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8 Day Essential Japan - Saturday Departure

8 Day Essential Japan - Saturday Departure


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Japan

Cities Visited

Hakone, Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Japan
Depart for Japan

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Tokyo
Arrive in dynamic Tokyo, the ultra high-tech and fascinating metropolis and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure to rest and relax. This evening, attend an orientation meeting at approximately 7 PM with your Tour Manager on the exciting adventure that awaits you in Japan, followed by a Welcome Drink with your fellow travelers. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 PM on Day 2 of the itinerary, if possible
Overnight: Tokyo

DAY 3, Monday - Full Day in Tokyo
Spend the day at leisure to explore all of the delights of Tokyo on your own, or join the optional Full Day Tokyo Tour. Witness the stark contrasts of this dazzling city of ancient traditions coupled with state-of-the-art technology. Begin, with a visit to the hectic Tsukiji Fish Market, one of the largest wholesale markets in the world, famous for fish and seafood. Afterward, travel to the imposing Asakusa Kannon Temple (Sensoji) enshrining a golden image of Kannon, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy; its entrance is dominated by a massive paper lantern dramatically painted in vivid red and black colors. Walk along Nakamise, a centuries-old shopping area, where you can find everything from souvenirs to genuine Edo-style crafts. Next, stroll through the Imperial Palace East Garden, located next to the Tokyo Imperial Palace, considered the largest castle in the area. This was the former site of Edo Castle and is now the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. Your tour concludes at the famous Ginza shopping district, Tokyo's most celebrated shopping and amusement area
Optional: Tokyo City Tour
Overnight: Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Full Day in Tokyo
The day is free, to further explore the enormous metropolis of Tokyo independently. As a premier global city, Tokyo offers incredible cuisine, and a vast array of art and fashion venues. For a different view of the city, take a stroll in the beautiful Ueno Park and visit the Tokyo National Museum, housing a collection of fascinating artifacts from across Asia. Perhaps, participate in the optional Kamakura tour. Travel to the historic city of Kamakura, home to Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. The city was once the capital of Japan, that was established in 1192 by the Minamoto clan. Your tour will include visits to the Hokokuji Temple, located in the hills of eastern Kamakura and Jomyoji Temple, ranked fifth among the five great Zen temples of Kamakura. Continue to Kotoku-in Temple, housing the famous 43 foot high Great Buddha bronze statue, one of the most iconic landmarks in Japan. Afterward, spend free time to explore the shops and food stalls along Komachi-Dori street, before returning to Tokyo
Optional: Kamakura Tour
Overnight: Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Wednesday - Travel to Hakone, Owakudani Valley, Lake Ashi Cruise
This morning, depart Tokyo and drive south to Hakone, the most famous National Park in Japan, admiring the breathtaking scenery along the way. Stop for a visit to the Hakone Open-Air Museum, a 200-acre park that is located on a hillside and surrounded by majestic mountains and green valleys. Explore the museum's vast sculpture collection from the 19th and 20th century, including artworks by Japanese and Western artists. After lunch on your own, continue with a gondola ride on the Hakone Ropeway that takes you to the Owakudani Valley’s extraordinary volcanic zone. Here, the bubbling pools cook eggs in the hot waters blackened by sulfur, and are said to prolong one's life by at least seven years. Enjoy a relaxing cruise around placid Lake Ashi. Proceed to your hotel in the Hakone area. Enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers*Due to weather condition and volcanic gas, Owakudani Valley sightseeing might be altered. Details will be provided locally by your Tour Manager.
Overnight: Hakone Area
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Bullet Train to Kyoto
After breakfast, transfer to Mishima station for your bullet train to historic Kyoto, a city that once served as the imperial capital of Japan and home of the country’s most treasured remnants of Japanese imperial life. Upon arrival, take a short walking tour and spend free time for lunch on your own, before checking in to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure. You may choose to participate in the optional Half Day Kyoto Tour. Begin with a visit to the celebrated gold-gilded Kinkakuji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known as the “Golden Pavilion’ surrounded by trees and nestled on a reflective pond. The temple was constructed in the 14th century by the Ashikaga clan. Next, take a walk in Gion, Kyoto's most famous Geisha district; view the shops, restaurants and tea houses where Geisha entertain. Conclude the tour in Kawaramachi, the city's bustling center that is loaded with shops, restaurants, bars and clubs. This evening, discover Kyoto's diverse cuisine
Optional: Kyoto City Tour (PM)
Overnight: Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Friday - Full Day in Kyoto
Spend your day at leisure in Kyoto to explore this fascinating city on your own or, join the optional tour to Kyoto & Nara. Visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine located at the base of Inari mountain, that is famous for its thousands of vermilion colored torii gates. Afterward, travel via the Nara Keinawa expressway to the 8th century Imperial capital of Nara, repository of Japan's cultural heritage, with eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a wealth of historic treasures. Arrive at the exquisite Todai-ji Temple, one of the world’s largest wooden structures and home of the impressive Great Buddha bronze statue, rising over 50 feet high. You then continue to Nara Park to see the over 1,000 tame deer roaming freely in the peaceful park. The tour concludes with a visit to the famous and beautiful Kasuga Taisha Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, displaying over 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns. Return to Kyoto and enjoy leisure time this afternoon before a Farewell Drink and light snack at the hotel
Optional: Kyoto & Nara Tour (AM)
Overnight: Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Saturday - Depart Japan
Transfer to the Osaka airport for your departure flight. Please select flights that depart between 10 AM and 8 PM
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Please Note: Land Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Los Angeles-Tokyo, Osaka-Los Angeles
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 6 nights First Class accommodations
  • 3 nights Tokyo
  • 1 night Hakone Area
  • 2 nights Kyoto
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • High-Speed Bullet Train: Mishima-Kyoto
  • 7 meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Special Features

  • Explore the Hakone Open-Air Museum's vast array of sculptures
  • Discover Owakudani Valley's extraordinary volcanic zone
  • Embark on a cruise on Lake Ashi and admire the stunning scenery
  • Board the famous Shinkansen, or “bullet train” that whisks you to Kyoto
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Passengers should select flights that arrive between 7 AM and 4 PM, and between 11 AM and 8 PM due to scheduled bus transfer times. Passengers arriving outside of these times and those choosing to depart from Kobe Airport will be required to either purchase a private transfer or take a taxi locally.


    Accommodation Details:
    Hotel rooms in Japan cannot comfortably accommodate 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child; therefore, a double, plus a single room configuration should be purchased.

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    Accommodations

    Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro
    This first class hotel is located nearby the Ikebukuro train station.

    Fujisan Mishima Tokyu Hotel
    This first class hotel is located nearby Mshima station.

    RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
    This first class hotel is within walking distance of Kyoto Station.

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