Highlights of Japan - 14 Days

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the hot spring town of Hakone and enjoy breathtaking view of Mount Fuji
  • Discover the serene gardens, temples, imperial palaces and traditional houses of Kyoto
  • Experiencem Japanese culture with a stay at a traditional ryokan in Takayama
  • Enjoy a guided cycling tour through the rice fields and villages of Hida Mountains

Join us on this 14-day tour of Japan that will take to the lively Tokyo, the breathtaking Hakone National Park, the ancient Kyoto, the historic Kanazawa, and the picturesque Hida. Discover the highlights of Japan on this incredible journey and get an insight into the country’s fascinating culture and customs.

Your Highlights of Japan tour starts in of Tokyo where you will get to experience the towering skyscrapers and bright lights of Shinjuko, the tranquil Imperial Palace Gardens and the historic district of Akakusa.

From Tokyo, take a bullet train to Odawara where you will transfer to your accommodation in the mountains near the hot spring town of Hakone which is known for its natural beauty and its spectacular views across Lake Ashinoko of the majestic Mount Fuji.

Next take a bullet train to the ancient capital of Kyoto where you can discover the geisha-famed streets of Gion, Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, peaceful parks and gardens, imperial palaces, and traditional wooden houses.

Your next destination is Kanazawa where you cantake some time to visit Kenrokuen, Japan’s most beautiful landscaped garden, and join a three-hour Japanese cooking course. From here, head on to rural Japan where you can discover the picturesque mountain villages of Hida, before returning to Tokyo for your final night.

Day 1

Upon arrival at Haneda Airport, meet with our representative and transfer to The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon wher you will spend the next three nights. it is a 14-storey hotel offering spectacular views of the Tokyo skyline.

In the evening, head to the B Bar and Rooftop Terrace on the 14th floor where you can enjoy a drink and then n dine in the R Restaurant and Bar which is located on the 13th floor.

Day 2

After enjoying your breakfast, meet with an English-speaking guide and embark on a private tour of Tokyo. Explore the city using public transport, just as the locals do and experience its unique sights and personalities.

Cross the famous intersection outside Shibuya Station, discover the atmosphere of old Japan in downtown Asakusa, enjoy the tranquil oasis of the Emperor’s Imperial Gardens, and climb to the top of the Tokyo Skytree for spectacular views of the city.

Day 3

Use your JR Pass and take a day trip out of the city. We recommend a visit to Nikko where you can discover the tranquil botanical gardens, ancient temples, mountainous landscapes, lakes, waterfalls, hot springs, and hiking trails, or you can visit the coastal town of Kamakura with its numerous Buddhist Zen temples and Shinto shrines, and Kōtoku-in Temple which is known for its huge “Great Buddha” statue.

Day 4

Take a Shinansen bullet train from Tokyo to Odawara, near the Fuji-Hakone National Park. Upon arrival at Odawara Station, meet up with a private driver and transfer to your accommodation which is located in the mountains near the hot spring town of Hakone.

Enjoy this evening’s dinner which is traditional kaiseki featuring seasonal local ingredients with seafood from nearby Odawara port.

Day 5

Visit one of the hot spring baths found across the hills and valleys of Hakone.Take a boat cruise on Lake Ashinoko to view Hakone Shrine with its iconic red “torii” gate. Discover the boiling sulphur springs of the Owakudani Valley or explore the Hakone Open Air Museum and Picasso Exhibition Hall.

Day 6

After breakfast, take a private transfer to Odawara Station where you can board a Shinkansen bullet train to the ancient capital of Kyoto.

Spend this evening with an English-speaking guide who will take you on a 90-minute private tour around Gion. Your guide will show you the quaint alleys of this district and introduce you to the history of the city and the secret lives of geiko and maiko, of the geisha profession.

Day 7

Enjoy a full day private tour of Kyoto with an English-speaking tour guide. Travel around Kyoto by public transport or via taxis, taking in the famous sights as well as local spots often missed by tourists.

Kyoto is known for its geisha-famed streets of Gion, Buddhist temples, as well as its beautiful gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. It’s also renowned for its kaiseki dining, consisting of multiple courses of precise dishes.

Day 8

Today you can use your JR Pass to take a day trip to another destination within a one hour train ride from Kyoto.

You can explore Osaka which is home to excellent street food stalls in Dotonbori, as well as Osaka Castle, one of Japan’s most famous landmarks, or you can visit the ancient capital Nara which is known for its shrines and temples in a woodland setting, including the ancient wooden Todal-ji Temple. You can head to the coast to Kobe, one of Japan’s most attractive and cosmopolitan cities. Alternatively, you can take a train to Himeji where you will find the picturesque Himeji Castle, or Hikone where you can discover an original Japanese castle on the edge of scenic Lake Biwa.

Day 9

After breakfast, take a train journey from Kyoto to Kanazawa, enjoying breathtaking views of Japanese countryside as well as Lake Biwa along the way.

Explore the historical city of Kanazawa and discover the old samurai residences of Nagamachi, visit Ninjadera Temple with its secret doors and traps and explore the quaint teahouses of the Higashi Chaya geisha district. Stroll through Kenrokuen, Japan’s most beautiful landscaped garden and head to the to the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art to see Turrell’s ‘Blue Planet Sky’ and Erlich’s ‘Swimming Pool’.

You’ll spend the next two nights at Tokyu Hotel Kanazawa, located very close to the historic Nagamachi Buke Yashiki district. Rooms feature a Japanese tea set and yukata robes, while the hotel’s Marais D’or restaurant, bar and lounge are the perfect places to try local Kaga cuisine.

Day 10

Join a three-hour cooking experience at a traditional machiya townhouse. Learn how to make maki sushi, Japanese-style omelette and jibuni, a Kanazawa delicacy, and discover more about Japan’s food culture.

Day 11

This morning, take a bus from Kanazawa to Takayama, stopping in the tranquil mountain village of Shirakawa-go, a UNESCO world heritage site, along the way.

Enjoy a traditional ‘kaiseki’ (a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner) served in your room in the evening. The kaiseki features local Takayama foods, including the famed “Hida-gyu” (Hida beef), plus locally grown vegetables, various hoba miso-based dishes, and home-made pickles and tofu.

Day 12

Explore Japan’s rural landscapes with a 22-kilometre guided cycling tour, beginning and ending in Hida Furukawa. This three-and-a-half-hour ride will take you through breathtaking rural scenery, verdant rice fields and traditional farming villages.

Your English-speaking guide will show you places of interest including a natural spring, a local temple and a lush orchard. Get to learn about rice cultivation, visit a colourful local market and get a snapshot of rural village life.

Day 13

Take an express train to Nagoya in the morning, followed by a Shinkansen bullet train east to Tokyo.

The final night of your tour will be spent at Park Hotel Tokyo. An impressive feature of this stylish hotel is the ten-storey, glass-topped atrium which ensures the main lobby is flooded with sunlight during the day and creates a magical setting at night with the lights from the corridor. From the hotel’s large floor to ceiling windows you can enjoy stunning views of Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Bay, the shopping district Ginza, the treetops of nearby Hamarikyu Park, and even Mount Fuji on a clear day.

Day 14

Sadly your Highlights of Japan holiday has come to an end. Depending on the time of your flight you can spend your last day exploring Tokyo and enjoying a final meal, before checking out of your hotel and taking a private car to Haneda Airport, which is around 30 minutes from your hotel.

  • Pick-up and drop-off form the airport
  • Accommodations as stated in the itinerary
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Excursions and activities as stated in the itinerary
  • Expert English speaking guides
  • An IC (Manaca) Transport Card with 2500 Yen credit
  • 3-Day Hakone Freepass
  • 14-Day Japan Rail Pass (Ordinary Class)
  • nternational flights
  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Optional activities and excursions

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