Japan

 

Day 1
Welcome to Japan. Once you arrive at Narita Airport, our local representative will greet you and escort you to your hotel where you will stay the night.

 

Day 2
Take a tour of Tokyo by coach. Visit the Meiji Jingu Shrine, the Imperial Palace East Garden, Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Shopping Arcade. Later, you will go on a leisurely Tokyo Bay cruise, and end your day with a visit to the Odaiba area.

 

Day 3
After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, take the coach to Nikko, where you will visit the Nikko Toshogu Shrine and take the Irohazaka zigzag driveway up to the mountains. After a traditional Japanese lunch at a restaurant, you will visit Lake Chuzenji and the KegonnoTaki waterfall. Drive back to your hotel in Tokyo, where you will stay the night.

 

Day 4
Set off to the country’s most beautiful geographic icon, Mt. Fuji. Visit the Fuji Visitor Centre and admire cultural art dedicated to Fujisan. Later, drive up to the Mt. Fuji 5th Station from where you have a vantage view of Japan’s stunning landscape. Savour traditional Japanese cuisine at lunch. Later, head to Hakone for a cruise on Lake Ashi. Take the Hakone Ropeway (an aerial lift) to the Owakudani valley. Overnight at Hakone.

 

Day 5
Check out of your hotel this morning and take a Shinkansen (bullet train) from Odawara Station to Kyoto. After lunch, continue your journey to Nara by coach. Visit the Todaiji Temple, where you can admire a magnificent statue of the Buddha. Explore the Kasuga Shrine with its 3,000 lanterns; and Nara Park, where several herds of deer roam free. Check in at your hotel in Kyoto, where you will spend the night.

 

Day 6
Spend the day wandering around Kyoto. Your sightseeing tour spans Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji Temple and Kyoto Imperial Palace. After lunch, explore the Heian Jingu Shrine, Sanjusangendo Hall (where you will see 1,001 images of the Buddha), and Kiyomizudera Temple. Overnight in Kyoto.

 

Day 7
Set off to Kyoto station this morning, where you will take the Shinkansen to Hiroshima. On reaching, take the coach to the Itsukushima Jinja shrine at Miyajima Island, and the Peace Memorial Park. Return to Kyoto by the bullet train. Overnight in Kyoto.

 

Day 8
The day has been kept free for you to explore Kyoto on your own. Go shopping, sample the fare at the local restaurants, or simply find a park bench from which to absorb the spirit of the city.

 

Day 9
The day is yours to spend as you please, until the time comes for you to travel to Kansai Airport to board your flight home.