Day 1: KONNICHIWA TOKYO
Your in-depth exploration of Japan begins in Tokyo. On arrival at Narita or Haneda Airport, you can take a shuttle bus or have private transport arranged to safely take you to your centrally located hotel, where you’ll have a welcome drink and local appetizers awaiting you.
Accommodation: New Otani Garden Tower Tokyo
Day 2: City Tour + Kimono dressing experience
Begin today with our city tour in the old-time entertainment center of Asakusa, where we’ll encounter the Sensoji Buddhist Temple. One of Tokyo's most colorful and popular temples, Sensoji has been rebuilt countless times since it was founded in 628, making it Tokyo's oldest temple site.
Strolling down Nakamise next, we immerse ourselves in the sights and sounds of shitamachi (downtown Tokyo), admiring the wooden dolls, colorful chiyogami (origami paper) and traditional Japanese sweets.
Next you will ascend Tokyo Skytree, the world's highest free-standing broadcasting tower for panoramic views of the city, then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or on an optional experience where a professional stylist will dress you in a traditional Japanese kimono.
Day 3: Tokyo to Yamanakako
Your first stop today is the Imperial Palace Plaza from where the two bridges that form the entrance to the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace can be viewed. We'll have the opportunity to explore the leafy Imperial Palace East Gardens before continuing our city tour.
At the Tokyo National Museum browse collections of Japanese art, then continue to the Ginza district where we’ll learn how to make sushi with a Local Specialist. We venture to the Five Lakes District next, keeping a keen eye out for the UNESCO listed Mt. Fuji which dominates the landscape.
Accommodation: Fuji Marriott Hotel Lake Yamanakako
all meals are included in rate.
Day 4: Yamanakako to Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway to Takayama
Visit Oshino Hakkai, a small rural village in the Fuji Five Lakes district, renowned for eight natural spring water ponds that are fed by melted snow from Mt. Fuji. Admire the reflections of the sky and landscapes in its clear waters, then ascend Mt. Fuji by road to 2,300 meters at the 5th station.
Ride up Mt. Tenjo on the Kachikachiyama Ropeway next, for jaw-dropping views (weather permitting) of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchiko.
Then, journey through the Japanese Alps to the beautiful hillside town of Takayama, before enjoying dinner at the hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel Associa Takayama Resort
Day 5: EXPERIENCE GOKAYAMA AND ON TO KANAZAWA
Immerse yourself in tradition as you walk through the Edo-style streets of Takayama's Old Town. Indulge a lunch of Japanese Hida-gyu – beef from a black-haired Japanese cattle breed, renowned as one of the finest quality varieties of beef. Journey back in time this afternoon during a visit to the peaceful UNESCO-listed Gokayama, a mountain village set amidst five valleys.
Admire the unique construction of the local Gassho-zukuri wooden houses that have been built without the use of nails with steeply sloped thatched roofs to prevent snow from building up on them.
Next, meet a local family in one of these houses to observe local artisans making washi paper and trying your hand at making your own. Make a difference to the sustainability of this small business during this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience.
Stay overnight in Kanazawa.
Accommodation: Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel Kanazawa
Day 6: VISIT A GOLD LEAF PAINTING FACTORY, SHABU SHABU DINNER and KANAZAWA CITY TOUR
Join our Local Specialist this morning to learn the secrets of painting gold leaf, a delicate craft the Japanese have been perfecting since the 16th century.
Continue to the tranquil gardens of Kenrokuen, which took shape over a hundred years to emerge as one of Japan’s most beautiful gardens. Connecting with your exquisite natural surrounds, you’ll stroll through ornate landscapes and past ponds and temples.
Take a short walk through the Omicho market next to see the local fish catch and enjoy an insider’s view of everyday life in a busy coastal town.
Then, visit the Nagamachi District with its beautifully preserved samurai houses that line the traditional stone streets. Here you will gain first-hand insights into samurai life during a visit to the Nomura house, an elegant samurai mansion.
Accommodation: Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel Kanazawa
Day 7: Kanazawa to Kyoto
Today you will board an Express train to Kyoto. You will connect With locals at a traditional ryokan and enjoy an included lunch to learn more about local Japanese customs from local hosts.
After lunch, you will visit the UNESCO-listed Kinkakuji Temple with its famous Kinkaku (Golden Pavilion), the proud symbol of Kyoto and a Zen temple, which has its origins as a 14th-century villa.
Accommodation: Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto
Day 8: Kyoto City Tour + JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY EXPERIENCE
Today discover the blazing orange torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine guide our path through the forest, up into the mountains and to a sacred site that has heard prayers for prosperity and happiness since the 8th century. Then continue to Sanjusangen-do Hall to admire the minute detail of each of its 1,001 “thousand-handed” goddesses of mercy statues, then enjoy a walking tour of the Gion area.
In the evening you can indulge in a pre arranged Farewell Dinner.
Day 9: Depart
Your encounter with Japan’s age-old traditions and modern cityscapes comes to an end. Today you will take a transfer by airport shuttle service or you can have private transfers arranged to Kansai International Airport or Osaka Itami Airport for your return flight home.
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