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 11-day tour offers travelers a special combined route through Hong Kong and Japan. First, in the Hong Kong portion, we take visitors up to Victoria Peak for a thrilling view of the Pearl of the Orient. We will stroll along the beautiful crescent beach of Repulse Bay before enjoying a chinese food lunch at Jumbo Floating Resturant, a large restaurant-barge constructed in the imperial style. Enjoy a leisurely ride in a sampan (traditional chinese boat) around the coastal waters of Aberdee... View More
This 11-day tour offers travelers a special combined route
through Hong Kong and Japan. First, in the Hong Kong
portion, we take visitors up to Victoria Peak for a thrilling
view of the Pearl of the Orient. We will stroll along the
beautiful crescent beach of Repulse Bay before enjoying a
chinese food lunch at Jumbo Floating Resturant, a large
restaurant-barge constructed in the imperial style. Enjoy a
leisurely ride in a sampan (traditional chinese boat) around
the coastal waters of Aberdeen Fishing Village and take a
break to visit Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden.
Spend a day on Lantau Island at the Po Lin Temple, with a
112-foot tall Giant Buddha.
Then take a short hop by plane to the island of Japan, where you will first visit Nara and Kyoto, two of the nation's old capital cities. While there, you'll see the largest wooden structure in the world, Todaiji Temple, and encounter just outside the temple a large herd of cute little deer in Nara Park. In Kyoto, you'll see thousands of red torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine, the zen rock garden at Tenryuji Templ, and a great grove of bamboo trees at Arashiyama. Also, gaze in wonder at Kinkaku-ji - the Gold Pavilion - covered completely in 18-karat gold leaf. Take the Shinkansen bullet train to Hakone, for views of the majestic Mount Fuji from the Hakone Ropeway. Finally, in Tokyo, discover the bronze statue of the adorable dog, Hachiko, as well as the view from the observation deck of Tokyo Tower, and many other points of captivating interest in the Tokyo area.
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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 Hong Kong and ends in Tokyo. You will need flights for arrival at Hong Kong Airport (HKG), then international flight from Hong Kong (HKG) to Osaka (Kansai Airport-KIX) on day 5, 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 Hong Kong! 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.
Begin your first day of sightseeing in Hong Kong with a trip up to Victoria Peak. Often simply referred to by locals as "The Peak", this place offers the perfect vantage point at which to see all the city spread out before you. It has also become an upscale residential area for some of Hong Kong's most prominent residents. Next, head down to Repulse Bay, a curved crescent-shaped stretch of coastline with buildings designed to mimic the area's old colonial aesthetic including the site of the old Repulse Bay Hotel, in addition to one of the most popular beaches in Hong Kong. Then go to Aberdeen for a special treat - a Chinese lunch at the Jumbo Floating Restaurant. As the largest floating restaurant in the world, Jumbo is internationally acclaimed, and has served food to famous foreign dignitaries and celebrities. While in Aberdeen, take a ride on a sampan (traditional chinese boat) around the Aberdeen Fishing Village for a better view of the houseboats and fishing trawlers moored there. Then take a break from Hong Kong's endless bustle at Chi Lin Nunnery, a Buddhist monastery established in 1934 using the Tang-era style of architecture, made without nails to express a greater harmony with the environment. In this popular retreat for Buddhist nuns, visitors can stroll in peaceful contemplation on the winding walks of Nan Lian Garden, surrounded by fragrant trees and flowering plants. Within this meticulously landscaped escape, make sure to find your way to the Pavilion of Absolute Perfection. Finally, explore the lively Hong Kong Ladies Market on Tung Choi Street. This street market has a wide variety of products for women (as well as other general merchandise) for bargain prices. Practice your haggling skills, or just enjoy the excellent people-watching opportunity.
Today, travel to Lantau Island, Hong Kong's largest island, where we'll make our way up to Ngong Ping Village via the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car. On arrival, we'll stop for a short visit to Ngong Ping Bazaar before heading up to the island's main highlights: Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan Giant Buddha. The temple is famous for their three enshrined buddhas and signature wooden bracelets, as well as housing many of the Buddhist scriptures, while Tian Tan Giant Buddha is one of the largest Buddha statues of the world sitting tall at 34 meters in height. After, make your way back down by cable car, and transfer back to your hotel.
Macau Optional Tour
The name "Macau", is derived from the name of a Chinese goddess, popular with seafarers and fishermen, known as A-Ma or Ling Ma. Macau is a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China since 20 December, 1999 and will maintain its social and economical characteristics in accordance to the principle of “One country, two systems.” After hotel pick up, we'll transfer you to Macau Ferry Pier for departure to Macau. Upon arrival, sightseeing tour begins include Macau Tower(optional ticket to observation deck), A-Ma Temple, St. Paul’s Ruins, Senado Square & Casino visit.
After breakfast, free for leisure until your transfer to Hong Kong 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.
This morning you will travel to Nara, the oldest capital city of Japan, by private coach. We will first visit Todaiji Temple, the largest wooden building in Japan. The temple also houses one of the largest bronze statues of Buddha at 16.3 meters high. Just outside the temple grounds is the Nara Deer Park, filled with over 1,000 Sika deer, where you can greet and feed them deer crackers. We continue our tour to Kyoto, where we will visit 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. Finally, you will partake in a traditional green tea ceremony, where you will also have the chance to meet a maiko. A maiko is simply an apprentice geisha. There will be photo taking opportunities and time to interact with the maiko.
Today, we will continue our tour of Kyoto, the former capital of Japan and arguably its biggest cultural center. First, you will go to Arashiyama, well known for its natural scenery and popular during the spring and fall season. Visit the Zen garden of the Tenryuji Temple, which is ranked first among the city's five great Zen temples. Afterwards, enjoy a pleasant walk through the Sagano Bamboo Forest. We will then make our way to the Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), a temple with two floors completely covered with 18 carat gold leaves. Next, you will have the chance to see an elegant kimono fashion show at the Nishijin Textile Center and learn how kimonos are made. Our next attraction is the famous Kiyomizu Temple, best known for its wooden stage that extends from its main hall, 13 meters above the hillside below. The stage affords visitors a nice view of numerous cherry and maple trees below, as well as a beautiful scene of Kyoto in the distance. From Kiyomizu Temple, we will head to Maruyama Park, which is one of the most popular places for cherry blossom viewing (hanami) in Kyoto. Lastly, we will tour Gion, Kyoto's most famous geisha district. Here, you will find many restaurants and ochaya (teahouses), where maiko and geisha entertain.
This morning, we will visit the famous Miho Museum. The Miho Museum is known for its stunning architecture that allows visitors to appreciate the surrounding nature and natural light. It exhibits many works from different ancient civilizations. There is also a tunnel that leads from the museum to a road lined with hundreds of cherry blossom trees. 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. The group will continue to Hikone to visit Hikone Castle, an attractive hanami spot during the cherry blossom season. Hikone Castle is an original castle, meaning it has survived the post feudal era without undergoing destruction and reconstruction. It is regarded as a national treasure next to four other castles, the highest designation a cultural property can receive. Afterwards, visit the tranquil Genkyuen Garden, located on the grounds of Hikone Castle. Next, our group will experience a Shinkansen bullet train ride, which can reach speeds of up to 300 km/hr. Tonight, you will stay at the Onsen Hotel at Hamanako Kanzaiji Onsen, where you can soak in the therapeutic waters of a spa bath (onsen) 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 a Japanese breakfast at the hotel, we will travel to Hakone and take a 20 minute ropeway from Togendai to Owakudani. 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 bubbling pools, where sulfurous fumes and steam vents still linger. Owakudani also has splendid views of Mount Fuji during pleasant weather conditions. 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 the Mt. Fuji 5th station (depending on the weather) to admire the world famous peak. In the afternoon, we will travel to Tokyo. Our final stop of the day will be in Shibuya. There, you will get to see the famed Shibuya Crossing in action and cross the street with the crowd. You will also be able to take photos with the Hachiko Statue, a monument dedicated to Japan's most loyal dog, which continued for nine years after his owner's death.
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
Nakamise Market, which is located right after the
temple's outer gates. It is a traditional-style shopping
street with centuries of history. Continue to Ueno Park, a
famous cherry blossom viewing spot with more than
1,000 cherry trees. Afterwards, you will be able to
participate in a sushi making experience with a
professional sushi chef. Whatever you make, you will
to enjoy for lunch! Our group will continue to the Tsukiji
Outer Market, which is lined with shops that sell fresh
produce and other food-related goods. Then we will
proceed to the Imperial Palace, the former site of Edo
Castle and current residence of Japan's Imperial Family.
It is surrounded by moats and stone fortifications,
in the heart of Tokyo. In the afternoon, we will visit Tokyo
Tower, the world's tallest self supporting steel tower
standing at 333 meters high. You will get to tour 150
meters up to the main observatory and enjoy a bird's
view of Tokyo.
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.
Hong Kong is by far the most densely packed and cosmopolitan city in China, and is often known as Asia’s “World City”. Shimmering skyscrapers frame the azure blue waters of Victoria Harbor, and the constant frenetic motion of the city pulls visitors from one sight to the next. But from atop Victoria Peak, people take a moment to soak up a breathtaking view of the city before moving on to Repulse Bay, where beachgoers relax on sun-drenched sands. But on nearby Lantau Island, the Tian Tan Giant Buddha is seated across Po Lin Monastery atop an enormous lotus pedestal, gently lifting his large hand in blessing to every weary traveler.
Superior viewpoint for magnificent views of Hong Kong.
Victoria Peak, also simply known as “The Peak”, is famed not only for its breathtaking views of Hong Kong, but as the residential district of Hong Kong’s wealthy elite. The stylishly antique Peak Tram takes visitors up to top-tier attractions including Madam Tussaud’s Hong Kong Wax Museum, and Peak Tower – a modern structural icon with a 360-degree observation deck.
Popular beach and upscale housing district.
Repulse Bay is one of the most popular and beautiful swaths of sand and sea to be found in Hong Kong. The fine stretch of coastline immerses swimmers and sunbathers in its relaxed atmosphere. Standing tall among the nearby apartment buildings is the fascinating “building with a hole”, standing over the site of the old Repulse Bay Hotel.
Internationally acclaimed largest floating restaurant in the world.
Jumbo Kingdom is home to the internationally acclaimed Jumbo Floating Restaurant – the largest floating restaurant in the world. Amid the classic Imperial Chinese décor, numerous celebrities have come to dine on delectable Cantonese cuisine, and has hosted many famous international celebrities and dignitaries, including Queen Elizabeth II.
Quaint floating township featuring numerous houseboats.
Drifting along within the locality of Aberdeen Harbor are the countless houseboats, fishing trawlers, and commercial junks which make the Aberdeen Fishing Village such a lively and dynamic place. Aboard a sampan boat, visitors can take in views of the quaint rustic scenery and learn about Hong Kong’s shrimp-catching and fishing industry.
Buddhist monastery with meticulously cultivated garden.
Established as a monastery in 1934, Chi Lin Nunnery is a popular retreat for Buddhist nuns. The architectural style is taken from China’s Tang Dynasty, though is expressly made without nails to symbolize a harmony with the environment. Adjacent to the monastery is Nan Lian Garden, with reflective walks beside aromatic, meticulously-tended plants and old-fashioned pavilions.
Street Market with various bargain-priced products for women.
Within the Tung Choi Street Ladies’ Market are over 100 stalls selling bargain-priced fashion apparel and cosmetics for ladies, as well as a broad array of general merchandise, such as music, watches, home furnishings, and much more. The vibrant ambience of the street market scene offers visitors a golden opportunity to hone their haggling skills or simply enjoy people-watching.
Lantau Island’s village of Ngong Ping features stories from the Buddha’s life, where travelers can find charming souvenirs at the local bazaar before moving on to see the nearby Po Lin Temple’s three enshrined Buddha statues. The addition of a gigantic Buddha seated on a lotus petal platform across from the temple makes Lantau Island a location of considerable religious merit.
Village market selling souvenirs and handicrafts in a cultural village.
After taking the 360 Cable Car up to Ngong Ping Village, travelers are presented with a wonderful opportunity to find quaint local souvenirs and handicrafts in the nearby Ngong Ping Bazaar. The area is also surrounded with local attractions which focus on telling stories of the life of the Buddha.
Enormous bronze Buddha seated on lotus pedestal across from old temple.
Po Lin Temple was built in 1903 by three Buddhist monks. Initially known as “The Big Hut”, the temple enshrines 3 different statues of the Buddha. But at the highest point of the monastery grounds is the Tian Tan Giant Buddha, built to symbolize a harmony between man and nature. Completed in 1993, the Buddha statue is a major religious site for the people of Hong Kong.
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.
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 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.
Experience a live interaction with a maiko. Drink tea, asking her questions, take a photo!
Take the chance of interacting with a maiko while drinking tea, ask her about her profession, training, and lifestyle. What is different between her life and other girls in Japan? Drink a cup of tea with her, and fulfill some of your curiosity, and even take a picture with her.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Most famous and popular place to view cherry blossoms in Kyoto
Maruyama Park is located in eastern Kyoto near the Gion district, only 20 minutes away by bus from Kyoto Station. During cherry blossom season in the spring, this is the most popular park for hanami and to view the cherry blossoms. In the center of the park is the tall weeping cherry tree that becomes lit up for a beautiful cherry blossom spring night.
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.
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.
Hikone is located off the shores of Lake Biwa, which is also Japan’s largest lake. It is also the location of Hikone Castle which is one of four castles in Japan that is declared as national treasures. Visitors can come here as a quick side trip traveling to and from Tokyo, Kyoto, or Osaka.
One of only 12 Japanese original castles, and one of only five castles listed as a national treasure
Hikone Castle is located in Hikone Japan not too far from Kyoto off the shores of Lake Biwa. This castle is one of the four castles in Japan that were declared as national treasures. This castle is an original castle that has never been destroyed and rebuilt. Around the castle is the Hikone Castle Museum and the beautiful Genkyuen Garden.
Landscape garden at the base of Hikone Castle
Built on the grounds of Hikone Castle in 1677, the Genkyuen Garden features a central pond and a circular walking path. It was originally built as a means of entertainment for the local lord, his family, and his guests. From the garden visitors can see the Hikone Castle’s mainkeep, known as “borrowed scenery”. There are also a cluster of wooden buildings where tourists can enjoy a cup of tea during their serene visit.
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.
Famous for its more than 1,000 cherry trees
Ueno Park is located in next to Ueno Station in Tokyo. This large public park features many museums such as the Tokyo National Museum and the National Science Museum. The entrance of the famous Ueno Zoo is also located in the park. Ueno Park is Tokyo’s most popular location to view the cherry blossoms in the spring, and has a large number of Hanami parties.
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.
Hong Kong (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 & Day 4)
Western Style Accommodation
The Royal Garden is conveniently located within a few minutes’ walk from Victoria Harbor waterfront, The Clock Tower and the famous Avenue of Stars. It features 8 dining options and offers contemporary rooms with free use of a multi-function handy smartphone. Overlooking Victoria Harbor, the roof-top Mediterranean-style Sky Club provides top quality leisure facilities including a 100 feet heated swimming pool and a hot tub. The luxurious air-conditioned rooms are well-furnished with a flat-screen TV, in-room safe and tea/coffee making facilities. The en-suite marble bathroom comes equipped with a bathtub or shower facilities, hairdryer, bathrobes and free toiletries.
Kansai (Day 5)
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.
Kyoto (Day 6 & Day 7)
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 8)
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 9)
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 10)
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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