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Luxury Small Group Departures IW-201

Tokyo | Mount Fuji | Osaka | Kyoto

What’s included:

  • Individual arrival and departure transfers
  • Accommodation in 5*, centrally located hotels (all service charges and fees included)
  • Professional Tour Manager throughout
  • Breakfast daily at the hotels
  • All meals as described in the itinerary
  • All transfers as per program with a modern 19 passenger Sprinter, or similar luxury vehicle
  • All train rides as per itinerary with Fast Bullet train
  • All visits and entrance fees as described in the itinerary
  • Luggage handling at hotels (one piece per person in and out)

ACCOMODATIONS

CITY NIGHTS HOTELS
Tokyo FOUR SEASONS HOTEL MARUNOUCHI TOKYO - OR SIMILAR
Fuji BESSAHO SASA - OR SIMILAR
Osaka HARMONIE EMBRASSEE - OR SIMILAR
Kyoto SUIRAN LUXURY COLLECTION - OR SIMILAR
DAY 1
SATURDAY: Arrive Tokyo

Upon arrival at Narita or Haneda International airport, meet with your English-Speaking driver and transfer to our hotel. Enjoy some free time to relax and recuperate from your long flights. In the early evening we will meet in the lobby for a welcome drink followed by a transfer to a dreamy typical Japanese dinner called Yakatabune Cruise with Geisha, it will be the perfect evening to dive into the Japanese culture and history. (D)

DAY 2
SUNDAY: Tokyo

Today will be dedicated to getting to know the exciting capital city of Japan. Through the day we will visit the Tokyo tower, a communication and observation tower inspired by the French Eiffel, second largest structure in Japan. We will take a stroll down the busy market street Ameyoko and enjoy the Ueno Park. Later, we visit the Edo-Tokyo Museum, established to preserve the Tokyo historical heritage and Edo, its precursor, over the past 400 years. We will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and later, visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple, a pagoda-style temple dedicated to the goddess of mercy. We will end our day of exploring with a visit to Meji Shrine, a Shinto complex made in honor to an emperor and rebuilt after World War ll. We will return to our hotel with time at leisure.  (B, L)

DAY 3
MONDAY: Tokyo

Our exploration today starts in the Tsukiji Fish Market, a beautiful representation of Japanese life. Here we will enjoy the sight of many colorful shops and lively atmosphere. We will continue to a restaurant where we will have a sushi-making class with a professional chef, and enjoy a sushi lunch of our own making! After lunch we will visit the Samurai Museum, to learn about the history and the way of life of the elite-warriors, the famous Samurai. Before calling it a day, we will indulge in a Sake Tasting and sample some of Japan’s finest sake while we also learn about its importance and its deep roots in the Japanese culture. The balance of the day is at leisure for you to enjoy Tokyo at your own pace. (B, L)

DAY 4
TUESDAY: Tokyo - Mt. Fuji

Today we bid farewell to Tokyo and begin our discovery of the other parts of Japan. We start our journey with a visit Mt. Fuji, the scared mountain in Japan. Our first stop will be at Itchiku Kubota Art museum. Kubota Itchiku was the artist who revived the lost art of Tsujigahana silk dyeing, technique used for elaborate kimono decoration. After the visit, we will enjoy lunch together at local restaurant, where we also learn the art of making noodles. After our amazing lunch we will head to visit Lake Kawaguchiku, one of the beautiful Five Lakes of Fuji. We will enjoy the scenery and explore Oshino Hakkai, a set of eight ponds in Oshino, small picturesque village. Tonight we spend the night in Lake Kawaguchiku, with dinner included. The hotel also offers hot springs experiences if you wish to relax and enjoy the warm healing waters. (B, L, D)

DAY 5
WEDNESDAY: Mt. Fuji – Osaka

Today will be an exciting day to experience the bullet train in Japan to Osaka. Osaka is historically known as a merchant city, and today famous for its undisputed culinary scene. Upon arrival we will settle in our hotel and refresh before heading out for a foodie tour of the popular Dotonbori District where we will sample dishes from the brilliant gastronomically creative restaurant that line the street. The rest of the day is yours to explore on own, enjoy the city views and have fun! (B, D)

DAY 6
THURSDAY: Osaka – Nara – Osaka

Just outside Osaka, lies Nara, Japan’s old capital, our destination for the day. We will visit the Todai-ji Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the largest bronze Buddha statue in Japan. Later, we will discover the Nara Park, home to hundreds of deer thought to be venerated here as divine spirits. We will enjoy the opportunity observe and interact these beautiful animals before continuing to Kasuga Taisha Shrine for another mesmerizing experience, the Shinto ceremony. We will relax over luch at a local restaurant and returning to our hotel in Osaka with time at leisure. Tonight we will have another amazing experience, the Osaka Castle Illuminage. Lights with color will illuminate the buildings and signs like magig, then we indulge in a delicious dinner while watching a Nanja performance (B, L, D)

DAY 7
FRIDAY: Osaka – Kyoto

This morning we will travel to Kyoto, also a city that was once the capital of Japan, famous for its numerous classical Buddhist temples, as well as astonishing gardens and imperial palaces. Upon our arrival, we visit the Arashiyama area, a popular destination since the Heian Period when nobles used to enjoy its natural setting. It is especially beautiful in the cherry blossom and fall color seasons. You will also have the chance to explore the area on your own during some free time planed for lunch on your own. You are always welcome to ask the tour managers’ recommendation. Later in the afternoon, we will dive into the feeling of being Japanese for half a day. We will enjoy the process of putting on a traditional Kimomo.  After that, we will offer a rickshaw ride to enhance your experience as a Japanese for half a day. Tonight’s dinner will be served in combination of Japanese and French fusion at our hotel. (B, D)

DAY 8
SATURDAY: Kyoto

After breakfast, we will have a full day Kyoto experience. The most important part of Japanese culture is Zen meditation. As we are familiar with aikido, tea ceremony, flower arrangement and Japanese gardens, the depth of its philosophy and the purity of its aesthetics behind all of those is Zen. So today we will experience a Zen meditation and have a Tea Ceremony. Later on, we will stroll the Japanese garden in the Daiji-in Temple, surrounded by lush gardens and architectural gems in the form of meditation halls. The afternoon is at leisure, another chance to venture out and have your own unforgettable experience. Tonight, we gather one last time and head out for our farewell dinner. We will savor traditional Japanese cuisine while enjoying a geiko (geisha in Kyoto is called geiko) and maiko (apprentice geiko) dance, sing, pour sake and share stories about life in Kyoto today and through history. (B, D)

DAY 9
SUNDAY: Kyoto

Today you will be transferred to Kansai International Airport or Itami Airport in time for your flight back home. (B)

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