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The Land of the Rising Sun is truly an extraordinary place to visit. There are so many reasons you should add Japan to your bucket-list in 2019/2020. Highly regarded for its rich history, culture, traditions, beautiful temples and shrines, and unforgettable landscapes. Japan is a country of mountains. With over seventy - percent of the country being mountainous terrain, it’s no wonder that mountains have religious and culture importance to the Japanese. In particular, the Japan Alps region offers stunning views of scenic alpine landscapes. Using a variety of transportation including the famous shinkansen bullet train, on this tour you will travel through this region, then pay a visit to the ancient capital Kyoto, and finally relax in the hot spring’s town of Hakone with the awe - inspiring Mt. Fuji close by. Other highlights include experiencing what it’s like to catch the Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train and travel onboard the crowd-pleasing Romance car.

Highlights

  • Explore the bustling, vibrant capital of Tokyo
  • Learn how to make soba noodles by hand in Matsumoto
  • Visit Japan’s “Little Kyoto” in Takayama
  • Nishiki Market and food tour Kyoto
  • Afternoon Tour of Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) and Nijo Castle
  • Visit three different historial Geiko districts
  • Travel onboard the iconic Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train to Hakone
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji in Hakone
  • Ride aboard the aptly named Romance Car train from Hakone to Tokyo

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Japan Rail Pass Standard Class
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Tokyo
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast and lunch in Matsumoto
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Takayama
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast and dinner in Kyoto
  • 1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast and dinner in Hakone
  • Sightseeing city tour in Tokyo
  • Soba noodle cooking class in Matsumoto
  • Sightseeing city tour in Kyoto
  • Services of an English-speaking guide
  • Hakone Pass
  • Airport transfers
  • 13 meals (10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners)
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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

Daily Itinerary:

DAY 1 – TOKYO
Welcome to Japan’s bustling, vibrant capital of Tokyo! This is a place where ancient traditions and modern trends intertwine. Upon arrival you will be met by a guide and transferred to your hotel. After getting settled in, why not head to Shibuya crossing and try some authentic Japanese cuisine? If you want to stay connected while traveling on either your cell phone or tablet, talk to a Rail Expert about purchasing an option SIM card while booking. (Overnight in Tokyo)

DAY 2 – TOKYO
Experience some of Tokyo’s most famous landmarks on your included city tour. First stop visit Harajuku! Harajuku is groundzero for many worldwide trends of the past and present. You and your guide will take a stroll through Takeshita-Dori, the most eccentric district of Tokyo. After exploring a little bit, you and your guide will take a break for lunch. Continue on with a visit to Asakusa, Tokyo’s old town where you can soak in the atmosphere of the Tokyo of old. Visit Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest temple and wander down Nakamise, a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries. Travel across town to Omotesando and after exploring the ritzy flagship stores and spectacular architecture on the main boulevard, you will walk up to Meiji Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the deified spirit of Emperor Meiji and a popular place for traditional Japanese weddings. For dinner, try some traditional kaiseki cuisine. (Overnight in Tokyo) B

DAY 3 – TOKYO TO MATSUMOTO
Catch the express train to the vibrant city of Matsumoto, gateway to the Japan Alps. Matsumoto is home to Japan’s oldest extant castle, gorgeous streets, and breathtaking vistas. Use your day of leisure to explore the region on your own. Perhaps visit the nearby hot springs? (Overnight in Matsumoto) B

DAY 4 – MATSUMOTO
Learn how to make soba noodles by hand and enjoy your creation for lunch afterwards! Later you have free time to explore, check out the Matsumoto City Museum of Art and stroll along Nawate Street. (Overnight in Matsumoto) B, L

DAY 5 – MATSUMOTO TO TAKAYAMA
Transfer to the village Takayama, known as Japan’s “Little Kyoto.” This atmospheric destination is best explored by foot. This afternoon we recommend visiting one of the town’s many sake breweries for a taste of the local drop, its high quality due to the area’s clean water sources. Tonight, you will stay in a Japanese style ryokan accommodation with hot spring onsen bath. (Overnight in Takayama) B

DAY 6 – TAKAYAMA
Explore at your leisure. We suggest a visit to the Sanmachi Suji District, Yoshijima Heritage House, Takayama Jinya, and the Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine. (Overnight in Takayama) B

DAY 7 – TAKAYAMA TO KYOTO
Travel by train to Kyoto. After checking start your afternoon tour, explore the dense Nishiki Market, known as the kitchen of Kyoto, and munch your way through the food culture of Kyoto. Find out, in detail, about the secret behind the excellent taste of Kyoto’s tofu, dashi broth and Japanese sake wine. Learn the about authentic Kyoto food and how they are made, and the little stories behind the historical delicacies in this ancient capital. (Overnight in Kyoto) B, L, D

DAY 8 – KYOTO
Today’s guided bus tour includes visits to Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), ornamental Nijo Castle, and Nishiki Market, known as “Kyoto’s Kitchen”. Later, visit three different historical Geiko districts. Gion, Kamagawa River and Pontocho. (Overnight in Kyoto) B

DAY 9 – KYOTO TO HAKONE
Catch the Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train to Hakone. Aside from breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi, Hakone offers world-class art museums, hot springs, the Enoura Observatory, and plenty of hidden gems. Tonight, you will stay in a Japanese traditional ryokan, sleeping on futons laid out on tatami mats with delicious included meals and piping hot onsen (hot spring) baths. (Overnight in Hakone) B, D

DAY 10 – HAKONE TO TOKYO
Take the Romance Car train back to Tokyo. During the journey, you will get to experience some of Japan’s most beautiful scenery. Back in Tokyo, you have a free day to explore any sights you didn’t get a chance to when your trip began. (Overnight in Tokyo) B

DAY 11 – YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN TOKYO
Check out of your hotel and transfer to the Narita International Airport to continue with your onward travels. B

MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA,  LD-LIGHT DINNER, D -DINNER

Best Western Takayama

Best Western Takayama

Nestled in the heart of downtown Takayama, the historic city in the Japanese Alps, Best Western Hotel Takayama is within walking distance of all the major local tourist attractions. Guests are offered all the comforts of an international hotel, including modern and spacious rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi, working desks and cable TV. The hotels spa features an array of indulgent amenities, from whirlpools to massage services, while the restaurant serves up a menu of international dishes to suit all palates. Corporate guests and event planners are also catered for, with a meeting room and a range of professional services such as photocopying and printing, and bilingual staff provide personalized and heartfelt service to every guest. Best Western Hotel Takayama is also conveniently positioned close to the train station and bus terminal, making it wonderfully accessible.

Ichinoyu Honkan

Ichinoyu Honkan

'ICHINOYU' was founded in 1630 as a pioneer of the hot spring hotel industry in Hakone area and even painted by the famous UKIYOE painter - Utagawa Hiroshige.

Here in the traditional environment,You'll surely be satisfied with Japanese culture.

Susukinohara Ichinoyu

Susukinohara Ichinoyu

Susukinohara Ichinoyu is located in an area of natural beauty.
All rooms are Japanese style and have an open-air hot spring bathroom.
*The dinner and breakfast in Susukinohara Ichinoyu and comes with "all-you can drink."

Hotel Vista Premio Kyoto

Hotel Vista Premio Kyoto

The hotel is a 5-minute walk from Municipal Subway "Kyoto City Hall" station, Hankyu Railway "Kawaramachi" Station, Keihan Train "Keihan Sanjo" Station. It is located in the west of Kawaramachi which is the center of bustling Kyoto.
Guest rooms are popular among customers of a wide range of nationality. Based on Western-style rooms, Kyoto's traditional culture such as Yukimi Shoji and Japanese style lighting has been incorporated.
The breakfast offers more than 25 kinds of buffet menu "Farm Restaurant Moku Moku".

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel

For Your comfort

Television (regular channels), telephone, hot water pump pot, refrigerator,hair dryer, bidet, safe deposit box, Laundry service

For Your convenience

Tea set (japanese green tea), coffee set, slippers, bath towels, face towels,hand towels, bar soap, liquid soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush set,razor, shaving cream, shower cap, comb, cotton swabs, cosmetic cotton, nightwear (yukata)

Matsumoto Kagetsu Hotel

Matsumoto Kagetsu Hotel

The otherworldly beauty of the Mingei spirit.
Born as an inevitable product of the culture
out of nature and tradition.
The name has been cultivated and polished
by the passing of time and accumulation of history.
There within lies the essence of beauty.
Though plain and simple, it is natural and
familiar like water,
and thus comfortable and familiar.
Time spent in a natural present state.
Matsumoto Hotel Kagetsu,
a rustic hotel for everyday use.

Buena Vista Matsumoto

Buena Vista Matsumoto

Only in the hotel Buena Vista gastronomic can experience the amazing views of a ridge line of the Northern Alps from this hotel nestled in the mountain resort
landmark of Shinshu Matsumoto. A beautiful interior that reflects the image of the nature of Matsumoto. Intimate moments of relaxation in a good space with great hospitality.

Hidatei Hanaougi

Hidatei Hanaougi

It is said that Jindai keyaki (Japanese Zelkova tree) has been buried in the ground for thousands of years due to Mount Chokai's volcanic eruption.
Many pieces of this precious Jindai keyaki have been used in the Hanaougi interior features, creating a warm and substantial environment.
If you notice a nostalgic scent, it may be coming from these ancient timbers.

Shiba Park Hotel

Shiba Park Hotel

The Shiba Park Hotel was established in 1948 in a quiet neighborhood of Shibadaimon area, close to the Tokyo Tower, an iconic landmark of Tokyo, and Zojoji Temple, the Tokugawa family’s temple.

We want our guests to feel “relaxed as if they were at home”, even in the midst of a trip in Tokyo.
The Shiba Park Hotel will always welcome guests from around the world with the philosophy “Endeavor to be the professional of Omotenashi” in mind.

Shiba Park Hotel

Shiba Park Hotel

The Shiba Park Hotel was established in 1948 in a quiet neighborhood of Shibadaimon area, close to the Tokyo Tower, an iconic landmark of Tokyo, and Zojoji Temple, the Tokugawa family’s temple.

We want our guests to feel “relaxed as if they were at home”, even in the midst of a trip in Tokyo.
The Shiba Park Hotel will always welcome guests from around the world with the philosophy “Endeavor to be the professional of Omotenashi” in mind.

Park Hotel Tokyo

Park Hotel Tokyo

The beauty of Japanese aesthetics has been nurtured by enjoying it with nature. Park Hotel Tokyo is a place where you can enjoy the ever changing seasons ART = Space (Atrium) food (Restaurant) travel. It is a special time to feel the art starting from the moment you set foot here. We offer a variety of hospitality to allow guests to feel relaxed and enjoy their stay.

Park Hotel Tokyo

Park Hotel Tokyo

The beauty of Japanese aesthetics has been nurtured by enjoying it with nature. Park Hotel Tokyo is a place where you can enjoy the ever changing seasons ART = Space (Atrium) food (Restaurant) travel. It is a special time to feel the art starting from the moment you set foot here. We offer a variety of hospitality to allow guests to feel relaxed and enjoy their stay.

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

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