8-Day Classic Tour Beyond Tokyo
Tour Style: Self Guiding & Join in Bus Tour
• Visit the serene Meiji Shrine for its tranquility and history
• Explore the lovely castle grounds and beautiful gardens at Nijo Castle
• Walk up to Kasuga Taisha Shrine with beautiful stone lanterns along the paths
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- Day 1
Welcome to Tokyo, the bustling capital city of Japan!
When you land in this amazing city, your airport meeting assistant will welcome you with a sign with your name. If you have any questions about this country, feel free to ask before he/she sends you to take a shuttle bus to your hotel on your own. After that, check in by yourself and relax.
- Day 2
Today, you will be escorted to explore the city by public transportation.
Meet your personal guide at the hotel lobby and set off to Meiji Shrine, a shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. Afterward, get a glimpse of Tsukiji Outer Fish Market, and then wander around the outer market you can taste some Japanese cuisine and snacks during lunchtime.
In the afternoon, you will visit the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace, which is the residence of the Japanese imperial family. The Double Bridge is also visible here. Continue to visit Senso-ji Temple, one of Tokyo's most significant Buddhist temples. Next, take a relaxing stroll through the lively Nakamise Shopping Street, a 250-meter traditional Japanese street close to Senso-ji Temple with shops selling traditional souvenirs, snacks and sweets. After that, be escorted back to your hotel.
Note: Tsukiji Outer Fish Market is closed on Sundays and national holidays. Some shops also closed on Wednesdays.
- Day 3
This morning, your guide will drive you to the Mt. Fuji 5th Station for a stunning view of the snow-capped Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchiko. After descending from the mountain, enjoy a cruise on Lake Kawaguchi or hop on Kachi Kachi Ropeway. After the tour, be transferred back to your hotel in Tokyo. Both of them can offer a wonderful distant view of Mt. Fuji.
After that, enjoy a leisure walking tour around the Iyashi no Sato. Go to the backdrop of scenic Mt. Fuji, this historic village is a stunning sight to behold. When the tour finishes, drive about 3 hours back to your hotel in Tokyo.
- Day 4
After breakfast, head to Tokyo Station for your train to Kyoto by yourself.
Accompanied by your guide, you will take by public transportation to marvel at the gold-covered Kinkaku-ji Temple; followed by Nijo Castle, which is built as the Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo Period (1603-1867).
The rest of the day is free for you at Gion District. If lucky enough, you may encounter the beautiful geishas at Hanami-koji Street.
- Day 5
Be prepared to Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine, which is well-known for thousands of vermilion torii gates, and admire the 1,001 statues of Kannon (the Goddess of Mercy) at Sanjusangendo Hall.
Afterward, go to Nara by train and then proceed to Nara Park, including two main attractions, Todai-ji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Here you will see deers wandering and different cherry blossoms in the season. Later, climb to Mount Wakakusa with three lawn slopes. The deer here are more gentle and the view from its peak is fabulous. After that, take a train back to Kyoto.
- Day 6
In the morning, make your own way to the railway station for a train to Osaka. Upon arrival, head to your hotel by public transportation on your own.
The rest of the day is for you to explore the city by yourself. You may rent a kimono and put it on to take some photos. Visit Osaka Castle, Kuromon Ichiba Market and the famous Umeda Sky Building later.
- Day 7
Full free day for your own exploration. An optional tour to Himeji Castle or Kobe is up to you. For more details, feel free to contact your travel consultant.
- Day 8
Free time and get to the airport on your own for your home-bound flight.
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- Kasuga Taisha Shrine
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