The Japan Discovery engages your senses on a trip to the "Land of the Rising Sun." View futuristic technologies and stunning skyscrapers in Tokyo and capture a spectacular view of Mt. Fuji, Japan's highest mountain, from its base. Cruise along the shining Lake Ashi and stroll through Nagoya Castle for a magnificent cultural experience. Enjoy Japanese delicacies in Kyoto as you visit multiple architectural highlights including the Heian Shrine and an independent Buddhist temple. The Japan Discovery provides you with a solid, enriching experience through modern and ancient Japan.
Japan Tour 2013
Including hotels, meals, tour guides and more
Land-only group tour from $2,999
Tour Package Highlights
Take an enriching experience through ancient and modern Japan
Experience the history and the magnificent culture of the “Land of the Rising Sun”
Step back in time and stroll through ancient castles and shrines
Witness Mt Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain
Tokyo (2 Nights)
Tokyo Tower Observatory, Imperial Palace Plaza, Asakusa Kannon Temple, and Nakamise Shopping Arcade
Hakone (1 Night)
Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi Cruise
Nagoya (1 Night):
Nagoya Castle and Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
Jingu Shrine, Okage Yokocho and Mikimoto Pearl Island
Tokyo Tower is modeled after another of the tallest self-supporting steel towers in the world¡Xthe Eiffel Tower in Paris. The main Tokyo Tower Observation Deck is located at 492 feet, providing spectacular 360-degree views of the city and Tokyo Bay.
comprises the moats and spacious plaza between the east side of the Imperial Palace & the Marunouchi office buildings. On the other side of the road through the middle of the plaza stretches a lawn with pine groves. On the north side of the plaza stands a fountain commemorating the marriage of the Emperor and Empress. The south is a bonze of Kusunoki Masashige, a 14th century samurai loyal to the emperor.
Sensoji, also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple, is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa. It is one of Tokyo's most colorful and popular temples. The legend says that in the year 628, two brothers fished a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, out of the Sumida River, and even though they put the statue back into the river, it always returned to them. Consequently, Sensoji was built nearby for the goddess of Kannon. The temple was completed in 645, making it Tokyo's oldest temple.
is Japan's highest mountain. It is not surprising that the nearly perfectly shaped volcano has been worshipped as a sacred mountain and is very popular with locals and visitors. Mt Fuji is a dormant volcano which most recently erupted in 1708.
take cruise on this scenic lake in the Hakone area of Kanagawa Prefecture. It is a crater lake that lies along the southwest wall of the caldera of Mt Hakone. The lake is known for its views of Mt Fuji and its numerous hot springs.
Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
Toyota, the world's largest automobile maker, started in another very Japanese industry: weaving. About a 10-minute walk northwest of Noritake Garden, this excellent museum is on the site of the company's original Nagoya weaving plant (1911). It's filled with displays and demonstrations of metal processing and textile machinery, and hands-on experiences with principles of force and electronics.
Ise-Jingu Shrine is at the core of sightseeing in Ise, Mie Prefecture. It is simply referred to as Jingu (the Shrine) as an official name, and the Sun Goddess Amaterasu O-mikami is enshrined there. Over seven million worshippers visit the shrine every year.
is the village built by time-honored confection company, Akafuku for full appreciate (okage) toward Ise Jingu with trading continuing for more than 300 years in Oharai-machi Street in front of the Ise Jingu. On this site, typical structures of the Ise area are constructed and reproduced, and you can experience all the flavor of the old, local shops, regional specialties, history, customs and the people.
The Mikimoto Pearl Island is an excellent museum about pearls, pearl cultivation and Mikimoto Kokichi, the first person who succeeded in cultivating pearls. The island is located in the Bay of Toba, accessible via a bridge.
"Temple of the Golden Pavilion" is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. A three-story building with the top two stories of the pavilion covered with pure gold leaf and surrounded by beautiful gardens makes this scene heavenly.
Honor, family and tradition kindles the air as you draw near to what used to be the residence of Japan's Imperial Family until 1868 and one of the most inspiring architectural designs to this day. A large park-like area surrounds this exclusive residence.
Todaiji Temple is a World Heritage Site that houses Japan's largest statue of Buddha. Todaiji Temple is the largest wooden building in the world. The grounds of the temple contain structures with statues of great artistic and historic importance. The main gate with its huge and menacing guardian figures is not to be missed.
Kasuga Taisha is this city's most celebrated shrine. The interior is famous for its many bronze lanterns, as well as the many stone lanterns that lead up to the shrine. It is also the shrine of the Fujiwara family, one of the most powerful family clans at the time.
Osaka literally means "large hill". Osaka is Japan's second largest city and is a major industrial, port and economic centre, also famous for its food including many regional dishes. Visit Osaka Castle, the most famous sight and park to visit in Osaka.