Japan is deeply steeped in history and shrouded in mystery, and Tokyo is a thrilling city with a plethora of historic sites and modern day marvels. On this trip, visit Tokyo’s Harujuku, a gigantic shopping district and Kyoto’s scores of perfectly preserved Shinto and Buddhist Temples.
This tour of Japan can provide a luxurious and comprehensive overview of the the major cultural and aesthetic highlights of the country. Your journey starts in the busy metropolitan of Tokyo, where a day of privately guided city touring awaits you. Explore all the nuances of the city to your heart’s content. Board the bullet train to Kyoto, the culture capital of Japan. Spend a day exploring Kyoto and Nara. Visit the Todaiji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Shrine and Nara Park. Spend the next day on an independent exploration trip of the city.
Narita International Airport to Hakuba After arriving at Narita International Airport and completing immigration formalities, you will be greeted by your English Speaking Airport Assistant at the arrival gate and transfer to Hakuba by Train & Private Chartered Car 3 nights in private luxury cabin (see details below and images), just minutes from Hakuba town, near the famous hot springs and with lot of restaurants and shops nearby, walking distance FACILITIES - 37 inch LCD TV - Region free DVD player - Cable TV & Video-on-demand - Broadband wireless internet - Underfloor heating system in all main rooms - Washer/dryer, iron, ironing board - Fully equipped kitchen, inc. oven/microwave, kettle, toaster, coffee maker, fridge/freezer - Rice cooker - BBQ and cooking utensils Overnight – Hakuba
Hakuba 2 full days (6 hours per day, totally flexible pickup and starting times) private ski instruction in English with local best Evergreen instructors (excl, ski pass and gear, incl. taxes and fees) Daily shuttle transfer on 20,21 Dec between lodge and ski training area (stopping at ski rental store on morning of 20 Dec) Accommodation The cabin has its main bedroom upstairs with a lovely king size bed that can be split to make two singles if needed...elegant bedding and accessories make you feel pampered as soon as you enter the room ...great winter snowscape views or the lush green summer forest add the finishing touches! Just off the bedroom at the top of the stairs you’ll find a toilet and separate shower room. The second upstairs bedroom just across the landing has two single beds....perfect for the kids, but amply big enough for two adults. All the bedrooms have bedside tables with reading lights, and separate drawer chests so you can unpack and make yourself comfortable. All the rooms have underfloor central heating just to make sure your feet stay toasty....In the summer its always cool enough to open the windows and let the chirping sounds of the forest put you to sleep. Downstairs there is a spacious entrance hall waiting to greet you upon arrival with ski/board and boot storage off to the side. A second door opens into a warm inviting newly furnished open plan living/dining/kitchen area with a dining table for 6, and a large TV...and sofa space for all to relax. At the end of the hall you’ll find the spacious downstairs bedroom with two singles that can be set together to make a second king bed. Downstairs you will also find the main bathroom, washroom/laundry, and a second toilet and the beautifully fitted kitchen/dining area... with everything you’ll need. At the back of the cabin steps lead down to a spacious outdoor dining area, fantastic for breakfast’s ...or BBQ’s in the summer.
Hakuba Overnight – Hakuba
Move to Tokyo By 9:30, check out the accommodation and meet with Japanese Speaking Driver to transfer to Matsumoto Station. (Suggested Schedule) Limited Express Azusa #16 / Matsumoto 12:00 - 14:41 Shinjuku Upon arrival at Shinjuku Station, you will be greeted by English Speaking Station Assistant and transfer to Private chartered car to move to the hotel. Mandarin Oriental Tokyo Upon arrival at Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, you will be overwhelmed by the dramatic first impression. The extraordinary lobby surrounded by glass and the futuristic luxury of the interiors illustrates the hotel's defining style; extreme comfort whilst reflecting Japan's characteristics. Overnight at Mandarin Oriental Tokyo
Tokyo Meet with English Speaking Guide and chauffeur at 10:00am in the hotel lobby and leave for full day Tokyo excursion. Start from the huge Meijijingu shrine, constructed in 1920 by more than 100,000 volunteers to honor Emperor Meiji, the first emperor of modern Japan at the outset of the Meiji period. Move onto the busy streets of Omotesando / Harajuku and Aoyama followed by Shibuya, lined with fashionable shops and architectural wonders - it is a great area to stroll around! Not only the International brands, also countless smaller boutiques and designer shops, tucked away in smaller streets of this area. Transfer to Akihabara where you can different face of Japan / Tokyo. Quality made-in Japan products are readily available in duty-free shops at incredible cut-rate prices. In addition, Akihabara is famous for its shops catering to cosplay, manga, anime fans. Stroll around the area and discover the amazing array of figurines, costumes and merchandize of your favorite animation movies & manga. Try your hand at the many Video Game arcades or take a rest at the "Maid Café". Followed by Ginza district, architects rival in imagination with fashion designers from all over the world, including the Swatch & the Hermes buildings. You can definitely see the different type of "shopping" district from Ginza. We will take you to high-end Food Court / section of Department Basement floor called "Depa-chika" Back to the hotel by 18:00 Overnight at Mandarin Oriental Tokyo
Tokyo You will meet with your English Speaking Guide at 9:00 am and leave by chartered car for excursion. First, you will also visit Rikugi-en garden - created in 1702 by Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu, daimyo and official of the fifth shogun and a cultured man of letters who designed it in 88 scenes inspired by Japanese poetry. You will then transfer to Nezu / Yanaka district where you can feel the olden time's Tokyo town. It's pleasant to stroll among temples and wooden houses surrounded by wild grasses. Your guide will show you the small streets of Asakusa, one of Tokyo oldest and well preserved districts where you can still feel the presence of Ancient Japan. Walk along the Nakamise dori street, dating back to the Edo period when the temple's neighbours were given special right to open their shops in the approach to the temple and arrive at the Sensoji Temple, with its huge lantern. From here, discover Tokyo's skyline and bridges from the Sumida River, by boarding a cruise boat. (Not private) By 17:00, return to the hotel Overnight at Mandarin Oriental Tokyo
Day Trip to Hakone Meet with your English Speaking Guide and chauffeur at 8:00am in the hotel lobby and leave for Hakone Day Trip in a chartered vehicle. Hakone is a volcanic national park near Mt. Fuji, the tallest and most famous mountain in Japan attracting more than 200,000 climbers every year. Take a ropeway ride to Owakudani valley, the area around a crater created in the last eruption of Mt. Hakone, 3,000 year ago. You will smell sulfurous fumes, and see hot springs and rivers while walking around the area. Upon arrival on the other side of the mountain, take a lake cruise while enjoying the magnificent views of Mt.Fuji in the background. Look for reflections of the surrounding mountains in the lake surface. Lake Ashi was formed in the caldera of Mt.Hakone. Transfer to Gotemba Premium Outlets - With about 210 shops including high-end designer and other famous brand shops from home and abroad, Gotemba Premium Outlets® is the largest outlet mall in Japan. All products are sold at 25-65% off the regular price so many people visit every day. Nestled at the foot of Mt. Fuji and with a great view of the majestic mountain, the resort atmosphere at the mall is a nice break from everyday shopping. By 20:00, return to the hotel Overnight at Mandarin Oriental Tokyo
Tokyo Disney Land At 8:30am, meet with your English Speaking Assistant in the lobby and transfer to Tokyo Disney Land in a private chartered car. Disneyland Land is targeted towards kids and very similar to the American Disneyland with similar rides, themes and attractions. At 18:00, your driver will stand-by at the meeting point (for the detail, need to discuss) and transfer back to the hotel. Overnight at Mandarin Oriental Tokyo
Tokyo You will meet with your English Speaking Guide at 10:00am and leave by chartered car for excursion. First, transfer to the Imperial Palace, the celebrated residence of Japan's imperial family. Located on the former site of the Edo Castle, the huge park area is surrounded by moats and massive stone walls. (Only the area you can visit without prior permission) Move on to Odaiba - Odaiba is a popular shopping and entertainment district on a man made island in Tokyo Bay. It originated as a set of small man made fort islands (daiba literally means "fort"), which were built towards the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868) to protect Tokyo against possible attacks from the sea and specifically in response to the gunboat diplomacy of Commodore Perry. You will go to Roppongi Hills and go up to the observation deck to enjoy the wide view of the Tokyo metropolis! By 17:00, return to the hotel Overnight at Mandarin Oriental Tokyo
Move to Osaka By 11:30am, check out the hotel and meet with English Speaking Station Assistant and transfer to Tokyo Station. (Suggested Schedule) Bullet Train Nozomi #343 / Tokyo 12:20 - 14:53 Shin Osaka Upon arrival at Shin Osaka Station, your will be welcomed by English Speaking Driver and transfer to the hotel. The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka Located in the prestigious business and shopping district of Nishi-Umeda, The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka has the look and feel of 18th century English nobleman's Georgian home. A place of elegant serenity, unparalleled personal service and a wide selection of highly-rated restaurants and bars, the hotel also features a 450-piece art and antique collection, a fitness center, elegant event space and one of the largest guest rooms in Japan. Overnight at The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka
Osaka - Universal Studio Japan At 8:30am, meet with your English Speaking Assistant and leave for Universal Studio Japan in a private chartered car. The world's greatest theme park inspired by blockbuster Hollywood Movies - Universal Studios Japan. Exciting attractions that realistically reproduce movie masterpieces, popular characters and entertainment that only Hollywood can provide... Suspend reality and step into fantastical worlds portrayed on the silver screen. At 18:30, meet with your English Speaking Assistant (meeting point needs to be fixed before entering to the Studio in the morning) and transfer back to the hotel. Overnight at The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka
Osaka At 9:00am meet with English Speaking Guide and leave for Osaka excursion! You will first visit Umeda Sky Building Observatory - The Umeda Sky Building is the seventh- tallest building in Osaka City and one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. From the rooftop, the Floating Garden Observatory, you will enjoy an amazing view of the Osaka-Kobe Metropolis. Then transfer to Kaiyukan Aquarium, one of the largest aquariums in the world where not only children but adults are able to enjoy its wide variety of unique marine lives, including manta rays, turtles and the impressive whale sharks, swimming in the huge central tank. Its theme is partly based on the new Gaia Hypothesis advocated by Dr.James Lovelock. A Japanese word KAIYUKAN literally means "Playing in the Sea Pavilion". Move onto Dotombori: Full of billboards and advertising displays, the Dotombori area is a good way to apprehend the unique atmosphere of Osaka. Stroll along the busy streets and enjoy enjoy great snapshots: Glico's neon billboard with a runner spreading his arms widely is one of the symbolic displays in this area. Back to the hotel by 17:00 Overnight at The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka
Move to Kyoto via Nara By 9:00am check out the hotel and meet with English Speaking Guide in the hotel lobby and transfer in a chartered vehicle to Nara, the ancient capital of Japan in the 8th Century. Start from Nara Park, a large pleasant park in the center of Nara. Commonly known as "Deer Park," it is home to hundreds of freely roaming deers, a symbol of the city and regarded as messengers of the gods in the Shinto Religion. The Nara Park houses several famous sights. Then followed by Kasugataisha Shrine, originally established in 768A.D. as the shrine of the powerful Fujiwara Family. See the magnificent interior famous for its numerous bronze hanging lanterns, as well as the many stone lanterns that lead up to the shrine. Move on to the gigantic Todaiji temple, reputedly the largest wooden buildings in the world and one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples to be overwhelmed by the giant statue of Buddha Virocana. Finish your Nara tour in Naramachi, the former merchant district of Nara, which was not affected by bombings during the Second World War. By 17:00 transfer to the hotel in Kyoto to check in Hyatt Regency Kyoto Hyatt Regency Kyoto is located in the traditional and secluded area of Higashiyama Shichijo, in the cultural heart of Kyoto. Ideal for business or leisure travelers, the hotel is surrounded by various sightseeing spots including the Sanjusangendo Temple, the Kyoto National Museum, the Chishakuin Temple and the Yogenin Temple. Overnight at Hyatt Regency Kyoto
Kyoto At 9:00am, meet with your English Speaking Guide to leave for full day discovery in Kyoto! First, you will go to Arashiyama district and take a relaxing stroll around the Bamboo Forests, designated as one of the three most beautiful bamboo forests in Japan. Here, the sound of the leaves rustling in the wind is nice to listen to and gives a peaceful atmosphere. From here, In the area, you can also stroll around by taking Rickshaw! (Pre-arranged) Transfer to the Golden Pavilion Kinkakuji temple, originally built in 1397 to serve as a retirement villa for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, whose grandson used the temple as the inspiration for the Silver Pavilion Ginkakuji temple. You will visit Toei Uzumasa Eigamura Movie Studio Park. It's known in the 1960's as "Hollywood of Japan". Toei, one of Japan's leading film companies has opened its sets to the public at Eiga Mura (Film Village) and the result is a theme park complete with samurai and ninja shows, geisha, arcades and souvenir shops. By 17:00, return to the hotel Overnight at Hyatt Regency Kyoto
Day Trip to Hiroshima / Miyajima Around 7:30am, you will meet with English Speaking Guide and leave for Kyoto Station in a private chartered car. (Suggested Schedule) Bullet Train Nozomi #3 / Kyoto 8:30 - 10:05 Hiroshima Upon arrival at Hiroshima station, you will be transferred to private chartered car and leave for Hiroshima Excursion. Visit the A-Bomb Dome and the Peace Memorial Park & Museum. The A-bomb Dome is the skeletal remains of Hiroshima Prefecture Industrial Promotion Hall, situated just below the explosion point of the atomic bomb. It has become known to the world as a symbol of "No More Hiroshimas". The Peace Memorial Park and the museum are moving, yet educative and humbling moments, with sculptures and memorials from all over the world. Continue to the Hiroshimajo Castle also known as "carp castle". The exterior of its donjon was restored to the former condition in 1958. The exhibits explain the construction of the castle during the Edo Era and displays helmets and armors, used by feudal lords and warriors. Transfer to Miyajima Island - "Miyajima" means "shrine-island" in Japanese, referring to the island's cause of fame: the dramatic gate of Itsukushima shrine and red O-Torii gate, which appears to be floating on the water. People have felt divine power since the ancient times and the whole island was an object of their faith. Originally constructed in the 6th Century. Itsukushima Shrine and Otorii are sprawling work of ancient Japan. By 18:00, you will be back to Hiroshima Station and take a bullet train back to Kyoto. (Suggested Schedule) Bullet Train Nozomi #184 / Hiroshima 18:01 - 19:41Kyoto Upon arrival at Kyoto Station, you will be escorted to the private chartered car and back to the hotel. Overnight at Hyatt Regency Kyoto
Kyoto - Day at Leisure You can spend a day at your own pace - day at leisure! Overnight at Hyatt Regency Kyoto
Kyoto - Kansai International Airport (Depending on your flight schedule), check out the hotel and meet with English Speaking Driver to transfer to Kansai International Airport.
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