13-Day Japan Winter Tours(Dec. - Mar.)
Tour Style: Tailor-made tour
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- Day 1
On arrival at Narita airport you will be met by our airport assistant who will then guide you to take the public transportation to get to your hotel. The rest of the day will be free on leisure or explore Japan's capital at your own pace.
- Day 2
Get up early to explore the world’s biggest fresh fish market - Tsukiji Fish Market (closed on Sunday and some Wednesday). Enjoy a delicious sushi breakfast there. Onward, you will visit famous the Imperial Palace and its East Garden, Meiji Jingu Shrine, and Senso-ji Temple.
For the spare of the time, you are recommended to enjoy a bird view of Tokyo from the Shinjuku Skyscraper, or enjoy a karaoke in a local karaoke bar.
- Day 3
Early morning, be met at your hotel. Enjoy this one-day guided tour to the majestic Mt. Fuji and Hakone. It includes a stop at the Fuji Visitor Center, a trip up to Mt. Fuji's 5th station at an elevation of 2,300 meters, a 15min cruise on pristine Lake Ashi, and a 5min ride on the Komagatake Ropeway which boasts great views of the surrounding Hakone National Park. Ride the Shinkansen back to Tokyo station. You will then help yourself to take the subway back you hotel.
Note: tentative schedule 07:30-19:00.
- Day 4
Travel by train to Nagano with your guide in the morning. And then take a bus to Yamanouchi. Enjoy a privately guided tour to the Jigokudani Monkey Park on foot. Next, you’ll be transferred by private vehicle to your accommodation at a local ryokan, where you can enjoy a warm dip in the lovely onsen baths. (Please note: Japanese onsen baths are typically taken without swimsuits).
After a relaxing dip, head to the dining quarters and enjoy a tasty dinner of local Japanese delicacies.
- Day 5
On this day, you are recommended to enjoy a skiing in a local ski resort (own expense).
- Day 6
Travel by train to Takayama this morning on your own. Check in the hotel. Afternoon you are recommended to walk around the San-machi-suji district (many wine factories on the street). You will also have good chance to explore the pretty streets of this peaceful town, take some good photos.
- Day 7
Today you will be escorted to explore the morning market Miyagawa, visit the Hida Kokubun-ji temple, Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), explore the Takayama Showa-kan (museum, showing the old things between 1955-1965). After the tour, get back hotel for rest.
- Day 8
Travel to Shirakawa-go by public bus this morning (about 1 hour driving). You will enjoy those well reserved traditional houses at Gassho-zukuri Village. And then we will take the public bus to Kanazawa (about 1-1.5 hour driving). Check in the hotel on your own.
- Day 9
Your tour begins with a discovery to the Kenrokuen Garden and the Nagamachi District (the former home of samurai). And then strolls along the quaint Higashi Chayagai teahouse street and geisha area.
- Day 10
Your tour begins with a discovery to the Kenrokuen Garden and Nagamachi District, the former home of samurai, and then strolls along the quaint Higashi Chayagai teahouse street and geisha area. After the tour in Kanazawa, take train to Kyoto. Upon arrival, you will be guided by our local assistant to take the public transportation to your hotel.
- Day 11
Enjoy the full day guided tour by public transportation in Kyoto, including the glittering Kinkaku-ji Temple and impressive Nijo Castle. Continue to visit the Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Sanjusangendo Hall before back to your hotel.
- Day 12
You will have half day private guided tour to take a leisure walking in the amazing Fushimi-Inari Shrine. And then travel to the Nara by Shinkansen. Your Nara discovery tour includes a visit to Todai-ji Temple with the big Dainichi Buddha and Kasuga Taisha Shrine, and play together with the national treasures - deer in the Nara Park.
- Day 13
Today you will take the public transportation to Hiroshima airport or Osaka Kansai airport as you required (about 1-2 hour).