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Tours - Taste of Japan (8 days)

Highlights
•    Experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony
•    Spend eight hours with a private guide in Kyoto and Tokyo 
•    Bullet train and ferry ride on day 
•    Soak in hot springs and enjoy traditional Japanese lodgings in Izu Peninsula
•    Make an optional day trip to Hiroshima, Osaka or Nara

Includes

•    Seven nights' accommodation at 4 star hotel and a Ryokan
•    Breakfast every day and 3 Lunch and 2 dinners
•    All transport between destinations including airport transfers
•    Bullet train and ferry ride on day 4
•    Eight hour private guide service in Kyoto, Tokyo
•    All entrance fees during the sightseeing days
•    Private transport/ coach during the guided sightseeing days as specified in the itinerary
•    All accommodation as per program (based on DBL/ TWN sharing room) in Standard room or superior room
•    All meals as mentioned (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

Excludes
•    If you would like one tour guide to accompany you throughout the country, please indicate in quote request.
•    Early and/or late hotel check-in unless otherwise stated. Please note check in time in 2:00PM and Check out at 10:00AM
•    International airfares unless otherwise stated 
•    Visa fees 
•    Airport departure taxes
•    Gratuities and tips for hotel/restaurant staff, porters, local guides/drivers
•    Meals other than specified in the itinerary
•    Beverages other than included in pre-tour documentation 
•    Personal expenses such as laundry, communication charges and optional activities (which are subject to availability)
•    Japan Rail Pass 
•    Local transport (buses, subways, taxis) at any destination unless otherwise specified
•    Any entrance fees including those for shrines, temples and museums during free days
•    Baggage handling and luggage forwarding

 

Day 1: ARRIVE KYOTO

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 or join one of the optional dinner program.
Meal: None
Optional: including private transfer from Hotel and back.

Day 2: KYOTO

Today, visit some of Kyoto&;s most famous sights and lesser-known treasures with a professional guide and private coach. Start off the day at Nijo Castle, built by the founder of the Edo Shogunate, the ornamental walled castle grounds are surrounded by stunning gardens. Venture next to Japan&;s most well-known rock garden Ryoan-ji, and get a glimpse of Zen Buddhist tradition as you gaze onto the famously precisely arranged stones. Next, venture to Kinkakuji, or the Golden Pavilion, the most famous Buddhist temple in the city that was originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun.
Today&;s lunch will be at traditional Machiya house

This afternoon, take a stroll in Kyoto&;s most charming district, Higashiyama. Begin with Kiyomizu Temple, famous for its incredible views of the city from the 13-meter high veranda! Marvel at the unique architecture of the main hall, built without the use of any kind of joiners. 

Meal: B, L

Day 3: NARA/ KYOTO

Today, consider another day of wandering Kyoto&;s mesmerizing streets, or venture onward for a day trip to Nara or Hiroshima or Osaka. 

Nara, another ancient capital, is only 40 minutes away from Kyoto. Journey there and discover the array of impressive World Heritage Sites. Ride a bit further to visit the charming city of Hiroshima, and wander about the Peace Park reflecting on the turbulent mid-century event and how far the city has come. You could also go to the fun-filled city of Osaka, which is known for its gastronomic delights and frank yet friendly locals.

Meal: B
Note: We suggest to travel light and transfer big suitcase using the efficient hotel reception service to your hotel in Tokyo. This service cost around JPY1,500 for each suitcase and takes 24hours to deliver.

Day 4: IZU PENINSULA

Leave the frenzy of the city behind and ride the famous Shinkansen bullet train to Shimuzu, and then a hour long ferry to a small town Toi. If the weather is clear, you will have a great view of Mt. Fuji. 

Upon arrival, short drive to your home for a night. you will be staying at a luxurious ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn set in a beautiful woodland grove. Here you'll sleep on comfortable futon mattresses laid out on tatami mats, and have the chance to take advantage of the ryokan's impressive selection of natural hot spring baths. A top-quality kaiseki dinner will be included.

Meal: B, D

Day 5: TOKYO

After early breakfast, board your private bus for a long and exciting day to the bustling capital Tokyo. Enroute visit Kamakura. 
Kamakura is a small city and a very popular tourist destination. Sometimes called as the Kyoto of Eastern Japan, Kamakura offers numerous, temples, shrines and other historical monuments. Stop at the Great Buddha statue and Hasedera temple. Continue your journey to Yokohama, a seaside town. Enjoy the local lunch before visiting the temple that offers fire ceremony, a unique ritual in the local custom. Followed by visit to Kirin beer brewery to see Japans&; arguable the famous beer brand. 

Your final stop is Tokyo, upon arrival check in at your comfortable for 3nights stay
Night at your leisure

Meal: B, L

Day 7: TOKYO

Free day at leisure on your final night to Tokyo: Final night dinner on a boat by the river.

Meal: B, D

Optional that we can arrange (doesn&;t include transfer from hotel)

1)    Sumo Practice watch in the morning, visit Edo Tokyo museum and followed by Hot pot lunch (Chankonabe), managed by sumo wrestler 

Day 8: TOKYO

Bid farewell to the bustling metropolis as you head to the airport on your coach to continue on to your next destination

Meal: B

 

 

 

 

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