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Tours - Japan Express (9 days)

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.

Meal: None
Hotel: B Asakusa or Shiba Park or Tokyo Marriot 
 

Day 2: HARAJUKU - ASAKUSA

The next day, we take you to the city center and some of the oldest areas of town. Start with the relaxing and impressive Meiji Jingu 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." Ask your tour guide to show you the traditions associated with visiting such a shrine, and get your fortune while there! After seeing a glimpse of traditional Japan, we take you on a tour of Harajuku and Omote-Sando, where youth culture has blossomed. See colorful cosplayers, costumes, fashion and design in this unique district associated with the forefront of trend.

Meal: B
Hotel: Hotel: B Asakusa or Shiba Park or Tokyo Marriot 

Day 3: TOKYO

 

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. 

Meal: B
Hotel: Hotel: B Asakusa or Shiba Park or Tokyo Marriot 

 

Day 4: TOKYO – HAKONE

Wake  up bright and early as we take you to Hakone National Park, an area known for its geothermal activity and beautiful landscapes. Visit Mount Fuji - a symbol of Japan all around the world in the paintings of Hokusai. Admire the 2,500 meter high "5th station," mountain on a cruise aboard a replica pirate ship, from the nearby Lake Ashi. 

We'll take a ropeway ride to see an area of colorful, bubbling hot springs, steam vents and more where you can catch a glimpse of living Earth.

Tonight, stay in a traditional ryokan - designed with tatami floors and zen-like architecture, with fluffy futon and eat a traditional kaiseki-style full-course meal


Meal: B
Hotel: Tenseien or Fujyia Hotel 
Includes

 

Day 5: HAKONE - TAKAYAMA

After a relaxing morning and a final dip in the onsen, take interesting ride to Japan's hidden treasure in the city of Takayamon Limited Express Hida, one of the most scenic railways in the country.  While listen winds through the mountains and valley, you&;ll see a beautiful view of nature and the tiny little towns below. Then change trains to the shinkansen bullet train. Don't forget to look for eki-ben, the quaint bento boxes unique to each and every station on the shinkansen line! 
The area of Takayama has been populated consistently since the Jomon Period of history. Multiple layers of history are still visible on the streets. Stroll the streets with charms designed specifically to enjoy each season, and visit a local brewery to enjoy the fresh-tasting tradition of pure sake! Stay this town for a whole night with the friendly locals, who are happy to tell you about the little traditions associated with dining here
Meal: B
Ryokan: HidaGassoen or Tanabe or HidataiHanaogi

Day 6: KYOTO

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
Hotel: Moneterey Hotel or Kyoto Century Hotel or Kyoto Royal Spa

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!

Meal:B
Hotel: Moneterey Hotel or Kyoto Century Hotel or Kyoto Royal Spa

 

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. 

Meal: B
Hotel: Moneterey Hotel or Kyoto Century Hotel or Kyoto Royal Spa
 

Day 9 - 10: DEPARTURE FROM KYOTO

The final day, see those last few sights which you hadn't had a chance to peek into during your tour, do a little souvenir shopping, perhaps find yourself a kimono. Enjoy a few local snacks before you head off to Kansai Airport. We will be happy to accompany you on this last leg of your journey, and answer any questions you may still have.

Meal: 

 

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.

Meal: None
Hotel: B Asakusa or Shiba Park or Tokyo Marriot 
 

Day 2: HARAJUKU - ASAKUSA

The next day, we take you to the city center and some of the oldest areas of town. Start with the relaxing and impressive Meiji Jingu 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." Ask your tour guide to show you the traditions associated with visiting such a shrine, and get your fortune while there! After seeing a glimpse of traditional Japan, we take you on a tour of Harajuku and Omote-Sando, where youth culture has blossomed. See colorful cosplayers, costumes, fashion and design in this unique district associated with the forefront of trend.

Meal: B
Hotel: Hotel: B Asakusa or Shiba Park or Tokyo Marriot 

Day 3: TOKYO

 

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. 

Meal: B
Hotel: Hotel: B Asakusa or Shiba Park or Tokyo Marriot 

 

Day 4: TOKYO – HAKONE

Wake  up bright and early as we take you to Hakone National Park, an area known for its geothermal activity and beautiful landscapes. Visit Mount Fuji - a symbol of Japan all around the world in the paintings of Hokusai. Admire the 2,500 meter high "5th station," mountain on a cruise aboard a replica pirate ship, from the nearby Lake Ashi. 

We'll take a ropeway ride to see an area of colorful, bubbling hot springs, steam vents and more where you can catch a glimpse of living Earth.

Tonight, stay in a traditional ryokan - designed with tatami floors and zen-like architecture, with fluffy futon and eat a traditional kaiseki-style full-course meal


Meal: B
Hotel: Tenseien or Fujyia Hotel 
Includes

 

Day 5: HAKONE - TAKAYAMA

After a relaxing morning and a final dip in the onsen, take interesting ride to Japan's hidden treasure in the city of Takayamon Limited Express Hida, one of the most scenic railways in the country.  While listen winds through the mountains and valley, you&;ll see a beautiful view of nature and the tiny little towns below. Then change trains to the shinkansen bullet train. Don't forget to look for eki-ben, the quaint bento boxes unique to each and every station on the shinkansen line! 
The area of Takayama has been populated consistently since the Jomon Period of history. Multiple layers of history are still visible on the streets. Stroll the streets with charms designed specifically to enjoy each season, and visit a local brewery to enjoy the fresh-tasting tradition of pure sake! Stay this town for a whole night with the friendly locals, who are happy to tell you about the little traditions associated with dining here
Meal: B
Ryokan: HidaGassoen or Tanabe or HidataiHanaogi

Day 6: KYOTO

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
Hotel: Moneterey Hotel or Kyoto Century Hotel or Kyoto Royal Spa

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!

Meal:B
Hotel: Moneterey Hotel or Kyoto Century Hotel or Kyoto Royal Spa

 

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. 

Meal: B
Hotel: Moneterey Hotel or Kyoto Century Hotel or Kyoto Royal Spa
 

Day 9 - 10: DEPARTURE FROM KYOTO

The final day, see those last few sights which you hadn't had a chance to peek into during your tour, do a little souvenir shopping, perhaps find yourself a kimono. Enjoy a few local snacks before you head off to Kansai Airport. We will be happy to accompany you on this last leg of your journey, and answer any questions you may still have.

Meal: 

 

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