These tours are great for first time visitors to Japan looking for comfortable accommodation with all entrance fees and most meals included. Our Japan Deluxe Tours are accomodated with professional tour guides, fluent in both Japanese and English, to ensure an educational and valuable visit. Air-conditoned, private coaches are also included, so you can enjoy a comfortable and hassle-free time in Japan. Our tours range from 7 to 21 days, to various regions of Japan.
These tours combine enrichment, enjoyment, and education with time to truly absorb and appreciate your surroundings. Our Deluxe-Plus small group tours are created to cater to those who are interested in having a deeper understanding of Japan's culture. You will have the opportunity to participate in culturally rich activities and visit destinations only locals may know. Experience luxurious hotels and travel at a leisurely pace when you book a Deluxe-Plus small group tour.
Explore the must-see sights and enjoy the hassle-free trip to Japan at an affordable price. Our most cost-effective way to see the highlights of Japan while staying in budget-friendly accommodations. If you would like to have a quick stop to sample the must-see sights of Japan, or plan to explore Japan on your own but would like to take a short trip to learn about Japan before your self-guided journeys. These are the tours for you.
Explore Japan off the beaten path via Japanese public transportation, walking, hiking, cycling and more. Take more time to enjoy local experiences and picturesque landscape. Our Active Small Group Tours combine the best of cultural destinations with off-the-beaten-path via Japanese public transportation, Discover the country of Japan the way the locals do and see Japan from a different angle. A focus on getting away from the crowds and into the real Japan, see the diversity of Japan’s countryside unfold before your eyes.
The price is per person, based on twin or triple room occupancy
For single travelers, this tour has a single supplement. This guarantees a single room throughout the tour
Prices are excluding international flights
Single room types are rooms for
single room occupants.
One person will be occupying the hotel room throughout the tour.
Twin room types are rooms set for two people who will occupy one room, but will have two separate beds.
A double room is a room that has one bed for two people to share.
A triple room is one room where three people may share the same room. It has three separate beds.
Japanese Style Room
A Japanese-style room traditionally does not have a western-style bed, it is a tatami floor room with futon bedding. However, if you prefer a western-style bed, you may request one though we cannot guarantee it.
Please note: If you would like to request neighboring rooms next to your traveling companions, you and your traveling companions must have the same room types in order to be next to each other. For example, if you have requested a double room, but your traveling companions have requested a twin, or triple room, then neighboring rooms cannot be accommodated. However, if both you and your traveling companions match in room type, then neighboring rooms will likely be arranged for your convenience.
Live a week of anime dreams during our 7-day Anime Tour with Ghibli Park. This tour takes you around top anime and otaku sights in Tokyo and Hakone, with a very special stop in Nagoya to visit Studio Ghibli's new Ghibli Park. You might have heard of (or visited) the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, and while this new park may contain some similar elements, this fantastic Ghibli Park is even larger and more immersive than its Tokyo counterpart, and we include a full day to experience its delights. In ... View More
Live a week of anime dreams during our 7-day Anime Tour
with Ghibli Park. This tour takes you around top anime and
otaku sights in Tokyo and Hakone, with a very special stop
in Nagoya to visit Studio Ghibli's new Ghibli Park. You
might have heard of (or visited) the Ghibli Museum in
Tokyo, and while this new park may contain some similar
elements, this fantastic Ghibli Park is even larger and
more immersive than its Tokyo counterpart, and we
include a full day to experience its delights. In addition,
you will discover Tokyo and Hakone during the autumn
season, which are especially popular with school animes.
Begin the 7-day tour in Tokyo, as you discover the anime- flavored delights of Japan's capital. Tokyo is home to Akihabara - a district that has become a cultural mecca for anime otakus, and is packed end to end with anime merchandise shops, manga booksellers, cosplay stores, gaming arcades, clear-case figurine stores, and themed cafes. This tour sets aside half a day to spend browsing this anime wonderland; look for your favorite characters in the anime stores, have a snack in an anime cafe, or get served tea or a latte by a cute Japanese maid. Another anime district is found in Ikebukuro, and here is where you will be able to explore Sunshine City, shop anime merchandise at Animate Ikebukuro and the Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo, or look for girls' manga and anime goods in Otome Road. Other adventures in Tokyo include a visit Asakusa Sensoji Temple, a tour of the Tsukiji Outer Market, a view of the Shibuya "Scramble Crossing", a foodie tour of Shinjuku's Kabukicho and Golden Gai entertainment districts, and a chance to browse the trendy fashions of Harajuku at Takeshita Street and Omotesando.
Moving on from Tokyo, we travel to gorgeous Hakone, which is popular for its natural beauty (which includes Mount Fuji). While in Hakone, you will have the chance to admire its beauty from the deck of a pirate ship, and take in gorgeous views from an airborne gondola on the Hakone Ropeway. Hakone is known among anime fans as the setting of Neon Genesis Evangelion, and we include a visit to an Evangelion store.
The tour continues on to Nagoya, where we visit the new Ghibli Park - a theme park inspired by popular Studio Ghibli films. Ghibli Park foregoes standard amusement park rides and rollercoasters in favor of a more immersive, whimsical approach to park design and attractions - in line with its movies and studio vision. Wander and explore the regions of the park, growing a sense of childlike imagination and delight, as you discover the secrets of "Ghibli's Grand Warehouse", "the Hill of Youth", and "Dondoko Forest". Fans of Ghibli films will see little touches all over the park that connect them to favorite films like Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Whisper of the Heart, The Borrower Arrietty, and My Neighbor Totoro.
Feed your inner anime fan as you discover some of the best anime destinations and experiences in Japan. You will travel around Tokyo on our comfortable private coaches (with two days on train and subway), and you will be accompanied by one of our professional bilingual guides. Please browse our detailed itinerary below for more information.
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All prices are per person, based on twin (double on request) or triple occupancy.
International flights are not included on our tours - this allows you the flexibility to choose your own departure and get the best value for your money!
We can arrange international flights for US customers if needed, please ask for details.
We require US$200 deposit per person to hold the space at time of booking and the final payment is due 2 month prior to departure.
Private coach and public transportation depending on the destinations.
For arrivals at Narita Airport (NRT) or Haneda Airport (HND), this tour starts in Tokyo and ends in Nagoya, with departures at Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO).
Vegetarian or special meals can be arranged.
Airport meet and greet and airport transfers are NOT included, but we will provide with full instructions in advance.
Welcome to Japan! Check-in your hotel in central Tokyo on your own. The rest of the day is free for leisure. Meet your tour guide and group in the morning the next day.
NOTE 1: If you wish to stay extra nights before the tour starts, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.
In the morning, travel to Asakusa Kannon Temple, in
Tokyo’s Asakusa district. Enter by way of the
Kaminarimon “Thunder Gate”, underneath an enormous
red paper lantern. Don’t forget to look up to see the
dragon sculpture under the lantern! Walk through the
Nakamise Market – a street lined with shops selling
traditional goods of all kinds, before approaching
Sensoji Temple. Take some time to explore Tokyo’s
oldest temple and shrine complex. Next, head to
Akihabara Electric Town, which beckons to anime and
manga fans from all over the world to come enjoy the
colorful characters and flashy displays in the stores and
arcades lining its streets. Begin with a lunch at a
Conveyor Belt Sushi restaurant, where fresh plates of
sushi travel past your table and you can take and eat
what you want. Then you will have the opportunity to
shop among the various anime and otaku shops to find
merchandise related to your favorite anime or maybe
that figurine to round out your collection.
Optional (costs are not included) - Visit a cafe that celebrates Akihabara's anime culture, with cool or kawaii decor and food or drinks designed after anime characters. Some cafes are themed to a particular anime, such as the Gundam Cafe. Akihabara is also has the best maid cafes around, so you have the option to experience an otaku subculture where you will be served cutesy food and drink by a cute maid in a cafe. Another option is a visit to an illustrator school.
After breakfast, Tour Tokyo's Ikebukuro area. You’ll start in Sunshine City entertainment complex – featuring department stores, an aquarium, museum, planetarium, indoor theme parks, and more. Near the train station is the Animate Ikebukuro store - one of the largest anime, manga, and otaku stores in Tokyo, which is a premier location to find your favorite anime merchandise. Fans of Pokémon will enjoy the Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo store, which is an excellent place to find not only Pokémon cards and games, but Pikachu plushies as well. Then walk down the famous "Otome Road", which is a must-visit anime hub catering specially to female otakus and anime fans, and is the best place to find popular shoujo manga and animes. Enjoy a Ramen Tour of Ikebukuro where you can freely find the kind of ramen that you find most tempting. From there we make our way to Shinjuku where you can try your luck at Pachinko, which is very colorful and flashy arcade game that is also a sort of low-stakes slot / pinball machine where you can win little balls and exchange them for prizes. Finally we take a food tour of Kabukicho and Golden Gai, which is the center of the Tokyo nightlife scene with its collection of vintage restaurants and bars.
After breakfast, make your way to the Tsukiji Outer Market, filled with shops and restaurants where you can try fresh produce and other food-related goods. Then visit the Imperial Palace East Garden, where the ruins of old Edo castle sit near a pristine Japanese landscape garden. We proceed from there to Nakano Broadway, where you will be able to explore the different anime and otaku shops such as Mandarake. Next, visit the fashion district of Harajuku, where Takeshita District and Omotesando beckon to visitors to shop in their trendy stores. Then we make our way to Shibuya to see hundreds of people cross the famous Shibuya "Scramble Crossing", and then see the statue of the loyal dog Hachiko, which is celebrated in various animes as a popular couples meeting spot.. In the afternoon, transfer to Hakone to check in at the hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening including dinner and the local onsen hot spring.
Today, visit Hakone, a part of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, and an ideal place to catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji if the weather is good. Take a cruise of Lake Ashi on a replica Pirate Ship and appreciate Hakone's natural beauty. Ride the scenic Hakone Ropeway to Owakudani, where visitors will have the chance to see hot springs and sulfurous fumes along the trails of an active volcanic zone. Then visit the Hakone Yamato Evangelion Store, where you will find various souvenirs commemorating Neon Genesis Evangelion. We continue on from there to the hotel in Nagoya, where we check in for a relaxing evening.
Today, visit the best place in Nagoya for anime fans: Ghibli Park, which was inspired by the worlds of Studio Ghibli and the works of Hayao Miyazaki. Walk around the Hill of Youth, Dondoko Forest (reminiscent of My Neighbor Totoro -complete with Satsuki and Mei's House!) and Ghibli's Grand Warehouse. Later additions to the park will include a "Valley of Witches" inspired by Howl's Moving Castle and Kiki's Delivery Service, and "Mononoke Village", with a movie-inspired settlement kids can explore. Ghibli Park eschews the sort of rides and attractions found in other parks in favor of creating a magical world where children can wander and let their imaginations run. Immerse in the fantastical atmosphere of the park, with sights and experiences that are truly a delight for fans of Ghibli films, with larger-than-life displays of classic characters like Cat Bus and Robot Soldier. After a day of nostalgic Ghibli enchantment, we head to the hotel for a relaxing evening.
After breakfast, our tour officially ends. Your guide will be available to offer assistance and advice for your journey to the airport or onward travel in Japan.
NOTE 2: If you would like to stay longer in Japan, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.
Tokyo is the number one destination for tourist bound for Japan. It is the number one most populated, the biggest city, and is the capital of Japan. From shopping to sightseeing, this city offers everything that tourist want to see. There are a number of places to see the entire city, tourist can visit the Tokyo Skytree or Tokyo Tower to get a breathtaking view of the city. For shopping, visitors can head to the most popular areas such as Ginza, Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City, or Shinjuku. There are also many museums available such as the Edo Tokyo Museum or the Tokyo National Museum. This modern city still has many parks, temples, and shines for anyone interested in a cultural experience.
Buddhist temple with souvenir shopping street, an atmosphere of old Tokyo.
The Sensoji Temple located in Asakusa is one of the most popular Buddhist temples to visit. The temple was built and completed in the year 645 and is Tokyo’s oldest temple. The surrounding area offers shopping for souvenirs and food. The Sanja Festival is one of Tokyo’s biggest festivals and is held every May at Asakusa Temple.
The Akihabara Anime District is a popular section of Tokyo known for its densely packed assortment of anime and manga stores, arcades, and themed cafes.
Akihabara, sometimes shortened to "Akiba" is a district right in central Tokyo which is known across the country as the place to indulge in Japan's otaku culture. Initially it was known for its various electronics shops, and there are still many of them to be found, including big name chain stores like Yodobashi Camera, Bic Camera, Sofmap, and LAOX. But over time a great many anime, manga, and otaku-related shops, restaurants, cafes, gaming arcades, and other establishments sprang up here and there around the area. The dense concentration of anime / manga fandom stores has given Akihabara a status as a anime and gamer-nerds' paradise. It is a wonderful place to enjoy a themed cafe. Not only anime-themed cafes, but maid cafes, animal cafes, and manga cafes, where guests can pay for time to read from a vast collection of manga comics. What is more, as more anime are released year after year, the character of Akihabara constantly changes to reflect the latest releases.
The Anime Stores of Akihabara are the go-to places to find anime merchandise - comics, music CDs, posters and wall scrolls, figurines, plushies, and collectibles.
In recent years, Akihabara has become synonymous with anime fandom, and no matter how much anime you watch, it is an area that will kick your love of anime into overdrive. The sheer number of colorful stores has something to offer even the casual anime fan. Popular stores include Animate Akihabara, which is one of the largest of the Animate stores, focusing on a wide variety of merchandise from anime that is trendy and popular. Akihabara Gamers is a store that, despite the name, features a vast assortment of manga comics. Kotobukiya calls itself a "hobby craft" store, but in reality it features figures and merchandise from anime, games, and even popular films like Star Wars. Yellow Submarine is a store that sells trading card merchandise (like Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Magic: The Gathering), as well as a vast array of anime figurines and build-it- yourself plastic models. Of course, this barely scratches the surface of the broad variety of anime stores to be found in Akihabara - a destination that must be seen to be believed.
Akihabara is home to various Anime Cafes, themed establishments which feature décor, menus, and foods decorated in the style of popular anime.
Akihabara, being a popular hotspot for all things Anime, features themed cafes that offer a new way for you to immerse yourself in anime (or gaming) culture. While some of the anime cafes are more of a general "anime theme", with drawings of cute non-specific anime characters decorating the cafe space, others are designed to celebrate a particular anime series. One of the finest examples is the Gundam Café, which looks very futuristic and spacey, serving highly colorful drinks and food inspired by the characters and robots from the show. Their cafe latte is especially popular, with 19 different flavors to choose from. Some cafes, rather than being themed to a single anime in particular, celebrate anime culture in general. Good Smile x Animate Cafe is next to a cosplay apparel store and sells cute food and drinks. Some cafes are choose themes connected to popular gaming companies and franchises, such as the Square Enix Cafe, based on the company responsible for Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest.
Maid Cafes are popular themed eateries where customers are attended by adorable maids who sing songs, play games with guests, and serve food in a cute way.
Maid Cafes are a cultural phenomenon originating in Akihabara, where guests can enjoy tea or coffee and something sweet as you are waited on by cute maids who address you as "Master" or "Mistress". There are many maid cafes across Akihabara, each with a slightly different setting and personality. They often will write cute messages in the food, sing a song and dance, and play board games with the guests. And they always try and come up with new ways to make guests feel pampered and welcome. Famous maid cafes of Akihabara include Maidreamin, which have maids chant "spells" over the food to make the food more delicious; Cure Maid Cafe, which appeals to lovers of a more Victorian style of maid, and @Home Cafe, which welcomes guests with a "Welcome Home, Master / Mistress" and decorates the food they bring to your table in a variety of cutesy designs. There are many more maid cafes to explore in Akihabara, and each one makes you feel like a lord / lady of the manor.
Conveyor Belt Sushi, or "Kaiten-zushi" is a popular type of sushi restaurant in Japan that carries sushi to customers on long conveyor belts.
Kaiten-zushi, also known as Conveyor Belt Sushi or Sushi Train, is the Japanese word for a special kind of sushi restaurant which send plates of sushi zooming out to customers on a conveyor belt that winds around the restaurant. Some kaiten-zushi places have conveyor belts that run parallel to the tables, allowing the customers to take the plates they want, and others have an easy ordering system that lets you order the sushi you see on display. At the end, payment is calculated based on how many plates they ate. The sushi is served either in roll form or as "nigiri" - two cuts of sushi served atop a bed of rice, and includes popular favorites like tuna, salmon, shrimp, egg, and cucumber rolls. In addition to sushi, kaiten-zushi restaurants serve miso soup, various fried foods, and even dessert. Kaiten- zushi is considered one of the most affordable ways to enjoy sushi in Japan, as each plate starts at about 100 yen. To help the customers understand the pricing, different color plates are often used to distinguish costs of the foods, though there are some kaiten-zushi establishments that serve all their food at a single flat rate.
Ikebukuro Anime Town is an entertainment district in Tokyo that features many popular anime and otaku stores, gaming arcades, restaurants, and more.
While Akihabara is known as the chief Anime hub of Tokyo, Ikebukuro has risen as a second center of anime and otaku culture, with especial areas for anime fangirls. It has many popular anime shops including Animate Ikebukuro Honten - the "flagship store" of the Animate retail chain - as well as the "Mandarake" and K-Books" shops. a particular section of Ikebukuro is called Otome Road (Maiden Road), which specializes in anime goods and manga doujinshi (self-published comics) geared towards women. Sunshine City, a "city within a city" in Ikebukuro, amuses visitors with a cinema, an aquarium, an observation deck, and various other shops including One Piece Mugiwara Store and Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo, where you can find cute plushies of Pikachu and other favorites like Eevee. It also has a theme park designed by video game company Namco (known for Pac-Man and Taiko no Tatsujin) called Namco Namja Town.
Sunshine City is an entertainment complex in Ikebukuro comprised of popular stores and restaurants, plus a theme park, cinema, aquarium, and more.
Sunshine City, in Ikebukuro, opened in 1079. It is a huge complex that feels like a city within a city. At the center is Sunshine 60, a skyscraper that stands at 240 meters tall. Within Sunshine City is a plethora of restaurants, cafes, and shops. There is even a cinema, making parts of it feel like a grand shopping mall. But in addition to all this, it includes a planetarium, aquarium, convention centre, museums, hotels, and an observatory from Sunshine 60's "Sky Circus". One of the biggest attractions in Sunshine City is Namco Namja Town - an indoor theme park located on Sunshine CIty's second floor. Sponsored by popular video game company Namco, known for headlining character Pac-Man, the wildly popular Tales series of JRPGs, and the Taiko no Tatsujin rhythm game franchise. Among the stores of Sunshine City is the One Piece Mugiwara Store, the Marvel Store, the Disney Store, a Sanrio store (Hello Kitty), and the Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo, full of lots of plush Pikachus.
Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo is a shop in Sunshine City, Ikebukuro - the best place in Tokyo to go for Pokemon merchandise.
Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo is located in Sunshine City, which is a massive entertainment complex in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. This is a dream shop for fans of the Pokemon Franchise, with a vast assortment of Pokemon toys, games, cards, Pokeballs, and other kinds of Pokemon merchandise, many of which you won't find anywhere else. Of course, Pikachu takes center stage, and with countless plushies of the adorable character - even some toys of his mearing different outfits. Other popular characters are also represented, including Mew and Mew-Two, Charizard, the different starter types, and of course, cutesy furball Eevee. If you had enough time (and money), could very nearly "catch them all" at this store. You can expect the store to be fairly crowded, especially on weekends and holidays, with lines that go outside the store and around the corner.
Join an Ikebukuro Ramen Tour and taste different types of delicious ramen in one of Tokyo's top ramen food districts.
The Ikebukuro Ramen Tour takes you through some of the best ramen restaurants in Ikebukuro - one of Tokyo's biggest ramen districts. As lovers of ramen know, Japanese ramen can take on many forms. Miso, shio (salt), or shoyu base; served hot or chilled; with all matter of toppings, ramen in Japan can be called a culinary artform, and the ramen restaurants at Ikebukuro are dedicated to outdoing each other with their unique and delectable takes on the dish. Ikebukuro is known as the place where the first Tsukemen was invented, and this savory "dipping ramen" may still be found at the original shop. While on the streets of Ikebukuro during the Ramen Tour, you may find strange ramen creations - such as a "green" ramen (made with noodles infused with the microbe Euglena) or a Hawaiian-themed ramen (made with bamboo shoots and yuzu citrus). There are more traditional offerings for those who aren't feeling too adventurous, so any lover of ramen will find something to enjoy.
District around Japan's busiest station.
Shinjuku is one of the busiest towns in Japan, with its train station reportedly handling the largest number of passengers in the world. Department stores, electrical appliance megastores and huge book stores fan out around the station and are constantly filled with customers. In the underground mall, there are dozens of shops where you might find an unexpected bargain. The "Don Quixote" discount store is located along Yasukuni Dori (Ave.) at the east exit, and to the north of this store is the Kabuki-cho bright lights district, crowded with restaurants, adult entertainment spots, arcades and theaters.
Try your luck at Pachinko, a mix between an arcade game and a slot machine that has become a popular form of low-stakes gambling.
Pachinko is a form of arcade game that also doubles as a colorful slot machine. Although cash gambling is, in general, illegal in Japan, a loophole in the interpretation of Japan's gambling laws has allowed the mass proliferation of these low-stakes slots. It plays a bit like a pinball machine, in that players shoot small steel balls into the pachinko machine using a loaded spring. The steel balls are rented to players from the owning establishment for use in the games. The balls flow through a track inside the machine before they are eventually released onto a playing field containing more steel balls, which can be won as a payout from the machine. The object of Pachinko is to win as many of the little steel balls as possible, which are then exchanged for prizes. Some newer pachinko machines are loaded with metal tokens or coins in a fashion more like traditional slots. It can be thrilling to watch the balls careening through the machines as you hope for a large payout!
Join a food tour of Kabukicho and Golden Gai, the "red-light" entertainment districts in Shinjuku.
Join a food tour of Kabukicho and Golden Gai, the "red- light" entertainment districts in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Since its development in the 60s, Kabukicho has become the heart of Tokyo's nightlife - a glittery center for neon lights, pachinko parlors, restaurants, bars, and more adult entertainment like host / hostess clubs and love hotels. Stick with your guide through these blinding avenues to taste the best food and drink that Shinjuku has to offer. It is also one of the best spots just to mingle among the friendly locals. Golden Gai is a small alley next to Kabukicho that is home to over 200 little bars. While the rest of the city focused on becoming more and more modern, Golden Gai continued to maintain the look and feel of post-war Tokyo. Each of these bars has their own character or gimmick, so you will have a different experience at bar. Be sure to stay with your guide, as some of these establishments refuse service to foreigners.
Visit a famous Japanese market filled with fresh fish and agricultural products, plus delicious dishes.
The outer Tsukiji Fish Market offers a variety of freshly prepared food products and ingredients. Travel in between the different stores and taste a few of their dishes, freshly prepared with some of the best ingredients.
Former private garden walk of the Imperial family, including ruins of Tokugawa Shogun's castle.
The garden connected to the Imperial Palace is one the most beautiful in the cty, and was once the private gardens of the Imperial Family. The only part of the Inner Palace open for public enjoyment, the grounds includes some stone walls and tower foundations of Edo Castle - former home of the Tokugawa Shogun, as well as the Suwano Teahouse, and the Museum of Imperial Collections. Within the garden areas, wide variety of trees and flowers planted there provide visitors with scenes of colorful beauty in any season, including not only seasonal favorites like cherry, plum, or maple trees, but species of flowers from all across Japan.
Nakano Broadway is a shopping complex in Tokyo known for numerous shops selling anime and pop culture merchandise.
Nakano Broadway is a shopping mall in the Nakano ward of Tokyo. Opening in 1966, it developed over time into one of the top shopping spots to buy various otaku merchandise, especially anime, manga and video game-related merchandise. Three full floors of the shopping center are dedicated to these kinds of cultural goods, which include popular figurines, pop idol CDs, and other collectables. Stores of note include the Mandarake otaku goods chain, which operates no less than twenty-seven different shops in Nakano Broadway alone, with each store focusing on a different category of merchandise, such as a separate store for cosplay costumes, toy robots, and doujinshi books.
Harajuku is the center for the most extreme fashion styles and teenage trends in Japan.
Harajuku is known as the center for extreme fashion styles and teenage trends in Japan. The area is located between Shinjuku and Shibuya station on the Yamanote Line. The most famous street in front of Harajuku Station is Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street). Along that road there are many trendy shops, secondhand clothes store, and fashion boutiques for shopping. While walking along the street you can see fashionistas dressed up. There are also crepe stands and fast food options for people to enjoy while exploring the street. South of Takeshita Street is Omotesando where more of the famous brand name shops are located. Omotesando is twice the length of Takeshita and is popular among urbanites. The Omotesando Hills is a complex where most of those brands are located including the famed Kiddy Land.
Takeshita District (or Takeshita Street) is a fashion forward shopping street located in Harajuku, and a center of Tokyo's youth culture.
Stepping out of Harajuku station in downtown Tokyo, you will see a vibrant, colorful, and crowded street before you - Takeshita Street. For decades Takeshita Street has been at the heart of Tokyo youth culture, and as well as a bellwether for the latest fashions. "Gothic Lolita" fashion and cosplay trends have also been identified with Takeshita Street. Fashionista pop stars including Lady Gaga have been known to shop here, and the Japanese media icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has been called an ambassador for the latest kawaii (cute) fashions that come out of Harajuku. But Takeshita Street is so much more than clothes - all the businesses there have a youth appeal. Among the sweet treats you can find there is an incredibly cute multi-colored cotton candy - like a fluffy rainbow cloud. Takeshita Street is synonymous with dessert crepes: thin crepe wraps loaded with a variety of fruit fillings and cream. There are savory crepes too, though the sweet crepes are far more popular. There are little cafes there too, when you need to take a break from shopping.
Omotesando is a shopping thoroughfare running from Harajuku to Aoyama, known for upscale fashion retailers and fascinating modern architecture.
Omotesando is a fashion boulevard starting at Meiji Shrine running all the way down through Aoyama to Aoyama-dori. It lies south of Harajuku's hip, avant-garde Takeshita Street, and while that street appeals to Tokyo youth and street culture, Omotesando is the street to admire the fashionably chic. This zelkova-lined thoroughfare is lined with the most stylish, upscale boutiques, leading many to refer to it as "Tokyo's Champs Elysees". Top fashion brands like Chanel, Coach, Tod's, Dior, Luis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Prada, and more all have a presence on Omotesando, and since these stores wanted to stand out, they had the buildings that house their fashion boutiques designed by leading architects of the day. As a result, Omotesando is also a wonderland of modern (and postmodern) architecture. There is also Omotesando Hills (designed by Pritzker prize-winner Tadao Ando), which is an elegant shopping center on the main street. Other places of interest include Kiddy Land - a massive toy store for kids of all ages, and the Oriental Bazaar - the go-to place to buy Japanese souvenirs in the area.
Shibuya Crossing is a landmark intersection near Shibuya Station. Residents walking from all directions at once meet in one of the most energetic displays of bustling Tokyo.
The Shibuya Crossing is a street intersection located near Shibuya Station’s Hachiko exit in Tokyo. The crossing has five major crosswalks covering the immense diamond intersection. The crossing is comparable to New York’s Times Square in terms of foot traffic, having almost 3,000 people crossing at its peak periods. The Shibuya Crossing is also known as the Scramble Crossing, since every crossing light turns green at the same time, leading to a leisurely rush of human traffic. The crosswalk becomes party central for the city on New Year’s Eve. The adjacent Starbucks, offering prime viewing of the crosswalk action from its windows, is one of Japan’s most popular.
The statue of Hachiko stands outside Shibuya station in Tokyo; a memorial to commemorate the story of an adorable dog’s constant faithfulness.
One of Tokyo’s most beloved, albeit unofficial landmarks, the Hachiko statue tells the tale of an especially faithful Akita dog named Hachiko. This dog famously went to Shibuya station every day to await the return of his master, a professor at Tokyo University. Hachiko continued to wait, even 10 years following the professor’s untimely passing. The story has since passed into legend, commemorated with the statue near Shibuya station. The statue has become a popular meeting place for local residents, conveniently located just outside one of the station’s main exits, now known as the Hachiko exit.
Hakone is located in Kanagawa Prefecture and is only about two hours away from Tokyo. Hakone is park of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and is a popular destination for tourist. Hakone is famous in Japan for its hot springs and beautiful natural views. Visitors can go to the many hot spring resorts to relax and unwind or visit the many museums and shrines available. Guests that would appreciate nature more could go to the parks and trails to experience the natural beauty.
Famous for having Mount Fuji in the background and the lake as its inspirational canvas.
Lake Ashinoko along with Mount Fuji in the background is the proud symbol of Hakone. One of the best views with the lake and Mount Fuji could be seen from one of the many sightseeing boats. There are a few boat cruises available, but the main two are ran by Hakone Sightseeing Boats and Izuhakone Sightseeing Boats. The best time to come is during the cherry blossom season and when the autumn colors are at its peak.
An aerial lift that provides nice views of Mount Fuji and Lake Hakone.
One of the most popular ways to get around Hakone is by taking the Hakone Ropeway. The ropeway travels between Sounzan and Togendai. The Hakone Ropeway gives visitors a beautiful view of Hakone and on a clear day, it is possible to get a nice view of Mount Fuji as well.
Sulfurous vapors and warm rivers.
Owakudani is located in Hakone and is an area around a crater where gaseous fumes, hot springs, and hot rivers exist. Just like most of Hakone, on a clear day, it is possible to see Mount Fuji as well. There are hiking trails available for guests, but these trails are difficult for inexperience hikers.
The Hakone-Yumoto Evangelion Shop is a store that sells high-quality merchandise based on the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime, in addition to various Eva-affiliated concessions.
The Hakone Yumoto Evangelion Shop is located in Hakone, in Kanagawa Prefecture. This region of Japan is known for beautiful landscape and onsen hot springs, and recognizable by fans of Neon Genesis Evangelion as the real-life setting of Tokyo-3. The shop has a traditional Japanese look to it, with Japan- style decoration connected to the anime, including a statue of Rei in a stylish kimono. The appeal of the shop is not only in the setting and design; Hakone Yumoto EVA Shop sells a wide range of Evangelion merchandise featuring Rei, Asuka, Shinji, and other characters from the anime. Specialty items include hand-crafted tableware, figurines, and apparel. The shop also sells NERV-stamped baked goods, sweets, and drinks.
Nagoya is the prefectural capital of Aichi Prefecture
located in the Chubu region. This capital is the third
largest city in Japan and is the perfect place to
experience the perfect mixture of history and modern
technology. The location of Nagoya has been important
since the sengoku period of Japan and during the Edo
Period, the Owari branch was stationed there as the
central power for the Chubu area. Many sengoku fans
travel there to visit the famous Nagoya Castle as well as
the hometowns of famous warlords like Oda Nobunaga,
Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu.
The Mitsubishi Aircraft Company was established in Nagoya due to its central location of the region, making it a high priority air raid location during World War II. Today, many also know Nagoya as the birthplace of the car manufacturing giant, Toyota. Visitors can go on guided tours of the manufacturing plant and see how these cars are made in the assembly line. The Toyota Kaikan also features futuristic prototype cars and robots that attract travelers from all over the world to visit.
Along with many temples and shrines located Nagoya, Atsuta Shrine houses one of the three legendary Imperial Regalia of Japan, the sword Kusanagi. Millions of travelers and locals visit this shrine every year for celebrations, weddings, and special exhibits of swords and mirrors, including a few national treasures of Japan as well.
Ghibli Park is a soon-to-be-open theme park where visitors can immerse themselves in the worlds of the Studio Ghibli Films.
Ghibli Park is a new amusement park planned to open just outside Nagoya on the grounds of the Aichi Earth Expo Memorial Park on November 1, 2022. This theme park intends to create a park where both children and adults can imagine themselves within the imaginative settings of the popular Studio Ghibli Films. Intentionally created without rollercoasters or other standard amusement park rides, Ghibli Park is the sort of place that invites you to roam and lose yourself in the wonder of its whimsical worlds. At opening, Ghibli Park will feature three different regions for visitors to explore. The first is "Ghibli Grand Warehouse", which is a exhibition space that showcases items and displays from the Studio Ghibli films, as well as exhibits that depict the processes behind filmmaking at Studio Ghibli. The park entrance is located on the "Hill of Youth", which features such movie locations as the World Emporium from Whisper of the Heart. Finally, explore "Dondoko Forest, which is a scene reminiscent of the forest from My Neighbor Totoro, including Satsuki and Mei's House. Planned additions include the "Valley of Witches" (think "Kiki's Delivery Service"), and "Mononoke Village".
Tokyo (Day 1, Day 2 & Day 3)
Western Style Accommodation
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Ikebukuro Higashiguchi features air-conditioned rooms with satellite flat-screen TV in the Toshima Ward district of Tokyo. The property is around a 3-minute walk from Ikebukuro Parco Shopping Mall, 900 feet from Ikefukurou Statue and a 4-minute walk from Metropolitan Plaza. All rooms in the hotel are equipped with an electric tea pot. The rooms come with a private bathroom, a bidet and slippers.
Hakone (Day 4)
Japanese Style Accommodation
Itoen Hotel Hakone Yumoto features authentic Japanese- style guestrooms. It is in a location that affords an unbroken view of Hakone's expansive natural landscape from your window.
Nagoya (Day 5 & Day 6)
Western Style Accommodation
Offering massage services and modern rooms, Hotel Sunroute Plaza is just a 5-minute walk from JR Nagoya Station. The hotel features a restaurant, a café and free WiFi throughout the entire property.
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