Day of travel across the International Date Line to Tokyo.
Arrive Tokyo Haneda Airport. After immigration & custom formalities, you will be transferred to a Tokyo hotel by airport limousine bus.
Mt. Fuji & Hakone
Full day tour to Hakone National Park. Mt. Fuji, at 3776m, is not only Japan's tallest mountain but it's the best known symbol as well, is most attractive when its majestic presence is snow-capped. Enjoy a mountain view of the surrounding Owakudani Valley is an active volcano zone where hot spring, hot rivers and sulfurous fume can be experienced. A Lake Ashi cruising and a visit to the historical Tokugawa Shogun Check Point near an avenue of aged cyptomeria tree. After an amazing woodwork show tour returns to Tokyo Izakaya for dinner. After dinner walk through dazzle Ginza streets to catch JR train back to hotel.
Morning tour to exciting Tsukiji Fish Market tour. See the lively retail section and its busy booming morning buying and selling of seafood and produce. You can sample the famous ramen noodle soup and the freshest sushi at renowned market restaurants.
Tokyo is a dynamically modern metropolis of 12 million people. This is where tradition from centuries past exists side by side with the ever-moving elements of the latest in the urban culture that radiate their own special heat & energy. Explore Imperial Palace and East Garden, Tokyo Tower to command a panoramic view of Tokyo. Visit Asakusa Kannon Temple with its bustling Nakamise Shopping arcade for a glimpse of Tokyo's past.
Tokyo - Yamanaka Onsen
Morning departure by bullet train to Yamanaka Town located in beautiful setting of Kakusenkei Creek. Overnight is at the small hot spring spa Ryokan to rejuvenate your travel fatigue.
Yamanaka - Kanazawa - Inami
Kanazawa sightseeing starts with Higashi Chaya, an old Geisha quarter and its Gold Leaf Mills, Kanazawa Castle, beautiful landscaped Kenrokuen Garden, one of the three Japan's most beautiful gardens. Its stone lantern and tea house are the epitome of Edo period, we also enjoy beautiful Kutani ceramic and silk painting Kimono fabric at Arts and Craft Exhibition Hall.
Visit to a samurai residence with a beautiful back garden. Overnight is at a hot spring resort near Inami sculpture town.
Inami- Gokayama - Shirakawago-Takayama - Gero Onsen
Morning departure to the old sculpture town of Inami. Walking around town, the soft sounds of wooden hammers from the carving shops can be heard. We will visit serene Zuisenji Temple Gate built in 1607.
Visit Gokayama to enjoy its World Heritage Ainokura Gassho farm house village. These 400 years old farm houses will take you back to 16th century of Japan. After washi paper mills visit and a countryside lunch, tour will drive through the beautiful Japanese Alps via Shirakawago Observatory, one can enjoy quiet Japanese country-side setting deep in the mountain. Arrival at the rustic charm Takayama town, the whole town is museum like, dotted with attraction after attraction, we will shop and taste sake at the Old Street of San-Machi Suji with its preserved historic building and quaint atmosphere. Overnight is at Gero Onsen with renowned mineral hot spring.
We will sample famous local Hida beef for dinner.
Gero Onsen - Tsumago - Magome- Miho Museum
We will explore two Nakasendo post towns of Magome and Tsumago . The setting and atmosphere remain preserved since the old samurai days. We will try the famous local soba noodle lunch. Then drive through Nagoya into Miho Museum. Overnight is at Prince Hotel Otsu.
Kyoto was Japan's capital for over 1000 years, and during that time became the repository of much of the best of Japanese art, culture, religion and thought. We will start with Kiyomizu Temple, is famous for its wide wooden veranda jutting out over an exquisite valley that extend to a panoramic view of the city, and Sanjusangendo, noted for its 1001 gilded wooden statues of the Goddess of Mercy. Nijo Castle and colourful Kimono show followed by lunch. Then, Golden Pavilion and Ryoanji Temple, Japan famous Rock Garden. All these are the world class cultural and heritage sites. Overnight is at ANA Crowne Plaza Osaka.
Nara - Osaka
Nara is an ancient capital built in 6th Century. We first visit to Kofukuji. Incense smoke wafts into the cool morning air at the main gate. Five Story Pagoda, Todaiji Temple houses a colossal image of Big Buddha castled in 734, is a landmark of Japan. Like an unseen planet pulling you into the orbit. At first sight the main Buddha Hall appears modest, set in immense open space. But then you realize its scale, how tiny visitor appears in the nine meter high doorway.
The peaceful Deer Park and Kasuga Grand Shrine built in 768, is famous for the 3000 stone and bronze lanterns that stand in rank and hang in battalions around the brilliant vermillion shrine. A visit to Osaka Castle, a symbol of Western Japan situated in the beautiful Osaka Castle Park. We will stroll 3km Dotombori and Shinsaibashi Arcade before dinner.
Osaka - Himeji Castle - Seto Inland Sea - Dogo Onsen
Morning departure to Seto Inland Sea, we will make a brief stop at Himeji Castle, a national treasure , enjoy a boat cruise around the Seto Bridge, the world most impressive 9.1 km suspension bridge connecting Main Island and Shikoku Island. After boat cruise and lunch, tour will l head to Dogo Onsen.
Dogo Onsen- Shimanami Seaway - Hiroshima
Morning departure to Hiroshima via Shimanami Seaway with brief stop in Hirayama Ikuo Museum, Hiroshima Peace Park visit the Atomic Bomb Dome and Memorial Museum, the Peace Flame burns in front of the Memorial Cenotaph, never to be extinguished until all nuclear weapons are abolished. Overnight is at Hiroshima hotel.
Hiroshima - Kintaikyo Bridge - Miyajima Island
Morning, a short drive to Iwakuni city to see the limpid Nishiki River, the undulating Kintaikyo Bridge and the historical ambience of a former small castle town. Followed by a grilled oyster lunch and tour to Miyajima Island, visit the colourful Itsukushima Shrine. Its red Torii gate built in 6th century, stand in the sea during high tide and is famous for its grand and unique contraction. We will enjoy our farewell dinner with Hiroshima local dish called okono-mi-yaki (cabbage pizza).
Hiroshima - Hiroshima Airport
Your 13 days of travel will conclude after breakfast, the tour disbands after breakfast. check out at noon, catch an Airport Limousine Bus to Hiroshima Airport to continue your journey.
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