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A Taste of Japan

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6 Days
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Literally a tale of two contrasting Japanese cities, modern and sophisticated Tokyo and traditional and historical Kyoto. Travelling between these two fascinating metropolises, this trip to Japan tours to Mount Fuji and the Hakone National Park. You'll also enjoy a ride on a bullet train.


Start your Taste of Japan itinerary in Tokyo, Japan’s sprawling, busy capital, which offers a mix of the ultramodern and the traditional. It has been the capital of Japan since 1868 when it moved from Kyoto. The city is made up of a number of districts, each one with its own character and attractions. In order to become familiar with Tokyo during your 2 nights here, a tour will include the Tokyo Tower with its observation deck offering excellent views of the city, the Imperial Palace Plaza outside the Emperor’s Palace to visit the beautiful gardens and the traditional Asakusa Kannon Temple and Nakamise Shopping Arcade. Later, drive through the old Ueno area which offers a glimpse of what old Tokyo would have looked like without the high rises and the neon of the shopping arcades.

Leave Tokyo and travel by bus to the Hakone National Park On arrival, drive half way up Mount Fuji to the 5th Station for a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside. Later, enjoy a cruise on the beautiful Lake Ashi followed by a scenic ride on the Hakone Ropeway, one of the world's longest aerial lifts. You will be dropped off at the Odawara station where you board the bullet train to Kyoto for a 3 night stay.

Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over 1000 years before Tokyo became its capital. It is Japan’s most beautiful city with a rich cultural heritage, and remains a highlight of many Japan tours. Arriving initially in Kyoto, one’s first impression is that of a modern metropolis which it is in parts. However, it doesn’t take long to unearth the infinite number of cultural treasures which are spread out all over the city.

A morning tour will introduce you to some of Kyoto's most famous attractions. These include the Kinkakuji Temple which is famous for both its Golden Pavillion and its exquisite Japanese garden and the impressive Nijo Castle which is noted for its interiors. This is the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shogun and its main keep dates all the way back to 1603.

In the afternoon, head to Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan. Visit the ancient Todaiji Temple and its massive Great Buddha which is the largest bronze Buddha in Japan. You will also visit the colourful Kasuga Taisha Shrine with its 3000 lanterns. This Shinto shrine is considered one of Japan's "Three Great Shrines". Finally finish with a visit to Nara Park known as "Deer Park" because of the friendly, free-roaming deer that inhabit it. Return later to Kyoto.


A further day is at leisure to explore the fascinating treasures of this fabulous city.

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Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,529

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Day 1

Arrive Tokyo

Upon arrival at Narita or Haneda airport, clear immigration and proceed to the arrivals hall, where our representative will greet you and assist you in boarding a taxi to your Tokyo hotel. After check-in, the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Duration2 Nights
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Shiba Park Hotel

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    Shiba Park Hotel



    Welcome to the best in Japanese hospitality, the Shiba Park Hotel. It is the tradition of this hotel to serve the local and overseas guests alike, with their well-trained, friendly and helpful staff. They offer many services regardless of whether you are travelling on business ...

    Welcome to the best in Japanese hospitality, the Shiba Park Hotel. It is the tradition of this hotel to serve the local and overseas guests alike, with their well-trained, friendly and helpful staff. They offer many services regardless of whether you are travelling on business or pleasure.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 2

Tokyo

This morning, take in mesmerizing city views from the Tokyo Tower, designed by Tachu Naito and inspired by the Eiffel Tower. Continue to the Imperial Palace Plaza and admire the palace and gardens (entrance inside the palace is forbidden). Next, travel to Asakusa and visit Sensoji, the oldest and most beloved temple in the city. Explore crazy Nakamise shopping street, then take a drive through historic Ueno and Akihabara Electric Town. You'll be dropped off at either Tokyo Station or the Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal (12:30-12:50pm), from where you can continue to explore on your own. Your guide can assist you with directions if needed.

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Day 3

Tokyo - Mt Fuji - Hakone - Kyoto

Travel to Mt. Fuji by bus this morning and head up to the 5th Station, a breathtaking 7,546 feet above sea level. Enjoy a Japanese-style lunch, then descend to Lake Ashi, a volcanic crater lake. Take a short cruise on the lake, often affording picture perfect views of Mt. Fuji, then ride the ropeway up Mt. Komagatake and spend some time at the peak. Enjoy the scenery and fresh air, and also visit Mototsumiya Shrine, nestled on the mountaintop. In the evening, transfer to Odawara Station and board a bullet train for Kyoto (approximately 2.5 hours). Upon arrival, transfer by shared taxi to your hotel.

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Duration3 Nights
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Karasuma Kyoto Hotel

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    Karasuma Kyoto Hotel



    The city of Kyoto harmonizes 1,200 years of tradition and culture with modern sensibilities. It is thronged with visitors from both Japan and overseas, who come to experience its profound appeal. Many repeat travellers to Kyoto choose to stay at the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel. Located ...

    The city of Kyoto harmonizes 1,200 years of tradition and culture with modern sensibilities. It is thronged with visitors from both Japan and overseas, who come to experience its profound appeal. Many repeat travellers to Kyoto choose to stay at the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel. Located at the intersection of Shijo and Karasuma streets, in the heart of Kyoto's downtown, the hotel has won the hearts of visitors through its unrivalled access and the welcoming, conscientious service offered by the Kyoto Hotel group. Use the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel, convenient for both business and sightseeing, whenever you visit Kyoto.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 4

Kyoto and Nara

This morning you will explore some of Kyoto's most famous sites and discover the history behind this ancient political capital. Start by touring the impressive Nijo Castle (when closed, visit Ryoanji Temple instead). Noted for its gorgeous interiors, the castle's "squeaky" nightingale floors alerted residents against any unwanted intruders. Continue to the incomparable Kinkakuji Temple, famous for both its Golden Pavilion and its exquisite Japanese garden. Afterwards, visit the Kyoto Imperial Palace, where you gain exclusive access to the former residence of the Emperor of Japan (if the Palace is closed, visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead). Enjoy a Japanese and Western-style lunch, then transfer to the ancient capital city of Nara for an afternoon of sightseeing. Visit Todaiji Temple, which houses the world's largest bronze statue, the tallest of the three Great Buddha statues of Japan. The friendly wild deer roaming freely around the temple are considered to be sacred messengers of the Shinto gods. Continue to the Kasuga Grand Shrine, famous for its lanterns, which have been donated by worshippers. Hundreds of bronze lanterns can be found hanging from the buildings and lining the paths through the woods. Finally, make a stop at Nara Nagomikan, where you can splurge on a variety of food products, sweets and goods, all exclusive to Nara. Return to Kyoto and be dropped off at your hotel between 6:30-7:30pm.

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Day 5

Kyoto at leisure

Today is completely free for you to explore Kyoto on your own.

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Day 6

Depart Kyoto

Today, transfer by shared taxi to Kansai or Itami airport for your onward flight.

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DEPARTURES:

2017:

  • Mon, Wed and Sat: Jan 04 - Mar 08, Dec 2 - 23
  • Daily: Mar 11 - Nov 29

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Guided touring as per itinerary
  • Inter-Japan train and land travel as per itinerary
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Meals as specified

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not specifically noted in the itinerary
  • Beverages
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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