Tokyo / Mt. Fuji / Hakone / Takayama / Shirakawago / Kanazawa / Kyoto

Highlights:

  • Journey to many of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Be dazzled by Tokyo’s traditional culture and sci-fi streetscapes
  • Visit the famous Great Buddha in Kamakura
  • Tour to the iconic Mt. Fuji
  • Stroll along the charming traditional street in Takayama
  • Enjoy the spectacular view of the unique Shirakawago Village
  • Discover historic Kyoto with many architectural masterpieces

Tour Enhancements
Tokyo
Evening Walking Tokyo tour with Street Food tasting, at $89 per person
Kyoto
Kyoto Maiko Show with Japanese Dinner, at $199 per person

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ACCOMODATIONS

CITYNIGHTSHOTELS
Tokyo3Keio Plaza
Hakone1Yumoto Fujiya Hotel
Takayama1Hida Hotel Plaza
Kanazawa1Hotel Nikko Kanazawa
Kyoto2New Miyako
DAY 1
Arrival in Tokyo

Arrive at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport. Transfer by airport shuttle 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)

Note: Alternative “Tokyo Skytree® & Asakusa Tour” is available for $15 per person.

DAY 3
Tokyo

Begin the day with a unique Matcha Green tea experience at Jomyo-ji Temple. Walk through the grounds of the Hokoku-ji Temple, known as the bamboo temple for its beautiful bamboo grove. After a Japanese-style, Buddhist vegetarian lunch, continue to Kotoku-in Temple, known for its 40-foot tall bronze statue of Buddha. Visit a getaway island, popular year-round for its cool ocean breezes. (B,L)

DAY 4
Tokyo | My. Fuji | Hakone

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 5
Hakone | Takayama

Morning Bullet Train to Nagoya then transfer to Takayama, an ancient city called “Little Kyoto”.
Afternoon visit to Yatai Kaikan Hall and the Kusakabe Folk Museum, an 1890’s house that now holds a collection of folk art. Walk along the streets of Kami Sannomachi, with its preservation of traditional Japanese wooden houses, shops and sake breweries. (B)

DAY 6
Takayama | Shirakawago | Kanazawa

Morning visit to the famous market of Takayama. Continue on to a scenic drive to Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory for spectacular views of Shirakawago Village, a UNESCO World Heritage site. (B)

DAY 7
Kanazawa | Kyoto

The day begins with a visit to the former residence of a samurai family. Continue to 400-year-old Kenrokuen Garden, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, followed by a visit to a beautifully preserved former geisha district. Later transfer to Kyoto by train. (B)

DAY 8
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. After lunch, tour some of the city’s other historical temples and shrines. (B,L)

*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 9
Depart Kyoto

Transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)

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