DAY 1, Depart for Japan
Depart for Japan
DAY 2, Arrive in Tokyo
Arrive in Tokyo; transfer to your hotel. Attend an orientation meeting at approximately 7 PM with your Tour Manager on the adventure that awaits you in Japan, followed by a Welcome Dinner and drinks with your fellow travelers
DAY 3, Tour of Tokyo
During the day take a guided tour of Tokyo. In the evening discover on your own why Tokyo is one of the best cities in the world for nightlife
DAY 4, Full Day in Tokyo
Spend the day at leisure to explore Tokyo on your own, or, participate in the optional full-day tour to Mt. Fuji and Hakone.
Optional: Full day Mt. Fuji & Hakone with lunch
DAY 5, Bullet Train to Kyoto, Kinkaku-ji Temple, Gion District
At the Shinagawa Station, board the world-famous shinkansen, or "bullet train" that whisks you to Kyoto - a unique experience! Upon arrival, your sightseeing of Kyoto begins with a visit to the celebrated gold-gilded Kinkaku-ji Temple, known as the "Golden Pavilion." Afterward, enjoy a traditional tea ceremony, where you participate in the ritualized art of preparing, serving, and drinking green tea. After lunch on your own, conclude the city tour with a walk in Gion, Kyoto's most famous Geisha district; visit the shops, restaurants, and tea houses. Later, check in to your hotel and spend the evening at leisure
DAY 6, Full Day in Kyoto
Discover Kyoto on your own, or, join the optional tour to Hiroshima and Miyajima Island.
Optional: Full day Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour
DAY 7, Kyoto City Tour, Drive to Osaka
Embark on a tour of historic Kyoto. Start with a stop at Fushimi Inari Taisha, an impressive Shinto shrine that sits at the foot of Mount Inari. Marvel at the ten thousand vermilion torii gates that line the paths up the mountain. Later, depart Kyoto and drive south to cosmopolitan Osaka, Japan's third largest city, known for its cuisine and nightlife. Begin your exploration at Kuromon Market, an Osaka landmark, with vendors selling fresh food and fast food Japanese-style. Stop for lunch, or just try the tasty snacks. Then, free time to wander along the iconic Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori shopping streets with an array of the fabulous selection of fashionable boutiques. Conclude the tour with a visit to dramatic Osaka Castle, built as a display of power in the 16th century, strategically looming over the surrounding park and moat. Inside, see an excellent collection of art, armor, and collectibles. Check in to your hotel.
DAY 8, Full Day in Osaka
Morning at leisure. In the afternoon, enjoy this city on your own, or, embark on the optional tour to the 8th century Imperial capital of Nara. In the evening, gather together for a Farewell Dinner
Optional: Imperial Capital of Nara (AM)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 9, Depart Japan
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Tokyo Prince Hotel
Situated next to a quiet, leafy forest in the heart of Tokyo, the Tokyo Prince Hotel offers tranquility in a centralized location. Serene sculptured gardens outside your guest room windows give no hint of the bustle of the city beyond.
Kyoto Tokyu Hotel
From the impressive main entrance, and the courtyard water feature recreating the simple purity of the city's Horikawa River, the atmosphere of quiet composure communicates a sense of calm and relaxation to every guest.
Courtyard by Marriott Shin-Osaka Station, Osaka
Courtyard by Marriott Shin-Osaka Station welcomes travelers with intuitively designed rooms, inviting public spaces and a thoughtful mix of services for staying connected, productive and balanced.