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A Taste of Japan

Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,809

Literally a tale of two contrasting Japanese cities, modern and sophisticated Tokyo and traditional and historical Kyoto. Travelling between these two fascinating metropolises, this trip to Japan tours to Mount Fuji and the Hakone National Park. You'll also enjoy a ride on a bullet train.


Start your Taste of Japan itinerary in Tokyo, Japan’s sprawling, busy capital, which offers a mix of the ultramodern and the traditional. It has been the capital of Japan since 1868 when it moved from Kyoto. The city is made up of a number of districts, each one with its own character and attractions. In order to become familiar with Tokyo during your 2 nights here, a tour will include the Tokyo Tower with its observation deck offering excellent views of the city, the Imperial Palace Plaza outside the Emperor’s Palace to visit the beautiful gardens and the traditional Asakusa Kannon Temple and Nakamise Shopping Arcade. Later, drive through the old Ueno area which offers a glimpse of what old Tokyo would have looked like without the high rises and the neon of the shopping arcades.

Leave Tokyo and travel by bus to the Hakone National Park On arrival, drive half way up Mount Fuji to the 5th Station for a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside. Later, enjoy a cruise on the beautiful Lake Ashi followed by a scenic ride on the Hakone Ropeway, one of the world's longest aerial lifts. You will be dropped off at the Odawara station where you board the bullet train to Kyoto for a 3 night stay.

Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over 1000 years before Tokyo became its capital. It is Japan’s most beautiful city with a rich cultural heritage, and remains a highlight of many Japan tours. Arriving initially in Kyoto, one’s first impression is that of a modern metropolis which it is in parts. However, it doesn’t take long to unearth the infinite number of cultural treasures which are spread out all over the city.

A morning tour will introduce you to some of Kyoto's most famous attractions. These include the Kinkakuji Temple which is famous for both its Golden Pavillion and its exquisite Japanese garden and the impressive Nijo Castle which is noted for its interiors. This is the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shogun and its main keep dates all the way back to 1603.

In the afternoon, head to Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan. Visit the ancient Todaiji Temple and its massive Great Buddha which is the largest bronze Buddha in Japan. You will also visit the colourful Kasuga Taisha Shrine with its 3000 lanterns. This Shinto shrine is considered one of Japan's "Three Great Shrines". Finally finish with a visit to Nara Park known as "Deer Park" because of the friendly, free-roaming deer that inhabit it. Return later to Kyoto.


A further day is at leisure to explore the fascinating treasures of this fabulous city.

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Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,809

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Day 1

Arrive Tokyo

Upon arrival at Narita or Haneda airport, clear immigration and proceed to the arrivals hall, where our representative will greet you and assist you in boarding a taxi to your Tokyo hotel. After check-in, the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Shiba Park Hotel

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    Shiba Park Hotel



    Welcome to the best in Japanese hospitality, the Shiba Park Hotel. It is the tradition of this hotel to serve the local and overseas guests alike, with their well-trained, friendly and helpful staff. They offer many services regardless of whether you are travelling on business ...

    Welcome to the best in Japanese hospitality, the Shiba Park Hotel. It is the tradition of this hotel to serve the local and overseas guests alike, with their well-trained, friendly and helpful staff. They offer many services regardless of whether you are travelling on business or pleasure.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 2

Tokyo

Today you will start off your stay in Tokyo on the Edo Tokyo morning tour. Your tour will start with a drive by of the National Diet Building which is the center of the Japanese Government. Don't let the impressive Western-style architecture fool you, this building is constructed almost entirely out of pure Japanese materials. Then you will pass the Imperial Palace which is formerly known as Edo Castle, this palace is the residence of the Emperor of Japan. The grounds are lush with green foliage and provide a relaxing spot for Tokyoites and visitors alike. Your first stop is the Tsukiji Outer Market which is Japan's No.1 place for seafood with over 400 shops including fresh fish retailers, grocers, and restaurants. Enjoy shopping and try some local food while exploring this one-of-a-kind location. On your way to the Tokyo Skytree Town, you will pass the Kabukiza, a classic Japanese-style theater where traditional Kabuki performances are held. Your next stop is the Tokyo Skytree Town where you will have the opportunity to enjoy freely exploring Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Solamachi which features many traditional Tokyo shops, an aquarium, planetarium, and more. Admission to Tokyo Skytree Tembo Deck and paid facilities at Tokyo Skytree Town are not included in the tour booking charge. The last stop for the day is the Senso-ji Temple & Nakamise Shopping Street. Senso-ji, Tokyo's oldest temple, offers plenty to see including the bright red Kaminarimon Gate, a statue of the god of thunder, and a five-story pagoda. The bustling street known as 'Nakamise' stretches for about 250 m from Kaminarimon Gate to Senso-ji Temple and is filled with a plethora of shops. The tour ends in Asakusa after enjoying a stroll around.

On Wednesdays, Sundays, and other days when Tsukiji Outer Market is closed, an alternate destination of Hamarikyu Gardens, East Gardens of the Imperial Palace, Imperial Palace Plaza Nijubashi Bridge, Odaiba, Roppongi Hills, etc. may be visited instead.

Duration: 5 - 6 hours

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Day 3

Tokyo to Mt Fuji to Hakone to Kyoto

Leave Tokyo by bus for Hakone National Park (depart at approximately 8:45AM). En route, drive half way up Mount Fuji to the 5th Station for a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside from a sight 2,300 meters. (When the drive to the 5th Station is closed in winter, due to snow, you will go to the highest possible point.) After a Japanese style lunch you will enjoy a cruise on the beautiful Lake Ashi followed by a scenic ride on the Hakone Ropeway (one of the world's longest aerial lifts) with a view of the volcanic Owakudani Valley. You will be dropped at the Odawara station where you board a Shinkansen to arrive at Kyoto station. Transfer to your hotel. Please note: Baggage will be separately transported from Tokyo to your hotel in Kyoto with allowance of 1 piece per person. Some hotels have a terminal for LFT (luggage free travel) if this is the case at your hotel, please take your luggage to the terminal and you will need to input your 6 digit Goway reference/booking number to receive the printed receipt. Please keep this receipt in order to take delivery of your luggage in Kyoto. If the hotel does not offer LFT, please hand your baggage over to the hotel porter indicating you are part of the Sunrise Tour by showing your travel vouchers. For extra luggage, JPY 2,200 will be charged per piece in destination. Please ensure you have everything you need from your luggage for the day as you will only have access to your luggage again in Kyoto.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Karasuma Kyoto Hotel

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    Karasuma Kyoto Hotel



    The city of Kyoto harmonizes 1,200 years of tradition and culture with modern sensibilities. It is thronged with visitors from both Japan and overseas, who come to experience its profound appeal. Many repeat travellers to Kyoto choose to stay at the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel. Located ...

    The city of Kyoto harmonizes 1,200 years of tradition and culture with modern sensibilities. It is thronged with visitors from both Japan and overseas, who come to experience its profound appeal. Many repeat travellers to Kyoto choose to stay at the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel. Located at the intersection of Shijo and Karasuma streets, in the heart of Kyoto's downtown, the hotel has won the hearts of visitors through its unrivalled access and the welcoming, conscientious service offered by the Kyoto Hotel group. Use the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel, convenient for both business and sightseeing, whenever you visit Kyoto.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 4

Nara

This morning you will have an exciting sightseeing tour around the historic, formal capital of Japan. This tour will take you to some of Kyoto's most famous attractions, which will illustrate why this city is Japan's history and sightseeing capital! You will depart your hotel via motor coach between 7:50-8:45AM. You will visit the Kinkakuji Temple, which is famous for both its Golden Pavilion and its exquisite Japanese garden! You will also see the impressive Nijo Castle which is noted for its gorgeous interiors, including its beautiful nightingale floors (when closed, visit Ryoanji Temple instead). This is the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shogun, and its main keep dates all the way back to 1603!
Enjoy a Japanese/Western buffet style lunch after which you will visit Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan. Visit the ancient Todaiji Temple and its massive Great Buddha (the largest bronze Buddha in Japan). You will also see the colorful Kasuga Taisha Shrine with 3,000 lanterns. This Shinto shrine is considered one of Japan's "Three Great Shrines". Today will wrap up with a visit to Nara Park, affectionately called "Deer Park" because of the friendly, free-roaming deer that inhabit it. After this you will return to Kyoto (approximately 6:30-7:30PM).

Duration: 10-11 hours

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 5

Kyoto

Today is a day at leisure to explore Kyoto on your own.

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Day 6

Depart Kyoto

Kyoto Hotel to Osaka Kansai Airport by Taxi and Airport Bus

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DEPARTURES:

2018/19:
Up to three departures per week

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Guided touring as per itinerary
  • Inter-Japan train and land travel as per itinerary
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Meals as specified

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not specifically noted in the itinerary
  • Beverages
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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