For those with limited time, this 8 Night 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).
Tokyo| Hakone| Kyoto|Osaka
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN TOKYO
You will be transferred to your hotel and have the evening at leisure.
Japan is rich in every way. Blessed with abundant nature with four distinct seasons, there are wonderful landscapes all over the Japan. Being at the forefront of modern technology and at the same time possessing cultural and historical depth, traditional and modern cultures coexist.
Japan is safe, clean and polite. Crime rate is exceptionally low. Public transport has extensive network which committed to punctuality and cleanness allowing comfortable access to major cities. Japanese are very attentive that their services are done with the greatest sincerity. Hospitality of Japan makes Japan different.
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 2: TOKYO
After breakfast, full day tour visiting Old and Historical MUST SEE sites in Tokyo; Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace where imperial family live, Meiji Shrine, spiritual forest in city and the Ginza shopping and entertainment district.
Evening dine around with a wide variety of World Top Cuisine from Shabu shabu or SUKIYAKI, Tempra or Sushi.
DAY 3: TOKYO
After breakfast, full day of sightseeing visiting Asakusa the oldest and most impressive temple, & Nakamise Shopping Center, take a Rickshaw Ride, enjoy Tea Tasting in Hamarikyu, and finish the day with a Sumida River Cruise.
Evening at leisure.
DAY 4: TOKYO – HAKONE DEPARTURE
After breakfast, transfer to Tokyo Station.
JR Shinkansen Train: TOKYO/HAKONE
On arrival Odawara Station, before being transferred to your hotel, you will visit 5th St. of Mt. Fuji or Fuji Visitor Center, Komagatake Ropeway and enjoy a Boat Excursion on Lake Ashi.
Enjoy a kaiseki multi-course dinner this evening at your mountain view hotel retreat which features natural hot spring baths.
Hakone is a mountainous area in Kanagawa Prefecture about 50 miles southwest of Tokyo, just north of the Izu Peninsula, in the 121,850 hectare Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Historically it was a rest and relaxation area for those making the journey between Kyoto and Tokyo. Hakone lies within the vast crater of an extinct volcano in a mountain range that features Mount Fuji, offering fine views of Fuji-san, Lake Ashi, and numerous hot springs.
DAY 5: HAKONE
After breakfast, day at leisure for further relaxation enjoyment in the natural hot spring baths, sauna or indulge in a Japanese massage or take in the breathtaking views on the terrace.
A kaiseki multi-course dinner included this evening.
DAY 6: HAKONE – KYOTO DEPARTURE
After breakfast, transfer to Odawara Station.
JR Shinkansen Train: HAKONE/KYOTO
On arrival Kyoto Station, you will be transferred to your hotel and have the evening at leisure.
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 7: KYOTO
After breakfast, full day of activity in World Heritage City CLASSIC KYOTO visiting Nijo Castle Edo shogun’s Kyoto residence with many cultural treasures, Ryoanji Temple famous for its rock garden with Zen spirit, the Golden Pavilion a villa covered in gold leaf and the roof is topped by a bronze phoenix. Kiyomizu Temple enjoy a panoramic view of Kyoto from a broad wooden veranda on the cliff top and Sanjusangendo Temple a national treasure with 1,001 Buddhist statues.
Evening dinner in a very Japanese restaurant with GEISHA DANCE
DAY 8: KYOTO – OSAKA DEPARTURE
After breakfast, transfer to Kyoto Station.
Nozomi Train: KYOTO/OSAKA
On arrival Shin-Osaka, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Evening dine around to a selection of restaurants in Osaka KUSHI-AGE or UDON, Fusion cuisine, TEPPANYAKI.
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 9: OSAKA
After breakfast, Half-day activity in ANCIENT NARA to visit the Todaiji Temple National treasure, one of the largest bronze statues in the world, Kasuga Shrine to enjoy an atmosphere of peace and sanctity with 3,000 lanterns line and meet the twelve hundred deer which inhabit Deer Park.
Remainder of day at leisure.
FAREWELL DINNER Elegant party in an ancient Japanese homestead for a themed attraction “Matsuri Night!”
DAY 10: OSAKA – 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.
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