A fusion of dazzling Tokyo and Japan's serene Five Lakes District, this 'urban-meets-rural' trip mixes the city's bright lights, sights and shops, with time at Mt. Fuji.
CITY TOUR of Tokyo
SEE the Tokyo Tower
VIEW Mt. Fuji
VISIT the Sensoji Temple, the Imperial Palace Plaza and Ginza
First Class Travel Highlights:
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
ARRIVE TOKYO (3 NIGHTS)
Combine Japan's larger-than-life capital with the snow-capped icon that looms on the horizon. On arrival at Tokyo Narita or Haneda International Airport, you'll transfer by airport shuttle service to your centrally located hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day and evening at leisure.
Launch your City Tour this morning with an orientation drive that will take you past the National Diet (Japanese Parliament) and Tokyo Tower, once the tallest building in Tokyo. Stop at the Imperial Palace Plaza, from where you can view the two bridges that form the entrance to the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace, the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. Continue to Tokyo's Gateway to the North, the Ueno district, and visit Ameyoko Street Market, once a black market selling American goods after World War II. Watch how this thriving hub is frequented by locals seeking the best bargains, then visit the Sensō-ji Buddhist temple in Asakusa, which has been rebuilt countless times since it was founded in 628, making it Tokyo's oldest temple site. Pass through the vermilion-lacquered Kaminarimon Gate and stroll down Nakamise shopping street soaking up the shitamachi (downtown Tokyo) atmosphere. Next, make a stop in Ginza and enjoy some free time for shopping. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
After breakfast, depart Tokyo for the Five Lakes District, dominated by Japan's UNESCO-listed Mt. Fuji. At 3,776 metres it is Japan's highest mountain and most recognisable icon towering over the surrounding landscape. Ascend by road to the 5th Station, a spectacular vantage point at 2,300 metres, before taking a ride on the Kachikachiyama Ropeway (both weather permitting) for views of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi. On a still clear day it's possible to see a perfect mirror image of Mt. Fuji reflected in the lake. Later, return to your hotel for a relaxing evening.
Your brief encounter with Tokyo and the splendour of Mt. Fuji at its end, take a transfer by airport shuttle service to Tokyo Narita or Haneda International Airport for your onward flight.