Tokyo, Japan

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Maximum number of people: 16

Price: Adult : $ 4,390.00 Child : $ 3,951.00

Minimum Age : 4+
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Gather the family and embark on an intriguing exploration of Japan. From ancient emperors to technological gizmos, Japan is a flurry of contradiction and excitement. Learn an age-old style of calligraphy, feast on sushi and Japanese pancake, gaze across Tokyo from the heights of the city, soak your bones in steaming onsens, sleep on a traditional tatami, and explore some of the most amazing temples and forestlands in the country. With local experts to draw on at every step of the way, this is a holiday will notthat’s sure to yield lifelong memories.
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Tour’s Program

- Discover Tokyo, where dazzling neon lights are only the beginning. Feast on market-fresh sushi, try your hand at calligraphy, and cook your own okonomiyaki on a Tokyo Bay boat cruise
- Bask in the soothing waters of an onsen in Hakone. These Japanese hot-spring baths are the perfect antidote to a couple of days of walking around the big city
- Food lovers rejoice! From the depachika of Tokyo to the shotengai of Kyoto, your leader will help you navigate Japan's dizzying cuisine options
- Visit Hiroshima to learn about an important, though confronting, chapter of Japan’s history
- Kyoto is like stepping into another world. Walk through the amazing bamboo forest, visit a monkey park and gaze at some of Japan’s finest temples
Konnichiwa! Welcome to Tokyo, Japan's dynamic capital. Make your way to your first night's accommodation and check in. Your adventure begins with an important welcome meeting at 7 pm in the hotel lobby. You'll meet your leader and your group at this meeting.
From its spectacular Imperial Palace and ornate pagodas to quirky shopping malls, spotless streets and delectable dishes, Tokyo is an engrossing destination for adults and youngsters alike. Kick things off with a visit to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. The free observation decks of this 243-metre-tall building (797 feet) offer awesome panoramas of the city and beyond. On a clear day, you can see Mount Fuji, the Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower, Meiji Shrine and Tokyo Dome from this supreme vantage point. Afterwards, visit the Sensoji in Asakusa, a key Buddhist temple in Tokyo. Located on the banks of the Sumida River, it features a shopping street in its approach – a good place to find a quirky Japanese souvenir. While you're in Tokyo, you'll also be treated to a traditional calligraphy lesson. There also might be the chance to visit a manga (Japanese comic and cartoon) market, located out in Akihabara.
Visit the Tsukiji Fish Market, which is an eye-opening experience. It's the biggest wholesale seafood market in the world, with more than 400 kinds of seafood on offer. It's a thrill to wander through the narrow aisles and see the heated negotiations between merchants and buyers. Watch as merchants speed past with market trolleys piled high with crates of fresh stock. Your market visit ends with a delicious sushi breakfast – this is as fresh as it gets! Later, take a walk through a Tokyo depachika, a food-specific department store with a mind-boggling array of traditional and non-traditional Japanese foods. Take a look inside the impressive Sony showroom too. For lunch, head to Yoyogi park and join the locals. Dinner (on one of your nights here) will be a fun self-cooked 'okonomiyaki' (hotplate pancake) on a boat on Tokyo Bay, surrounded by the city lights.
Bid farewell to Tokyo and board your train to Hakone. You will see that it's astonishingly easy to travel by train in Japan. Trains operate with amazing precision, and the sight of a white-gloved guard bowing to a carriage full of travellers is something you're sure to remember. Part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Hakone is a place of staggering natural beauty. It's also a veritable playground with a long list of holiday activities on offer – soaking in hot springs, going on bush walks, chilling out by peaceful lakes, taking in beautiful views of Mt Fuji, even exploring an open-air modern art museum.
Renowned as an excellent resort area since the Meiji period, Hakone and its onsens (hot spring baths) make a great place to relax and unwind with the family. Pay a visit to the Karakuri secret box museum – try to open the boxes to find a unique Japanese gift to take home. Then enjoy a walk around the scenic lake area. Your accommodation here is in a cosy, family-run guesthouse with Japanese baths for you to enjoy. Spend the night in traditional Japanese style, sleeping on a tatami mat in an authentically decked-out room.
A visit to Hiroshima is sobering, but the tragedy that happened here is an important part of history to confront. You’ll learn more about the aftermath of the atomic bombing of the city in World War II. Later, in the afternoon, consider an optional walk to learn more at the Genbaku (A-Bomb) Dome and the Peace Memorial Park and Museum, both of which stand as an emotional testament to the fateful day in August 1945 when Hiroshima became the first target for nuclear attack. The dome was just metres from where the bomb detonated and managed to retain its shape, eerily standing exactly how it was prior to the attack. These days it stands as both a symbolic reminder and a monument to peace.
Enjoy a free day in the city of Hiroshima. You may choose to see more of the extensive exhibitions at the Peace Memorial Park and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Or you can head for the beautiful island of Miyajima, just a short ferry ride across the Inland Sea. The island is home to the venerable Shinto shrine of Itsukushima, famous for its huge bright orange gate (tori) which is absolutely stunning when the tide is high. Maybe take a stroll through the lovely Momaji Park (known as Maple Valley), or consider taking the cable car up to the top of Mt Misen (keeping an eye out for the hungry deer that roam the streets).
Travel to Kyoto, arguably the most stunning city in Japan. On the way there, make a stop at Hikone Castle. The charms of Kyoto, the former Imperial capital, are subtle and profound. While you're here, you'll see some of the finest temples, shrines, palaces and gardens in the country, with a nice mix of included activities and free time. Spend the evening wandering the Gion district with your leader, seeing if you can spot geikos (geishas) or maikos (apprentice geishas) with their elaborate dresses and make-up. Afterwards, travel to a food market and learn all about the local ingredients and how to best use them. A good option here is to buy some supplies for an evening meal by the riverside.
Enjoy a leisurely bike ride along the great paths around some of Kyoto's key sites – this is definitely the best way to navigate the city. Kyoto is regularly voted one of the best bicycle cities in Asia, and for good reason. The city is largely flat, roads are well maintained and there are lots of areas to park your bike. Kyoto was originally founded as Heian-kyo in 794 and enjoyed a golden age during the imperial court’s heyday up until 1185. The city’s current name literally means ‘Capital City’, even though the Emperor and the government now reside in Tokyo. In saying that, the city still boasts some of the country’s best landmarks, historic sites, traditional arts and literature, and is often regarded as the cultural heart of Japan.
Explore more of the delights that Kyoto has to offer. Check out the Arashiyama area, a pleasant district on the outskirts of Kyoto. This morning you'll visit a monkey park, no doubt making a cheeky new friend or two. You'll also visit the Tenryu-ji Temple which is right near an incredible bamboo grove. This bamboo forest is one of the most photographed sights in the city, and you'll see why. It's like stepping into another dimension. Later on you will enjoy a boat cruise down the Hozu River – look along the banks for Japanese maples or (if you're lucky and it's the season) cherry trees in bloom.
Today is yours to enjoy Kyoto however you please. There are plenty of optional activities to choose from. Perhaps head out with the family and explore on a bike. Or you can try your hand at the ancient art of Samurai sword dancing!

Optional Activities

Kyoto - Cooking lesson - JPY6500
Kyoto - Kyoto By Bike Urban Adventure - JPY8000
Nara - Day trip from Kyoto - JPY3000
Osaka - Universal Studios Day Trip from Kyoto - JPY10000
Kyoto - Maiko/Samurai makeover - JPY12000
Kyoto - Samurai Sword Dance lesson - JPY9000
The adventure comes to an end today. We will provide information regarding checkout times and luggage storage options.
Meals:
9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

Transport:
Cable car, Taxi, Train, Train (bullet), Tram

Accommodation:
Hotel (8 nights), Ryokan (2 nights)

Included activities:
Tokyo - Metropolitan Government Building
Tokyo - Japanese & Calligraphy lesson
Tokyo - Seafood Market & Sushi Breakfast
Tokyo - Okonomiyaki dinner
Tokyo - Depachika visit
Tokyo - Sony Showroom
Hakone - Cable car
Hakone - Onsen (hot spring bath)
Hakone - Scenic walk
Kyoto - Hikone Castle
Kyoto - Fushimi Inari 10,000 Gate Shrine
Kyoto - Nishiki-Koji Market
Kyoto - Gion District walk
Kyoto - Arashiyama sightseeing
Kyoto - Tenryuji Temple
Hozu river ride
Kyoto - Arashiyama Monkey Park

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