EU3PMD JP 17D6N NRT-KIX-01

From S$2,790 per person
– Land package only.
– Airport transfers.

– 4* hotels with daily breakfast.
– Travel by air-conditioned coach with English-speaking guide.
– Boat ride: Kawaguchiko Lake.
– Admission tickets as per itinerary.
– Meals as per itinerary.

ITINERARY
Day 01 – Arrive Tokyo
Day 02 – Tokyo
Day 03 – Tokyo to Mount Fuji to Kawaguchiko
Day 04 – Kawaguchiko to Iyasi no Sato Nenba to Nagoya to Kyoto
Day 05 – Kyoto
Day 06 – Kyoto to Nara to Osaka
Day 07 – Depart Osaka
 
7D6N Japan Tokyo Kyoto & Osaka

Day 01   ARRIVE TOKYO

Welcome to Tokyo!  Transfer by coach to your hotel.  Free time until late afternoon when a guide will travel with you on the Tokyo subway (tickets included) to Shinjuku, a major commercial and entertainment district with a bustling nightlife and regarded by many as a microcosm of Tokyo.  Whether your first time into Tokyo or otherwise, Shinjuku beckons as a place not to be missed.  After dinner (included), your guide will accompany you on the Tokyo subway back to your hotel.  (If your arrival into Tokyo is late in the day, this visit will be done the following day.) 


Day 02   TOKYO   [B/L]

In the morning, we will go on a 5-hour guided tour of Tokyo.  Attractions to be visited include: the ancient and sacred Zojoji Temple in the heart of Tokyo and next to the imposing Tokyo Tower;  the Shibuya Crossing, a street intersection with the reputation of being the busiest crossing in Japan and possibly the world;  the Meiji Shrine, a Shinto shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife and probably the most famous Shinto shrine in Tokyo;  travel through Omotesando, a trendy and fashionable area of Tokyo with a beautiful tree-lined avenue and impressive architecture;  the famous Nijubashi Bridge that connects the front plaza (Kokyo Gaien) of the Imperial Palace to the Imperial Palace over a deep moat;  travel through Akihabara, Tokyo’s famous “electric town”;  Ryogoku Kokugikan, a sumo stadium and centre of sumo in Japan;  Sensoji Temple, the oldest (Buddhist) temple, and also a key attraction, in Tokyo (with free time to enjoy Nakamise-dori, a highly popular 250m long shopping street with one end connecting to the main gate of Sensoji Temple).  Lunch in a local restaurant is included before returning to your hotel.  Free time in the afternoon.


Day 03   TOKYO – MOUNT FUJI – KAWAGUCHIKO   [B/D]

Today, we head to Mount Fuji, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Enroute to Kawaguchi-ko (Lake Kawaguchi), the second largest of the Fuji Five Lakes, we will stop at Arakurayama Sengen Park, home to the Arakura Sengen Shrine and its renowned 5-storied Chureito Pagoda.  The views of Mount Fuji from this location are certainly Instagram-worthy!  At Kawaguchi-ko, we will visit the Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine, an ancient shrine and a component site of Mount Fuji’s UNESCO World Heritage Site status, that has been the traditional starting point for pilgrims ascending Mount Fuji after prayers at the shrine.  The visit also includes a highly scenic boat trip on Lake Kawaguchi.  After time for lunch, we take a ride up to “Fuji Fifth Station” (2,305m) where we will be able to enjoy awesome views of the Fuji Five Lakes and Hakone National Park.  (Note: The ascent to Fuji Fifth Station is weather-dependent.)  Returning to Kawaguchi-ko, we will check into a ryokan (traditional Japanese accommodation) where you may wish to enjoy, among others, its onsen.  (Note: Rooms in the ryokan can either be Japanese-styled rooms with futon on tatami mats as “beds” or western-styled rooms with regular beds.)  Dinner included.


Day 04   KAWAGUCHIKO – IYASI NO SATO NENBA – NAGOYA – KYOTO   [B]

Today, we head to Kyoto.  Enroute, we will stop at: Iyashi-no Sato Nenba, a fishing village with traditional thatched-roof houses that was destroyed by a typhoon in 1966 and subsequently reconstructed and reopened as an open-air museum and traditional arts and craft village;  the beautiful Shiraito Falls that counts among the component sites of Mount Fuji’s UNESCO World Heritage Site status;  Toyota Museum in Nagoya (entrance included), a not-to-be-missed visit especially for motor lovers.  From there, we continue on to Kyoto, the capital of Japan from 794 to 1868, renowned for its numerous ancient Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, beautiful gardens, imperial palaces and traditional wooden houses.  Having been the only major Japanese city to be spared the devastation of WWII, much of Kyoto’s rich history and atmosphere have been preserved, rendering it not unsurprisingly a top tourist attraction in Japan.


Day 05   KYOTO   [B]

We will spend the day exploring Kyoto.  We head to Arashiyama, famous for its bamboo forest, the Togetsu-kyo Bridge and the Tenryu-ji temple, a Zen (Buddhism) temple that has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Closer to the city centre, we will visit the following: the iconic Fushimi Inari Shrine (with thousands of torii gates leading to a sacred Shinto shrine);  the Imperial Palace;  the  Kinkaku-ji Temple (“Golden Pavilion“), probably Kyoto’s most iconic site;  and Gion, Kyoto’s famous entertainment – and geisha – district (free time in Gion).


Day 06   KYOTO – NARA – OSAKA   [B/L]

We depart Kyoto and head for Nara where we will visit Todai-ji Temple, a magnificent Buddhist temple and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The temple’s main hall, housing a huge bronze statue of Buddha, is the world’s largest wooden building despite the fact that the present reconstruction is only two thirds of its original size.  Whilst walking to and from the temple, you will be able to mingle – and also feed – the deer that wander around in the area (Nara Park).  After lunch (included), we will move on to the nearby Horyu-ji Temple, the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan and not surprisingly a UNESCO World Heritage Site (in fact, the first site in Japan to be accorded the status).  It is worth noting that the wooden structures on the temple grounds are among the oldest in the world.  We will continue on to Osaka, arriving in the evening, where we will visit Dotonbori, an incredibly vibrant and colourful district with a bustling nightlife.


Day 07   DEPART OSAKA   [B]

Free time on your own until your transfer to Osaka Airport. 


Escorted tours are usually available every month. Whether you prefer the above itinerary “as-is” or would like to add activities prior to, and/or after the tour, if you will indicate the start/end dates of your intended travel and provide your contact details, we will get in touch with you to discuss the itinerary on a no-obligations basis on your part.

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