Visit the bright lights of Tokyo and historic Kyoto, marvel at the the placid beauty of Lake Ashi and impressive Mount Fuji, watch Japanese macaques wallow in the hot springs of Yudanaka & relax on Okinawa’s pristine beaches.
Day 1-3: Tokyo, Japan
Upon arrival at Tokyo International Airport you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your accommodation in the city centre. During your stay in Tokyo you can enjoy a morning tour of the city, visiting the impressive Meiji Shrine, the 333 metre Tokyo Tower and the beautiful Imperial Palace Gardens. The rest of your stay can be spent relaxing at the hotel or sight-seeing.
Tokyo is the world’s biggest metropolis, with the city’s population itself standing at 9 million people. The city’s famous bright lights, lively karaoke bars and diverse shops create a vivacious ambience that visitors to Japan find fascinating. Essential to any visit is a trip to the Ginza shopping centre, dinner in one of Tokyo’s top sushi restaurants and the historic Akasuka district, which is home to the 7th Century Sensoji Temple.
Day 4: Mt. Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
After an early breakfast you will depart for Mount Fuji, enjoying a full-day tour of the mountain and surrounding area. After the tour you will be transferred to your accommodation in nearby Hakone.
During the tour you will visit Mt.Fuji 5th station, halfway up the mountain, with views of the mountain itself (weather permitting). You will also be taken on a walk through the volcanic bubbling pools and steam vents of the Owakudani Boiling Valley as well as a boat trip on Lake Ashi, a lovely, sequestered lake in the heart of the wooded mountains.
The tour will finish with a trip on the Hakone Ropeway, a half-hour cable car with spectacular views of the azul Lake Ashi, the rising volcanic fumes of Owakudani and the grandeur of Mount Fuji.
Day 5 & 6: Yudanaka, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
After breakfast you will be transferred back to Tokyo to catch your bullet train to Yudanaka, via Nagano. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your accommodation.
The next day visit the Jigokudani Snow Monkeys Park, famed for the Japanese macaques that inhabit the area and who can be seen bathing in the hot springs there. The rest of the day will be spent at leisure, allowing you to relax at the hotel, go for a walk in the mountains or swim in the hot springs.
Day 7-10: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
This morning you will be transferred to the train station for your bullet train to Kyoto. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your accommodation in the city centre.
In the afternoon you will enjoy a tour of the city, visiting the 8th Century, UNESCO listed Kiyomizu Temple, Kodaiji Temple, which has spectacular bamboo and sculpted Zen gardens, the 8th Century Yasaka Shrine and the famous Geisha district of Gion.
On your second full day in Kyoto enjoy a day-trip to Nara, the first capital of Japan. Visist some of its historic jewels on your tour, such as the 8th Century Todaiji Temple and its Great Buddha, beautiful Nara Park with its large deer population and Kofukuji Temple, with its stunning five-storey pagoda.
Historic Kyoto served as the Empire’s capital from 794 until 1868. As a result it is home to some of the country’s finest historic buildings and serves as a large part of Japan’s heritage. The city also managed to avoid being targeted during WW2, meaning that the city still retains its old-world charm. Saying this, today most of the city is modern, with modern attractions, from excellent restaurants, chic bars and a vast array of entertainment complexes.
Day 10-14: Okinawa, Japan
On your final morning in Kyoto you will be transferred to Osaka Airport for your flight onwards to Okinawa or home.
If travelling onwards to Okinawa you will be met at the airport by one of our representatives and transferred to your accommodation, The Busena Terrace, where you will stay for 4 nights.
Over the next few days you can spend the time relaxing and enjoying the luxury’s on offer at the hotel, hiking in the island’s unique subtropical forests and visiting historical Ryukyu sites.
Info: The Busena Terrace & Okinawa
The hotel provides a peaceful, relaxing break, with open-plan, simply appointed guestrooms all designed to merge into their natural surroundings, with lovely views over the South China Sea or the verdant hotel gardens. There are two outdoor pools, one indoor and a private beach a short walk from the guestrooms.
Okinawa provides a distinctive island escape. Having been the centre of the Ryukyu Kingdom from the 14th-16th Century, the islands are culturally unique and its subtropical climate makes it very different from the rest ofJapan. Pristine beaches and virgin forests are the main reasons for the islands popularity with tourists.