Explore Japan’s most impressive highlights from her modern bustle to traditional alleys and ancient traditions as you travel by road and rail on this journey to the land of the rising sun. Begin your tour in Tokyo as you embark on a city tour and then head to Kamakura for a tea experience and some time to see the Great Buddha Statue. Head to Mt. Fuji for a tour and then travel to Takayama and visit the morning market before departing for the town of Shirakawa-go to see the traditional architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue on and explore the town of Kanazawa before heading to the former Imperial Capital, Kyoto, for a glimpse into one of Japan`s finest cities.
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Upon arrival in Tokyo, you will be met in the arrivals area of the airport and then assisted in boarding your reserved transportation to the hotel. After check-in at your hotel, enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Stay two nights in Tokyo.
Take a half day orientation tour of the city sites, including the Imperial Palace (drive-by), the Tsukiji Outer Market, Tokyo Skytree Town, Senso-ji Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street, and then have the afternoon free at your leisure.
Enjoy a full day excursion to the city of Kamakura to see the Kotoku-in Temple and the Great Buddha, the Hokoku-ji Temple, and impressive shrine. Take part in a Green Tea experience, visit the island of Enoshima, and then return back to Tokyo for the evening at your leisure.
Depart the hotel for your guided tour of Mt. Fuji & Hakone. Visit Mt. Fuji’s 5th Station, take a cruise on Lake Ashi for impressive views of Fuji, take a cable car ride to the peak of Mt. Komagatake, and then head to Hakone where you will check-in to your hotel for your one night stay.
Travel by bullet train and limited express train to Takayama via Nagoya. On arrival, you’ll enjoy a walking tour visiting Yatai Kakan Hall, the Kusakabe Heritage House, and the beautifully preserved old town along Sannomachi Street. Check-in to your hotel for your one night stay.
Visit the famous morning market of Takayama and then head out on a scenic drive by Lake Miboro and along Shokawa River to Shirakawago, designated in 1995 as a World Heritage site. Its highlights are unique structures called Gassho-Zukuri, or ‘joined-hands’ farmhouses, the old residence of the Wada Family, and the Shirakawago Observatory. Continue to Kanazawa and check-in for your one night stay.
Enjoy the morning sightseeing in Kanazawa, visiting Kenrokuen Garden, an old Samurai Residence (Nomura Residence), and stroll along a traditional Edo-period street. In the afternoon, leave for Kyoto by JR Limited Express Train and then check-in to your hotel.
Enjoy a full day tour of Kyoto. Highlights include the Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple, Imperial Palace, traditional shrines, and more.
After breakfast, transfer via shuttle bus to Kansai International Airport for your departure flight.
Day 6: Explore the village of Shirakawago.
Day 8: Visit the historic Nijo Castle in Kyoto.
This itinerary has been tried & tested and can be booked as-is. However, should you wish to customize your tour, you may contact us here.
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