Quality Japan vacation package: Tokyo – Mt. Fuji – Hakone – Takayama – Shirakawago – Kanazawa – Kyoto – Nara
Tokyo – Mt. Fuji – Hakone – Takayama – Shirakawago – Kanazawa – Kyoto – Nara
This premium Japan vacation package takes in all the major highlights in each city but still leaves you time to explore on your own. Options such as cooking class and tea ceremony can be arranged on request.
Meal Code: B = breakfast / L = lunch / D = dinner
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Japan Vacation Package Itinerary
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Day 1/Tue: Departing Home City
Your Japan trip begins with your transpacific flight departing from a city of your choice. You’ll lose a day upon crossing the International Date Line.
Day 2/Wed: Arrival in Tokyo
Welcome to Tokyo! After clearing immigration and customs, you will be met by our local representative who will escort you to the airport limousine shuttle bus. Have the balance of the day at leisure upon hotel check-in.
Day 3/Thu: Tokyo (B/L)
Tokyo, literally meaning Eastern Capital and officially known as Tokyo Metropolis, is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan and one of the most populous mega-cities in the world with 13.5 million living in the prefecture and close to 38 million in the Tokyo-Yokohama region. Formerly known as Edo, the city has been the de facto seat of government since 1603 when Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu made the city his headquarter – Shoguns, although appointed by the emperor, were the de facto rulers of Japan during the shogunate period from 1192 to 1867. The city was renamed Tokyo after Emperor Meiji moved his seat to the city from Kyoto in 1868. Covering an area of 2, 188 square kilometres, Tokyo Metropolis was formed in 1943 from the merger of the former Tokyo Prefecture and the city of Tokyo.
Our full-day sightseeing includes Tokyo Tower, Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace East Gardens (or Plaza), Hamarikyu Garden, Sumida River cruise, Asakusa Kannon Temple and Makamise shopping arcade.
Day 4/Fri: Tokyo (B)
Free day to explore on your own.
Day 5/Sat: Tokyo – Mt. Fuji – Hakone (B/L/D)
Full day excursion to Mt Fuji and Hakone by coach. Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain (3,776 m) in Japan, is a two-hour drive from Tokyo. We first stop by the Fuji Visitor Center to learn about current weather conditions as well as the history, formation and ecology of Mt. Fuji through exhibits and films. We then drive half way up Mt. Fuji.
After lunch, we enjoy a 15-minute cruise on Lake Ashi. This is followed by a breathtaking ride of the Hakone Ropeway, which, on a clear day, offers stunning views of Mt. Fuji and surrounding mountain slopes dotted with lakes.
Afterwards, indulge yourself with an onsen (hot spring) bath at the hotel.
Day 6/Sun: Hakone – Takayama (B)
This morning we ride the bullet train (Hakone – Nagoya) and the express train (Nagoya – Takayama) to Takayama. The 4.5-hour rail journey is a perfect way to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Japan.
Famous for its inns, sake breweries, food festivals and local folk art, Takayama is a delightful town nestled among the Japanese Alps. Afternoon sightseeing here takes in Yatai Kaikan Hall, Kusakabe Folk Craft Museum and Kami-Sannomachi Historic District.
Day 7/Mon: Takayama – Shirakawago – Kanazawa (B)
After a quick tour to a morning market, we are on the way to Shirakawago, where we visit Shirakawago Observatory and Wada Residence (gassho-zukuri house).
Sitting at 400 meters above sea level, Shirakawa-go is part of the Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama – a World Heritage Site inscribed by UNESCO in 1995. Located in a mountainous region that was cut off from the rest of the world for a long period of time, these villages with their Gassho-style houses subsisted on the cultivation of mulberry trees and the rearing of silkworms. The Gassho-style large houses with their steeply pitched thatched roofs here are the only examples of their kind in Japan.
Later today we continue on our overland journey to Kanazawa. Total distance between Takayama and Kanazawa is 118 km by highway.
Day 8/Tue: Kanazawa – Kyoto (B)
Kanazawa is a jewel of Japanese tourism often bypassed by foreign tourists due to its relatively remote location. However, Japanese themselves come here in droves. Travellers visiting here are richly rewarded with a best preserved Edo-period city where the Samurai, merchants, Geisha and the Daimyo (lords) all left their marks. Kanazawa is part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a City of Crafts and Folk Art. Its cuisine is famous throughout Japan.
Morning sightseeing begins at Kenroku-en Garden. One of the Three Great Gardens of Japan (Koraku-en in Okayama and Kairaku-en in Mito being the other two), Kenroku-en was developed from the 1620s to the 1840s by the Maeda clan, the daimyo who ruled the former Kaga Domain. Kenroku-en means “garden which combines six characteristics” – the six aspects considered important in the notion of an ideal gardens: spaciousness, serenity, venerability, scenic views, subtle design, and coolness.
We then proceed to Higashi Chaya Geisha street, which is followed by a visit to Nomura Family Residence. The samurai house is located in a historical preservation area where people actually live and go about their daily lives. A highlight of the restored house is the small but supremely exquisite traditional garden.
In the afternoon, we travel to Kyoto by express train named Thunderbird (2.5 hours). Transfer to hotel on arrival.
Day 9/Wed: Kyoto – Nara – Kyoto (B/L)
Nicknamed City of Ten Thousand Shrines, Kyoto (literally: capital city) served as Japan’s capital for more than one thousand years before the imperial court moved to Tokyo in 1868 AD, at the beginning of Meiji Restoration (1868 to 1912 – a historical period responsible for the emergence of Japan as a modernized nation in the early 20th century). Kyoto is a scaled replica of China’s Chang’an (present-day Xi’an), Chinese capital during the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 AD). With a population of 1.5 million, Kyoto forms a major part of the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area.
Morning sightseeing in Kyoto includes Nijio Castle (or Ryoanji Temple) and Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion).
We spend the afternoon exploring Todaiji Temple, Nara Park and Kasuga Shrine in Nara.
Day 10/Thu: Kyoto (B)
Free day to explore on your own.
Day 11/Fri: Kyoto – Return Home (B)
Transfer to Kansai International Airport or Itami Airport (aka Osaka International Airport) on your own. Your guide will provide assistance with your airport transfer.
|Tokyo||3||Keio Plaza or New Otani||first class|
|Hakone||1||Hakone Hotel Kowakien||first class|
|Takayama||1||Hida Hotel Plaza||first class|
|Kanazawa||1||Hotel Nikko Kanazawa||first class|
|Kyoto||3||Ana Crowne Plaza||first class|
- Price based on double occupancy. Payment by cheque or cash only.
- Credit card not accepted except for deposit. See Terms & Conditions for details.
- Prices do not include international airfare.
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Japan Tour Passport & Visa Requirements
A passport with at least one (1) blank visa page and six (6) months validity at the end of the tour is required.
Japan Tourist Visa is not required of nationals from Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and a host of Western countries if the stay is within 90 days.
You are not required of any inoculation certificate to enter Japan. However, we do suggest you visit your family physician or a travel medicine clinic to determine what precautions you should take. We recommend inoculation shots for hepatitis A and suggest that you check out advice provided by the US CDC and Health Canada.
Tap water in Japan is safe to drink. Sometimes the taste of chlorine may be a bit too strong but you can get rid of it by boiling the water. If you have no problem eating sashimi or sushi containing raw fish back home, then you should be doing fine eating in Japan. When you travel to another country, stomach upset may be an issue even though the food is clean and cooked. This is because your stomach is still adapting to the ingredients or minerals in the local food.
Always carry a roll of toilet paper and a bottle of hand sanitizer containing more than 60% of alcohol, no matter where you go. This advice applies even if you are travelling in your own country.
A Special Note on Train Travel
Since the inter-city travel is mostly by train, it’s crucial that you limit yourself to one suitcase and one carry-on with a combined weight of 15 kilograms (33 lbs) or less. Your suitcase must have wheels and measure 25″ by 18″ by 10″ or smaller. The carry-on should be a backpack so that you’ll have a hand free at all time. Navigating train stations in Japan means lots of walking and riding up and down on narrow escalators. If your bag is too heavy or even worse you come with two pieces, not only will you struggle to catch up with the group but you will have a hard time finding storage space on the train.