Essential Highlights of Japan
5 nights 6 days
A perfect way to discover the most visited locations in Japan when you only have a limited amount of time in this truly unique country. Of course there is so much more we would like to introduce you to, but are sure you will be most impressed with what you can experience and learn on this tour. It is a one way tour taking you from Tokyo to Osaka, with the major site included in between. If you return flight is from Tokyo, you may need an extra day in Japan, or we can tailor make the contents to keep the length to 6 days.
Welcome to Tokyo & Japan! At the Airport you will be met by your English Speaking Guide and together you will transfer to your first night's accommodation. After check in is complete, the remainder of the day is at your leisure. Depending on your occassion, maybe a Dinner at a High Rise restaurant with Tokyo Night views is on the cards. (Accommodation : Tokyo)
Explore Tokyo with your personalized English Guide. Sights include Meiji Shinto Shrine, the Imperial Palace East Garden and ends in the upmarket Ginza district. Free time can be arranged on this day also, leaving you to venture to that particular location you have researched before coming to Japan (Eg: Akihabara, Shinjuku or even Shibuya, etc). (Accommodation : Tokyo)
Travel to Mount Fuji and Hakone. Visit the Fuji Visitor Centre, with fabulous views of Mount Fuji from the observation deck, and Mount Fuji 5th station, located 2,305 metres above sea level! After lunch, travel to Lake Ashi and enjoy a cruise with amazing views of the mountain you just visited. Your accommodation can be at a Traditional Japanese Inn, where you can soak in an Onsen Bath. (Accommodation : Hakone)
From Hakone, your will be treated to a Bullet Train ride to the former Capitol of Japan, Kyoto. Kyoto is the most visited location in Japan, and you will realize why, once you arrive. In the afternoon sightseeing tour of Kyoto will include a visit to the Kiyomizu Temple and Yasaka Shrine. Also vists the famous Gion area with its geisha quarters and tea houses. (Accommodation : Kyoto)
Only one hour from Kyoto is another cultural center of Japan, Nara. Nara boasts The Kodaiji Temple, Kofukuji Temple and Nara Deer Park. During the day the deer roam free in the park, and Todaiji houses the biggest bronze Buddha statue in Japan. (Accommodation : Kyoto)
Kyoto is Japan's former capital and a living museum for Japan's ancient traditions making it one of the world's most culturally rich cities. You have the day at leisure to further explore this fascinating city. Or if you wanted to visit a different city, Osaka or Himeji Castle is around an hour away. If your flight is an evening one, you will be escorted to the Airport or if your flight is in the following morning, spend another night in Kyoto.
Experience Japan arranged a trip to Japan for my three teenage children and me. It was the trip of a lifetime. Our coordinator, Amandine, was fantastic. Sh made excellent suggestions and arranged special outings for us that made the trip unforgettable. I was impressed with the value I received, with the guides, and especially with how well-organized and efficient the Experience Japan team was. If I had attempted to plan a trip like this on my own it would have been incredibly difficult and stressful. Experience Japan, with their excellent guides, carefully planned transportation arrangements, and meticulous attention to detail, allowed us to have a stress-free, thrilling adventure. My children and I got to experience a whole new land and culture, and it has been a life-changing experience. We WILL go back to Japan, and we WILL use Experience Japan again! I recommend them wholeheartedly. A private sushi-making lesson with a Master Sushi Chef. A stay in a traditional Ryokan in Hakone, with traditional lodging and hot spring mineral baths. Petting an owl in an Owl Cafe in Electric Town, Tokyo. Castles, temples, shrines, gardens...I can't even begin to list all the wonders we saw. Allow at least two weeks. We only had nine days, and there was so much more to see. But we'll just have to go back.... READ MORE