Sightseeing of Tokyo
Excursion to Niko
Visit Mt Fuji & Hakone
Sightseeing of Kyoto
Excursion to Nara
Excursion to Hiroshima & Miyajama
Upon arrival to Tokyo’s airport, one of our representatives will be waiting to assist the family with transport into the city (either boarding the right train or finding the appropriate shuttle). After reaching the hotel and checking in, the remainder of the day is free at leisure.
Visit to the Tokyo Tower is a must to get spectacular views of this populated and busy capital city.
Overnight in Tokyo
This morning, depart alongside the guide to Asakusa, one of Tokyo’s shitamachi or old towns where a traditional atmosphere still lingers in the air.
The first stop is Senso-ji, the most famous temple in Tokyo. The guide will explain some basic temple customs, from purifying the hands to praying and paying respect to ancestors. In the small stalls nearby, get a chance to try some Japanese snacks before moving onto the next destination.
A short walk from the temple is Kappabashi, the so-called Kitchenware Town lined with dozens of specialized stores for knives, Japanese tableware, and even food replicas. Try the art of crafting plastic replica food in one of the specialty shops, an interesting souvenir to take home!
Around noon, stop by one of the local restaurants for lunch. Although there’s a variety of food to choose from, Asakusa is particularly known for its delicious tempura.
Continue o to one of the city’s many pet establishments. These unique shops have quickly become a hit for many reasons, one being they’re a good place to relax and relieve stress.
In the afternoon, embark on a Haneda river cruise to Odaiba, a man-made island with a stunning view of the city and its futuristic buildings. Conclude the tour with a ride on a giant Ferris wheel, enjoying the view of Tokyo from up high.
Overnight in Tokyo
After breakfast, head to Nikko, two hours north of Tokyo, is the site of the famous Nikko Toshogu Shrine, the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu who was one of Japan's most influential personalities. The shrines and temples of Nikko can be seen in a one day trip from Tokyo, but two days are recommended if you also wish to visit Nikko's beautiful national park.
Overnight in Nikko
After breakfast, check out and travel to Hakone, famous for hot springs, natural beauty and the view across Lake Ashinoko of nearby Mount Fuji, Hakone is one of the most popular destinations among Japanese and international tourists looking for a break from Tokyo.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the capital, discover an alternative side to Tokyo and relish the picture-postcode landscapes. Enjoy a day full of surprises and adventures. A trip up to Mt. Fuji's 5th Station, at a staggering 2,300 meters above sea level - which will offer you captivating perspectives
Cruise along Lake Ashi, a crater lake along the southwest wall of the caldera of Mt. Hakone, formed by a powerful volcanic eruption nearly 3,000 years ago. The lake is famous for its picture-postcard views of Mt. Fuji towering in the distance. Admire the superb views as you glide along the waters on a relaxing boat ride.
Soar above the trees and admire the panoramic views of the surrounding Hakone National Park as you ride to the peak of Mt. Komagatake in only seven minutes on the Mt. Komagatake Ropeway. Here you will enjoy a total of 50 minutes to explore the area and visit the original spiritual Hakone Shrine Mototsumiya that nestles at the mountaintop.
Overnight in Hakone
Travel from Hakone to Kyoto, after breakfast.
On arrival, check in and relax.
Later this evening, Check out the historical Gion entertainment district where there are plenty of wonderful, if not pricey, restaurants to experience Kyoto cuisine. While there, check out a show at the Gion Corner and get an introduction to Kyoto culture.
Overnight in Kyoto
This morning, take a tour to some of Kyoto's most famous sites including the most popular Kiyomizu-dera Temple and discover why this ancient political capital of Japan is now its history and sightseeing capital! Enjoy sightseeing mainly in the Higashiyama area of Kyoto, where all the traditional elements of the city can be seen. There are many souvenir shops on the street leading to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Visit Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, the head shrine of 40,000 inari-jinja shrines located all over Japan. The bright red Senbon Torii gates are a must-see attraction.
Then on to the Sanjusangen-do Temple, world's longest wooden structure, houses life-size statues of Buddhist Kannon deities dating back to the 13th century. The last stop at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, famous for its wooden veranda.The view of Kyoto from the World Heritage Site Kiyomizu-dera is superb. The historic shopping lane that leads to the temple adds to a wonderful experience.
After an early breakfast, proceed to Arashiyama to visit the Bamboo Forest. It is not located in the center of Arashiyama but you can walk to most of places in Arashiyama. You have 4 hours for sightseeing and lunch in Arahsiyama. Famed here are the Bamboo Forest and a Tuk Tuk ride which can be paid for directly.
Delve into Japan’s rich history this afternoon as you visit Nara – the first capital of Japan. Depart from Kyoto and enjoy a scenic drive through the city along the Nara Keinawa Expressway Nara. Upon arrival, take a relaxing stroll through Nara Park and come face-to-face with wild deer, a rarity in Japan and even worldwide. You will soon find yourself admiring one of the world’s largest wooden structures: Todai-ji Temple, the symbol of the Nara Period. As you take in the size of the temple, in the main hall, you will also be able to appreciate the largest bronze Buddha statue in the world: The Great Buddha, a sight to behold.
Next, make your way over to the Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Nara's most celebrated shrine. It was established at the same time as the capital and is dedicated to the deity responsible for the protection of the city. It is thought that the deer of Nara Park are thought to be the shrine messengers. The tour will not enter areas requiring admission.
Before heading back to Kyoto, visit Nara Nagomikan, the largest souvenir shop in Nara. Browse thousands of products on offer in this spacious shop as you find the perfect souvenir.
Overnight in Kyoto
Discover two of Japan’s World Heritage Sites on this full day tour to Miyajima and Hiroshima.
- Admire one of the most photographed spots in Japan
- Create memories at the 6th century Itsukushima Shrine
- See wild deer in Miyajima
- Tour Hiroshima's haunting Atomic Bomb Dome
Departing from Kyoto we travel to the small island of Miyajima (literally meaning ‘shrine island’), which depending on the number of participants we travel to by bus, jumbo taxi or train to this magical destination; a top pick amongst tourists who come to Japan.
Home to one of the most scenic views in the country, once we arrive you can set your eyes on the vermillion shrine floating majestically above the deep blue water, acting as the gateway to the Itsukushima Shrine. Established in the 6th century, it’s famous for its ornate Shinden-zukuri style structure and set amongst lush scenery, here you’ll also see wild deer roaming freely in the untouched abundant nature of Miyajima.
We return to Miyajimaguchi via ferry where we make our way to the next stop: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum. The city, whose name serves as a reminder of the fateful event on 6th August 1945, opened a park to serve as a reminder to future generations. The Atomic Bomb Dome is a symbol of the disaster, which has been preserved as it was in order to promote peace and the elimination of atomic weapons. At the end of the tour we return to Osaka.
Overnight in Kyoto
Breakfast in your hotel and then check out.
Transfer to the airport using the shuttle transfer provided by your hotel, for your flight back home with wonderful memories of your holiday to Japan.
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