• Accommodation at selected hotels with meals as mentioned
• Check-in time is 3.00PM and check-out time is 11.00AM. Early or late service is subject to
availability with surcharge.
• Meals as mentioned
• Tours and transfers as mentioned by public transport in Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima
• Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time
• Service charge and current government VAT tax
• Optional tour
• Please make sure you have 6 months passport validity.
• Early/late check in/out service at hotels (surcharge if request)
• Tips and gratuities
• Services and meals if not mentioned in itinerary
• All drinks, including water, soft drink and alcohol on all included or optional excursion
• Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
• Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
Day 1: ARRIVE TO TOKYO
Meet your assistant at Narita Airport and transfer to the city hotel on a shared coach. Relax at the hotel and enjoy walkable Japanese-style restaurants in the area of your hotel regarding the provided brochure.
Day 2: HARAJUKU - ASAKUSA
After a breakfast, your private guide takes you on a tour using the inner-city public transit system tostroll at the peaceful Hamariyku garden, the former private garden of an Edo Period Lord. Here you will stop for a Japanese green tea. What a way to start the day. Followed by a short cruise along the sumida river to see the Tokyo from different angle.
Next, head over to Asakusa - home of the grand temple of Senso-ji! This bright red temple is central to an area famous for kimono, geisha, performing arts and old-fashioned souvenirs for more than 300 years. Get your fortune told, find high-class incense, spot geiko (young geisha) passing by and snack on Edo foods! After having sushi or ramen for lunch at the local restaurant.
In the afternoon, you will visit the magnificent Meiji Shrine, a Shinto shrine dedicated to the Meiji Emperor, and the most popular place in the city for weddings and end-of-year "Hatsu-mode." You will be shown the traditions associated with visiting such a shrine. Continue the journey to Harajuku and Omote-Sando, also known as Tokyo&;s Champs-Elysee. This broad, tree lined avenue features a multitude of fashion flagship stores designed by internationally renowned architects within a short distance. End the day at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku is one of Tokyo&;s tallest and most distinctive skyscrapers. The 243 meter tall building has two towers, and each houses an observatory at a height of 202 meters, which provide good panoramic views of Tokyo.
Day 3: EXPLORE TOKYO IN YOUR OWN WAY
You can go back to the areas we showed you to get a deeper look at the fascinating back alleys, or use our information packet to visit new areas of the old town. Make a visit to the Tsukji Fish Market and surrounding restaurants in Tsukushima.
Or perhaps take a cruise down the Sumida River to visit Odaiba - a unique island of gaming and multi-media! If you are interested in traditional art, come to the Kabuki-za Theatre in Ginza, and see a performance while there - a must-see for any visitor to Japan.
We also offer a optional day trip to nearby Nikko to see beautiful traditional streets and customs, or to Kamakura to see the giant Buddha stature and town of the samurai. Just tell us what you are looking for!
Day 4: NIKKO
Take the shinkansen bullet train to a volcanic national park at which you can enjoy lakes, mountains, hot springs and nature trails. Your guide will take you to Tosho-gu, the resting place of the famous historical figure of Tokugawa Ieyasu..
Day 5: NIKKO
Enjoy meals at traditional tourist restaurants going back hundreds of years, try the famous onsen hot springs, and on the second day of your tour, take some time to stroll the many trails that lead through the park, beautiful and accessible year-round, but especially popular during the autumn. If you visit the Lake Chuzenji, you may also view the Kegon Waterfalls, a 96-meter flow that crashes dramatically into the river below.
Day 6: HIROSHIMA - KYOTO (B)
Today, after breakfast, take a taxi to the train station and then transfer on a bullet train to Kyoto.
Free evening to enjoy at your leisure to walk through Gion, where you may get a glimpse of Geisha, walking through the narrow alley.
Meal: B, D
Day 7: KYOTO
Finally, visit the famous Kiyomizu Temple, a location considered so powerful that people from all over the country to visit when they have worries they need to resolve.. Revel in incredible views of Kyoto from the top of the city, all in a building containing no nails or fasteners that has been standing since long before the city was ever capital.
On your way back to town, walk through the Higashiyama District, full of old-style crafts and artisans. These quaint alleyways are lined with real homes and adorable gardens into which you can peer, and do drop into a peaceful teahouse on your way down the path!
Day 8: KYOTO - NARA (OPTIONAL)
On this day, we&;ll see a "machiya," a restored traditional wooden house that is typical to Kyoto and many parts of Japan. Experience to live in a traditional Japanese home on a daily basis. Then try on Japanese traditional dress, kimono! There are many styles and colors, and see how the outfit works on you. and join in a tea ceremony.
In the afternoon, it may be worth your while to visit the very nearby Nara, which is a capital of Japan even older than Kyoto. This 8th century town is filled with wabi-sabi and quiet streets that lead from shrine to shrine. Visit the outstanding Todaiji - a "power spot" claiming responsibility for inciting many of historical figures to action. It's the largest wooden building in the world, and is quite an impressive site. Also visit KasugaTaisha, Nara's most celebrated shinto shrine, which is populated by pretty, friendly deer whose presence only improves the tranquility of the area.
Day 9: MOUNT KOYA
Next we bring you to the monastery at Mount Koya, which has been a pillar of Shingo Buddhism in Japan since the 9th century. You'll be staying in authentic "shukubo" lodging, eating the delicious vegetarian "shojin" cuisine popularized here, and participating in the rituals of the monks that have been carried down for centuries
Day 10: MOUNT KOYA (Free day)
You'll have plenty of time for meditation and relaxation, walking through historical trails, admiring the traditional temples, and visiting the treasure rooms. There are more than 5,000 relics in the form of paintings, statutes, scrolls and charms that have been preserved as icons of high-order Buddhism throughout the ages. You might also climb the nearby mountains, a trail which the monks themselves often took to better appreciate the meaning of life. Your meals will all be taken care of at your lodging
Day 11: HIMEJI
The 11th day of your journey will bring you to Himeji in the Hyogo Prefecture. Himeji boasts the most impressive of only 12 surviving castles from the feudal Sengoku Era in all of Japan. Rising high above the city, there are tours available so that you too can get a glimpse of what it might have been like to live as a samurai in a stronghold like this one. The castle has only just been opened to the public after many years of renovations, so enjoy this chance while fresh.
Enjoy traditional tea while you relax just outside in the Koko En gardens, and then head on to the ancient Engyoji by a short bus ride to the top of Shosha Mountain. Fans of the Last Samurai film might find this place looking mighty familiar!
Day 12: HIROSHIMA
Next we head over to Hiroshima, a city made world-famous in the aftermath of the Second World War. However what you'll find the most intriguing is the vibrancy and culture which has regrown itself from the ashes. With the tranquil Peace Park and Museum in the center of the city reminding us of humanity's recent past, you'll find shopping centers, confectionary hubs, teahouses, museums and sports fields branching out all around. Visit the Hiroshima Caste, Prefectural Museum of Art, Shukkei-En Gardens, baseball stadium, and eat a style of okonomi-yaki unique to the city!
Day 13: HIROSHIMA
The next day, head out to Miyajima, one of the "Three Great Views of Japan" popularized in the Edo Period and very much still enjoyable today. Surely you too will feel a sense of nostalgia from seeing the famous "floating" red gate - the torii- which has become an iconic picture of Japan all around the world. Miyajima is also populated by the friendliest of deer - sweet creatures that will eat from your hand and stroll with you as you enjoy this 8th century treasure. Visit the temples and hike (or take a cable car) to the top of Misen Mountain for a taste of monk life
Day 14 - Day 15: KANAZAWA
Returning in the direction of Tokyo once again, we visit the Kyoto of East Japan - Kanazawa. This lovely town, like Kyoto, was spared the firebombings of the war, and so boasts similarly nostalgic and traditional streets. Visit the teahouses, spot geisha strolling the alleyways, and see in what kind of homes the samurai lived. Kanazawa is unique for its use of color and gold - not only in architecture and design, but in food as well! A very walkable town, you can enjoy this area at your liesure - there isn't a boring street to be found.
Day 16 - 17: TOKYO
Finally, return to Tokyo and the forefront of the future by spending the last two days in Shinjuku. This area is famous for its generous use of neon lighting, multi-cultural restaurants, mish-mashed with traditional sights still found on the back streets! Shop for souvenirs, try those exotic foods you had been meaning to, and check the final items off your list of "must do while in Japan," all in this exciting area!