5 Days in Japan

DAY 15-Day Japan Package

Narita Airport

Our staff will meet participants at the airport and assist in boarding a pre-reserved taxi.
[Remarks] Haneda Airport is also available. Please indicate your preference at the time of booking.

Hotel

[Remarks] Western-style room

Free time in Tokyo

DAY 2

Pick-up Service

Gather at designated locations and board bus to Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal.

09:00 – Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal  

The tour departs Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal to begin sightseeing around Tokyo.

Tokyo Tower  (40 min)

Get a spectacular view of Metropolitan Tokyo from the observation deck

Imperial Palace Plaza  (10 min)

Admire the view of Nijubashi Bridge and the surrounding scenery at this National Garden that was formerly a private garden of the Royal Family

Asakusa Kannon & Shopping at Nakamise  (40 min)

Of the 33 temples in Eastern Japan dedicated to the Goddess Kannon, this is the only one in the capital (No. 13 on the pilgrimage to all 33 temples). Visit this historic area which includes Nakamise-dori, the street leading to the temple.

Akihabara via Ueno (drive by)

Enjoy a pleasant drive through Ueno, where Tokyo’s first coffee shop once stood, to Akihabara which is home to the famous Electric Town.

Akihabara

Participants who wish may get off the bus at Akihabara. All other participants will get a view of Akihabara from the windows and continue to Tokyo Station by bus.

12:20 – Tour ends at Tokyo Station (Marunouchi South Exit)

The tour will end at Tokyo Station. Please head to your next destination on your own.

DAY 3

07:30 – 09:00 Pick-up Service  

This tour can be joined from various meeting points mainly located at major hotels throughout Tokyo.

09:00 – Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal  (120 min) 

Depart Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal and head to Mt. Fuji by bus. This tour follows the same itinerary as the 1-Day Mt. Fuji & Hakone Tour.
(Chuo Expressway, or Tomei Expressway).

Fuji Visitor Center  (20 min)

Learn about the historic eruptions, nature, and culture surrounding Japan’s most iconic mountain, Mt. Fuji. There are many videos and panel displays to interact with and enjoy!
[Remarks] If Fuji Visitor Center is closed or the tour is behind schedule due to traffic, Fuji Visitor Center may be omitted from the itinerary.

Mt. Fuji 5th Station  (30 min)

Start the ascent up Mt. Fuji via the Fuji Subaru Line. Climb 2,300 meters (7,546 ft) above sea level for breathtaking views from above the clouds.
[Remarks] The tour will not be cancelled or refunded even if Mt. Fuji is not fully visible due to weather conditions.

Lunch

Enjoy a Japanese-style lunch.

Lake Ashi Cruise  (15 min) 

Go for a sightseeing cruise on Lake Ashi. The crater lake was born from a powerful volcanic eruption nearly 3,000 years ago and provides postcard views of Mt. Fuji from various angles.
[Remarks] Lake Ashi Cruise and/or Hakone Komaga-take Ropeway may be omitted from the itinerary, depending on traffic, weather conditions, or other operational concerns. If either or both are omitted the following alternatives may be used: Hakone-en Aquarium, Hakone Ropeway, Owakudani valley, Hakone Sightseeing Cruise (pirate ship), Narukawa Art Museum, Hakone Sekisho (checking station) remains, Lake Kawaguchi Cruise, Lake Kawaguchi Ropeway, or Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. The tour will not be cancelled or refunded for such itinerary changes. The interpreter guide will decide on the alternate location.

Mt. Komagatake Ropeway  (50 min) 

Spend a total of 50 minutes including a 7-minute cableway ride up to the peak from Hakone-en.
[Remarks] Hakone Komagatake Ropeway may be omitted from the itinerary due to heavy traffic. The tour will not be cancelled or refunded in such cases.

Peak of Mt. Komagatake

Take a cableway ride up to the spiritual Hakone Shrine Mototsumiya (original shrine) that nestles at the mountaintop.

Hakone-en
17:00 – 20:15 Odawara Station
From Odawara Station to Kyoto Station (There may be a transfer at Shizuoka Station or Nagoya Station)  

Go to Kyoto by Hikari or Kodama Shinkansen
Trip time: 120 to 180 minutes
[Remarks] When traveling from Odawara to Kyoto, participants may be required to transfer trains at either Shizuoka or Nagoya Station. In such cases, staff will provide instructions on the day. If the tour runs late due to traffic congestion, etc, and misses the scheduled train, transportation from Odawara to Kyoto will be on non-reserved seats on the Shinkansen, and participants may not be able to sit down.

Kyoto Station
20:30 – 23:15 Hotels in Kyoto City  

Participants will be taken by taxi from Kyoto Station to their hotels. An English-speaking staff member will guide participants to the taxi, but will not ride along in the taxi.
[Remarks] The arrival time in Kyoto may be later than scheduled, around 22:00 – 23:00, due to traffic congestion and other reasons.

DAY 4

07:45 – 08:35 Hotels in Kyoto City  

Participants are picked up by bus and taken to New Miyako Hotel

08:35 – New Miyako Hotel  

This tour follows the same itinerary as the 1-Day Kyoto & Nara Tour. All transportation on the tour will be by bus.

Nijo Castle  (50 min)

A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the historical castle completed in 1626, which was built to provide lodging for Tokugawa Shogun and as a palladium for Kyoto Imperial Palace.
[Remarks] Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays (or Wednesday if Tuesday is a national holiday) in January, July, August, and December and over the New Year’s holidays. On these days, the tour will visit Ryoan-ji Temple.

Kinkaku-ji Temple  (45 min)

Visit this World Heritage Site, also known as the Golden Pavilion. The wooden architecture is covered in thin layers of pure gold and is surrounded by a beautiful lake.

Kyoto Imperial Palace (from Mondays to Fridays)  (40 min)

Entry of international visitors generally require application in advance, but participants of this tour can enter only by going through a brief procedure.
[Remarks] On Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays, Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed. On these days, the tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead. The same is true of the period before and after the public viewing of Kyoto Imperial Palace in spring and autumn, May 14 – 17 due to the Aoi Festival, year-end New Year’s holidays, and whenever there is an Imperial Household event.

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays)  (40 min)

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is the substitute for Kyoto Imperial Palace on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. This shrine’s main hall is a designated national treasure and is famous for housing the God of scholarship. The shrine is especially great to see during the plum blossom and autumn leaf seasons.
[Remarks] On Jan. 25, Apr. 25, Jul. 25 and Oct. 25, Nishi Hongan-ji Temple will be visited instead of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

Lunch (Japanese-style)  (50 min)
From Kyoto to Nara  (70 min) 

Head to Nara via the Nara Keinawa Expressway

Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple (Great Buddha)  (60 min)

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is the symbol of the Nara Period and one of the world’s largest wooden structure. Its huge main hall and bronze Great Buddha are impressive to behold.

Kasuga Taisha Shrine  (40 min)

This Nara Period shrine is designated as a World Heritage Site. The deer of Nara Park are thought to be the shrine messengers.
[Remarks] At Kasuga Taisha Shrine, the tour will not enter areas requiring admission.

Nara Nagomikan  (20 min)

The largest souvenir shop in Nara. Enjoy yourself in this spacious shop and look for the perfect souvenir.

18:30 – 19:30 Drop-off Service

To hotels in Kyoto City

DAY 5

Hotel

Free time until departure.

Kansai Airport

A shared taxi will take you from the hotel to the airport.
[Remarks] Itami Airport is also available. Please indicate your preference at the time of reservation.