TOUR CODE: ANMJPN
Trip Type: Semi-Independent Journey
Experience the diversity of Japan’s past and present in this exciting tour, from its urban jungle to its heritage cities. Start in Kyoto, a city that gives you an experience of Japan’s unique culture and traditions. See Tokyo’s soaring skyscrapers and explore remarkable sites such as the Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace, Sensoji Temple, and trendy shopping streets before concluding the tour with a full-day excursion to Hakone. Take in panoramic views of Mount Fuji and a cruise on the picturesque Lake Ashi.
ARRIVE IN OSAKA/KYOTO
Arrive at Osaka Kansai International Airport, where you will meet our local representative for your transfer to your hotel in Kyoto.
After breakfast, meet your guide for full-day sightseeing in Kyoto. Visit the famed Kiyomizu Temple, best known for its wooden stage that juts out from its main hall, 42 feet above the hillside below. Next, tour Sanjusangendo (Rengeo-in), famed for its one thousand life-size statues of the Thousand Armed Kannon, stand on both sides of the main statue in 10 rows and 50 columns. Then, proceed to Fushimi Inari Shrine, an important shrine dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. The shrine is well-known for its stunning vermilion torii gates trails lead into the sacred Mount’s wooded forest Inari. We spend time in Arashiyama, a beautiful part of the city noted for its verdant bamboo groves, temples, and shrines. Complete our tour with a visit to the glittering Kinkaku-Ji (Golden Pavilion), covered with gold paper, surrounded by green gardens, and set on a lovely, tranquil pond. Our tour ends at Kyoto Station, where you will find a department store, an Underground Shopping Center, and restaurants.
Our Nara tour walking tour begins with a train ride to Nara, Japan’s 8th-century capital renowned for its shrines and temples. We visit Todaiji, constructed in 752 and designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. Its main hall is the world’s largest wooden structure built to house the world’s largest Buddha. Stroll through Nara Park and marvel at the hundreds of freely roaming tame deer. Then, tour the Kofukuji Temple, a five-level pagoda known as one of Japan’s most photogenic sights. Its treasure house contains 20,000 objects, the most famous of which is the wooden statue of Ashura, carved in the 8th century. At the end of the tour, board a train back to Kyoto station, where the tour concludes.
BULLET TRAIN TO TOKYO (B)
We board a Shinkansen bound for Tokyo, Japan’s bustling capital and the world’s most populous metropolis. The journey takes about 2 hours and 10 minutes. Upon arrival at Shinagawa Staton, take a short stroll to your hotel.
*Your main suitcase (1 piece per person) will be transferred directly from Kyoto to Tokyo. Please leave your main suitcase at the bell desk by 7:30 am.
Meet your guide at a designated pick-up location for your half-day sightseeing in Tokyo. Visit the magnificent Meiji Shrine, noted for its Torii Gate and beautiful inner garden. Then, tour the iconic Tokyo Tower and explore the Imperial Palace Outer Garden and Nijubashi bridge. Continue to Asakusa and visit Sensoji, a popular Buddhist temple, and the adjacent Nakamise shopping arcade, dating to the 17th century. Our tour ends at Tokyo station. Tokyo station is just a few minutes walk to Ginza, Tokyo’s famed shopping, dining, and entertainment district, where we can stay to explore as we wish or return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.
MT. FUJI & HAKONE (B/L)
Discover the best of the countryside on this full-day tour to Mt. Fuji and Hakone. Departing from Shinjuku’s I-Land Tower for our bus journey to Mt. Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain, it reaches 12,388 feet. Stop at Mt. Fuji’s fifth station at 7,607 feet, where you will be inspired by the beauty of the landscape (weather permitting). Take a ropeway ride through the Owakudani Boiling Valley down to Lake Ashinoko before enjoying a cruise on Lake Ashi with Mt. Fuji in the background. After our tour, we transfer back to our hotel in Tokyo.
TOKYO DEPARTURE (B)
This morning we travel by motorcoach to Narita, where we board our return flight to the United States.
Meals: B= Breakfast L= Lunch D= Dinner
Per person, based on double occupancy
|2022||Land Only||Single Room Supplement|
|Sep 01 - 23||$1,899||$599|
|Sep 24 - Nov 30||$2,299||$999|
|Dec 01 - 15||$1,899||$599|
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