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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, it’s easy to see why so many travelers return after visiting for the first time. From the heart of bustling Tokyo, to Matsumoto (the gateway of the Japan Alps) where you’ll learn how to make soba noodles by hand, exploring ancient shrines in Takayama, visiting Kinkakuji Temple and Nishiki Market in Kyoto, and marveling at breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji in Hakone, this is the train vacation of a lifetime. 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
  • Discover gardens, temples, shrines in ancient Kyoto
  • Travel onboard the iconic Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train to Hakone
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji in Hakone

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Japan Rail Pass
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast and lunch in Tokyo
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast and dinner in Matsumoto
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Takayama
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kyoto
  • 1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Hakone
  • Sightseeing city tour in Tokyo
  • Soba noodle cooking class in Matsumoto
  • Cooking class in Kyoto
  • Sightseeing city tour in Kyoto
  • Airport transfers
  • 15 meals (11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners)
Trip Map

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.

DAY 1 – TOKYO
Welcome to Japan’s bustling, vibrant capital of Tokyo! This is a place where ancient traditions and modern trends intertwine. 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. Relax along the Sumida River onboard a water bus and take in amazing views of the city, as well as the Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Skytree. Then, visit the beautiful Hamarikyu Garden, where you can step back into the Edo-period. The gardens are located on the edge of Tokyo Bay and built around a lovely pond. At the teahouse, you can enjoy a cup of matcha tea while admiring the surrounding landscape. Your last stop is the Meiji Shrine. This Shinto shrine is a quaint oasis in the heart of Tokyo. Walk along a misty trail through evergreen trees to the shrine, as well as check out the Inner and Outer Gardens. 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, 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. Visit the Kusakabe Folk Museum, Karakuri Museum, and Hida Folk Village. (Overnight in Takayama) B

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

DAY 7 – TAKAYAMA TO KYOTO
Travel to Kyoto. Spend the rest of the day getting to know the city on your own. Visit the Kifune Shrine, Fushimi Inari Shrine, and the Ginkakuji Temple. This evening, enjoy a four-hour cooking class to learn how to make Japanese dishes, which you get to enjoy for dinner. (Overnight in Kyoto) B, 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, stop by the Sanjusangendo temple, Japan’s longest wooden structure. Speak to a Rail Expert about the option to upgrade your tour to experience these landmarks by private car. (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. (Overnight in Hakone) B, D

DAY 10 – HAKONE TO TOKYO
Take the Romancecar from 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, D -DINNER

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.

Takayama Ouan

Takayama Ouan

Won a Trip Advisor award in 2014.
5 minutes on foot from JR Takayama Station. Only 7 minutes on foot to popular sightseeing attactions of Takayama, including the old town district, Takayama Jinya (former government outpost) and the Miyagawa Morning Market.

Traditional Japanese interior design with tatami flooring throughout the hotel building.
Ramen is served free of charge from 22:30 to 23:30.
Massage service is available at the hotel beauty salon for a charge (reservation required in advance).

Hotel comes complete with a roof-top open-air natural hot spring, reservable family bath and a sauna at the large communal bath area.
Free Internet (LAN cable) available at guest rooms. Free WiFi at the hotel lobby. The tatami- flooring guest rooms equip a Western-style bed, cable TV, refrigerator, tea pot and a private bath (with shower and bath amenities).

Breakfast is usually offered as a buffet style.

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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