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Map & Itinerary
- 11 nights in premium accommodation
- Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director
- 16 meals – 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners
- Experience local Japanese life with a Welcome Dinner at an izakaya-style restaurant
- Visit Mt Fuji and learn the art of making and roasting rice crackers
- Explore Matsumoto Castle and visit a local sake brewery for a tasting
- Glimpse the colourful kimonos of Kyoto’s geisha
- Wander through the towering bamboo at Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
Map & Itinerary
- Itinerary and inclusions may be subject to change
- Prices include transfers, tipping and most porterage
- Cherry Blossom season in Japan usually lasts from late March to May, however due to changeable weather blooms cannot be guaranteed, even during spring months
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Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at a local izakaya-style restaurant.
Welcome to Tokyo. Transfer to your hotel and join your fellow travellers and Tour Director for a special dinner.
Stay: Two Nights, Tokyo, Shibuya Excel Hotel TokyuDaily :
A full-day tour of Tokyo begins with a trip to Sensoji Temple. Next, it's on to the Imperial Palace for a photo stop and walking tour of the Tsukiji Outer Market, the largest fish market in Japan where fresh seafood is delivered daily. We wander the narrow aisles of this atmospheric marketplace to find all sorts of delicious and uniquely Japanese food - from fish and shellfish to barrels of green tea, dried seaweed and all manner of pickles and other tasty morsels. Continue to Ginza, Tokyo's famous upmarket shopping district. Here, you'll have time for lunch or perhaps join an optional sushi-making class. The last stop is Meiji Shrine and the famous Shibuya Crossing.Daily :
Travel to Hakone today. Take a ride on the Hakone Ropeway to Owakudani Geothermal Valley. Continue on to Lake Ashi and enjoy a cruise around the lake. This caldera lake was formed 3,000 years ago when Mt Hakone erupted. On a clear day, you may see Mt Fuji. Later, for the ultimate exercise in relaxation, perhaps partake in a traditional onsen experience at your hotel.
Stay: Hakone, Susukinohara InchinoyuDaily :
Mt Fuji, Matsumoto
Stop at Mt Fuji's Fifth Station where, if the sun is shining, you will be able to see the snow-capped peak.
Visit Japan’s oldest original castle, Matsumoto Castle, an impressive five-storey fortress
This morning, travel to Mt Fuji, arguably Japan’s most distinctive landmark. Continue to Matsumoto. Afterwards, enjoy a stroll through the merchant district of Nakamachi, where streets are lined with well-preserved Edo-style buildings.
Stay: Matsumoto Hotel KagetsuDaily :
Dive deeper into Japan's alpine region with a visit to Oku-Hida region, where you'll board the Shin-Hotaka Ropeway to an observation deck that is elevated to 2,156 metres. Later, arrive in the picturesque mountain town of Takayama. The rest of the day is free for you to relax. Tonight, perhaps discover the famous Hida beef, a remarkably tender variety of Wagyu beef (own expense).
Stay: Two Nights, Takayama Ouan or Tokyu Stay Hida TakayamaDaily :
Take part in an o-sembei making workshop, where you will learn to shape, flavour and roast your own rice crackers.
It’s only fitting you visit a sake brewery and enjoy a tasting.
This morning, visit the Miyagawa Morning Market. After, enjoy an Insider Experience. Up here in the mountains makes for perfect sake-producing conditions, at a local brewery spend time on an Insider Experience. The afternoon is at leisure, where you might like to explore further.Daily :
Following breakfast, head to Kanazawa, stopping en route at the alpine village of Shirakawa-go, made famous by its collection of original gassho-zukuri style farmhouses. Continue to Kanazawa and join a walking tour through the geisha and samurai districts.
Stay: Agora KanazawaDaily :
This evening, keep on the lookout for beautiful geiko (geisha) and maiko (apprentice geisha) as you enjoy a stroll through the city of Kyoto.
Begin your explorations with a visit to Kenrokuen Garden. Stroll across bridges, passing tranquil ponds and fountains, and admire a landscape dotted with Japanese pines, cherry trees and maples. Afterwards, continue to Kyoto.
Stay: Three Nights, Noku KyotoDaily :
Take a walk through Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, where towering green bamboo stalks give off an otherworldly feel.
Today your Kyoto explorations begin at the Heian Jingu Shrine. Walk under the giant red torii gates and stroll across the shrine’s court. After, visit Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) and its stunning Japanese garden. Finish with a visit to Nijo Castle before spending the rest of the day exploring Kyoto your way. Or you may choose an optional tea ceremony experience.Daily :
Rise early this morning and follow the path marked by thousands of scarlet torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine. You'll then board your coach for a day trip to Nara. Immerse yourself in Nara culture with a visit to Todai-ji Temple. You'll also head to Nara Park to see the friendly wild deer, and Kasuga Shrine, whose countless lanterns have been donated by worshippers.Daily :
Travel to Osaka, where you will visit the Umeda Observatory in the iconic Umeda Sky building. After, admire Osaka Castle on a photo stop before heading to Dotonbori, a hotspot for street food. Your final night is celebrated with a Farewell Dinner at a local sukiyaki restaurant.
Stay: Osaka Excel Hotel TokyuDaily :
After breakfast, be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.Daily :
Travelmarvel's program runs smoothly from go to whoa, with great guides, perfectly paced excursions.