Arrive at the airport in Tokyo where you will then be transferred to your hotel ahead of time exploring the busy Japanese capital city.
- Shiba Park Hotel, or similar
Your first full day in the capital will be spent taking part in a tour taking in many of the major sights, and includes a cruise on the Sumida River, a visit to the Asakusa Kannon Temple and the Nakamise Shops – plus a Japanese lunch. The following day is free at leisure to explore the vast city and with so much to see or do in the vast metropolis, your best option in the time available could be to simply wander through the bustling streets to take in the atmosphere and see Tokyo life going on around you.
- Shiba Park Hotel (Day 2: L), or similar
Head away from Tokyo and travel to the majestic location of Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan and one of the locations for which it is best known. Travelling as high as the fifth station of the mountain, which is as far as paved roads go, you’ll be able to take in the stunning sights below and –weather permitting – will be able to gaze as far as the Pacific Ocean. You’ll then enjoy a cable car ride in the Hakone National Park and visit the volcanic valley at Owakudani before the day ends with a cruise on Lake Ashi.
- Prince Hakone, or similar (L)
Having transferred to the JR Odawara station, you’ll board Japan’s world famous Bullet Train to travel to Nagoya, before changing service for the trip to Takayama. On arrival, you’ll set out on a walking tour that will include a visit to the Yatai Kaikan stores to see some of the large ornate floats that are used every year in Takayama’s two festivals. You can also explore the Kusakabe Folk Museum, and pay a visit to the historic Kami Sannomachi Town.
- Hida Hotel Plaza, or similar
After a visit to the morning market, you’ll leave Takayama to head for Shirakawago, where you’ll visit the local observatory to admire the views of the surrounding area. After an opportunity to explore the Wada Residence, your journey will continue to Kanazawa for the overnight stay.
- Hotel Nikko Kanazawa, or similar
Enjoy a walk in the Kenrokuen Garden, one of the three great gardens of Japan, before visiting the Kutaniyaki Pottery Kiln and Samurai House on a half day tour exploring the sights that are to be found in Kanazawa. You’ll then head towards the city of Kyoto, which is famous all over the world for its huge array of temples and shrines.
- New Miyako Hotel - South Wing, or similar
With well over a thousand temples to be found in Kyoto and the surrounding area, you’ll spend the day visiting some of the most famous and well known, with trips to the Kiyomizu Temple, Kodaiji Temple, Yasaka Shrine and Gion District, Todaji Temple and Kasuga Shrine. You’ll also have chance to take a walk in Nara Park before returning to your hotel for the evening.
- New Miyako Hotel - South Wing, or similar (L)
After free time to explore Kyoto, you’ll board the Bullet Train for the return to Tokyo. Once there, you’ll change to the Narita Express to head for the airport and your return flight home.
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