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Tours - Trails of Japan (14 days)

Tour Highlight

Sumida river cruise
Sumo Practice Watch
Modern Tokyo sight
Snow Monkey
Onsen hopping
Traditional Sake Brewery visit and tasting
Kenroku Garden in Kanazawa
Geisha at Gion

Tour includes:

• 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

Tour excludes:

• VISA

• 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.

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

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. 

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

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!


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: TAKAYAMA – SHIRAKAWAGO- GOKAYAMA


In the morning, visit the Miyagawa farmer's market. Delight a new day with taste and smell fresh Japanese vegetables and fruits at this aged market. At the end of the market, the area is decorated with shrines and museums. We can show you the floats museum displaying an array of unique and colorful floats used in the festivals of the area.

Then go to Shirakawago nearby. This area is famous for a unique style of architecture that resembles hands folded in prayer. 

In the afternoon, we take you to a sake brewery. The freshest sake is the best - find out for yourself how it&;s made, and what it tastes like! You'll have plenty of this sake to accompany your traditional dinner.

Meal: B, D
Hotel: Local Home-stay

Day 7: SHIRAKAWAGO - KANAZAWA

Today, we continue toKanazawa, bright and early in the morning. Kanazawa is a town inhabited by samurai that was the center of culture in the east for much of the 17th century. Take a sightseeing bus tour of the whole area, visit the Kenroku Garden, a spacious and well-decorated garden of waterfalls and curiosities, or perhaps visit the Kanazawa Castle and see where the elite governed the area. 

In the evening you will travel to Higashi Chaya district, one of three well-preserved chaya districts in the area. This is where geisha entertain patrons with songs, dancing, and music. Kanazawa is also famous for gold leaf products - find their signature in everything from accessories to clothing, housewares  to food. 

Meal: B, D
 

Day 8: KANAZAWA

Today we bring you back into more samurai culture. Visit Nagamachi, where the samurai lived. Many of the homes are still standing, and we will take you to the Nomura-ke, one of the homes restored to golden era of samurai precedence. See how they lived and worked, what they ate and wore. Nearby, stop into one of the local shrines or temples - a staple of everyday life both in modern times and at the time of the samurai. 

Also in Kamakura, the Contemporary Art museum is now open to the public with the cutting edge of design right around the corner from the old. There is also the DT Suzuki Museum, showcasing the history of Zen being brought to the western world. 

Meal: B

Day 9: KANAZAWA - HIROSHIMA

Next we head over to Hiroshima, a city not only made world-famous in the aftermath of the Second World but also the stunning 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!

Meal: B

Day 10: HIROSHIMA - MIYAJIMA

The next day, return to Miyajima, one of the "Three Great Views of Japan" popularized in the Edo Period. Surely you will feel a sense of nostalgia from seeing the famous "floating" red gate - the torii- a famous symbol of Japanese shrine entrance.
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. 

Meal: B

Day 11: 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 12: 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

Day 13: 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

Day 14: DEPARTURE FROM KYOTO (B)

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: B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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