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Tours - Land of Rising sun (13 days)

Highlights:
Sumo wrestling watch and walking in Tokyo­
Bullet train ride
Traditional sake brewery visit and tasting
Tea ceremony
Dinner with Geisha
Stay at traditional inns

Includes:

•    Hotel accommodation in twin room with daily breakfast.
•    Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
•    Meet and greet at the airport and return transfers to the airport on a private coach
•    2-Day Hakone Free Pass.
•    07-Day Japan Rail Pass for Ordinary Class 
•    English-speaking local guide during sightseeing days
•    All entrance fees during sightseeing days.
•    All private or public transport during the sightseeing days as mentioned

Do Not Include:
•    International and domestic flights (quoted separately).
•    Meals other than mentioned above.
•    Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone, and other expenditures of a personal nature).
•    Travel insurance (please see below).
•    Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.
•    Luggage forwarding service
•    Check in time is 15:00hrs and check out time is 10:00. Early check or late check isn&;t included

 

Day 1:    ARRIVE  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.
Welcome dinner at the local Japanese restaurant near the hotel.

Meal: D

Day 2:    TOKYO- HARAJUKU - ASAKUSA

Start your day with a visit to see the sumo practice watch. After the watch, you will have exclusive session with the retired sumo wrestler to understand the life-style, daily routine, high and lows during the time as active wrestler and how it is like to take a back seat. Very insightful cultural experience indeed. Afterwards, you will enjoy the hot pot and other local delicacy for lunch at the restaurant managed by the retired sumo wrestler

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, L
Includes: Private guide for 8 hours and Public transport

Day 3  TOKYO - NIKKO - TOKYO

Free Day: Option for a Nikko Day tour

Take a bullet train to Nikko for a day, high up in the mountains. Here rests the famous Toshogu Shrine Complex and mausoleum of Tokugawa leyasu, originally built during the Edo period.Wander around Japan&;s most opulent complex and World Heritage Site.  After local lunch, visit lake chuzenji followed by kegon falls. Return back to Tokyo in the evening.


Meal: B
Note: 
We recommend to send the main luggage using the “Takuhaibin&; service to Takayama- this service is available at the hotel at the cost of JPY1,500/ per luggage and takes about 24hours.
It is recommended to travel light during train journeys.

Day 4    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 comfortable hotel with an amazing view of the surrounding area

Meal: B, D

Includes: 
Private taxi transfer from hotel to train stn in Tokyo.
Private coach from the station to Hotel, and coach during the sightseeing in Hakon

Day 5    TAKAYAMA

After breakfast, take a bullet train to TakayamaLimited 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!

Tonight stay at a traditional, yet comfortable Ryokan with a Tatami mat and bedding on the floor, attached bathroom. SumptiousKaiseki dinner will be servied

Meal: B, D
Includes: Private taxi transfer to and from the train station to the hotel in Hakone and Takayama

Note: 
We recommend to send the main luggage using the “Takuhaibin&; service to Kyoto- this service is available at the hotel at the cost of JPY1,500/ per luggage and takes about 24hours.
It is recommended to travel light during train journeys.

Day 6     GOYAYAMA

After breakfast, you will visit the Miyagawa farmer's market. Taste and smell vegetables and fruits unique to Japan at this market which has continued throughout the ages. At the end of the market, the area is decorated with shrines and museums. Just a short walk from the morning market is TakayamaJinya, also known as the Historical Government House - the only surviving government office building from the Edo period Take a short bus ride to see the floats museum, too, which displays an array of unique and colorful floats used in the festivals of the area.

In the afternoon drive to Gokayama, which is quiet and less touristy nearby located along the Shogewa River Valley nestled in remote mountains, Gokayama has picturesque countryside and distinctive traditional farmhouses. Famous for its centuries-old traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses. Designed to look like hands in prayer, these farmhouses can withstand heavy snowfalls in the winter and have spacious attics for cultivating silk worms. You will stay at gasssho-zukuri (traditional house) with a local family and experience the region&;s traditional style of living over a scrumptious dinner. 

Note: There is shared bathroom and Tatami floor mat/ bedding for sleeping. This is simple yet comfortable and great way to experience the hospitality of a local family


Meal: B, D
Family inn tradition house
Includes: Guide and a private coach 

Day 7    KANAZAWA

After breakfast, stroll around the village. Afterward continue to Kanazawa,Kanazawa is a town inhabited by samurai that was the center of culture in the east for much of the 17th century. 

In the afternoon visit the Kenroku Garden, a spacious and well-decorated garden of waterfalls and curiosities, followed by the the Kanazawa Castle and see where the elite governed the area. 

Afterward, 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
Includes: Public transfer to and from the station in Kanazawa. Guide for 4 hours in Kanazawa
Private coach during sightseeing in Kanazawa

Day 8    KYOTO 

Today, after breakfast, transfer to the train station and then take 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.
Optional: Dinner with Maiko (apprentice Geisha) show in the Gion area

Meal: B
Hotel: Kyoto Century or Kyoto Royal Spa or similar standar

Day 9    KYOTO 

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, L
Includes: Guide for 8 hours, Private coach and public bus

Day 10    KYOTO

Free day at your leisure to enjoy this beautiful town at your own pace:

Optional activity:
Tea Ceremony & Calligraphy
Market visit and cooking

Meal:B

Day 11   HIROSHIMA- MIYAJAMA

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 Peace Park and Miyajama in the afternoon. O/N at Hiroshima

Meal: B, D
Guide: 8 hours
Taxi, Train and Public transport during sightseeing

Day 12    OSAKA

Visit the Mazda factory in the morning. Afterwards, continue your journey to second biggest city of Japan in a bullet train! In the afternoon, embark on a walking tour of city and enjoy the local cuisine as a final night dinner.

Meals: B, D
Hotel: Shinhankyu hotel or similar standard
Includes: Guide for 4 hours, Private coach from Hiroshima to Osaka. Osaka walking tour and public transport.

Day 13    OSAKA – Tour ends

Transfer to the KIX airport.

Meals: B
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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