- Accommodation at selected hotels with meals as mentioned in your final itinerary.
- Check-in time is 3.00PM and check-out time is 11.00AM. Early or late service is subject to availability with surcharge.
- Meals if mentioned in the final itinerary
- Transfers if mentioned in your final itinerary:
- Airport transfer (arrival and departure) in a shared van
- Public/Private transport on tour day
- Client Service Officer: provide self-guided clients with tour information
- Guide for half day or full day tour (English & other languages: German, Spanish, etc.)
- Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time
- Service charge and current government VAT tax
- JR Pass and/or Train Tickets
- Optional tour
- Please make sure you have 6 months passport validity.
- Early/late check in/out service at hotels (surcharge if request)
- Tips and gratuities
- Services and meals if not mentioned in itinerary
- All drinks, including water, soft drink and alcohol on all included or optional excursion
- Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
- Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
DAY 1: TOKYO ARRIVAL
Meet your assistant at Narita Airport and transfer your hotel on a shared coach. Relax at the hotel before walk out for dinner at Japanese-style restaurants in the nearby area. Or perhaps you can choose our optional tour: Dinner on a cruise by Sumida River.
DAY 2: TOKYO
Start off the day with visit to Tokyo sumo morning practice at a stable. We will then visit Sumo Museum, where a wide range of materials relating to the history of sumo wrestling are preserved. Journey to Tokyo Skytree for the city panoramic view and stop by a nearby Hello Kitty Store if time permits.
In the afternoon, We will visit magnificent Meiji Shrine, a Shinto shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji. The shrine is crowded in the first day of the year because of hatsumode (first prayers). For the rest of the year, if in luck, you may witness solemn procession of Shinto weddings. Continue the journey to Harajuku and Omotesando. Omotesando tree-lined avenue features a multitude of dazzling architecturally ambitious buildings. Visit the Kawaii Monster café to embrace the renowned Harajuku atmosphere.
DAY 3: TOKYO (DISNEYLAND)
The very first Disney theme park outside of United States - Tokyo Disneyland consists of seven themed lands, featuring seasonal adornments and flamboyant parades. We will organize you a Disneyland day pass and transportation. Welcome to Disney World!
DAY 4: TOKYO
Today, we will organize you a ticket to Ghibli Museum. This museum showcases the work of the world-famous Japanese animation studio - Studio Ghibli. Discover the magical world of My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, etc.
Afternoon, take a train to visit Railway Museum at Saitama. The museum exhibits and researches the wide range of materials relating to railways both inside and outside Japan. Large collection of formerly used train cars guarantee to satisfy visitors, from children to railway geeks.
DAY 5: NAGANO/MATSUMOTO
November to March: We will travel to Nagano Station. Upon arrival, take a public bus, which takes about 45 mins followed by a gentle walk of 30 mins to arrive at Jigokudani Monkey Park. Enjoy exclusive experience of seeing snow monkeys bathing in the park&;s natural hot spring.
April to October: We will journey to Matsumoto and discover the imposing Matsumoto castle. The castle is one of four castles designated as 'National Treasures of Japan' and the oldest castle donjon remaining in Japan. If time permits, you will join in soba making experience.
DAY 6: NAGANO/MATSUMOTO - KANAZAWA
Enjoy a delicious breakfast and head to Kanazawa. The town used to serve as home of second most powerful clan, Maeda Clan, during the Edo Period. Thereupon, Kanazawa has become the town of great cultural achievements, rivalling Tokyo and Kyoto. In the afternoon, journey to nation&;s most celebrated garden Kenrokuen, followed by the the slowly restored Kanazawa Castle.
Afterward, travel to the largest one of three regional well preserved chaya districts - Higashi Chaya. Chaya is an exclusive restaurant, where geishas perform song and dance to entertain patrons. Another signature of Kanazawa is gold leaf handicrafts - from accessories to clothing, housewares and even food.
DAY 7: KANAZAWA
Wake up to a yummy breakfast and join a craftsmanship experience: Make chopsticks with gold leaf. The remaining of the day is for sightseeing at Nagamachi, former living district of samurai. The district exhibits a historic atmosphere with remaining samurai residences, earthen walls, entrance gates, narrow lanes and water canals. Visit Nomura-ke, a samurai residence restored to golden era of samurai precedence. There are few other museums and restored structures that might interest you if time permits.
DAY 8: KYOTO
Prepare for your adventures to Kyoto with a hearty breakfast. Upon arrival, participate in calligraphy lesson for an insight into Japanese artistic writing. Later on, wander around Gion District, where you may get a glimpse of Geisha, admire beautifully preserved machiya houses along its side alleys. Dinner with Maiko is offered as an optional experience here.
DAY 9: KYOTO
Today starts with the sprawling, breath-taking Nijo Castle, followed by Ryoanji - the UNESCO World Heritage zen temple with famous rock garden. This unique garden has no plant, apart from little patches of moss around the stones. Afterward, visit Kinkakuji, the shining pavilion completely covered by gold leaf that was originally built as a shogun&;s summer house. Enjoy this afternoon by join in Kyoto bike tour or participate in our cooking class.
Later on, travel to Toei Kyoto Studio Park - the theme park and film set modeled after the Edo Period, where you can observe the filming of period dramas (jidaigeki films). The Park as well has several other amusements for guests to experience including ninja performances, dress up and get photographed in samurai, geisha and ninja attires.
DAY 10: KYOTO – FREE DAY
Enjoy today at your leisure. You can choose to visit the neighboring city, Nara. The city is second only to Kyoto as the richest collection of cultural sites in Japan. Meet the semi-wild deer at Nara Park, admire the structure of Todaiji Temple, Kasuga-Taisha Shrine is recommended.
DAY 11: KYOTO - OSAKA
Embark on a bullet train to Osaka. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and leave your luggages before heading out for lunch. In the afternoon, participate in Ninja/Samurai experience, where martial art, technique that has been private for a decades are taught.
DAY 12: OSAKA
We will organize you a day pass to the Universal Studios Japan, the most visited amusement park in Japan. Visitors are able to enjoy many amusement rides, ranging from child-friendly carousels to thrilling roller coasters and simulators based on blockbuster movies, namely Jurassic Park, Spiderman, Back to the Future and Terminator 2.
DAY 13: OSAKA
Today transfer to the Kansai airport for your flight back home. Sayounara!