Deluxe Asia Tour
Japan Discovery - 8 Days / 7 Nights
TOUR CODE TJ 2015
Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Osaka
Day 1 Tokyo
Arrive at Narita Airport and take a shuttle bus to our hotel. The est of the day is free to explore Tokyo.
Day 2 Tokyo
Spend half the day sight-seeing, visiting famous landmarks such as the Tokyo Tower Observatory, Imperial Palace Plaza, Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Shopping Arcade. Later, we will drive through Ueno and eventually disembark at either Akihabara or Tokyo Station.
Imperial Palace Plaza is still the current Imperial Palace residence of Japan's Imperial Family and located on the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls. Explore Asakusa Kannon Temple (also known as Sensoji), the oldest temple in Tokyo. The temple is devoted to the bodhisattva Kannon. According to legend, a statue of the Kannon was found in the Sumida River in 628 by two fishermen, the brothers Hinokuma Hamanari and Hinokuma Takenari. The chief of their village, Hajino Nakamoto, recognized the holiness of the statue and treasured it by remodeling his own house into a small temple so the villagers could worship the Kannon. Lastly, you'll visit the Nakamise Shopping Arcade, one of the oldest shopping centers in Japan. The street is coated with colorful, lively stalls selling traditional knick- knacks, festival foods and rice crackers. Afternoon free at your own leisure time. Hotel in Tokyo.
Day 3 Tokyo-Mt. Fuji-Hakone (L)
On this day, wou will take a deluxe motor coach where we begin our drive to Japan's highest mountain, Mt. Fuji, to enjoy a spectacular view. In the afternoon, we will proceed to Hakone for a boat ride on Lake Ashi and then head over to Mt. Komagatake Ropeway. We will stay over in Hakone for one night.
Day 4 Nagoya - Ise -Toba - Osaka (L)
Prepare for a 5 hour train ride from Hakone to Takayama. Upon arrival, you will visit the Yatai Kaikan Hall, ranked as one of Japanˇ¦s most beautiful festivals. Then to the Kusakabe Folk Museum, a museum designated as a National Important Cultural Asset. For those who are interested in shopping for souvenirs, our next destination will be Kami Sannomachi Town, famous for sake , pottery and toys. We will stay over in Takayama for one night.
Day 5 Takayama-Shirakawa-go-Kanazawa
In the morning, we will visit Takayama Morning Market, which one of the biggest morning markets in Japan. We then head to Shirakawa-go Observatory, a 10 minute hike will get you a classic-wide angle view of the entire village. Next we visit Wada Residence, the largest remaining Gassho style farmhouses in Ogimachi village. We will stay over in Kanazawa for one night.
Day 6 Kanazawa-Kyoto
Considered as the "three most beautiful gardens in Japan", we will visit Kenrokuen Garden and Kutaniyaki Pottery Kiln for Japanese style porcelain pottery. Then we will visit Nomura Residence, an old house of traditional Japanese tile-roofed mud walls resident of a Maeda clanˇ¦s samurai warrior. For shopping, we will go to Omicho Market, Kanazawaˇ¦s largest market. We will stay over in Kyoto for one night.
Day 7 Kyoto (L)
Kyoto, is known as the City of Ten Thousands of Shrines. There are literally thousands of temples and shrines to see. You will be visiting Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Heian Shrine, Sangusangendo Temple and Kiyomizu Temple. Here, you will take a moment to learn the proper way to pray and snap a few beautiful pictures of the surrounding traditional gardens.
Day 8 Kyoto to Osaka Airport
Depending on your flight schedule, you may have extra time to spend in Kyoto, and/or take a 75 minute train ride from Kyoto to Osaka Airport for your flight back home or on to your next destination.