Deluxe Asia Tour
Japan Discovery - 8 Days / 7 Nights
TOUR CODE TJ 2014
Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Haoke, Nagoya, Ise-Toba, Kyoto, Osaka
Day 1 Tokyo
Arrive at Narita Airport and we'll escort you by shuttle bus to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Tokyo.
Day 2 Tokyo
Spend half the day sight- seeing and visiting landmarks such as the Tokyo Tower Observatory
. The tower was completed in the year 1958 as a symbol for Japan's rebirth as a major economic power. It serves as a television and radio broadcast antenna and tourist attraction here, and in the tower, you can definitely sneak a bird's eye view of Tokyo. Imperial Palace Plaza
is still the current Imperial Palace residence of Japan's Imperial Family and located on the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls. Explore Asakusa Kannon Temple
(also known as Sensoji), the oldest temple in Tokyo.
The temple is devoted to the bodhisattva Kannon. According to legend, a statue of the Kannon was found in the Sumida River in 628 by two fishermen, the brothers Hinokuma Hamanari and Hinokuma Takenari. The chief of their village, Hajino Nakamoto, recognized the holiness of the statue and treasured it by remodeling his own house into a small temple so the villagers could worship the Kannon. Lastly, you'll visit the Nakamise Shopping Arcade
, one of the oldest shopping centers in Japan. The street is coated with colorful, lively stalls selling traditional knick- knacks, festival foods and rice crackers. Later, we drive through Ueno.
Day 3 Tokyo - Mt. Fuji - Hakone (L)
Take a deluxe motor coach to the foot of Mt. Fuji
, where we will begin our drive up Japan's highest mountain and enjoy a spectacular view. The mountain is actually a dormant volcano that last erupted in 1707. It stands at a height of over 12,388 ft. and is considered to be one of the "Three Holy Mountains" along with Tate and Haku. Enjoy a traditional Japanese-style lunch with authentic Japanese cuisine. In the afternoon, we proceed to Hakone for a boat ride on Lake Ashi. The lake was formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone after the volcano's last eruption more than 3000 years ago. Today, the lake with Mount Fuji in the background is the symbol of Hakone.
Day 4 Hakone - Nagoya (L)
Today we travel to Nagoya and upon arrival, visit Nagoya Castle
, famous for 'shachihoko', the golden orcas that adorn the roof of its castle tower. The castle was built in 1612 by shogun of the Edo government. Much of the castle burnt in 1945 during the World War II air raids, but the tower was rebuilt in 1959 as a reinforced concrete building with seven stories above ground and a basement. Walk around Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
which was founded in 1994 to convey to future generations the importance of manufacturing and the "spirit of creation and research". The museum holds the Textile Machinery Pavilion, the Automobile Pavilion, Techno land and other facilities which contain many valued items and documents belonging to its founder Sakichi Toyoda. After, spend the night in Nagoya.
Day 5 Ise-Toba - Kyoto (L)
Today we visit Ise Jingu Shrine
which stands within the "Sacred Forest of Ise Jingu," a dense forest of Japanese cypress. The shrine consists of two major Shinto sanctuaries, the main building at each shrine is a simple thatched hut made of unpainted cypress wood in ancient Japanese style. Each shrine is surrounded by 90 hectares of forest that has not been cut since the shrine's foundation and rivers and streams flow throughout the sanctuary. Passing by Okage Yokocho
here you can buy souvenirs and enjoy local tasty treats. We finish the day by visiting the Ama Huts
The coastline in the Ise-Toba area of Mie prefecture is rugged, indented with pebbly bays and rocky headlands. It is the ideal habitat for uni (sea urchin), awabi (abalone), various forms of kaiso (seaweeds), and ise ebi (pacific spiny lobster). Even in modern times, the divers (who are traditionally women) don't use any diving apparatus. Along the coast are dotted amagoya, or "Ama Huts", where the divers rest and relax after their work is done. Here you can try the exquisite taste of charcoal-grilled, freshly caught seafood and talk with the ama divers who live with the sea and dress in distinctive white robes and head wraps. Finally, we travel to Kyoto, which was formerly the imperial capital of Japan.
Day 6 Kyoto - Nara - Kyoto (L)
Today is a full day of the Kyoto and Nara tour, where you will begin by visiting Nijo Castle
. The castle encompass a total area of 275,000 square meters, only 8,000 square meters of which is occupied by buildings. The entire castle grounds and the Honmaru are surrounded by stone walls and defenses and interlaced with several gardens. Stroll through the Kinkauji Golden Pavilion
or "Temple of the Golden Pavilion" built in Kyoto's northern hills in 1398 by Yoshimitsu, the third Ashikaga shogun. Comprised of three floors, this Zen temple's top two floors are completely covered in golden leaves. Admire this impressive structure built overlooking a large, tranquil pond. Explore the Imperial Palace
where their Majesties the Emperor and Empress reside.
Situated in the center of Tokyo, it is surrounded by a water-filled moat and tree-covered grounds - a precious taste of nature within the bustling metropolitan city. The palace was destroyed several times by fire but was always rebuilt in its original style; the present buildings date from 1855. Furnished with delicate decorations, the palace shows the restful designs of the peaceful Heian Period, and the emperor's private garden is graceful. Enjoy lunch and head to the oldest city in Japan, Nara, visiting Todaiji Temple
the largest wooden building in the world which houses the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana.
The 157 foot temple was built in the year 743 when Buddhism was on its rise and served as a state religion. This temple is one of the major historical temples in Japan. Explore the Kasuga Taisha Shrine
which enshrines four gods from important shrines around the country. The shrine is famous for its lanterns; over three thousand stone lanterns donated by worshipers line the way. The stone lanterns are lit twice a year oduring the Lantern Festival in February and mid-August. Stroll through Nara Nagomikan
, the biggest souvenir shop in Nara. Here you can find a vast array of Nara souvenirs: popular Nara sweets, locally brewed sake, specialty foods, pretty traditional Japanese crafts, authentic handicrafts created by experienced craftsmen and more!
Day 7 Kyoto
This is your free day to explore Kyoto.
Day 8 Kyoto - Osaka
Enjoy one last free day at your leisure before we escort to the airport to catch your flight back home.