Essence of Japan


Overview

See the major highlights in Tokyo, Mt. Fuji and Kyoto as well as the historical villages at UNESCO site of Shirakawago and Kanazawa.
8 days Group tour Flexible departures
Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Takayama, Shirakawago, Kanazawa, Kyoto

Tour Itinerary

Day 01 Tokyo arrival
Upon arrival, local staff meet at airport and assist with prearranged transfer to hotel.

Day 02 Tokyo half day tour
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha ShrineMorning half day tour visiting Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace, Asakusa Kannon Temple, Nakamise shopping Arcade and drive by Ueno & Akihabara the famous Electric Town. After tour, drop off at Tokyo Station or Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal. Rest of day free on own to explore Tokyo.

Day 03 Tokyo – Mt. Fuji – Hakone (L)
Morning transfer from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji area by bus (2.5 hours). Take cable car up to Mt. Fuji 5th Station, 7500 ft above sea level for breathtaking views from above the clouds. After Japanese style lunch, take sightseeing cruise on Lake Ashi which formed from volcanic eruption nearly 3,000 years ago and provides postcard views of Mt. Fuji from various angles. Afterwards, take cable car ride up to the peak of Mt. Komagatake and visit the spiritual Hakone Shrine Mototsumiya. Later afternoon, transfer to Hotel in Hakone area to check-in. Overnight in Hakone.

Day 04 Hakone – Takayama
Shirakawa-go VillageTransfer Odawara Station and take bullet train to Takayama (5 hrs). Upon arrival tour visit the Yatai Kaikan (exhibition of local festival floats), Kusakabe Heritage House and Museum, and Kami Sannomachi, historic street filled with historical Edo style buildings. After tour, transfer to hotel for check. Overnight in Takayama.

Day 05 Takayama – Shirakawa-go – Kanazawa (L)
Morning tour visit the Takayama morning market, enjoy a bird eye view of the thatch-roofed village of Shirakawago, visit the UNESCO Wada Residence (traditional thatch-roofed farmhouse showcasing local culture and history). Afternoon, transfer to hotel in Kanazawa by bus (1.5 hrs).

Day 06 Kanazawa – Kyoto
Morning visit a Nomura Residence (former residence of samurai family), Kenrokuen Garden, considered one of the top three Japanese gardens with amazing seasonal views all year round, Higashi Chaya-gai (Traditional Building Preservation District), and stop at Hakuza Honten for a chance to purchase some exquisite handicrafts. After tour, transfer to Kanazawa Station and take train to Kyoto (2.5 hrs). Upon arrival, guide assist with prearranged transfer to hotel for check-in.

Day 07 Kyoto (L)
Kyoto Kinkakuji TempleDay tour in Kyoto visiting the amazing UNESCO sites and historical streets. Sights include the Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto Imperial Palace (closed on Mondays), Heian Jingu Shrine, Sanjusangen-do Temple and Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

Day 08 Kyoto – Departure (B)
Free till transfer to Kansai airport for departure.

Remarks

  • Price based on per person, sharing one room.
  • Initial price based on using standard hotel during low travel season.
  • Cost includes local land and air transfers, hotels, mentioned meals, site admissions.
  • itinerary is subject to change based on local travel condition, weather, flight, etc.
  • Tour price is subject to change due to currency exchange, local holidays, etc.

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