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Tokyo & Beyond - 8 Days


Explore the varied landscape of the Kanto region on this Tokyo and Beyond tour. Commence your expedition in Tokyo, the capital of Japan. Experience both the old and the new sides as you sample cuisine and immerse in local traditions. Visit awe inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Sites as we make our way through Nikko and discover the wonderment of Mt Fuji.


Day 1 - Arrival in Tokyo


Upon your arrival at Tokyo Airport, one of our representatives will meet you and assist you with boarding the right train or shared shuttle bus to your hotel.

The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight in Tokyo

Distance and journey time:

Narita International Airport (NRT) to Tokyo City (95km): approx. 90mins

Haneda International Airport (HND) to Tokyo City (25km): approx. 50mins


Day 2 - Tokyo (B)


This morning your guide will meet you at your hotel to take you to a full day of sightseeing in Tokyo, utilizing the city’s efficient train system.

The day will begin with a stroll through Hama-Rikyu Teien, the former private garden of an Edo Period lord. Take a break in the tea house known as ‘Nakajima No Chaya’ which stands elegantly in the park’s lake. Here, you will have the chance to get a taste of matcha, or Japanese green tea.

You will then have the opportunity to see Tokyo from a different angle as you take the boat cruise along the Sumida River.

Next stop will be Asakusa, a part of Tokyo’s shitamachi, or old town. Asakusa is the city’s oldest Geisha district and also the home to Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple. The streets around Senso-ji feature many traditional shops that sell Japanese crafts and souvenirs and are a delight to wander through.

In the afternoon, head across Tokyo to Omotesando, commonly referred to as Tokyo’s Champs-Elysee. This broad, tree-lined avenue boasts a multitude of fashion flagship stores designed by internationally renowned architects.

Before the tour ends, take time to explore Meiji Shrine, which is Tokyo’s most famous shrine, dedicated to the spirit of the late Emperor Meiji.

Note: The order of this itinerary may change depending on the location of your hotel.

Overnight in Tokyo

Time:

Start (guided tour): 09:00

Duration: 8hrs

*including pick-up/drop-off and transfer times


Day 3 - Tokyo, Day Trip to Nikko (B)


Take the journey into the mountains of Nikko, another prefecture that holds a couple of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

A local guide will meet you upon your arrival at JR Nikko Station, and from there, you will be escorted to some of the famous places in Nikko that includes the following:

Toshogu Shrine Complex

The shrine which was built as a mausoleum for Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate who ruled Japan for over 250 years. This lavishly decorated shrine complex consists of more than a dozen Shinto and Buddhist buildings located in a beautiful forest setting.

Tamozawa Imperial Villa

This lovely villa once served as the summer house of the Imperial Family before WWII. You will see the intricate interior design of the house, with some parts transferred all the way from Tokyo. You will also have a chance to walk through the gardens and see the house from the outside. The beauty of the garden does not disappoint, for it remains breath-taking no matter the season.

Afterwards, your guide will escort you to the station, where you will catch the train back to Tokyo.

Note: Toshogu Shrine has been undergoing renovation since 2007, with the gate covered by scaffolding, however, since the shrine has a lot of buildings and carvings, it is still worth a visit. The renovation is expected to end on March 2019.

Overnight in Tokyo

Distance and journey time:

JR Tokyo Station to JR Nikko Station (157km): approx. 2hrs

Time:

Start (guided tour): before 11:00 at JR Nikko Sta.

Duration: 4hrs


Day 4 - Tokyo, Optional Day Trip to Kamakura (B)


Today is a self-guided day.

Suggested Self-Guide Itinerary:

Today is free for you to explore this amazing city – mix with the otaku (anime fans) and visit maid cafés in the electronics district of Akihabara, discover Tokyo’s world-class museums and art galleries in Ueno and Roppongi or get a glimpse of the future at Tokyo Bay’s Odaiba development.

Alternatively, if you need a break from Tokyo’s hectic pace, you can choose to make an excursion outside of Tokyo to the delightful seaside town of Kamakura. One of Japan’s former capitals, Kamakura is a home to many ancient temples and the Daibutsu, a giant bronze Buddha. Located just an hour by train from Tokyo, Tokyoites flock to the beaches here in the summertime.

Notes:

*The Giant Buddha will be covered by scaffolding from January 13, 2016 to March 10, 2016 due to regular inspection and maintenance.

**Return train tickets to Kamakura or to Nikko need to be arranged in advance at an additional cost.

Distance and journey time:

JR Tokyo Station to JR Kamakura Station (61km): approx. 53mins

Overnight in Tokyo


Day 5 - Tokyo - Hakone / Mt. Fuji (B,D)


Today is a self-guided day.

This morning you will take the train to go to Hakone, the gateway to Mt. Fuji and its surrounding national park. This small town is famous for its onsen, or natural hot springs, and has natural beauty in abundance.

In Hakone you will stay in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese-style accommodation complete with tatami mats, shoji rice paper sliding doors, and onsen baths.

In the evening, you can relax in your yukata or lightweight kimono while having your dinner of kaiseki ryori, a Japanese multi-course meal. After your meal, you can dip in the onsen before you bed down on your futon.

Overnight in Hakone

Distance and journey time:

Shinjuku Station to Hakone-Yumoto Station (89km): approx. 83mins *via Limited Express train


Day 6 - Hakone / Mt. Fuji (B,D)


Today is a self-guided day.

Suggested Self-Guide Itinerary:

Spend the whole day exploring Hakone with your included transport pass, which serves as your ticket to the numerous forms of transportation in the area.

You can take the Hakone Tozan switchback train that zigzags through the mountains and offers views of the surrounding valleys. Afterwards, you can ride the Guinness World Record-holder ropeway all the way up to Mt. Owakudani, passing over sulfurous fumes, hot springs, and hot rivers.

While on Mt. Owakudani, you can sample one of Hakone’s specialties, the kuro-tamago, which is an egg hard boiled in the sulfuric hot springs. They say that if you do, it will add seven years to your life!

From the mountain you can take the ropeway bound for Togendai, where you can ride a replica of a pirate ship that cruises along Ashinoko, a body of water that was formed after a volcanic eruption that occurred more than 3,000 years ago.

Aside from the diverse transportation system and a number of natural tourist spots, Hakone is also home to many museums and parks. One of these is the Hakone Open Air Museum that features a harmonic balance between nature and art by exhibiting various sculptures on its spacious grounds in combination with beautiful views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. It also features various indoor galleries such as the sizable Picasso Collection that displays some of his paintings, prints, sculptures, and ceramic creations.

Throughout the day, you might have a chance to get a glimpse of Mt. Fuji. However, please keep in mind that it needs to be a clear day for you to see her splendor.

Note: Mt. Owakudani has been temporarily closed due to volcanic activities.

Overnight in Hakone


Day 7 - Hakone - Tokyo (B)


Today is a self-guided day.

Take one last soak in the onsen before traveling back to Tokyo.

The rest of the day is at leisure – you can choose to further explore Tokyo, engage in a cultural experience or do some last-minute shopping in Shibuya, Shinjuku, Harajuku or in Ginza.

Note: Cultural activities in Tokyo depend on availability and must be booked in advance (supplementary charges apply).

Overnight in Tokyo


Day 8 - Departure from Tokyo (B)


The rest of the day is free at leisure until your scheduled transfer either by train or shared shuttle van back to Tokyo Airport.


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