Multi-Day Tour | Private

Japan (9 days)

Lakani World Tours

Tokyo, Japan To Kyoto, Japan

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Dec 2018


Day 1
Tokyo, Japan
Hotel Chinzanso None


On arrival in Tokyo, clear Immigrations and Customs, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2
Tokyo, Japan
Hotel Chinzanso Breakfast


Bright and early this morning you and your guide will leave your hotel at 4:00am and transfer by taxi to the Tsukiji Fish Market to see the “tuna auction”. NOTE: it is closed on Sundays, some Wednesdays and National Holidays. Following the tuna auction you will return to your hotel for breakfast, before beginning your full day tour of Tokyo.

Your tour of Tokyo will begin with a visit to the Imperial Palace Plaza, located on the former site of Edo Castle, in the center of Tokyo. It is a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls and is the residence of Japan’s Imperial Family.

Visit the Ginza District with stops at food shops where you will enjoy a chance to taste many kinds of Japanese foods. See the Meiji Shrine, surrounded by forest in the middle of the city and nearby Omotesando Street which is sometimes referred to as the Champs Elysees of Tokyo. Visit the Edo-Tokyo Museum which spans the 400 year history of Tokyo - known as Edo until about 150 years ago (closed on Mondays) - along with the Asakusa Kannon Temple and the Nakamise shopping arcade.

Day 3
Gero, Japan
Tokyo, Japan
Suimeikan Breakfast, Dinner


Depart this morning for Tsumago and Magome, traveling along the Chuo Express Way, where you will have a grand view of the Central Alps mountains and South Alps mountains via Lake Suwa. On arrival at Tsumago, a former post town on the road from Edo to Kyoto, experience the area which is like an open-air museum. It was designated by the government as a protected area for the preservation of traditional buildings so no modern developments such as telephone poles are allowed to mar the scene. You will visit Tsumago Honjin where the Daimyo (feudal lords) spent the night and the Shiryo-kan or history museum which houses elegant exhibitions about Kiso Valley and Nakasendo, the old road.

Continue your drive to Magome, another former post town which is modern with houses, restaurants and inns lining a cobblestone pedestrian road. While not preserved to the extent of Tsumago, there is a heavy presence of Edo-style and Magome is undeniably picturesque. You will visit the Tohson Museum which is a famous Japanese novelist museum. After the sightseeing, finish up the day’s drive to Gere Onsen which is one of the three most celebrated Onsen Spas in Japan. Enjoy a hot spring bath and a Japanese dinner at the luxurious ryokan.

Day 4
Takayama, Japan
Gero, Japan
Hida Hotel Plaza Breakfast


Today you will transfer to Takayama, an old castle town called “Little Kyoto”, located in the center of the Japanese archipelago. Hida Takayama has absorbed cultural influences from all directions over a history that dates back to the prehistoric Jōmon period—about ten thousand years ago. Your walking tour includes: Jinya Manor House, the Kusakabe Folk Museum, the preserved Sanmachi Quarter, and the Takayama Yatai Kaikan (Festival Floats Exhibition Hall) which houses elaborate festival floats dating back to the 17th century; fine examples of the craftsmanship of Edo era artisans. After sightseeing, check into your hotel for the evening.

Day 5
Kanazawa, Japan
Takayama, Japan
Hotel Nikko Kanazawa Breakfast


Before breakfast this morning you will take a walk to the Takayama Morning Market which is one of the most famous morning markets in Japan. After you experience the market, return to the hotel for breakfast prior to beginning your full day of sightseeing.

Transfer to Kanazawa via Shirakawa Village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you will visit the Open Air Museum Gassho Village of thatched farm houses; with steeply pitched roofs their style is unique to this area of Japan. Traditional products from this area came from the paper mulberry tree and silkworms. Continue your drive to Gokayama Village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Toyama Prefecture where you experience the making of Japanese paper. Arrive at Kanazawa-a city that prides itself in the colors of Kenrokuen Garden throughout the four seasons, in the clear water of the Saigawa and Asanogawa rivers, in its abundant greenery in the late afternoon.

Day 6
Kyoto, Japan
Kanazawa, Japan
The Kyoto Hotel Okura Breakfast


This morning, on your city tour of Kanazawa you will visit the Kenrokuen Japanese Garden, which is one of the three most beautiful Japanese gardens in Japan. This garden originated more than 300 years ago as garden of the secondary residence of the feudal lord of that time. The spacious garden includes ponds, streams, waterfalls, bridges and teahouses along with the trees, stones and flowers. Also, visit the Nagamachi Samurai Houses, the Higashi-Chaya Geisha District, and the Kutani Pottery Kosen Kiln.

The tour ends at the Kanazawa Station where you will leave Kanazawa for Kyoto by JR limited express train, Sunderbird 32, in first class reserved seats. On arrival at the Kyoto Station, transfer to The Kyoto Hotel Okura for the next two nights.

Day 7
Kyoto, Japan
The Kyoto Hotel Okura Breakfast


Today is a full day of sightseeing in Kyoto. You will visit some of Japan’s most iconic locations, the Kinkakuji Temple, or Golden Pavillion, and the Rock Garden of Ryoanji Temple, both UNESCO World heritage sites. Kinkakuji Temple has two floors completely covered in gold leaf and was the retirement villa of a shogun who left it to the Rinzai sect of Zen on his death in 1408. The Ryoanji Temple also belongs to the Rinzai school of Zen and was founded in 1450.

Continue with a visit to the Nijo Shogun Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The castle was built in 1603 as the official residence of the first Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa. Visit Sanjyusangendo Hall with its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, and UNESCO World heritage site, Kiyomizu Temple, located on a lush hillside.

Experience a Tea Ceremony in a private home. While there, learn the tradition of wearing the Kimono with Obi and the art of Calligraphy.

Day 8
Kyoto, Japan
The Kyoto Hotel Okura Breakfast


Drive to the site of the first permanent Japanese capital, Heijo, now known as Nara. As the Buddhist monasteries here became powerful and politically ambitious the capital was moved after just 74 years but its historic treasures remain and the ancient monuments are collectively designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Nara Park is home to hundreds of freely roaming deer, considered to be messengers of the Shinto gods. The park is also the location of Todaiji Temple with the Daibutsuden or Big Buddha Hall, the largest wooden building in the world which houses the 49 ft. bronze Daibutsu (Buddha), Japan’s largest. The seated Buddha’s open hand alone is said to be as tall as a human being. Visit Kasuga Grand Shrine established at the time of the capital and dedicated to the deity responsible for the protection of the city. Kasuga Taisha is known for the 3,000 bronze lanterns and stone lanterns hanging from the buildings and lining walkways.

Day 9
Kyoto, Japan
None Breakfast


Today you will be transferred to the Kansai Airport (KIX) for your return flight home or on to your next destination.

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