Arrive at Tokyo Narita Airport. Transfer by coach to the hotel in Tokyo.
In the late afternoon, meet the tour guide and the other members of the group. Travel by metro to the Shinjuku area of Tokyo. A visit to the top of the Metropolitan Government Building is included in your tour for its great views of the city and Mt.Fuji beyond (weather permitting). Shinjuku is an area with lively nightlife and plenty of restaurants. Dinner is included this evening before returning to the hotel.
A full Tokyo morning sightseeing with a local guide. Pass near the walls and gardens of the Imperial Palace. After, visit the Shinto shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife. Visit the Yasukuni Shrine, built in remembrance of the 2.5 million Japanese who lost their lives in World War II. Pass through Akihabara – the “electric town” full of electronics, anime and manga merchandise – and Kokugikan for the sumo stadium. Visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple and the shops of the Nakamise Arcade.
Lunch is included.
Board the coach to leave Tokyo for the beautiful region of Mt.Fuji. On arrival at the pretty town of Kawaguchiko, visit the Fuji Sengen Shrine, the starting point for the traditional pilgrimage to the mountain. The trip includes a cablecar ride to Mt. Tenjo for wonderful views of the nearby lakes and Mt.Fuji. Take a boat trip on Lake Kawaguchi, and take in the spectacular scenery. After lunch, drive up to the “5th station” halfway up Mt.Fuji
Note: if winter snow makes the route impossible, the coach will proceed to the highest possible point.
Return to Kawaguchiko to our ryokan (Japanese inn) located in Kawaguchiko so that you can enjoy its onsen (public hot spring bath) and Japanese dinner.
Drive along the lake roads to Iyashinosato Nenba, a small town that was devastated by a landslide during a typhoon in 1966 and then rebuilt as a traditional outdoor highland museum town. Its typical thatched houses have been converted into craft workshops, restaurants and museums. After, visit the Shiraito Falls, with a waterfall height of 150m. A stop for lunch (included) will take place before travelling onwards to Nagoya. A visit to the Toyota Museum is included, a must-see for motor-lovers.
(From April 2020: After the Toyota Museum, have a drive to Kyoto, only 130km away. Rest well in your Kyoto accommodation.)
Up until March 2020: Leave early today for the drive to Kyoto (130km) in time for a full-day tour of the city.
From April 2020: Kyoto was the country’s capital from 794 to 1868, and because it escaped bombing during WW2, historic buildings are preserved. In Kyoto, many temples and shrines in the city are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. With the local guide, visit Kinkakuji (the Golden Pavilion), Fushimi Inari and the Imperial Palace. Walk in the Gion area of Kyoto, well-known for its traditional streets and sights of maiko (apprentice geisha).
From April 2020: Start your tour from your accommodation in Kyoto. We head for Arashiyama, a peaceful refuge amid nature on the outskirts of Kyoto. Visit the Tenryuji Temple – one of the “five major Zen temples of Kyoto” and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and the bamboo forest. Kyoto was the country’s capital from 794 to 1868, and because it escaped bombing during WW2, historic buildings are preserved. With the local guide, visit Kinkakuji (the Golden Pavilion), Fushimi Inari and the Imperial Palace. Walk in the Gion area of Kyoto, well-known for its traditional streets and sights of maiko (apprentice geisha).
Up until March 2020: Head for Arashiyama, a peaceful refuge amid nature on the outskirts of Kyoto. Visit the Tenryuji Temple and the bamboo forest.
All departures: After, leave for the nearby city of Nara, once a capital of Japan. Visit Nara’s Todaiji Temple with its giant Buddha statue. After lunch (included), continue to Horyuji Temple on the outskirts of Nara, a World Heritage site. Its main pagoda is one of the oldest wooden buildings in the world. Continue to Osaka, the second city of Japan. In the evening visit Dotonbori, a district of bright lights, nightlife and plenty of restaurants.
After breakfast, the tour arrangement ends.
(If you would like to extend your stay, please see Contrasts of Japan tour or contact us for a quoted for a tailor-made extension.)
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