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Tokyo – Mt. Fuji – Hakone – Osaka – Kyoto
While in Tokyo and Kyoto, you’ll have a private guide for one day and move around by public transportation (subway and city bus). The excursions to Mt. Fuji, Hakone and Osaka are seat-in-coach. This is a perfect Japan tour package for the time pressed looking for a good overview of Japan.
Meal Code: B = breakfast / L = lunch / D = dinner
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Day 1/Thu: Departing Home City
The journey 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/Fri: Arrival in Tokyo
Welcome to Tokyo! Transfer to the centrally located hotel on your own. We recommend Airport Limousine Bus because it is both convenient and cost-effective. The 125-minute ride from Narita International Airport costs 3,100 Japanese Yen (JPY) or 28 US dollars per adult. If you hire a taxi, the 60km drive can set you back by 225 US dollars! The bus ride from Haneda Airport is 70 minutes, costing 1,230 JPY or 11 USD.
Those arriving past 9:00 pm will receive a message from the guide advising meeting time and place for the next morning.
Day 3/Sat: Tokyo (B)
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.
Your full-day tour with a private guide begins with a stroll through the plaza outside the Imperial Palace (the palace itself is not open to tourists). This is followed by a visit to tranquil Meiji- Jingu, a Shinto shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife.
We then drive through ritzy Ginza shopping district on our way to Nakamise-Dori in Asakusa. Nakamise-Dori is a vibrant promenade lined with food stands and souvenir shops. The street connects the famous Asakusa sightseeing spots of Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) and Asakusa Kannon Temple (also known as Senso-ji Temple), the oldest temple in Tokyo dating back to 628 AD.
We spend the rest of the day exploring the history of Tokyo at Edo-Tokyo Museum. The main features of the permanent exhibitions are the life-size replica of the Nihonbashi bridge, the Nakamuraza theatre and scale models of towns and buildings from the Edo, Meiji and Showa periods.
Our final stop of the day is Tokyo Skytree for a bird’s eye view of the city.
Day 4/Sun: Tokyo – Mt. Fuji – Hakone – Tokyo (B/L)
Full day excursion to Mt Fuji and Hakone by seat-in-coach arrangement. Ticket will be given to you by the guide the day before.
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 proceed to Mt Fuji’s 5th Station sitting at 2300 metres above sea level.
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. Tour the Owakudani Geothermal Valley before returning to Tokyo.
Day 5/Mon: Tokyo (B)
Free day to explore on your own. Please ask your local guide on Day 3 before for recommendations.
Day 6/Tue: Tokyo – Kyoto (B)
Early morning train to Kyoto. The 2.5-hour journey is a perfect way to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Japan. 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.
We begin today’s sightseeing with an excursion to Arashiyama (Storm Mountain), a nationally-designated Historic Site and Place of Scenic Beauty. Sites to visit here include the Togetsukyo Bridge and the Bamboo Forest.
Afternoon schedule takes in Saihoji Temple and Kinkakuji Temple. Saihoji is where the famous moss garden is located; before entering the garden we will sit down on the wooden floor with shoes off to copy a page of Buddhist script accompanied by the monks chanting the text.
Kinkaku-ji, meaning Temple of Golden Pavilion, is a Zen Buddhist temple and one of the 17 locations comprising the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto World Heritage Site. The official name of the temple is actually Rokuon-ji (Deer Garden Temple) but is widely known as Golden Pavilion Temple because of the three-story building on the grounds of the temple. The top two stories of the pavilion are covered with pure gold leaf.
Day 7/Wed: Kyoto (B)
Free day to explore on your own. We recommend Gion Preserved District. While here, you may want to attend a stage show that incorporates tea ceremony and Kyo-mai dance.
Day 8/Thu: Kyoto – Osaka Kyoto (B)
Full day excursion by motor coach (seat in coach) to Osaka where your itinerary includes Osaka Castle, a short cruise and the famous Dotonbori District.
Situated at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay, Osaka is Japan’s third largest city by population after Tokyo and Yokohama, and serves as a major economic hub. Osaka was once known as the “nation’s kitchen” because of its role as Japan’s rice trading centre during the Edo period.
Day 9/Fri: Kyoto – Osaka or Tokyo (B)
Free morning to explore on your own. Transfer to the airport on your own. We recommend airport shuttle bus and express train. If you return home from Kansai airport or Tokyo (Narita or Haneda) and your flight leaves before noon, you should definitely consider extending your stay by one day and stay the last night at an airport hotel.
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|Tokyo||4||Grand Palace Hotel or similar||first class|
|Kyoto||3||Hotel Nikko Princess or similar||first class|
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- 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 & insurance.
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.