Day 1 Tokyo
Arrive at Narita Airport and take a shuttle bus to our hotel. The rest 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, Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street. Later, we will drive through Ueno and Akihabara, eventually disembark at either Akihabara or Tokyo Station.
Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo
Day 3 Tokyo-Mt. Fuji-Hakone (L)
On this day, you 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 Hakone-Takayama
Prepare for a 5-hour train ride from Hakone to Takayama. Upon arrival, you will visit the Yatai Kaikan Hall, an exhibition hall displaying floats for Takayama Festival. Then head over to Kusakabe Folk Museum, which exhibits collection of Japanese folk art. 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 is one of the biggest morning markets in Japan. We then head to Shirakawa-go, famous for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old. 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
Today, we will visit Kenrokuen Garden, which is considered as one of the "three most beautiful gardens in Japan" 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 clan's samurai warrior. For shopping, we will go to Omicho Market, Kanazawa'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, Sanjusangendo 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 (ITM or KIX) for your flight back home or on to your next destination.