Explore Japan’s most impressive highlights, from her modern cities to traditional alleys, and experience ancient traditions as you travel by road and rail on this journey through the Land of the Rising Sun. Begin your tour in Tokyo where you’ll sip tea at a traditional ceremony and marvel at the Sensoji Temple before exploring the city at your leisure. Head to Mt. Fuji for a tour and then travel to Takayama for a visit to 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 go through the entry procedures and then you will be met at the exit of customs and then assisted in boarding the airport bus for your transportation to the hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before your tour of dynamic Tokyo. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city from Tokyo Tower before participating in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Savor a Japanese-style lunch, and then take a stroll around the Imperial Palace Plaza and the Nijubashi Bridge. Board a cruise for a 40-minute trip up the Sumida River to Asakusa (Sumida Park from Mar21-Apr12 to view Cherry Blossoms, instead of River Cruise). Browse the many colorful stores lining the Nakamise walkway leading up to Sensoji Temple, Tokyo's oldest and most famous Buddhist temple. Tour disbands at Tokyo Station where you can continue to explore at your leisure or have the guide tell you how to return to the hotel.
Enjoy the full day at your leisure. Optional tours are available, please enquire.
After breakfast at the hotel, depart by motor coach to see Mt. Fuji, the volcanic mountain that is Japan's national icon. Visit the Fuji Visitor Center & Mt. Fuji’s 5th station. After a Japanese-style lunch, continue the coach ride to Hakone. Take a ride on the Mt. Komagatake Ropeway, and enjoy a delightful cruise on Lake Ashi for a commanding view of Mt. Fuji.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then be transferred to Odawara Station by car and depart for Takayama by JR Super Express Train & JR Limited Express Train via the city of Nagoya. Upon your arrival in Takayama, a traditional & charming town in the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Prefecture, you will enjoy a walking tour visiting Yatai Kaikan Hall, the Kusakabe Folk Museum and the beautifully preserved old town along Sannomachi Street. Continue by foot to your hotel in Takayama.
After breakfast at the hotel, 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 by local bus and then walk to the hotel with assistance.
Enjoy the morning sightseeing in Kanazawa, visiting Kenrokuen Garden, the Kutaniyaki Pottery Kiln, an old Samurai Residence (Nomura Residence), and the Omicho Market. 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. Visit the famous Nijo Castle, once used as the Tokugawa Shogun's family palace (when closed, visit Ryoanji instead). See the incredible Golden Pavilion, a gilded structure, originally used as a villa by one of China's wealthiest noblemen. Next, visit the Kyoto Imperial Palace, known for its elegant simplicity and which served as the Emperors' palace until the capital was moved to Tokyo (visit Kitano Tenmangu on Saturdays, Sundays, National Holidays and when the palace is closed). After a Japanese-style buffet lunch continue exploring Kyoto with visits to Sanjusangendo Temple, a national treasure with 1,030 standing Buddhist statues in its main hall, Heian Jingu Shrine, and Kiyomizu Temple, noted for its clifftop main hall.
Enjoy breakfast and at the appointed time you will be transferred by the regularly scheduled MK shuttle bus to the Kansai International Airport in Osaka for your departure flight.
Day 6: Explore the village of Shirakawago.
Day 8: Visit the historic Nijo Castle in Kyoto.
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