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The Heart of Japan - 11 Days Escorted

Program Details
Visiting Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Nara, Kanazawa, Shirakawago & Takayama

Old Japan Kyoto
Kyoto, Japan

Day 1 - Arrive Tokyo

Upon arrival, you are met and assisted with your transfer by airport bus to your deluxe hotel in the heart of Shinjuku, close to dining and shopping. Keio Plaza Hotel

Day 2 - Tokyo

Visit the Imperial Palace Plaza and see the beautifully landscaped Meiji Shrine. In Asakusa, one of Tokyo’s oldest areas, you’ll pass through the imposing “Thunder Gates” to stroll the Nakamise Arcade to the Asakusa Kannon Temple. Meals B,D

Day 3 - Tokyo

Your hotel’s convenient location, close to shopping, dining and entertainment, makes it easy to make the most of your free day. From April to November, you can join an available tour to Nikko to see the Toshogu Shrine. Meals B

Day 4 - Tokyo / Mt. Fuji / Hakone

Ascend Mt. Fuji to enjoy the views from the halfway point. After cruising on Lake Ashi, ride the cable car up Mt. Komaga-take. This evening, dine at your deluxe resort hotel, offering dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean, and then soothe your muscles in an onsen, a traditional hot-springs bath. Meals B,D Hilton Odawara

Day 5 - Hakone / Mishima / Kyoto

Travel to Mishima and board the Bullet Train to Kyoto. Upon arrival, transfer to your superior first-class hotel in the heart of the city. Or, spend the night in a traditional Japanese inn. At the family-run Yoshi-ima Ryokan in the renowned Gion District, you’ll enjoy a Japanese dinner, breakfast and tea ceremony ($195 per person double, $319 single) Meals B Rihga Royal Hotel

Day 6 - Kyoto / Nara / Kyoto

Visit Kyoto’s most famous temples: Kinkaku-jic, or the Golden Pavilion, the Heian Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple, with 1,001 images of Buddha. Travel to Nara, an ancient capital, home to many of Japan’s oldest temples like Todai-ji, the largest wooden building in the world. You also visit Deer Park and Kasuga Shrine, famed for its picturesque lantern-lined pathways. Meals B,L,D

Day 7 - Kyoto / Kanazawa

Travel by train to Kanazawa and explore beautiful Kenrokuen Garden – considered by many to be the finest classical garden in Japan. Learn about the traditional arts of the region, including Kaga Yuzen silk dyeing, Kanazawa Haku gold leafing, and Kaga Zogan inlay work. Enjoy dinner and overnight at your centrally located first class hotel. Meals B,D Hotel Nikko Kanazawa

Day 8 - Kanazawa / Shirakawago / Takayama

Travel to the mountain hamlet of Shirakawago to see century-old Gassho-Zukuri, or “Joined-Hands” farmhouses, named for their steeply pitched thatched roofs which give the appearance of hands joined in prayer. Continue to Takayama for dinner and overnight at your first class hotel. Meals B,D Hida Hotel Plaza

Day 9 - Takayama

Takayama, a picturesque alpine town with richly preserved homes of the Edo era, is also famous for its autumn festival, which features a grand procession with centuries-old floats. Your walking tour includes the Festival Floats Exhibition Hall and Takayama Jinya, a complex of 17th century buildings that once housed officials of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Meals B

Day 10 - Takayama /Tokyo

Enjoy an early morning visit to the Miyagawa Market and browse along with local residents as they shop for farm-fresh produce. Then walk to the station and board your bus for a journey through the Japan Alps. Arrive at your deluxe hotel in Tokyo for a free evening. Meals B Keio Plaza Hotel

Day 11 - Tokyo

Your tour finishes this morning. Or, explore more of Japan and Asia with our FreeStyle Travel. Meals B


B Breakfast
D Dinner
Tokyo Keio Plaza Hotel
Deluxe hotel centrally located in th Shinjuku district
Hakone Kowaki-en Hotel
First class hotel in rural Japan featuring a traditional hot spring bath
Kyoto Rihga Royal Hotel
Superior first class hotel just a short walk from the train station
Takayama Asscia Hotel
Luxurious hotel features the hot spring baths

Departures & Pricing

Call (800) 990-3454 for reservation