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Japan Sampler - 8 Days Escorted Program Details

Visiting Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Kyoto & Osaka

Day 1 - Tokyo, Japan
Check-in to the deluxe Keio Plaza Hotel, perfectly located in the vibrant Shinjuku district.

Day 2 - Discover Tokyo
Your morning tour includes the Imperial Palace Plaza, Asakusa Kannon Temple, and the new Roppongi Hills Obsrvatory. Enjoy lunch and a traditional tea ceremony. Meals B,L

Day 3 - Tokyo
Enjoy a day at leisure. Your hotel’s city-center location makes it easy to explore on your own. An available tour to Nikko includes the magnificent Toshogu Shrine. Meals B

Day 4 - Tokyo / Mt. Fuji / Hakone
Depart Tokyo and ascend the forested slopes of Mt. Fuji for marvelous views from the halfway point. Travel on to Hakone and cruise across Lake Ashi before a cable car ride up Mt. Komaga-take. Tonight, relax in a soothing onsen, a traditional hot-spring bath, before dining at your resort hotel, the deluxe Hilton Odawara. Meals B,D

Day 5 - Hakone / Kyoto
Step aboard the world-famous Bullet Train for the swift journey to Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan and still the spiritual and artistic heart of the country. Upon arrival, transfer to the 4-star Rihga Royal Hotel. Or, you can experience a traditional Japanese inn for one night by staying at the Yoshi-ima Ryokan, including a Japanese dinner, breakfast and tea ceremony. ($199 per person double, $375 single) Meals B

Day 6 - Explore Kyoto
Expertly guided, in-depth sightseeing includes Kinkaku-ji Temple, the Golden Pavilion; the vermilion-hued Heian Shrine; and Sanjusangendo Temple with its 1,001 statues of Buddha. Hear riveting tales of the Shoguns on your visit to Nijo Castle and enjoy our specially arranged luncheon with Geisha and a fascinating Kimono demonstration.. Meals B,L

Day 7 - Kyoto – Excursion to Nara
After a leisurely morning to spend as you wish, join your guide for an excursion to ancient Nara. Visit Todai-ji Temple to see the giant Buddha and stroll the forested lantern-lined paths of Kasuga Shrine. Then wander peacefully in Nara’s famous Deer Park, home to more than 1,000 tame deer. Meals B

Day 8 - Kyoto
Your program finishes this morning. Meals B

A Spectacular July Event – The Gion Festival in Kyoto
First celebrated in 896, the Gion Festival has grown through the centuries into a celebration that fills Kyoto with color, music and merriment. The highlight of the festival is the Yamahoko-junko – a parade of colorful floats through downtown Kyoto. The gigantic floats are pulled through the streets by teams of men dressed in traditional costumes; many of the floats even have musicians on board. The whole city is decorated for the festival, the streets are lit up with lanterns and the floats are covered with colorful, beautifully patterned fabrics. Travelers on the July 12 tour will attend the Gion Festival, enjoy the parade and see the city decorated for the festival.

B Breakfast
D Dinner
Tokyo Keio Plaza Hotel
Deluxe hotel centrally located in th Shinjuku district
Hakone Hilton Odawara Resort & Spa
Deluxe hotel on the foothills of Japan's majestic Hakone Mountains overlooking the rich blue waters of Sagami Bay
Kyoto Rihga Royal Hotel
Superior first class hotel just a short walk from the train station
Osaka Nikko Hotel
Deluxe hotel on Osaka's famous Mido Shji Avenue

Departures & Pricing

Call (800) 990-3454 for reservation