fuji | Tokyo
Excursion to the iconic Mt. Fuji, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a symbol of Japan. Visit the Fuji Visitor Center and have a breathtaking view of the surrounding lake-dotted environs. Depart to Lake Ashi for a relaxing cruise ride. Also enjoy a cable car ride up Mt. Komagatake on the Komagatake Ropeway, for a sweeping view of Lake Ashi and Owakudari Valley. (B,L)
Day 4: Tokyo | Takayama
Depart by express bus to the ancient city of Takayama. (B)
Day 5: Takayama | Kyoto
Morning walking tour of Takayama includes a visit to Yatai Kaikan Hall, and the Kusakabe Folk Museum, a 1890’s house that now hold a collection of folk art. Walk along the streets of Kami Sannomachi, with its preservation of traditional Japanese wooden houses, shops and sake breweries. In the afternoon board a train to Nagoya, then connect to the Bullet Train to Kyoto. Arrive in picturesque Kyoto. (B)
Day 6: Kyoto
Begin the day by visiting the 17th-century Nijo Castle*, which was built as the residence of the Tokugawa Shogunate and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Continue to Kinkakuji Temple, with its magnificent Golden Pavilion whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Then visit the Kyoto Imperial Palace**, the former residence of Japan’s Imperial Family. The afternoon is yours. (B)
*An alternative location is Ryoanji Temple famous for its rock garden, which consists of a rectangular plot of pebbles surrounded by low earthen walls.**An alternative location is Kitano Tenmangu, a 10th-century Shinto shrine.
Day 7: Depart Kyoto
Transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)