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Japan: Land Of The Rising Sun

9 Days | 8 Nights

From $ 2,950

Japan
Tokyo - Kamakura - Hakone & Mount Fuji - Matsumoto - Nara - Kyoto

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On arrival at Tokyo International Airport, you will be welcomed by our Asia Senses representatives, and then provided with a transfer (via private vehicle) to hotel for check in. Depend on your actual arrival time, some soft sightseeing for an orientation tour is suggested.

In the eveing, you will have some free time to explore Tokyo’s exhilarating nightlife. Bursting with contemporary urban culture, there are many sides of Tokyo to explore, from fascinating museums and world-class shopping, to neighbourhood backstreets lined with restaurants and karaoke bars.

Overnight at hotel in Tokyo.
After a refreshing night’s sleep, enjoy a full day city tour of Tokyo with our expert, friendly guide. Among the stops of the day will be Asakusa Area, home to Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple “Sensoji” and is the center of downtown district of the city. Here, we will visit the city’s oldest Geisha district, Sensoji Temple and other attractions.

Afterwards, we pay a visit to Meiji Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. You can take part in a traditional Shinto purification dance and receive a blessing from a Shinto Priest.

While travelling around these iconic quarters of Tokyo, we also take visits to the shopping district of Ginza, Imperial Palace and Shibuya scramble crossing.

Note: Tour itinerary is flexible and can be altered to accommodate any other sites within the city.

Overnight at hotel in Tokyo.
After breakfast, we leave the hustle and bustle of Tokyo behind for a half day sightseeing tour in the tranquil town of Kamakura, a small city and a very popular tourist destination. One of Japan’s former capitals, Kamakura is a delightful seaside town home to many ancient temples and the Daibutsu, a giant bronze Buddha.

Modern-day Kamakura is a prominent resort town with dozens of Buddhist Zen temples and Shinto shrines. Our tours also cover some of other attractions in Kamakura such as Jomyo-ji Temple, Hokoku-ji Temple and Kotoku-in Temple.

After that, continue on to Fuji Hakone National Park, where the night’s accommodation will be at a traditional ryokan. Your room is of Japanese style, featuring tatami mat flooring and comfortable futon beds. If you want to stay in Western room, please let us know.

Overnight at a ryokan in Hakone.
MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner
A full day excursion tour awaits you today. Start our tour with a ride on the Guinness World Record-holder ropeway, heading to the peak of Mount Owakudani, the source of the hot water in Hakone’s hot springs. From the ropeway, you can view the beautiful Mount Fuji on clear days and enjoy spectacular 360° panorama.

Then we head to Togendai, where a majestic replica pirate ship will sweep across Ashinoko, a lake that was formed by a volcanic eruption 3,000 years ago.

Our next stop is Hakone Shrine which stands at the foot of Mount Hakone along the shores of Lake Ashi. Hakone Shrine has been considered to be one of the most prestigious shrines in the Kanto region and is the site of prayers for traffic safety, realization of wishes, and good luck/expelling bad luck.

After that, visit Hakone Open Air Museum, Japan's very first outdoor art museum that aims to harmonize art and nature. Besides the sculptures, the Hakone Open Air Museum also features various indoor galleries, including a sizable Picasso Collection that displays some paintings, prints, sculptures, and ceramic creations of the legendary artist.

Overnight at ryokan in Hakone.
MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner
A private taxi will transfer you to Odawara Station to catch the 4-hour train to Matsumoto in the Japanese Alps, transit in Nagoya station. Matsumoto is the 2nd largest city in Nagano Prefecture that is well-known for its historical and cultural heritage, surrounded by mountains and acclaimed for its beautiful views. The first leg of the journey will be aboard the world-famous Shinkansen (bullet train), which reaches speeds of up to 230km/h. Then change onto the Limited Express Shinano Wide View (first-class seat) for one of the most scenic train journeys in Japan.

Upon arrival in Matsumoto, our guide will wait for you at the station and provide private transport for a half-day guided tour through the region. Begin the tour with a visit to Matsumotojo (Matsumoto Castle), one of Japan's premier historic castles, along with Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Kumamoto Castle (in Kumamoto). The castle structures, in combination with their characteristic black wainscoting, give off an air of grandeur and poise.

The tour also covers other attractions like Nawate Street (a small pedestrian zone with lots of small shops and restaurants along the river), the “Frog Street” (known for its abundance of frog products), the Nakamachi Street (famous for its old houses and has a beautiful white tone) and Daio Wasabi Farm in the peaceful town of Hotaka.

Overnight at hotel in Matsumoto.
MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner
This morning, you will take the 3-hour train to Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital which holds endless temples, shrines, World Heritage sites, museums, and culinary delights. It is home to an astonishing 2,000 shrines and temples, including 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The first leg of the trip will be on the limited express train Wide View (first-class seat) and the second will be via Shinkansen.

Upon arrival, our guide will wait for you at the station and provide private transport for half-day sightseeing tour through Kyoto.

The first stop will be at Heian Shrine, one of the most important and visually impressive Shinto shrines in Kyoto and home to one of Japan’s largest Torii gates. Inside, there is a decent garden that you must pay to enter behind the main hall. In April, it is one of the best cherry blossom spots in Kyoto.

After that, we visit Kiyomizu Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the atmospheric Higashiyama district and Sanjusangendo Buddhist Temple which is famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy.

After this short tour of Kyoto, transport will be provided back to your hotel.

Stay overnight at hotel in Kyoto
MEALS
Breakfast
Enjoy a full day of private sightseeing alongside our expert local guide. Begin our tour with a visit to Nijo Castle, Kyoto's largest and best preserved castle. This ornamental castle, surrounded by stunning gardens, was built by Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542-1616) as his Kyoto residence. It shows the power that the Shoguns wielded over the emperors throughout the Edo Period.

After that, we visit Kinkakuji, or the Golden Pavilion, a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. It was originally built in 1393 as a retirement villa for Shogun Yoshimitsu Ashikaga (1358-1409). After his death, his son converted the building into a Zen temple of the Rinzai school named Rokuonji, in accordance with Ashikaga's wishes.

We then take a 1.5-hour drive to Nara, the ancient capital of Japan from 710 to 784. Many of the temples and shrines built at that time still remain.

Visit Todaiji Temple, a complex of buildings that includes the world's largest wooden structure, the 48m high Daibutsu-den. This building is home to Japan’s largest Buddha, the 15-meter gilt bronze Big Buddha (Daibutsu).

Our next destination is Kasuga Taisha, Nara’s most celebrated shrine. There will also be some free time to wander through Nara Park which is home to hundreds of freely roaming deer. Here, you can feed the deer and take some photos with them.

After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Kyoto.

Overnight in Kyoto.
MEALS
Breakfast
Today you are free at leisure to explore this beautiful city. In the late afternoon, meet then follow your guide in a walking tour of Gion, Kyoto’s Geisha district, followed by a truly special dinner with a Maiko!

Start with an introduction, listening as the guide explains about Geiko, the local name for Kyoto’s geishas, and their Maiko, or apprentices. Then explore the atmospheric streets, walking past local shops and restaurants on the way to Yasaka Shrine. From here continue to Hanami-koji where lavish tea shops line the roadside.

Then, we will pass through a theatre where Geisha and Maiko perform traditional dances, Kyoto’s famous Tatsumi Bashi Bridge, a legendary teahouse and small street shrine along the way. Arrive at Shirakawa Canal for a walk along the streets which are lined with cherry trees and brimming with charm. Although there is no guarantee, during the walking tour, you will often encounter geisha walking the streets.

After the walking tour, we enter a local restaurant for a memorable dinner in the company of a Maiko. Enjoy a full kaiseki dinner featuring a course of various traditional dishes, all exquisitely prepared and presented with the aesthetic flair one can expect of Kyoto’s haute cuisine. During dinner, the Maiko will entertain by performing traditional dances and teaching popular Japanese drinking games.

Stay overnight at hotel in Kyoto.
MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner
Free leisure at the hotel until our guide and driver transfer you to Kansai International Airport to catch your onward flight.
MEALS
Breakfast

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Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
9ºC
47mm

Kamakura
10ºC
57mm

Hakone & Mount Fuji
3ºC
61mm

Matsumoto
4ºC
40mm

Nara
8ºC
64mm

Kyoto
8ºC
76mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
10ºC
62mm

Kamakura
10ºC
69mm

Hakone & Mount Fuji
3ºC
82mm

Matsumoto
5ºC
49mm

Nara
9ºC
65mm

Kyoto
8ºC
82mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
13ºC
101mm

Kamakura
13ºC
116mm

Hakone & Mount Fuji
6ºC
142mm

Matsumoto
10ºC
72mm

Nara
12ºC
106mm

Kyoto
12ºC
118mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
18ºC
122mm

Kamakura
18ºC
141mm

Hakone & Mount Fuji
12ºC
177mm

Matsumoto
17ºC
89mm

Nara
19ºC
144mm

Kyoto
18ºC
146mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
22ºC
139mm

Kamakura
22ºC
164mm

Hakone & Mount Fuji
16ºC
196mm

Matsumoto
22ºC
96mm

Nara
23ºC
146mm

Kyoto
23ºC
159mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
25ºC
185mm

Kamakura
24ºC
216mm

Hakone & Mount Fuji
19ºC
278mm

Matsumoto
25ºC
156mm

Nara
26ºC
218mm

Kyoto
26ºC
240mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
28ºC
132mm

Kamakura
28ºC
151mm

Hakone & Mount Fuji
23ºC
228mm

Matsumoto
29ºC
141mm

Nara
30ºC
189mm

Kyoto
30ºC
243mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
30ºC
148mm

Kamakura
30ºC
148mm

Hakone & Mount Fuji
24ºC
262mm

Matsumoto
30ºC
96mm

Nara
32ºC
140mm

Kyoto
32ºC
181mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
26ºC
185mm

Kamakura
26ºC
203mm

Hakone & Mount Fuji
20ºC
291mm

Matsumoto
25ºC
151mm

Nara
28ºC
186mm

Kyoto
27ºC
209mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
21ºC
174mm

Kamakura
21ºC
188mm

Hakone & Mount Fuji
15ºC
230mm

Matsumoto
18ºC
98mm

Nara
22ºC
136mm

Kyoto
21ºC
123mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
16ºC
90mm

Kamakura
16ºC
105mm

Hakone & Mount Fuji
11ºC
116mm

Matsumoto
13ºC
56mm

Nara
16ºC
85mm

Kyoto
16ºC
86mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
11ºC
50mm

Kamakura
12ºC
59mm

Hakone & Mount Fuji
6ºC
69mm

Matsumoto
7ºC
38mm

Nara
11ºC
58mm

Kyoto
11ºC
67mm

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