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11 day Tokyo, Hakone, Kanazawa, Shirakawa-go, Takayama, Kyoto & Nara Omakase Tour

Tour Code: GTH2428398

Tour Information

Land cost: from USD $5598.00

Single supplement: USD $900.00

Tour duration: 11 days 10 nights

Destination:
Tokyo / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Kyoto / Nara / Hakone or Nikko / Tokyo

Tour cost includes:
• 8 nights Western style and 2 nights Japanese style accommodation
• 1 day (8 hours) private guide service in Tokyo
• 1 day (8 hours) private guide service in Kanazawa
• 1 day (8 hours) private guide service to Shirakawa-go
• 1 day (8 hours) private guide service in Takayama
• 2 day (8 hours per day) private guide service in Kyoto
• 1 day (8 hours) private guide service to Nara
• 1 day (8 hours) private guide service to Hakone or Nikko
• Luggage forwarding from Tokyo to Takayama, Takayama to Kyoto, then Kyoto to Tokyo
• 7 day Japan Rail Pass for your transport (usually by shinkansen) between your destinations from Day 3 to Day 9
• Gratuities
Meals
• Breakfast everyday
• 2 dinners
Admission fees and activities
• Entrance fees are NOT included, providing you the cost efficiency of only paying for what you used

Itinerary

DAY 1

Welcome to Tokyo

Welcome to Tokyo! Make your own way to your hotel in Tokyo by train or Airport Limousine Bus, we will provide full instructions in advance.

Note: If you would like the meet and greet or private hotel transfer to be included, please contact us for the arrangement.

Hotel Ginza Creston or similar class

DAY 2

Tokyo - The City with a Mix of the Past and Present

Today we will enjoy a private Tour of Tokyo, the largest populated metropolis in the world. As modernized as the city may be there are still aspects of its traditional history present. As you tour around Tokyo you will have an expert local guide to bring you to the best tourist spots. The sightseeing schedule is fully up to you and is flexible to the needs of the group.
For temples and shrines we recommend visiting Asakusa Sensoji Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo, and Meiji Jingu Shrine, the place where Emperor Meiji and his wife are enshrined. You can also roam around the outer grounds of the Imperial Palace, the current residency of the Imperial family. If you looking for a deeper look into the history of Japan then why not pay a visit to the Edo Tokyo Museum?
There are many shopping options available in Tokyo, but depending on your preference can lead you to different parts of the city. High end name brand items can be found in Ginza, extreme fashion style clothing are in Harajuku, otaku (geek) products can be bought in Akihabara, and Shibuya is the middle ground between all your shopping needs.
Tokyo Skytree is the tallest tower in Japan and offers great views of the city from its observatory. There are shops as well as an aquarium located in the area. Not interested in the tower? Then how about going to the man-made island known as Odaiba? On the island there are many entertainment options available in addition to the famed Rainbow Bridge.

Breakfast

Hotel Ginza Creston or similar class

DAY 3

Kanazawa - The City of Arts, Crafts, Gardens, and Geisha

Journeying from Tokyo and easing into Kanazawa, you will experience the subtle transitions from Metropolis to the countryside, making the 2 hours 30 minutes journey shorter after enjoying the views through the train’s windows. Upon arrival, enjoy a full day private tour of Kanazawa. It offers rich heritage values with its traditional arts and crafts including productions of ceramics, gold leaf, and many more priceless practices. Kanazawa is full of different attractions with their well-preserved Geisha district, historical samurai lodgings, and lively fish market. The city also boasts being home to one of the three best landscape gardens in Japan, Kenrokuen.

Breakfast

ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kanazawa or similar class

DAY 4

Shirakawa-go - Remote Countryside Known for its Hay Thatched Farmhouses

This morning we will visit the lively fish market at Omicho Market. Then we will ride via bus heading to the breathtaking landscapes of Shirakawa-go, which is a great attraction for photographers. The village is a jewel in the Southern Japanese Alps, deep among the protective mountainous regional beauty, only enhanced by rice fields irrigated through their network of watercourses. The hay thatched farmhouses (gassho- zukuri) are designed like prayer hand in order to sustain heavy snowfall. The snow creates an unforgettable sight for explorers of this World Heritage Site.
Once there, meander about the cozy streets and their pleasant shops. Then enjoy an overall view of the entire village from the observatory deck. We will then travel to Takayama and spend 2 nights at a ryokan (Japanese traditional inn). There you can soak in the therapeutic waters of an onsen (hot spring) and feast on a traditional Japanese Kaiseki (seasonal ingredients) banquet dinner.

Breakfast / Dinner

Honjin Hiranoya Bekkan or similar class

DAY 5

Takayama - Japanese Alps with Japan's Most Atmospheric Townscapes

Takayama is famous for the artisans and craftsmen who reside there with techniques that date back as far as the 9th century. The day starts off with a visit to the Morning Market, where snacks, farm products and local crafts are sold. Afterwards your guide will take you to the Takayama Jinya, which was a government office that was under the direct control of the Tokugawa Shogunate. From there you will have the chance to explore some other notable sites in the city.
The Takayama Yatai (floats) Kaikan Museum features elaborately decorated floats, which are over 700 years old. The yatai demonstrate the legendary craftsmanship of Takayama. Afterwards is a visit to the Kusakabe Heritage House, which is one of the oldest merchant homes in Takayama. Explore Sanmachi Suji one of the three Old Town streets that have survived in a beautiful state. Some of the businesses there have been around for centuries and still operate to this day.

Breakfast / Dinner

Honjin Hiranoya Bekkan or similar class

DAY 6 & 7

Kyoto - The Heart of Traditional Japan

Take the JR limited express train to Nagoya, than board the bullet train to Kyoto, the traditional and cultural center of Japan. For over 1000 years Kyoto has influenced politics and culture in the country. It was the former capital before Edo (Tokyo). When the feudal age came to an end much of the nation was set to modernized, but the city set out to preserve its proud history. As a traditional center the history, religion, and culture remained unembellished. For two days you will have a private guide to take you to the most desired locations.
There are many sites to see in Kyoto and can be broken down into Southern, Eastern, Central, Northern, and Arashiyama districts. No matter where you choose to visit each site has a priceless historical value that will leave you in awe. Just for quick reference Fushimi Inari Shrine has over 1000 torii gates; Tofukuji Temple has the Hojo Garden that surrounds all four sides of the building, Kiyomizudera Temple has the stage and main hall that was built without nails, Kinkakuji Temple is known as the Golden Pavilion, Arashiyama has the photogenic bamboo grove, and Gion is where you can find the Geisha district.

Breakfast

Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo or similar class

DAY 8

Nara - Japan's First Permanent Capital with Excellent Examples of Traditional Architecture

Located about 1 hour away from Kyoto is the first permanent capital, Nara. The city marks the change in history where a centralized government was established because before the capital would change locations when the Emperor passed away. During this time the culture in Japan had time to develop and evolve, which can be seen in the architecture and other structure that have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There you can see the largest bronze Daibutsu (Great Buddha) in the iconic Todaiji Temple. Surrounding the temple is Nara Park where there are over 1000 free roaming deer, which are regarded as deities of the city. The short reign of the Nara Period gave way for cultural change in the nation and left its mark in history. The sites in the city signify a beginning that is often forgotten, but well preserved.

Breakfast

Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo or similar class

DAY 9

Tokyo - Back to Tokyo for Shopping, Food, Entertainment, and Fun Before Going Home

Take the bullet train back to Tokyo. The trip is about 3 hours. Upon arrival make your own way to your hotel. Tokyo has many services to offer for foreigners and locals as one of the busiest and interesting metropolis of the world. Half of the day is spent following your own plans; last minute shopping, dining, and entertainment all for you! Public Transportation in Tokyo may have been overwhelming for some, but when one gets used to it, they can carefully plan their time out and see a lot in a short while.

Breakfast

Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa or similar class

DAY 10

Hakone - A National Park with the Best Views of Mt. Fuji or Nikko - Home of the Tokugawa Shoguns' Mausoleums

On this day you can choose to visit Hakone or Nikko. Traverse through Hakone, an iconic hot spring destination, and you will be greeted with magnificent views of the surrounding nature. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the area from the Hakone Ropeway. Complementing the natural beauty are great museums like the Open Air Museum that we will be visiting. While there you can take a soothing Boat Cruise on Lake Ashi and have the chance to see the awe inspiring Mt. Fuji in the distance if the weather permits it.
Nikko has been the center of both Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship. There you can find the lavishly decorated Toshogu Shrine, where the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu resides. Nearby the shrine is the Taiyuinbyo, the mausoleum of Iemitsu Tokugawa, the grandson of Ieyasu. The Tamozawa Villa was once the residence of the imperial family and it is open to the public. In Nikko you will be surrounded by the beautiful nature as you go from site to another.

Note: If you would like to see the both Hakone and Nikko, please contact us to add one more night in Tokyo.

Breakfast

Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa or similar class

DAY 11

Tour Ends

After check-out, make your own way to Narita Airport for your departure flight.

Note: If you would like the private airport transfer to be included, please contact us for the arrangement.

Breakfast