Experience an enchanting journey into the cultural heart of Japan, from the ultramodern museums and shopping districts of Tokyo to the temples and gardens of timeless Kyoto. Accompanied by skilled English-speaking guides, this General Tours World Traveler itinerary takes you to some of Japan’s most popular destinations in Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Hakone and Kyoto with plenty of free time for your own discoveries.
Engaging experiences and highlights include:
• Visit Asakusa Kannon Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo.
• Relax in a traditional onsen, an outdoor pool fed by geothermal springs.
• Ascend Mt. Fuji and cruise Lake Ashi in Hakone National Park.
• In Kyoto, see Nijo Castle’s famous Nightingale Floor as well as Kinkaku-ji Temple, the glittering Gold Pavilion and the Imperial Palace.
$115 per person discount
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Spend three days in cosmopolitan Tokyo, where a sightseeing tour takes you to the Imperial Palace Plaza and Asakusa Kannon Temple, the oldest in the city. Enjoy panoramic views from Tokyo Tower then take a full day to explore this world-class city at your leisure. Perhaps visit Tokyo National Museum, the country's largest specializing in traditional Japanese art. Take a cruise to one of the islands in Tokyo Bay or attend a performance of traditional Japanese drama such as noh or kabuki. Depending on when you travel, you may also be lucky enough to see one of the many festivals that occur each year in the city. And be sure to sample Tokyo's many excellent dining and shopping options.
Depart Tokyo to experience Japan’s enchanting natural beauty. Enjoy an unforgettable drive up Mt. Fuji, followed by a cruise on Lake Ashi and a cable car ride up Mt. Komaga-take. Your overnight excursion to the renowned mountain lake resort of Hakone includes a traditional soak in an onsen, or hot springs bath. Experience the soothing and therapeutic benefits of a traditional onsen as you relax in your hotel’s landscaped outdoor pool fed by the geothermal springs of Hakone.
Then step aboard the world-famous bullet train, which whisks you from the modern exuberance of Tokyo to the ancient capital of Kyoto. The city contains more than 2,000 temples and shrines and was Japan’s capital for nearly a thousand years before Tokyo became the capital in 1869. A sightseeing tour includes some of the country's most historic attractions including the Golden Pavilion, Heian Shrine and Kyoto Imperial Castle. At Nijo Castle, see if you can walk silently across the Nightingale Floor, ingeniously designed to “chirp” if intruders penetrated into the Shogun’s private quarters. And during a day of leisure, your choices are many: Visit the Gion district, made famous in the book Memoirs of a Geisha, and where geisha and kabuki traditions originated centuries ago; see the 1,000 life-sized Kannon warriors at Sanjusangendo Temple; or take a day excursion to the ancient capital of Nara with its famous Deer Park, home to more than 1,000 tame deer.
• 7 nights in first class and superior first class hotels: 3 nights in Tokyo, 1 night in Hakone and 3 nights in Kyoto
• Daily breakfast and 1 lunch
• All on-tour transportation plus bullet train to Kyoto
• Comprehensive escorted sightseeing with professional English-speaking guides; includes all entry fees
• Luggage handling and all hotel taxes and service charges
Day 1 – Arrive in Tokyo
Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted and transported by airport coach to your hotel in the city’s vibrant Shinjuku District, home to some of the city’s most popular dining, shopping and entertainment venues.
Accommodation: Keio Plaza Hotel –3nights
Day 2 – Explore Tokyo, Old and New
Tokyo is a fascinating city of contrasts, combining 21st century exuberance with ancient traditions. Explore both facets on this morning’s escorted sightseeing tour, beginning at the picturesque Imperial Palace Plaza. Ascend Tokyo Tower for stunning views and stroll through the bustling Nakamise Arcade to Asakusa Kannon Temple, the oldest in the city. The rest of the day is free.
Day 3 – Tokyo at Your Leisure
Enjoy a full day in Tokyo to spend at your leisure. Your hotel’s unbeatable heart-of-it-all location makes it easy to explore, shop and dine at your own pace. You may also wish to add an optional excursion.
Day 4 – Up Mt. Fuji and on to Hakone National Park
Depart Tokyo this morning and ascend the forested slopes of Mt. Fuji for marvelous views from the halfway point. Travel on to Hakone and take a cruise across tranquil Lake Ashi before a cable car ride up Mt. Komaga-take before checking into your hotel. Tonight, experience one of Japan’s most beloved traditions, the onsen. Surrounded by the lovely grounds of your resort, indulge in the therapeutic benefits of relaxing in a heated outdoor pool.
Accommodation: Yumoto Fujiya Hotel – 1 night
Day 5 – Bullet Train to Kyoto
After breakfast, transfer to the rail station and step aboard the world-famous bullet train! Traveling safely at speeds of up to 180 miles per hour, you arrive in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, and transfer to your comfortable hotel.
Accommodation: New Miyako Hotel – 3 nights
Day 6 – Kyoto Sightseeing
Today’s sightseeing begins after breakfast. You’ll hear riveting tales of the Shoguns on your visit to Nijo Castle and marvel at the famous Nightingale Floor, ingeniously designed to “chirp” in warning if Ninja intruders threatened the Shogun. Visit Kyoto’s most revered sights including Kinkaku-ji Temple, the Golden Pavilion, the vermilion-hued Heian Shrine and the impressive Kyoto Imperial Palace, home to Japan’s Imperial family for centuries until the family moved to Tokyo in 1868. The remainder of your day is free.
Day 7 – Kyoto at Leisure
The entire day is free to enjoy as you wish. You may also want to add an optional activity or excursion.
Day 8 – Sayonara, Japan
After breakfast, transfer by shuttle to Kansai International Airport for your onward journey.
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