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Itinerary & Activities

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Itinerary map of Splendors of Japan 2016

Day 1 Arrive Tokyo (3 Nights)

Welcome to Tokyo. Upon arrival at Tokyo Narita or Haneda International Airport, transfer to your centrally located hotel. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers.Welcome Reception

Day 2 Tokyo Sightseeing

This morning start your city tour with a visit to the Imperial Palace Plaza, a large park area in the centre of Tokyo. View the Imperial Palace, built on the former site of Edo Castle, it is surrounded by its original inner moat. Next visit the Meiji Shrine located in a forest that covers an area of 700,000 square metres and consists of 365 different species of tree. During lunch, enjoy a cooking class and learn how to make sushi with a Local Specialist in the famous Ginza district. Continue to Asakusa and visit the Sensoji Buddhist temple. It is one of Tokyo's most colourful and popular temples and has been rebuilt countless times since it was founded in 628, making it Tokyo's oldest temple site. Visit Nakamise, a shopping street over 200 metres long that stretches from the outer gate to the temple's second interior gate. This evening, enjoy a Japanese-style dinner at a local restaurant.Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Mt. Fuji and Hakone Sightseeing

After breakfast depart on a full day of sightseeing, beginning at the Five Lakes District dominated by majestic UNESCO listed Mt. Fuji. At 3,776m, it is Japan's highest mountain and most recognisable icon. Ascend to the 5th Station of Mt. Fuji to enjoy some spectacular views at 2,300m (weather permitting). After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant continue to Owakudani via the Hakone Ropeway, a cable car ride over the forest beside Lake Ashi. In Owakudani see the volcanic activity and enjoy black eggs boiled in geysers before continuing to the beautiful town of Hakone. After an enjoyable day of sightseeing return to your hotel for a restful evening.Buffet Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 Tokyo – Matsumoto – Takayama (2 Nights)

Drive north this morning to visit Matsumoto Castle, one of the most beautiful and complete original Japanese castles and a great Cherry Blossom viewing spot in the springtime. Marvel at its unique timber and stone structure. Later continue your journey through the breath-taking Japanese Alps to the beautiful hillside town of Takayama. Located in the Hida Region, the town has retained a traditional touch like few other Japanese cities, especially in its beautifully preserved old town.Buffet Breakfast

Day 5 Takayama Sightseeing

Begin your walking tour of Takayama, known as 'Little Kyoto', and discover its Edo style streets filled with amazing attractions. Explore the Old Town, stopping en route to sample Japanese sake at an authentic Sake brewery, a Cultural Insight. Next wander through a vibrant open-air flower and fruit market (Asaichi) before continuing on to Takayama Jinya. This was a former government outpost and was in official use until 1969. It is now open to the public as a museum. Continue to the Kami-Sannomachi-suji District, home to renowned local artisans. Walk through the narrow streets and admire the ancient Japanese wooden architecture.This afternoon is free to explore this picturesque town or relax. Dinner this evening is a Regional Meal of Japanese Hida beef at a local restaurant. Hida beef (Hida-gyu) is the specific name given to beef from a black-haired Japanese cattle breed, it is known as one of the finest quality varieties of beef.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal

Day 6 Takayama - Shirakawago - Gokayama - Kanazawa

Take a step back in time during a visit to the peaceful mountain villages and UNESCO designated sites of Gokayama and Shirakawago. Explore the village of Shirakawago, have lunch in a local restaurant and go up to the Observation Deck for spectacular views looking down on the entire village. In Gokayama observe local artisans making washi paper and try your hand at making your own, a Cultural Insight. See the unique Gassho-zukuri wooden houses; the steeply sloped thatched roofs resemble two hands together in prayer. Visit one of the houses and meet the family before continuing on to the historic castle town of Kanazawa. On arrival visit the Nagamachi District with its old and beautifully preserved samurai houses. Visit the Nomura house, an elegant samurai mansion with beautiful small gardens belonging to a high-ranked samurai family. Next discover the secrets of gold leaf painting during a visit with a Local Specialist. The production of gold leaf started in Kanazawa at the end of the 16th century and now 99% of Japan's high quality gold leaf is produced in the area. Later check in to your centrally located hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening.Buffet Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 Kanazawa - Kyoto (2 Nights)

Begin the day at the gardens of Kenrokuen, rated as one of the top three most beautiful gardens in Japan and a great place to see Cherry Blossom in the springtime. Explore the ornate landscapes, temples and ponds or enjoy an Optional Experience visit to a Japanese tea house within the gardens. Later take a short walk through the Omicho market to see the local fish catch and enjoy an insiders view of everyday life in a busy coastal town. Enjoy some free time at the market to browse the stalls and to have lunch before taking the Express train to Kyoto. Later enjoy a traditional Japanese Kaiseki Regional Meal and dance performance featuring Maiko.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal

Day 8 Kyoto Sightseeing

This morning visit Kinkakuji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its Golden Pavilion. The Kinkakuji history dates back to 1397, when the villa was purchased by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. When Yoshimitsu died, the building was converted into a Zen temple by his son. Later, enjoy a special Be My Guest Farewell Lunch at a traditional ryokan nestled in the peace and quiet of Mt. Yoshida. The ryokan was built in 1932 by master craftsmen to serve as the second residence of the uncle of the current Japanese Emperor, Akihito. Learn more about local Japanese customs as your hosts welcome you into their beautiful home. Enjoy the pleasures of a truly flavourful and unique dining experience of Kaiseki cuisine, crafted from the very freshest of seasonal delicacies. Later continue on to the Fushimi Inari Shrine and see the tunnel of thousands of bright orange torii gates that snake through the forest up into the mountains. Then head to the Sanjusangendo Hall, a temple famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The evening is free to explore, relax at the hotel or take an Optional Experience.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining

Day 9 Depart Kyoto - Osaka

Transfer by airport shuttle service to Kansai International Airport or Osaka Itami Airport for your onward flight home. Alternatively, extend your stay in a local Japanese ryokan or continue to Hiroshima by choosing the 13-Day Itinerary on page 22.Buffet Breakfast

Things to Know

Preparing For Your Trip
  • Make Sure to Bring All of Your Important Documents: Passport, Foreign visa (if applicable), Itinerary, Trip confirmation, Airline ticket, Drivers license, Credit cards, Travel documents.

  • Vaccinations Are Required for Entry to Some Countries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) can provide you their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

  • Are You Taking Any Prescriptions or Other Medications? Pack enough to last your entire trip, including some extra in case you are unexpectedly delayed.

  • Insurance: Purchase travel insurance to cover yourself against unexpected situations. You never know when something might happen, so always be prepared.
While Traveling
  • Keep an eye on your belongings. Do not leave your belongings unattended in public spaces

  • Always have local cash. Not every place takes credit cards.
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