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9 Days Best of Japan

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For those with limited time, this 9 Day Japan itinerary was designed so you can easily combine (4) destination modules together to extend your holiday and experience the best Japanese city highlights at an enjoyable pace!

Optional Seasonal Extensions:
Cherry Blossoms (Blooms between the second half of March, and the first half of April into early May).
Snow Festival (Ice sculptures lining Odori Park in February).
Climbing Mt. Fuji (Early July to mid September is the official climbing season).

1 Night Osaka | 3 Nights Kyoto | 1 Night Lake Kawaguchi | 3 Nights Tokyo

OSAKA– 1 Night

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN OSAKA
You will be met and transferred to your hotel for a lite dinner this evening.

Osaka is the commercial and industrial center of western Japan. It is home to traditional stage arts such as Bunraku and Joruri. Located in the Midwest Japan, it is a major transportation hub, both international and domestic.  Osaka is conveniently located for visiting the nearby ancient capitals of Nara and Kyoto.

DAY 2: OSAKA – KOBE – HIMEJI – KYOTO DEPARTURE
After breakfast, depart Osaka for Kobe, visit: Kikumasamune “Sake” Brewery, and Hanshin-Awaji Great Earthquake Memorial Park.

After the visit, continue to Himeji. Upon arrival in HImeji, visit the Himeji Castle designated as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.

Continue journey to Kyoto accommodation.

KYOTO- 3 Nights

On arrival, check in to hotel and enjoy an evening dinner.

Kyoto was the Imperial capital of Japan from 794 to 1868. Countless historically priceless structures survive in the city today, including 2 Imperial villas, 200 Shinto shrines, 1500 Buddhist temples and over 60 beautiful gardens. As it still retains most of its old world charm, tradition sits side by side with modern culture. The appeal of Kyoto is its “traditional modernism”.

DAY 3: KYOTO
After breakfast, visit Nijo Castle, Golden Pavilion, and “Nishiki Koji” local market.

Evening dinner in a very Japanese restaurant with GEISHA DANCE.

DAY 4: KYOTO – NARA
After breakfast, excursion to Nara visit Todaiji Temple with its huge Image of Buddha; Sacred Deer Park; and Kasuga Shinto Shrine.

Afternoon, visit the City of Uji famous for producing Japanese green tea to experience
Japanese tea ceremony.

Return to Kyoto for dinner.

Nara is located less than one hour from Kyoto and Osaka. Due to its past as the first permanent capital, it remains full of historic treasures, including some of Japan’s oldest and largest temples.  Nara Park is a large park in central Nara. Established in 1880, it is the location of many of Nara’s main attractions including Todaiji, Kasuga Taisha, Kofukuji and the Nara National Museum.

DAY 5: KYOTO – LAKE KAWAGUCHI DEPARTURE
After breakfast, depart Kyoto for Odawara by JR super express train to Lake Kawaguchi.

LAKE KAWAGUCHI– 1 Night

Upon arrival, start a sightseeing tour visit: Lake Ashi with mini-cruise; “Chokokuno- Mori” Open Air Museum. After visit, continue to Lake Kawaguchi. Evening, enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner in Japanese Kimono.

Five lakes at the northern foot of Mt. Fuji. Fuji-Goko is a clollective term for the five lakes along the northern foot of Mt.Fuji, which towers at the border of southern Yamanashi and Shizuoka. The lakes are Yamada Lake, Kawaguchi Lake, Saiko Lake, Shoji Lake, Motosu Lake. The largest is Lake Yamanakako, the smallest is the Lake Shoji, the one with the highest surface attitude is Yamanakako Lake, and the deepest is Motosu Lake.

Kawaguchi Lake is the easiest to get to from Tokyo and is the core of sightseeing in the Fuji-Goko area. A classic-style bus runs along the lakeside carrying visitors to all the different museums and amusement facilities. Kawaguchi Lake is also known as the starting point for climbing Mt. Fuji, as well as a mecca for sports fishing.

DAY 6: LAKE KAWAGUCH – TOKYO DEPARTURE
After breakfast, drive up to the 5th station (2,300 m) of Mt. Fuji. After the visit, continue to Yamanshi. Upon arrival, experience Japnese “Wahi” paper making at Nakatomi Washi Center.

Then continue onto Tokyo accommodation.

TOKYO– 3 Nights

On arrival, enjoy dinner in a local Japanese Restaurant.

Tokyo is the nation’s capital and largest city in Japan. From its traditional Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, Kabuki plays and Sumo wrestling, to modern landmarks such as the high-tech TOKYO SKYTREE®, Tokyo is a fast paced, bustling metropolis.

DAY 7: TOKYO
After breakfast, take a subway with English speaking guide to visit Tsukiji Fish Market to see
the morning fish auction and enjoy “Sushi” tasting.  Today’s highlight is a visit to Meiji Shinto Shrine, Imperial Palace Plaza, Asakusa Kannon Temple with its shopping Arcade “Nakamise”, and Sumida River Cruise. In the afternoon, proceed to Ginza District. Enjoy optional “Kabuki” drama performance at Kabuki Theater.

Evening, enjoy “Shabu Shabu” dinner or thin sliced beef cooked in boiling water at a local restaurant.

DAY 8: TOKYO
After breakfast, Free day to explore the city on your own or join the optional tour to Nikko.

DAY 09: TOKYO – USA DEPARTURE
After breakfast, your morning is at leisure until your afternoon airport transfer.

This afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight to the USA.

Fly: TOKYO/USA

Phone one of our Japan Specialists at 1-800-227-5317 to start planning your Japan Holiday now!

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