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.
A trip to Japan was #1 on our bucket list. As my wife noted on the flight back, the trip as arranged by Scott Kent at Experience Japan Travel, met and surpasse our highest expectations. It was fantastic from start to finish! Scott listened to what we wanted, in all the diversity of types of things we wished to do, and he delivered. He met us for an incredible experience at a Buddhist temple in Kyoto, and much to our surprise, met us again when our bullet train arrived in Osaka, where he escorted us to our hotel and then to a fun and tasty local restaurant for lunch. The hotels, inns and ryokan were each in their own ways, wonderful. As travelers to Japan we had the extra complexity that my wife does not eat any seafood, shellfish or otherwise, and Scott made certain everywhere we were booked, breakfasts and arranged dinners, met her needs. Most of all, the people that guided us, including Scott, were lovely and insightful. If we could give more than five stars, we would. So many things. The diversity of experiences was one of the most memorable things. The people were wonderful, including our guides and Scott Kent who we met up with on a couple of different occasions. One of those occasions was a phenomenal experience at a Buddhist temple in Kyoto arranged by Scott. Another was our visit to Naoshima with a wonderful guide, Nobu, and our stay on the island at the Benessee House Hotel. Yet another was the visit to Hiroshima with a lovely and very thoughtful guide, Mitchiko, whose husband was a survivor of the atomic bomb blast, and our visit to the Peace Museum. I could go on and on about wonderful and beautiful sites, both old and modern, about stays at wonderful hotels and inns, both traditional and Western, and with stories of people who go out of their way to be courteous and helpful and take incredible pride in what they do and create. This was a great experience. We stayed for 17 days and would have been happy staying another 17.... READ MORE