9 Days / 8 Nights
In 9 days, experience the glamour and excitement of Toyko, the wonder of Mount Fuji and the serene, sacred city of Kyoto. A visit to Japan is even more magical when the Cherry Blossoms are in bloom.
Day 1 - Arrive Tokyo
Arrive at New Tokyo International Airport (Narita Airport). You are welcomed and transferred by airport limousine bus to your hotel.
Day 2- Tokyo Sightseeing
This morning make your way to Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal for your tour of Tokyo. Enjoy your Seat in Coach (SIC) tour of Tokyo. The tour includes a visit to the Tokyo Tower with its over 490 ft high Observatory and you will experience a Tea Ceremony. After lunch visit the Imperial Palace Plaza, drive through the Ginza, see the Senso-Ji Temple, the Nakamise shopping arcade and cruise up the Sumida River. The tour disbands at Tokyo Station. (B)
Day 3 - Mt. Fuji & Hakone Excursion
Please make your way to the pickup spot. Travel this morning by deluxe Coach to Mt. Fuji. Drive halfway up Japan’s highest mountain to enjoy a spectacular view from a height of 7,500 feet. Following lunch, you will be transferred to Hakone. Enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Ashi and ride the Mt. Komagatake Ropeway (may be omitted due to traffic conditions). The tour disbands at Tokyo Station. (BL)
Note: If driveway up to Mt.Fuji’s 5th station is closed in winter due to heavy snow, a tour of Fujiyama Museum would be provided instead.
Day 4- Tsukiji Fish Market* / Kyoto
This morning make your way to Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal for your excursion to Tsukiji Market. The largest marketplace in Japan, Tsukiji is busy and bustling even before the sun comes up. You will stop by at several places at the market. After the visit to the Tsukji Fish market, you will be escorted to the sushi restaurant. Here, try your hand at sushi-making using seasonal seafood ingredients. This fun workshop is led by a sushi chef.
Afternoon transfer to Tokyo Station and depart for Kyoto by bullet train. On arrival in Kyoto you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
*The Tsukiji Fish Market tour is applicable for the tours arriving in Tokyo on Sun, Mon and Tue only. This option is not applicable when Tsukiji Fish Market is closed.
Day 5- Kyoto Sightseeing / Nara Excursion
In the morning, enjoy your tour of Kyoto, visiting the Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace. In the afternoon, proceed to Nara and visit Todaiji Temple housing the Great Buddha, the colorful Kasuga Shrine with 3,000 lanterns and Deer Park.
Day 6 - Cherry Blossom Viewing
After breakfast, embark on a private Cherry Blossom viewing tour in Kyoto. The guide will take you to the main spots in Kyoto Kiyomizu Temple (Kyoto) and Maruyama Park (Kyoto). These are the famous spots for viewing the Cherry Blossoms in full bloom.
In the afternoon, enjoy a lesson on how to wear a Kimono.
Day 7 - Half Day Kyoto Tour: Fushimi Inari & Sake Tasting Tour** - Osaka
After breakfast & check-out, transfer to the SIC tour pick-up spot on your own & proceed on the day’s tour. Visit Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum and Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Your tour ends at Kyoto station. From here, return to your hotel & take your luggage on your own.
Transfer to Osaka by local train. After hotel check in, the rest of day is at your leisure. Transfers in Kyoto and Osaka to and from the train station are on own expense.
Day 8 - Half-Day: Osaka Afternoon Walking Tour
After breakfast, make your way to the SIC tour pick-up spot on your own. Tour includes a visit to Osaka Castle, viewing the Cherry blossom in the park and Aqua Liner Cruising. Tour ends at Osaka station, return to your hotel on your own.
Day 9 - Depart Osaka
After breakfast & check-out, transfer to the airport by limousine bus.