(8 Nights/9 Days)
Welcome to Japan!
The visit includes an ascent to the METROPOLITAN TOWER, which has a wonderful view of the city from the 45th floor.
Take a walk around an hour to the restaurant. Shinjuku is one of the most important nightlife districts.
In the morning, a 5-hour drive to see this amazing city, with its hustle and bustle and extremely modern districts that coexist with quiet, peaceful areas.
Brief stop at the Zojoji Temple to make a beautiful photograph of the Tokyo Tower
Then to the junction of Shibuya, said to be the most crowded in the world. Continue in the coach along the street of Omotesando skirting the most beautiful part of the Imperial Palace and the gardens. Stop to visit the famous Nijubashi Bridge and pass through the district of Akihabara, the “electric town” with icons from the popular Japanese Manga and Anime culture and then see Kokugikan, the Sumo stadium, home of this Japanese sport. Later visit the Buddhist temple of Sensoji, the oldest and most important temple in Tokyo, with its 55-metre high pagoda.
TOKYO - MONT FUJI - KAWAGUCHIKO
Set out for the beautiful region of Mount Fuji, passing through pretty countryside . Reach the idyllic city of KAWAGUCHIKO with its tiny houses, flowers and mountains, and its beautiful lake. On our arrival, visit the FUJI SENGEN SHRINE set in a magical site surrounded by tall trees, and the starting point of the traditional pilgrimage to the mountain. The trip includes the ascent by cable car to Mount Tenjo. The views of the neighbouring lakes and Mount Fuji are spectacular. The visit also includes a delightful boat trip on Kawaguchiko Lake. After lunch, start to ascend Mount Fuji on the road that takes you to the “fifth station”, surrounded by spectacular forests and views, to a height of 2,305 metres.
KAWAGUCHIKO - IYASI NO SATO NENBA - TOYOTA - NAGOYA
In the morning, continue along the pretty road bordered by lakes to IYASHI NO SATO NENBA, a tiny village destroyed by a typhoon in 1966 and later restored as a traditional open-air mountain village and museum. Its traditional houses have been transformed into arts and crafts shops, restaurants and traditional museums. Then visit the SHIRAITO FALLS, considered one of the most attractive sites in Japan, with a waterfall height of 150 metres. Later continue to NAGOYA, the third most important city of Japan, on the shores of the Pacific and visit the TOYOTA Museum
NAGOYA - KYOTO
Leave early morning to spend all day in the city that was the capital of Japan from the year 794 to 1868 and home to the Imperial Court. During World War II the city was the only major Japanese to escape the bombardments, and so it still preserves its wealth of artistic heritage; the famous protocol restricting greenhouse gas emissions was signed in Kyoto in 1997. You will see the marvellous Shinto Shrine of Fushimi Inari, the Imperial Palace and Kinkakuji temple, “the golden pavilion” and its wonderful gardens.
KYOTO - (NARA) - OSAKA
Head for the outskirts of Kyoto to Arashiyama, where you cross the Togetsukyo Bridge (“bridge over the moon”), which has fantastic views. Visit the Tenryuji temple, one of the "five major Zen temples of Kyoto" and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, followed by a walk through its mystic bamboo forest. Then leave for NARA and visit Todaiji, a magnificent Buddhist temple built in 752, which has a giant Buddha later visit HORYUJI Buddhist temple, a World Heritage Site that includes a seminary, monasteries and temples. Its main pagoda temple is one of the oldest wooden buildings in the world and is the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan and an important place of worship. Later continue to OSAKA, where we arrive in the evening. Enjoy night life for those interested
OSAKA - HIMEJI - INBE - OKAYAMA
Leave for HIMEJI, and will include entry to its immense castle which shows the architecture of the Japanese castles. After this a cable car trip up Mount SHOSA, where there is the ENGYO-JI temple complex with over a thousand years of history, where the film “the last Samurai” was shot. Then go on to OKAYAMA, where you will visit Korakuen, one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan, with its lakes, waterfalls and traditional teahouses.
OKAYAMA - KURASHIKI - ITSUKUSHIMA - HIROSHIMA
We leave for KURASHIKI, a city with a very well preserved historical centre. Time for a stroll in this charming place with its atmosphere from the past. We continue on our way to HIROSHIMA, a city sadly known for the atomic bomb that fell on it in 1945 and which levelled the city. We will stroll around the Peace Memorial, the Dome of the bomb and we will visit the impressive Museum of Peace. After the war we will seek peace by embarking on a ferry to the island “where men and gods live together”, with the sanctuary of ITSUKUSHIMA dedicated to the guardian of the seas, built partially over the sea. Time to visit the temple, to stroll around its pretty centre and have lunch. Return to our hotel in Hiroshima. Dinner included.
After breakfast, drop off at the Airport to take your return flight . End of services.