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Land cost: from USD $3998.00
Single supplement: USD $810.00
Tour duration: 10 days 9 nights
Tokyo / Kyoto / Nara / Hakone / Tokyo
Tour cost includes:
• 7 nights Western style and 2 nights Japanese style accommodation
• Airport transfers on arrival and departure
• 7 day Japan Rail Pass for your transport (usually by shinkansen) between your destinations from Day 3 to Day 9
• Hakone Free Pass for your local transport in Hakone
• Luggage forwarding from Tokyo to Kyoto, then Kyoto to Tokyo
• Local AJT professional English speaking tour guides in each destination
• Breakfast everyday
• 4 dinners
Admission fees and activities
• All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary
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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.
Welcome to Tokyo! You will be picked up from the airport and taken to your hotel by airport shared shuttle.
NOTE 1: If you wish to stay extra nights before the tour starts, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.
Today, you will explore some of the highlights of Tokyo while traveling like the locals. First, you will travel to the popular Tsukiji Outer Market, known for its fresh seafood and restaurants. From there, you will visit Hamarikyu Garden, a stunning Edo Period garden with beautiful landcaping and a backdrop of the modern city skyscrapers. Enjoy some tea and traditional Japanese sweets at one of the many teahouses located in the park. After, you will board a boat and journey through Tokyo on the Sumida River, where you can enjoy the views of the tall skyscrapers around you. Once your cruise has ended, head towards the Asakusa Sensoji Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo and home to the largest paper lantern in Japan. From the temple, make your way to Nakamise shopping street, which is over 100 years old and 250 meters (820 ft) long. Spend some time shopping for traditional Japanese souvenirs and crafts. The newest addition to Tokyo is the Tokyo Skytree, which is the new television broadcasting tower. Now, the Tokyo Skytree is the tallest building in the city. You'll have a great view from the highest observation decks in Japan. To end your day, enjoy a welcome dinner at an Izakaya, a Japanese- style pub enjoyed by locals.
This morning, transfer to Shinagawa Station and board the bullet train to Kyoto, a historic city that served as Japan's capital from 794 until 1868. Once you arrive, meet your local guide at the station. With your guide, you will first 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 beautiful path of over 5000 bright orange torii gates weave throughout the hills behind the Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, making it one of the most popular shrines in Japan. Continue to the Fushimi Sake District, where you will then experience fine sake tasting.
Today, you will be experiencing some of the best sites that Kyoto has to offer! First is a visit to the Nijo Castle, which was built in the early 17th century and designated as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994. It is one of the best surviving examples of castle architecture during Japan's feudal era. Afterwards is the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) known for the upper two stories that are covered in gold leaf designs, which creates a beautiful reflection on the water surrounding it. Your next stop will be Arashiyama, a district located on the outskirts of Kyoto and known for its bamboo groves, the river, and beautiful scenery. While in Arashiyama, you will visit the Tenryuji Temple and Garden, one of the most important temples in the city and a Zen garden. Next, enjoy a quiet stroll through the trails of the Bamboo Grove before heading to the Togetsukyo Bridge. The bridge has been a landmark in Arashiyama District for over four hundred years, as it spans across the Katsura River in front of Arashiyama Mountain. At the Monkey Park Iwatayama, you will have the opportunity to visit about 120 monkeys, which are also called “Japanese macaque.”
The day begins with a green tea ceremony and a meet- and-greet with a maiko – an apprentice geisha. You will have photo-taking opportunities and a chance to interact with the maiko. After that, make your way to Kiyomizu Temple, one of the most popular temples in Japan and best known for its large wooden stage, which offers stunning overlooking views. Next, try on a traditional Japanese garment, the kimono, which are typically worn for special occasions. After, take a walk through Kyoto's best preserved historic district to visit Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka. These historical stone paved streets are lined with traditional Japanese buildings, shops, cafes and inns, and are also surrounded by several famous landmarks. Afterwards, visit Ishibei-koji Alley, a traditional and atmospheric walkway, where traditional inns and restaurants line the path. Yasaka Shrine, your next destination, was built in 656. Yasaka Shrine is known for averting bad luck, and is one of the most visited shrines in Kyoto. Before the day ends, enjoying a night walking tour through the traditional streets and alleys of the old Gion Geisha District.
Today you will have a free day in Kyoto. With this flexibility you might choose to spend more time in Kyoto or use your included JR pass to explore the nearby cities. Enjoy street food in Osaka; savor the world famous Kobe beef in Kobe; visit the famous Himeji Castle. You can even take the bullet train down to Hiroshima where you can visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum or the nearby island of Miyajima. You are free to plan your own route and we are happy to provide suggestions. Lunch and dinner are not included today so you will be free to choose from the wide range of food Japan has to offer.
The day begins with a visit to the scenic visit to Nara, where you will first visit Todaiji Temple, one of Japan's most famous and significant temples. Constructed in 752, this temple features one of the world's largest wooden structres and houses a 14.98 meter (49 ft 2 in) tall statue of Buddha. Just outside the temple is the Nara Deer Park, where nearly 1,200 freely roaming Silka deer can be found. The deer are surprisngly tame and some have even learned how to bow to their visitors. Next, travel to Kyoto Station, where you will travel by bullet train to Odawara Station. Meet your local guide at the station and travel to your hotel in Hakone by shuttle bus. Tonight, enjoy a multi- course Japanese dinner and end your day by soaking in the therapeutic waters at your hotel's hot springs.
After breakfast, you will take a scenic lake cruise of Lake Ashi, a relaxing way to see Mt. Fuji, Japan's tallest mountain at 3,776 meters (12,390 feet). Afterwards, you will travel through Hakone on the Hakone Ropeway, an aerial lift where you can further indulge in the area's natural scenery. Once you reach your stop at Owakudani Valley, you will see an active volcanic zone complete with bubbling pools and steam vents. If you're feeling adventurous, you can purchase eggs cooked in the natural hot water, whose shells are blackened by the sulfur and are said to lengthen one's life by seven years. Then visit the Hakone Open Air Museum. Here, they have a Picasso exhibit inside, while the outside has sculptures that are meant to combine with nature in harmony.
Start your day by boarding the Romancecar Limited Express Train, where you will enjoy the beautiful changing scenery. Travel from the lush mountainous area of Hakone to the bustling city of Shinjuku. Visit Meiji Shrine, a shrine that was constructed and dedicated to Emporer Meiji, the first emperor of modern Japan. Emporer Meiji ascended to the throne in 1867 at the peak of the Meiji Restoration, which is when Japan's feudal era came to an end. Nearby, you will find the Nezu Museum, home to over 7,400 works of art, both modern and traditional. You can also take a relaxing stroll through the museum's 17,000 square meter Japanese landscape garden.
After breakfast, your tour officially ends. Checkout time is 11:00 AM, free for leisure until transfer to Narita Airport or Haneda Airport by airport shared shuttle.
NOTE 2: If you would like to stay longer in Japan, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.