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This tour takes you to some of the major sightseeing spots in Japan, while you indulge in some of the most delicious gourmet delights the country has to offer. This unique tour allows you to be a hands on traveler. You will have the opportunity to meet a local Wasabi produce farmer, stay at a Buddhist temple in the Wakayama region, and have a class where you learn how to prepare some delicious and famous Japanese dishes. Everything you taste and see on this tour of Japan will impress you for life!
During this tour, you will be provided with daily accommodation at 7 different hotels and lodges.
The Hotel Nikko Osaka is a four star hotel that stands as the landmark of Osaka's central area, Minami, where one can find popular places such as Dotonbori, shopping districts, brand-name shops, Amerika mura, Donkihote, and Universal Studios Japan.
Located in historic Koyasan, this temple offers a distinctly traditional experience. Its tree gardens, designed by famous landscape artist Mirei Shigemori, and the cedar forests covering the area around this temple, instill a sense of serenity.
The hotel's contemporary interpretation of traditional Kyoto values has earned the Kyoto Scenic beauty award, as well as the BCS Awards for excellence in modern architecture. From the impressive main entrance, and the courtyard water feature recreating the simple purity of the city's Horikawa river, the atmosphere of quiet composure communicates a sense of calm and relaxation to every guest.
Upon arrival at Narita airport, clear customs, immigration and board the airport limousine coach transfer service to your accommodation in Tokyo, for 2 nights. A coach transfer service can also be provided if you are arriving into Haneda Airport. Overnight at the Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo.
Full day sightseeing of Tokyo by coach, visiting the Tsukiji fish markets, the Tokyo Sky Tree observatory, and the Kappabashi kitchen town. Enjoy tempura lunch (lunch will be provided at the Tempura Restaurant in Asakusa, and welcome dinner at a unique local restaurant), Asakusa Kannon Temple, the Nakamise shopping arcade and take a Sumida river cruise. Overnight at the Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo.
Travel by coach to Mount Fuji and the Hakone area. Take a cruise on a pirate boat in Lake Ashi and the Hakone ropeway to Owakudani valley. After a French cuisine inspired lunch, you will travel to Mount Fujis 5th station and visit Fuji visitor center. Lunch French cuisine and have dinner at your hotel: Japanese and Western buffet. Overnight at the Highland Resort and Spa, in Kawaguchiko.
Take this unique opportunity to meet a local produce farmer at a Wasabi farm. Visit Matsumoto Castle on the way to Takayama. Dinner tonight is at a barbecue restaurant, where you will have Hida-gyu beef barbecue, a Takayama specialty. After dinner, relax and unwind in the Onsen hot springs at your accommodation. Overnight at the Hida Hotel Plaza in Takayama.
In the morning, visit the Takayama markets, where fresh local produce is sold. Visit Takayama Jinya; Takayamas Kami Sannomachi street (old private houses). Afternoon is free time to stroll around Takayama city and enjoy some shopping. Overnight at the Hida Hotel Plaza, in Takayama.
Depart Takayama and visit the World Heritage listed area of Shirakawago. Enjoy a local cuisine for lunch. Travel to the Shiga region, visiting Hikone Castle and Genkyuen Garden. Dinner tonight will be a Japanese course meal at your Japanese Ryokan accommodation. Overnight at the Yuzanso, in the city of Otsu.
After breakfast, discover the historical town of Shigaraki, famous for its pottery. In the afternoon tour Osaka, visiting the Floating Garden Observatory, the Osaka Castle, the Shitenno-ji Temple and the Namba area. Dinner tonight is Italian cuisine at a local restaurant. Overnight at Hotel Nikko Osaka.
Travel to Mount Koya visiting Okuno-in Temple, lined with hundreds of thousands of small stone pagodas. Also, visit Danjogaran complex, a sacred place representing the concept of Shingon Mikkyo Buddhism, established by Kobo Daishi. Dinner: Japanese cuisine at Fukuchi-in temple. Overnight at Fukuchi-in temple (temple lodging).
Travel to Nara, visiting Todaiji Temple, Nara Park and Kasuga Shrine. For lunch enjoy Soba (Japanese noodles). In the afternoon, travel to Kyoto city, where you will experience Japanese sweet making. Dinner is on your own. You might like to visit the famous Gion district, filled with shops, restaurants and ochaya (teahouses), where Geisha and Maiko entertain. Overnight at the Kyoto Tokyu Hotel.
Send your large luggage onto Tokyo city. Visit major sites of Kyoto: Nijo Castle, Golden Pavilion, Heian Jingu Shrine, Sanjusangendo and Kiyomizu Temple. Enjoy a traditional Tea Ceremony at Kodaiji Temple. Lunch will be Western style and dinner will be at a locally famous mystery traditional restaurant, specializing in Kyo-Kaiseki (traditional Japanese banquet), consisting of a large variety of small dishes. Overnight at the Kyoto Tokyu Hotel
In the morning, partake in a special cooking class where you will learn and taste some famous Japanese dishes. In the afternoon, travel by Shinkansen Bullet Train to Tokyo. Farewell dinner at an Izakaya, a Japanese tavern with a wide menu selection of small dishes. Overnight at the Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo.
Discover Nakamise shopping arcade and the historical town of Shigaraki
Enjoy Onsen hot springs at your accommodation, Hakones ropeway to Owakudani valley and traditional Tea in a ceremony at Kodaiji Temple
Explore the Takayama markets, Tsukiji fish markets, the Tokyo Sky Tree and Kappabashi kitchen town
Meet a local produce farmer at a wasabi farm
Stopover Mount Fujis 5th station
Take a cruise on a pirate boat on Lake Ashi
Tour Osaka, visiting the Floating Garden Observatory, Osaka Castle, Shitenno-ji Temple and the Namba area
Travel to Mount Koya visiting Okuno-in Temple and the Shiga region, visiting Hikone Castle and Genkyuen Garden
Visit Asakusa Kannon Temple, Danjogaran complex, Matsumoto Castle and the World Heritage listed area of Shirakawago
This tour will take place in and around Tokyo, Hakone, Kawaguchiko, Takayama, Shirakawago, Otsu, Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto, Japan.
During this tour of Japan, you will be eating some of the best dishes the country has to offer. Among those are tempura, hida-gyu beef barbecue, soba noodles and more. You will eat in fine Japanese restaurants, with a large selection of Japanese cuisine, but you will also relish French, Italian and other Western dishes.
Stroll around Takayama city during you free afternoon
Visit the famous Gion district, filled with shops, restaurants and ochaya (teahouses), during your free evening in Kyoto
Please arrive at Narita International Airport (NRT) or Haneda Airport (HND). Pick up is included in the price.