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14 Day Complete Experience Tour - Start from Tokyo



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Mt Fuji with Tea Plantation
Single package: $3,530.00pp~
Twin package: $2,860.00pp~
Triple package: $2,520.00pp~



Package includes:

- 14 Day Japan Rail Pass Ordinary

- JPY 1,500 Pasmo Card for use on the non JR trains in Tokyo

- Tokyo Morning Tour

- Kyoto 'Sunrise' Morning Tour

- 4 nights at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel - Tokyo

- 2 nights at the Palace Hotel inc b/fast - Hakone

- 2 nights at the Hida Hotel Plaza inc b/fast - Takayama

- 2 nights at the Hotel Granvia - Hiroshima

- 3 nights at the New Miyako Hotel - Kyoto




Day 1

Day 1: Arrive in Tokyo

Japanese Green Tea
Welcome to Japan. Upon arrival at Narita International Airport, clear customs with your luggage and exit to the Arrivals Lobby.

Activate your 14 Day Japan Rail Pass at the Japan Rail Travel Service Centre (open 6:30am-9:45pm) located in Terminal 1 & 2. From the airport board the JR Narita Limited Express train to Shinagawa Station. (80 min)

Your accommodation at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel is a one minute walk west of JR Shinagawa Station. The Shinagawa is the ideal place to stay in Tokyo for its convenient location and access to a wide range of restaurants and shops.

Stay: Shinagawa Prince Hotel 1/4

Day 2

Day 2: Tokyo

Imperial Palace, Tokyo
This morning you will be collected from the Shinagawa Prince Hotel at 07:50am for your Tokyo Morning Tour operated by Japan Holiday Tours. Your tour will disband in the Ginza shopping district at approximately 1:00pm. You will be guided by an English-speaking Japanese local and transported by coach to the following sites:

Tokyo Tower - Enjoy a panoramic view of the famous Tokyo skyline from the main observation platform;

Meiji Shrine - The finest example of Japanese shrine architecture nestled in a peaceful, picturesque park containing over 120,000 trees;

Imperial Palace East Garden - Enjoy a pleasant walk in the East Garden of the Imperial Palace, of historical interest and scenic beauty. (Mon. & Fri. Visit Imperial Palace Plaza, Double Bridge, instead of East Garden) Visit the inner moat, 15-feet thick walls and gnarled pine trees surrounding the 250-acre fortress, home of the Emperor and Empress);

The tour disbands in the Ginza shopping district. Take time to explore the Ginza's famous upmarket shopping, numerous department stores and wide range of boutiques, galleries and dining. The basement of any Japanese department store is home to an incredible food court where foods are expertly prepared and presented for sale.

Post tour, using your Pasmo Card board a subway to Tokyo Station and then board a local train to Akihabara Station. To most foreign visitors Akihabara is known as "Electric City" due to hundreds of electronic stores found in this district. In recent years Akihabara has become home to a number of shops specialising in Japanese animation "Anime and Manga" which is growing increasingly popular around the world.

Next travel two stops north of Akihabara to Ueno Station and visit the Ameyoko Ueno Markets. There are over 500 shops that sell everything from basic foods to high-class imported goods at reasonable prices and is always crowded with local shoppers.

In the evening return to Shinagawa Station using the Yamanote Line.

Stay: Shinagawa Prince Hotel - 2/4


Day 3

Day 3: Tokyo - Kamakura - Tokyo

Great Buddah, Kamakura
Take a day trip to the seaside town called Kamakura. Located just 45 minutes from Shinagawa Station on the Yokosuka Line, Kamakura is one of Japan's most popular sightseeing destinations, famous for a number of temples, shrines and beautiful Japanese gardens.

Surrounded by wooded mountains on three sides and Sagami Bay on the south, Kamakura was once the capital of Japan from 1192 to 1333.

Many of the wonderful sites in Kamakura are within walking distance of Kamakura Station, so one can easily spend the day exploring the many temples, shrines, parks and gardens. Some of the sites you might like to visit include:

The Great Buddha, this giant bronze statue of Buddha stands at 13.35m tall and is the second largest in Japan. The Buddha once was housed inside a temple, but late in the 15th century, a large tsunami washed away the wooden structure and the Buddha has remained outside ever since.

Komachi-dori St, leading out from Kamakura Station, this strip of shops has many great places to buy souvenirs and a number of good places to buy some snacks from nuts and crackers, to cute little cakes and sweets.

Hasedera Temple, situated high on a hill, the main temple has a fine view of the coastal city. The temple is home to a wooden statue of Kannon, the 11-headed goddess of mercy that stands at 9m high.

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, This iconic Shinto shrine is Kamakura's geographical and cultural centre and attracts many visitors with its beautiful peony gardens and two museums, the Museum of Modern Art and the Kamakura Museum of National Treasures.

Hokoku-ji Temple, this Zen temple is a must-see attraction in Kamakura. Behind the temple is a magnificent bamboo garden which is tranquil escape. Towards the back of the bamboo garden is a small tea house where you can enjoy a special cup of green tea while taking in the beauty of the serene surroundings.

Return to Tokyo in the late afternoon.

Stay: Shinagawa Prince Hotel - 4/4

Day 4

Day 4: Tokyo

Tokyo
Today is a free day for sightseing and shopping.

Tokyo has a number of famous theme parks, the most famous are Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Sea. For those who are still young a heart, a day to enjoy the rides and shows can be a wonderful experience. The night parade and fireworks come nightfall is worth the wait.

Other ideas include taking a day trip to Odaiba - a huge amusement zone where you can enjoy shopping, delicious food, entertainment, and a view of Tokyo Bay simintaniously.

From JR Shinagawa Station board a JR Yamanote Line local train three stations north to JR Shimbashi Station. At Shimbashi Station, using your Suica Card, board the Yurikamome Line unmanned monorail across the 918 metre span Rainbow Bridge to Daiba Station (14 min).

Odaiba was built on reclaimed land in the Tokyo Bay in the southeast of Tokyo. This ultra-modern island is home to the Fuji TV Studio, Toyota Motor Company Showcase, Palette Town, Giant Ferris wheel, Venus Fort Shopping Complex for ladies modelled on an 18th Century European city, the Museum of Maritime Science, Odaiba Marine Park, and the MegaWeb Sega Game Centre. A visit to the Oedo Onsen Monogatari volcanic hot spring is an excellent way to soak away the stresses of exhilarating travel. Luxuriate in open air, foot, sand and steam baths, tatami rooms and massage salons. The hot water spouts up naturally from 1400 meters below the surface. (JPY 2,700 adult - tatoos must be covered).

Later in the day, return to Shimbashi Station and board the Yamanote Line local train to Shinjuku Station the largest and busiest train station in Japan. From the West Exit walk 10 minutes through the high-rise business district to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Building to view the city skyline which is best seen at night. (9:30am-10:30pm / free entry).

Stay: Shinagawa Prince Hotel - 4/4

Day 5

Day 5: Tokyo - Hakone / Mt Fuji

Lake Ashi, Hakone
Check out of the Shinagwa Prince Hotel and from Shinagawa Station board a Kodama bullet train to JR Odawara Station (30 min).

At Odawara Station purchase a 3 Day Hakone Free Pass which entitles the holder to 3 days of unlimited travel on a variety of local transport including the unique mountain railway, bus, cable car, ropeway and cruise boat. Use your pass to gain entry and discounts at the region's many hot springs, museums, galleries, gardens, temples and shrines.

From Odawara Station board the Hakone Tozan for Togendai (via Hakone-Yumoto) and get off at Palace Hotel Hakone Mae (50 min). Your hotel has a volcanic outdoor onsen (hot spring) A perfect way to relax after a busy travel schedule.

Hakone is Wedged between Mount Fuji and lzu Peninsula, encircled by forested mountains and deep ravines, extraordinary views (weather permitting) of Mount Fuji and the Japan Alps can be seen.

Spend the remainder of the day exploring the many sights of this beautiful resort town.

Stay: Palace Hotel Hakone - 1/2


Day 6

Day 6: Hakone / Mt. Fuji

Mt Fuji
Using your Hakone Free Pass and the provided tourist maps & brochures explore some of the many sites of the Hakone region, including:

Lake Ashi: The 400,000 year-old volcanic crater lake that never freezes! Ashiko is a popular place for fishing, boating and water sports. Use your Hakone Pass to cruise the lake by pirate ship. On a clear day Mt. Fuji and its inverted reflection can be seen on the lake.

Owakudani (Greater Boiling Valley): Accessible by ropeway this entire gorge reeks of sulphurous fumes, spewing clouds of steam from crevasses among bubbling hot springs.

Ancient Cedar Avenue: Enjoy a leisurely stroll along this superb 2km flora-lined winding passage; once the pathway to Tokyo.

Stay: Palace Hotel Hakone - 2/2


Day 7

Day 7: Hakone - Hida Takayama

Takayama
Check out of the Palace Hotel and return to Odawarra Station by bus. (50 min) From Odawara Station board a bullet train to JR Nagoya Station. (2 hrs) Change trains within Nagoya Station and then board the Limited Express (Wide View) Hida train to JR Takayama Station (2 hrs 20 min). This magnificent train journey through the Japanese Alps is often compared to the Alps of Europe. It may well be one of the highlights of your trip to Japan.

Takayama is a traditional medieval town located in the mountains of Gifu Prefecture. Your accommodation in Takayama is at the Hida Hotel Plaza which is a 5 minute walk from the station. Make sure you try their rooftop, open air - Japanese style onsen bath. Relax and bathe with a breathtaking view of the magnificent surrounding mountains in the distance.

In the afternoon, take time to stroll around this historic town which contains a number of small museums to explore. Many are devoted to traditional crafts embodying the town's long standing tradition of the fine craftsmanship. It is possible to walk across the centre of Hida Takayama in about 20 minutes.

For dinner tonight you may like to find a restaurant which serves the locally produced Hida beef which is delicious in sukiyaki or grilled on a hot plate.

Stay: Hida Hotel Plaza - 1/2


Day 8

Day 8: Hida Takayama - Shirakawago - Hida Takayama

Takayama Morning Market
Make sure you visit the Jinya Mae and Miyagawa "morning markets". Located on the banks of the Miyagawa River, these markets are open daily from 7am to 12 noon. Here you will find local farmers selling fresh produce and flowers. Local souvenirs, crafts and snacks are also available for purchase.

Return to JR Takayama Station and take a day trip to Shirakawago Village. Purchase a ticket from the Takayama Bus terminal in front of Takayama train station. (JPY 4,300 return) Board the Nohi Bus to Shirakawago Village. (50 min one way) Shirakawago is a small historic village in Northern Gifu. This areas is famous for its old farm houses which have been built with traditional thatched roofing "gassho zukkuri". Ogimachi within Shirakawago Village has been registered as a Unesco World Heritage site with over 100 gassho zukkuri structures spread across a lovely mountain valley. Enjoy the atmosphere and scenery of this unique mountain village contained within in a beautiful mountain setting. Return to Takayama in the late afternoon.

Stay: Hida Hotel Plaza - 2/2


Day 9

Day 9: Hida Takayama - Hiroshima

Hiroshima Castle
Check out and board the Limited Express Hida train from JR Takayama Station to JR Nagoya Station (2.5 hrs). Change trains within the station and board a bullet train to Hiroshima.(3 hrs) You may need to swap trains at Shin Osaka on the way.

From JR Hiroshima Station your accommodation at the Hotel Granvia Hiroshima is a 2 minute walk.

Hiroshima was a city left in ashes after the Atomic bomb was dropped. Hiroshima has made a remarkable recovery and has been rebuilt as a modern thriving city. The area which felt the full force of the bomb has been transformed into a Peace Memorial Park with gardens of great beauty and nearly forty memorials to the victims of the atomic explosion. Hiroshima is now known as the "International City of Peace" dedicated to a total ban on the use of Atomic weapons. A visit to the Peace Memorial Park should be included in every Hiroshima itinerary. To visit the Park, board a tram in front of Hiroshima Station and get off at Genbaku Domu-Mae (Atomic Bomb Dome) stop (cost 150 yen - 15 min.).

Using your tour map, visit a number of exhibits including the Atomic Bomb Dome: Positioned below the epicentre, this skeleton of melted steel and concrete has been left as it was after the bomb was dropped. It stands as a stark reminder of the city's August 6, 1945 bombing

The highlight of the Park is the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. This state of the art museum focuses on Hiroshima both before and after the explosion. It also tells the story of Hiroshima's rapid rebuild into the beautiful city it is today.

On the way back to station, make sure you visit Hiroshima Castle. This castle was first built in 1589 until its destruction in 1945. Having been rebuilt in all its glory, it is now used to exhibit historic artefacts from Japan's feudal past.

Stay: Hotel Granvia Hiroshima - 1/2

Day 10

Day 10: Hiroshima

Miyajima Island
Enjoy a day of exploration upon the sacred earth of Miyajima Island (Shrine Island).

From Hiroshima Station board the JR Sanyo Line to Miyajimaguchi Station (26 min). Using your Japan Rail Passes board the JR Ferry to Miyajima Island.

The entire 30 sq. km. island is designated by the Japanese government as a Special Historic Site and Special Place of Scenic Beauty. The must see Itsukushima Shrine, built in the sixth century, is dedicated to the maritime guardian goddesses. The shrine buildings are connected by corridors which stretch out over the water giving it the appearance of floating on the sea at high tide. The giant red wooden O-Torii (Grand Gate) is the most noted symbol of Miyajima.

Be sure to take the 1.7km ropeway (JPY1800 round trip) to Mount Misen's summit to absorb one of the three most spectacular panoramic views in Japan. Keep your eye on the summit's mischievous monkeys before descending on a peaceful walk through the ancient forest.

Return to Hiroshima early evening to feast upon the city's popular delicacy Okonomiyaki - a savoury layered noodle pancake which is cooked on an iron hotplate at your table. The locals are very proud of their contribution to Japanese cuisine!

Stay: Hotel Granvia Hiroshima - 2/2

Day 11

Day 11: Hiroshima - Kyoto

Kiyomizu Temple
Check out of the Hotel Granvia Hiroshima and board a bullet train to Kyoto Station. (2hrs) You may need to swap trains at Shin Osaka on the way.

Your accommodation at the New Miyako Hotel is a 2 minute walk from Kyoto Station.

After check in, take time to explore the Sky Plaza Observation Deck on top of Kyoto Station for a free panoramic view of the surrounding area of Kyoto. This modern station also contains a large shopping mall, department store, specialty shops and restaurants.

Stay: New Miyako Hotel - 1/3

Day 12

Day 12: Kyoto

Kinkakuji Temple
Commence your exploration of the ancient city of Kyoto. At 08:45am, you will be collected from your hotel's lobby to join the Kyoto Morning Tour operated by Sunrise Tours. Your English-speaking local guide will take you by bus to Nijo Castle, the Golden Pavilion, and the Kyoto Imperial Palace (on Sat., Sun. & national holidays, visit Higashi Honganji Temple instead). The tour will disband at the Kyoto Handicraft Centre. This is an excellent place to purchase authentic Japanese arts and crafts at affordable prices. (The centre offers courtesy vehicle services to major hotels in Kyoto and a likely return time being around 1:30pm).

Return to Kyoto Station by courtesy bus. In the afternoon board a local bus from Kyoto Station to the base of Kiyomizu Temple. Walk up this attractive winding road lined with many colourful souvenir and craft shops. Kiyomizu Dera is famous for its giant wooden stage overlooking panoramic views of Kyoto and its main hall is constructed entirely of wood and supported by huge columns and beams without the use of a single nail, screw or bolt.

In the evening board a subway two stops to Shijo Station and walk to Gion, Kyoto's famous entertainment district which is open until late at night. Gion is the one place in Japan where you may see Maiko or Geisha scampering between appointments. As darkness falls watch the traditional lanterns gradually come to life and you wander down tiny alleys housing a variety of restuarants offering tempting cuisine.

Stay: New Miyako Hotel - 2/3

Day 13

Day 13: Kyoto - Nara - Kyoto

Todaiji Temple
A full day of sightseeing awaits you in Nara. Here, you can find peace of mind and natural beauty as you uncover the many treasures of Japan's former capital (710-784AD).

From JR Kyoto Station board a JR Nara Line limited express train for Nara (45 min). All sightseeing is within comfortable walking distance of Nara Station. From the station through the town towards Nara Park.

Should the weather be kind you may like to have your lunch in the picturesque Nara Park amongst the many tame deer which roam the area. At the end of the park is the impressive World Heritage listed cultural assets Todaiji Temple - the world's largest wooden building housing the Giant Buddha that soars 16 metres in height. Return to Nara Station via Nara-machi, an old precinct full of traditional houses, shops and tearooms in calm and pleasant surroundings, giving an excellent contrast to the great temples and old burial mounds.

Stay: New Miyako Hotel - 3/3

Day 14

Day 14: Kyoto - Airport

Bullet train
Check out of the New Miyako Hotel and leave your luggage in storage at the porter's desk for your later return.

Spend your last morning in Kyoto completing any final sightseeing or shopping.

For those departing from Tokyo, board a bullet train from Kyoto to Tokyo Station. (3 hrs) Within Tokyo Station board the Narita Express Train to Narita Airport. (70 min)

For those departing from Osaka, board the Haruka train from Kyoto Staiton to Kansai International Airport (80min).



*Please note all airport trains must be reserved in advance.

Be sure to check in for your scheduled flight at least 2 hours prior to its departure.



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