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.
Enjoy more than just sightseeing. These tours will allow you to eat in small local restaurants, visit hidden gems, stay at hotels with limited occupancy, take part in activities available only to small groups, and enjoy more interaction with your tour guides. Ultra-Deluxe small group tours are the ultimate way to visit Japan with hand-picked, top hotels and ryokans (traditional inns) to relax in. Select from a unique range of luxurious cultural experiences that are limited to smaller groups, which is why the maximum group size is 6 guests.
These tours allow you to enjoy Japanese culture firsthand in the intimacy of a small group. The maximum group size is 12 guests, which enables you to travel by public transportation, such as by train, subway, taxi, ferry or local bus. Walking the streets and taking the local trains will allow you to interact more with the locals and appreciate what everyday life in Japan is like. Each city will feature an expert local guide who will be able to share in-depth information on the featured attractions and sites, and provide assistance or recommendations if needed prior to your free time.
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.
This 14-day tour takes travelers to explore the history and culture of China and Japan during one of Asia’s most vividly colorful seasons. In the China portion, explore the wondrous man-made marvels of Chinese antiquity in Beijing by paying visits to Tiananmen Square, as well as the antique palaces of the Forbidden City, and the Ming Tombs. Then, at the awe-inspiring Great Wall, see the impressive length of this monument as it stretches across hills of orange and gold. Also catch a glimpse... View More
This 14-day tour takes travelers to explore the history and
culture of China and Japan during one of Asia’s most
vividly colorful seasons. In the China portion, explore the
wondrous man-made marvels of Chinese antiquity in
Beijing by paying visits to Tiananmen Square, as well as
the antique palaces of the Forbidden City, and the Ming
Tombs. Then, at the awe-inspiring Great Wall, see the
impressive length of this monument as it stretches across
hills of orange and gold. Also catch a glimpse of the more
modern capital in the Wangfujing Shopping Street, where
you'll enjoy a crisp Peking Duck lunch. Travel from there to
Xian for an inspection of the Terracotta Warriors, an awe-
inspiring display of the military might of the Qin Dynasty.
Explore Huaqing Pool to see the exquisite hot spring baths
of China's emperors. Then enjoy a lunch of hot dumplings
in central Xian, where you can see the city's iconic Bell
Tower. In Shanghai, you'll see the city panorama from
within the Observation Deck of Shanghai WFC Tower, take
stroll down Nanjing Street, and appreciate the unique
architecture found at the Bund.
Then, in the Japan portion, journey through Nara, where you can see Todaiji Temple - the oldest wooden building in Japan, and outside you can meet some of Nara Park's adorable deer, browsing below bright leafy canopies of orange and red. After, experience a traditional Green Tea Ceremony in Uji, the history of sake production at the Gekkeikan Sake Museum, and thousands of red gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine. Then Kyoto awaits, dressed in her autumn finest, where you will see Nijo Castle, the Zen rock garden of Tenryuji and the 18- karat gold leaf covering Kinkaku-ji. Nearby, Arashiyama’s dense bamboo grove acquires a golden autumn glow as your group ambles the path through tall trees toward Togetsukyo Bridge. Later, head up to Kiyomizu Temple’s broad wooden stage for a spectacular view of the Kyoto countryside splashed with crisp fall colors. Travel from there to Koka and the Miho Museum, listed as one of the “1000 Places to See Before You Die”. Then take the Shinkansen bullet train to Hakone to view a stunning Mt. Fuji - the cultural centerpiece of much of Japan's artistic inspiration. Take the Hakone Ropeway to Owakudani, home to many volcanic hot springs and rivers. Then at last, in Tokyo, see the statue in memory of Japan’s most loyal dog, Hachiko, and the frenetic Shibuya Crossing. The group will also visit the centuries-old Asakusa Temple and the Imperial Palace, where bright green branches are enlivened by with bold bursts of red. While in Japan’s capital, take the elevator to the observation deck of Tokyo Tower, visit the Tsukiji Market, and make a delicious sushi lunch.
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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
Travel by private coach between destinations, hassle free baggage handling
This tour starts in Beijing and ends in Tokyo. You will need flights for arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK), then international flight from Shanghai (PVG or SHA) to Osaka (Kansai Airport-KIX) on day 8, with departure in Tokyo at Narita Airport (NRT).
Vegetarian or special meals can be arranged
Please note that the meet and greet and airport transfer to the first hotel is ONLY available on the first day. If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, please arrange your own hotel transfer.
Welcome to Beijing! You will be met at the arrival gate by an AJT representative holding an "All Japan Tours" sign.
NOTE 1: If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, airport transfer and meet-and-greet are not included, but we will provide with full instructions to get to the hotel in advance.
NOTE 2: If you wish to stay extra nights before the tour starts, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.
On your first day sightseeing in Beijing, start with the capital's central landmark: Tiananmen Square, situated just outside the famed Gate of Heavenly Peace. Wander around one of the largest public squares, amid hundreds of flowering planters, and don't forget to look for the Monument to the People's Heroes in the center of the Square. Then make your way around to the Meridian Gate to enter the Forbidden City. As the exclusive abode of China's imperial family for about five centuries, no one could enter the city except by the emperor's express permission. Now the ancient and beautiful buildings are now open to the viewing public, so visitors may explore many places with such glorious names as the Hall of Supreme Harmony or the Gate of Divine Prowess. Finally, walk one of most Beijing's most impressive commercial districts, Wangfujing Street. This long thoroughfare aims to be the equal of Paris' Champs Elysees, and is studded with name brand shops, including the Beijing Department Store and the Xinhua Bookstore Store. For lunch, enjoy one of the most delectable and well-known Chinese delicacies - Peking roast duck, prized for its crispy texture over the tender meat, carefully marinated in sweet seasoning.
After breakfast, take a trip to China's most famous national monument - the Great Wall. Nearest to Beijing is the section of the Wall located at Juyongguan, which is a narrow mountain pass. Called one of the three Impregnable Passes, the Juyong section of the Wall has been fortified as a military stronghold since the early Ming Dynasty. This pass is popular because it is one of the easiest to climb, and even has many wheelchair- accessible areas, so as many people can enjoy the exquisitly mantained buildings and carvings. Next, head over to another of China's UNESCO Heritage Sites - the Tombs of the Ming Emperors. This enormous necropolis holds 13 different Ming tombs, each built like large temples, which offer unique insight into Ming life and culture. Only 3 of the current Ming Tombs are open to the public.
The morning will be free for leisure time. At the designated time, we will transfer to the railway station for our trip to Xian by High Speed Rail to Xian. Upon arrival, meet your local guide and enjoy a delicious dinner before transferring to your hotel.
Begin the day in Xian at the Museum of Terracotta Warriors. Built in the 2nd century BC to protect the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, thousands of clay infantry, cavalry, and horses stand at attention in ready battle formation, each incredibly detailed, even to the point of having distinct facial features. After exploring the astoundingly detailed statues, move on to the Pool and Palace of Huaquing. Also referred to as the Huaqing Hot Springs, these bath houses were favored by numerous emperors, including the Tang Emperor Xuanzong and his consort, one of China's Four Great Beauties - Yang Guifei. A marble statue of Yang, with delicate form seeming to rise from the water, commemorating one of Chinese literature's most famous - and tragic - love stories. In the evening return to the city's historic center to see the Xian Bell Tower - a classically constructed symbol of old Xian. Two stories high, though with three golden sets of eaves, it worked in tandem with the nearby Drum Tower to maintain Chinese dominance in the area and warn of the coming of invaders. While in the area, enjoy a delicious lunch of Chinese dumplings - another cultural favorite.
At the designated time, transfer to the local Airport for your domestic flight to Shanghai. Then meet your local guide in the arrival hall and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Shanghai at your leisure.
Begin the day's journey through Shanghai by exploring The Bund - a large quay which abuts the Huangpu River. Standing along the shores of the Bund are a variety of buildings which feature different styles of European design. This architectural exhibition has given this area the nickname "The Museum of Buildings". Then head to the Old City of Shanghai, past traditional teahouses and curio shops, to explore the tranquil and prestigious Yu Garden. Built over 400 years ago by an imperial court official, this large garden features classical gardening techniques, as well as several old buildings including Huxinting Teahouse, which is still in use. Other features include a Great Rockery and a large pond full of koi fish. Then travel to the Observation Deck of the Shanghai World Financial Center Tower. It features a trapezoidal aperture near the top which gives the building a very futuristic appearance, and offers magnificent views of the city from the observation deck at the top of the aperture. Finally, take a walk down Nanjing Road - a huge shopping district in Shanghai roughly a century old, home to upscale fashion brands, electronics, books, or toys, with the addition of more traditional crafts like jade, embroidery, and silk.
After breakfast, free for leisure until your transfer to Shanghai Pudong or Hongqiao International Airport for your flight to Japan. Upon arrival Osaka, an AJT representative will meet you at the arrival gate holding an "All Japan Tours" sign.
NOTE 3: The meet and greet is ONLY available for flights arriving in Terminal 1 after 11:00 AM. For guests arriving in Terminal 2, airport pickup is not included, but and we will provide you with directions to get to your hotel in advance.
NOTE 4: If you wish to stay in the center of Osaka instead of Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport, we can arrange for you to stay at Hotel Elsereine Osaka (or similar class). In this case, airport transfer is not included, but we will provide you directions to get to your hotel in advance.
In the morning you will travel to Nara, the oldest capital city of Japan, by private coach. We will visit Todaiji Temple, the largest wooden building in Japan. The temple also houses the largest bronze statue of Buddha at 16.3 meters high, and the surrounding park is filled with over 1,000 Sika deer. We will continue our tour to Uji where you can experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Then, visit a sake museum in the scenic and historic Fushimi district, which is home to more than twenty breweries and is considered one of the brewing capitals in Japan. At the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, you will be introduced to the facinating history of sake brewing with its nostalgic buildings, tasting experience, and valuable collection of traditional brewing tools. Then a visit to the stunning vermilion colored Fushimi Inari Shrine, whose 4km long tunnel of scarlet torii gates was featured in the film Memoirs of a Geisha. This complex wraps around a bamboo wilderness that includes mountains, streams, and ponds, the perfect backdrop for a scenic hike. We will stay two nights in Kyoto.
Today we will continue our tour of Kyoto, once the capital of Japan and still considered its cultural center. First is a visit to the Nijo Castle, built in the early 17th century. Ninomaru- goten, renovated in 1626, is a building renowned as a priceless example of the architectural style of that period. At the Nishijin Textile Center, you can view displays of kimonos and even watch a kimono fashion show. Visit the Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) covered with 18 carat gold leaf. This three story structure was originally built by the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397. Next is a visit to Arashiyama to see Tenryuji Temple where you can have a glimpse of traditional Zen landscape garden design. Then proceed through a dense bamboo grove, past several small shrines, tea shops and private houses before arriving at the Togetsukyo Bridge over Hozu River. This area is also famous for their colorful autumn leaves. Lastly, we will tour Gion, the old Geisha Quarter, and Pontocho, whose cobblestone alleys vibrate with night life.
This morning we will visit the famous Kiyomizu Temple, best known for its wooden stage that juts out from its main hall, 13 meters above the hillside below. The stage affords visitors a nice view of the numerous cherry and maple trees below that erupt in a sea of color in spring and fall, as well as of the city of Kyoto in the distance. We will then continue to Miho Museum. The museum has stunning architecture that accentuates the surrounding nature while exhibiting a variety of items from different ancient civilizations. It was designed by the renowned architect, I. M. Pei, and is named after Koyama Mihoko, one of the richest women in Japan and the founder of the museum. This museum is also listed as one of the "1000 Places to See Before You Die". Next, our group will experience a Shinkansen bullet train ride, which can reach speeds of up to 300 km/hr. We will stay at the Onsen Hotel at Hamanako Kanzanji Onsen, where you can soak in the therapeutic waters of a spa bath and feast on a traditional Japanese Kaiseki banquet dinner.
Note: If Miho Museum is close, we will visit Kyoto National Museum or Sagawa Art Museum instead.
After enjoying Japanese breakfast at the hotel, we will travel to Hakone and take a 20 minute ropeway from Togendai to Owakundani. Much of the area here is considered an active volcanic zone since its creation from the eruption of Mount Hakone some 3,000 years ago. There, you can experience hot springs and hot rivers, where sulfurous fumes still linger. Owakundani also has splendid views of Mount Fuji in good weather. From Hakone we will proceed to Mt. Fuji on our private coach. Along the way, enjoy the changing scenery, from thick vegetation to lowlands and rolling clouds. We will stop at Mt. Fuji 5th station (depending on weather) to admire the world famous peak. In the afternoon we will travel to Tokyo. Our last visit for this day is Shibuya. We will be able to see the famed Shibuya Crossing in action and cross the street with the crowd. We will then take photos with the Hachiko Statue at the crossing, which is a monument dedicated to a loyal dog that waited even after his master passed away.
Today, you will be taken to the Asakusa Kannon Temple,
an active place of worship where you can see the
paper lantern in Japan. You will also be able to explore
the Nakamise Market, which is located right after the
temple's outer gates. It is a traditional-style shopping
street with centuries of history. Next, you will have the
chance to enjoy a sushi making experience with a
professional sushi chef. Whatever you prepare, you will
get to eat! Afterwards, we will proceed to the Tsukiji
Market, where various restaurants and shops line the
streets. Then, pay a visit to the Imperial Palace, the
former site of Edo Castle and current residence of
Japan's Imperial Family. In the afternoon, we will visit
the world's tallest self supporting steel tower. At 333
meters high, Tokyo Tower is 13 meters taller than its
model, the Eiffel Tower. You will be able to sightsee 150
meters up at the main observatory deck and get a bird's
eye view of the city.
Note: For Sushi Making Experience, if you are vegetarian, on gluten-free diets, have seafood allergy, or don't eat raw fish, please contact us for other ingredient options.
NOTE 5: If you wish to stay in the center of Tokyo for the last night instead of Hotel Mystays Premier Narita, we can arrange for you to stay at Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo (or similar class). In this case, airport transfer is not included, but we will provide full instructions for you to get to the airport in advance.
NOTE 6: If you will be flying out from Haneda Airport (HND) instead of Narita Airport (NRT), we can arrange for you to stay at Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo (or similar class) instead of Hotel Mystays Premier Narita. In this case, airport transfer is not included but we will provide full instructions for you to get to the airport in advance.
After breakfast, our tour officially ends. Checkout time is 11 am and Narita Airport can be reached by hotel shuttle bus.
NOTE 7: If you would like to stay longer in Japan, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.
China’s capital city of Beijing is a unique cultural mix: centuries old, yet constantly new – reinventing itself ever closer to the future. Within this city, travelers explore the ruins of the Great Wall or the Forbidden City, and yet just a quick jaunt across town finds you near towering skyscrapers on your way to Wangfujing Shopping Street looking for that crunch of local Peking roast duck.
Stately public square; the heart of Beijing and the Crossroads of China’s history
Initially built in the 1600s, Tiananmen Square is the unofficial center of Beijing. The public square outside the Gate of Heavenly Peace has been a focal point for much of China’s major historic moments, including the Announcement of the People’s Republic and the 1989 Tiananmen Square Protests. Located in the square are a few other important sites, including the Monument to the People’s Heroes and Mao Zedong’s Mausoleum.
Historic Palace fortress and former abode of China’s Imperial Dynasties
This vast complex housed the Chinese Ming and Qing imperial family for nearly 500 years, with 980 buildings all built in the traditional Chinese architectural style. Included among such impressive structures is the Hall of Supreme Harmony, the Palace of Tranquil Longevity, and the Gate of Divine Might. Also includes a Palace Museum displaying numerous artworks from as far back as the Qing Dynasty.
Formerly a mansion district for Chinese nobility; now a bustling Commercial Thoroughfare
Wangfujing is a wide commercial promenade with hundreds of stores, including the great Beijing Department Store, Beijing APM, and Beijing Mall. The great pedestrian boulevard is frequented by hundreds of thousands of daily shoppers – an excellent opportunity for people-watching. Off one side is Wangfujing Snack Street, which serves a wide variety of exotic and delicious street foods.
A crunchy, sweet delicacy from China’s Imperial period
Once savored by Chinese nobility, this delicious dish has become a favorite food of numerous celebrities and foreign dignitaries to the People’s Republic. The Chinese duck, after being specially prepared and marinated in sweet and savory seasonings, is brought to the table by the chef to be meticulously carved. This lends the Peking Duck as much exquisitely royal style as crisp, tender substance.
Part of China’s most awe-inspiring national monument and a symbol of enduring strength
The Great Wall was built in China’s ancient past to ward off invaders, and the Pass of Juyongguan was known as one of the three “Impregnable Passes” because of its strong fortification. The section of the Wall in this narrow mountain pass was built in a loop to surround temples, soldiers’ barracks and other old buildings including a central “Cloud Platform” which once held three tall stupas.
Enormous temple necropolis holding 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty
Originally begun by the Yongle Emperor according to the Chinese principles of feng shui, creating a symbolic harmony between heaven and earth, the Tombs of the Ming Emperors are now a UNESCO Heritage Site. Walking the central Sacred Path brings visitors to these opulent royal mausoleums, unearthing a new understanding of centuries of Ming-era culture and traditional art.
Once the ancient capital of China in the distant past and one of the ending points of the great Silk Road, Xian maintains its traditional Chinese feel. With plenty of preserved areas including the Hua Qing Pool, Old Xian Bell Tower, not forgetting the world-famous Terracotta Army, Xian is a city made to delight anyone interested in Chinese history and archaeology.
Life-size clay army guarding the mausoleum of the first Qin Emperor
Supposedly built to defend the First Emperor of the Qin Dynasty in the afterlife, the soldiers of the Terracotta Army are truly an incredible wonder of ancient Chinese art and craftsmanship. Sealed underground for centuries, these clay warriors, horses, and chariots are exquisitely preserved and intricately detailed, down to the minute differences found in each soldier’s face.
Opulent imperial bathhouse and garden at the foot of Mount Li
Huaqing pool is a geothermal spring that is home to a palatial bathhouse with scenic views of the countryside around Mount Li. This hot spring is especially renowned in Chinese historical lore as the place where the last of Ancient China’s Four Great Beauties, Yang Guifei, captured the heart of the Tang Emperor, memorialized at the site in an elegantly carved statue of Yang.
Historic wooden bell tower built to be the city center of Old Xian
The Bell Tower of Xian has been the center of the city since the first days of the Ming dynasty, when Xian was also the official seat of Imperial China. Symmetrical and stately, the inside is decorated with inscriptions from the Ming and Qing eras, as well as housing a replica of the original bronze Jingyun bell, which rang throughout the old city every morning.
A traditional Chinese meal, but with a regional flair
While dumplings are common to most areas of China, Xian dumplings are born of a mixture of Chinese and Tibetan culture. As much of a culinary art in the city of Xian as they are a delectable dish, visitors to select restaurants can experience the taste of Chinese dumplings prepared in a variety of colorful styles and unique flavors.
Shanghai is one of the most prosperous commercial centers of China, with its sights more set on a bright and colorful present than ancient past. Though there are some nods to the history of the city in Old Shanghai and the Yu Garden, the life of the city is found beating out a steady pace past tall skyscrapers, down the stylish shopping lane of Nanjing Road all the way to the proud European edifices of the Bund waterfront district.
Large quay hosting a “Museum of Buildings” with varied colonial designs
The Bund of Shanghai refers to a large waterfront promenade stretching alongside the Huangpu River. Once a prominent financial district in the 1800s, this vintage walk preserves an intriguing jumble of European architectural style in an international “exhibition of buildings”. This mix of structures presents a fascinating contrast to the modern skyscrapers on the other side of the river.
Large Ming era landscape garden featuring traditional Chinese elements
Yu Garden was built by a court official of the Ming imperial era to be the largest and most exquisite garden in Shanghai. Passing through many different owners in the succeeding centuries has expanded the features of this “Garden of Happiness” to be one of the most unique gardens in the world, with an old-fashioned teahouse (still in use), a large rockery, detailed carvings, and a great “Jade Rock”.
Breathtaking views of Shanghai from a hanging observation deck
The Shanghai WFC Tower is a unique skyscraper in Shanghai, and one of the city’s tallest, at 492 meters, and with a very distinct and breathtaking observation deck at 474 meters, suspended over a trapezoid-shaped aperture. Visitors can see the Huangpu River running off toward the horizon, surrounded by an impressive vista of Shanghai skyscrapers and other local features.
Vintage shopping district featuring brand name fashions and products
Running from The Bund all the way to the People’s Square, Nanjing Road is by far the most popular shopping districts in Shanghai. After nearly a century of development, East and West Nanjing Road is now home to many luxurious boutique stores selling chic fashion brands, electronics, books and toys. Though more old- fashioned Chinese goods, like jade and silk, are also represented.
The city of Nara was once known as the first capital established in Japan. Nara is located only less than an hour away from both Kyoto and Osaka. Nara is home to some of Japan’s oldest, largest, and historic temples. The landmark and symbol of Nara is the Todaiji Temple, which was built in the 7th century. One the most popular attractions is Nara Park where visitors come every day to see the wild deer that roam free throughout the park.
One of Japan’s most historic and famous temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Located north of Nara Park is one of Japan’s most historic and famous temple called the Todai-Ji Temple. This temple is listed as one of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The temple’s main hall named Daibutsuden, is the largest wooden building in the world. It is home to one of Japan’s largest bronze statues of Buddha siting at fifteen meters tall.
Over 1,000 Sika deer roam free
Located in central Nara is Nara Park, it is one of the most famous and popular parks in Japan. The park is famous and popular because it is home to over one thousand deer. The deer roam freely throughout the park and visitors are able to get up close and feed the deer as well. This park is conveniently located near most of Nara’s main tourist destinations, which include Todai-Ji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Kofuku-Ji Temple, and the Nara National Museum.
Uji is a small city located between Kyoto and Nara, which are two of Japan’s most popular tourist destinations. Uji is the second-biggest tea-growing region in Japan and the area’s tea leaves have supplied Kyoto’s tea culture since the fourteenth century. Eisai, the Zen priest who imported Zen Buddhism to Japan from China, introduced the benefits of the beverage in a book and advised the Uji priests in tea plant cultivation and preparation. Tea drinking later became popular among the masses, and Uji earned a reputation for excellent tea production as one of the first places to engage in tea cultivation. Today, Uji's tea is still regarded to be of superior quality.
Traditional way of preparing and drinking tea
Green tea has a rich history in Japan and has been the most popular non-alcoholic beverage for years. A green tea ceremony is the ceremonial way of preparing and drinking green tea that has been practiced for hundreds of years. The ceremony is full of many rituals and has a strong Zen Buddhism influence. The tea is prepared by the host for the guests and is usually green tea made from powdered tea leaves.
Kyoto was once the old capital of Japan and is filled with historic temples, shrines, buildings, and other structures. Kyoto is filled with many temples and shrines such as the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine and the Golden Pavilion. It is also home of the Gion Festival, which is the most famous festival in Japan. Kyoto is the number two destination for tourist bound for Japan, and is the number one destination for tourist looking for a full Japanese cultural experience.
One of the largest sake brewers in Japan
The Gekkeikan Brewery is one of the leading sake breweries and one of the oldest family owned in Japan. The Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum is located in southern Kyoto in the famous Fushimi Sake District, which is home to around 40 sake breweries. The museum features the methods, traditional tools used, and history of sake brewing.
One of the most famous and visited shrines in Kyoto
The Fushimi Inari-Taisha Grand Shrine is located in southern Kyoto and is one of the most famous and visited shrines in Kyoto. This shrine is only five minutes away from Kyoto Station by train, and features over a thousand vermillion colored torii gates that brings many tourist to this shrine every year.
Former Kyoto residence of the shogun (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
In the northern part of central Kyoto is Nijo Castle, where it was once the former Kyoto residence of the shogun. This area is also listed as one of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This area was once home to the shogun when he would visit Kyoto. This place serves as the best examples of castle palace architecture from Japan’s feudal era because most of the buildings here survived since they were originally built.
Watch kimono fashion show
The Nishijin Textile Center is located northwest of Central Kyoto in the famous Nishijin district. Visitors can view various displays of glorious fabrics and kimonos. Guests can also witness weaving demonstrations and the popular kimono fashion show. The kimono fashion show is held almost every hour throughout the week. There is a shop available for guests to purchase a variety of goods such as kimonos, bags, postcards, dolls, and much more.
Temple building covered in gold (National Special Historic Site)
The famous Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) Temple is located in northern Kyoto and is most known for the building covered in gold leaf. This famous building is the number one most popular destination for tourist visiting Kyoto. The Golden Pavilion sits overlooking a large pond and various small attractions and shops are available for visitors.
Pleasant district at the outskirts of Kyoto
Arashiyama is located on the western outskirts of Kyoto and is a well-known destination for both the cherry blossoms and fall colors seasons. North of the famous Togetsukyo Bridge is Sagano, and together they make this place a nice little getaway from temples and shrines to enjoy nature. Popular destinations include the Togetsukyo Bridge and the Bamboo Forest of Arashiyama.
The most iconic landmark of Arashiyama
The Togetsukyo Bridge is located in the Arashiyama district in Kyoto and is the most iconic landmark of Arashiyama. It is a very popular spot to view the cherry blossoms during the spring and to view the autumn colors during the fall season. The bridge connects Arashiyama to Sagano and many shops, restaurants, and attractions are found nearby as well.
Zen Temple in the Arashiyama district (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Located in the Arashiyama district in Kyoto, the Tenryu- Ji Temple is Arashiyama’s most popular temple. The temple is listed as one of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The original buildings of Tenryu-Ji Temple was lost many times throughout its history, except for Tenryu-Ji’s garden. The Tenryu-Ji Temple Zen Garden that visitors see today is the original garden and landscape.
One of the most popular and well-known spots for visitors in Arashiyama
One of the most popular and well-known spots for visitors is the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. A nice walking path takes visitors through the groves of bamboos. The Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is also one of the most famous and photographed places in all of Kyoto and brings many visitors every year during the autumn color season.
Kyoto's most famous geisha district
Located only 20 minutes away by bus from Kyoto Station, is the Gion Geisha District. The Gion Geisha District is one of the most famous and popular destinations for tourist visiting Kyoto. This area is filled with restaurants, teahouses, shops, and other attractions to entertain guests. The machiya merchant houses along with river and the occasional geisha walking around, brings visitors from everywhere to experience everything that this area has to offer.
Temple famous for its large wooden terrace (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
The Kiyomizu-Dera Temple is located only 15 minutes away by bus from Kyoto Station to the eastern side of Kyoto. This temple is one of the most popular temples in Kyoto and is listed as one of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The temple features a large wooden terrace that offers a fantastic view of the cherry blossoms in the spring and autumn colors during the fall season with the city of Kyoto in the background.
The city of Koka is located in the Shiga Prefecture and together with the city of Iga, is known as the home of ninjas. Koka is a nice side trip when visiting Kyoto or Osaka since it is not too far off east of Kyoto. Tourist can visit the Miho Museum to look at art or visit the Ninja Village or Ninja Mansion to learn more about Japanese Ninja.
Unique art museum in the mountains. Listed as one of the "1000 Places To See Before You Die"
The Miho Museum is located in the city of Koka and along with Koka’s ninja attractions, is a fun side trip from Kyoto. This museum has a unique architecture that blends in well with its surroundings and artwork display. This museum features many exhibits of world history and culture.
Japan's main islands of Honshu, Kyushu and Hokkaido are served by a network of high speed train lines that connect Tokyo with most of the country's major cities. Japan's high speed trains (bullet trains) are called shinkansen and are operated by Japan Railways (JR). The shinkansen network consists of multiple lines, among which the Tokaido Shinkansen (Tokyo - Nagoya - Kyoto - Osaka) is the oldest and most popular. All shinkansen lines (except the Akita and Yamagata Shinkansen) run on tracks that are exclusively built for and used by shinkansen trains. Most lines are served by multiple train categories, ranging from the fastest category that stops only at major stations to the slowest category that stops at every station along the way.
High-speed railway at speeds up to 300 km/hr
The shinkansen (or Japan’s bullet train) is a high speed train that travel between most of the major cities in Japan. Travelers can reserve seats on either ordinary or green car seats for an added cost. The shinkansen can run up to 320 kilometers per hour (close to 200 miles per hour), and are known to always be on time, comfortable and safe.
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.
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 highest mountain in Japan, Mt. Fuji is 3,776 meters above sea level, and is located more or less in the center of Japan, stretching over Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures. Its elegant conical form has frequently been depicted in many paintings and literary works since ancient times. Many artists have been captivated by the diverse expressions shown by this mountain depending on the season, or depending on the time of the day, whether in the morning or early evening. It is widely believed that Mt. Fuji is unparalleled worldwide as a mountain that has so frequently been narrated, sung in verse, and drawn.
Great view of the Fuji Five Lakes area below
Mt. Fuji is a widely-known symbol of Japan. At 3,773 meters, Mount Fuji is Japan’s tallest mountain. “Station (gome)” is the unit representing one tenth of the length from the trail entrance to the top.The fifth station Mt. Fuji is the fifth point from the base at the height of 2,305 meter. Being the end of the Fuji Subaru Line toll road and the highest point that general cars can reach. From the observatory you can see below Komitake Shrine, an ancient place for prayer that has been visited by worshippers and disciplinant, and Yamanaka-ko, the largest lake among the five Fuji lakes.
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.
One of Tokyo's most colorful and busy districts, famous for its Hachiko Statue and Shibuya Crossing
Shibuya is a popular shopping and entertainment area near Shibuya Station. It is one of the most busiest and popular locations in Tokyo. There are plenty of options when choosing for a place to dine or shop and there are plenty of nightclubs as well. The most famous locations in Shibuya would be both the Shibuya Crossing and the Hachiko Statue.
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.
Learn how to make and prepare fresh sushi for yourself in Japan
Take a lesson from an expert and prepare fresh sushi. Experience the difference in the taste of Japanese-grown ingredients. Then, enjoy eating your masterpiece for lunch after completing your sushi lesson.
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.
Main residence of the Imperial Family
The Imperial Palace is located in the center of Tokyo, only a short walk away from Tokyo station. The palace is home to the current Imperial Family. The inner grounds of the palace is not open to the public, except on January 2nd and December 23rd where guests are able to enter and see the current members of the Imperial Family from a balcony. Visitors can view the Nijubashi, two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. The stone bridge in front is called Meganebashi (Eyeglass Bridge) for its looks. The bridge in the back was formerly a wooden bridge with two levels, from which the name Nijubashi (Double Bridge) is derived.
World's tallest self-supporting steel tower, great views of Tokyo City
Tokyo Tower is the world’s tallest self-supported steel tower and is the second tallest structure in Japan. There are two observatories in the tower sitting at 150 meters and 250 meters tall. The main 150 meter observatory offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding area and has small souvenir shops for visitors. The special 250 meter observatory offers a higher view of the surrounding area over some of the tall buildings and on a good day, visitors might be able to see Mount Fuji off in the distance.
Beijing (Day 1, Day 2 & Day 3)
Western Style Accommodation
Overlooking Longtan Lake, Lake View Hotel offers luxury accommodations with 6 dining options. The hotel’s spacious guestrooms feature a flat-screen TV and free Wi- Fi. The elegant rooms at the hotel come with modern décor and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer views of the city or lake. Each well-appointed room is fitted with a sofa and a mini-bar. A deep soaking bathtub is set in most units.
Xian (Day 4 & Day 5)
Western Style Accommodation
Ramada Bells Tower is ideally located in the heart of Xi'an, just a 10-minute walk from Bell Tower and Drum Tower. Offering free wired internet, all rooms come with ironing facilities, dry cleaning, flat-screen TV and a mini-bar. Private bathrooms include free toiletries, hairdryers and shower facilities.
Shanghai (Day 6 & Day 7)
Western Style Accommodation
Situated close to Shanghai’s Fudan University, Grand Mercure Baolong Hotel offers modern Chinese-style rooms, an indoor pool and fitness facilities. Spacious rooms are equipped with classic wood furnishings and air conditioning. They are equipped with cable TV, a safe and an attached bathroom with a bathtub and hairdryer. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, the gym provides a comfortable workout setting. Added conveniences include a business center, sauna and massage services.
Kansai (Day 8)
Western Style Accommodation
Located within the Kansai Airport's Aeroplaza a short walk from both passenger terminal and train station, the Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport combines superb convenience with world-class facilities and the famed hospitality of Nikko Hotels International. With its seafront setting and harmonious design, this is a hotel with the ambience of a resort-yet with direct access to Osaka and the entire Kansai region. The local area also offers a number of attractions, including Rinku Park, Rinku Premium Outlets and Nakami Shrine.
Osaka (Day 8)
Western Style Accommodation
Located in the Umeda city centre, Hotel Elsereine Osaka features stylish accommodation and plenty fresh flowers. This completely non-smoking hotel offers 3 dining options, and comes with a concert hall with a grand piano and a meeting space. JR Osaka Train Station is a 10-minute walk, and the JR Kita-shinchi Train Station is a 5- minute walk away. Universal Studios Japan is a 25-minute train ride away, and Osaka Castle is a 30-minute train ride away from Osaka Hotel Elsereine. Umeda Station is a 10-minute walk away from the property.
Kyoto (Day 9 & Day 10)
Western Style Accommodation
This 4-star Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto offers comfort and convenience whether you're on business or holiday in Kyoto. Designed with flair by noted architect Togo Murano, the Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto features spacious guest rooms, elegant banquet halls, multiple restaurants and a Sukiya-style teahouse at the Japanese garden on the property.
Hamanako Kanzanji Onsen (Day 11)
Japanese Style Accommodation
The Hamanako is a resort hotel that's located on the east side of Lake Hamana and you can enjoy the lake view from all rooms. It was boldly renovated mainly around the lobby in 2012, and re-opened with grand renewal including an open-air bath and a large public bath. The onsen (hot spring) at The Hamanako is an original springhead "Yuto Onsen" which gushes out from 500 meters underground.
Tokyo (Day 12)
Western Style Accommodation
Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo is the official hotel of Tokyo's newest landmark, the Tokyo Sky Tree. Standing 24 stories high, the restaurant and lounge on the top floor offer views not only of the Sky Tree but other Tokyo landmarks like Tokyo Tower and Rainbow Bridge as well. The night view of the city is also not to be missed. Just a few minutes' walk from JR Kinshicho Station, which is just 8 minutes from Tokyo Station, and with direct access to a concert hall and department store. Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo is ideal for everything from business travel to sightseeing.
Narita (Day 13)
Western Style Accommodation
The Hotel Mystays Premier Narita is conveniently located ten minutes from Narita Airport and 80 minutes by car from central Tokyo. Guests can relax in the tranquility of the hotel’s traditional Japanese garden or explore nearby places of historical beauty such as the Narita Shrine and Shinshoji Temple. The rooms are functional, well kept and convenient with essential facilities such as direct line telephones and cable TV. There is an excellent choice of sports and recreational activities including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts and a fitness club. Guests can be spoiled by the choice of dining options which include restaurants specializing in Western, Chinese and Japanese cuisine in locations with impressive views of the airport.
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